Three Men in a Boat Extra Questions, Notes and Summary Chapter 9

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                                                 To Say Nothing of the Dog

                                                                                                                            by- Jerome Klapka Jerome

Extra Questions, Notes, Assignment and study material for Class 9th as Per CBSE Syllabus

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George’s experience of towing
Jim and Harris made George work. He towed them till Runnymede. The narrator considered tow- lines strange. He described how he got into a mess when he dealt with them himself. Once he and his friends were going down in Bovericy. They saw two men who were looking for their boat which had gone off when they were disentangling their tow-line. He also remembers how George tied a tow-line to the boat of a young couple and made them tow four bulking chaps in another boat for a long time. The girl was shocked when she could not see her aunt. Hams asked if they had recovered the old lady. George replied that he did not know. In fact they towed the wrong boat.

Bad towing by girls
The narrator said that being towed by girls was the most exciting experience. It took three girls to tow always, two to hold the rope, and third one to run round and round. They generally began by getting themselves tied up. They got the line round their legs and had to sit down on the path and to undo each other and then they twisted it round their necks, and were nearly strangled. At the end of a hundred yards, they were naturally breathless. They sat down on the grass and laughed. In the meantime the boat drifted out midstream. This was the dullest moment.

The boat trip with a Cousin
The narrator, then, describes what happened when he was out with a young lady, his on a river trip down goring. It was half when they reached Benson’s lock. She was reach home before evening. The narrator drew out a map and found that they were just a mile and half to the next lock, Wallingford. They rowed on and passed the bridge and never looked at a lock. The girl thought that they had lost their way and began to cry. The narrator pulled on for another mile. Then he began to get nervous himself. He still went on pulling however, and still no lock came in sight and the river grew more and more gloomy and mysterious under the gathering shadows of the night. Suddenly they heard the sweet sounds of an accordion. A boat came along. The narrator asked the occupants if they could tell him the way to Wallingford lock. They told him that there was no Wallingford lock for the last one year. They were very close to Cleeve now. The narrator thanked him and wished them a pleasant trip. They got home in time for supper.

Jim, the narrator : The narrator describes a river trip in the company of a young lady, his cousin. He reveals his anxiety when his cousin says that she is getting late for home.

George : George does not want to do any work. But Jim and Harris make him do the work. Then he tows them till Runnymede.

The narrator describes his experience with tow line. There is a description of two men who lost their boat while dealing with the tow-line. The narrator says that being towed by girls is an exciting experience. He describes what happened to him when he went out with a young lady, his cousin, on a river trip.


 Q.1. Do you like a shirker?
Ans. No.

Q.2. Who cleans your bedroom In the morning?
Ans. My maid cleans it in the morning.

Q.3. Who cooks food for you?
Ans. My mother cooks food for me.

Q.4. Do you like to take umbrella with you In the rainy season?
Ans. No, I don’t like to carry umbrella with me.

Q.5. Do you go out for a walk in the morning?
Ans. No/Yes.


Q.1. Who were the two men that the narrator saw?
Ans. The narrator saw two men who were looking for their boat which had gone off when they were trying to disentangle their tow-line.

Q.2.With whom did the narrator go On a river trip ?
Ans. The narrator went on a river trip with a young girl, his cousin.

Q.3.How did the narrator try to find Wallingford lock?
Ans. The narrator consulted a map in order to find Wallingford lock.

Q4. What Information did the narrator get about Wallingford?
Ans. The narrator came to know that there was no Wallingford lock for the last one year.

Q.5. Who told the narrator that Wallingford lock  did not exist there for  the last one year?
Ans. The occupants of the boat that came near  their boat told them that Wallingford lock did not exist there for the last one year.

Q.6. What work was given to George when he joined his friends?

Ans. When George joined his friends, they made him tow them up to Runnymede.

Q.7. How did George try to escape work?

Ans. George tried to escape the work by putting off the tow-lines, but Jim and Harris made him tow.

Q.8. In what way tow-lines are strange and unaccountable?

Ans. Tow-lines are strange and unaccountable because the one who tries to disentangle it, thinks all the faults lie with the man who rolled it up. It is too difficult to disentangle the rolled up tow-lines.

Q.9. Why, according to writer it’s better to let one person tow?

Ans. According to the writer it is better to let one person tow. When two persons are towing, they get chattering and forget the boat.

Q.10. Why did the three friends regret not having stopped at Penton Hook?

Ans. There was a quiet wooded part of the river and a good shelter. The friends desired to enjoy this natural beauty but it was a dull and weary task at the end of the day. They regretted it and wished afterwards that they had stopped at Penton Hook and enjoyed it in the morning when they were refreshed.

Q.11. Which lock was writer looking for? Why couldn’t they find it?

Ans. The writer was looking for the Wallingford lock. They could not find it because there was no Wallingford lock for the last one year.

Answer the following questions in detail:

  1. What was the Boveney incident? Narrate in your own words.

Ans. The writer describes an interesting incident that took place at Boveney. As they came round the bend they saw two men on the bank. They looked confused and had a miserable expression. They had a long towline between them on asking they told that their boat had drifted off. When they were busy in disentangling the tow-line their boat was gone. It went down a mile further and was held by some rushes. Jim and party brought it back to the two bewildered men.

  1. “When girls tow, there is never a dull moment.” Explain.

Ans. The writer says that to see girls towing is much enjoyable. He suggests never to miss the opportunity to see them towing a boat. As the ladies begin by getting themselves tied up. They first wrap it round their legs and sit down to undo it and then they would wrap it round their necks and get nearly strangled. Eventually when they get it straight, they pull the boat so fast that they run out of breath and so sit down to rest but their boat drifts out in the river. Thus their attempts at towing the boat evoke laughter and humour

  1. The sound of accordian was the sweetest music he had ever heard. With What does the writer compare it?

Ans. The writer compares the sweet sound of the accordion with heavenly melody, a soul-moving harmony. The wheezy sound of the accordion was something singularly human and reassuring. It was far, far more beautiful than the voice of orpheus or the lute of Apollo.

  1. What happened to the boat being towed by a small boy on a powerful barge horse?

Ans. The three men saw a small boat being towed through the water at a tremendous pace by a powerful barge horse, on which a small boy was sitting, five other fellows were lying in the boat in dreamy and reposeful attitude. George said that he wanted to see the man (towing it) pull the wrong line. Suddenly the man did it and the boat rushed up the bank with a noise like the ripping up of forty thousand linen sheets. Two men fell down on the starboard side, two men disembarked from the\ starboard and sat down among boat-hooks and sails. The fifth went on twenty yards further and then got out on his head. The boat got lighten and went on much easier. The boy kept on shouting and urging his steed into a gallop. All the five men realised what had happened and began to shout lustily for the boy to stop. But the boy did not hear them, so the men flew after him.

  1. “We thanked them over and over again.” Who are “We” here? Whom are they thanking and Why?

Ans. Here “We” are the writer and the young lady– a cousin from the side of writer’s mother. They thanked those attractive and lovable people who were the part of the party of provincial ‘Arrys and’ Arriets, out for a moon light sail. They thanked for telling them that there was no Wallingford lock the writer was looking for and that he was close to cleave

  1. What do you understand about the characters of three friends from this chapter? Explain with examples.

Ans. This chapter does not reveal much about the characters of three friends as it is more devoted to the stories about tow-lines. However we come to know that George is lazy and wants to avoid work but the writer and Harris are bent on making him do it. Harris is a bit blunt and not prone to pity. The writer, while narrating his experiences at dealing with towlines, does not miss any chance to seek humour in each story. Besides being lazy, George is mischievous also as he makes the young couple tow their heavily laden boat. The writer becomes a bit philosophical in the description of towing.

  1. Why do you think writer tells so many stories about towing? How do these stories help in the progress of plot and explaining human foibles?

Ans. In the beginning of the Chapter, the writer declares that towing is not a simple business. It is a matter of dealing with a world of knots, loops and tangles. In order to prove himself right and to tell the readers how the business of towing could cause a number of humorous incidents, he relates some interesting stories. The tow-line and the towing business give the writer an opportunity to talk of a variety of people and their attitude. The reader is thoroughly entertained by the interesting and\ humorous episodes related to towing.



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