Books: Nobbled Empress

HEAVY WEATHER —P. G. Wodehouse— Little, Brown ($2).

You might be puzzled if you were to pick up this piece of intentionally featherweight fiction and, opening by chance to page 125, read the following sentences from the beginning of paragraph three:

"The Empress, after a single brief but courteous glance at this newcomer, had returned to the business which had been occupying her at the moment of Lord Tilbury's arrival. She pressed her shapely nose against the lowest rail of the sty and snuffled moodily."

But if you knew what you were doing when...

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