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The Pothunters

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Published: 1902
Language: English
Wordcount: 42,716 / 124 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.2
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 3,305
mnybks.net#: 7578
Genre: Humor
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guard could look after itself.

Allen upper-cut him twice, but after that he was nowhere. Tony went in with both hands. There was a prolonged rally, and it was not until 'Time' had been called that Allen was able to extricate himself. Tony's blows had been mostly body blows, and very warm ones at that.

'That's right, sir,' was the comment of the red-headed second. 'Keep 'em both goin' hard, and you'll win yet. You 'ad 'im proper then. 'Adn't 'e, Fred?'

And even the pessimist was obliged to admit that Tony could fight, even if he was not quick with his guard.

Allen took the ring slowly. His want of training had begun to tell on him, and some of Tony's blows had landed in very tender spots. He knew that he could win if his wind held out, but he had misgivings. The gloves seemed to weigh down his hands. Tony opened the ball with a tremendous rush. Allen stopped him neatly. There was an interval while the two sparred for an opening. Then Allen feinted and dashed in. Tony did not hit hi

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 2 reviews: ***
2011.05.30
AK
****.

An entertaining book for those who like school stories; especially for the reader who, like Charteris, "has a gift of humour, and (very naturally) enjoys exercising it."

2005.07.02
Flash Sheridan
**...

For Wodehouse completists only. While pleasant enough, this book lacks the careful plotting and pointed characterization on which Sir Pelham worked so hard in his later books.

The coincidences are there, not because they're funny, but to save the author a small amount of work. I confess that I had to keep jumping back in the book to keep the various characters straight, and I never did discern much, if any, plot. Wodehouse poked fun at plotless, coincidence-driven novels in his later books; perhaps he was trying to atone for his first one.


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