Packing is one of the chapters taken from Three Men in a Boat. It is well explained through Introduction, Message, Theme, Title, Characters, Summary in English, Summary in Hindi, Word meanings, Complete lesson in Hindi, Extracts, Long answers, Short answers, Very short Answers, MCQs and much more.
By- Jerome K. Jerome
EXTRACTS FOR COMPREHENSION
Read the following extracts and answer the questions that follow in one or two lines each.
They’re taking it in the way they did irritate me. There is nothing does irritate me more than seeing other people sitting about doing nothing when I’m working.
(a) Who is the speaker here and whom is he talking about?
Ans: The speaker here is Jerome, the narrator of the story. He is talking about his friends, George and Harris.
(b) What does the speaker mean by ‘it’?
Ans: By ‘it’, the speaker Jerome means the response of his friends to his suggestion for packing. Both of them at once left the entire task to him and stretched themselves comfortably while he struggled alone.
(c) What irritates the speaker the most?
Ans: The speaker is irritated the most when other people sit idle while he has to work.
(d) What work did the speaker have to do?
Ans: The speaker, Jerome had to pack the bag for the trip that the three friends had to go on the next morning.
However, I did not say anything but started the packing. It seemed a longer job than I had thought it was going to be…
(a) Whom does ‘I’ stand for?
Ans: ‘I’ stands for Jerome, the author.
(b) Why didn’t ‘I’ say anything?
Ans: Jerome didn’t say anything as he himself had asked his friends to leave the whole matter (of packing) entirely to him. So now, he couldn’t argue or back out.
(c) How did the job not match his expectation?
Ans: Jerome had thought that it was a simple job that would not take much time. But when he started, it seemed to be a long and a tedious one.
(d) Why did the job take longer than he had expected?
Ans: The job took longer than expected as Jerome had to pack the bag for all three of them. George and Harris didn’t help him at all. On top of it, he had to unpack and repack it over and over again for one reason or the other.
Harris said that we should be wanting to start in less than twelve hours’ time and thought that he and George had better do the rest, and I agreed and sat down, and they had to go.
(a) What was ‘the rest’ that Harris and George offered to do?
Ans: ‘The rest’ refers to the packing that remained after the bag had been packed. Jerome had packed the bag and now the hamper was left which has been referred to as ‘the rest’.
(b) Why did Harris and George offer to do ‘the rest’?
Ans: Harris and George had seen Jerome’s clumsiness while packing the bag. So, they offered to take care of the rest of the packing, lest the task became unending and their departure got delayed.
(c) Why did Harris particularly mention that they had less than twelve hours’ time to start?
Ans: Harris mentioned ‘less than twelve hours’ time’ as he felt that if Jerome had to complete rest of the packing, twelve hours’ time might not be sufficient for him to finish the job.
(d) Who does ‘I’ refer to? Why did ‘I’ agree to the proposal?
Ans: ‘I’ refers to Jerome. He agreed to the proposal as he knew well how incompetent his friends were. He wanted to see them fumble as they went about packing the hamper.
I made no comment; I only waited. With the exception of George, Harris is the worst packer in this world; and I looked at the piles of plates and cups, and kettles, and bottles, and jars, and pies, and stoves, and cakes, and tomatoes, etc., and felt that the thing would soon become exciting.
(a) Who does ‘I’ stand for? What did he wait for?
Ans: ‘I’ stands for Jerome, the narrator. He waited for his friends to fumble and falter while packing the hamper.
(b) Why has ‘and’ been used eight times in the sentence?
Ans: By repeatedly using ‘and’ the narrator wants to impress upon the reader that there was a never-ending collection of articles that had to be packed in the hampers.
(c) Which ‘thing’ would become exciting for the speaker?
Ans: The ‘thing’ here means the simple task of packing the hampers made confounding due to the clumsiness of his friends George and Harris.
(d) Why was ‘the thing’ expected to become ‘exciting’?
Ans: The thing was expected to become exciting because Jerome knew that Harris and George were inept in the art of packing. He was certain that the two of them would make a fool of themselves while trying to complete the simple task.
They did scrape it out at last and put it down on a chair, and Harris sat on it, and it stuck to him, and they went looking for it all over the room.
(a) Whom does ‘they’ stand for in this extract?
Ans: Here ‘they’ stands for Harris and George.
(b) What does ‘it’ refer to?
Ans: It refers to the butter that George and Harris were trying to squeeze into a kettle.
(c) Why did they have to scrape ‘it’?
Ans: They had to scrape the butter because they were neither able to put it into the kettle nor pull it out. Left with no alternative they had to scrape it.
(d) Why did they go about looking for ‘it’ all over the room?
Ans: When Harris sat on the butter, it had stuck to his back. Being unaware of this, they had to look for it all over.
If he can squirm in anywhere where he particularly is not wanted, and be a perfect nuisance, and make people mad, and have things thrown at his head, then he feels his day has not been wasted.
(a) Whom does ‘he’ stand for in these lines?
Ans: In these lines, ‘he’ stands for Montmorency, the pet dog of George, Harris and Jerome.
(b) How did he become a perfect nuisance?
Ans: Montmorency became a perfect nuisance by finding his way to the spot where he would not be wanted at all.
(c) How would ‘he’ make people mad?
Ans: Montmorency would irritate everyone immensely so much so that his activities would make people lose their heads and they would hurl things at his head to shoo him away.
(d) When did ‘he’ feel that his day was not wasted?
Ans: Montmorency felt that his day was not wasted when he was able to irritate people and make them lose their temper by his destructive actions.
Harris said I encouraged him. I didn’t encourage him. A dog like that doesn’t want any encouragement.
(a) Whom does ‘I’ stand for in the extract?
Ans: In this extract, ‘I’ stands for Jerome, the narrator.
(b) Whom does ‘him’ refer to?
Ans: ‘Him’ refers to Montmorency, their pet dog.
(c) What sort of encouragement do you think Harris is referring to?
Ans: Harris believes that Jerome encourages Montmorency to get in people’s way and be a perfect nuisance. He feels that it is Jerome who is responsible for the dog’s irritating behaviour.
(d) What impression do you form about ‘him’ from this extract?
Ans: This extract suggests that Montmorency was a dog that had an inborn urge to trouble the people and make them lose their temper. He didn’t need anybody’s support to behave in such a nasty manner.