The Man Upstairs and Other Short Stories – by P. G. Wodehouse

A collection of short stories, not featuring any of Wodehouse’s regular characters, most concern romance and are mildly humorous.

The Plot
Annette Brougham, a hot-headed female music-teacher and composer, is bothered by a knocking on her ceiling. She visits the flat above to complain, but despite her initial feelings of anger, she soon finds herself drawn to “Alan Beverley”, the struggling artist she finds living there.

Reginald Sellers, a pompous painter, criticises Alan’s work harshly, and Annette defends him, but soon regrets her cruelty towards Reginald. Sellers finds some success, selling several paintings to a Glasgow millionaire named Bates, and continues to lord it over his less achieving neighbour.

Annette publishes a waltz, and that too begins to sell well. She is happy, but disappointed that her friend has yet to sell his work.

She answers the telephone one day, and takes a message from a friend of “Beverley”, and hears that large quantities of printed music and paintings have been delivered there. She confronts “Beverley”, who reveals that his real name is Bill Bates, a millionaire. He has been in love with Annette since he first saw her in the street, and took the flat in her building to be near her.

She berates him for tricking her and treating her like a child, and he counters by revealing that he knows she has bought the one and only painting he has sold. He repeats his proposal of marriage, and she tells him to go away. She hears him pacing around in his room above, and, taking a broom, she bangs three times on her ceiling.

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  1. 01 - The Man Upstairs The Man Upstairs by P. G. Wodehouse  
  2. 02 - Something To Worry About The Man Upstairs by P. G. Wodehouse  
  3. 03 - Deep Waters The Man Upstairs by P. G. Wodehouse  
  4. 04 - When Doctors Disagree The Man Upstairs by P. G. Wodehouse  
  5. 05 - By Advice of Counsel The Man Upstairs by P. G. Wodehouse  
  6. 06 - Rough-Hew Them How We Will The Man Upstairs by P. G. Wodehouse  
  7. 07 - The Man Who Disliked Cats The Man Upstairs by P. G. Wodehouse  
  8. 08 - Ruth in Exile The Man Upstairs by P. G. Wodehouse  
  9. 09 - Archibald's Benefit The Man Upstairs by P. G. Wodehouse  
  10. 10 - The Man, The Maid, And The Miasma The Man Upstairs by P. G. Wodehouse  
  11. 11 - The Good Angel The Man Upstairs by P. G. Wodehouse  
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