Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)

Harris' fascination for the tombs was responsible for giving Jerome a few tense moments. How far would you agree with this? Substantiate your answer.


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Jerome didn't like cemeteries or tombstones.

I never did seem to hanker after tombstones myself.  I know that the proper thing to do, when you get to a village or town, is to rush off to the churchyard, and enjoy the graves; but it is a recreation that I always deny myself.  I take no interest in creeping round dim and chilly churches behind wheezy old men, and reading epitaphs. 

While waiting for Harris, Jerome has a few moments of discomfort.

“Well then,” he said, “you want to see the tombs—graves—folks been buried, you know—coffins!”

“You are an untruther,” I replied, getting roused; “I do not want to see tombs—not your tombs.  Why should I? 


“I’ve got a couple of skulls down in the crypt,” he said; “come and see those.  Oh, do come and see the skulls!  You are a young man out for a holiday, and you want to enjoy yourself.  Come and see the skulls!”

Then I turned and fled, and as I sped I heard him calling to me:

“Oh, come and see the skulls; come back and see the skulls!”


Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)