Thursday, December 22, 2011

Around the World in 80 Days - 6

Have you ever go for an elephant ride? Where can you find such a wonderful sight of an elephant carrying the passengers around the village?

Around the World in 80 Days
Summary (Chapter 6-Phileas Fogg Rides an Elephant)


The train starts punctually. Passepartout rides in the same carriage with his master, and a third passenger occupies a seat opposite to them. This is Sir Francis Cromarty, a general in the British army and one of Mr. Fogg’s card partners on the Mongolia. Phileas chats with Sir Francis while Passepartout sleeps quietly. The train then stops at Burhampoor, where Passepartout is able to purchase some Indian slippers, ornamented with false pearls.




Suddenly, the train stops and the conductor asks all passengers to get down. They learn that the rail has not been lain from this place till Allahabad and so the passengers will have to find their own way to Allahabad and from there they can once again board a train to Calcutta. While Sir Francis and Passepartout are very angry, Fogg is calm and looks for a means of transport.


Meanwhile, Passepartout finds an elephant and they all go to have a look at it. They soon reach a small hut. Kiouni, this is the name of the beast that can travel rapidly for a long time. Mr Fogg resolves to hire the elephant from her owner. Many offers are made and finally it takes two thousand pounds for the man to agree.They find a guide easily, a nice young man named Ali. Supplies are purchased. While Sir Francis and Mr Fogg took the howdahs on either side, Passepartout sits in between the two men. The guide sits on the elephant's neck, and at nine o’clock they set out from the village, the animal marching off through the dense forest of palm trees by the shortest cut.



Characters:

1. Phileas Fogg

2. Passepartout

3. Sir Francis Cromarty-a general in the British army


4. all passengers

5. conductor

6. an Indian man-owner of Kiouni

7. Kiouni-an elephant

8. Ali-a nice young guide

Setting (Places):


1. Benares, India

2. mountains

3. Burhampoor, India

4. temple

5. a small village

6. forest of palm trees

7. Culcutta

8. Hong Kong

9. a small hut

10.Allahabad

11.town

12.station



Tasks:

1. What is the meaning of howdah? Surf the Internet for at least two images of howdah.

2. Describe Phileas' and Passepartout's journey from Bombay to Culcutta and the means of tranportation used.

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