Just Ask Jeeves!


Remembering things is so hard…

'Jeeves,' I recollect saying, on returning to the apartment, 'who was the fellow who on looking at something felt like somebody looking at something?'

There are so many things…

 '… Well, let me tell you that the man that hath no music in himself…' I stepped to the door. 'Jeeves,' I called down the passage, 'what was it Shakespeare said the man who hadn't music in himself was fit for?'

Imagine, if you had a valet (or butler) who could—and would—do anything and everything you needed just in time, had answers to any question you would ask, would conjure a solution to any trouble you might find yourself in, and still could find enough time to have knowledge of all kinds of literature and news!

'… A fellow I have always looked on more as some sort of an uncle than a personal attendant …'

Well, a matter of great regret, you cannot. Bertram W. Wooster has him already. One of history’s greatest brains ("as full of phosphorus as the human brain can jolly well stick") taking care of one of the nuttiest ever is a good match, that you have to admit.

P. G. Wodehouse is a success when it comes to humorous writing. His short stories and novels about Jeeves and Bertie Wooster are funny in a modest way. Not twisting just anything into a joke, but taking the storyline and building up the characters in a way that just brings a slight smile, and sometimes a chuckle, is the way his Wooster-Jeeves duo do. The way in which conversations often drip with witty touches and sometimes span out of control is delightful. Also, the narrative style of the stories keeps it refreshing.

'Oh, yes, he thinks a lot of you. I remember his very words. "Mr Wooster, miss," he said, "is, perhaps, mentally somewhat negligible, but he has a heart of gold." …'

As described by the omniscient Jeeves, Bertie is good-hearted but lacks some essential stuff in the important areas of his head. On the contrary, Jeeves knows, hears, does and solves everything.
Need to escape from a yacht when your face is smeared with shoe-polish? Desperate to coax money out from an uncle with a painting that looks like a caricature? For those and countless more scenarios that are impossible Jeeves has the perfect solutions.

Just think about it: they created the Ask.com web search engine, originally known as Ask Jeeves, based on him, just because Jeeves has all the answers.

In the end, to say something that sums up Jeeves is as easy as chewing water.
To this great savior, B. Wooster’s response is the simplest yet the most sententious:

It is not easy to find words in these supreme moments, if you know what I mean. What I mean is, you get a moment like this – supreme, as you might say – with the clouds all cleared away and the good old sun buzzing along on all six cylinders – and you feel … well, I mean, dash it!

'Thank you, Jeeves,' I said.