This first part of the book is essentially an introduction to the main characters of the novel, and it also lays the foundations for the rather convoluted story which will develop. George Bevan is the protagonist, and more or less the straight man in the novel. He's a sensible, level-headed sort, but boredom and loneliness drives him to- as we shall soon see- act recklessly, in a way which is out of character for him.
Wodehouse immediately makes us aware of whom we want to succeed and who we want to fail; we have a lively sympathy for Maud and George, and want them to be happy. On the other hand, it will give great pleasure to see Lady Caroline's schemes foiled, and great amusement to see Percy's snobbery brought low. The question is, who will emerge victorious at the end of the day... we shall see.