Three Men in a Boat

by

Jerome K. Jerome

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Montmorency Character Analysis

Montmorency is J.’s dog who goes along on the trip with the three men. His behavior seems to mimic the foolishness and ineptitude of his keepers. At one point, for example, he attacks a boiling kettle, frustrated by the noise it’s making. Of course, it’s a fight he can’t win, and he quickly skulks off to nurse his pain. In another incident, he squares up to a humble neighborhood cat, but quickly backs down out of cowardice. Like the men, he seems much happier back in the warmth of civilization at the end of the book.

Montmorency Quotes in Three Men in a Boat

The Three Men in a Boat quotes below are all either spoken by Montmorency or refer to Montmorency. 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 1 Quotes

There were four of us—George, and William Samuel Harris, and myself, and Montmorency. We were sitting in my room, smoking, and talking about how bad we were—bad from a medical point of view I mean, of course.

Related Characters: J. (speaker), George, Harris, Montmorency
Page Number: 1
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 19  Quotes

‘Well,’ said Harris, reaching his hand out for his glass, ‘we have had a pleasant trip, and my hearty thanks for it to old Father Thames—but I think we did well to chuck it when we did. Here’s to Three Men well out of a boat!’ And Montmorency, standing on his hind legs, before the window, peering out into the night, gave a short bark of decided concurrence with the toast.

Related Characters: J. (speaker), Harris (speaker), George, Montmorency
Related Symbols: Food
Page Number: Book Page 169
Explanation and Analysis:
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Montmorency Character Timeline in Three Men in a Boat

The timeline below shows where the character Montmorency appears in Three Men in a Boat. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
The Romanticization of Nature Theme Icon
...“T” means. J. agrees too. The three men are all keen, but, according to J., Montmorency the dog isn’t. The dog, J. notes, doesn’t care for scenery nor smoke, both of... (full context)
Chapter 2 
The Romanticization of Nature Theme Icon
...weather is good and otherwise book themselves into inns and pubs along the way. The dog, according to J., is much happier with this idea. J. talks about how the dog... (full context)
Chapter 4 
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Manners, Etiquette, and Appearances Theme Icon
...break a cup, tread on butter, and squash the pies, much to J’s amusement. The dog makes a nuisance of himself by getting in their way. Finally, at twenty minutes past... (full context)
Chapter 6 
The Romanticization of Nature Theme Icon
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Suddenly there’s a commotion in the boat as Harris and Montmorency fall over. Harris is furious with J., who realizes that all this daydreaming has led... (full context)
Chapter 7 
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J., Harris, and the dog pass through Molesey lock. This is one of the most popular spots on the river,... (full context)
Chapter 13 
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Manners, Etiquette, and Appearances Theme Icon
Back at Marlow, Montmorency the dog has a stand-off with a cat. The three men decide to stock up... (full context)
Chapter 14 
Manners, Etiquette, and Appearances Theme Icon
...of the leftovers from the food hampers (bacon, cabbage, salmon, eggs, and so on). The dog brings the men a dead rat, seemingly suggesting that should go in too. The stew... (full context)
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Montmorency attacks the boiling kettle, which he has a real hatred for. Of course, he comes... (full context)
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...which island they’re staying on. Just when they’re about to give up hope, they hear Montmorency’s bark. (full context)
Chapter 19 
The Romanticization of Nature Theme Icon
Manners, Etiquette, and Appearances Theme Icon
...luxurious food. J. wants “whitebait and a cutlet; Harris babbled of soles and white-sauce.” Even Montmorency refuses to eat the sodden leftover pie. George gets more and more downtrodden. (full context)
The Romanticization of Nature Theme Icon
Manners, Etiquette, and Appearances Theme Icon
...to chuck it when we did. Here’s to Three Men well out of a Boat!” Montmorency, in approval of the toast, gives a short bark. (full context)