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“The Aunt and the Sluggard”
October 22, 2014, 9:29 pm
Filed under: Biography

“The Aunt and the Sluggard” perpetually hovers toward the top of my ever-morphing list of favorites. It’s a short story, but I like it better than most vegetables, and certainly prefer it to any skin disease or opera. If you’d like a synopsis of the story, you’ll find it by reading it for yourself. Then you’ll be able to synopticize it for others by telling them to read it for themselves. They will thank you.

The best part of the story, from my perspective as a recovering revivalist, is the thinly-camouflaged reference to Billy Sunday in the subplot of the story. Wodehouse, in telling another story, puts Sunday in the sunshine for all to laugh, which is probably the best use for Sunday. Few could object seriously to my opinion that taking Billy Sunday seriously did more harm than good, and I say this as a Christian pastor in the fundamentalist tradition, whose lot in life has been to try to clean up after Finney Moody Sunday and their contemporary heirs who still think up is down.

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