Baboo Jabberjee, B.A.

F. Anstey (1856 - 1934)

Another delightful example of an English writer poking fun at his countrymen, or maybe all races' reactions to someone from a different background.
A series of adventures of a well educated foreigner in London which originally appeared weekly in Punch, sometimes with illustrations, dealing with the difficulties of fully understanding a different culture.

The hero's perfect English reminds one of a quote from "My Fair Lady" ..."His English is too good, he said, "that clearly indicates that he is Foreign.
Whereas other people are instructed in their native language English people aren't."
(Summary by Annise)

Genre(s): Humorous Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Mr Jabberjee apologises for the unambitious scope of his work; sundry confidences, criticisms, and complaints Phil Chenevert
Play 02 02 - Some account of Mr Jabberjee's experiences at the Westminster Play. Lynne T
Play 03 03 - Mr Jabberjee gives his views concerning the Laureateship. Lucretia B.
Play 04 04 - Containing Mr Jabberjee's Impressions at The Old Masters. Chris Cartwright
Play 05 05 - In which Mr Jabberjee expresses his Opinions on Bicycling as a Pastime. bala
Play 06 06 - Dealing with his Adventures at Olympia. bala
Play 07 07 - How Mr Jabberjee risked a Sprat to capture something very like a Whale. KHand
Play 08 08 - How Mr Jabberjee delivered an Oration at a Ladies' Debating Club. Lynne T
Play 09 09 - How he saw the practice of the University Crews, and what he thought of it. Steve C
Play 10 10 - Mr Jabberjee is taken to see a Glove-Fight. Steve C
Play 11 11 - Mr Jabberjee finds himself in a position of extreme delicacy. madcappe
Play 12 12 - Mr Jabberjee is taken by surprise. rookieblue
Play 13 13 - Drawbacks and advantages of being engaged. Some Meditations in a Music-hall, together with notes of certain things that Mr Jabberjee failed to understand. KHand
Play 14 14 - Mr Jabberjee's fellow-student. What's in a Title? An invitation to a Wedding. Mr J. as a wedding guest, with what he thought of the ceremony, and how he distinguished himself on the occasion. KHand
Play 15 15 - Mr Jabberjee is asked out to dinner. Unreasonable behaviour of his betrothed. His doubts concerning the social advantages of a Boarding Establishment, with some scathing remarks upon ambitious pretenders. He goes out to dinner, and meets a person of some importance. madcappe
Play 16 16 - Mr Jabberjee makes a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Shakespeare. Steve C
Play 17 17 - Containing some intimate confidences from Mr Jabberjee, with the explanation of such apparent indiscretion. Kajo
Play 18 18 - Mr Jabberjee is a little over-ingenious in his excuses. asterix
Play 19 19 - Mr Jabberjee tries a fresh tack. His visit to the India Office and sympathetic reception. asterix
Play 20 20 - Mr Jabberjee distinguishes himself in the Bar Examination, but is less successful in other respects. He writes another extremely ingenious epistle, from which he anticipates the happiest results. KHand
Play 21 21 - Mr Jabberjee halloos before he is quite out of the Wood. Lynne T
Play 22 22 - Mr Jabberjee places himself in the hands of a solicitor—with certain reservations. Jacob Paul Starr
Play 23 23 - Mr Jabberjee delivers his Statement of Defence, and makes his preparations for the North. He allows his patriotic sentiments to get the better of him in a momentary outburst of disloyalty—to which no serious importance need be attached. Jacob Paul Starr
Play 24 24 - Mr Jabberjee relates his experiences upon the Moors. Steve C
Play 25 25 - Mr Jabberjee concludes the thrilling account of his experiences on a Scotch Moor, greatly to his own glorification. Steve C
Play 26 26 - Mr Jabberjee expresses some audaciously sceptical opinions. How he secured his first Salmon, with the manner in which he presented it to his divinity. bala
Play 27 27 - Mr Jabberjee is unavoidably compelled to return to town, thereby affording his Solicitor the inestimable benefit of his personal assistance. An apparent attempt to pack the Jury. bala
Play 28 28 - Mankletow v. Jabberjee. Notes taken by Mr Jabberjee in Court during the proceedings ToddHW
Play 29 29 - Further proceedings in the Case of Mankletow v. Jabberjee. Mr Jabberjee's Opening for the Defence. ToddHW
Play 30 30 - Mankletow v. Jabberjee (part heard). Mr Jabberjee finds cross-examination much less formidable than he had anticipated. ToddHW
Play 31 31 - Mankletow v. Jabberjee (continued). The Defendant brings his Speech to a somewhat unexpected conclusion, and Mr Witherington, Q.C., addresses the Jury in reply. ToddHW
Play 32 32 - Containing the conclusion of the whole matter, and (which many Readers will receive in a spirit of chastened resignation) Mr Jabberjee's final farewell. ToddHW