Pig in muck … the Empress of Blandings and family in a recent BBC adaptation of Wodehouse's series. Photograph: Aiden Monaghan/BBC/Mammoth Screen NI Limited
In truth, happiness as a theme is an elusive concept. Another place to start might be the innocent world of PG Wodehouse. Even there, however, we find that the landscape of Bertie Wooster's Mayfair is fraught with hazard (aunts) and jeopardy (ex-fiancees). Bertie might be a nincompoop and an innocent (one of very few in English literature), but he is always mired in one kind of scrape or another, and relies on his manservant, Jeeves, to rescue him from "the bouillon".