character sketch of MONTMORENCY
Although Montmorency is a fox terrier, he is quite vicious for his size. He is as quirky as the other men in the boat. The narrator says that his harmless appearance can be deceptive since he is quite vicious. The three men often complain about Montmorency’s belligerent nature. He is always picking fights: sometimes with dogs and sometimes with cats. Strangely, despite his supposedly vicious nature, he is frightened of cats.
It is evident in the story when he gets intimidated by a cat. He often barks at the kettle for the noise it makes. After seizing it by its hot spout, he lets out a yelp and runs to bury his nose in the cool mud. He is adventurous by nature but he detests the boat trip.