The most ordinary circumstances turn hilarious as J., an idler who exhibits a "general disinclination to work of any kind," and his friends journey up the Thames River. Getting into many scrapes along the way, the friends consider "assaulting a policeman" just to have "a night's lodging in the station-house,"when they get lost, but ultimately reject the preposition, fearful that he would hit them back without locking them up. The real scene stealer, though, is Montmorency, a small fox terrier who appears to be "born with about four times as much original sin in [him] as other dogs are."
Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat ( To say nothing of the Dog!) is a delightful classic that has kept readers smiling for years.
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