Jim, the narrator : Jim is unable to sleep at night. The sound of the lapping water round the boat and the wind among the branches keeps him restless and disturbed. He describes the beauty of the night and its soothing effects on him. The calm atmosphere of the night removes the pains and sufferings of life. He also describes the story of a good knight.
George : George suggests that they should pitch the tent before eating supper. George does his part well, but Harris bungles. He becomes happy, polite and generous after taking supper. He realises the futility of quarrels and anger. George relates the story about his father.
Harris : Harris bungles in puffing up the cover. But he helps George in doing this task. He becomes polite, calm and good after eating supper. His ill- temper vanishes.
After the first day’s journey, they put up a camp at night and sleep. Their struggle to put up the cover has an element of humour. All the three become good, polite and happy after eating supper. They realise the futility of quarrels and anger. The night has a soothing effect on them. The soothing night, like some great loving mother, lays her hand on their feverish heads and removes their pain.