Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Is Jerome K. Jerome a good packer?

Jerome K. Jerome the author of Packing claims to be an expert and efficient packer. He boasts, “Packing is one of those many things that I feel I know more about than any other person living.” A close reading of the story proves him to be a worse packer. The author finds the boots outside after he has packed and strapped the bag. He opens the bag and packs the boots in. A ‘horrible idea’ invades him the moment he is about to close the bag. He turns everything out of the bag to check if he has packed his toothbrush. After searching the bag with a fine-toothed comb, he finds the toothbrush inside a book. The he repacks the bag only to find that he has packed his tobacco pouch in it. Then he has to re-open the bag and repacks it once again. Such a careless manner of packing the bag bears evidence to the fact that the author is an inefficient packer.  

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