Well I finally twigged that the reason I couldnít find a unifying plot in these early school stories is that there isnít one. Same setting, often the same characters, but separate fictional anecdotes. I suppose that wasnít as clear to me in the preceding ĎPrefectís Uncleí because I didnít notice the punchline in a few stories, such as the title one.
This collection makes it a bit clearer, and has some wonderful moments (such as the enchanting description of a Latin master getting an electric shock), but as I compulsively work through the Gutenberg Wodehouse chronologically Iím hoping he hits his straps soon. These stories probably would have delighted the contemporary public schoolboys they were written for, but their appeal doesnít extend as far as many of his later stories. One for the trainspotters/fans like myself.