Bookmarked – Three Men on a Bummel by Jerome K. Jerome

Because Jerome K. Jerome makes me laugh out loud in public places in the ridiculous way that makes other people think you are mental…

“It was a guide to English conversation for the use of German travellers. it commenced ‘On a Steamboat’ and terminated ‘At the Doctor’s’; its longest chapter being devoted to conversation in a railway carriage, among apparently a compartment load of quarrelsome and ill-mannered lunatics: ‘Can you not get further away from me, sir?’ – ‘It is impossible, madam; my neighbour, here, is very stout’ – ‘Shall we not endeavour to arrange our legs?’ – ‘Please have the goodness to keep your elbows down’ – ‘Pray do not inconvenience yourself, madam, if my shoulder is of any accommodation to you,’ whether intended to be said sarcastically or not, there was nothing to indicate – ‘I really must request you to move a little, madam, I can hardly breathe,’ the author’s idea being, presumably, that by this time the whole party was mixed up together on the floor.”

– p. 207, Three Men in a Boat & Three Men on a Bummel by Jerome K. Jerome

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