In Bertie’s eyes, Spode starts at seven feet tall, and seems to grow in height, eventually becoming nine foot seven. Bertie immediately thinks of Spode as “the Dictator” even before he learns of Spode’s political ambitions. As Bertie says, “I don’t know if you have even seen those pictures in the papers of Dictators with tilted chins and blazing eyes, inflaming the populace with fiery words on the occasion of the opening of a new skittle alley, but that was what he reminded me of. ” Bertie learns how accurate his initial impression of Spode was when Gussie tells him that Spode is the leader of a fascist group called the Saviours of Britain, also known as the Black Shorts. Gussie says of Spode, “His general idea, if he doesn’t get knocked on the head with a bottle in one of the frequent brawls in which he and his followers indulge, is to make himself a Dictator. ”

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