October 2003 Passage of the Month

From Brinkley Manor by P.G. Wodehouse, pp. 30-31:

"I have had occasion, I fancy, to speak before now of these pick-me-ups of Jeeves' and their effect on a fellow who is hanging to life by a thread on the morning after. What they consist of, I couldn't tell you...Be that as it may, however, the results of swallowing one are amazing. For perhaps the split part of a second nothing happens. It is as though all nature waited breathless. Then, suddenly, it is as if the Last Trump had sounded and Judgment Day set in with unusual severity. Bonfires burst out in all parts of the frame. The abdomen becomes heavily charged with molten lava. A great wind seems to blow through the world, and the subject is aware of something resembling a steam hammer striking the back of the head. During this phase, the ears ring loudly, the eyeballs rotate and there is a tingling about the brow. And then, just as you are feeling that you ought to ring your lawyer and see that your affairs are in order before it is too late, the whole situation seems to clarify. The wind drops. The ears cease to ring. Birds twitter. Brass bands start playing. The sun comes up over the horizon with a jerk. And a moment later all you are conscious of is a great peace."


Image 2003 US Games
Passage 1962 Beagle Books