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Black for Luck

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Black for Luck

by P.G. Wodehouse

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

Candidate for Adaptation? Not Reviewed


‘Francis,’ said Elizabeth, ‘does this cat belong to anyone here?’

‘No, miss. That cat’s a stray, that cat is. I been trying to locate that cat’s owner for days.’

Francis spent his time trying to locate things. It was the one recreation of his eventless life. Sometimes it was a noise, sometimes a lost letter, sometimes a piece of ice which had gone astray in the dumb-waiter–whatever it was, Francis tried to locate it.

‘Has he been round here long, then?’

‘I seen him snooping about a considerable time.’

‘I shall keep him.’

‘Black cats bring luck,’ said Francis sententiously.

‘I certainly shan’t object to that,’ said Elizabeth. She was feeling that morning that a little luck would be a pleasing novelty.


A guy and gal meet through the attentions of a mutually-fed alley cat. The couple thinks the cat has brought them luck, until one day it dsiappears and….This is a sweet story, but unworthy of Wodehouse’s reputation, and ultimately unsatisfying and one-note-y. Not enough events or conflict to drive a piece in the theatre.


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