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Love Among the Chickens by P. G. Wodehouse

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LOVE AMONG THE CHICKENS

BY

P. G. WODEHOUSE

DEDICATION

TO W. TOWNEND

DEAR BILL,--

I have never been much of a lad for the

TO-----

But For Whose Sympathy and Encouragement This Book Would Never Have Been Written

type of dedication. It sounds so weak-minded. But in the case of Love Among the Chickens it is unavoidable. It was not so much that you sympathised and encouraged--where you really came out strong was that you gave me the stuff. I like people who sympathise with me. I am grateful to those who encourage me. But the man to whom I raise the Wodehouse hat--owing to the increased cost of living, the same old brown one I had last year--it is being complained of on all sides, but the public must bear it like men till the straw hat season comes round--I say, the man to whom I raise this venerable relic is the man who gives me the material.

Sixteen years ago, my William, when we were young and spritely lads; when you were a tricky centre-forward and I a fast bowler; when your head was covered with hair and my list of "Hobbies" in Who's Who included Boxing; I received from you one morning about thirty closely-written foolscap pages, giving me the details of your friend -----'s adventures on his Devonshire chicken farm. Round these I wove as funny a plot as I could, but the book stands or falls by the stuff you gave me about "Ukridge"--the things that actually happened.

You will notice that I have practically re-written the book. There was some pretty bad work in it, and it had "dated." As an instance of the way in which the march of modern civilisation has left the 1906 edition behind, I may mention that on page twenty-one I was able to make Ukridge speak of selling eggs at six for fivepence!

Yours ever, P. G. WODEHOUSE

London, 1920.

CONTENTS

I A LETTER WITH A POSTSCRIPT II MR. AND MRS. S. F. UKRIDGE III WATERLOO STATION, SOME FELLOW-TRAVELLERS, AND A GIRL WITH BROWN HAIR IV THE ARRIVAL V BUCKLING TO VI MR. GARNET'S NARRATIVE--HAS TO DO WITH A REUNION VII THE ENTENTE CORDIALE IS SEALED VIII A LITTLE DINNER AT UKRIDGE'S IX DIES IRAE X I ENLIST THE SERVICES OF A MINION XI THE BRAVE PRESERVER XII SOME EMOTIONS AND YELLOW LUPIN XIII TEA AND TENNIS XIV A COUNCIL OF WAR XV THE ARRIVAL OF NEMESIS XVI A CHANCE MEETING XVII OF A SENTIMENTAL NATURE XVIII UKRIDGE GIVES ME ADVICE XIX ASKING PAPA XX SCIENTIFIC GOLF XXI THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM XXII THE STORM BREAKS XXIII AFTER THE STORM


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