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A Bit of Luck for Mabel

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A Bit of Luck for Mabel

"A Bit of Luck for Mabel" is a short story by P. G. Wodehouse, which first appeared in the United States in the December 26, 1925 issue of The Saturday Evening Post, and in the United Kingdom in the May 1926 Strand. It was included in the collection Eggs, Beans and Crumpets, published in 1940. It features the irrepressible Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge.

Contents

  • Main characters 1
  • Plot 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4

Main characters

Plot

Ukridge and his pal Jimmy Corcoran are taking a break in the country, and one night Ukridge decides to tell the story of Mabel and the top hat. Ukridge had met Mabel at a dinner party at his Aunt Julia's house, and had fallen for her hard; she was the daughter of a wealthy colonial type who was busy out in Singapore, and Ukridge began frequenting their house.

He has a rival for Mabel's love, who is a Baronet, which worries Ukridge somewhat, but he is given confidence by his dress, which, as he is at the time staying with his aunt, is rather dapper, top hat, spats and all. Ascot is approaching, and Ukridge agrees to attend with Mabel and her family.

Aunt Julia discovers that Ukridge has Paris the previous evening. Ukridge is bemused, until Mabel asks where her father is - he had, apparently, returned early from Singapore, and had been sent to collect Ukridge and bring him along to Ascot. Having thus embarrassed himself in front of her father, Ukridge gives Mabel up, and hears she later married the Bart.

Ukridge suggests a weighty, moving title for the tale, something about fate and destiny, but Corky has something more fitting in mind...

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References

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