Needless to say that boxing, which is so dear to Mr. Wodehouse's heart, figures largely in this story. It enables a boy who presents, at first, a very unheroic appearance, to turn the tables completely on his detractors. For the rest, we have the ordinary ups and downs of a school life, but they are told in a very amusing way, and Linton is a host in himself as far as entertainment goes. '' The White Feather " is sure to be popular.
ted in any glaring breach of the rules, and their manner towards the powers that be is, as a rule, suave, even deferential. Yet it is one of the things which everybody knows, that they are in the black books of the authorities, and that sooner or later, in the picturesque phrase of the New Yorker, they will "get it in the neck". To this class Stanning and Attell belonged. It was plain to all that the former was the leading member of the firm. A glance at the latter was enough to show that, whatever ambitions he may have had in the direction of villainy, he had not the brains necessary for really satisfactory evildoing. As for Stanning, he pursued an even course of life, always rigidly obeying the eleventh commandment, "thou shalt not be found out". This kept him from collisions with the authorities; while a ready tongue and an excellent knowledge of the art of boxing--he was, after Drummond, the best Light-Weight in the place--secured him at least tolerance at the hand of the school: and, as a matter of fact,
This early book by Wodehouse is mainly of interest in showing his developmet as a humorist. It is typical story of school days in which the shy scholarly seemingly negligent boy triumphs athletically. Of course being Wodehouse it is well written and enjoyable but without that great semi satirical yet kind humor of his later work.
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