Three Men In A Boat By Jerome K. Jerome




























































































 -   I plodded conscientiously through the twenty-six 
letters, and the only malady I could conclude I had not got was - Page 3
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I Plodded Conscientiously Through The Twenty-Six Letters, And The Only Malady I Could Conclude I Had Not Got Was Housemaid's Knee.

I felt rather hurt about this at first; it seemed somehow to be a sort of slight.

Why hadn't I got housemaid's knee? Why this invidious reservation? After a while, however, less grasping feelings prevailed. I reflected that I had every other known malady in the pharmacology, and I grew less selfish, and determined to do without housemaid's knee. Gout, in its most malignant stage, it would appear, had seized me without my being aware of it; and zymosis I had evidently been suffering with from boyhood. There were no more diseases after zymosis, so I concluded there was nothing else the matter with me.

I sat and pondered. I thought what an interesting case I must be from a medical point of view, what an acquisition I should be to a class! Students would have no need to "walk the hospitals," if they had me. I was a hospital in myself. All they need do would be to walk round me, and, after that, take their diploma.

Then I wondered how long I had to live. I tried to examine myself. I felt my pulse. I could not at first feel any pulse at all. Then, all of a sudden, it seemed to start off. I pulled out my watch and timed it. I made it a hundred and forty-seven to the minute. I tried to feel my heart.

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