Bruce Toews (masterofmusings) wrote,
Bruce Toews

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Identification of Identifications, all Is Identification

Hi everyone,

As you may have vaguely gathered from my LJ posts of late, I am reading a lot of P.G. Wodehouse these days. There are some Wodehousian phrases and musical references that I'm wondering about, and I am hoping one of you geniuses (or should that be genii?) might have the answer.

1. Company's Own Water: A lot of the books, when refering to country estates, describe them as having "company's own water". Anyone know what this means? Does it simply mean that the estate has its own on-grounds source of drinking/washing water?

2. Musical References.

a. There is one instance where Wodehouse refers to "... that song of George Thingummy's out of Cuddle Up! You know the one I mean. 'Always Listen to Mother, Girls!'" Is this something real or was it made up?

B. In the same story, he refers to an Orange-Girl Number from the show at the palace. the excerpt he includes is, and I quote:

Oh, won't you something something oranges,
My something oranges,
My something oranges;
Oh, won't you something something something I forget,
Something something something tumty tumty yet: Oh-

or words to that effect.

End-quote. Again, is this real, or was it made up?

In the radio dramatization of The Inimitable Jeeves, from which these two ballads are quoted, you actually hear parts of these songs, and I was just wondering if they were real. Anyone know? Merci.

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