Verniana — Jules Verne Studies / Etudes Jules Verne — Volume 12 (2020–2022) — 1–12

Hong Kong in the First Manuscript of Around the World: Wherein Phileas Fogg declares his love, is detained by the police and marries Aouda

William Butcher


The rough draft of Around the World in Eighty Days contains nearly three chapters about Hong Kong, including some of the most dramatic episodes in the novel. In these chapters, which disappeared before publication, Phileas Fogg and the beautiful Aouda meet more than once in her hotel bedroom to talk about their respective feelings, and to conclude on the advisability of getting married immediately.

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