Galahad Threepwood


Galahad Threepwood

The Honourable Galahad "Gally" Threepwood is a fictional character in the Blandings stories by P. G. Wodehouse. Lord Emsworth's younger brother, a lifelong bachelor, Gally was, according to Beach, the Blandings butler, "somewhat wild as a young man". When he appears in the Blandings books, he is in his mid- to late-fifties, has thick grey hair and wears a black-rimmed monocle on a black ribbon.

Life and character

Galahad is the only one of the Threepwood siblings never to have married. His true love was Dolly Henderson, with whom he was in love from 1896-98 but who, as a lounge singer who wore pink tights, was not an appropriate bride for a man of his social status. His father sent him to South Africa to prevent him from marrying, following which he spent most of his life drinking heavily and getting up to mischief. A member of the notorious Pelican Club, he appears to have travelled widely and known many people.

The prospect of Galahad's writing his reminiscences causes a good deal of consternation among England's well-established upper-class because he had, in younger days, been "a notable lad about town". A partier, drinker, prankster, and ladies' man, and his stories are liable to embarrass his former comrades, most of whom have grown into respectable gentlemen. One particularly embarrassing story concerns Sir Gregory Parsloe-Parsloe and prawns, though we never learn many details of the incident, other than that it took place at Ascot, "the year Martingale won the Gold Cup".

His wildness makes him very popular with the members of the Blandings Servants Hall, who feel he sheds lustre on the castle, but less so with his sisters, who find him something of an embarrassment, particularly when recalling stories of their now-respectable friends. Despite the fact that he "apparently never went to bed until he was fifty", he is in remarkable shape, a spritely, rosy, dapper man with bright eyes and a jaunty posture.

Appearances

Galahad appears in seven novels and a single short story.
* "Summer Lightning" (1929)
* "Heavy Weather" (1933)
* "Full Moon" (1947)
* "Pigs Have Wings" (1952)
* "Galahad at Blandings" (1965)
* "Sticky Wicket at Blandings", from "Plum Pie" (1966)
* "A Pelican at Blandings" (1969)
* "Sunset at Blandings" (1977)

Gally first appears in "Summer Lightning", where he is staying at Blandings to work on his scandalous reminiscences. He appears not to have been a regular visitor to the castle, however, as Baxter, secretary to Lord Emsworth for some time, has never previously met him. Thereafter he becomes a regular visitor, frequently involved in the intrigues and conspiracies that invariably surround the place, generally filling the role of level-headed and resourceful saviour and the champion of youth and romance. In the two Blandings novels after "Summer Lightning" in which he does not play a part, his shoes are ably filled by his fellow-Pelican Uncle Fred.

Television

In a 1995 BBC adaptation of "Heavy Weather", broadcast in the United States by PBS, Galahad was portrayed by Richard Briers.

External links

*imdb title | id=0111998 | title="Heavy Weather" (1995)


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