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Chapter 18

  • **IN WHICH PHILEAS FOGG, PASSEPARTOUT, AND FIX GO EACH ABOUT HIS BUSINESS**
  • The weather was bad during the latter days of the voyage. The wind,
  • obstinately remaining in the north-west, blew a gale, and retarded th_teamer. The Rangoon rolled heavily and the passengers became impatient of th_ong, monstrous waves which the wind raised before their path. A sort o_empest arose on the 3rd of November, the squall knocking the vessel abou_ith fury, and the waves running high. The Rangoon reefed all her sails, an_ven the rigging proved too much, whistling and shaking amid the squall. Th_teamer was forced to proceed slowly, and the captain estimated that she woul_each Hong Kong twenty hours behind time, and more if the storm lasted.
  • Phileas Fogg gazed at the tempestuous sea, which seemed to be strugglin_specially to delay him, with his habitual tranquillity. He never change_ountenance for an instant, though a delay of twenty hours, by making him to_ate for the Yokohama boat, would almost inevitably cause the loss of th_ager. But this man of nerve manifested neither impatience nor annoyance; i_eemed as if the storm were a part of his programme, and had been foreseen.
  • Aouda was amazed to find him as calm as he had been from the first time sh_aw him.
  • Fix did not look at the state of things in the same light. The storm greatl_leased him. His satisfaction would have been complete had the Rangoon bee_orced to retreat before the violence of wind and waves. Each delay filled hi_ith hope, for it became more and more probable that Fogg would be obliged t_emain some days at Hong Kong; and now the heavens themselves became hi_llies, with the gusts and squalls. It mattered not that they made him sea-
  • sick—he made no account of this inconvenience; and, whilst his body wa_rithing under their effects, his spirit bounded with hopeful exultation.
  • Passepartout was enraged beyond expression by the unpropitious weather.
  • Everything had gone so well till now! Earth and sea had seemed to be at hi_aster's service; steamers and railways obeyed him; wind and steam united t_peed his journey. Had the hour of adversity come? Passepartout was as muc_xcited as if the twenty thousand pounds were to come from his own pocket. Th_torm exasperated him, the gale made him furious, and he longed to lash th_bstinate sea into obedience. Poor fellow! Fix carefully concealed from hi_is own satisfaction, for, had he betrayed it, Passepartout could scarcel_ave restrained himself from personal violence.
  • Passepartout remained on deck as long as the tempest lasted, being unable t_emain quiet below, and taking it into his head to aid the progress of th_hip by lending a hand with the crew. He overwhelmed the captain, officers,
  • and sailors, who could not help laughing at his impatience, with all sorts o_uestions. He wanted to know exactly how long the storm was going to last;
  • whereupon he was referred to the barometer, which seemed to have no intentio_f rising. Passepartout shook it, but with no perceptible effect; for neithe_haking nor maledictions could prevail upon it to change its mind.
  • On the 4th, however, the sea became more calm, and the storm lessened it_iolence; the wind veered southward, and was once more favourable.
  • Passepartout cleared up with the weather. Some of the sails were unfurled, an_he Rangoon resumed its most rapid speed. The time lost could not, however, b_egained. Land was not signalled until five o'clock on the morning of the 6th;
  • the steamer was due on the 5th. Phileas Fogg was twenty-four hours behind-
  • hand, and the Yokohama steamer would, of course, be missed.
  • The pilot went on board at six, and took his place on the bridge, to guide th_angoon through the channels to the port of Hong Kong. Passepartout longed t_sk him if the steamer had left for Yokohama; but he dared not, for he wishe_o preserve the spark of hope, which still remained till the last moment. H_ad confided his anxiety to Fix who—the sly rascal!—tried to console him b_aying that Mr. Fogg would be in time if he took the next boat; but this onl_ut Passepartout in a passion.
  • Mr. Fogg, bolder than his servant, did not hesitate to approach the pilot, an_ranquilly ask him if he knew when a steamer would leave Hong Kong fo_okohama.
  • "At high tide to-morrow morning," answered the pilot.
  • "Ah!" said Mr. Fogg, without betraying any astonishment.
  • Passepartout, who heard what passed, would willingly have embraced the pilot,
  • while Fix would have been glad to twist his neck.
  • "What is the steamer's name?" asked Mr. Fogg.
  • "The Carnatic."
  • "Ought she not to have gone yesterday?"
  • "Yes, sir; but they had to repair one of her boilers, and so her departure wa_ostponed till to-morrow."
  • "Thank you," returned Mr. Fogg, descending mathematically to the saloon.
  • Passepartout clasped the pilot's hand and shook it heartily in his delight,
  • exclaiming, "Pilot, you are the best of good fellows!"
  • The pilot probably does not know to this day why his responses won him thi_nthusiastic greeting. He remounted the bridge, and guided the steamer throug_he flotilla of junks, tankas, and fishing boats which crowd the harbour o_ong Kong.
  • At one o'clock the Rangoon was at the quay, and the passengers were goin_shore.
  • Chance had strangely favoured Phileas Fogg, for had not the Carnatic bee_orced to lie over for repairing her boilers, she would have left on the 6t_f November, and the passengers for Japan would have been obliged to await fo_ week the sailing of the next steamer. Mr. Fogg was, it is true, twenty-fou_ours behind his time; but this could not seriously imperil the remainder o_is tour.
  • The steamer which crossed the Pacific from Yokohama to San Francisco made _irect connection with that from Hong Kong, and it could not sail until th_atter reached Yokohama; and if Mr. Fogg was twenty-four hours late o_eaching Yokohama, this time would no doubt be easily regained in the voyag_f twenty-two days across the Pacific. He found himself, then, about twenty-
  • four hours behind-hand, thirty-five days after leaving London.
  • The Carnatic was announced to leave Hong Kong at five the next morning. Mr.
  • Fogg had sixteen hours in which to attend to his business there, which was t_eposit Aouda safely with her wealthy relative.
  • On landing, he conducted her to a palanquin, in which they repaired to th_lub Hotel. A room was engaged for the young woman, and Mr. Fogg, after seein_hat she wanted for nothing, set out in search of her cousin Jeejeeh. H_nstructed Passepartout to remain at the hotel until his return, that Aoud_ight not be left entirely alone.
  • Mr. Fogg repaired to the Exchange, where, he did not doubt, every one woul_now so wealthy and considerable a personage as the Parsee merchant. Meeting _roker, he made the inquiry, to learn that Jeejeeh had left China two year_efore, and, retiring from business with an immense fortune, had taken up hi_esidence in Europe—in Holland the broker thought, with the merchants of whic_ountry he had principally traded. Phileas Fogg returned to the hotel, begge_ moment's conversation with Aouda, and without more ado, apprised her tha_eejeeh was no longer at Hong Kong, but probably in Holland.
  • Aouda at first said nothing. She passed her hand across her forehead, an_eflected a few moments. Then, in her sweet, soft voice, she said: "What ough_ to do, Mr. Fogg?"
  • "It is very simple," responded the gentleman. "Go on to Europe."
  • "But I cannot intrude—"
  • "You do not intrude, nor do you in the least embarrass my project.
  • Passepartout!"
  • "Monsieur."
  • "Go to the Carnatic, and engage three cabins."
  • Passepartout, delighted that the young woman, who was very gracious to him,
  • was going to continue the journey with them, went off at a brisk gait to obe_is master's order.