Thursday, June 7, 2012

Booking Through Thursday: Seconds

A weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading. Hosted at Booking Through Thursday. A while ago BTT interviewed their readers for a change, and their final question was, “What question have they NOT asked at BTT that you’d love them to ask?” Ever so often they will pose those questions to their BTT followers. Like now.
Mervih asks:

Favorite secondary characters? (Note the plural)

Mervyn Bunter: Lord Peter Wimsey's manservant, right-hand man, crime photographer, and detective side-kick.  The epitome of the gentleman's gentleman--he can cook an omelet, pick out the proper tie and socks for visiting an architect who's discovered a body in his bath, and pack for a continental trip at a moment's notice.  Indispensable servant, confidante and fellow investigator.

The Dowager Duchess of Denver in various Lord Peter Wimsey stories by Sayers. I love her round-about way of talking that somehow always gets right to the point. One of those "fluffy" women who always see and understand more than anyone thinks.

Galahad Threepwood: Brother to Lord Emsworth in P. G. Wodehouse's Blandings Castle stories. Author of a scandalous manuscript of memoirs and quite a lively story-teller.  

Sergeant Mullins in the Frances & Richard Lockridge series starring Pam & Jerry North. Mullins knows that the crime is going to be a "screwy" one whenever the Norths are involved. 

Marion Halcombe in The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. In my opinion the best character in the book. She's got spirit and is very independent.

Marvin the Paranoid Android in the Douglas Adams books.  Afflicted with depression and boredom, partially because he "has a brain the size of a planet" that he rarely gets to use.  You'd think someone that depressing wouldn't be a favorite--but I just find him hysterical. 


DawnTreader said...

Oh, some great characters there. I love Dorothy Sayers and PG Wodehouse!
Here's my BTT post

Unknown said...

I completely agree with Marion from The woman in White. Great choice :)

JLS Hall said...

Wonderful choices! Bunter is one of my faves, too.