1. Just yesterday I came across the fact that Jeeves is not a butler, but a valet, because he’s the only servant employed by Bernie Wooster.

  2. He does, but that’s basically the definition of a valet.

    On a different topic: the microwave clearly has a turntable in panel one, but it goes missing in subsequent panels.

  3. @ Powers – Either that, or the temporal spacing of panels two through six just happens to match half the time required for a full revolution.

  4. When Sam and Frodo left on their quest, the cover story was that Sam was going to “do for Mr. Frodo”, which I always assumed meant he was a valet as well as a gardener, but I have always been unsure of what that phrase meant in the UK.

  5. Regarding the tortellini, at least it was only the duration of reheating leftovers. It could have been the time it takes to cook a frozen lasagne.

  6. @ Brian R – Tolkien compared Sam’s position/relationship as being Frodo’s “batman“, effectively the British military equivalent of a valet or orderly. In many ways Sam is the actual hero of the story, he does a lot of grunt work, and remains true to the mission to the very end (reaping more of the resulting rewards afterwards), whereas Frodo ultimately succumbs to the Ring’s temptation. As for the expression “do for”, I think it was supposed to mean “do duty for”, but I don’t know whether it was a typographic omission, or intentionally shortened slang.

  7. I’ve heard “do for” in terms of servants in British English. Usually maids and such, but I could see it there. It’s not an easy phrase to search out examples as it gets swamped with other uses.

  8. While “the butler did it” (e.g. is revealed as the murderer) is a cliche, it’s been a cliche so long that mystery writers have almost never used that solution in the last century or so.


    I assume this is depicts a “Butlers Who are Murderers Anonymous” type support meeting, and in the unseen next panel all of the others present would say, in unison, “Salutations, Jeeves.” Then they go around the circle and comment on how long each has managed to stay non-murderous, etc.

  9. Although these are technically not CIDUs, I didn’t get the butling one until Shrug elucidated – basically, all the butlers did it at some point or another, and are in recovery.

    Maybe I didn’t get it because I was dimly aware Jeeves was in fact a valet – a one-on-one relationship in the Jeeves-Wooster setup in which they travelled about. A butler is generally based at a big house (or more than one, I guess) and is in charge of all sorts of below-stairs staff and has keys and access to silverware safes and the wine cellar that no other staff would have. I was reminded of all this only the weekend before last when I visited Tyntesfield, which has an impressive silver safe. The house was lived in by a last single member of the Gibbs family (who had made their vast fortune from Peruvian bird droppings) until 2001. He could not afford repairs and renovations and as they rarely threw anything away – rooms are stuffed with stuff – it was and is a time capsule of all sorts of junk from the previous 150 years. The last owner had 19 beneficiaries, so to distribute equably to them ll the place was sold to the National Truss who, as the name implies, subsequently supported it – at considerable expense.


  10. Whoa, was that intentional? the National Truss who, as the name implies, subsequently supported it

    Our NPR local station sometimes lists “supported by Navy Pier” among its funding credits, which I think hilarious since their studios and offices are in fact located upon Navy Pier!

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