Favorite pifflers in the books

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Favorite pifflers in the books

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Feb 9, 2007, 4:33am

Shall we talk about piffling? Of course Lord Peter is the master, and I think he learned it from his mother. Are there any others?

Feb 12, 2007, 5:46pm

Well, Harriet joins in nicely, even if she IS far more serious-minded. (Or should I say, apparently more serious-minded?)

Feb 12, 2007, 11:16pm

How about initially more serious-minded? :) Have you ever thought of Bunter as a piffler? He actually says some very funny stuff in a very reserved and correct way.

Feb 12, 2007, 11:23pm

Yes, I was waffling over Bunter. :) But I think Harriet continued to look more serious to the untrained eye. I've said it before and I'll say it again ;) : I really need to re-read these, again.

Feb 13, 2007, 1:07am

Margery Allingham's Albert Campion started off as a piffler, but became more serious as the series continued. Campion's servant, Lugg, piffled entertainingly through the whole series.

Feb 13, 2007, 1:45am

Of course if we are broadening the spectrum, we mustn't leave out Bertie Wooster. :)

Eurydice: I'm reading through Clouds of Witness right now with a group at another site. They are so involved it amazes me. They all ask questions and have answers for things I never thought of. It's quite fun, and they are nice enough that I don't feel intimidated. Much ;) We are reading through the whole series in about a year and a half.

Feb 13, 2007, 2:26am

Mrs Lee - did not notice the thread was just Sayers. Wooster is the ne plus ultra of pifflers.

Feb 13, 2007, 3:55am

Personally, I'm not particular about it only being Sayers' characters. I like to piffle too. :)

Abr 21, 2007, 3:23am

To return to Sayers for a moment... Miss Climpson produced some rather fine piffle of her own, I thought. (And, like all superb Sayers pifflers, hers concealed the presence of a fundamentally serious mind.)

Abr 26, 2007, 4:23pm

I've been listening to Strong Poison on BBC 7 and I was very amused by Miss Climpson - she is probably my favourite character.

Mayo 15, 2007, 3:19am

By the way, non-British fans of piffle might enjoy checking out the work (on CD and DVD) of comedian Eddie Izzard -- surely the non plus ultra of comic pifflers. (The Brits are already well aware of him, of course, but so far most of the North Americans I know are unaware of his truly amazing skills in extemporaneous piffling.)

Jul 7, 2007, 7:16pm

At a dinner a group of us had for the rector of our episcopal church, one of our friends showed the 'Cake or DEATH' episode. Most excellent fun.

I must admit I'm surprised no one has mentioned Jeeves or Wooster yet. I've read some of the P.G. Wodehouse books, but in particular I'm thinking of the television series.