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At Geisenheimer’s

by P.G. Wodehouse

Genre: Comedy
Format of Original Source: Short Story
Recommended Adaptation Length:

Candidate for Adaptation? Promising


Why, sure, I remember you,’ I said. ‘Algernon Clarence, isn’t it?’

‘Not Algernon Clarence. My name’s Charlie.’

‘My mistake. And what’s the great scheme, Mr Ferris? Do you want to dance with me again?’

He did. So we started. Mine not to reason why, mine but to do and die, as the poem says. If an elephant had come into Geisenheimer’s and asked me to dance I’d have had to do it. And I’m not saying that Mr Ferris wasn’t the next thing to it. He was one of those earnest, persevering dancers–the kind that have taken twelve correspondence lessons.


A world-weary New York chorus girl is just wants to go back home; back to a quiet life on a farm. She recognizes herself in the form of a young wide-eyed touristy couple, and wishes that they not have the same fate as she did. She has an opportunity to open their eyes through a dance contest. (And we wonder, would it be best if the innocent girls wins the dance contest, or loses it?) A charming story, and with some fleshing out of the relationship between the young husband the young wife, as well as the tired jaded dancer, there might be something wonderful here. Plus the added bonus of music and dance being essential to the plot. Worth a look.


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