By Jerome K. Jerome
The novel,, tells of a boat trip J. takes up with Thames River with his friends George and William Samuel Harris. His prose is rambling and often digresses into anecdotes or long observational passages. One night, the three men smoke together in J.'s London apartment, discussing their anxiety over their sicknesses. The reader can discern that they are actually hypochondriacs. After researching diseases at the British Museum, J. has recently concluded that he suffers from every disease known to man except for housemaid’s knee. The men decide that a vacation will be good for their health, and after some deliberating, they decide to spend a week rowing up the Thames with their dog, Montmorency.