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

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

Writing in reference to context is a concept related to an essay exam type that may be less popular in the United States (thus less well known) than elsewhere. For example, Kurukshetra University...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2016, 4:47 am (UTC)

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

Uncle Podger is an example of a man who has set his mind on being an example of good manners and work ethic but fails miserably based on his pride. Podger sets out each morning well before he has...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2019, 6:22 am (UTC)

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

Narrator J. tells this story in Chapter XVII of Three Men in a Boat. On the second night of their boat trip, J. and George (along with the dog Montmorency) stop at an inn in Wallingford. They’ve...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2016, 11:38 am (UTC)

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The story begins with the narrator (J.), Harris, and George discussing how unhealthy they have been feeling lately. The reader quickly figures out that J., and likely the other two, are...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2017, 1:19 pm (UTC)

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

Jerome K. Jerome’s tale of a “fish story” is a humorous exploration of the kinds of fabricated tales that fishermen are known for telling. In this story, not one man but five men tell different...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2019, 2:05 am (UTC)

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

This is yet another humorous adventure in a book detailing the comic capers of three men in 1880s Britain who decide to take a two-week long boating vacation on the Thames, traveling from...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2017, 12:05 pm (UTC)

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

I will definitely try to be more brief than the narrator is during his description of Uncle Podger. The narrator begins chapter three with a long description of Uncle Podger. The narrator does...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2017, 2:13 pm (UTC)

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

Jerome, usually known as "J," is the narrator who lives and works in London. He is taking a vacation along the Thames river along with two friends. J. is confident and fairly jovial, always ready...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2015, 2:53 pm (UTC)

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

Plot is defined as all the literary elements that tell the story. These include, an inciting even (incites the problem, or conflict, to be solved); rising action leading to the moment of decision;...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2010, 6:15 am (UTC)

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Great question! This novel is a good one for learning more vocabulary. Whether or not every word on a particular vocabulary list will be "new," though, will depend on each individual student. For...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2016, 3:15 pm (UTC)

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

The conclusion to this story is about as anticlimactic as the rest of the story. That doesn’t mean the story isn’t good. This story is hilarious because it is about three bumbling men taking a...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2017, 9:09 pm (UTC)

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

The major recurring theme of the novel is English history. Many of the places that the three travellers encounter on their journey along the Thames, the old villages and inns and so on, are simply...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2018, 9:53 pm (UTC)

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

The main characters are the three friends who go for a boating trip along the Thames: George, William Harris and the narrator Jerome, generally referred to as J. We are not given a direct...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2013, 10:57 am (UTC)

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

Montmorency, a fox terrier, likes to get in the way of packing. As the narrator notes of the dog, "If he can squirm in anywhere where he particularly is not wanted, and be a perfect nuisance, and...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2017, 11:44 am (UTC)

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We hear a story about the narrator’s Uncle Podger in Chapter III of Three Men in a Boat. This is our sole intersection with him, so this is the only incident we can use to analyze his character....

Latest answer posted June 23, 2016, 12:56 am (UTC)

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George's travel companions decide to help George make Irish stew. They decide this is a good way to use up leftovers, and they indiscriminately put everything they can find into the pot: George...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2018, 12:20 pm (UTC)

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

Montmorency is the dog in this story. He is a cute looking fox terrier, and the narrator describes the dog in a bit of humorous detail near the end of chapter two. The narrator tells readers that...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2017, 1:54 pm (UTC)

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

The three friends – George, Harris, and narrator J. – go on a boating trip along the River Thames in England. Heading upriver, they pass every town between Kingston and Oxford, and leave the boat...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2016, 1:13 pm (UTC)

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

The story “Three Men in a Boat” starts off with four friends seated in a room in the narrator’s house talking about their health. It is in this setting that the narrator recalls a visit he once...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2017, 11:24 am (UTC)

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

Harris narrates his previous experience with the Hampton Court maze in chapter six. He tells the narrator and readers that he thought it would be a trivial thing to guide a "country cousin" through...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2017, 1:30 am (UTC)

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Uncle Podger makes a right old song and dance out of the simple act of putting up a picture. Unlike most people, he doesn't just go ahead and do it. Instead, he gives the children little errands to...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2018, 12:41 pm (UTC)

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

This is the first story told by narrator J. in Three Men in a Boat. Here he sets the stage for the rest of the book in two ways. First, he allows us to quickly become familiar with his humorous...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2016, 1:44 pm (UTC)

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When J. and Harris stop at Hampton Court in chapter 6, they decide to go through the maze in the garden—where they get lost. We know they are lost and walking in circles because they keep ending up...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2019, 12:54 am (UTC)

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The opening paragraph of the story has the narrator, J., tell readers about the "problems" that he, Harris, and George all have. We were sitting in my room, smoking, and talking about how bad we...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2017, 2:40 pm (UTC)

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

Published in 1889, Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat is most often praised for its humor, which holds up to the present day. Although it began as a serious, if fictionalized, travelogue based...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2017, 1:04 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter One, Jim has gone to see his doctor because of a strange predicament: after having read up on a myriad of diseases from a book at the British Museum, Jim concludes that he does not have...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2016, 3:08 pm (UTC)

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The story was indeed fishy, which means that it smelt suspicious and was not quite believable or sounded far-fetched. Every person that Jerome and George encountered in the tap room of the inn that...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2017, 4:02 pm (UTC)

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As flavoring for the tone of the whole packing incident, J. says he's especially good at packing, and he should do it. Harris and George agree "with a readiness that had something uncanny about...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2016, 10:16 pm (UTC)

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

As the title suggests, Harris (also known as William Harris) is one of the three men in the boat. Readers receive commentary about Harris from J., who thinks that William Harris is completely dull...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2016, 4:24 pm (UTC)

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

This story is built on the ridiculous humor of a farce. A farcical story is one in which the characters get involved in silly or unlikely situations. The hypochondriacal ramblings of the three...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2016, 7:10 pm (UTC)

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

At the beginning of the story the three friends, George, Harris and the narrator Jerome, are discussing how ill they feel. While George and Harris confess to feeling extremely giddy, Jerome...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2013, 6:49 pm (UTC)

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Being a "comment on something" type of question, this is a fairly open ended question. Your comment could be about whether your liked the ending or not and why. Your comment could also be much more...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2018, 11:40 pm (UTC)

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

The section of the story that this question is referring to can be found in the early parts of chapter one. J, the narrator, begins this chapter by telling readers that he, George, and Harris were...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2017, 11:35 am (UTC)

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This incident happens in Chapter XVI of Three Men in a Boat, and it may be the shortest chapter in the book. The men have passed the town of Reading (which is pronounced “red-ding”). The narrator...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2016, 12:22 am (UTC)

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

There is no actual camping out that happens in the chapter. Instead the friends are trying to plan their trip on the river and imaginatively entertain the idea of camping out. Two of the friends...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2017, 11:53 am (UTC)

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The narrator says that Harris is similar to Uncle Podger because Harris likes to put the burden of doing work on other people. The narrator says, "You never saw such a commotion up and down a...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2017, 1:50 pm (UTC)

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

George, Harris, J. (the narrator) and a fox terrier named Montmorency spend almost two weeks in a boat following the course of the River Thames in southern England. At various times, and especially...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2016, 9:40 pm (UTC)

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I believe you are referring to the dog Montmorency in Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog). In the story, the author describes Montmorency as a cat-hating dog. Furthermore, he explains...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2015, 10:17 pm (UTC)

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The narrator relates this story in Chapter III of Three Men in a Boat. He remembers a time when his Uncle Podger took forever and went through many tools and strategies to simply hang a picture on...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2016, 12:10 am (UTC)

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At the beginning of Chapter I, friends J. (the narrator), George, and Harris are lounging around, chatting about how bad they are—“bad from a medical point of view I mean, of course,” J. is quick...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2016, 4:47 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter One, Harris suggests that the three friends embark on a sea trip. J is the first one to disagree. He argues that a sea trip is a great experience if one can take a few months for it;...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2016, 3:37 pm (UTC)

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

On the face of it, the three friends seem to get quite easily irritated with each other. They are often shown sparring and blaming each other for things that go wrong during the trip (and before)....

Latest answer posted June 30, 2013, 8:06 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2016, 10:46 pm (UTC)

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

The narrator tells us this story in the final chapter, Chapter XIX, of Three Men in a Boat. He recalls a previous time when he and some friends made arrangements to hire a boat for a jaunt on this...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2016, 9:40 am (UTC)

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This incident happens in Chapter XIII of Three Men in a Boat. Montmorency is a fox terrier who accompanies the three men on their trip along the Thames River. The narrator tells us that Montmorency...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2016, 10:53 am (UTC)

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The narrator says that he objects strongly to the sea trip because, while a sea trip can have health benefits if it is going to be prolonged for a month, "for a week, it is wicked." The narrator...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2018, 8:48 am (UTC)

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

I would probably say that the men at the beginning of the story are talking about a few specific things. The first thing that they are talking about is their overall poor health. The narrator tells...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2019, 7:32 pm (UTC)

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

In the original set-up of the book, each chapter begins with a group of statements that sum up the action to follow. So, you can read these opening lines in order to learn what key events and tales...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2016, 11:44 am (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2016, 2:38 pm (UTC)

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

The narrator, J., actually tells two stories about Wallingford during the course of the book. The first one comes at the end of Chapter IX, when he remembers a previous boating outing with a...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2016, 4:26 pm (UTC)

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