THREE MEN IN A BOAT CH.-10

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CHAPTER SUMMARY

Near Magna Charta island

George towed the boat upto  Staines. At half- past seven they sculled up close to the left bank and looked for a spot to stop at. They had originally intended to camp at Magna Charta Island. But somehow they did not like to look at the scenery and wanted to have their supper and go to bed.

Pitching the tent

George suggested that they should pitch the’ tent before eating supper. They thought it to be an easy task and it did not take them just ten minutes. To drop the hoops into the sockets was a dangerous task. George and Harris helped each other to fix the covering. George did his part all right, but it was new work for Hams, and he bungled it. Finally the cover was fixed after half an hour.

Behaviour after supper

They boiled the water and made supper in dead silence which lasted f minutes. After it they felt contented and felt that they were quarrelsome and before supper. After taking the supper they loved each other and everybody. George wondered why they couldn’t be always happy and generous like that and why they couldn’t remain away from sins and temptations. The narrator said that he always longed for this kind of life. George related a story about his father. He said that once his father travelled with another fellow through Wales. They stopped at a little inn, where they joined the other fellows and spent the evening with them.

The narrator’s outing at night

They went to bed at ten but the narrator could not sleep. The sound of the lapping water round the boat and the wind among the branches kept him restless and disturbed. He put on whatever clothes he could and crept under the canvas on to the bank. It was a glorious night. The moon had sunk and left the quiet earth alone with the stars. It was full of comfort and of strength. The day had been full of fret and care and their hearts had been full of evil and bitter thoughts. The world had seemed so hard and wrong to them. Night, like some great loving mother, gently laid her hand upon their fevensh heads and removed their pain.

The story of a knight

The writer narrated the story of a good knight who was lost in the forest. The name of the dark forest was Sorrow. The good knight was shown a vision, about which nothing could be said. They could not tell about it.

  CHAPTER REVIEW

Characters

Jim, the narrator : Jim is unable to sleep at night. The sound of the lapping water round the boat and the wind among the branches keeps him restless and disturbed. He describes the beauty of the night and its soothing effects on him. The calm atmosphere of the night removes the pains and sufferings of life. He also describes the story of a good knight.

George : George suggests that they should pitch the tent before eating supper. George does his part well, but Harris bungles. He becomes happy, polite and generous after taking supper. He realises the futility of quarrels and anger. George relates the story about his father.

Harris : Harris bungles in puffing up the cover. But he helps George in doing this task. He becomes polite, calm and good after eating supper. His ill- temper vanishes.

Plot

After the first day’s journey, they put up a camp at night and sleep. Their struggle to put up the cover has an element of humour. All the three become good, polite and happy after eating supper. They realise the futility of quarrels and anger. The night has a soothing effect on them. The soothing night, like some great loving mother, lays her hand on their feverish heads and removes their pain.

VERY SHORT ANSWER TYPE QUESTIONS

Q.1. Should you finish your work before you sleep ?

Ans. Yes, we should finish our work before we sleep.

Q.2. What will you do If your sleep Is disturbed at midnight?

Ans. I’ll read a book for sometime and then try to sleep.

Q.3. Do you help your mother In the kitchen ?

Ans. No.

Q.4. When do you get angry?

Ans. I get angry when my will is not carried out.

Q.5. Do you like to share your food with your find?

Ans. Yes.

SHORT ANSWER TYPE QUESTIONS

Q.1. What did George suggest his friends?

Ans. George’s friends intended to take the supper and go to bed that night. But George suggested them that they should put up the cover before eating supper.

Q.2. How did they feel after eating the supper?

Ans. They felt contented and happy. They realised that they were quarrelsome and ill-tempered before eating the supper. After eating the food they began to love each other and everybody.

Q.3. Why couldn’t the narrator sleep that night?

Ans. The narrator couldn’t sleep that night because the sound of the lapping water round the boat and the wind among the branches kept him restless and disturbed.

Q.4. How was the night described ?

Ans. It was a glorious night. The moon had sunk and left the quiet earth alone with the stars. It was full of comfort and of strength. Night, like some great loving mother, gently laid her hand upon their feverish heads and removed their pain.

Q.5. What story did the narrator relate?

Ans. The narrator related the story of a good knight who was lost in the dark forest. The name of the dark forest was Sorrow. The good knight saw a vision.