The Girl on the Boat is the story of Billie Bennett whose search for a Galahad or Lancelot lead her to be engaged to three men is three weeks much to the discord of her father. Her first suitor was Eustace Hignett who was discovered not to be of the round table order when he jilted Billie as his mother stole his trousers to prevent him leaving his room. Next up was Sam Marlowe who it transpired was Billie's ideal, unfortunately she only realised this after a misunderstanding allowed her to break the engagement only to become engaged to Bream Mortimer to teach the unfortunate Marlowe a lesson.
The action moves from America via Ocean liner to English country home using all the Wodehouse signatures except a stolen necklace to bring Billie Bennett and Sam Marlowe back together. Possibly too much stage craft is employed by Wodehouse so we never spend enough time with any of the characters to decide what our true sentiments towards them are. Wodehouse possibly felt the same way and none of these characters appear in the saga running though his great body of work.
Not the most satisfying of Wodehouse's novels but a pretty good read and worth reading just to see how he would use less of the mechanisms employed in this novel to greater effect in later works.
These early Wodehouse books are fascinating. The classic ingredients are all in place: the lovers' misunderstanding and its resolution, the statutary collection of nutty supporting parts, a frightening dog and everyone collected in a country house. Most wonderful of all - a resourceful manservant. All that it needs is more of the Wodehouse rapier wit, but it emerges once in a while: A says 'I didn't know Sir Mallaby was your father!' B reples 'I've known it all along'.