One of the funniest stories involves the transport of smelly cheese. While they are packing and preparing to begin the trip, the narrator tells of his consent to take some cheese to the home of a friend, who plans to return home later. During the trip, the narrator clears out an entire train car with the "two hundred horse-power scent." The smell of the cheese, upon arrival at the friend's house, forces the wife to take her children to stay in a hotel, rather than live in the house with the cheese. When the owner of the cheese attempts to take it to the mortuary, the coroner declares the smell could wake up the dead. Ultimately, the cheese is buried on a beach that becomes a haven for consumptive people. Therefore, the narrator decides that one should never take cheese on a trip.
Harris tells the story of his attempt to conquer the Hampton Court Maze. A cousin had given him a map that solved the maze by taking the first right every time. When he attempted to use the map he ended up getting himself and a big group of people lost. With the group infuriated at him, Harris gives up and gets the help of the keeper, who is new on the job and can't help the group either. Eventually, a more experienced keeper helps everyone escape.
One of my favorite accounts involves a trout in a glass case mounted on the wall of an inn. An old gentleman tells the men that he caught the fish 16 years previously and that it weighed over 18 pounds. After he leaves the room, another man enters and claims to have caught the 26-pound fish five years before. They meet three more men, including the landlord, who claim to have caught the fish of various weights. George climbs to get a closer look at the famous specimen when he slips and knocks the trout off the wall, causing it to shatter several pieces. The stuffed trout proves to be a plaster of Paris fish.
The book contains many other amusing stories, including the description of the nearing drowning of the men while trying to pose for a photograph. The book is also valuable for its historical accounts of sites and cities along the way. I highly recommend this cavalcade of whimsy to anyone who enjoys a delightfully clean, entertaining tale.