Jerome K. Jerome: Three Men on the Bummel (spis treści)

Wydana po raz pierwszy w roku 1900 powieść Jerome'a K. Jerome'a Three Men on the Bummel, czyli po naszemu Trzej panowie na rowerach, to jedna z klasycznych książek "cyklistycznych". Jej treścią jest opis wyprawy do Niemiec, przedsięwziętej przez trójkę przyjaciół: Harrisa, George'a i narratora J. Wbrew polskiemu tytułowi, roweru jest w niej stosunkowo niewiele, przeważa zaś naigrywanie się z niemieckiego stylu życia. Powodów do śmiechu przy lekturze nie zbraknie; ograniczonym czasowo polecam szczególnie ściśle "rowerowy" rozdział III, dostępny także w polskim tłumaczeniu.

Tekst książki zaadaptowano z wersji opracowanej w ramach Project Gutenberg na podstawie wydania J. W. Arrowsmitha z 1914 roku.

 Chapter I   Three men need change - Anecdote showing evil result of deception - Moral cowardice of George - Harris has ideas - Yarn of the Ancient Mariner and the Inexperienced Yachtsman - A hearty crew - Danger of sailing when the wind is off the land - Impossibility of sailing when the wind is off the sea - The argumentativeness of Ethelbertha - The dampness of the river - Harris suggests a bicycle tour - George thinks of the wind - Harris suggests the Black Forest - George thinks of the hills - Plan adopted by Harris for ascent of hills - Interruption by Mrs. Harris.
 Chapter II   A delicate business - What Ethelbertha might have said - What she did say - What Mrs. Harris said - What we told George - We will start on Wednesday - George suggests the possibility of improving our minds - Harris and I are doubtful - Which man on a tandem does the most work? - The opinion of the man in front - Views of the man behind - How Harris lost his wife - The luggage question - The wisdom of my late Uncle Podger - Beginning of story about a man who had a bag.
 Chapter III   Harris's one fault - Harris and the Angel - A patent bicycle lamp - The ideal saddle - The "Overhauler" - His eagle eye - His method - His cheery confidence - His simple and inexpensive tastes - His appearance - How to get rid of him - George as prophet - The gentle art of making oneself disagreeable in a foreign tongue - George as a student of human nature - He proposes an experiment - His Prudence - Harris's support secured, upon conditions.
 Chapter IV   Why Harris considers alarm clocks unnecessary in a family - Social instinct of the young - A child's thoughts about the morning - The sleepless watchman - The mystery of him - His over anxiety - Night thoughts - The sort of work one does before breakfast - The good sheep and the bad - Disadvantages of being virtuous - Harris's new stove begins badly - The daily out-going of my Uncle Podger - The elderly city man considered as a racer - We arrive in London - We talk the language of the traveller.
 Chapter V   A necessary digression - Introduced by story containing moral - One of the charms of this book - The Journal that did not command success - Its boast: "Instruction combined with Amusement" - Problem: say what should be considered instructive and what amusing - A popular game - Expert opinion on English law - Another of the charms of this book - A hackneyed tune - Yet a third charm of this book - The sort of wood it was where the maiden lived - Description of the Black Forest.
 Chapter VI   Why we went to Hanover - Something they do better abroad - The art of polite foreign conversation, as taught in English schools - A true history, now told for the first time - The French joke, as provided for the amusement of British youth - Fatherly instincts of Harris - The road-waterer, considered as an artist - Patriotism of George - What Harris ought to have done - What he did - We save Harris's life - A sleepless city - The cab-horse as a critic.
 Chapter VII   George wonders - German love of order - "The Band of the Schwarzwald Blackbirds will perform at seven" - The china dog - Its superiority over all other dogs - The German and the solar system - A tidy country - The mountain valley as it ought to be, according to the German idea - How the waters come down in Germany - The scandal of Dresden - Harris gives an entertainment - It is unappreciated - George and the aunt of him - George, a cushion, and three damsels.
 Chapter VIII   Mr. and Miss Jones, of Manchester - The benefits of cocoa - A hint to the Peace Society - The window as a mediaeval argument - The favourite Christian recreation - The language of the guide - How to repair the ravages of time - George tries a bottle - The fate of the German beer drinker - Harris and I resolve to do a good action - The usual sort of statue - Harris and his friends - A pepperless Paradise - Women and towns.
 Chapter IX   Harris breaks the law - The helpful man: The dangers that beset him - George sets forth upon a career of crime - Those to whom Germany would come as a boon and a blessing - The English Sinner: His disappointments - The German Sinner: His exceptional advantages - What you may not do with your bed - An inexpensive vice - The German dog: His simple goodness - The misbehaviour of the beetle - A people that go the way they ought to go - The German small boy: His love of legality - How to go astray with a perambulator - The German student: His chastened wilfulness.
 Chapter X   Baden from the visitor's point of view - Beauty of the early morning, as viewed from the preceding afternoon - Distance, as measured by the compass - Ditto, as measured by the leg - George in account with his conscience - A lazy machine - Bicycling, according to the poster: its restfulness - The poster cyclist: its costume; its method - The griffin as a household pet - A dog with proper self-respect - The horse that was abused.
 Chapter XI   Black Forest House: and the sociability therein - Its perfume - George positively declines to remain in bed after four o'clock in the morning - The road one cannot miss - My peculiar extra instinct - An ungrateful party - Harris as a scientist - His cheery confidence - The village: where it was, and where it ought to have been - George: his plan - We promenade a la Francais - The German coachman asleep and awake - The man who spreads the English language abroad.
 Chapter XII   We are grieved at the earthly instincts of the German - A superb view, but no restaurant - Continental opinion of the Englishman - That he does not know enough to come in out of the rain - There comes a weary traveller with a brick - The hurting of the dog - An undesirable family residence - A fruitful region - A merry old soul comes up the hill - George, alarmed at the lateness of the hour, hastens down the other side - Harris follows him, to show him the way - I hate being alone, and follow Harris - Pronunciation specially designed for use of foreigners.
 Chapter XIII   An examination into the character and behaviour of the German student - The German Mensur - Uses and abuses of use - Views of an impressionist - The humour of the thing - Recipe for making savages - The Jungfrau: her peculiar taste in laces - The Kneipe - How to rub a Salamander - Advice to the stranger - A story that might have ended sadly - Of two men and two wives - Together with a bachelor.
 Chapter XIV   Which is serious: as becomes a parting chapter - The German from the Anglo-Saxon's point of view - Providence in buttons and a helmet - Paradise of the helpless idiot - German conscience: its aggressiveness - How they hang in Germany, very possibly - What happens to good Germans when they die? - The military instinct: is it all-sufficient? - The German as a shopkeeper - How he supports life - The New Woman, here as everywhere - What can be said against the Germans, as a people - The Bummel is over and done.

Opracowanie: Szymon "Zbooy" Madej ( 2000     13.01.00 11:38