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Re: Sir Oswald Mosley


A reader suppies the reference. Notice the eyes:


Yes, he was, in The Code of the Woosters. Check it out:

“Don’t you ever read the papers? Roderick Spode is the founder and head of
the Saviours of Britain, a Fascist organization better known as the Black
Shorts. His general idea, if he doesn’t get knocked on the head with a
bottle in one of the frequent brawls in which he and his followers indulge,
is to make himself a Dictator.”


“Well, I’m dashed! I thought he was something of that sort. That chin…
Those eyes… And, for the matter of that, that moustache. By the way, when
you say ’shorts,’ you mean ’shirts,’ of course.”

“No. By the time Spode formed his association, there were no shirts left. He
and his adherents wear black shorts.”


Bertie later gives Sir Roderick him his comeuppance, saying:

“The trouble with you, Spode, is that because you have succeeded in inducing
a handful of halfwits to disfigure the London scene by going about in black
shorts, you think you’re someone. You hear them shouting ‘Heil Spode!’ and
you imagine it is the Voice of the People. That is where you make your
bloomer. What the Voice of the People is saying is: ‘Look at that frightful
ass Spode, swanking about in footer bags! Did you ever in your puff see such
a perfect perisher!’”

And, indeed, his weakness, deftly exploited, is–as Jeeves learns–Spode is
the secret proprietor of Eulalie Soeurs, designer and vendor of ladies’

[Translator's note: "footer bags" = soccer shorts.]


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