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Help with a passage in "Three Men in a Boat" by Jerome K Jerome (1 Viewer)


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I asked this question on another forum as well as my own, but I don't seem to have any answers yet, so I thought I'd ask here. Anyway, here it is. If anybody is familiar with "Three Men in a Boat" I'd be very happy if they could help

There's a certain passage in the classic novel, "Three men in a boat" which has always intrigued me.

It's the part where Jerome describes the glorious night and then tells a story about a band of good knights who travelled into a dark wood and lost their companion.

It's in pages 96-97 in my Penguin Popular Classics paperback edition.

I hope somebody can help with with it. What is this story allude to? And what is this line?
And the name of the dark forest was Sorrow; but of the vision the good knight saw therein we may neither speak nor tell.
Is this a biblical allusion or something? I would like some literary explanation on this.


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Hi Harishanker

It been ** years since I looked at this book, but if memory serves, its a reference to the Knights Templar, rather than a biblical reference, although after the Da Vonci Code, people may argue the point!

i have to admit I don't know enough about Templar lore to give any further details

Hopefully someone else may pick this up and give you more answers



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Starpanda, thanks. I'm sure there's some connection to the bible in that passage.

But about the exact meaning of that, I would be grateful if somebody could enlighten me.

There are lots of passages in this novel that mystify me since many of the references are very topical.