Stage 1 (Novice): Around the World in 80 Days, chapter 3

CHAPTER 3: THE END OF THE JOURNEY

A surprising thing happened to Passepartout as he slowly awakened from from his long drugged slumber. He was extremely disoriented (1) and noticed that something was a bit off. Even though he had made it onto the steamer, his master and Aouda had not as he was not able to informed them about the change in the Carnatic’s departure time. Realizing that this was all the detective’s plan, he had no choice but to trudge forwards to Japan. There, he hoped to be reunited with Mr Fogg and his companion.

Arriving at Yokohama, he found himself starving, with no money in his pockets, and decided to sleep the hunger away. He woke up the next day with no more strength to withstand (2) the hunger and decided to become a street performer. He hoped he would be able to attract the passerby with his moderate juggling skills. After a while he was able to make some money. He also sold his outfit and so had enough to dine in a small teahouse nearby. After finishing up his breakfast, Passepartout tried to think of ways that could possibly get him to their next planned destination – the United States. Fortunately, he saw a clown passing by with an advertisement on his hand saying that there was a crew leaving for America soon. He chose to follow the clown and was led to the crew, where he successfully earned a spot on board as one of the performers. It’s here among the crowd that he spotted Mr Fogg and Aouda. Passepartout was so happy that he dropped his performance midway and ran straight to them.

By then the bold adventurers had traveled exactly half the globe with two-thirds of their time spent. They all had high hopes and expected a smooth and fast journey from then on.

Yet another surprising twist happened. At this time Detective Fix finally received the warrant needed to capture Fogg, but realizing that both himself and Fogg will get back to England in the end, he decided to act as an ally from then on, rushing them back for what he assumed would be the inevitable (3) arrest of Fogg. At last, they have arrived in San Francisco, where they had a day to spare before catching their next train. The adventurers spent their time wandering the famous city. Passepartout was intrigued by the similarities shared by London and San Francisco. The train journey from San Francisco to New York lasted 7 days. Most of the time, they passed through picturesque landscape filled with wild beasts and native American tribes. Knowing this beforehand, Mr Fogg’s overly-protective servant Passepartout had even purchased a gun.

The train made its way through Utah before entering into a mountainous area that gave Passepartout doubts about ever making it back on time. His worst fear was realized when they encountered a bridge that was in a terrible state of disrepair. It looked like it might collapse soon. They did not know what to do until an American by the name of Forster suggested that they should pass at high speed and get over to the other side quickly before it collapsed. They decided to risk it and passed on at a  speed of 100 miles per hour, surviving with the bridge collapsing just meters away.

Yet unluckily, they missed their steamer at New York and had to wait for another one. They boarded this one after spending a day waiting, and Fogg decided to bribe most of the crew on board to make them sail faster than they normally would. Yet disaster struck – they started to run out of coal right in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Without hesitating, Fogg bought the ship from the captain and began cutting off pieces of its wood to fuel the funnel. They burned enough of the wood from the ship to make it to Queenstown, Ireland, and from there they got on a train to Dublin where they boarded high speed boats intended for mail that would get them to Liverpool twelve hours before a normal steamer would. They were precisely two hours ahead of the deadline.

The adventurers were delighted and thought of celebrating their victory until Fix showed them the warrant (6) for arresting Fogg. The poor man was carried away and locked up inside a cell when two hours later, Fix ran back to them saying there had been a mistake and Fogg was indeed not the thief that he had been sent to look for. So Mr.Fogg was left free but he still lost the wager by 5 minutes. He went back to his house after 80 days and 5 minutes feeling extremely miserable (7) . Though he had been declared to be an honorable (8) man, he had lost a bet which he very nearly won. He locked himself inside and refused to go to the Reform Club.

And who was there to comfort Mr.Fogg in this hour? Surprisingly, it was Aouda, Aouda who came to him with her comforting voice and kind eyes. Mr.Fogg opened his heart to her and they chatted past nightfall. Before she left, Aouda rose and took Fogg’s hand in hers, asking if he would like to have a kinswoman and a friend who would help him get over his loss and be with him till the end. Mr. Fogg slowly rose, too, and declared that he also loved her and would take her for his wife. So they lived happily ever after and Mr.Phillis Fogg never regretted his decision to go around the world in 80 days.


+ GLOSSARY:

  1. Disoriented: confused as to time or place; out of touch
  2. Withstand: to stand in opposition; resist
  3. Inevitable: sure to occur, happen, or come; unalterable
  4. Missionary: a person sent by a church into an area to carry on evangelism orother activities
  5. Raid: a sudden assault or attack
  6. Rational: agreeable to reason; reasonable; sensible
  7. Intact: not altered, broken, or impaired
  8. Warrant: a writing or document certifying or authorizing something
  9. Miserable: unhappy
  10. Honorable: worthy of honor and high respect

2 thoughts on “Stage 1 (Novice): Around the World in 80 Days, chapter 3

  1. Simple but extremely beautiful and hilarious. Planes shrink time, yet isn’t it so interesting to board trains and steamers to see different culture and countries around the world? No matter what the initial intention is, adventurous people are often eventually awarded. Thank you for a superb story.

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    1. Thank you for your thoughtful comment! We’re glad you enjoyed the story. It’s amazing how one can find connections to modern life even in “classic” stories. Which serves to prove that humans haven’t changed that much after all…

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