Three Men in a Boat-Question and Answers based on Themes and Plots 

Question: 8. Describe the incident of Uncle Podger hanging a picture on the wall.


Uncle Podger undertook a job of hanging a picture on the wall. He took off his coat and begin. He lifted up the picture and dropped it and the frame came out. He tried to save the glass and cut his finger. He tried to find the handkerchief, but could not. Later he found the handkerchief in the pocket of his coat on which he was sitting and tied his finger. He started again. Two people held the chair, a third helped him up on it and held him there, the fourth handed him the nail and the fifth passed the hammer. He took hold of the nail and dropped it. He lost the nails and when it was found, he lost the hammer. After that he lost the mark on the wall. Lastly, the picture was hung after several mishaps.

Question: 9. How three friends felt after having their supper?


Before having their supper, Harris and George and Jerome were quarrelsome, snappy and ill-tempered. After having the supper, they felt contented and happy. George have expressed wishes and desires concerning Harris fate in this world and the next that would have made a thoughtful man shudder. Now, they think thatloved each other and loved everybody. George wondered why could not we be always like this away from the world, with its sin and temptation, leading sober, peaceful lives, and doing good. The narrator said that he always longed for this kind of life. They even discussed the possibility of going away, some desert island and living there in the woods.

Question: 10. What were their views about the things to be taken on trip?/What they have to say on boat of life?


The narrator said that boat of life must be light, packed with only what you needs homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink. Then the boat will easier to pull then and it will not be so liable to upset and it will not matter so much if it does upset. You will also have time to think as well as to work. Time to drink in life’s sunshine and time to listen to the Folian music that the wind of God draws from the human heart-strings.

Question: 11. Why did the narrator thinks that weather forecast is a fraud?


Jerome never trusted weather forecast. He thought that it forecasts precisely what happened yesterday or the day before, and precisely the opposite of what is going to happen today. He remembered a holiday which was completely ruined by the weather forecast made by the newspaper. The local newspaper predicted showers with thunderstorms. So he gave up plans of a picnic and remained indoors all day waiting for the rains and thunder storm to arrive. By twelve o’clock, with the sun pouring into the room, the heat became quite oppressive and he wondered when those heavy showers and occasional thunderstorms were going to begin. Next day, he read ‘warm fine day with much heat' and the narrator and his friends dressed in flimsy wear suitable for a day outdoors. After about half an hour it began to rain bitterly and cold wind began to blow. They came back home drenched and suffered from colds.

Question: 12. What narrator said about the boy Stivvings?


Stivvings was an extraordinary boy at his school. He wanted to win prizes and grow up to be a clever man. He wanted to bring credit to his parents. But he used to fall ill about twice a week and couldn't go to school. He always suffered from colds. If there was any known disease going within ten miles of him, he had it and lie had it badly. During the great cholera case of 1871, Stivving was the only case in their society. He had to stay in bed when lie was ill and cat chickens, custards and hot-house grapes. He lay there in the bed. He sobbed because he was not allowed to do Latin exercises. On the contrary, the other boys would have sacrificed ten terms to be ill for a day but nothing could make them ill.

Question: 13. Describe the incidence when narrator went with his cousin on a river trip.


Once the narrator went on a river trip with his cousin who is a young lady. They reached Benson's lock at half-past six and his cousin was eager to reach home before evening. The narrator drew out a map and found that they were just a mile and half to the Wallingford lock. His cousin thought they had lost and started crying. Jerome got nervous but he still went on pulling. The river grew more and more gloomy and mysterious under the gathering shadows of the night but still there was no lock. Suddenly, they saw a boat. Jerome asked them about Wallingford lock. They told him that there was no Wallingford lock for the last one year but they were very close to Cleave now. Lastly, they got home in time for supper.

Question: 14. How Harris and Jerome got blackmailed and describe their reaction.


Harris and Jim stopped under the willows In Kempton Park for having lunch. It was a pretty little spot. With a pleasant grass plateau. They had just begun to eat the bread and jam when a gentleman in shirt-sleeves and a short-pipe came along. He said that they were trespassing and it was his duty to turn them off. They replied that they had not thought about this matter. Harris was a well-made man and locked hard and bony so he asked him how he would accomplish his task. He said that he would consult his master and then went away but never returned. Actually he wanted a shilling and was trying to blackmail them. But both Harris and Jim refused to be blackmailed. This made them angry and Jerome wanted to kill the owner but Harris wanted to kill him, his family, relatives and burn down his house.

Question: 15. Describe the narrator’s visit to the church.


Once the narrator gone to a church on a sunny day and enjoyed the idyllic scenery there. The church had clustering ivy and quaint carved wooden porch. He felt good and noble. He didn’t want to be sinful and wicked any more. He blessed all his friends and relations. Suddenly, he was disturbed out of his reverie by a shrill voice. He saw an old bald coming towards him carrying a huge bunch of keys in his hands. The old man insisted him to see the tombs so that he would get an idea. Jim took no interest in creeping round dim and chilly churches and reading the epitaphs. So he refused vehemently and stamped away angrily. The man was shocked at the rude behaviour of Jim.

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