History Fridge / JeevesAndWooster

1st Jun '16 1:49:47 AM Doug86
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* As TV! JeevesAndWooster takes place in ChristieTime, all Wooster's fun-loving chums are heading towards seven years of hell in WorldWarTwo. You can't help but love the characters a little bit more when you think about this, and feel they deserve their fun while they can get it. (There are one or two references to WorldWarTwo in the past tense in the novels, so essentially it got HandWaved by Wodehouse.)
** There are some references to how WorldWarTwo specifically affected the English aristocracy in ''Ring For Jeeves.'' William Rowcester, the 9th Earl of Rowcester, works in a department store. Bertie is absent from the novel because he's attending a school that teaches members of the aristocracy how to cook, clean and do chores. Bertie is doing it as a challenge to Jeeves while other members of the school are doing it because they can no longer afford servants and have never learned to take care of themselves.
** Then there's the theory that the whole Wodehouse canon exists in an AlternateUniverse where Bertie's generation- ''especially'' those of Bertie's class- were never decimated by WorldWarOne, leaving only a few physically and mentally damaged survivors. If Bertie is in his 20s and 30s through the interwar years, he's of the generation that, in reality, lost the Edwardian 'innocence' that P.G. remembered them having in his youth. In reality, most of the Drones would have been killed in the trenches in their late teens and early twenties, and those that survived would no longer be terribly jolly.

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* As TV! JeevesAndWooster takes place in ChristieTime, all Wooster's fun-loving chums are heading towards seven years of hell in WorldWarTwo.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. You can't help but love the characters a little bit more when you think about this, and feel they deserve their fun while they can get it. (There are one or two references to WorldWarTwo World War II in the past tense in the novels, so essentially it got HandWaved by Wodehouse.)
** There are some references to how WorldWarTwo World War II specifically affected the English aristocracy in ''Ring For Jeeves.'' Jeeves''. William Rowcester, the 9th Earl of Rowcester, works in a department store. Bertie is absent from the novel because he's attending a school that teaches members of the aristocracy how to cook, clean and do chores. Bertie is doing it as a challenge to Jeeves while other members of the school are doing it because they can no longer afford servants and have never learned to take care of themselves.
** Then there's the theory that the whole Wodehouse canon exists in an AlternateUniverse where Bertie's generation- generation - ''especially'' those of Bertie's class- class - were never decimated by WorldWarOne, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, leaving only a few physically and mentally damaged survivors. If Bertie is in his 20s and 30s through the interwar years, he's of the generation that, in reality, lost the Edwardian 'innocence' that P.G. remembered them having in his youth. In reality, most of the Drones would have been killed in the trenches in their late teens and early twenties, and those that survived would no longer be terribly jolly.
4th Apr '16 3:53:17 AM GothicProphet
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*** Or Gussie could be the son of a sister of Bertie's father.

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*** Or Gussie could be the son of a sister of Bertie's father.father.
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10th Jan '16 6:42:23 PM lihtox
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** It might also be a case of UnreliableNarrator, with Bertie exaggerating his mental inadequacies out of humility or for some other reason.
16th Sep '15 9:03:50 AM ColeNichols
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*** Perhaps this explains the behavior of the men we do see. They aren't twits out of inbreeding or lack of real-world experience; they're psychologically broken.
16th Mar '15 12:34:04 AM Blackie62
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** By that same logic: agony.
25th Sep '13 11:13:13 AM LittleZelina
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** Then there's the theory that the whole Wodehouse canon exists in an AlternateUniverse where Bertie's generation- ''especially'' those of Bertie's class- were never decimated by WorldWarOne, leaving only a few physically and mentally damaged survivors. If Bertie is in his 20s and 30s through the interwar years, he's of the generation that, in reality, lost the Edwardian 'innocence' that P.G. remembered them having in his youth.

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** Then there's the theory that the whole Wodehouse canon exists in an AlternateUniverse where Bertie's generation- ''especially'' those of Bertie's class- were never decimated by WorldWarOne, leaving only a few physically and mentally damaged survivors. If Bertie is in his 20s and 30s through the interwar years, he's of the generation that, in reality, lost the Edwardian 'innocence' that P.G. remembered them having in his youth. In reality, most of the Drones would have been killed in the trenches in their late teens and early twenties, and those that survived would no longer be terribly jolly.
25th Sep '13 11:11:08 AM LittleZelina
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** Then there's the theory that the whole Wodehouse canon exists in an AlternateUniverse where Bertie's generation- ''especially'' those of Bertie's class- were never decimated by WorldWarOne, leaving only a few physically and mentally damaged survivors. If Bertie is in his 20s and 30s through the interwar years, he's of the generation that, in reality, lost the Edwardian 'innocence' that P.G. remembered them having in his youth.
14th Sep '13 7:18:47 AM ladyjane52983
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** There are some references to how WorldWarTwo specifically affected the English aristocracy in ''Ring For Jeeves.'' William Rowcester, the 9th Earl of Rowcester, works in a department store. Bertie is absent from the novel because he's attending a school that teaches members of the aristocracy how to cook, clean and do chores. Bertie is doing it as a challenge to Jeeves while other members of the school are doing it because they can no longer afford servants and have 'never learned to take care of themselves.'

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** There are some references to how WorldWarTwo specifically affected the English aristocracy in ''Ring For Jeeves.'' William Rowcester, the 9th Earl of Rowcester, works in a department store. Bertie is absent from the novel because he's attending a school that teaches members of the aristocracy how to cook, clean and do chores. Bertie is doing it as a challenge to Jeeves while other members of the school are doing it because they can no longer afford servants and have 'never never learned to take care of themselves.'
14th Sep '13 7:18:22 AM ladyjane52983
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** There are some references to how WorldWarTwo specifically affected the English aristocracy in "Ring For Jeeves." William Rowcester, the 9th Earl of Rowcester, works in a department store. Bertie is absent from the novel because he's attending a school that teaches members of the aristocracy how to cook, clean and do chores. Bertie is doing it as a challenge to Jeeves while other members of the school are doing it because they can no longer afford servants and have 'never learned to take care of themselves.'

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** There are some references to how WorldWarTwo specifically affected the English aristocracy in "Ring ''Ring For Jeeves." '' William Rowcester, the 9th Earl of Rowcester, works in a department store. Bertie is absent from the novel because he's attending a school that teaches members of the aristocracy how to cook, clean and do chores. Bertie is doing it as a challenge to Jeeves while other members of the school are doing it because they can no longer afford servants and have 'never learned to take care of themselves.'
14th Sep '13 7:17:14 AM ladyjane52983
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** There are some references to how WorldWarTwo specifically affected the English aristocracy in "Ring For Jeeves." William Rowcester, the 9th Earl of Rowcester, works in a department store. Bertie is absent from the novel because he's attending a school that teaches members of the aristocracy how to cook, clean and do chores. Bertie is doing it as a challenge to Jeeves while other members of the school are doing it because they can no longer afford servants and have 'never learned to take care of themselves.'
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