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J, the narrator, represents a simple middle-class Englishman who is hypochondriac. He believes that he is suffering from innumerable diseases and ailments caused by ‘overwork’.

He is a man of decent dressing sense with an inclination towards ‘taste in colours.’ J has a fondness for water and water-related activities like boating, rafting and rowing. He narrates numerous anecdotes, comic set-pieces and funny incidents from his memory that add to the humour in the novel. He finds humour even in the most ordinary and casual things of life.

He has a great love for history and nature which is reflected in his descriptions of the scenic beauty and historical s…

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