[lit-ideas] Re: Ludwig and Bertie

  • From: David Ritchie <ritchierd@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2004 19:08:36 -0700

on 4/29/04 6:39 PM, Michael Geary at atlas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

This play, then, is a philosophical
> masterpiece. 

By the sound of it, it apparently is.  I found the cover blurb on a
published version of the play:

Bertie Wooster has become betrothed to Honoria Russell, daughter of the
famous philosopher and Hefeweizen expert, Bertrand Russell.  Bertie's Aunt
Dahlia finding  herself once again short of funds for her magazine,
"Milady's Untenaable Propositions," asks Bertie to break into Ludwig
Wittgenstein's bedroom in dead of night and steal his priceless, gold-plated
poker, a souvenir of the famous encounter with Professor Popper.  Bertie
bungles the burglary, escapes with the aid of Jeeves and goes to ground in
underneath a ladder in the library.  The action begins with Honoria
discovering what Bertie has not yet understood: that the ladder, underneath
which he pretends to busy himself with the works of Spinoza, is not only not
unoccupied, it is festooned with yards of Hildegard Wittgenstein, daughter
of Ludwig and a Brownie leader of ferocious aspect.  Honoria announces that
the engagement is at an end.  Hildegard announces that she has been
compromized and must therefore marry Bertie.  The fathers square off to
debate the proposition.  Jeeves saves the day and puts both of them right on
minor but important points.

David Ritchie
Portland, Oregon  

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