3 replies on “Chapter IX: In Which the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean Prove Propitious to the Designs of Phileas Fogg (Bedtime in the Public Domain: Around the World in 80 Days)”

  1. ” Phileas Fogg was in the act of finishing the thirty–third rubber of the voyage, and his partner and himself having, by a bold stroke, captured all thirteen of the tricks, concluded this fine campaign with a brilliant victory.”

    This is a very different kind of cruise depending if you know the modern version of “rubber.”

  2. Yeah, real mature, Lex. Reeeeeeeeeeeal mature.


    “Sir Leicester leans back in his chair, and breathlessly ejaculates, “Good heaven!””
    –Charles Dickens, Bleak House

    “Master Bates, with his hands in his pockets…”
    –Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

    “Brace yourself. The area of penetration will no doubt be sensitive”
    –Mr Spock, “The Immunity Syndrome”

    “… it’s my own particular, one and only, four-starred Pussy. The super Pussy of all old Pussies.””– Agatha Christie, A Murder is Announced

    “Passing to and fro the Mayor beheld the unattractive exterior of Farfrae’s erection in the West Wall”
    –Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge

    He did not like the idea of standing there with his eyes shut while Snape faced him, carrying a wand”
    -JK Rowlings, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    “At fifteen, appearances were mending; she began to curl her hair and long for balls”
    –Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

    “Fanny rode on a lion and felt very grand. Dick chose a horse”
    –Enid Blyton, The Magic Faraway Tree

    “Grasp firmly.” That is to say, the Party committee must not merely “grasp”, but must “grasp firmly”, its objectives. One can get a grip on something only when it is grasped firmly, without the slightest slackening. Not to grasp firmly is not to grasp at all. Naturally, one cannot get a grip on something with an open hand. When the hand is clenched as if grasping something but is not clenched tightly, there is still no grip. Some of our comrades do grasp the main tasks, but their grasp is not firm and so they cannot make a success of their work. It will not do to have no grasp at all, nor will it do if the grasp is not firm.–Mao Zedung, Little Red Book

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