Gail Carriger Reviews Jerome K. Jerome Three Men and A Boat (Miss Carriger Recommends)

I recently listened to Huge Laurie reading an abridged version of Jerome K. Jerome‘s Three Men and a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog).

Before you ask, Channing Channing of the Chesterfield Channings came into being in my head long before I had even heard of Jerome K. Jerome. However, listening to the book yielded up the following passage that I enjoyed so much I had to immediately look it up on the interwebs.

The order of the procession was as follows:

Montmorency, carrying a stick.
Two disreputable-looking curs, friends of Montmorency’s.
George, carrying coats and rugs, and smoking a short pipe.
Harris, trying to walk with easy grace, while carrying a bulged-out Gladstone bag in one hand and a bottle of lime-juice in the other.
Greengrocer’s boy and baker’s boy, with baskets.
Boots from the hotel, carrying hamper.
Confectioner’s boy, with basket.
Grocer’s boy, with basket.
Long-haired dog.
Cheesemonger’s boy, with basket.
Odd man carrying a bag.
Bosom companion of odd man, with his hands in his pockets, smoking a short clay.
Fruiterer’s boy, with basket.
Myself, carrying three hats and a pair of boots, and trying to look as if I didn’t know it.
Six small boys, and four stray dogs.

When we got down to the landing-stage, the boatman said: “Let me see, sir; was yours a steam-launch or a house-boat?”

On our informing him it was a double-sculling skiff, he seemed surprised.

~ Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men and a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), 1889

The marvelous thing about the above excerpt, is the window it gives into country village life in the late 1800s. I was so charmed by it that I was derailed for hours investigating the different mongers and their produce. Look for a tiny ode to the cheesmonger’s boy to show up in the last scene of the first book of the new series, the Finishing School Book the First: Etiquette & Espionage.

Book News:
Q&A over on Bookaholics Anonymous, long but fun.

Quote of the Day:
“I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.”
~ Jerome K. Jerome

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