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

Why was the river air demoralising according to the author?

from chapter 13 to 19

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The air can get men feeling down and upset at each other,

"The air of the river has a demoralising effect upon one’s temper, and this it is, I suppose, which causes even barge men to be sometimes rude to one another, and to use language which, no doubt, in their calmer moments they regret."