The Jervaise Comedy

Author: J. D. Beresford
Published: 1919
Language: English
Wordcount: 67,523 / 198 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 76.2
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 637
Added to site: 2005.02.21 9679

go and wind up the old buzz-wagon myself, if your fellow can't be found. Do you think ... could any one..."

He was looking round, searching for some one who was not there.

"Want any help?" Hughes asked.

"No, thanks. That's all right. I know where the car is, I mean," Ronnie said, and still hesitated as if he were going to finish the question he had begun in his previous speech.

Olive Jervaise anticipated, I think wrongly, his remark. "They're in the drawing-room," she said. "Will you tell them?"

"Better get the car round first, hadn't I?" Ronnie asked.

The sandy Atkinson youth found an answer for that. He cleared his long, thin throat huskily and said, "Might save time to tell 'em first. They'd be ready, then, when you came round." His two equally sandy sisters clucked their approval.

"All serene," Ronnie agreed.

He was on the bottom step of the stairs when the Hall door was thrown wide open and Frank Jervaise returned.

He stood there a moment, posed for us, searching the ladder of


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Henry L. Ratliff

(1919) Romance / Class struggle

Plot bullets

  • A comic playwright is invited for a stay in the Jervaise country home.

  • But, there is nothing of humor in this story. Not even a joke told at dinner.

  • Just a pathetic family that could best be described with, \'if their way of life wasn\'t so tragic, it would be funny\'.

  • The Jervaise daughter runs away with the chauffeur,, something her brother is against.

  • But at the same time, the Jervaise son is in love with the chauffeurs sister.

  • A definite and selective class distinction going on here.

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