November 11, 2008


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Lady Malvern was a hearty, happy, healthy, overpowering sort of dashed female, not so very tall but making up for it by measuring about six feet from the O.P. to the Prompt Side.  She fitted into my biggest armchair as if it had been built round her by someone who knew they were wearing armchairs tight about the hips that season. — P. G. Wodehouse, “Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest,” Carry On, Jeeves.

In case the end of the first sentence stumps you, as it did me, let me pass on the results of my quick research: “the O.P.” and “the Prompt Side” are terms drawn from the theater, the Prompt Side being stage left, where the prompter stands, and the O.P. (Opposite Prompt) being stage right.  So Bertie Wooster, the narrator, is saying that Lady Malvern appeared to be six feet from side to side.

But it’s the second sentence that made me laugh out loud.

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