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

by Jerome K. Jerome
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How would you describe George from Jerome's Three Men in a Boat?

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George works in a bank – although his friend J., the narrator, claims that “George goes to sleep at a bank from ten to four each day, except Saturdays, when they wake him up and put him outside at two” (Chapter II). In spite of his supposed tendency to take naps at a moment’s notice, he seems to be the most organized of the traveling friends. He can take charge of situations whenever the others remain indecisive. This skill is seen in Chapters II through IV, when the three are deciding where to go on vacation and what to pack for the trip. He can sometimes get confused, as evidenced when his watch once stopped, and when he and Harris had to put up the canvas tarp. But these instances are rare. George has aspirations of playing the banjo, but his practicing is not going well. He can step up and cook Irish stew for the group, however. (See Chapter XIV.) In this effort he’s a bit more talented than his colleagues. He has a good sense of humor and a lively sense of curiosity. He would generally be a good crew member for a boat trip.

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