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Baboo Jabberjee, B.A.

F. Anstey (1856-1934)

1. 01 - Mr Jabberjee apologises for the unambitious scope of his work; sundry confidences, criticisms, and complaints
2. 02 - Some account of Mr Jabberjee's experiences at the Westminster Play.
3. 03 - Mr Jabberjee gives his views concerning the Laureateship.
4. 04 - Containing Mr Jabberjee's Impressions at The Old Masters.
5. 05 - In which Mr Jabberjee expresses his Opinions on Bicycling as a Pastime.
6. 06 - Dealing with his Adventures at Olympia.
7. 07 - How Mr Jabberjee risked a Sprat to capture something very like a Whale.
8. 08 - How Mr Jabberjee delivered an Oration at a Ladies' Debating Club.
9. 09 - How he saw the practice of the University Crews, and what he thought of it.
10. 10 - Mr Jabberjee is taken to see a Glove-Fight.
11. 11 - Mr Jabberjee finds himself in a position of extreme delicacy.
12. 12 - Mr Jabberjee is taken by surprise.
13. 13 - Drawbacks and advantages of being engaged. Some Meditations in a Music-hall, together with notes of certain things that Mr Jabberjee failed to understand.
14. 14 - Mr Jabberjee's fellow-student. What's in a Title? An invitation to a Wedding. Mr J. as a wedding guest, with what he thought of the ceremony, and how he distinguished himself on the occasion.
15. 15 - Mr Jabberjee is asked out to dinner. Unreasonable behaviour of his betrothed. His doubts concerning the social advantages of a Boarding Establishment, with some scathing remarks upon ambitious pretenders. He goes out to dinner, and meets a person of some importance.
16. 16 - Mr Jabberjee makes a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Shakespeare.
17. 17 - Containing some intimate confidences from Mr Jabberjee, with the explanation of such apparent indiscretion.
18. 18 - Mr Jabberjee is a little over-ingenious in his excuses.
19. 19 - Mr Jabberjee tries a fresh tack. His visit to the India Office and sympathetic reception.
20. 20 - Mr Jabberjee distinguishes himself in the Bar Examination, but is less successful in other respects. He writes another extremely ingenious epistle, from which he anticipates the happiest results.
21. 21 - Mr Jabberjee halloos before he is quite out of the Wood.
22. 22 - Mr Jabberjee places himself in the hands of a solicitor—with certain reservations.
23. 23 - Mr Jabberjee delivers his Statement of Defence, and makes his preparations for the North. He allows his patriotic sentiments to get the better of him in a momentary outburst of disloyalty—to which no serious importance need be attached.
24. 24 - Mr Jabberjee relates his experiences upon the Moors.
25. 25 - Mr Jabberjee concludes the thrilling account of his experiences on a Scotch Moor, greatly to his own glorification.
26. 26 - Mr Jabberjee expresses some audaciously sceptical opinions. How he secured his first Salmon, with the manner in which he presented it to his divinity.
27. 27 - Mr Jabberjee is unavoidably compelled to return to town, thereby affording his Solicitor the inestimable benefit of his personal assistance. An apparent attempt to pack the Jury.
28. 28 - Mankletow v. Jabberjee. Notes taken by Mr Jabberjee in Court during the proceedings
29. 29 - Further proceedings in the Case of Mankletow v. Jabberjee. Mr Jabberjee's Opening for the Defence.
30. 30 - Mankletow v. Jabberjee (part heard). Mr Jabberjee finds cross-examination much less formidable than he had anticipated.
31. 31 - Mankletow v. Jabberjee (continued). The Defendant brings his Speech to a somewhat unexpected conclusion, and Mr Witherington, Q.C., addresses the Jury in reply.
32. 32 - Containing the conclusion of the whole matter, and (which many Readers will receive in a spirit of chastened resignation) Mr Jabberjee's final farewell.

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Summary

Another delightful example of an English writer poking fun at his countrymen, or maybe all races' reactions to someone from a diferent background. A series of adventures of a well educated foreigner in London which originally appeared weekly in Punch, sometimes with illustrations, dealing with the difficulties of fully understanding a different culture. The hero's perfect English reminds one of a quote from "My Fair Lady" ..."His English is too good, he said, "that clearly indicates that he is Foreign. Whereas other people are instructed in their native language English people aren't."