History Literature / LordPeterWimsey

1st Sep '16 5:08:03 PM john_e
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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: The solution to ''The Nine Tailors'' -- rationally plausible, but spooky. ''The Image in the Mirror'' suggests that twin brothers might share a psychic connection, though it lampshades the unlikelihood.

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: MaybeMagicMaybeMundane:
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The solution to ''The Nine Tailors'' -- rationally plausible, but spooky. spooky.
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''The Image in the Mirror'' suggests that twin brothers might share a psychic connection, though it lampshades the unlikelihood.unlikelihood.
** In ''Murder Must Advertise'', Dian de Momerie, in conversation with a disguised Lord Peter, seems to have a moment of {{telepathy}}: "There's a hanged man in your thoughts. Why are you thinking of hanging?" Lord Peter's internal monologue tries to explain it as an effect of the drink and drugs she's taken.
16th Aug '16 9:28:25 AM john_e
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* CatchYourDeathOfCold: Lady Dormer's death, which sets off the plot of ''The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club'' -- she insisted on going to a firework display, and caught a cold which turned to pneumonia and killed her.



* CoolOldLady: The Dowager Duchess.

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* CoolOldLady: The Dowager Duchess. Lady Dormer in ''The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club'' is also described as one by those who knew her.



* SpiritedYoungLady: Lady Mary Wimsey, country lady and socialist activist.

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* SpiritedYoungLady: Lady Mary Wimsey, country lady and socialist activist. It's also quite common in the series that a rich elderly lady was one in her youth: Agatha Dawson, Clara Whitaker, Lady Dormer and Rosanna Wrayburn were all, in one way or another, successful rebels against Victorian convention.
29th Jul '16 10:20:16 AM Morgenthaler
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Three further short stories, "Striding Folly," "The Haunted Policeman," and "Talboys", were collected posthumously in the anthology ''Striding Folly'' in 1971. All the short stories were subsequently anthologized in the compendium ''Lord Peter'' (1972). A collection of mock-historical studies by Sayers and various friends, notably including professional herald C.W. Scott-Giles, of the Wimsey family was printed privately and finally published in 1977 under Scott-Giles's name and the title, ''The Wimsey Family'', with Scott-Giles's illustrations[[note]] He would subsequently provide Sayers with the maps and diagrams for her translation of Dante's ''[[TheDivineComedy Commedia]]''[[/note]]. One unfinished novel, ''Thrones, Dominations'', was completed by novelist Jill Paton Walsh in 1998, who went on to write three sequels on her own: ''A Presumption of Death'' in 2002, ''The Attenbury Emeralds'' in 2010, and ''The Late Scholar'' in 2013. A series of "letters written by various members of the Wimsey family" and generally referred to as ''The Wimsey Papers'' appeared in the ''Spectator'' magazine between November 1939 and January 1940; these have not yet been anthologized, though various excerpts from them appear in ''A Presumption of Death''.

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Three further short stories, "Striding Folly," "The Haunted Policeman," and "Talboys", were collected posthumously in the anthology ''Striding Folly'' in 1971. All the short stories were subsequently anthologized in the compendium ''Lord Peter'' (1972). A collection of mock-historical studies by Sayers and various friends, notably including professional herald C.W. Scott-Giles, of the Wimsey family was printed privately and finally published in 1977 under Scott-Giles's name and the title, ''The Wimsey Family'', with Scott-Giles's illustrations[[note]] He would subsequently provide Sayers with the maps and diagrams for her translation of Dante's ''[[TheDivineComedy ''[[Literature/TheDivineComedy Commedia]]''[[/note]]. One unfinished novel, ''Thrones, Dominations'', was completed by novelist Jill Paton Walsh in 1998, who went on to write three sequels on her own: ''A Presumption of Death'' in 2002, ''The Attenbury Emeralds'' in 2010, and ''The Late Scholar'' in 2013. A series of "letters written by various members of the Wimsey family" and generally referred to as ''The Wimsey Papers'' appeared in the ''Spectator'' magazine between November 1939 and January 1940; these have not yet been anthologized, though various excerpts from them appear in ''A Presumption of Death''.
11th Jul '16 2:05:00 PM Shoebox
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* TheAce: Wimsey can do anything he likes or needs to do, and always excels at it. He wins car races, rides a horse perfectly, swims, climbs, recites poetry, is a world-renowned wine connoisseur, intimidates or blackmails criminals, picks locks, chooses frocks, and proves to be a great advertisement writer and bespoke-bell-ringer when he has to. Practically the same thing happens with Bunter, who can spy on criminals better than Scotland Yard can.

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* TheAce: Wimsey can do anything he likes or needs to do, and always excels at it. He Besides being a world-renowned wine connoisseur and expert on rare books, he wins car races, rides a horse perfectly, swims, climbs, recites poetry, is a world-renowned wine connoisseur, intimidates or blackmails criminals, picks locks, chooses frocks, and proves to be a great advertisement writer and bespoke-bell-ringer when he has to. Practically the same thing happens with Not far behind is his man Bunter, a talented amateur photographer who can spy on criminals better than Scotland Yard can.
10th Jul '16 9:47:43 AM Shoebox
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* TheAce: Wimsey can do anything he likes or needs to do, and always excels at it. He wins car races, rides a horse perfectly, swims, climbs, recites poetry, intimidates or blackmails criminals, picks locks, chooses frocks, and proves to be a great advertisement writer and bespoke-bell-ringer when he has to. Practically the same thing happens with Bunter, who can spy on criminals better than Scotland Yard can.

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* TheAce: Wimsey can do anything he likes or needs to do, and always excels at it. He wins car races, rides a horse perfectly, swims, climbs, recites poetry, is a world-renowned wine connoisseur, intimidates or blackmails criminals, picks locks, chooses frocks, and proves to be a great advertisement writer and bespoke-bell-ringer when he has to. Practically the same thing happens with Bunter, who can spy on criminals better than Scotland Yard can.
6th Jul '16 4:49:10 AM SirFrederick
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* NotListeningToMeAreYou: In ''Gaudy Night'', Peter has been investigating the backgrounds of the suspects, but Harriet is too distracted to take in what he's saying. She's able to recite some of his findings back to him, but misses the clues that would have allowed her to join the dots and identify the criminal herself.
29th Jun '16 2:04:51 PM ChaoticNovelist
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** Lord Peter [[spoiler:using a HannibalLecture to get the murderer to ''shoot himself'']] at the end of ''The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club''.

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** Lord Peter [[spoiler:using [[spoiler:talking a HannibalLecture to get the murderer to ''shoot into ''shooting himself'']] at the end of ''The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club''.
10th Jun '16 1:13:30 PM Doug86
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The books are considered to be among the best pre-UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo mysteries. The sequels by Paton Walsh take Peter and Harriet into the war and beyond.

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The books are considered to be among the best pre-UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo pre-UsefulNotes/WorldWarII mysteries. The sequels by Paton Walsh take Peter and Harriet into the war and beyond.



* HeroicBSOD: Peter was badly shell-shocked in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, some years before the series begins; during the series, he has two intense breakdowns: one in ''Whose Body?'' and another in ''The Nine Tailors''. He also feels his innocence and his very morality slowly slipping away over the course of the series.

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* HeroicBSOD: Peter was badly shell-shocked in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, some years before the series begins; during the series, he has two intense breakdowns: one in ''Whose Body?'' and another in ''The Nine Tailors''. He also feels his innocence and his very morality slowly slipping away over the course of the series.



* UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne: Though he was a capable soldier, decorated for valour, Peter's wartime experiences basically left him shattered.

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* UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne: UsefulNotes/WorldWarI: Though he was a capable soldier, decorated for valour, Peter's wartime experiences basically left him shattered.
3rd May '16 5:24:04 AM SirFrederick
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* IdiotPlot: Invoked in TheSummation of ''Clouds of Witness'' - if Cathcart's death had been the only event taking place on the night in question, the solution would have been obvious. But, because Denver and Mary and Goyles were sneaking around on their own business at the same time, everyone involved in the case came to completely the wrong conclusions and nearly got themselves killed trying to untangle the mess.
12th Apr '16 4:32:32 PM PaulA
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* AbsenceOfEvidence: ''The Five Red Herrings'' turns on the absence of [[spoiler:a tube of white paint]] from the crime scene. A dog-in-the-night-time-style example appears in "The Undignified Melodrama of the Bone of Contention", when a horse that is terrified of an allegedly haunted heath doesn't react at all to a phantom coach driven by a headless horseman.

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* AbsenceOfEvidence: AbsenceOfEvidence:
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''The Five Red Herrings'' turns on the absence of [[spoiler:a tube of white paint]] from the crime scene. scene.
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A dog-in-the-night-time-style example appears in "The Undignified Melodrama of the Bone of Contention", when a horse that is terrified of an allegedly haunted heath doesn't react at all to a phantom coach driven by a headless horseman.
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