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

What idea of the characters of the three men do you for from first chapter? Support the answer with textual evidence.

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The three men are basically hypochondriacs who feel anxieties about their busy lives. In a flashback, J. recollects how he once went to the British Museum to research a treatment for his hay fever, and after reading about diseases, convinced himself that he was suffering from every illness known to man except for housemaid’s knee. J.’s doctor, clearly recognizing the man's paranoia, prescribed him beefsteak, beer, walking, and good sleep habits, and urged him not to “stuff up your head with things you don’t understand” (10).