Big Mo Comes to the Mountain

Welcome to the final installment of our latest Tale for Our Time – P G Wodehouse’s adventure into media and mobsters in pre-Great War New York, Psmith, Journalist.

After last night’s accompanying illustration, Steyn Clubber Martha, from the beautiful British Columbian capital of Victoria, found herself wondering:

Is that pppppptarmigan mocking Biden and his orthopaedic boot?

Very much enjoying Psmith’s adventures. Thank you Mark.!

We trust no dreary contemporary political resonances can be drawn from tonight’s photograph, Martha. Thank you for your kind words, but, alas, all good things must end. Tonight’s concluding episode of Psmith, Journalist begins with the final showdown between our hero and a graft-addicted New York Alderman-to-be:

There was a knock at the door, and Master Maloney entered with a card.

“Guy’s waiting outside,” he said.

“Mr. Stewart Waring,” read Psmith. “Comrade Maloney, do you know what Mahomet did when the mountain would not come to him?”

“Search me,” said the office-boy indifferently.

“He went to the mountain. It was a wise thing to do. As a general rule in life you can’t beat it. Remember that, Comrade Maloney.”

“Sure,” said Pugsy. “Shall I send the guy in?”

It’s a long time since I heard anyone use the old if-the-mountain-won’t-come-to-Mohammed line. I wonder if people are eschewing it for some or other reason. Be that as it may, members of The Mark Steyn Club can hear me read the conclusion of Psmith, Journalist simply by clicking here and logging-in. Earlier episodes can be found here.

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