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The Four Main Characters

For book club we had to talk about the four main characters in the story.

Passepartout

Passepartout met Fogg during an interview to become Fogg’s servant. Passepartout studied Fogg and he learned that Fogg was an exact guy who likes his life to be on a routine. He is an example from the text that shows that he is an exact guy: “He had dismissed James Forster, because the luckless youth had brought him shaving water at eighty-four degrees Fahrenheit instead of eighty-six.” I think that Passepartout is friendly because in the book it says “‘ Monsieur Fix,’ resumed Passepartout, “I’m charmed to find you on board.'”

Phileas Fogg

Beginning of the book Mr. Fogg is very exact. As I get further into the book I get the intention that Mr. Fogg is getting laid-back. Mr. Fogg has faced a lot of troubles so far and I will tell you about one of them. When Mr. Fogg was going from Bombay to Allahabad the train tracks stopped in Kohlby, and the conductor told them that they will need to use their own means of transportation to get to Allahabad. Mr. Fogg was calm, all the same, and he went out to buy some sort of transportation. In the last chapter that I read, Mr. Fogg gets into a real sticky wicket, and all because of his servant. Here is a part of the text about the consequence: “Phileas Fogg, as self-composed as if the judgement did not in the least concern him, did not even lift his eyebrows while it was being pronounced. Just as the clerk was calling the next case, he rose, and said, ‘I offer bail.’ ‘You have that right,’ returned the judge.” “‘I will pay it at once,’ said Mr. Fogg, taking a roll of bank-bills from the carpet bag, which Passepartout had by him.”

Detective Fix

Detective Fix is working for the London police to try and catch the bank robber, who they think is Mr. Fogg. Fix follows Mr. Fogg around the world, to try to catch him. The reason that Fix is doing this is because if he catches Mr. Fogg he will get a considerable sum of money from the bank. In this book Fix has some troubles, like Mr. Fogg. Fix tries to get a warrant to arrest Mr. Fogg, but it never reaches him in time. There is also another obstacle for Fix. The obstacle is that Fix can only arrest Mr. Fogg on British grounds. Half of the trip is in British grounds, but the rest isn’t. Even though Fix will not be able to arrest Mr. Fogg, he still follows Mr. Fogg to America because he is confident that he will find a way to arrest him. Here is a part if of the text that proves this right: “He was thinking, too, of the future. It seemed certain that Fogg would not stop at Yokohama, but would at once take the boat for San Francisco; and the vast extent of America would ensure him impunity and safety. Fogg’s plan appeared to him the simplest in the world. Instead of sailing directly from England to the United States, like a common villain, he had traversed three quarters of the globe, so as to gain the American continent more surely; and there, after throwing the police off his track, he would quietly enjoy himself with the fortune stolen from the bank. But, once in the United States, what should he, Fix, do? Should he abandon this man? No, a hundred times no! Until he had secured his extradition, he would not lose sight of him for an hour. It was his duty, and he would fulfil it to the end.”

Aouda

Aouda is a girl that Mr. Fogg rescued. When Mr. Fogg was going from Bombay to Allahabad the train tracks stopped in Kohlby, so they rode on there own mean of transportation through the jungle. While they where in the jungle they saw a parade going on, with a women in jewels. The companion that Passepartout and Fogg had told them that the parade was for sutte. A suttee is kind of like an Indian funeral. In this case Aouda was forced to marry an old king, and when he died she has to have a suttee. Then they didn’t bury people, they burned them. They were going to burn Aouda with her husband, but Mr. Fogg saved her. Here is part of the text about the suttee: “Phileas Fogg and his companions, mingling in the rear ranks of the crowd, followed; and in two minutes they reached the banks of the stream, and stopped fifty paces from the pyre, upon which still lay the rajah’s corpse. In the semi-obscurity they saw the victim, quite senseless, stretched out beside her husband’s body. Then a torch was brought, and the wood, heavily soaked with oil, instantly took fire.”

 


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