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Three Men in a Boat

As a person who loves reading books and records each drop of idea. I always think about to share my reading notes with you, and there is no orginal English book with clearly Vocabulary List, so I want to do a thing, to write down some articles with my thought, ideas, and my way of reading.

Words List

Cigarette /ˌsɪɡəˈret/: a thin tube of paper filled with finely cut tobacco that people smoke.

* Harris put his feet on the table and lit a cigarette.

Rat /ræt/: an animal that looks like a large mouse with a long tail.

He pretended that the oranges were rats, and he got into the food basket and killed three of them.

Step on: to treat somebody with arrogant disregard or active unkindness.

* And then it was George’s turn, and he stepped on the butter.

Stick /stɪk/: to attach something to something else using a substance, or to become attached to a surface

Harris sat on it, and when he stood up, the butter stuck to his trousers.


Chapter 4 : We Pack

The next day, which was Friday, we collected all these things together. In the evening we met to pack.

We got a big suitcase for the clothes. There were two large baskets with lids, for the food and for the pans and things to cook with. We moved the table over to the window. Then we put everything in the middle of the floor.

After we had done that, we sat there and we looked at it.

I said that I would pack.

I think that I am very good at packing. It’s one of the things that I do best. So I told the others that I would organize it. They agreed to this idea too quickly. That was rather strange. George lit his pipe and sat back in the armchair. Harris put his feet on the table and lit a cigarette.

This was not, of course, what I had expected. When I said that I would organize it, I meant that I would tell them what to do, then I would sit and watch them do it.

However, I said nothing, and I started to pack the clothes. It took much longer than I had expected, but in the end it was finished. I sat on the suitcase and closed it. George and Harris watched me with great interest.

‘Aren’t you going to put the boots in’ Harris asked.

I looked round, and saw the boots. Why did Harris wait until I had closed the suitcase?

George laughed quietly.

I opened the suitcase, and I put the boots in. It was not easy! And just as I was going to close the suitcase again, an awful idea came to me. Had I packed my toothbrush?

Of course, I had to look for it, and, of crouse, I could not find it. I had to take everything out again. I found George’s toothbrush. I found Harris’s toothbrush, but I couldn’t find mine. In the end, I found it inside a boot.

I packed everything again.

When I had finished, George asked if the soap was in the suitcase. I said I did not care about the soap. I threw down the lid of the suitcase, and I closed it again, then I found my cigarettes were inside it.

I finished the suitcase at five past ten, and the food was still not packed!

 Harris said, ‘We have to start the holiday in twelve hours. Perhaps George and I had better do the rest of the packing.’

I agreed, and I sat down.

Then began quite happily. I said nothing. I only waited. I looked at all the plates and cups, and bottles, and tomatoes, and cakes, etc. I felt that it was soon going to get exciting.

It did. They started by breaking a cup. That was just to show you what they could do and to get you interested. Then Harris packed a pan on top of a tomato and… well, they had to pick out the tomato with a teaspoon.

And then it was George’s turn, and he stepped on the butter. I didn’t say anything, but I got up and went over to the table and watched them. This annoyed them more than anything, and it made them worried and excited. They steeped on things, and they put things behind them. And then they couldn’t find them when they wanted them. They packed soft things at the bottom of the basket, and then put heavy things on top of them.

Then it got worse. After George got the butter off his shoe, they tried to put it in the teapot. At first they couldn’t get it in. Then, when they got it in, they decided that the teapot was the wrong place. But they couldn’t get the butter out again. However, in the end they managed to get it out and they put it down on a chair. Harris sat on it, and when he stood up, the butter stuck to his trousers. Then they looked for the butter all over the room. In the end, George got behind Harris, and he saw it.

‘There it is!’ He cried.

‘Where?’ Harris asked, and he turned round quickly.

‘Stand still!’ George shouted.

When they got the butter off Harris, they packed it in the teapot again.

Montmorency (a dog) was in all this, of course. He sat down on things just when George and Harris were going to pack them, he put his leg into the sugar, he ran away with the teaspoons. He pretended that the oranges were rats, and he got into the food basket and killed three of them.

The packing was completed at ten to one in the morning, and we all went to bed. George said, ‘What time shall I wake you two?’

Harris said, ‘Seven.’

I said, ‘Six.’

In the end, we said, ‘Wake us at half past six, George.’


During this chapter they spent so much time to pack things and repack them. Just like us, in our daily life, we spend time to do unnecessary things sometimes.

When I laughed them so stupid, I also thought myself, I complained sometimes as the respect for some stupid mistakes. Then I WAISTED my time…

Finally, they packed things well, look forward to the next one.