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

by Jerome K. Jerome
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In Three Men in a Boat, what incidents took place during the boat trip?

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If you look closely enough, you realize that most of the pages are taken up by stories of past events, as related by the narrator, J. He tells more about what happened on other trips, during other incidents, under other but slightly similar circumstances, and even about other people, than...

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If you look closely enough, you realize that most of the pages are taken up by stories of past events, as related by the narrator, J. He tells more about what happened on other trips, during other incidents, under other but slightly similar circumstances, and even about other people, than he does about the expedition at hand. Nevertheless, here are twelve of the more interesting incidents that happen during this particular trip, and once all of the characters are on board.

  • George and Harris get tangled up as they try to put up the canvas and hoops tent (Chapter X).
  • J. goes swimming and gets George’s shirt wet (Chapter XI).
  • Harris tries to make scrambled eggs and fails miserably (Chapter XI).
  • While lunching below Monkey Island, the friends discover they have no mustard and can’t open a can of pineapple (Chapter XII).
  • Montmorency, the fox terrier, is stared down by a cat (Chapter XIII).
  • The men go shopping on shore and come back to the boat with a string of helpers carrying all of their purchases (Chapter XIII).
  • George makes Irish stew and does a good job of it (Chapter XIV).
  • While George and J. go to the town of Henley, Harris stays on the boar, gets drunk, and supposedly fights off vicious swans (Chapter XIV).
  • Their boat is conveniently pulled by a steamer launch owned by friends of J. (Chapter XVI).
  • They wash their clothes in the river, unsuccessfully. They pay a washerwoman in Streatley to finish the job (Chapter XVII).
  • George and J. go to an inn and see a remarkable trout mounted on the wall. A number of fishermen tell them the stories of how they caught the fish. George and J. learn the truth about the fish on their own, thanks to George’s curiosity (Chapter XVII).
  • After enduring days of rain, the friends decide to take a train back to London and go to dinner and a show (Chapter XIX).
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