Three Men in a Boat

by

Jerome K. Jerome

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Herr Slossen Boschen Character Analysis

A masterful German singer whom the men recall meeting at a party. There, he sings a tragic German folk song of heartbreak and unrequited love but is quickly offended when the audience starts laughing at him. They’re laughing because they don’t actually understand any of the lyrics, and have been jokingly informed by two mischievous Germans at the party that the song is “the funniest ever.”

Herr Slossen Boschen Quotes in Three Men in a Boat

The Three Men in a Boat quotes below are all either spoken by Herr Slossen Boschen or refer to Herr Slossen Boschen . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of Three Men in a Boat published in 1999.
Chapter 8  Quotes

I noticed, as the song progressed, that a good many other people seemed to have their eye fixed on the two young men, as well as myself. These other people also tittered when the young me tittered, and roared when the young men roared; and, as the two young men tittered and roared and exploded with laughter pretty continuously throughout the song, it went exceedingly well. And yet that German professor did not seem happy.

Related Characters: J. (speaker), Herr Slossen Boschen
Page Number: Book Page 64
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Herr Slossen Boschen Character Timeline in Three Men in a Boat

The timeline below shows where the character Herr Slossen Boschen appears in Three Men in a Boat. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8 
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...to hear “the funniest song that had ever been written.” The song is sung by Herr Slossen Boschen , they say, who once preformed it for the German Emperor. Luckily, he has just... (full context)
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Herr Slossen Boschen comes upstairs and begins his song, accompanying himself on the piano. J. doesn’t understand German,... (full context)
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It turns out Herr Slossen Boschen has been singing a serious folk song of tragic love and is deeply insulted by... (full context)