'Pardon me sir, but are you proposing to enter the Ritz Hotel in that hat?' I knew that the time had come when Bertram must show that iron resolution of his which has been so widely publicized.

In the matter of head-joy Jeeves is not in tune with modern progressive thought, his attitude being best described, perhaps, as hidebound, and right from the start I had been asking myself what his reaction would be to the blue Alpine hat with the pink feather in it which i had purchased in his absence. Now I knew. I could se at a glance that he wanted no peice of it.

I, on the other hand, was all for this Alpine lid. I was prepared to concede that it would have been more suitable for rural wear, but against this had to be set the fact that it unquestionably lent a diablerie to my appearence, and mine is an appearance that needs all the diablerie it can get. In my voice, therefore, as I replyed, there was a touch of steel.

‘Yes Jeeves, that, in a nutshell, is what I am proposing to do. Don't you like this hat?‘
‘No, sir.‘
‘Well, I do,‘ I replied rather cleverly, and went out with it tilted just that merest shade over the left eye which makes all the difference.

Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves - P.G. Wodehouse


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