three men in a boat - chapter 10
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The men couldn't fasten the canvas to the hoops.
"They were not hoops, they were demons. First they would not fit into their sockets at all, and we had to jump on them, and kick them, and hammer at them with the boat-hook; and, when they were in, it turned out that they were the wrong hoops for those particular sockets, and they had to come out again."
"They had hinges in the middle, and, when we were not looking, they nipped us with these hinges in delicate parts of the body; and, while we were wrestling with one side of the hoop, and endeavoring to persuade it to do its duty, the other side would come behind us in a cowardly manner, and hit us over the head."
George got rolled up in the canvas while attempting to roll it out.
"How he managed it I do not know, he could not explain himself; but by some mysterious process or other he succeeded, after ten minutes of superhuman effort, in getting himself completely rolled up in it. He was so firmly wrapped
round and tucked in and folded over, that he could not get out."
Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)