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The novel 'Three Men in a Boat' involves neither great adventure nor great humour; yet it is an amusing story that conveys a moral. Elaborate.




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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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'Three men in boat' is simply an amusing story. Jerome frequently uses Observational humor which sometimes overlaps with satire. In a flashback, J. recollects how he once went to the British Museum to research a treatment for his hay fever, and after reading about diseases, convinced himself that he was suffering from every illness known to man except for housemaid’s knee. J.’s doctor, clearly recognizing the man's paranoia, prescribed him beefsteak, beer, walking, and good sleep habits, and urged him not to “stuff up your head with things you don’t understand” (10). The dry rather self deprecating humour of it all plainly comes out.The moral which can be learnt from the story is that we should remain content in our current conditions. Just as the three men finally decide that they are better off back on the dry land, one should not crib in their current life and stay happy.The humor is woven in the language and the funny incidents that occur to Harris, George and J. himself, the narrator. The plot is small. Three Victorian men have a boat journey. The random anecdotes and funny situations make it a comedy classic. One after another, all the incidents are rib-tickling. Whether it may be packing, making Irish stew, taking water, punting, visiting the inn having a trout in a glass case, meeting of Tom the cat and Montmorency-all have classical humor that defies description. This humor is a bit ironical also and is a sweet criticism. It is a light satire of its own kind. No one can help laughing at the commotion caused by the young lady's fox-terrier or when the punt boy hangs on his pole like a monkey. The novel is, thus, a comedy classic of its own times.    
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