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The story so far Three friends: J., who is also the narrator of the book, George and Harris (to say nothing of the dog, Montmorency ), decided to go on a boating trip down the river Thames to improve their health and to relax. On their journey, they tell stories, comment on various landmarks and go through many comical trials and tribulations. As of Chapter X, they’re approaching Magna Charta Island.
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What’s new? Although the trio intended to spend their night on Magna Charta Island, they decided to stop earlier. Before they could sleep, they must first pitch a canvas over the boat to use as cover, but everything goes haywire, as Harris and George got completely entangled and rolled up. After this they cook dinner and smoke, which raises their spirits tremendously. As they go to sleep, George tells everyone a story about a funny occasion his father had at an inn when he was young. J. can’t sleep and has weird dreams.
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What’s new? J. And George wake up early and can’t go back to sleep. George tells the story of how he once woke up in the middle of the night and thought it was time to go to work. The three friends had previously agreed to go for a morning swim; however, the weather is cold. J. accidentally falls into the water, and tries to lure others to jump, unsuccessfully. Harris tries to make scrambled eggs, but burns them.
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What’s new? The trio arrives at Magna Charta Island, and J. starts daydreaming about how the signing of Magna Charta must have taken place. They also pass Picnic Point, where Henry VIII is said to have courted Anne Boleyn. They reminisce about their first boating trip. They tried to find an inn in Datchet for a night, but they couldn’t find any with unoccupied beds. They were then invited by a boy and his family. The three friends are disappointed they didn’t bring any mustard for meat, so they decide to eat some canned pineapple. Alas, they can’t open the tin, get frustrated and throw it out into the river.
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What’s new? They pass by Bisham Abbey, where many historical figures are buried. The trio buys food in Marlow, and they have multiple errand boys carrying their purchases, making it resemble an important procession. J. complains about steam launches, as they take up too much space and are too noisy. The friends run out of water at Hambledon lock, the lock-keeper tells them to drink river water. The three disagree and get some from a nearby cottage instead, fearing “germs of poison”
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What’s new? They three friends decide to make Irish stew, begin peeling the potatoes but over-peel them, leaving little of the potatoes. They cook the stew with unpeeled potatoes and it turns out fine. Montmorency attacks a boiling kettle, burns himself and becomes resentful of it. George plays the banjo, however, only Montmorency appreciates the music.
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J. and George go to a nearby village for drinks, while Harris stays behind. Upon returning, they realize they forgot where the boat is. It starts to rain, they call out for Harris, but he doesn’t respond. They follow Montmorency’s barks, and find Harris, extremely exhausted. Harris told them about multiple aggressive swans that he had to fend off. Harris recounted a different number of swans each time, and the next day he forgot about it completely. “Three Men in a Boat” What’s new?
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What’s new? The three friends argue about who will tow the boat and when. J. talks about boating and rowing. He talks about different ways one can row, and the mistakes amateurs can make. He recounts one occasion when he and a friend of his went out punting. His friend, who was too full of himself, accidentally stepped off the punt and was left clinging to the punting pole. Meanwhile, J. was left alone in the boat, going helplessly downstream.
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What’s new? J. recounts the time he mocked a stranger for his bad punting skills, having mistaken him for someone he knew. Harris was once almost drowned by a stranger, who mistook him for a friend. J. remembers one last boating experience he had with his friend Hector. First they had trouble setting up sails, then they broke the sculls, and had to wait until a fisherman came rowing by and helped them tow the boat to the boatyard.
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The three friends pass by the town of Reading. J. tells some historical facts about the town: it was the place where the Parliament and court went during the plague. At Reading lock they encountered a friend of J.’s who had a steam launch. He towed their boat up to within about a mile of Streatley. Then they found a dead body of a woman in the water. They told about it to people on the shore, and they relayed it to the coroner. The woman drowned herself after she had a kid out of wedlock, and her family abandoned her. “Three Men in a Boat” What’s new?
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What’s new? The trio stays in Streatley where they have their clothes washed after they tried doing it by themselves in the Thames, which made the clothes even dirtier. J. then talks about fishing, and advises not to fish in the Thames. He then says that fishing is all about lying about your catch. He recounts a story about an old man who told about a big fish he caught, stored in a glass case hanging on the wall. George accidentally made it fall on the floor, and then they learned that the fish was made of plaster as it broke to pieces.
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What’s new? J. remembers an occasion he and George were a part of. They once ruined a photograph of a steam launch, they fell over and their feet took up most of the space in the photo. J. talks about the towns of Wallingford, Dorchester, Clifton and Abingdon. All of them are extremely old, the former two were built in Roman times, and have some Roman ruins. Clifton has a nice park, and Abingdon has a church where one can find a record about a man who fathered 197 children. J. also warns the readers about a challenging part of the river near Oxford.
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What’s new? They arrive to Oxford and spend two days there. J. remembers how he once hired a boat that looked like a poorly excavated Roman relic. J. advises not to hire boats in Oxford. As the trio is making a return trip, the weather changes for the worse. They decide to go on, playing cards and singing songs, however the choice of music makes them more depressed. As they approach Pangbourne, they decide not to continue, and spend the rest of their trip at the local inn, telling stories, eating and drinking.
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Final Thoughts This novel is great. The humour still holds up, even though the book is now over a hundred years old. It also elicits great historical interest, at least to me personally. I find it interesting to read about all the little things of any bygone period, the everyday lives people led back in the day. For example, I was surprised to learn that canned pineapples existed in Victorian Britain. It was also interesting to see that the industrial revolution had its effects on nature back then already, and the people weren’t too happy about it, too.