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Three Men and a Maid

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,352 Ratings  ·  161 Reviews
This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published August 18th 2008 by BiblioLife (first published April 26th 1922)
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Trevor
Feb 03, 2010 Trevor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, humour
It is hard not to like a good Wodehouse novel - as he says himself somewhere, his books are basically set in a world where romantic comedies come into being. This isn’t one of the series of books he writes, there are no Jeeves or Woosters or Blandings of Blandings Castle. No need to tell you the plot of this one, really, the plots of a Wodehouse novel (although always masterfully plotted) aren’t really the main interest. There are some brilliantly funny lines, some leg crossingly acute observati ...more
Versha
Dec 31, 2014 Versha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
3.5

What to expect in a P.G. Wodehouse book?

Lots of crazy characters..
Some Crazy situations..
Some laugh out loud moments..
Some eye rolling romance..
some giggles..
and lots of confusion..
which sums up to give a perfect romantic comedy.

Well, this book had all the above mentioned ingredients hence it was “fun”:) !
Barbara
Feb 12, 2015 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent Librivox reading of an early Wodehouse, this time by Kara Shallenberg (kayray).

Amazing that a frolic written almost a century ago is as fresh and hilarious as ever. In fact, it's pleasant to inhabit this idyll of slow Atlantic crossings and English country houses lit only by oil-lamps and candles (such possibilities for farcical misapprehensions).

Five chuckles.
Michael Bafford
Apr 24, 2015 Michael Bafford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is pretty much the same book as "Three Men and a Maid" which is also available from Project Gutenberg. Some of the differences are between America and Great Britain - Vassar College changed to Girton College for example, others... I don't really understand. Why is Eustace laid up with the mumps in one book and a sprained ankle in the other? There are other differences too, added dialogue and even whole scenes put in - or ripped out. Wikipedia tells me that Three Men and a Maid was original ...more
astaliegurec
For the first half to two-thirds of P.G. Wodehouse's "Three Men and a Maid," I was pretty happy. Yes, the main protagonist is an oaf and the heroine a high-maintenance princess. But, the writing is pretty good. The book doesn't really have the usual Wodehousian intertwined plots, but, instead, has intertwined characters. But then things changed. Suddenly, the main protagonist added a few more adjectives to himself: liar, idiot and self-centered. I can tolerate an oaf for a main character. But, n ...more
Sue
May 24, 2011 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Billie - also known as Wilhelmina Bennett - is engaged to a young man whose mother is an eminent writer and lecturer in an obscure field. And she does NOT want her son married. Another young man is also in love with Billie, and ensures that the wedding does not happen... and while this doesn't sound like the opening to a humorous light-hearted novel, in the hands of PG Wodehouse the most sombre of plots take on an amusing hue.

Most of the story takes place on a cruise ship, where romance blossom
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Scot
Nov 14, 2010 Scot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this reliably entertaining romantic comedy from Wodehouse, Billie, the redhaired ingenue referenced in the title, gets engaged to three different young men in a remarkably short span of time--and they all end up on the same oceanliner bound from New York to England. Once there, the action soon shifts to an archetypical beautiful country estate, which Billie's rich hypochondriac of a father believes he has legally rented out for the summer. Guess who all turns up there? To add to the fun, thro ...more
Becky
Standard Wodehouse, great for a rainy day, a nice light read. Still, I’m not rating this one as high as other Wodehousian works. The plot developed a bit slower, and while it got pretty funny at the end, there were long pauses between laughs. I also felt that the characters were a bit undeveloped for Wodehouse. Normally the characters represent a joke each, but you still very sympathetic with them, and feel that you have a good grasp on them; I felt that this was lacking here. Still you’ll crack ...more
Ashishg
Dec 08, 2014 Ashishg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read only two earlier books by this humour genius, now I wish to devour all without wait. This is small book, but full of so many comedy of errors that one cannot not laugh out loud (not of LOL variety) every other page. Author's favourite style is to put two character in contact and communication, each referencing entirely different subject, and bewildering at plausible direction the conversation is taking, yet still trying to salvage, but not really giving away their own confusion in sear ...more
Scot
Sep 06, 2015 Scot rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, classics
This was my first foray into Wodehouse. I read it while on a cruise in the Caribbean as it seemed appropriate. It reminded me of Sunday mornings watching movies that featured Nick and Nora and their dog Asta with my mother growing up. Very clean humor, life almost too perfect the way the older generation still believes in the American dream and refreshing. The characters are a little too perfect but there is something really nice about that, a great way to take a break from the difficult world w ...more
Nick
Apr 20, 2013 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vintage Wodehouse. A beautiful red-haired girl in search of her Galahad. A hypochondriac American in search of a peaceful summer of health and relaxation. And 3 young men in search of the redhead. Only one of the men is right for Billie, the redhead, but she doesn't know it, the others have their persuasive points, and the Atlantic crossing takes 9 days on the slow boat. Charming and easygoing, like a Tanqueray and tonic on a warm summer night.
Carl
Jul 07, 2012 Carl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not P.G. Wodehouse's best, but still a nice summer read. Great ending. Billie, the female all the men love, wants a Sir Galahad type. Sam Marlowe, decidedly not Sir G., at the end decides to kidnap her dog and then rescue the dog to show his bravery. Pure Wodehouse. Of course it all goes wrong, and Sam Marlowe ends up hiding first in a closet and later by donning a suit of armor that happens to be in the hallway. He's become Sir Galahad at last!
Kacey
May 25, 2015 Kacey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reminded me very strongly of Oscar Wilde's style, especially in The Importance of Being Earnest. It has a similar sense of humor and has a similar overall theme of how ridiculous people can be, especially when pursuing the one they love. It was so much fun to read! It's absurd and silly and the people behave like fools sometimes, but I think that's the charm of the book.

One great thing about this book is the distinct personality given to the characters. Love them or hate them, all the
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Julie
May 20, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british
Billie Bennett keeps finding herself engaged to men who don't live up to their potential. She wants a brave knight, but the men in her life are filled with weaknesses. Eustace at one point wants to marry Billie too, but his mother is dead set against it because it means she will have to surrender her beloved home to Eustace and his bride. She has no intention of leaving her home - ever! Sam, however, is determined to marry her from the moment he meets her.

Sam and Billie are both total narcissis
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Bill Ward
Oct 14, 2011 Bill Ward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gutenberg, funny, classic
A fun little book by Wodehouse about some rather silly men and their hair-brained schemes to woo a girl. But that describes just about every Wodehouse book, doesn't it? It's literary candy.
Ruth
May 14, 2011 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pure fun.

Wodehouse's mastery of the English language will be appreciated by all intelligent readers: his use of inventive figurative language is especially delightful.
Marts  (Thinker)
Yet another enjoyable Wodehouse read... this time we connect with the likes of Billie, Sam, Eustace, and others, finally ending in an eventual love affair...
Usfromdk
Jun 30, 2015 Usfromdk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Despite what the title might lead you to believe, most of this book does not in fact take place on a boat).

One thing I in particular liked about this book is the frank way the character Sam Marlowe, a character reminiscent of multiple other Wodehouse protagonists throughout his books, is described at multiple points throughout the narrative. The guy's an inconsiderate a**hole, and for once Wodehouse calls one of his characters out on this himself. I found this aspect of the narrative in particu
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Corey
Sep 01, 2014 Corey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fiction, 2014
My new favorite Wodehouse. Absolutely smashing.
Anne
Dec 05, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-audiobook
I want to read more Wodehouse!
Michael Bafford
Apr 24, 2015 Michael Bafford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is pretty much the same book as "The Girl on the Boat" which is also available from Project Gutenberg. Some of the differences are between America and Great Britain - Vassar College changed to Girton College for example, others... I don't really understand. Why is Eustace laid up with the mumps in one book and a sprained ankle in the other? There are other differences too, added dialogue and even whole scenes put in - or ripped out. Wikipedia tells me that Three Men and a Maid was originall ...more
QNPoohBear
Mrs. Horace Hignett dreads the day her son Eustane will marry and she loses control of her beloved home, Windles. She keeps a tight rein on her son and has even refused to rent Windles to an American, Mr. Bennett. Mr. Bream Mortimer arrives in New York to call on Mrs. Hignett and gives her a shock. It seems that Eustace is engaged to marry Mr. Bennett's daughter, Wilhelmina. Mrs. Hignett makes sure the wedding never happens and packs Eustace off to Windles. In line to board the ship, Eustace's c ...more
Perry Whitford
Mar 10, 2016 Perry Whitford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mrs. Hignett won't allow her son Eustace to marry with the future of her adopted home, the incomparable 'Windles' in Hampshire, at stake.

Provided he continues with a bachelorhood expertly stage-managed by his mother thus far, the house remains in estate and she can lord (or should that be lady?) over it, but should he marry, the family pile would pass to him.

But she's in for bad news. Accompanying her on a lecture tour of America, Eustace falls in love with a girl in New York who he tries to ma
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Nate
Jul 13, 2010 Nate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wodehouse
There is simply no way to be unhappy when you are reading one of Wodehouse's novels. They are joy distilled through a fine sieve of musical comedies and poured into your brain. Or some such rot.

The Girl on the Boat is not part of any series (Jeeves and Wooster, Mr. Mulliner, Psmith, etc.) and stands alone. As such it seems best to compare it to other Wodehouse solo novels like The Girl in Blue and Quick Service.

So I will.

I like Quick Service better, but like this book better than The Girl In Blu
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Marty
Sep 26, 2012 Marty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Wodehouse. I love boats. To top it off, I love girls--particularly my wife. It stands to reason, then, that I would have no choice but to enjoy Wodehouse's The Girl on the Boat. Without any choice in the matter, I did just that.

The Girl on the Boat is a merry, though admittedly forgettable, romp through a cast of lively characters, flippantly crazy plot lines, plenty of neatly crafted sentences with wickedly clever word play, and a healthy use of an always engaging and affable narrator. I
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Ian Wood
Oct 07, 2007 Ian Wood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Wodehouse's stage craft
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
The Girl on the Boat is the story of Billie Bennett whose search for a Galahad or Lancelot lead her to be engaged to three men is three weeks much to the discord of her father. Her first suitor was Eustace Hignett who was discovered not to be of the round table order when he jilted Billie as his mother stole his trousers to prevent him leaving his room. Next up was Sam Marlowe who it transpired was Billie’s ideal, unfortunately she only realised this after a misunderstanding allowed her to break ...more
ayrdaomei
Feb 12, 2012 ayrdaomei rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
An amusing comedy of errors! Wilhemina Bennett is the title girl, who is the source of, by turns, much admiration and consternation for three young men - Bream Mortimer, Eustace Hignett, and Samuel Marlowe. After a broken engagement for one pair of them, orchestrated by another among them, all four find themselves on an ocean liner headed to England from America and...romantic shenanigans ensue.

I could have used more of Mrs. Hignett and the dashing Jane Hubbard, but I appreciate that the book is
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Sharada
Jan 28, 2016 Sharada rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wodehouse is one of my favourite authors, someone you just keeping going back to for comfort (the real equivalent of comfort food!) and a few light-hearted moments. All hos books are wonderful, some more than the others, of course, but what strikes one is his total mastery of the English language. He sort of twists and turns the phrase but always falls back on his feet, coming out with some incredible and never-thought-of constructions. What I say here is valid for almost all his books
Maria Thermann
I hadn't expected to read a romance type story from Mr Wodehouse, but that's just what this is. Poor girl gets rich, finds man, loses man, loses fortune, eventually finds herself and the man she's really been in love with all the time without knowing it.

As it typical with Wodehouse characters, they are all very well connected and "just so" (top drawer, don't you know, old bean). While they may be rather dated, they are still enjoyable for the farcical elements of his main and sub-plots. All his
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Natalie
Apr 19, 2015 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book, it was laugh-out-loud funny in parts -- the comedic visual imagery is great, especially with regards to the cheerful dog Smith. There was melodrama, a parrot personified, and literally a knight in shining armor. There were coincidences and twists in the plot that tease the reader and then play out in ways I did not expect! I was pleased to enter into the author's world. I listened to this one at work, and it made my tasks more enjoyable.
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Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE, was a comic writer who enjoyed enormous popular success during a career of more than seventy years and continues to be widely read over 40 years after his death. Despite the political and social upheavals that occurred during his life, much of which was spent in France and the United States, Wodehouse's main canvas remained that of prewar English upper-class so ...more
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“Billie knew all. And, terrible though the fact is as an indictment of the male sex, when a woman knows all, there is invariably trouble ahead for some man.” 9 likes
“Bream Mortimer was tall and thin. He had small bright eyes and a sharply curving nose. He looked much more like a parrot than most parrots do. It gave strangers a momentary shock of surprise when they saw Bream Mortimer in restaurants, eating roast beef. They had the feeling that he would have preferred sunflower seeds.” 8 likes
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