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



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Jerome is the narrator of the novel, most likely based on Jerome himself. J. has a dog named Montmorency, and two friends, George and Harris. He sees himself as intelligent, hard-working, and competent, but his behavior in the novel suggests otherwise. Like his friends, J. is a hypochondriac.Jerome is able to relax during the trip and begins to put life in greater perspective. He is reflective and even poetic about his life and the nature around him.

Jim is the narrator of the story who is single and live the life in his own way. He is funny, lively and poetic man but hypochondriac. He thinks himself as a walking hospital. He has a dog named Montmorency. He is quite lazy and easy going though he sees himself as intelligent and hard-working. He is romantic and human beings. He loves to watch sunset and the beauty of stars at night. He loves to muse and comments on certain truths about life and human beings. He loves to eat, drink and hates work. He possesses a good sense of humour and appears dreamy. He hates sea-voyages. He is humourous by nature and can take joke on himself. He likes to work in group. He has deep interest in history as he told many ancient stories and loves artwork. He is vain about his dress sense and appearance. He is friendly and caring and is practical in his life.

Jerome was single and he spent his time with his dog Montmoracy. He thought himself to be intelligent, hardworking and competent. He was also hypochondriac. The doctor advised him and his two friends, George and Harris when he found himself to be a hospital. He and his friends went on a river trip where they enjoyed. He was humorous and a funny man. He kept on joking with his friends and he enjoyed his life on the Thames trip. He was quite careless and lazy. He was a nature lover and loved the weather and natural beauty. He relaxed on the boat trip.

Jerome is the narrator of the novel 'Three Men in a Boat'. He is single, middle-class man living in London. He is fond of history and literature, and spends much of his time day-dreaming about the days when knights roamed the countryside of England. This day-dreaming sometimes gets him into trouble when he does not pay attention to what he is doing. His sense of observation is quite sharp. He has a wonderful knack of describing incidents in humorous ways. He misses no opportunity to make readers laugh with his intelligent and indirect humour. He does this through his anecdotes. His description of his imagined illnesses is quite humorous! Equally humorous is his description of the Haymarket Scene, and Montomerency’s encounter with the Tom cat. Jerome prefers country peace and serenity to city's noisy and restless life. He believes river should remain open to everyone. He condemns those who put up 'no trespassing' signs or try to restrict the use of the river. For example his advice on how a man should journey through life is worth heeding. His sensitivity comes to light when in chapter XVI he describes the pathetic incident of seeing a corpse of a young, beautiful woman. His description touches the readers’ heart; he does not hesitate satirizing society in which prevail so many evils.


Novel-Three Men in a Boat