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Old 04-12-2012, 05:59 AM   #1
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Jerome, Jerome K.: Three Men on the Bummel (Illustrated by H. FISHER). v2. 23 May 12

Version B -- illustrations from US edition --
This was published in 1899 in "The Saturday Evening Post" as "Three Men on Four Wheels", and published in book form in 1900.

A decade has passed since the humorous adventures and mis-adventures of "Three Men in a Boat." J., Harris, and George feel they need a break, and decide to take a bicycle tour of Germany. This fictionalized travelogue is filled with anecdotes of the cyclists' experiences and commentary on the behavior of the German citizen (and the British citizen as well).

Although not quite up to the standard of its predecessor, this is an amusing book with many chuckle-worthy moments, and some that are truly side-splitting.
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Now, in Germany, on the other hand, trouble is to be had for the asking. There are many things in Germany that you must not do that are quite easy to do. To any young Englishman yearning to get himself into a scrape, and finding himself hampered in his own country, I would advise a single ticket to Germany; a return, lasting as it does only a month, might prove a waste.
In the Police Guide of the Fatherland he will find set forth a list of the things the doing of which will bring to him interest and excitement. In Germany you must not hang your bed out of window. He might begin with that. By waving his bed out of window he could get into trouble before he had his breakfast. At home he might hang himself out of window, and nobody would mind much, provided he did not obstruct anybody’s ancient lights or break away and injure any passer underneath.

In Germany you must not wear fancy dress in the streets. A Highlander of my acquaintance who came to pass the winter in Dresden spent the first few days of his residence there in arguing this question with the Saxon Government. They asked him what he was doing in those clothes. He was not an amiable man. He answered, he was wearing them. They asked him why he was wearing them. He replied, to keep himself warm. They told him frankly that they did not believe him, and sent him back to his lodgings in a closed landau. The personal testimony of the English Minister was necessary to assure the authorities that the Highland garb was the customary dress of many respectable, law-abiding British subjects. They accepted the statement, as diplomatically bound, but retain their private opinion to this day. The English tourist they have grown accustomed to; but a Leicestershire gentleman, invited to hunt with some German officers, on appearing outside his hotel, was promptly marched off, horse and all, to explain his frivolity at the police court.

Another thing you must not do in the streets of German towns is to feed horses, mules, or donkeys, whether your own or those belonging to other people. If a passion seizes you to feed somebody else’s horse, you must make an appointment with the animal, and the meal must take place in some properly authorised place. You must not break glass or china in the street, nor, in fact, in any public resort whatever; and if you do, you must pick up all the pieces. What you are to do with the pieces when you have gathered them together I cannot say. The only thing I know for certain is that you are not permitted to throw them anywhere, to leave them anywhere, or apparently to part with them in any way whatever. Presumably, you are expected to carry them about with you until you die, and then be buried with them; or, maybe, you are allowed to swallow them.

In German streets you must not shoot with a crossbow. The German law-maker does not content himself with the misdeeds of the average man — the crime one feels one wants to do, but must not: he worries himself imagining all the things a wandering maniac might do. In Germany there is no law against a man standing on his head in the middle of the road; the idea has not occurred to them. One of these days a German statesman, visiting a circus and seeing acrobats, will reflect upon this omission. Then he will straightway set to work and frame a clause forbidding people from standing on their heads in the middle of the road, and fixing a fine. This is the charm of German law: misdemeanour in Germany has its fixed price. You are not kept awake all night, as in England, wondering whether you will get off with a caution, be fined forty shillings, or, catching the magistrate in an unhappy moment for yourself, get seven days. You know exactly what your fun is going to cost you. You can spread out your money on the table, open your Police Guide, and plan out your holiday to a fifty pfennig piece. For a really cheap evening, I would recommend walking on the wrong side of the pavement after being cautioned not to do so. I calculate that by choosing your district and keeping to the quiet side streets you could walk for a whole evening on the wrong side of the pavement at a cost of little over three marks.
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I made an "editorial choice" to add some section breaks; some run-on segments seemed confusing otherwise. There were no breaks in the original, if you want to edit and change that.

Embedded decorative font for chapter heads. Small drop-caps.

Forty-two full-page black-and-white illustrations taken from the US edition. These are more "photographic" and not so comical as the L. R. Hill illustrations used in the UK version (uploaded here). The text of these two ebooks is identical.

Another editorial choice was to change the illustrations' sequence in the final chapter. As originally laid out, the final picture is rather melancholy and didn't feel like the correct image to leave echoing in the reader's thoughts. If you wish to restore it, the currently final picture was originally placed just after the beginning of Chapter 14.

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