Characters in the Drones Club Stories

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The following is an incomplete list of fictional characters in the Drones Club stories of P. G. Wodehouse, listed in alphabetical order by surname.

The Drones Club stories, which follow the adventures of various club members, include stories not already included in other Wodehouse series. Most of the stories in the Drones Club canon star Freddie Widgeon or Bingo Little.

Members of the Drones Club who appear in other series, such as Bertie Wooster (Jeeves stories) and Freddie Threepwood (Blandings Castle stories), can be found on lists for those series. For a list of Drones Club members, see the club members list.

Rosie M. Banks[edit]

Rosie M. Banks (also called Rosie Little) is a recurring fictional character in the Drones Club stories. She is the wife of Bingo Little and a romance novelist. She also appears in several Jeeves stories.

Cyril "Barmy" Fotheringay-Phipps [edit]

Cyril "Barmy" Fotheringay-Phipps (pronounced "Fungy Fips") is a fictional character in the Drones Club stories. A tall, willowy figure with fair hair, he is the nephew of Theodore, Lord Binghampton and a member of the Drones Club. On one Boat Race night, he was arrested in Leicester Square by his younger brother George, a policeman.[1]

He appears in the Drones Club short story "Tried in the Furnace" (collected in Young Men in Spats), in which he is in a cross-talk act with Pongo Twistleton, and has a brief appearance with Catsmeat Potter-Pirbright in "The Shadow Passes" (collected in Nothing Serious). He stars in the novel Barmy in Wonderland. Barmy is mentioned in several Jeeves stories, for example in The Code of the Woosters, in which he attends the engagement dinner of Gussie Fink-Nottle.[2]

In the television series Jeeves and Wooster, Barmy was portrayed by Adam Blackwood in series one and by Martin Clunes in series two.

Algernon "Algy" Little[edit]

Algernon "Algy" Aubrey Little is a recurring fictional character in the Drones Club stories. He is the infant son of Bingo Little and Rosie Little.

Richard "Bingo" Little [edit]

Richard P. Little, known as Bingo, is a member of the Drones Club and a recurring fictional character in the Drones Club stories. Bingo also appears in many Jeeves stories.

McGarry [edit]

McGarry is a fictional character in the Drones Club stories. He is the only named bartender at the Drones Club and can estimate the weight of anything simply by looking at it. McGarry is mentioned in "The Fat of the Land and "Stylish Stouts".[3] He is also seen listening while Bingo Little confides in Bertie Wooster in the Jeeves story "Scoring off Jeeves".

Wodehouse named McGarry after a real bartender who worked at one of the clubs that inspired the Drones Club, Buck's Club.

Mabel Murgatroyd[edit]

Mabel Murgatroyd is a recurring fictional character in the Drones Club stories, appearing in "The Word in Season" and "Bingo Bans the Bomb".

Mavis Peasemarch[edit]

Mavis Peasemarch (or Peasmarch) is a recurring fictional character in the Drones Club stories, appearing in "Fate" and "Bramley Is So Bracing".

Charles Pikelet[edit]

Charles "Charlie Always Pays" Pikelet is a fictional character in the Drones Club stories. He is Bingo Little's turf accountant. He appears in "Sonny Boy", and is mentioned in "Stylish Stouts".

Claude "Catsmeat" Potter-Pirbright [edit]

Claude Cattermole "Catsmeat" Potter-Pirbright is a recurring fictional character in the Drones Club stories. He also appears in Jeeves stories.

Alexander "Oofy" Prosser [edit]

Alexander Charles "Oofy" Prosser is a recurring fictional character in the Drones Club stories. He is a wealthy yet still greedy individual who is often referred to as the club millionaire.

Henry Cuthbert Purkiss[edit]

Henry Cuthbert Purkiss, often called H. C. (or P. P.) Purkiss, is a recurring fictional character in the Drones Club stories. He is the proprietor of Wee Tots, a weekly magazine for children.[4]

Julia Purkiss[edit]

Julia Purkiss is a fictional character in the Drones Club stories. She is the wife of Henry Cuthbert Purkiss and a lifelong friend of Rosie M. Banks.[4]

Adolphus "Stiffy" Stiffham[edit]

Adolphus "Stiffy" Stiffham is a fictional character. He is the main character of the short story "The Luck of the Stiffhams".

Reginald "Pongo" Twistleton[edit]

Reginald "Pongo" Twistleton is a fictional character in the Drones Club stories. He also appears in other stories with his Uncle Fred.

Jas Waterbury [edit]

Jas (or Jos.) Waterbury is a fictional character who appears in two Drones Club short stories, "The Masked Troubadour" and "Oofy, Freddie and the Beef Trust". He is also featured in the Jeeves short story "Jeeves and the Greasy Bird". A greasy-headed and unscrupulous individual, he is a pianist and theatrical agent. He has a niece named Trixie Waterbury, who plays Fairy Queens in pantomime.[5]

In the Jeeves and Wooster television series adapted from Wodehouse's stories, he is American and lives in New York rather than London. Additionally, Trixie is actually his girlfriend in the television series, though she pretends to be his niece.

Frederick "Freddie" Widgeon [edit]

Frederick "Freddie" Fotheringay Widgeon is a recurring fictional character in the Drones Club stories. He is a member of the Drones Club and depends on an allowance from his uncle Lord Blicester. In Ice in the Bedroom, he has a lowly job with Mr Shoesmith, a solicitor with Shoesmith, Shoesmith, Shoesmith and Shoesmith. Freddie has a trusting and unsuspicious nature. His trust in others is a byword, and he believes everything he reads in Time.[6]

He is known in the club for often falling in love and getting rejected. One Egg says "I wish I had a quid for every girl Freddie Widgeon has loved and lost", and a Bean says "I'll bet that if all the girls Freddie Widgeon has loved and lost were placed end to end they would reach half-way down Piccadilly". He eventually goes coffee-farming in Kenya with Sally Foster.

Freddie appears in the short stories "Fate", "Trouble Down at Tudsleigh", "Goodbye to All Cats", "Noblesse Oblige", "The Masked Troubadour", "Bramley Is So Bracing", "The Fat of the Land", "Oofy, Freddie and the Beef Trust", and "Bingo Bans the Bomb". He is the hero of the novel Ice in the Bedroom. Freddie is a friend of Bertie Wooster and is mentioned in several Jeeves stories. He is Bertie's rival in the Drones Club Darts Sweep in Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit.[7]

In the television series Jeeves and Wooster, Freddie Widgeon was portrayed by Charles Millham in series one and by John Duval in series two. While the result of the Drones darts tournament is not revealed in Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit, the contest ends in a tie between Bertie Wooster and Freddie Widgeon in the television series.

Rodney Widgeon, Lord Blicester[edit]

Rodney (or Joseph) Widgeon, Lord Blicester, is a recurring fictional character in the Drones Club stories. He is the uncle of Freddie Widgeon. He pays Freddie an allowance, as Freddie is his late sister's son.

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Ring & Jaggard (1999), pp. 92-93.
  2. ^ Garrison (1991), p. 75-76.
  3. ^ Garrison (1991), p. 116.
  4. ^ a b Garrison (1991), p. 158.
  5. ^ Garrison (1991), p. 206.
  6. ^ Wodehouse (1993) [1950], chapter 1, p. 11.
  7. ^ Garrison (1991), pp. 213-214.
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