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

Three Men In A boat

The conversation between the old, feeble, hobbling Sexton and the writer is extremely funny. Contrast the behavior of both, bringing out the humour.

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Jerome really does not want to here these old stories,

"I shock respectable sextons by the imperturbability I am able to assume before exciting inscriptions, and by my lack of enthusiasm for the local family history, while my ill-concealed anxiety to get outside wounds their feelings."