I'm in the middle of P. G. Wodehouse's Carry On, Jeeves
, which partially takes place in New York during the 1920's. At one point, Bertie Wooster jaunts off to Long Island.
"Long Island? 1920's?" I thought. "Wasn't that where The Great Gatsby
And thus, naturally, my next thought was: "Someone really needs to write a Jeeves/Gatsby crossover."
Just think of the possibilities! Jeeves could circumspectly patch things up between Nick and Jordan! Bertie could have escapades with Daisy and Tom! Instead of a searing indictment of the American Dream, it would be a jolly comedy!
"Jeeves," Gatsby would say, "if you hadn't refused to let me wear my striped swimming trunks, I fear that madman might have shot me!"
"Yes, sir," Jeeves would say.
"Jeeves," Gatsby would say magnanimously, "burn my striped swimming trunks!"
"Very good, sir," Jeeves would say.
And then I thought, "Yeah...The Great Gatsby
is really the complete antithesis of the Wooster/Jeeves stories in all ways, isn't it?"( To Say Nothing of the Dog, Light, and Ombria in Shadow )