Jerome is the narrator of the novel 'Three Men in a
Boat'. He is single, middle-class man living in London. He is fond of history
and literature, and spends much of his time day-dreaming about the days when
knights roamed the countryside of England. This day-dreaming sometimes gets him
into trouble when he does not pay attention to what he is doing.
His sense of observation is quite sharp. He has a wonderful knack of describing
incidents in humorous ways. He misses no opportunity to make readers laugh with
his intelligent and indirect humour. He does this through his anecdotes. His
description of his imagined illnesses is quite humorous! Equally humorous is
his description of the Haymarket Scene, and Montomerency’s encounter with the
Jerome prefers country peace and serenity to city's noisy
and restless life. He believes river should remain open to everyone. He
condemns those who put up 'no trespassing' signs or try to restrict the use of
the river. At times he gets philosophical and gives the readers some valuable
gems of wisdom. For example his advice on how a man should journey through life
is worth heeding.
His sensitivity comes to light when in chapter
XVI he describes the pathetic incident of seeing a corpse of a young, beautiful
woman. His description touches the readers’ heart; he does not hesitate satirizing
society in which prevail so many evils.