“Seems to me,” said William bitterly, “no one wants to help Robert but me. You won’t let me go as his page or his butler or send him high-up letters, an’ you won’t even embroider coats of arms an’ things on his clothes. Well, I’ve done my best and I hope you won’t blame me if no one takes any notice of him there.”
Mrs Brown promised that she wouldn’t.
- Number: 16.7 (halfway point!)
- Published: 1934 (1933 in magazine form)
- Book: William the Gangster
- Synopsis: William tries to get Robert a girlfriend.
Robert is invited to a cricket week amongst aristocrats at Marleigh Manor, and worried about that his low social standing will be a drawback when he gets there. William tries to help out, by offering to go with Robert as a valet, by sending letters addressed to “Duke Robert Brown”, and – finally – by pretending to be a Scotland Yard agent and persuading an incredibly credulous young lady that Robert is a Russian prince who needs constant, round-the-clock bodyguarding.
“I’m a good deal older than what I look, of course. I’ve been kept small by Scotland Yard so as to be able to take on jobs like this.”
But then he uncovers a genuine crime and unintentionally gives Robert a chance to shine…