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Subject: English , asked on 10/11/13

Summary of Three Men In a Boat (Novel Class 9)

Rosy , added an answer, on 6/2/13
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The story begins with the three friends, George, Harris and J (the narrator), along with Montomorency (J’s dog), spending an evening in J’s room discussing their illnesses. They deduce that the reason for their suffering is ‘overwork’. So, they decide to go on a boating holiday, in spite of J’s disinclination towards it.

They go on board the following Saturday. George is supposed to go for work that morning; so, J and Harris reach Kingston by train. At Waterloo station, they bribe a train driver to take the train to Kingston, from where they board their boat and begin their journey. They meet George at Weybridge.

The story goes on with the incidents that include anecdotes told by three of them. The landmarks, historical significance of which are described, are Hampton Court Palace, Monkey Islands, Magna Carta island and Marlow. The anecdotes include stories about weather forecasts, difficulties related to playing bagpipes, towing a boat, steam launches, punting, sailing and fishing etc. The outcomes of river pastimes, which are a result of inexperience, are described in a humorous manner.

On reaching Oxford, they experience bad weather and rain. The three consider it wise to leave the boat and board a train from Pangbourne. Thus, the three men are well out of the boat.

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Nasrin , added an answer, on 6/2/13
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  Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) by Jerome K. Jerome was first published in 1889. It is the fictional story of three London friends and a dog taking a leisurely boat trip up the River Thames, from Kingston-upon-Thames to Oxford. It is narrated by ‘J.’, whose companions are George (awarded no surname), William Samuel Harris and the dog, Montmorency.


During a sociable evening in J.’s room, the three men convince themselves that they each have various illnesses. Their collective diagnosis is overwork, and they prescribe themselves a fortnight’s holiday. A stay in the country and a sea voyage are both ruled out, and they settle instead on a boating trip, travelling on the Thames by day and camping out in the hired boat at night.


They set out the following Saturday. George must work in the City in the morning, and so arranges to join them later that day. The other two, accompanied by the dog and a mountain of luggage, get a cab to Waterloo station, but are unable to find the correct train to Kingston. Eventually they bribe the driver of another train to take them there instead, one of the many humorous set-pieces that make the book more than a straightforward travelogue. George completes the trio at Weybridge, with a dubious-looking parcel tucked under his arm, which turns out to be a banjo and instruction book.


The story is a tapestry of incidents that occur, anecdotes on various topics (including the unreliability of weather forecasts), loosely connected digressions (such as J.'s uncle’s inability to hang pictures), and descriptive pieces on the places that they pass. It is in these descriptive pieces that the author’s original intention of writing a guidebook is most apparent. What he actually achieved was a classic of British humorous writing. Although the book was written over a century ago, it has an enduring, timeless quality.

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Swathi , added an answer, on 14/9/13
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The story begins by introducing George, Harris, Jerome and Montmorency, a fox terrier. The men are spending an evening in J.'s room, smoking and discussingillnessesthey fancy they suffer from. They conclude they are all suffering from 'overwork' and need a holiday. A stay in the country and a sea trip are both considered, then rejected after J. describes the bad experiences had by his brother-in-law and a friend on sea trips. The three decide on a boating holiday up theRiver Thames, fromKingston upon ThamestoOxford, during which they will camp, notwithstanding Jerome's anecdotes about previous experiences with tents and camping stoves.

They set off the following Saturday. George must go to work that morning ("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"), so J. and Harris make their way to Kingston by train. They are unable to find the correct train atWaterloo Station(the station's confusing layout was a well-known theme of Victorian comedy) so they bribe a train driver to take his train to Kingston, where they collect the hired boat and start the journey. They meet George up-river atWeybridge.

The remainder of the story describes their river journey and the incidents that occur. The book's original purpose as a guidebook is apparent as J., the narrator, describes passing landmarks and villages such asHampton Court Palace,Hampton Church,Monkey Island,Magna Carta IslandandMarlow, and muses on historical associations of these places. However, he frequently digresses into humorous anecdotes that range from the unreliability ofbarometersfor weather forecasting to the difficulties encountered when learning to play theScottish bagpipe. The most frequent topics of J's anecdotes are river pastimes such as fishing and boating and the difficulties they presented to those who were inexperienced and unwary and to the three men on previous boating trips.

The book includes classic comedy set-pieces, such as the story of two drunken men who slide into the same bed in the dark, theplaster of paristrout in chapter 17 and the "Irish stew" in chapter 14 made by mixing most of the leftovers in the party's foodhamper:

I forget the other ingredients, but I know nothing was wasted; and I remember that, towards the end, Montmorency, who had evinced great interest in the proceedings throughout, strolled away with an earnest and thoughtful air, reappearing, a few minutes afterwards, with a dead water-rat in his mouth, which he evidently wished to present as his contribution to the dinner; whether in a sarcastic spirit, or with a genuine desire to assist, I cannot say.
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Madhura Sarkar , Meritnation Expert added an answer, on 12/11/13

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Dinesh Kumar , added an answer, on 19/6/13
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Harshit Sachdev , added an answer, on 5/5/13
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Describe what happens when the two - George and the writer try to put up the tent when it is raining

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Samdaani , added an answer, on 18/3/13
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Vandana Kadyan , added an answer, on 22/9/13
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Prabhat Rana , added an answer, on 7/9/13
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Three men in a boat summary of chapter 9 ?

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Geethu , added an answer, on 17/9/13
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how did the three friends create a mess while packing there things?

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Anhaarcoolgirl , added an answer, on 26/7/13
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why were the narattor and hif friends feeling bad?

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Swathi , added an answer, on 14/9/13
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hey man is it nice?

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Khushpreet Kaur , added an answer, on 20/6/13
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