Sunday, March 23, 2014

Around the World in 80 Days Part II


People sang and shouted. The noise came through the trees. The guide stopped the elephant and they walked. They could see the temple, white in the dark night. Some men with guns sat round it and watched.

'The young woman is inside the temple,' said the guide, quietly. The dead man was on top of some wood, to the right.'

When the sun comes up, they will put the woman next to her husband. Then they will start the fire.'

'We'll have to think of something,' said Mr. Fogg

'We can cook hot dogs on the fire,' said Passepartout.

'No! We have to free the young woman,' said Phileas Fogg.

But Phileas Fogg and the guide did not have any ideas. And the men with guns around the temple did not go to sleep. They watched. They watched very carefully.

After an hour or two the guide said, 'Mr. Fogg, where is your servant?'

Phileas Fogg could not answer that. Passepartout was not there.

The sun came up in the east. The people woke and went noisily to the wood with the dead man on top. Then some men brought Aouda out of the temple. She did not move when they put her down on top of the wood, next to her dead husband.

There was something in her food again that morning.

Some men set the wood on fire. Phileas Fogg stood up and opened his mouth. He wanted to shout,' Stop!'

'Get down!' said the guide.' They will kill us!'

But suddenly everything changed. The people gave a great shout, and they fell down on their faces with their eyes to the ground.

The old man was not dead. He stood up and took the young woman in his arms. Then he came down through the fire. He walked over the people on the ground. Then he carried the woman easily in strong arms to Phileas Fogg and the guide.

'Let's go!' he said.' Quickly!'

It was Passepartout.

A minute later, the three men and the young woman were on the elephant. Aouda slept and knew nothing about it. The sun was high and hot in the sky. It was nearly 10 o'clock in the morning.

The young guide said, 'There, that is Allahabad. The railway starts again there. The train journey to Calcutta is about a day and a night.'

Phileas Fogg took a room at the railway station for Aouda. He sent Passepartout into the town for clothes and other things for the young woman. When the train was ready, Aouda was better.

Before they got in the train, Phileas Fogg paid the guide.

'That's your money, because you were our guide,' he said.' But you helped us in other ways. Would you like the elephant?'

The young guide gave a big smile. That was his only answer.

On the journey to Calcutta, Aouda learned about her night in the temple and about Passepartout and the fire. She said' Thank you' again and again, but she was afraid of her husband's family.

She didn't want them to catch her again.

'I'll take you to Hong Kong,' Phileas Fogg said, 'and you can stay there.'

It was kind, but he spoke quite coldly.

She happily said, ' Oh, thank you! I have an uncle in Hong Kong. He will look after me.'

The train got to Calcutta at 7 o'clock in the morning. Phileas Fogg had five hours before the ship left for Hong Kong.


Phileas Fogg, Passepartout and Aouda left the station at Calcutta. They wanted to go to the passport office and then to the ship. But a policeman came to them and said: 'Are you Mr. Phileas Fogg, and is this your servant?'


'Please follow me.'

Phileas Fogg's face did not change. He didn't feel anything, or he didn't show it.

'Can this young woman come with us?' he asked.

The policeman said, 'Yes.'

At the police station, the policeman took them to a large room with a big cupboard in it. Then the three men in orange clothes from the Malabar temple in Bombay came in. One man carried Passepartout's shoes.

'The temple in Bombay!' said Passepartout.

The men from the temple were in Calcutta because Fix brought them from Bombay. Fix told the Calcutta police about the Malabar temple. Now, he was in the big cupboard in the room, and he listened to everything.

The policeman said, 'People from other countries cannot come to India and wear their shoes in a temple. It is not right. You will have to stay in prison. You can tell your story next week. Then perhaps you will have to stay in prison.'

Fix was very happy about that. 'The warrant will arrive before then,' he thought.

Passepartout felt bad. He was not afraid of prison, but he thought of Phileas Fogg and his bet. 'A bet of twenty thousand pounds,' he thought. 'And we will lose it, because I went into a temple in shoes!'

Phileas Fogg's face did not change. He said:' I want bail (fianza).'

'Yes, you can have bail,' said the policeman.

Fix, in the cupboard, was angry.

'But,' the policeman said, 'because you do not live in this country bail will be one thousand pounds each. You will have to come back here in a week, and then you will get your money back. You can tell your story then.'

Fix was happy about that. He thought, 'Fogg won't pay two thousand pounds of bail money. He'll stay in prison and wait.'

To Fix, Phileas Fogg was a bank thief, not a man with a twenty thousand pound bet.

'I'll pay,' said Phileas Fogg.

'You will get this money back,' said the policeman, ‘when you come back next week. But now you can go, on bail.'

Passepartout turned to the three men from the temple. 'Please,' he said,' give me my shoes back.'

The Frenchman put on his shoes again. Then Fogg, Aouda and Passepartout went to the port as quickly as they could. Fix followed. He was very angry. 'That's two thousand pounds of the Bank of England's money,' he thought. 'I'll have to take Fogg back to England quickly.'


On the ship to Hong Kong, the Rangoon, Aouda learned a little about Phileas Fogg. She liked him.

Fix was on the ship too. He thought about the warrant. Was it now on its way from Bombay to Hong Kong?

On the first day, Passepartout did not know that Fix was on the ship too. But then he saw the detective.

'What is Mr. Fix doing on this ship?' the Frenchman thought.

'We saw him in Suez and now here he is again. Is he following us? Why?' Passepartout thought about it, and then he had an idea. 'He is following Mr. Fogg. He is working for the five men at the Reform Club. He is watching Mr. Fogg because of the bet.'

Passepartout was angry with the five men, but he didn't tell Phileas Fogg about Fix. The five men were Mr. Fogg's friends.

Passepartout didn't want Mr. Fogg to think badly of them. He really liked Mr. Phileas Fogg now. He wanted him to win his bet. It was important to him.

The weather was bad and the Rangoon arrived at Hong Kong
twenty-four hours late. Phileas Fogg, Passepartout and Aouda went to the office of the ship company.

'Are we too late for the ship Carnatic' Phileas Fogg asked. 'The timetable says she left Hong Kong for Yokohama yesterday.'

'No,' said the man at the office.' The Carnatic had a problem with one engine. She's here. She'll leave tomorrow.'

'Thank you,' said Phileas Fogg.

Phileas Fogg took Aouda to the best hotel in Hong Kong. Then he went out and looked for her uncle. An hour later, he came back. Aouda's uncle did not live in Hong Kong now. He was in Holland.

Aouda did not speak for a minute. She sat with her head in her hands. Then, very quietly, she asked, 'What do I do now, Mr. Fogg?'

'That's easy,' said Phileas Fogg.' Come to Europe.'

'But I will be one more problem for you ...'

'You're not a problem. And you won't change our timetable. Passepartout?'

'Yes, Mr. Fogg?'

'Go to the Camatic, Passepartout, and get three tickets to Yokohama.'

Passepartout left the hotel with a smile on his face. He wanted to have Aouda with them on the journey. She always spoke kindly to him. To her, he was a friend and not a servant.

When Passepartout arrived at the port, he saw a very unhappy Fix by the Carnatic.

Fix was unhappy because the warrant was in the post from Bombay and not in Hong Kong. The Carnatic could take Phileas Fogg away from Hong Kong before the warrant arrived.

Passepartout smiled at Fix's face. 'The fine, rich men of the Reform Club are going to lose their money,' the Frenchman thought, 'and Mr. Fix is unhappy about that.'

'Are you going to buy a ticket for the Carnatic'?' asked Passepartout. He laughed, but Fix said nothing.

The Frenchman went onto the Carnatic, and paid for three tickets to Yokohama. The Carnatic’s captain spoke to him.

'The engine is fine now,' he said.' The problem was smaller than we thought. The ship will leave at 8 o'clock this evening. Not tomorrow.'

'Good,' said Passepartout. 'I will tell my Mr. Fogg. He will be happy.'

When he left the ship Fix came to him.

'Before you see Mr. Fogg,' said Fix, 'will you have a drink with me in this bar?'

There was a bar at the port, near the ships.

'Well, yes, thank you. I am quite thirsty,' the Frenchman said.

In the bar Fix asked Passepartout, 'Who do you think I am?'

'You are working for those five men from the Reform Club,'
smiled Passepartout. 'You are watching Mr. Fogg.'

Fix thought for a minute. He didn't have the warrant, and he had to stop Fogg.

'Yes, I am watching Fogg,' said Fix.' But I'm not working for the men from the club. I'm a policeman. I'm following Fogg because he's a bank thief. You have to help me, or I'll get a warrant for you too. I'll put you in prison with him. Now, are you with me or are you with him?'

Passepartout was angry. 'With him,' he said, and he started to leave the bar.

Passepartout was on his way back to Phileas Fogg. Fix had to stop him. Passepartout knew about the ship's new timetable, and Phileas Fogg didn't. So Fix put a drug in Passepartout's drink.

'Wait!' called Fix. He smiled.' Why don't you finish your drink before you go? It's hot out there.' Fix smiled again.

Passepartout stopped. He looked angrily at Fix but he took the drink. He sat down and finished it. Then he quietly went to sleep in his chair.


Phileas Fogg took Aouda to the best shops in Hong Kong. They went from one shop to another shop. He pulled money out of his bag and bought her dresses and other clothes. Then they went back to the hotel.

Night came and there was no Passepartout. In the morning, too, Passepartout was not there. Phileas Fogg and Aouda went to the port. Perhaps Passepartout was at the ship. But the servant was not there and the Carnatic was also not there.

An Englishman spoke to Phileas Fogg.' Did you have tickets
for the Carnatic? 'The man was Fix.' I wanted to go to Yokohama on the Carnatic too,' the detective said. ' She left
yesterday evening. We’ll have to wait a week for the next ship.'

Fix smiled. But the detective's smile left him when Phileas Fogg said:' But there are other ships in the port of Hong Kong. The Camatic is not the only ship. Let's go and find one.'

Phileas Fogg looked for a ship for a long time. Ships arrived and stayed. Ships left before he could speak to anybody on them.

'Are you looking for a boat?' asked a seaman/sailor.

'Is your boat ready to leave?'

'Yes. It's a small boat. Number 43. Do you know these small boats? They help the big ships when they arrive at the port. And this boat is the best in Hong Kong.'

'Is she fast?

'Oh yes! Eight or nine miles an hour.'

'Will you take me to Yokohama? I had tickets for the Camatic but she left early. I have to be in Yokohama on 14thNovember. I have to catch the ship for San Francisco there. I can give you a hundred pounds a day, and two hundred pounds more in Yokohama on or before 14th November.'

'But why Yokohama?' said the seaman. 'We can go to Shanghai, only 800 miles from Hong Kong. The ship for San
Francisco starts from Shanghai. Then it goes to Yokohama before it goes to America.'

This was very interesting to Phileas Fogg. 'That's not in my
Bradshaw's Guide,’ he said. 'Shanghai? And when does the ship for San Francisco leave Shanghai?'

'On 11th November, at seven in the evening. So we have four days. With the wind in the south-east, we can get to Shanghai in four days.'

'When can we start?' asked Phileas Fogg.

'In an hour. We'll get food and water first.'

'Is she your boat? Or a company's boat?'
'Oh, she's my boat. My name's Bunsby, and the Tankadere is

'Here's two hundred pounds,' said Phileas Fogg. Then he turned to Fix.' Do you want to come with us?'

'Er, well, I er ...'

'In half an hour then,' said Phileas Fogg.

'But what about...,' Aouda said. And then she stopped. She was very unhappy about Passepartout but she understood about the bet.

'I'm going to do everything possible for Passepartout,' said Phileas Fogg.

He went with Aouda to the police in Hong Kong. He left a letter about Passepartout and money for his ticket back to Europe.

At 3 o'clock, Phileas Fogg, Aouda and Fix were on the Tankadere, and the little boat started her journey to Shanghai.

The wind helped, and the boat moved fast, to the north-east. With the wind behind them, they cut through the sea, very near China.

But in the early morning of the second day, the seaman, Bunsby, came to Phileas Fogg.

'There's too much wind now,' he said.' We get these very high winds near China. They're dangerous.'

Then it started to rain, too.

The weather was very bad. The Tankadere started to go high up and then down in the sea. Then left and right, up and down in the wind, under a black sky. With the wind behind them and the heavy rain, it was difficult for Bunsby. But the boat did not sink.

Fix was afraid and very unhappy. Aouda watched Phileas Fogg. His face didn't change.

It was night. The wind was worse and the rain was worse. Aouda fell before Phileas Fogg could catch her.

'I'm fine,' cried Aouda. ‘Don’t worry about me.'

Bunsby talked to his seamen, and then came to Phileas Fogg.

'Mr. Fogg,' he shouted above the noise of the wind and the rain. The seaman's face was wet with rain.' Mr. Fogg, I think that we'll have to find a port in China. We’ll have to stop there.'

'Yes,' said Phileas Fogg.

'But which port?' said the sailor.

'I only know one port,' said Phileas Fogg. He spoke quietly but Bunsby could hear him above the wind and rain.


The next day was better. The sky was blue again. The boat went through the sea faster. At 7 o'clock they were three miles from Shanghai. They saw a big American ship coming out of the port.

'Too late!' cried the seaman. 'Your ship is leaving.' Phileas Fogg said, 'Use your flags to send a message. Say there's a problem. We want their help.'

When the Carnatic left Hong Kong for Japan on the 7th of November Passepartout was on the ship.

When Fix walked out of the bar in Hong Kong, Passepartout was asleep in his chair. But then a waiter saw him and gave him some water. His head hurt very badly, and he couldn't think. But one word went round and round in his head, 'Carnatic! Carnatic!’

He walked very, very slowly out of the bar. He could see the Carnatic from the bar door, and he walked to it. Then he fell down for the last time. The next morning he woke up and he was on the ship.

It was a sunny day, and Passepartout watched the blue sea. He felt better. He went to the ship's office and asked for Phileas Fogg.

But Phileas Fogg was not on the ship. Aouda was not on the ship. Passepartout sat down. 'What happened?' he thought. And then he remembered. Mr. Fogg didn't know the ship's new timetable.

Passepartout thought, 'He will lose the bet because of me and because of Fix, too.' Passepartout remembered the bar in Hong Kong. ‘I will kill Fix!' he thought.

Passepartout was on his way to Japan. He could not change that.

'What can I do when I arrive?' he thought. 'I have no money. I have a ticket, so I can eat on the ship — but after that? I'll eat a lot now,' he thought,' then I won't have to eat in Japan.'

So he ate Phileas Fogg's food, Aouda's food and his food, too.

On the morning of the13th of November, the Carnatic arrived in the port of Yokohama.

Fix left him in the bar.