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Around the World in 80 Days - 4

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Around the World in 80 Days

Summary (Chapter 4-Introducing Detective Fix)
Adapted from: http://www.pinkmonkey.com/booknotes/monkeynotes/pmAroundWorld26.asp


Phileas and Passepartout travel by train to Dover and then sail to Paris. From Paris, they take a train to Turin, Italy. Then another train carries them through Italy to Brindisi, where they board a steamer called the Mongolia, owned by the Peninsular and Oriental Company.


Two men are walking up and down the canal, one is the British diplomat at Suez. The other is a small built personage with a nervous, intelligent face, and bright eyes peering out from under eyebrows, which he is incessantly twitching. This is Fix, one of the detectives who has been dispatched from England in search of the bank robber. It is his responsibility to note all suspicious looking people. He has a conversation with the diplomat, while awaiting the arrival of the Mongolia, in which he explains how confident he is in finding the robber.


When the ship comes in, Fix carefully examines each face and figure. Suddenly, Passepartout comes up to him and politely askes if he can point out the British passport office, at the same time showing a passport which he wishes to have it stamped. Fix advises Passepartout that for getting the passport validated, the master, Mr Phileas Fogg would have to make an appearance himself at the British passport office. Fix suspects that Phileas is the robber so he asks Stephenson not to stamp his passport until he gets a warrant to arrest him. However, when Stephenson looks at his passport, he tells to Phileas that he does not need to stamp it. To prove that he has been to the place, Phileas insists that his passport is stamped. Stephenson stamps and dates the passport and gives it back to Phileas.


Phileas and Passepartout go back down the dock, Fix follows them and manages to talk to Passepartout. Passepartout tells what he knows about their trip to Fix and the facts of the quick departure from London, the large sum of money that Phileas has carried with him and the need to reach faraway countries in a hurry make Fix suspects him more. What more, Phileas is a gentleman! He quickly sends a telegram to London:


SUEZ TO LONDON

TO: ROWAN, POLICE CHIEF, SCOTLAND YARD

FROM: DETECTIVE FIX


I'VE FOUND THE BANK ROBBER. PHILEAS FOGG.

SEND ARREST WARRANT TO BOMBAY. I WILL MEET HIM THERE.


Characters:

1. Phileas Fogg

2. Passepartout

3. Stephenson-British diplomat

4. Fix-detective sent by Bank of England to track down the robber

5. passengers

6. sailors

7. merchants

8. shipbuilders

9. porters

10.robber

11.the crowds


Setting (Places):

1. Europe

2. Dover

3. Paris

4. Turin, Italy

5. Brindisi

6. Suez Canal

7. Bombay, India

8. Aden

9. Asia

10.British passport office

11.dock

12.Eygpt

13.Africa

14.the Northern and the Lyon stations

15.London


Tasks:

1. Draw Fix's face according to the descriptions given in this chapter.

2. List down all the possibilities that lead Fix into suspecting Phileas Fogg as the robber.

1 comment :

  1. i need information about detective fix... plis... i need 2 do an assignment about cunning character..

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