Augustus (More)

Augustus FinkNottle, Chet’s October Friend of the Month, must derive his name from Augustus Fink-Nottle, close friend of Bertie Wooster in P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster series, Bertie being a sort of man about town in London and various country houses and Jeeves being his butler. Bertie narrates – a brilliant decision on Wodehouse’s part in comedic terms, since Bertie is very often not quite in the picture and Jeeves is always the smartest character in every book. Bertie has a number of buddies who hang out at the Drones club, getting mildly sauced, although not Gussie, who sticks to orange juice. Except on one occasion in Right Ho, Jeeves, where Gussie is roped into giving the prize day speech at Market Snodsbury Grammar School and fortifies – or over-fortifies – himself to do so. One of the funniest scenes in fiction, and my guess is that our Gussie’s human companion knows it well.

 

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15 Responses to “Augustus (More)”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    9:02 am on October 8th, 2021

    Good morning all!
    We were wondering if Augustus came with that name or if he adjusted to having a new name with real dignity?
    Hope everyone has a good Boo Bear day.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    10:31 am on October 8th, 2021

    Greetings!

    Excellent question HOH!

    Happy BooBear day to all!

  3. B. Stover
    11:28 am on October 8th, 2021

    I remember that scene in the film version.

    Good day to all.

  4. mlaiuppa
    2:59 pm on October 8th, 2021

    I suspect Gus had to adjust to that name as I really doubt he came with it, being an ex-hunting dog and all. He looks so young I have to wonder, did he flunk out of hunting school? Was a deer involved?

    Could be he was always Gus and when adopted they looked for something a bit more in terms of an official name.

    When I got Freyja she had been named “Grey” by her first adoptee and the shelter had just kept calling her that, even though she never came when called. I changed her name to Freyja, being as close to Grey as I was willing to go. She learned to come within a few weeks, although her recall in the dog park is erratic. Officially she is Freyja Grey on her NACSW and AKC registration and her PetHub registration.

    So, if you adopt a dog already named Gus, what do you do? Augustus is a natural direction, but the only Augustus I would have thought of off the top of my head is the Emperor Caesar Augustus. I think turning to literature rather than history was a great idea.

    In that Facebook photo, he certainly looks like an Augustus FinkNottle.

    I wonder if he hunts for newts?

  5. Herd of Hounds
    3:04 pm on October 8th, 2021

    What about “Augustas Gloop”?

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:45 pm on October 8th, 2021

    Funny!…I wish I had been named after someone who was funny…snort!.. Fiction or otherwise…sigh!

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:49 pm on October 8th, 2021

    B-Words!…We are officially watching the Braves and the Brewers tonight…burp!…Not that we have any desire indeed who wins…grump!gruffle!

  8. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:50 pm on October 8th, 2021

    Sigh…………..sniff!

  9. WTAFP
    9:04 pm on October 8th, 2021

    But Rio, what about Uncle Rios in To Fetch a Thief? I remember that well, because Wookie won the advance reader copy in the first competition that Spence ran.

  10. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:10 pm on October 8th, 2021

    Uncle Rio!…snort!…WTAFP, this cheers me up very much thinking about that! …snorkel!…Who are youse guys rooting for during the post game season?…chuffle!

  11. WTAFP
    9:49 pm on October 8th, 2021

    Rio. We are having the same problems you are. I was kind of rooting for St.Louis in part because of your influence, but with them gone, not sure. I really have mixed feelings about the Dodgers, as my following them faded a while back (they were my favorite team back in the Koufax era, but that was a long, long time ago), but it seems that the Dodgers have morphed into the Nationals With Schwertzer and Turner, but still tough to root for them. I don’t know that much about the Rays or Brewers, but perhaps we will root for one of them.

  12. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:01 pm on October 8th, 2021

    Problem!…Tonight I’ve narrowed it down to the Brewers. They have not been in the limelight for a while (it seems)….The Braves have always irritated me. Forever!…The Rays are never in my pup-eye sight….grump!grump!grump!

  13. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:06 pm on October 8th, 2021

    Dodgers!…I’ve hated the Dodgers all my baseball life…wheeze!…Although I do absolutely admire and respect Schwertzer ….The James Bond of Pitchers. Oh my dawg!.. I hate that
    he is playing for the Dodgdy Dogdgers…grunt!

  14. mlaiuppa
    10:21 pm on October 8th, 2021

    I always think of….Rio Bravo.

  15. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:30 pm on October 8th, 2021

    mlaiuppa…snorkel!

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