Jill the Reckless

P. G. Wodehouse (1881 - 1975)

Jill had money, Jill was engaged to be married to Sir Derek Underhill. Suddenly Jill becomes penniless, and she is no longer engaged. With a smile, in which there is just a tinge of recklessness, she refuses to be beaten and turns to face the world. Instead she went to New York and became a member of the chorus of "The Rose of America," and Mr. Wodehouse is enabled to lift the curtain of the musical comedy world.

There is laughter and drama in _Jill the Reckless_, and the action never flags from the moment that Freddie Rooke confesses that he has had a hectic night, down to the point where Wally says briefly "Let 'em," which is page 313. The heroine here, Jill Mariner, is a young woman from the lower end of the upper class. We follow her through financial disaster, a broken engagement, an awkward stay with some grasping relatives, employment as a chorus girl, and of course, the finding of true love. Other characters include wealthy Drone Freddie Rooke and writer Wally Mason, her childhood friends; her financially inept uncle Major Christopher Selby; her fiancée at the beginning of the book, the M.P Derek Underhill, and his domineering mother, Lady Underhill; Jill's unpleasant relatives, Elmer and Julia Mariner; more Drones Club members, various chorus girls, composers and other theatrical types, and, of course, miscellaneous servants. (Introduction from Gutenberg and Wikipedia)

Genre(s): General Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 The Family Curse Don W. Jenkins
Play 02 The First Night at the Leicester Don W. Jenkins
Play 03 Jill and the Unknown Escape Don W. Jenkins
Play 04 The Last of the Rookes Takes a Hand Don W. Jenkins
Play 05 Lady Underhill Receives a Shock Don W. Jenkins
Play 06 Uncle Chris Bangs the Table Don W. Jenkins
Play 07 Jill Catches the 10.10 Don W. Jenkins
Play 08 The Dry--Salters Wing Derek Don W. Jenkins
Play 09 Jill in Search of an Uncle Don W. Jenkins
Play 10 Jill Ignores Authority Don W. Jenkins
Play 11 Mr. Pilkington's Love Light Don W. Jenkins
Play 12 Uncle Chris Borrows a Flat Don W. Jenkins
Play 13 The Ambassador Arrives Don W. Jenkins
Play 14 Mr. Goble Makes the Big Noise Don W. Jenkins
Play 15 Jill Explains Don W. Jenkins
Play 16 Mr. Goble Plays with Fate Don W. Jenkins
Play 17 The Cost of a Row Don W. Jenkins
Play 18 Jill Receives Notice Don W. Jenkins
Play 19 Mrs. Peagrim Burns Incense Don W. Jenkins
Play 20 Derek Loses One Bird and Secures Another Don W. Jenkins
Play 21 Wally Mason Learns a New Exercise Don W. Jenkins