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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:

Tow /təʊ/: to pull a vehicle or ship along behind another vehicle, using a rope or chain.

* Why has he left us with this big, heavy boat to tow up and down the river?

Up and down: to a higher position and then a lower position, severaltimes.

* Why has he left us with this big, heavy boat to towup and down the river?

Nearby /ˈnɪəbaɪ/: not far away.

* I told him that there were no pubs nearby, and then he started shouting about the river.

In case: as a way of being safe from something that might happen or might be true.

* He could not move in case he fell over.


Chapter 7 : Harris Gets Angry

Harris told me about the maze as we were passing through Molesey lock. Our boat was the monly one in the lock that day. Usually it’s very busy. On Sundays, when the weather is fine, there are boats everywhere. Everybody comes down to the river. They wear brightly coloured clothes, and the river is full of colour, yellow, blue, orange, green, white, red, and pink.

At Hampton, Harris wanted to get out and have a look at the church there, but I refused to stop. I have never liked visiting churches, but Harris loves them. He said, ‘I’ve looked forward to visiting Hampton Church ever since we decided to make this trip.’ He added, ‘I only came on the trip because I thought we were going there!’

I reminded him about George. I said, ‘We’ve got to get the boat up to Shepperton by five o’clock to meet him.’

Then Harris got angry with George. ‘Why does George have to play around all day? Why has he left us with this big, heavy boat to two up and down the river? Why couldn’t George come and do some work? Why didn’t he take a day’s holiday and come down with us? The bank! Ha! What good is he at the bank?’ 

He stopped for a moment and then he continued, ‘I never see him doing any work there. He sits behind a bit of glass all day, and he pretends to do something. What’s the good of a man behind a bit of glass? I have to work. Why can’t George work? What does he do at the bank? What good are banks, anyway? They take all your money, and then, when you write out a cheque, they send it back! They say you’ve spent all your money! What’s the good of that? If George was here, we could go to see that church. Anyway, I don’t believe he’s at the bank. He’s playing about somewhere, that’s what he’d doing. And we’ve got to do all the work! I’m going to get out and have a drink!’

I told him that there were no pubs nearby, and then he started shouting about the river. ‘What good is the river? We’ll all die of thirst! No pubs!’ (It’s better to let Harris go on shouting when he gets angry. Then he gets tired, and he is quiet afterwards.)

I reminded him that we had water in the boat. Then he started shouting about water. He said drinks like that made people ill.

However, he said that he must drink something. He climbed onto the seat and he bent down to get the bottle out of the basket. It was at the bottom, and he had to bend down, lower and lower. At the same time, he was trying to steer the boat, and he pulled the wrong rope. The boat turned sharply and bumped into the bank of the river, and Harris fell into the basket. He stood there on the side of the boat. His legs were in the air. He could not move in case he fell over. He had to stay there until I could catch his legs and pull him back. And that made him more angry.

We stopped under the trees by Kempton Park, and we had lunch. It’s very pretty there, on the grass by the river, under the trees. We had an excellent meal, and Harris calmed down and began to enjoy himself again.

By half past three, we had reached Sunbury lock. Then we went up to Walton, which is quite an interesting place. Julius Caesar stayed there with his soldiers. Queen Elizabeth I, she was there too. You can never get away from that woman. She was everywhere.

Next we came to Halliford and Shepperton. There is an old church at shepperton, and I was worried in case Harris wanted to go and visited it. I saw him looking towards it as we came here, but I moved the boat quickly, and Harris’s cap fell into the water. We had to get it back, of crouse. Luckily, he was very angry with me, and so he forgot about his church.

As we came up to the lock at Weybridge, we saw something brightly coloured on one of the lock gates. When we looked closer, we saw that it was George. Montmorency started to bark madly, I shouted, and Harris called out wildly. George waved his cap and yelled back to us. The lock-keeper ran out because he thought someone had fallen in the water. He seemed annoyed when he saw that no one had fallen in.


Read through this chapter, we can understand, Harris always complains, and he complains to everything, and people can not stop him. The only way to stop him is to let him complains till tired. In our daily life, we meet his kind of people sometimes, and we would better leave them alone, and keep away from them. They need listener, they need to say something negetive, and we, we don’t have to listen to those things.

The interesting thins was after Harris had an excellent meal, he calmed down and enjoyed himself, so that’s not difficult to make him happy, but let him does what he wants.

There are so many humorous facts in this chapter, hope each one enjoys~