Indiscretions of Archie

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Indiscretions of Archie  (1921) 
by P. G. Wodehouse
It wasn't Archie's fault really. It's true he went to America and fell in love with Lucille, the daughter of a millionaire hotel proprietor, and if he did marry her—well, what else was there to do?

From his point of view, the whole thing was a thoroughly good egg; but Mr. Brewster, his father-in-law, thought differently. Archie had neither money nor occupation, which was distasteful in the eyes of the industrious Mr. Brewster; but the real bar was the fact that he had once adversely criticised one of his hotels.

Archie does his best to heal the breach; but, being something of an ass, genus priceless, he finds it almost beyond his powers to placate "the man-eating fish" whom Providence has given him as a father-in-law.

—Text from the fly-leaf


INDISCRETIONS

OF ARCHIE





By P. G. WODEHOUSE




Author of

"The Little Warrior," "A Damsel in Distress,"
"Three Men and a Maid" etc.


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A. L. BURT COMPANY

 Publishers New York 


Published by arrangement with George H. Doran Company

Printed in U. S. A.

COPYRIGHT, 1921,

BY GEORGE H. DORAN COMPANY


copyright, 1920, by international magazine company

(cosmopolitan magazine)


PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

DEDICATION

TO

B. W. KING-HALL


My dear Buddy,—

We have been friends for eighteen years, A considerable proportion of my books were written under your hospitable roof. And yet I have never dedicated one to you. What will be the verdict of Posterity on this? The fact is, I have become rather superstitious about dedications. No sooner do you label a book with the legend—

TO
MY BEST FRIEND
X

than X cuts you in Piccadilly, or you bring a lawsuit against him. There is a fatality about it. However, I can't imagine anyone quarrelling with you, and I am getting more attractive all the time, so let's take a chance.

Yours ever,

P. G. Wodehouse.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE
I DISTRESSING SCENE IN A HOTEL 11
II A SHOCK FOR MR. BREWSTER 15
III MR. BREWSTER DELIVERS SENTENCE 21
IV WORK WANTED 28
V STRANGE EXPERIENCE OF AN ARTIST'S MODEL 32
VI THE BOMB 42
VII MR. ROSCOE SHERRIFF HAS AN IDEA 55
VIII A DISTURBED NIGHT FOR DEAR OLD SQUIFFY 67
IX A LETTER FROM PARKER 80
X DOING FATHER A BIT OF GOOD 92
XI SALVATORE CHOOSES THE WRONG MOMENT 106
XII BRIGHT EYES—AND A FLY 114
XIII RALLYING ROUND PERCY 127
XIV THE SAD CASE OF LOONEY BIDDLE 142
XV SUMMER STORMS 154
XVI ARCHIE ACCEPTS A SITUATION 169
XVII BROTHER BILL'S ROMANCE 178
XVIII THE SAUSAGE CHAPPIE 185
XIX REGGIE COMES TO LIFE 196
XX THE SAUSAGE CHAPPIE CLICKS 216
XXI THE GROWING BOY 227
XXII WASHY STEPS INTO THE HALL OF FAME 243
XXIII MOTHER'S KNEE 255
XXIV THE MELTING OF MR. CONNOLLY 268
XXV THE WIGMORE VENUS 280
XXVI A TALE OF A GRANDFATHER 293


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1975, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 30 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.