Alexander Charles "Oofy" Prosser is a recurring fictional character from the stories of British comic writer P. G. Wodehouse, being the millionaire member of the Drones Club and a friend of Jeeves's master Bertie Wooster. The most wealthy and envied member of the Club, he has the nickname "Oofy", which is British slang for "wealthy" or "made of money".
Because Oofy is both constantly being asked for £5 or £10 and a miser for loans, "a man in whose wallet moths nest and raise large families", he is considered ugly on both the inside and the outside – the pimples on his face being quite famous.
However, Oofy can be a big spender (serving strawberries in winter, at a cost of around a pound sterling each), or a fierce gambler (in a casino, or on bets).
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Oofy is featured in:
- "The Knightly Quest of Mervyn" (Mr Mulliner, featuring the Oofy stand-in "Alexander C. Prosser")
- "All's Well with Bingo" (Drone Bingo Little)
- "Sonny Boy" (Drone Bingo Little)
- Uncle Fred in the Springtime (1939) – Uncle Fred and Blandings novel, action started by Pongo, Horace, and Oofy at the club
- "The Word in Season" (Drone Bingo Little)
- "Freddie, Oofy and the Beef Trust" (Drone Freddie Widgeon with Oofy Prosser)
- "The Shadow Passes" (Drone Bingo Little)
- "Leave it to Algy" (Drone Bingo Little with Oofy Prosser)
- "The Fat of the Land" (Drone Freddie Widgeon)
- Ice in the Bedroom(1961) – novel about Drone Freddie Widgeon with Oofy Prosser
Oofy is mentioned in:
- "The Luck of the Stiffhams" (Drone Stiffy Stiffham)
- "Stylish Stouts" also recycled as "The Great Fat Uncle Contest" (Drone Bingo Little)
- Jeeves in the Offing (1960) – Jeeves novel (chap. III)
- Galahad at Blandings (1965) – Blandings novel
- Sources consulted
- Reggie (2007-03-16). "Wodehouse Who's Who: Oofy Prosser". Blandings, a Companion to the Works of P. G. Wodehouse. Archived from the original on 2007-07-22.
- "Prosser" was also late 19th century British slang, meaning a "beggar", one who cadges loans, and thus his surname puns on standard English beggar and beggar, slang for a "bloke" or "chap"; the entire name thus meaning "wealthy bloke". "oofy". CollinsDictionary.com. Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 11th Edition. Retrieved October 21, 2012. "oof, n, Slang: money (C19: from Yiddish ooftisch, from German auf dem Tische on the table (referring to gambling stakes))" – [Adjective "oofy" being slang for "wealthy" or "loaded", literally "monied" or "made of money".]
- "Filmography by TV series for Richard Dixon" at the Internet Movie Database
- Hutchinson, Kyle (2006-05-11). "Wodehouse Characters: Oofy Prosser". The P. G. Wodehouse Story Index [database].