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

Character sketch of Montmorency (in detail)

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Montmorency is a fox terrier. Being a minor character and a dog in a comedy, we are not going to have a complex set of traits. He gets into all kinds of shenanigans, which irritate and entertain the three friends. When the men, for example, are trying to make Irish Stew, Montmorency catches a water-rat and offers it to the men to add to the stew.

Montmorency is one of the major characters in the novel Three Men in a Boat. He contributes greatly to the degree of humor in the novel. He is a small fox-terrier, looking at whom you would think he has been sent to earth from heaven but in reality he was shown to be very aggressive. He had killed twelve chickens and had to be saved from street fights. He loved the company of the three men and joined them on the boat trip acroos the river Thames. The narrator thought that fox terriers were born to be a bit more of a nuisance as compared to other dogs (this was clear from J.'s description of the Haymarket scene) and so he did not blame Montmorency of causing all the trouble that he generally did.

Montmorency is shown to have his own interesting sense of humor. He misses no opportunity to make the readers observe him. The incident with the Irish Stew when he brought a dead water rat as his contribution to the dish was quite funny. And so was the packing incedent when he put his leg into the jam and killed three rats (lemons).