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Chapter 1. In Which Phileas Fogg and Passepartout Accept Each Other, the One as Master, the Other as Man
Chapter 2. In Which Passepartout Is Convinced That He Has at Last Found His Ideal
Chapter 3. In Which a Conversation Takes Place Which Seems Likely to Cost Phileas Fogg Dearly
Chapter 4. In Which Phileas Fogg Astounds Passepartout
Chapter 5. In Which a New Security Appears on the London Exchange
Chapter 6. In Which Fix, the Detective, Betrays a Very Natural Impatience
Chapter 7. Which Once More Demonstrates the Uselessness of Passports as Aids to Detectives
Chapter 8. In Which Passepartout Talks Rather More, Perhaps, than Is Prudent
Chapter 9. In Which the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean Prove Propitious to the Designs of Phileas Fogg
Chapter 10. In Which Passepartout Is Only Too Glad to Get off with the Loss of His Shoes
Chapter 11. In Which Phileas Fogg Buys a Curious Means of Conveyance at a Fabulous Price
Chapter 12. In Which Phileas Fogg and His Companions Venture across the Indian Forests, and What Follows
Chapter 13. In Which Passepartout Receives a New Proof That Fortune Favors the Brave
Chapter 14. In Which Phileas Fogg Descends the Whole Length of the Beautiful Valley of the Ganges without Ever Thinking of Seeing It
Chapter 15. In Which the Bag of Banknotes Disgorges Some Thousands of Pounds More
Chapter 16. In Which Fix Does Not Seem to Understand in the Least What is Said to Him
Chapter 17. Showing What Happened on the Voyage from Singapore to Hong Kong
Chapter 18. In Which Phileas Fogg, Passepartout and Fix Go Each about His Business
Chapter 19. In Which Passepartout Takes a Too Great Interest in His Master, and What Comes of It
Chapter 20. In Which Fix Comes Face to Face with Phileas Fogg
Chapter 21. In Which the Master of the Tankadere Runs Great Risk of Losing a Reward of Two Hundred Pounds
Chapter 22. In Which Passepartout Finds Out That, Even at the Antipodes, It Is Convenient to Have Some Money in One's Pocket
Chapter 23. In Which Passepartout's Nose Becomes Outrageously Long
Chapter 24. During Which Mr. Fogg and Party Cross the Pacific Ocean
Chapter 25. In Which a Slight Glimpse Is Had of San Francisco
Chapter 26. In Which Phileas Fogg and Party Travel by the Pacific Railroad
Book and news dealers, sellers of edibles, beverages and cigars, who seemed to have plenty of customers, were continually circulating in the aisles.
Chapter 27. In Which Passepartout Undergoes, at a Speed of Twenty Miles an Hour, a Course of Mormon History
Chapter 28. In Which Passepartout Does Not Succeed in Making Anybody Listen to Reason
Chapter 29. In Which Certain Incidents Are Narrated Which Are Only to Be Met with on American Railroads
Chapter 30. In Which Phileas Fogg Simply Does His Duty
Chapter 31. Fix the Detective Considerably Furthers the Interests of Phileas Fogg
Chapter 32. In Which Phileas Fogg Engages in a Direct Struggle with Bad Fortune
Chapter 33. In Which Phileas Fogg Shows Himself Equal to the Occasion
Chapter 34. In Which Phileas Fogg at Last Reaches London
Chapter 35. In Which Phileas Fogg Does Not Have to Repeat His Orders to Passepartout Twice
Chapter 36. In Which Phileas Fogg's Name Is Once More at a Premium on the Market
Chapter 37. In Which It Is Shown That Phileas Fogg Gained Nothing by His Tour around the World Except Happiness

Around the World In Eighty Days Text

Chapter 1. In Which Phileas Fogg and Passepartout Accept Each Other, the One as Master, the Other as Man

Chapter - capitolo

Accept - accettare, ammettere

Master - padrone

Mr. Phileas Fogg lived, in 1872, at No.7, Saville Row, Burlington Gardens. He was one of the most noticeable members of the Reform Club, though he seemed always to avoid attracting attention. This Phileas Fogg was a puzzling gentleman, about whom little was known, except that he was a polished man of the world.

Mr - Signor

Row - fila

noticeable - percepibile

Reform - riforma, riformare, migliorare, correggere, ravvedersi

though - comunque, nonostante, in ogni caso, ad ogni modo, anche se

seemed - sembrare, parere, apparire

avoid - schivare, evitare

attracting - attirare, attrarre, sedurre, affascinare

attention - attenzione, allerta, sull'attenti

puzzling - misterioso, enigmatico, (puzzle), mistero, rompicapo

gentleman - gentiluomo, galantuomo, signore, signor

whom - chi, cui

Except - salvo, tranne, eccetto, fatto salvo

polished - polacco

People said that he resembled the poet Byron"at least that his head was Byronic; but he was a bearded, peaceful Byron, who might live on a thousand years without growing old.

resembled - rassomigliare, arieggiare

poet - poeta, poetessa

bearded - barba, appuntamento di copertura

peaceful - pacifico

growing old - invecchiare

Certainly Phileas Fogg was an Englishman, but it was more doubtful whether he was a Londoner. He was never seen on 'Change, nor at the Bank, nor in the counting-rooms of the "City"; no ships ever came into London docks of which he was the owner; he had no public employment; he had never been entered at any of the Inns of Court, either at the Temple, or Lincoln's Inn, or Gray's Inn.

Certainly - certamente, senza dubbio, non ci piove, evidentemente

Englishman - inglese

more doubtful - piu dubbioso

whether - se, indipendentemente, sia che, che, no, checkse

Londoner - londinese

nor - neanche, nemmeno

counting - conte

ships - nave

docks - scalo d'approdo, molo

public - pubblico

employment - impiego, assunzione, occupazione

entered - entrare, immettere, digitare

Inns - osteria, locanda

Court - cortile, corte, tribunale, assemblea, giuria

either - ciascuno, entrambi, ogni, neanche, nemmeno

Temple - tempio

Lincoln - a city, a surname, capital city of Nebraska, automobile, sheep

Gray - Grigio

Nor had he ever pleaded in the Court of Chancery, or in the Exchequer, or the Queen's Bench, or the Ecclesiastical Courts. He certainly was not a manufacturer; nor was he a merchant or a gentleman farmer.

pleaded - dichiararsi (lcolpevole o lnoncolpevole)

Chancery - Cancelleria

Exchequer - Ministero delle Finanze

Queen - regina, donna, checca, ape regina, gatta, incoronare

Bench - panchina

Ecclesiastical - ecclesiastico

Courts - cortile, corte, tribunale, assemblea, giuria

manufacturer - produttore

merchant - mercante, mercantessa, commerciante, negoziante

His name was strange to the scientific and learned societies, and he never was known to take part in the sage deliberations of the Royal Institution or the London Institution, the Artisan's Association, or the Institution of Arts and Sciences. He belonged, in fact, to none of the numerous societies which swarm in the English capital.

strange - strano, anormale

scientific - scientifico

societies - societa, associazione

take part - partecipare

sage - salvia

deliberations - deliberazione

Royal - reale, regale

Institution - istituzione

Artisan - artigiano

Association - associazione

belonged - appartenere a

none - nessuno, niente

numerous - numeroso

swarm - sciame, nugolo, pullulare, sciamare

Phileas Fogg was a member of the Reform, and that was all. The way in which he got admission to this exclusive club was simple enough.

admission - ammissione

exclusive - esclusivo, esclusorio

simple - semplice, mero

He was recommended by the Barings, with whom he had an open credit. His checks were regularly paid at sight from his account current, which was always flush.

recommended - raccomandare, consigliare

credit - avvalorare, convalidare, corroborare, accreditare

regularly - regolarmente

at sight - a vista

account current - conto corrente

flush - rossore

Was Phileas Fogg rich? Undoubtedly. But those who knew him best could not imagine how he had made his fortune, and Mr. Fogg was the last person to whom to go for the information. He was not lavish, nor, on the contrary, avaricious; for, whenever he knew that money was needed for a noble, useful, or benevolent purpose, he supplied it quietly and sometimes anonymously.

Undoubtedly - indubbiamente, senza dubbio

those - quelle, quei, quegli

Fortune - sorte, destino, fortuna, dote

Last - ultimo

lavish - prodigo, profuso, generoso, eccessivo, smodato

contrary - contrario, opposto

avaricious - avaro

whenever - ogni volta che

noble - nobile, aristocratico, splendido

benevolent - benevolo

purpose - scopo

supplied - fornire

quietly - in silenzio

anonymously - anonimamente

He was, in short, the least communicative of men. He talked very little, and seemed all the more mysterious for his taciturn manner. His daily habits were quite open to observation; but whatever he did was so exactly the same thing that he had always done before, that the wits of the curious were fairly puzzled.

communicative - comunicativo

more mysterious - piu misterioso

taciturn - taciturno

manner - maniera, modo

daily - quotidiano, giornaliero

habits - abitudine

observation - osservazione

whatever - qualunque, qualsiasi, qualsivoglia, come vuoi

exactly - esattamente, appunto

wits - spirito

Curious - curioso

fairly - in modo equo

puzzled - mistero, rompicapo, indovinello, rendere perplesso

Had he traveled? It was likely, for no one seemed to know the world more familiarly. There was no spot so secluded that he did not appear to have an intimate acquaintance with it.

Likely - E probabile

familiarly - familiarmente

spot - macchia, brufolo, foruncolo, zona, area, pubblicita, individuare

secluded - isolarsi

appear - apparire

intimate - stretto, intimo, privato, proprio, personale

acquaintance - conoscenza

He often corrected, with a few clear words, the thousand conjectures advanced by members of the club as to lost and unheard-of travelers, pointing out the true probabilities, and seeming as if gifted with a sort of second sight, so often did events justify his predictions. He must have traveled everywhere, at least in the spirit.

clear - trasparente, limpido, pulito, chiaro, nitido

conjectures - congettura, congetturare

advanced - avanzare, progredire, anticipare, migliorare, avvicinarsi

unheard - inascoltato

travelers - viaggiatore, viaggiatrice

probabilities - probabilita

seeming - sembrare, (seem), parere, apparire

gifted - regalo, dono, presente, talento, regalare

sort - sorta, tipo

sight - vista, spettacolo, mirino, vedere, avvistare, mirare

justify - giustificare

predictions - predizione, previsione

everywhere - ovunque, dappertutto

spirit - spirito

It was at least certain that Phileas Fogg had not been away from London for many years. Those who were honored by a better acquaintance with him than the rest, declared that nobody could pretend to have ever seen him anywhere else. His sole pastimes were reading the papers and playing whist.

Certain - certo, sicuro, tale, determinato

honored - onore, onorare, tenere fede a

rest - riposo

declared - dichiarare

pretend - fingere, fare finta, far credere

anywhere - ovunque, dappertutto, dovunque

sole - (pianta del piede)

pastimes - passatempo

He often won at this game, which, as a quiet one, harmonized with his nature; but his winnings never went into his purse, being reserved as a fund for his charities. Mr. Fogg played, not to win, but for the sake of playing. The game was in his eyes a contest, a struggle with a difficulty, yet a motionless, unwearying struggle, congenial to his tastes.

harmonized - armonizzare

nature - natura

winnings - vincere

purse - portafoglio, borsa, borsellino, borsetta

reserved - riserva, riservare

fund - fondo, finanziare

charities - carita, amore, altruismo, ente di beneficenza

sake - (per amore di)

contest - concorso

Struggle - lotta, lottare

difficulty - difficolta

motionless - immobile, immoto, inerte

unwearying - non stancante

congenial - simpatico, socievole

tastes - gusto, sapore, inclinazione, gustare, assaggiare

Phileas Fogg was not known to have either wife or children, which may happen to the most honest people; neither relatives nor near friends, which is certainly more unusual. He lived alone in his house in Saville Row, where none ever entered. A single servant sufficed to serve him.

most honest - piu onesto

neither - nessuno, né X né Y, neanche, nemmeno, neppure, manco

relatives - relativo, parente, congiunto, congiunta, familiare

more unusual - piu insolito

alone - da solo, soltanto

single - singolo, solo, intero, unico, single

servant - servo, servitore, domestico, famiglio

sufficed - bastare, essere sufficiente, soddisfare, fornire

serve - servizio, servire, essere in forza, operare, lavorare per

He breakfasted and dined at the club, at hours mathematically fixed, in the same room, at the same table, never taking his meals with other members, much less bringing a guest with him. He went home at exactly midnight, only to retire at once to bed. He never used the cosy chambers which the Reform provides for its favored members.

dined - cenare

mathematically - matematicamente

fixed - aggiustare, riparare, mettere una pezza, sistemare, preparare

bringing a - portare

guest - ospite, invitato, convitato, cliente

retire - (andare in pensione)

cosy - accogliente

chambers - camera, camera da letto

provides - soddisfare, prevedere, supporre, provvedere, fornire, erogare

favored - favore, bomboniera, preferire, privilegiare, fare un favore

He passed ten hours out of the twenty-four in Saville Row, either in sleeping or making his toilet. When he chose to take a walk it was with a regular step in the entrance hall with its mosaic flooring, or in the circular gallery with its dome supported by twenty red Ionic columns, and illumined by blue painted windows.

passed - passare

regular - regolare, periodico, abituale, usuale, cliente

step - passo

entrance hall - ingresso

mosaic - mosaico, talian: t-needed

circular - circolare

gallery - galleria, palchetto, balconata, loggia

dome - cupola, echnical

supported - sostenere

Ionic - ionico

columns - colonna, rubrica, cronaca

illumined - illuminare

When he breakfasted or dined all the resources of the club"its kitchens and pantries, its buttery and dairy"aided to crowd his table with their most succulent foods. He was served by the gravest waiters, in dress coats, and shoes with swan-skin soles, who presented the viands in special porcelain, and on the finest linen.

dined - chiasso, frastuono

resources - risorsa

pantries - dispensa

buttery - burroso

dairy - caseificio, latteria, alimentari, latticini, caseario

aided - aiuto

crowd - folla

succulent - sugoso, pianta grassa

served - servizio, servire, essere in forza, operare, lavorare per

gravest - tomba

swan - cigno

skin - pelle, interfaccia, scuoiare

soles - (pianta del piede)

porcelain - porcellana

linen - lino

Club decanters, of a lost mould, contained his sherry, his port, and his cinnamon-spiced claret; while his beverages were refreshingly cooled with ice, brought at great cost from the American lakes.

decanters - boccione, decantatore, damigiana

mould - terriccio

contained - contenere

sherry - sherry, xeres, talian: bicchiere g di sherry

port - porto

cinnamon - cannella, cinnamomo, di cannella

spiced - spezia

claret - wine, wine-red color

beverages - bevanda

refreshingly - rinfrescante

lakes - lago

If to live in this style is to be eccentric, it must be confessed that there is something good in eccentricity.

confessed - confessare

eccentricity - eccentricita

The mansion in Saville Row, though not sumptuous, was exceedingly comfortable. The habits of its occupant were such as to demand but little from the sole servant, but Phileas Fogg required him to be almost superhumanly prompt and regular.

mansion - reggia, dimora, palazzo, villa

sumptuous - sontuoso

exceedingly - eccessivamente

comfortable - comodo, confortevole

occupant - occupante

such - tale

demand - domanda, richiesta, rivendicazione, bisogno, necessita

required - esigere, prevedere, richiedere, necessitare, domandare

almost - quasi

superhumanly - sovrumanamente

prompt - pronto, disponibile, puntuale, promemoria, segnale, avvertimento

On this very 2nd of October he had dismissed James Forster, because that luckless youth had brought him shaving-water at eighty-four degrees Fahrenheit instead of eighty-six; and he was awaiting his successor, who was due at the house between eleven and half-past eleven.

dismissed - licenziare, congedare, mandare via, dimettere, rompere le righe

James - Giacomo

luckless - senza fortuna

youth - gioventu, giovinezza, giovane, giovanotto, ragazzo

shaving - scaglietta, scheggia, scaglia

degrees - laurea, grado

Fahrenheit - temperature scale

instead - in luogo di, invece, al posto di

awaiting - aspettare, attendere, servire

successor - successore, succeditrice, erede

due - dovuto

Phileas Fogg was seated squarely in his armchair, his feet close together like those of a grenadier on parade, his hands resting on his knees, his body straight, his head erect. He was steadily watching a complicated clock which indicated the hours, the minutes, the seconds, the days, the months and the years. At exactly half-past eleven Mr.

seated - posto, seduta, sedile, scranno

squarely - in modo corretto

armchair - poltrona

grenadier - granatiere

parade - sfilata, corteo

resting - riposare

straight - dritto, retto, diretto, liscio, puro, in linea, convenzionale

erect - eretto

steadily - costantemente

complicated - complicare

indicated - indicare, mostrare

Fogg would, according to his daily habit, quit Saville Row, and go to the Reform.

according - accordo

habit - abitudine

quit - abbandonare, lasciare

A rap at this moment sounded on the door of the cosy apartment where Phileas Fogg was seated, and James Forster, the dismissed servant, appeared.

rap - colpo, colpetto

appeared - apparire

"The new servant," said he.

A young man of thirty advanced and bowed.

bowed - inchinarsi, chinare il capo

"You are a Frenchman, I believe," asked Phileas Fogg, "and your name is John?"

Frenchman - francese

"Jean, if monsieur pleases," replied the newcomer, "Jean Passepartout, a surname which has clung to me because I have a natural aptness for going out of one business into another. I believe I'm honest, monsieur, but, to be outspoken, I've had several trades. I've been an itinerant singer, a circus-rider, when I used to vault like Leotard, and dance on a rope like Blondin.

monsieur - Senor

replied - rispondere, replicare, ripetere, risposta, replica

newcomer - nuovo arrivato, esordiente, debuttante

surname - cognome

clung to - attaccarsi

aptness - giustezza

honest - onesto

outspoken - parlare

several - diversi, vari

trades - commercio, mestiere, commerciare, trafficare, scambiare

itinerant - itinerante

circus-rider - (circus-rider) cavaliere del circo

vault - volta

Leotard - body, calzamaglia

rope - corda

Then I got to be a professor of gymnastics, so as to make better use of my talents; and then I was a sergeant fireman at Paris, and assisted at many a big fire. But I left France five years ago, and, wishing to taste the sweets of domestic life, took service as a valet here in England.

professor - professore

gymnastics - ginnico

talents - talento, talenti

sergeant - sergente

fireman - pompiere

assisted - assistere, aiutare, assistenza, aiuto, assist

many a - molti a

France - Francia

wishing - desiderare, (wish), desiderio, voglia, volere

taste - gusto, sapore, inclinazione, gustare, assaggiare

sweets - dolcemente, dolcetto, caramella

domestic - domestico

service - servizio, di servizio

valet - parcheggiatore

Finding myself out of place, and hearing that Monsieur Phileas Fogg was the most exact and settled gentleman in the United Kingdom, I have come to monsieur in the hope of living with him a tranquil life, and forgetting even the name of Passepartout."

myself - mi

most exact - piu esatto

settled - sistemarsi, mettersi

United - unita

Kingdom - regno, reame

tranquil - tranquillo, sereno, calmo, pacifico

"Passepartout suits me," responded Mr. Fogg. "You are well recommended to me. I hear a good report of you. You know my conditions?"

suits - vestito, abito, seme, colore, soddisfare, adattarsi

responded - rispondere, corrispondere, dare riscontro

conditions - condizione, influenzare, condizionare

"Yes, monsieur.

"Good! What time is it?"

"Twenty-two minutes after eleven," returned Passepartout, drawing an enormous silver watch from the depths of his pocket.

enormous - enorme, grandissimo, vasto, smisurato

silver - argento

depths - profondita

Pocket - tasca, buca, sacca, intascare, imbucare, tascabile

"You are too slow," said Mr. Fogg.

"Pardon me, monsieur, it is impossible""

Pardon me - Mi scusi

impossible - impossibile, insopportabile, impossibile (2)

"You are four minutes too slow. No matter. It's enough to mention the error. Now from this moment, twenty-nine minutes after eleven, A.M., this Wednesday, the 2nd of October, you are in my service."

matter - materia, problema, argomento, questione, faccenda, causa

mention - cenno, accenno, menzione, menzionare

error - errore, sbaglio, vizio, mostrare un errore, mostrare errori

Phileas Fogg got up, took his hat in his left hand, put it on his head with an automatic motion, and went off without a word.

automatic - automatico

motion - movimento, mozione, mozioni

Passepartout heard the street door shut once. It was his new master going out. He heard it shut again. It was his predecessor, James Forster, departing in his turn. Passepartout remained alone in the house in Saville Row.

shut - chiudere

predecessor - predecessore, antecessore, precedente

departing - in partenza, (depart), partire, andar via, allontanarsi

remained - stare, restare, rimanere

Chapter 2. In Which Passepartout Is Convinced That He Has at Last Found His Ideal

Convinced - convincere

Ideal - ideale

"Faith," muttered Passepartout, somewhat flurried, "I've seen people at Madame Tussaud's as lively as my new master!"

Faith - fede, fiducia

muttered - mormorare

somewhat - in qualche modo

flurried - spruzzata di neve, nevischio, folata, agitazione, innervosire

Madame - Senora

lively - vivace

Madame Tussaud's "people," let it be said, are of wax, and are much visited in London. Speech is all that is wanting to make them human.

wax - cerume

Speech - parola, discorso

human - umano

During his brief interview with Mr. Fogg, Passepartout had been carefully observing him. He appeared to be a man about forty years of age, with fine, handsome features, and a tall, well-shaped figure. His hair and whiskers were light, his forehead compact and unwrinkled, his face rather pale, his teeth magnificent.

brief - breve

carefully - minuziosamente, accuratamente, meticolosamente, puntigliosamente

observing - osservare

handsome - bello

features - caratteristica, prestazione, peculiarita, proprieta

shaped - condizione, stato, forma, sagoma

figure - figura, fisico, personaggio, cifra, forma, calcolare, risolvere

whiskers - basetta, basettoni, favoriti, fedine, pelo, vibrissa

forehead - fronte

compact - compatto

unwrinkled - non si stropiccia

Rather - rato

pale - pallido

magnificent - magnifico

His countenance possessed in the highest degree what physiognomists call "repose in action," a quality of those who act rather than talk. Calm and phlegmatic, with a clear eye, Mr. Fogg seemed a perfect type of that English composure which Angelica Kauffmann has so skillfully represented on canvas.

countenance - sembianza, apparenza, espressione

possessed - possiede

degree - laurea, grado

physiognomists - fisiognomista

repose - riposo

quality - qualita

act - atto, legge, numero, scena, messinscena, agire, recitare, fare

Rather - preferibilmente, piuttosto, abbastanza, meglio

Calm - calmo

phlegmatic - flemmatico

composure - contegno, compostezza, ritegno, autocontrollo

Angelica - angelica

skillfully - abilmente

represented - rappresentare

canvas - tela

Seen in the various phases of his daily life, he gave the idea of being perfectly well-balanced, as exactly regulated as a Leroy chronometer. Phileas Fogg was, indeed, exactitude personified, and this was betrayed even in the expression of his very hands and feet; for in men, as well as in animals, the limbs themselves are expressive of the passions.

various - vario

phases - fase

perfectly - perfettamente, propriamente, totalmente

balanced - equilibrio, punto di equilibrio, contrappeso, bilanciamento

regulated - regolare, registrare, tarare

chronometer - cronometro

indeed - infatti, davvero, realmente, effettivamente, gia

exactitude - esattezza

personified - personificare

betrayed - consegnare, tradire, rivelare

expression - espressione

limbs - membro, arto

themselves - essi stessi

expressive - espressivo

passions - passione

He was so exact that he was never in a hurry, was always ready, and was economical alike of his steps and his motions. He never took one step too many, and always went to his destination by the shortest cut. He made no superfluous gestures, and was never seen to be moved or agitated. He was the most deliberate person in the world, yet always reached his destination at the exact moment.

exact - esatto, giusto, preciso, attento

hurry - fretta, premura, furia, affrettarsi, precipitarsi

economical - economico, (che fa risparmiare)

alike - simile, similmente, ugualmente

steps - passo

motions - movimento, mozione, mozioni

destination - destino, destinazione, meta, traguardo

superfluous - superfluo

gestures - gesto

agitated - agitare, scuotere, sbattere, turbare

deliberate - premeditato, intenzionale, voluto

reached - arrivare a, raggiungere

He lived alone, and, so to speak, outside of every social relation; and as he knew that in this world account must be taken of friction, and that friction retards, he never rubbed against anybody.

social - sociale, socievole, estroverso, mondano

relation - relazione, parente

account - conto

friction - attrito, frizione, dissenso, contrasto

retards - ritardato mentale

rubbed - strofinamento, strofinare, fregare

against - contrario, contro, in cambio di

Anybody - qualcuno

As for Passepartout, he was a true Parisian of Paris. Since he had abandoned his own country for England, taking service as a valet, he had in vain searched for a master after his own heart. Passepartout was by no means one of those pert dunces depicted by Moliere, with a bold gaze and a nose held high in the air.

Parisian - parigino, parigina

Since - da allora, a partire da, da quando, poiché, giacché, dacché

abandoned - abbandonare

in vain - invano

searched - ricerca, cercare, buscare

heart - cuore

pert - vivace, faceto, impertinente

dunces - somaro

depicted - rappresentare, raffigurare

bold - ardito, coraggioso

gaze - fissare, guardare, puntare gli occhi, volgere lo sguardo

held - tenere

He was an honest fellow, with a pleasant face, lips a trifle protruding, soft-mannered and serviceable, with a good round head, such as one likes to see on the shoulders of a friend. His eyes were blue, his complexion rosy, his figure full and well-built, his body muscular, and his physical powers fully developed by the exercises of his younger days.

fellow - uomo, tipo

pleasant - piacevole, gradito, gradevole

lips - labbro, beccuccio

trifle - zuppa inglese, un tantino, un po', bagattella, briciola

protruding - protendersi, sportare, sporgere, protrudere

soft - morbido

mannered - educato

serviceable - utilizzabile

round - rotondo, tondo

shoulders - spalla

complexion - carnagione

rosy - roseo

muscular - muscolare, muscoloso

physical - fisico

powers - potere, influenza, potenza, forza, elettricita, corrente

fully developed - completamente sviluppato

His brown hair was somewhat tumbled; for, while the ancient sculptors are said to have known eighteen methods of arranging Minerva's tresses, Passepartout was familiar with but one way of fixing his own: three strokes of a large-tooth comb completed his toilet.

tumbled - caduta, tombola, cadere, precipitare, rovinare

ancient - antico

sculptors - scultore, scultrice

methods - metodo

arranging - disporre, ordinare, preparare, arrangiare

familiar - familiare, spirito famigliare, famiglio

fixing - fissaggio, (fix), aggiustare, riparare, mettere una pezza

strokes - colpo

comb - pettine

It would be rash to predict how Passepartout's lively nature would agree with Mr. Fogg. It was impossible to tell whether the new servant would turn out as absolutely methodical as his master required. Experience alone could solve the question.

rash - imprudente

predict - predire, profetizzare

absolutely - assolutamente

methodical - metodico

Experience - esperienza, esperire

solve - risolvere

Passepartout had been a sort of vagrant in his early years, and now yearned for repose; but so far he had failed to find it, though he had already served in ten English houses. But he could not take root in any of these; with annoyance, he found his masters invariably whimsical and irregular, constantly running about the country, or on the lookout for adventure.

vagrant - vagabondo, ambulante

yearned - anelare, desiderare

failed - fallire, non riuscire

take root - attecchire, mettere radici

annoyance - seccatura, scocciatura, fastidio, disappunto, irritazione

masters - padrone

invariably - invariabilmente

whimsical - capriccioso, strano, peculiare, sconcertante

irregular - irregolare

constantly - ininterrottamente, costantemente, continuamente, senza sosta

lookout - vedetta, turno di guardia, sentinella, guardia

adventure - avventura

His last master, young Lord Longferry, Member of Parliament, after passing his nights in the Haymarket taverns, was too often brought home in the morning on policemen's shoulders. Passepartout, desirous of respecting the gentleman whom he served, ventured a mild remark on such conduct; but when it was ill-received, he took his leave. Hearing that Mr.

Lord - castellano, signore, nobile, nobiluomo, nobildonna, dominare

Parliament - parlamento

passing - talian: t-needed

taverns - taverna, osteria, birreria

desirous - desideroso

respecting - rispetto, riguardo, materia, rispettare

ventured - avventura, azzardo, impresa, avventurarsi, azzardare, osare

mild - delicato, delicata, mite, lene, lieve

remark - osservazione, commento

conduct - conduzione, comportamento, condotta, condurre, comportarsi

ill - malato

received - ricevere

Phileas Fogg was looking for a servant, and that his life was one of unbroken regularity, that he neither traveled nor stayed from home overnight, he felt sure that this would be the place he was after. He presented himself, and was accepted, as has been seen.

unbroken - ininterrotto

regularity - regolarita

overnight - da un giorno all'altro, da un momento all'altro, notturno

accepted - accettare, ammettere

At half-past eleven, then, Passepartout found himself alone in the house in Saville Row. He began its inspection without delay, scouring it from cellar to garret. So clean, well-arranged, solemn a mansion pleased him. It seemed to him like a snail's shell, lighted and warmed by gas, which sufficed for both these purposes.

inspection - ispezione, controllo, esame, analisi

delay - ritardare

scouring - pulizia

cellar - cantina

garret - soffitta, solaio

arranged - disporre, ordinare, preparare, arrangiare

solemn - solenne

snail - chiocciola, lumaca

shell - conchiglia, guscio, carapace, esoscheletro, mallo, baccello

purposes - scopo

When Passepartout reached the second story he recognized at once the room which he was to inhabit, and he was well satisfied with it. Electric bells and speaking-tubes afforded communication with the lower stories. On the mantel stood an electric clock, precisely like that in Mr. Fogg's bedchamber, both beating the same second at the same instant.

recognized - riconoscere

inhabit - abitare

satisfied - soddisfare, accontentare, saziare

Electric - elettrico, elettronico

bells - campana

tubes - tubo, tubetto, lattina

afforded - permettersi

communication - comunicazione, avviso, trasmissione, collegamento, comunione

lower - oscurarsi

mantel - mantello

precisely - precisamente, esattamente

bedchamber - camera da letto

beating - bastonatura, bastonata, smacco, sconfitta, sonora sconfitta

instant - immediato

"That's good, that'll do," said Passepartout to himself.

He suddenly observed, hung over the clock, a card which, upon inspection, proved to be a program of the daily routine of the house.

suddenly - all'improvviso, improvvisamente

observed - osservare

hung over - sbornia

upon - su, a

proved - provare, dimostrare

program - programma

It comprised all that was required of the servant, from eight in the morning, exactly at which hour Phileas Fogg rose, till half-past eleven, when he left the house for the Reform Club"all the details of service, the tea and toast at twenty-three minutes past eight, the shaving-water at thirty-seven minutes past nine, and the toilet at twenty minutes before ten.

comprised - consistere, comprendere, includere

rose - Rosa

toast - tostare, abbrustolire

Everything was regulated and foreseen that was to be done from half-past eleven A.M. till midnight, the hour at which the methodical gentleman retired.

foreseen - prevedere

retired - (andare in pensione)

Mr. Fogg's wardrobe was completely supplied and in the best taste. Each pair of trousers, coat and vest bore a number, indicating the time of year and season at which they were in turn to be laid out for wearing. The same system was applied to the master's shoes.

wardrobe - armadio, guardaroba

completely - completamente, interamente, del tutto, totalmente

bore - forare, perforare

indicating - indicare, mostrare

season - stagione

be laid out - essere disposo

system - sistema

applied - applicare

In short, the house in Saville Row, which must have been a very temple of disorder and unrest under the illustrious but dissipated Sheridan, was cosiness, comfort and method idealized. There was no study, nor were there books, which would have been quite useless to Mr. Fogg; for at the Reform Club two libraries, one of general literature and the other of law and politics, were at his service.

disorder - disordine, disturbo

unrest - agitazione

illustrious - famoso

dissipated - dissipare

cosiness - accogliente

comfort - agio, comodita, benessere

method - metodo

idealized - idealizzare

useless - inutile, buono a nulla, negato

general - generale

literature - letteratura

law - legge

politics - politica

A moderate-sized safe stood in his bedroom, constructed so as to defy fire as well as burglars; but Passepartout found neither arms nor hunting weapons anywhere. Everything betrayed the most tranquil and peaceful habits.

moderate - moderato, modesto, moderare

sized - dimensioni

safe - sicuro, protetto, cassaforte

constructed - struttura, costruzione, concetto, idea, modello, costruire

defy - sfidare, abiurare

burglars - scassinatore, scassinatrice

hunting - caccia, (hunt), cacciare, essere a caccia, essere alla ricerca

weapons - arma

Having examined the house from top to bottom, he rubbed his hands, a broad smile spread over his features, and he said joyfully, "This is just what I wanted! Ah, we shall get on together, Mr. Fogg and I! What a domestic and regular gentleman! A real machine. Well, I don't mind serving a machine."

examined - esaminare

top - cima, sommita, coperchio, cappuccio, parte superiore, top

bottom - fondo, parte inferiore, sedere, passivo

broad - largo

smile - sorriso, sorridere

spread - spartire, allargare, spargere, diffondere, sparpagliare

joyfully - gioiosamente, piacevolmente

shall - talian: 'shall' followed by the infinitive is translated using the future tense', talian: ('indicating determination') 'shall' followed by the infinitive is translated using the future tense, which can be emphasised using ", si c

I don't mind - Non mi dispiace

serving - servizio, porzione, (serve), servire, essere in forza

Chapter 3. In Which a Conversation Takes Place Which Seems Likely to Cost Phileas Fogg Dearly

Seems - sembrare, parere, apparire

Dearly - Con affetto

Phileas Fogg, having shut the door of his house at half-past eleven, and having put his right foot before his left five hundred and seventy-five times, and his left foot before his right five hundred and seventy-six times, reached the Reform Club, an imposing edifice in Pall Mall, which could not have cost less than three millions.

five hundred - cinquecento

imposing - imporre, abusare

edifice - edificio

Pall - (drappo funebre)

Mall - centro commerciale

He repaired at once to the dining-room, the nine windows of which opened upon a tasteful garden, where the trees were already gilded with an autumn coloring; and took his place at the habitual table, the cover of which had already been laid for him.

repaired - riparare

dining - chiasso, frastuono

tasteful - di buon gusto

gilded - dorare

habitual - ricorrente, ripetitivo, solito, persistente, usuale, abituale

cover - copertura, copertina, copriletto

laid - posare

His breakfast consisted of a side-dish, a broiled fish with Reading sauce, a scarlet slice of roast beef garnished with mushrooms, a rhubarb and gooseberry tart, and a morsel of Cheshire cheese, the whole being washed down with several cups of tea, for which the Reform is famous.

consisted - consistere di

side-dish - (side-dish) contorno

broiled - arrostire

sauce - salsa

scarlet - scarlatto

slice - fetta, trancio, affettare, svirgolare

roast beef - roast beef

garnished - guarnire, decorare, adornare, abbellire, fornire, guarnizione

mushrooms - fungo

rhubarb - rabarbaro

gooseberry - uva spina, ultima ruota del carro

tart - acerbo, agro

morsel - boccone

Cheshire cheese - Formaggio del Cheshire

He rose at thirteen minutes to one, and walked towards the large hall, a sumptuous apartment adorned with lavishly framed paintings. A porter handed him an uncut Times, which he proceeded to cut with a skill which betrayed familiarity with this delicate operation.

towards - verso, incontro, per, presso

hall - corridoio, sala

adorned - adornare, fregiare, abbellire

lavishly - con abbondanza

framed - incorniciare, incastrare, impalcatura, incastellatura, armatura

paintings - dipinto, pittura, quadro, verniciatura

porter - facchino

uncut - talian: t-needed

proceeded - procedere

familiarity - familiarita

delicate - delicato (1, 2)

operation - operazione, esercizio, gestione

The reading of this paper absorbed Phileas Fogg until a quarter before four, while the Standard, his next task, occupied him till the dinner hour. Dinner passed as breakfast had done, and Mr. Fogg reappeared in the reading-room and sat down to the Pall Mall at twenty minutes before six.

absorbed - assorbire, incorporare, includere, assorbere, assorto

Standard - standard, regolare, livello, tenore

task - compito

occupied - occupare

reappeared - riapparire

reading-room - (reading-room) sala di lettura

Half an hour later several members of the Reform Club came in and drew up to the fireplace, where a coal fire was steadily burning. They were Mr.

fireplace - camino, caminetto, focolare

coal - carbone, tizzone, checkcarbonella

burning - bruciare

Fogg's usual partners at whist: Andrew Stuart, an engineer; John Sullivan and Samuel Fallentin, bankers; Thomas Flanagan, a brewer; and Gauthier Ralph, one of the directors of the Bank of England"all rich and highly respectable persons, even in a club which comprises the princes of English trade and finance.

usual - solito, usuale, consueto, abituale

Andrew - Andrea

Stuart - A name

engineer - ingegnere, ingegnera, macchinista

bankers - banchiere

brewer - birraio

Ralph - Raul

the directors - i direttori

highly - altamente

respectable - rispettabile

comprises - consistere, comprendere, includere

princes - principi, (prince), principe

trade - commercio

finance - finanza, finanze, finanziare

"Well, Ralph," said Thomas Flanagan, "what about that robbery?"

robbery - furto, ruberia, rapina

"Oh," replied Stuart, "the Bank will lose the money."

"On the contrary," broke in Ralph, "I hope we may put our hands on the robber. Skillful detectives have been sent to all the principal ports of America and the Continent, and he'll be a clever fellow if he slips through their fingers."

robber - rapinatore, ladro, ladrone

Skillful - esperto, destro, provetto, abile

Detectives - investigatore

principal - principale, capitale, preside, talian: t-needed

ports - porto

Continent - continente

clever - furbo, astuto, sveglio, scaltro

slips - scivolare

fingers - dito

"But have you got the robber's description?" asked Stuart.

"In the first place, he is no robber at all," returned Ralph,

positively.

positively - positivamente

"What! A fellow who makes off with fifty-five thousand pounds, no robber?"

"No."

"Perhaps he's a manufacturer, then."

Perhaps - forse

"The Daily Telegraph says that he is a gentleman."

Telegraph - telegrafo

It was Phileas Fogg, whose head now emerged from behind his newspapers, who made this remark. He bowed to his friends, and entered into the conversation. The affair which formed its subject, and which was town talk, had occurred three days before at the Bank of England.

whose - talian: di chi, cui

emerged - emergere, venire fuori, venire alla luce

entered into - e entrato in gioco

affair - affare

occurred - verificarsi, sovvenire, venire in mente

A package of banknotes, to the value of fifty-five thousand pounds, had been taken from the principal cashier's table, while he was engaged in registering the receipt of three shillings and sixpence. Of course, he could not have his eyes everywhere. Let it be observed that the Bank of England has a touching confidence in the honesty of the public.

package - pacco, pacchetto, impacchettamento

Banknotes - banconota, biglietto, denaro, cartamoneta

value - valore, valutare, stimare, apprezzare, valorizzare

cashier - cassiere

engaged - attirare, convergere, ingaggiare, intavolare, irretire

registering - registrare

receipt - ricezione, reception, incasso, quietanza, ricevuta, scontrino

shillings - scellino

sixpence - moneta da sei penny

touching - toccare, (touch), commuovere, tocco, tatto

confidence - fiducia, autostima, certezza, sicurezza di sé, confidenza

honesty - onesta, lealta, correttezza

There are neither guards nor gratings to protect its treasures; gold, silver, banknotes are freely exposed, at the mercy of the first comer. A keen observer of English customs relates that, being in one of the rooms of the Bank one day, he had the curiosity to examine a gold ingot weighing some seven or eight pounds.

guards - guardia, piantone, custode, elsa

gratings - grattugiare

protect - proteggere

treasures - tesoro, apprezzare

gold - oro, d'oro

freely - liberamente

exposed - esporre, evidenziare, rivelare, mettere in luce

mercy - misericordia, pieta, compassione, benevolenza

comer - in a race, in some contest, who arrives

keen - appassionato, desideroso

observer - osservatore

customs - usanza, costume, uso, personalizzato, fatto ad hoc

relates - riferire

curiosity - curiosita

examine - esaminare

ingot - lingotto

weighing - pesatura, (weigh), pesare

He took it up, scrutinized it, passed it to his neighbor, he to the next man, and so on until the ingot, going from hand to hand, was transferred to the end of a dark entry; nor did it return to its place for half an hour. Meanwhile, the cashier had not so much as raised his head. But in the present instance things had not gone so smoothly.

scrutinized - esaminare, indagare

neighbor - vicino

transferred - trasferire, decalcare, ricalcare, trasferirsi, passare

entry - entrata, ingresso, accesso

Meanwhile - intanto, nel frattempo

raised - alzare, innalzare

instance - volta

smoothly - facilmente, agevolmente, fluidamente, tranquillamente

The package of notes not being found when five o'clock sounded from the ponderous clock in the "drawing office," the amount was passed to the account of profit and loss.

ponderous - ponderoso

amount - ammontare, quantita

profit and loss - profitti e perdite

As soon as the robbery was discovered, picked detectives hastened off to Liverpool, Glasgow, Havre, Suez, Brindisi, New York and other ports, inspired by the promised reward of two thousand pounds, and five per cent on the sum that might be recovered.

discovered - scoprire, trovare

picked - piccone, stuzzicadenti, scelta, barriera, prendere, raccogliere, scegliere

hastened - affrettarsi, sbrigarsi, affrettare, anticipare

Liverpool - Liverpool, England, NY, Canada or Australia

Glasgow - Glasgow

Brindisi - Brindisi

York - York

inspired - ispirare

promised - promessa, giuramento, voto, promettere, giurare

Reward - ricompensa

per - per, a

sum - somma

recovered - rimettersi, riprendersi

Detectives were also charged with narrowly watching those who arrived at or left London by rail, and a judicial examination was at once entered upon.

charged - costo, prezzo, carico, accusa, imputazione, carica, incarico

narrowly - da vicino, per un pelo, di misura

by rail - in treno

judicial - giudiziale, giudiziario

examination - esame, visita

There were real grounds for supposing, as the Daily Telegraph said, that the thief did not belong to a professional band. On the day of the robbery a well-dressed gentleman of polished manners, and with a well-to-do air, had been observed going to and fro in the paying-room, where the crime was committed.

grounds - terra

supposing - supporre, (suppose), immaginare

thief - ladro, ladra, ladruncolo, borsaiolo

belong - appartenere a

professional - professionista, professionale, specializzato, qualificato

manners - maniera, modo

crime - crimine, delitto, reato, criminalita

committed - affidare, impegnarsi, arrestare, imprigionare, ricoverare

A description of him was easily procured and sent to the detectives; and some hopeful spirits, of whom Ralph was one, did not despair of his apprehension. The papers and clubs were full of the affair, and everywhere people were discussing the probabilities of a successful pursuit. The Reform Club was especially agitated, several of its members being bank officials.

easily - tranquillamente, facilmente, agevolmente

procured - procurare, approvvigionare, acquistare, ottenere

hopeful - speranzoso

spirits - spirito

despair - disperazione

apprehension - apprensione

successful - di successo, coronato dal successo, riuscito

pursuit - ricerca, perseguimento, caccia, passatempo

especially - specialmente, soprattutto, specie, appositamente

officials - ufficiale, funzionario

Ralph would not concede that the work of the detectives was likely to be in vain, for he thought that the prize offered would greatly stimulate their zeal and activity. But Stuart was far from sharing this confidence; and, as they placed themselves at the whist-table, they continued to argue the matter. Stuart and Flanagan played together, while Phileas Fogg had Fallentin for his partner.

concede - ammettere

vain - vanitoso, vanesio, vano

prize - fare leva su, forzare

offered - offrire

greatly - molto, grandemente, assai, oltremodo

stimulate - stimolare

zeal - zelo

continued - continuare

argue - discutere, dibattere, contestare, litigare, argomentare

As the game proceeded the conversation ceased, excepting between the rubbers, when it revived again.

ceased - cessare, arrestare, smettere, interrompere

excepting - salvo, tranne, eccetto, fatto salvo

rubbers - gomma, di gomma

revived - rinascere, resuscitare, rivivere, rinnovare

"I maintain," said Stuart, "that the chances are in favor of the thief, who must be a shrewd fellow."

maintain - mantenere

chances - caso

favor - favore, bomboniera, preferire, privilegiare, fare un favore

shrewd - perspicace, sagace, scaltro, astuto

"Well, but where can he fly to?" asked Ralph. "No country is safe for him."

fly to - volare verso

"Pshaw!"

Pshaw - indicating disapproval, scoffery, irritation

"Where could he go, then?"

"Oh, I don't know that. The world is big enough."

"It was once," said Phileas Fogg, in a low tone. "Cut, sir," he added, handing the cards to Thomas Flanagan.

low - basso

tone - tono

The discussion fell during the rubber, after which Stuart took up its thread.

discussion - discussione

rubber - gomma, di gomma

thread - filo, refe, filo conduttore, forum

"What do you mean by 'once'? Has the world grown smaller?"

"Certainly," returned Ralph. "I agree with Mr. Fogg. The world has grown smaller, since a man can now go round it ten times more quickly than a hundred years ago. And that is why the search for this thief will be more likely to succeed."

go round - fermarsi, girare, circolare

search - ricerca, cercare, buscare

Succeed - succedere, riuscire

"And also why the thief can get away more easily."

"Be so good as to play, Mr. Stuart," said Phileas Fogg.

But the incredulous Stuart was not convinced, and when the hand was finished, he said eagerly: "You have a strange way, Ralph, of proving that the world has grown smaller. So, because you can go round it in three months""

incredulous - incredulo

eagerly - impazientemente

proving - provare, dimostrare

"In eighty days," interrupted Phileas Fogg.

interrupted - interrompere, celare, ricoprire, tagliare

"That is true, gentlemen," added John Sullivan. "Only eighty days, now that the section between Rothal and Allahabad, on the Great Indian Peninsula Railway, has been opened. Here is the estimate made by the Daily Telegraph:

gentlemen - gentiluomo, galantuomo, signore, signor

Indian - indiano

Peninsula - penisola

Railway - binario, rotaia, strada ferrata, ferrovia

estimate - stima, preventivo, stimare

From London to Suez via Mont Cenis and Brindisi by rail and

rail - sbarra, asta, staccionata, parapetto

steamboats, 7 days

steamboats - nave a vapore

From Suez to Bombay, by steamer, 13 days

Bombay - Bombay, gatto Bombay

steamer - vapore

From Bombay to Calcutta, by rail, 3 days

Calcutta -

From Calcutta to Hong Kong, by steamer, 13 days

From Hong Kong to Yokohama (Japan), by steamer, 6 days

Japan - Giappone

From Yokohama to San Francisco, by steamer, 22 days

From San Francisco to New York, by rail, 7 days

From New York to London, by steamer and rail, 9 days

Total: 80 days"

Total - totale, somma, intero

"Yes, in eighty days!" exclaimed Stuart, who in his excitement made a false deal. "But that doesn't take into account bad weather, contrary winds, shipwrecks, railway accidents, and so on."

exclaimed - esclamare

excitement - eccitamento, orgasmo, fregola

deal - accordo

winds - vento

shipwrecks - relitto, naufragio, naufragare

accidents - incidente, accidente

"All included," returned Phileas Fogg, continuing to play despite the discussion.

continuing - continuare

despite - nonostante, sebbene, malgrado

"But suppose the Hindoos or Indians pull up the rails," replied Stuart. "Suppose they stop the trains, pillage the luggage vans, and scalp the passengers!"

suppose - supporre, immaginare

Indians - indiano

pull up - tirare su

rails - sbarra, asta, staccionata, parapetto

pillage - saccheggiare, bottino, saccheggio

luggage - bagagli

vans - furgone

scalp - scalpo, cotenna, cuoio capelluto, fare lo scalpo

passengers - passeggero

"All included," calmly retorted Fogg; adding, as he threw down the cards, "Two trumps."

calmly - con calma

retorted - replicare, ribattere

threw - gettare, lanciare

trumps - briscolo, trionfo

Stuart, whose turn it was to deal, gathered them up, and went on:

gathered - cogliere, collezionare, radunarsi, raccogliere, bottinare

"You are right, theoretically, Mr. Fogg, but practically""

theoretically - teoricamente, in linea teorica

practically - praticamente

"Practically also, Mr. Stuart."

"I'd like to see you do it in eighty days."

"It depends on you. Shall we go?"

depends - dipendere, fare affidamento

"Heaven preserve me! But I would wager four thousand pounds that such a journey, made under these conditions, is impossible."

Heaven - cielo, paradiso

preserve - riserva, preservare, proteggere, salvaguardare, conservare

wager - scommessa

"Quite possible, on the contrary," returned Mr. Fogg.

"Well, make it, then!"

"The journey round the world in eighty days?"

"Yes."

"I should like nothing better."

"When?"

"At once. Only I warn you that I shall do it at your expense.

warn - avvertire, avvisare

expense - spesa

"It's absurd!" cried Stuart, who was beginning to be annoyed at the persistency of his friend. "Come, let's go on with the game."

absurd - assurdo

cried - piangere, gridare, urlare, pianto, urlo, verso

annoyed - infastidirsi, infastidire, importunare, disturbare

persistency - persistenza

let's go - Andiamo

"Deal over again, then," said Phileas Fogg. "There's a false deal."

Stuart took up the pack with a feverish hand. Then he suddenly put them down again.

pack - fagotto, sacca

feverish - febbricoso

"Well, Mr. Fogg," said he, "it shall be so. I will wager the four thousand on it."

"Calm yourself, my dear Stuart," said Fallentin. "It's only a joke."

joke - barzelletta, battuta, scherzo, celia

"When I say I'll wager," returned Stuart, "I mean it."

"All right," said Mr. Fogg; and, turning to the others, he continued: "I have a deposit of twenty thousand at Baring's which I will willingly risk upon it."

deposit - deposito, caparra, acconto, sedimento

Baring - nudo

willingly - volentieri, con piacere, di buongrado, di buon grado

Risk - rischio, rischiare

"Twenty thousand pounds!" cried Sullivan. "Twenty thousand pounds, which you would lose by a single accidental delay!"

accidental - accidentale

"The unforeseen does not exist," quietly replied Phileas Fogg.

unforeseen - improvviso, imprevisto, inatteso, inaspettato

exist - esistere

"But, Mr. Fogg, eighty days are only the estimate of the least possible time in which the journey can be made."

"A well-used minimum suffices for everything."

minimum - minimo

suffices - bastare, essere sufficiente, soddisfare, fornire

"But, in order not to exceed it, you must jump mathematically from the trains upon the steamers, and from the steamers upon the trains again."

exceed - superare, eccedere

jump - saltare, far saltare

steamers - vapore

"I will jump"mathematically."

"You are joking."

joking - barzelletta, battuta, scherzo, celia

"A true Englishman doesn't joke when he is talking about so serious a thing as a wager," replied Phileas Fogg, solemnly. "I will bet twenty thousand pounds against anyone who wishes that I will make the tour of the world in eighty days or less; in nineteen hundred and twenty hours, or a hundred and fifteen thousand two hundred minutes. Do you accept?"

serious - serio, grave, critico

solemnly - solennemente

bet - scommettere su

wishes - desiderio, voglia, volere, desiderare, augurare

Tour - viaggio, gita, tour

"We accept," replied Messrs. Stuart, Fallentin, Sullivan,

Flanagan and Ralph, after consulting each other.

after consulting - dopo la consulenza

"Good," said Mr. Fogg. "The train leaves for Dover at a quarter before nine. I will take it."

Dover - port in Kent, England, capital of Delaware

"This very evening?" asked Stuart.

"This very evening," returned Phileas Fogg. He took out and consulted a pocket almanac, and added, "As today is Wednesday, the 2nd of October, I shall be due in London, in this very room of the Reform Club, on Saturday, the 21st of December, at a quarter before nine P.M.; or else the twenty thousand pounds, now deposited in my name at Baring's, will belong to you, in fact and in right, gentlemen.

consulted - consultarsi, consultare

almanac - almanacco

deposited - deposito, caparra, acconto, sedimento

Baring - barra, tavoletta, sbarra

Here is a check for the amount."

A memorandum of the wager was at once drawn up and signed by the six parties, during which Phileas Fogg preserved a stoical composure. He certainly did not bet to win, and had only staked the twenty thousand pounds, half of his fortune, because he foresaw that he might have to expend the other half to carry out this difficult, not to say unattainable, project.

memorandum - nota

signed - segno

preserved - riserva, preservare, proteggere, salvaguardare, conservare

stoical - stoico

staked - palo, paletto, picchetto, piolo

foresaw - prevedere

expend - spendere

unattainable - inattingibile

As for his antagonists, they seemed much agitated; not so much by the value of their stake, as because they had some scruples about betting under conditions so difficult to their friend.

antagonists - antagonista, oppositore, avversario, concorrente

stake - palo, paletto, picchetto, piolo

scruples - scrupolo

betting - scommesse

The clock struck seven, and the party offered to suspend the game so that Mr. Fogg might make his preparations for departure.

struck - cancellare, colpire, coniare, scioperare, sembrare, arrendersi, sciopero

suspend - appendere, sospendere

preparations - preparazione

departure - partenza, deviazione, punto di svolta, dipartenza, dipartita

"I am quite ready now," was his tranquil response. "Diamonds are trumps. Be so good as to play, gentlemen."

response - responso, risposta

Diamonds - diamante

Chapter 4. In Which Phileas Fogg Astounds Passepartout

Astounds - riempire di stupore, sbalordire

Having won twenty guineas at whist, and taken leave of his friends, Phileas Fogg, at twenty-five minutes past seven, left the Reform Club.

guineas - Guinea

Passepartout, who had conscientiously studied the program of his duties, was more than surprised to see his master guilty of the inexactness of appearing at this unaccustomed hour. According to rule, he was not due in Saville Row until precisely midnight.

conscientiously - coscienziosamente

duties - dovere, obbligo, servizio, attivita, tassa, dazio

surprised - sorpresa, stupire, sorprendere, meravigliare

guilty - colpevole

inexactness - inesattezza

appearing - apparire

unaccustomed - non abituati

Mr. Fogg went to his bedroom, and called out, "Passepartout!"

Passepartout did not reply. It could not be he who was called. It was not the right hour.

reply - rispondere, replicare, ripetere, risposta, replica

he who - Chi

"Passepartout!" repeated Mr. Fogg, without raising his voice.

raising - sollevando

voice - voce

Passepartout made his appearance.

appearance - apparizione, comparsa, visione, apparenza, aspetto

"I've called you twice," observed his master.

ve - ordine del giorno

"But it is not midnight," responded the other, showing his watch.

"I know it. I don't blame you. We start for Dover and Calais in ten minutes."

blame - incolpare

start for - inizio per

A puzzled grin spread over Passepartout's round face. Clearly he had not comprehended his master.

grin - sogghignare

Clearly - chiaramente, certamente, evidentemente

comprehended - comprendere, capire

"Monsieur is going to leave home?"

"Yes," returned Phileas Fogg. "We are going round the world."

going round - fermarsi, girare, circolare

Passepartout opened wide his eyes, raised his eyebrows, held up his hands, and seemed about to collapse, so overcome was he with stupefied astonishment.

wide - largo, ampio, vasto, laterale

eyebrows - sopracciglio

collapse - collassare, crollare, accasciarsi, bloccarsi

overcome - superare, sconfiggere

stupefied - stupefare, abbrutire, sbalordire, confondere

astonishment - stupore, meraviglia, sorpresa, sbigottimento

"Round the world!" he murmured.

murmured - mormorio, brusio, sussurro, mormorare

"In eighty days?" responded Mr. Fogg. "So we haven't a moment to lose."

"But the trunks?" gasped Passepartout, unconsciously swaying his head from right to left.

trunks - tronco, baule, cofano, proboscide, bagagliaio

gasped - restare senza fiato, restare a bocca aperta

unconsciously - inconsciamente

swaying - ondeggiare, (sway), ondeggiamento, fluttuazione, dondolio

"We'll have no trunks. Only a carpetbag, with two shirts and three pairs of stockings for me, and the same for you. We'll buy our clothes on the way. bring down my mackintosh and traveling-cloak, and some stout shoes, though we shall do little walking. Make haste!"

carpetbag - a type of bag

stockings - calzettone

bring down - abbattere

mackintosh - impermeabile

cloak - tabarro, ammantare

stout - solido

Make haste - Affrettarsi

Passepartout tried to reply, but could not. He went out, mounted to his own room, fell into a chair, and muttered: "That's good, that is! And I, who wanted to remain quiet!"

mounted - montare, salire

remain - stare, restare, rimanere

He mechanically set about making the preparations for departure. Around the world in eighty days! Was his master a fool? No. Was this a joke, then? They were going to Dover. Good! To Calais. Good again! After all, Passepartout, who had been away from France five years, would not be sorry to set foot on his native soil again.

mechanically - meccanicamente, macchinalmente

set about - iniziare

fool - stolto, buffone, giullare, pagliaccio, buffone di corte, matto

be sorry - essere dispiaciuto

native - nativo, natio, indigeno, autoctono

soil - suolo, terreno, terra

Perhaps they would go as far as Paris, and it would do his eyes good to see Paris once more. But surely a gentleman so chary of his steps would stop there; no doubt"but, then, it was none the less true that he was going away, this former homebody.

surely - sicuramente, checkcertamente

chary - cauto, prudente

doubt - dubitare, dubbio, perplessita

going away - andare via

former - precedente, passato

homebody - pantofolaio

By eight o'clock Passepartout had packed the modest carpetbag, containing the wardrobes of his master and himself. Then, still troubled in mind, he carefully shut the door of his room, and descended to Mr. Fogg.

packed - fagotto, sacca

modest - modesto, irrisorio, esiguo

containing - contenere

wardrobes - armadio, guardaroba

troubled - guaio, problema, impiccio, tumulto

mind - mente

descended - scendere

Mr. Fogg was quite ready. Under his arm might have been observed a red-bound copy of Bradshaw's Continental Railway steam Transit and General Guide, with its timetables showing the arrival and departure of steamers and railways. He took the carpetbag, opened it, and slipped into it a goodly roll of Bank of England notes, which would pass wherever he might go.

bound - vincolato, (bind), legare, connettere, rilegare

copy - copia, replica, copiare, imitare, ricevere

Continental - continentale

steam - vapore

Transit - transizione, traversata, attraversamento, spostamento, movimento

Guide - guidare

timetables - orario

arrival - arrivo

railways - binario, rotaia, strada ferrata, ferrovia

slipped - scivolare

goodly - bene

roll - rotolo

pass - passare

wherever - dovunque, ovunque 'followed by the subjunctive', dappertutto

"You have forgotten nothing?" he asked.

"Nothing, monsieur."

"My mackintosh and cloak?"

"Here they are.

"Good! Take this carpetbag," handing it to Passepartout. "Take good care of it, for there are twenty thousand pounds in it."

care - cura, attenzione

Passepartout nearly dropped the bag, as if the twenty thousand pounds were in gold, and weighed him down.

nearly - quasi, praticamente, circa

dropped - goccia

weighed - pesare

Master and man then descended, the street door was double-locked, and at the end of Saville Row they took a cab and drove rapidly to Charing Cross. The cab stopped before the railway station at twenty minutes past eight.

double - doppio, doppia, sosia, doppione, doppiare

locked - serratura

cab - taxi

rapidly - rapidamente

Charing - carbonizzare

Cross - croce, segno della croce, incrocio, cross, diagonale, irritato

railway station - stazione ferroviaria

Passepartout jumped off the box and followed his master, who, after paying the cabman, was about to enter the station, when a poor beggar woman, with a child in her arms, approached him. Her naked feet were smeared with mud, her head covered with a wretched bonnet, from which hung a tattered feather, and her shoulders shrouded in a ragged shawl. She mournfully asked for alms.

jumped - saltare, far saltare

cabman - tassista

enter - entrare, immettere, digitare

beggar - mendicante

approached - avvicinarsi

naked - nudo

smeared - ungere, spalmare, imbrattare, sbavare, ricoprire, macchiare

mud - fango

covered - coperto, coperchio, copertura, nascondiglio, copertina, coperta

wretched - misero

bonnet - cuffia, cofano

hung - appendere, attaccare

tattered - stracciato, a brandelli, liso

feather - piuma, penna, barbetta

shrouded - sindone, (lenzuolo funebre)

ragged - stracciato

shawl - scialle

mournfully - con tristezza

alms - elemosina

Mr. Fogg took out the twenty guineas he had just won at whist, and handed them to the beggar, saying, "Here, my good woman. I'm glad that I met you"; and passed on.

Glad - contento, felice

Passepartout had a moist sensation about the eyes. His master's action touched his susceptible heart.

moist - umido

sensation - sensazione, senso, impressione

touched - commosso

susceptible - suscettibile

Two first-class tickets for Paris having been speedily purchased, Mr. Fogg was Crossing the station to the train, when he perceived his five friends of the Reform Club.

first-class - (first-class) prima classe

speedily - rapidamente

purchased - compra, acquisto, compravendita, acquisizione, comprare

Crossing - incrocio, traversata, (cross), croce, segno della croce, cross, diagonale, irritato

perceived - percepire

"Well, gentlemen," he said, "I'm off, you see; and, if you will examine my passport when I get back, you will be able to judge whether I have accomplished the journey agreed upon."

I'm off - Sono fuori

judge - giudicare

accomplished - compiere, realizzare, completare, trascorrere, concretizzare

"Oh, that would be quite unnecessary, Mr. Fogg," said Ralph politely. "We will trust your word, as a gentleman of honor."

unnecessary - superfluo, eccessivo, inutile

politely - educatamente

trust - fiducia, confidenza, speranza, credito, affidabilita, trust

honor - onore, onorare, tenere fede a

"You do not forget when you are due in London again?" asked Stuart. "In eighty days. On Saturday, the 21st of December, 1872, at a quarter before nine P.M. Good-by, gentlemen."

good-by - (good-by) buono da

Phileas Fogg and his servant seated themselves in a first-class carriage at twenty minutes before nine. Five minutes later the whistle screamed, and the train slowly glided out of the station.

carriage - carrozza, portamento, postura, carrello

whistle - fischietto, fischio, checkfischio, fischiare

screamed - urlo, grido, gridare, sbraitare, urlare

slowly - lentamente, piano, a rilento

glided - scivolare, slittare, scorrere, muoversi con fluidita, planare

The night was dark, and a fine, steady rain was falling. Phileas

steady rain - pioggia costante

Fogg, leaning back in his corner, did not open his lips.

leaning - appoggiarsi

corner - angolo, sporgenza, angolo sporgente, pietra d'angolo

Passepartout, not yet recovered from his stupefaction, clung

stupefaction - stupefazione

clung - aggrapparsi, aderire

mechanically to the carpetbag, with its enormous treasure.

treasure - tesoro, apprezzare

Just as the train was whirling through Sydenham, Passepartout suddenly uttered a cry of despair.

whirling - vorticoso, (whirl), turbinare, piroettare, roteare

uttered - completo, totale

cry - piangere, gridare, urlare, pianto, urlo, verso

"What's the matter?" asked Mr. Fogg.

What's the matter? - Qual e il problema?

"Alas! In my hurry"I"I forgot-"

Alas - ahime!, ohime!

"What?"

"To turn off the gas in my room!"

"Very well, young man," returned Mr. Fogg, coolly, "it will burn"at your expense."

coolly - freddamente

burn - bruciare

Chapter 5. In Which a New Security Appears on the London Exchange

Security - sicurezza, cartevalori

Appears - apparire

Exchange - cambiare

Phileas Fogg rightly suspected that his departure from London would create a lively sensation at the West End. The news of the bet spread through the Reform Club, and afforded an exciting topic of conversation to its members. From the club it soon got into the papers throughout England.

rightly - giustamente

suspected - sospettare

throughout - in ogni parte, dappertutto

The boasted "tour of the world" was talked about, disputed, argued with as much warmth as if the subject were another Alabama claim. Some took sides with Phileas Fogg, but the large majority shook their heads and declared against him.

boasted - vantarsi

disputed - disputa, lite, bega

argued - discutere, dibattere, contestare, litigare, argomentare

warmth - calore

Alabama - Alabama

claim - reclamo, rivendicazione, diritto, dichiarazione, affermazione

sides - lato

majority - maggioranza, maggiore eta

shook - scossa, (shake), scuotere, agitare, scuotere la testa

It was absurd, impossible, they declared, that the tour of the world could be made, except theoretically and on paper, in this minimum of time, and with the existing means of traveling. The Times, Standard, Morning Post and Daily News, and twenty other highly respectable newspapers scouted Mr. Fogg's project as madness. The Daily Telegraph alone hesitatingly supported him.

existing - esistere

scouted - esploratore, ricognitore

madness - pazzia, follia, checkpazzia, insanita

hesitatingly - con esitazione

People in general thought him a lunatic, and blamed his Reform Club friends for having accepted a wager which betrayed the mental aberration of its proposer.

lunatic - demente

blamed - incolpare

mental - mentale

aberration - aberrazione, deviazione, alienazione

proposer - proponente

Articles no less passionate than logical appeared on the question, for geography is one of the pet subjects of the English; and the columns devoted to Phileas Fogg's venture were eagerly devoured by all classes of readers.

passionate - appassionato

logical - logico

pet - animale domestico

devoted - devoti

Venture - avventura, azzardo, impresa, avventurarsi, azzardare, osare

devoured - divorare, trangugiare, ingurgitare, ingozzarsi

At first some rash individuals, principally of the gentler sex, espoused his cause, which became still more popular when the Illustrated London News came out with his portrait, copied from a photograph in the Reform Club. A few readers of the Daily Telegraph even dared to say, "Why not, after all? Stranger things have come to pass."

individuals - individuo, soggetto, singolo, specifico, individuale, personale

principally - principalmente

gentler - gentile

sex - sesso

espoused - sposare

cause - causa, provocare, causare, produrre, ottenere

more popular - piu popolare

Illustrated - Illustrato, (illustrate), illustrare, mostrare, descrivere

portrait - ritratto

copied - copia, replica, copiare, imitare, ricevere

dared - osare

Stranger - Straniero

At last a long article appeared, on the 7th of October, in the bulletin of the Royal Geographical Society, which treated the question from every point of view, and demonstrated the utter folly of the enterprise.

bulletin - bollettino

Geographical - geografico

Society - societa, associazione

treated - trattare, trattenimento, festeggiamento, sorpresa

view - vista, veduta, visualizzazione, visione, opinione

demonstrated - dimostrare, manifestare

utter - completo, totale

folly - follia, stravaganza, unicum, eccentricita

enterprise - impresa, iniziativa

Everything, it said, was against the travelers, every obstacle imposed alike by man and by nature. A miraculous agreement of the times of departure and arrival, which was impossible, was absolutely necessary to his success.

obstacle - ostacolo, inciampo

imposed - imporre, abusare

by nature - dalla natura

miraculous - miracoloso

agreement - consenso, accordo, convenzione, patto, contratto, concordanza

necessary - necessario

He might, perhaps, reckon on the arrival of trains at the designated hours, in Europe, where the distances were relatively moderate; but when he calculated upon crossing India in three days, and the United States in seven, could he rely beyond misgiving upon accomplishing his task?

reckon - considerare

designated - nominare

distances - distanza

relatively - relativamente

calculated - calcolare

India - Imola, India

United - unire

States - stato, dichiarare, statuire, esporre, indicare

rely - fare affidamento, basarsi

beyond - oltre, (al) di la di, dall'altra parte di, piu di, dopo

misgiving - apprensione

accomplishing - compiere, realizzare, completare, trascorrere, concretizzare

There were accidents to machinery, the liability of trains to run off the line, collisions, bad weather, the blocking up by snow"were not all these against Phileas Fogg? Would he not find himself, when traveling by steamer in winter, at the mercy of the winds and fogs? Is it uncommon for the best ocean steamers to be two or three days behind time?

machinery - macchinario

liability - responsabilita

collisions - collisione

blocking up - bloccare

fogs - nebbia

uncommon - raro

Ocean - oceano

But a single delay would suffice to fatally break the chain of communication. Should Phileas Fogg once miss, even by an hour, a steamer, he would have to wait for the next, and that would irrevocably render his attempt vain.

suffice - bastare, essere sufficiente, soddisfare, fornire

fatally - fatalmente

chain - catena, incatenare, concatenare

irrevocably - irrevolcabilmente

render - rendere

attempt - tentare, cercare, provare, attentare, tentativo

This article made a great deal of noise, and, being copied into all the papers, seriously depressed the advocates of the rash tourist.

noise - rumore, strepito

seriously - seriamente, gravemente

depressed - deprimere

advocates - avvocato, avvocata, sostenitore, sostenitrice, raccomandare

Everybody knows that England is the world of betting men, who are of a higher class than mere gamblers. To bet is in the English temperament. Not only the members of the Reform, but the general public, made heavy wagers for or against Phileas Fogg, who was set down in the betting books as if he were a race horse. Bonds were issued, and made their appearance on the Exchange.

mere - semplice, solo

gamblers - giocatore d'azzardo

temperament - temperamento, carattere

heavy - pesante

wagers - scommessa

set down - lasciare davanti, annotare, registrare qualcosa, stabilire

race horse - cavallo da corsa

Bonds - legame

issued - emissione, fuoriuscita, esito, questione, problematica

"Phileas Fogg bonds" were offered at par or at a premium, and a great business was done in them. But five days after the article in the bulletin of the Geographical Society appeared, the demand began to subside. "Phileas Fogg" declined. They were offered by packages, at first of five, then of ten, until at last nobody would take less than twenty, fifty, a hundred!

at par - alla pari

Premium - a prize or award

subside - sprofondare, abbassare, abbassarsi, scendere

declined - declino, declinare, rifiutare

packages - pacco, pacchetto, impacchettamento

Lord Albemarle, an elderly paralytic gentleman, was now the only advocate of Phileas Fogg left. This noble lord, who was confined to his chair, would have given his fortune to be able to make the tour of the world, if it took ten years; and he bet five thousand pounds on Phileas Fogg.

elderly - anziano, anziana, anziani, anziane

paralytic - paralitico, paralitica

advocate - avvocato, avvocata, sostenitore, sostenitrice, raccomandare

confined - limitare

When the folly as well as the uselessness of the adventure was pointed out to him, he contented himself with replying, "If the thing is feasible, the first to do it ought to be an Englishman."

Uselessness - Inutilita

contented - contento, soddisfatto

replying - rispondere, replicare, ripetere, risposta, replica

feasible - fattibile, realizzabile, eseguibile, futuribile

The Fogg party dwindled more and more. Everybody was going against him, and the bets stood a hundred and fifty and two hundred to one; and a week after his departure an incident occurred which deprived him of backers at any price.

dwindled - restringersi, diminuire

bets - scommettere su

incident - imprevisto, inconveniente, incidente

deprived - privare, togliere, sottrarre

backers - finanziatore

The commissioner of police was sitting in his office at nine o'clock one evening, when the following telegraphic despatch was put into his hands:

commissioner - commissario

telegraphic - telegrafico

despatch - spedizione

Suez to London

ROWAN, COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, SCOTLAND YARD:

Rowan - sorbo rosso

Scotland - Scozia

Yard - iarda

I've found the bank robber, Phileas Fogg. Send without delay warrant of arrest to Bombay. FIX, Detective

warrant - giustificare

arrest - arresto, arrestare

Fix - aggiustare, riparare, mettere una pezza, sistemare, preparare

Detective - investigatore

The effect of this despatch was instantaneous. The polished gentleman disappeared to give place to the bank robber. His photograph, which was hung with those of the rest of the members of the Reform Club, was minutely examined, and it betrayed, feature by feature, the description of the robber which had been provided to the police.

effect - effetto, effettuare

instantaneous - istantaneo

disappeared - sparire, scomparire

minutely - minuziosamente

feature - caratteristica

provided - soddisfare, prevedere, supporre, provvedere, fornire, erogare

The mysterious habits of Phileas Fogg were recalled; his solitary ways, his sudden departure; and it seemed clear that, in undertaking a tour round the world on the pretext of a wager, he had had no other end in view than to elude the detectives, and throw them off his track.

mysterious - misterioso, ignoto

recalled - ritirare, revocare, richiamare, rammentare, ricordare

solitary - solitario

sudden - improvviso, improvvisa

undertaking - garanzia, (undertake), intraprendere, impegnarsi, dedicarsi

pretext - pretesto, scusante

elude - eludere

throw - gettare, lanciare

track - traccia, scia, tracciamento, sentiero, impronta, mulattiera

Chapter 6. In Which Fix, the Detective, Betrays a Very Natural Impatience

Betrays - consegnare, tradire, rivelare

Impatience - Impazienza

The circumstances under which this telegraphic despatch about

circumstances - circostanza, dettaglio, caso, circonlocuzione, situazione

Phileas Fogg was sent were as follows:

The steamer Mongolia, belonging to the Peninsular and Oriental Company, built of iron, of two thousand eight hundred tons burden, and five hundred horsepower, was due at eleven o'clock A.M. on Wednesday, the 9th of October, at Suez.

Mongolia - Mongolia

belonging - appartenenza

Peninsular - peninsulare

Oriental - Orientale

of iron - di ferro

tons - tonnellata

burden - fardello, carico

horsepower - cavallo vapore

The Mongolia plied regularly between Brindisi and Bombay via the Suez Canal, and was one of the fastest steamers belonging to the company, always making more than ten knots an hour between Brindisi and Suez, and nine and a half between Suez and Bombay.

plied - esercitare

Canal - canale

knots - nodo

Two men were promenading up and down the wharves, among the crowd of natives and strangers who were sojourning at this once straggling village"now, thanks to the enterprise of M. Lesseps, a fast-growing town.

promenading - passeggiata, lungomare

wharves - Muelle

among - tra, fra, in mezzo a

natives - nativo, natio, indigeno, autoctono

strangers - estraneo

sojourning - soggiorno, (sojourn), soggiornare

this once - questa volta

straggling - sbandati, (straggle), distaccarsi, disperdersi, girovagare

One was the British consul at Suez, who, despite the prophecies of the English government, and the unfavorable predictions of Stephenson, was in the habit of seeing, from his office window, English ships daily passing to and fro on the great canal, by which the old roundabout route from England to India by the Cape of Good Hope was cut by at least a half.

British - britannici, britannico

consul - console

prophecies - profezia

government - governo

unfavorable - sfavorevole

roundabout - rotatoria, rotonda

route - percorso, itinerario

Cape - cappa

The other was a small, slight-built person, with a nervous, intelligent face, and bright eyes peering out from under eyebrows which he was incessantly twitching. He was just now manifesting unmistakable signs of impatience, nervously pacing up and down, and unable to stand still for a moment. This was Fix, one of the detectives who had been despatched from England in search of the bank robber.

Slight - insignificante, leggero, debole, lieve, disprezzare, sminuire

intelligent - intelligente

bright - luminoso, brillante

peering - Pari

incessantly - incessantemente

twitching - contorcersi

manifesting - manifestare

unmistakable - inconfondibile

signs - segno

nervously - nervosamente

pacing - passo

unable - incapace

stand still - rimanere fermo

despatched - spedizione

It was his task to narrowly watch every passenger who arrived at Suez, and to follow up all who seemed to be suspicious characters, or bore a resemblance to the description of the criminal, which he had received two days before from the police headquarters at London.

passenger - passeggero

suspicious - sospetto, ambiguo, losco, sospettoso, diffidente

characters - personaggio, carattere, caratteristica

resemblance - rassomiglianza

criminal - criminale, delittuoso

headquarters - sede centrale

The detective was evidently inspired by the hope of obtaining the splendid reward which would be the prize of success, and awaited with a feverish impatience, easy to understand, the arrival of the steamer Mongolia.

evidently - evidentemente

obtaining - ottenere, riuscire, avere, stabilirsi

splendid - splendido

awaited - aspettare, attendere, servire

"So you say, consul," he asked for the twentieth time, "that this steamer is never behind time?"

twentieth - ventesimo ('before the noun'), ('in names of monarchs and popes') ventesimo g, ventesima g ('after the name') ('abbreviation' XX), ventesimo

"No, Mr. Fix," replied the consul. "She was signaled yesterday at Port Said, and the rest of the way is of no account to such a craft. I repeat that the Mongolia has been in advance of the time required by the company's regulations, and gained the prize awarded for excess of speed."

signaled - segnale, campo, segnalare, indicare

craft - abilita, mestiere, confezionare, creare, costruire, sviluppare

advance - avanzare, progredire, anticipare, migliorare, avvicinarsi

regulations - regola, regolamento, regolazione

Gained - acquistare, conseguire

awarded - sentenza, premio, trofeo, medaglia, onorificenza

excess - eccesso, eccedenza, franchigia, eccessivo

Speed - velocita

"Does she come directly from Brindisi?"

directly - direttamente

"Directly from Brindisi. She takes on the Indian mails there, and she left there Saturday at five P.M. Have patience, Mr. Fix. She will not be late. But really, I don't see how, from the description you have, you will be able to recognize your man, even if he is on board the Mongolia."

takes on - assume

mails - posta

patience - pazienza

be late - essere in ritardo

recognize - riconoscere

board - asse

"A man rather feels the presence of these fellows, consul, than recognizes them. You must have a scent for them, and a scent is like a sixth sense which combines hearing, seeing, and smelling. I've arrested more than one of these gentlemen in my time, and, if my thief is on board, I'll answer for it. He'll not slip through my fingers."

presence - presenza

fellows - uomo, tipo

recognizes - riconoscere

scent - odore (1, 2), checkprofumo (3), fiutare

sixth - sesto ('before the noun'), ('in names of monarchs and popes') sesto g, sesta g ('after the name') ('abbreviation' VI), sesto

sense - senso, coscienza, sensazione, significato, tocco

combines - combinare, mischiare, abbinare, unire, kombinat, combinat

smelling - odorare, (smell), odore, olfatto, odorato, sentire l'odore

arrested - arresto, arrestare

answer for - rispondere per

slip - scivolare

"I hope so, Mr. Fix, for it was a heavy robbery."

"A magnificent robbery, consul. Fifty-five thousand pounds! We don't often have such windfalls. Burglars are getting to be so contemptible nowadays! A fellow gets hung for a handful of shillings!"

windfalls - una vincita

contemptible - disprezzabile, disdicevole, riprovevole, biasimabile

nowadays - oggidi, oggigiorno

handful - manciata, pugno, manipolo, gruppetto

"Mr. Fix," said the consul, "I like your way of talking, and hope you'll succeed; but I fear you will find it far from easy. Don't you see, the description which you have there has a singular resemblance to an honest man?"

fear - paura

singular - singolare

"Consul," remarked the detective, dogmatically, "great robbers always resemble honest folks. Fellows who have rascally faces have only one course to take, and that is to remain honest; otherwise they would be arrested offhand. The artistic thing is to unmask honest countenances. It's no light task, I admit, but a real art."

remarked - osservazione, commento

dogmatically - dogmaticamente

robbers - rapinatore, ladro, ladrone

resemble - rassomigliare, arieggiare

folks - gente, autoctono, popolo, abitante

rascally - furfantesco

otherwise - altrimenti, differentemente, in altre circostanze, tuttavia

offhand - a mano

artistic - artistico

unmask - smascherare, palesare, scoprire, smascherarsi

countenances - sembianza, apparenza, espressione

admit - far entrare, ammettere, riconoscere, ricoverare

Mr. Fix evidently was not wanting in a tinge of self-conceit.

tinge - sfumatura

self - stesso

conceit - presunzione, gloss

Little by little the scene on the quay became more animated. Sailors of various nations, merchants, ship-brokers, porters, fellahs, bustled to and fro as if the steamer were immediately expected. The weather was clear, and slightly chilly. The minarets of the town loomed above the houses in the pale rays of the sun. A jetty pier, some two thousand yards along, extended into the roadstead.

scene - scena

quay - banchina

animated - animare, ravvivare

Sailors - marinaio, marinaia, marittimo, marittima

nations - nazione

merchants - mercante, mercantessa, commerciante, negoziante

ship - nave

brokers - intermediario, mediatore, agente di cambio

porters - facchino

bustled - viavai, andirivieni, sottana, affaccendarsi, pullulare

immediately - immediatamente, subito, su due piedi

expected - aspettarsi, pensare

slightly - leggermente

chilly - freddo

minarets - minareto

loomed - telaio

the pale - pallido, limite, confine

rays - raggio

jetty - pontile

pier - pontile, imbarcadero, molo, pilastro

yards - iarda

along - lungo

extended - ampliare

roadstead - rada

A number of fishing smacks and coasting boats, some retaining the fantastic fashion of ancient galleys, were discernible on the Red Sea.

smacks - dare un ceffone

coasting - in costa

retaining - conservare, mantenere

fashion - moda, voga, stile, maniera, modo, tendenza, fabbricare

galleys - galera, galea, cambusa

discernible - discernibile

As he passed among the busy crowd, Fix, according to habit, scrutinized the passers-by with a keen, rapid glance.

passers - passante

rapid - rapido, deciso, rapida, cataratta

glance - dare un'occhiata, sbirciare, occhieggiare, radere, rasentare

It was now half-past ten.

"The steamer doesn't come!" he exclaimed, as the port clock struck.

"She can't be far off now," returned his companion.

be far off - essere lontano

companion - amico, compagno

"How long will she stop at Suez?"

"Four hours. Long enough to get in her coal. It is thirteen hundred and ten miles from Suez to Aden, at the other end of the Red Sea, and she has to take in a fresh coal supply."

fresh - fresco

supply - fornire

"And does she go from Suez directly to Bombay?"

"Without putting in anywhere."

putting in - mettere dentro

"Good!" said Fix. "If the robber is on board he will no doubt get off at Suez, so as to reach the Dutch or French colonies in Asia by some other route. He ought to know that he would not be safe an hour in India, which is English soil."

reach - arrivare a, raggiungere

Dutch - olandese, nederlandese, neerlandese

French - francese

colonies - colonia

Asia - Asia

"Unless," objected the consul, "he is exceptionally shrewd. An English criminal, you know, is always better concealed in London than anywhere else."

Unless - a meno che, se non

exceptionally - in via eccezionale, eccezionalmente

concealed - nascondere, celare

This observation furnished the detective food for thought, and meanwhile the consul went away to his office. Fix, left alone, was more impatient than ever, having a presentiment that the robber was on board the Mongolia.

furnished - fornire

went away - andare via

more impatient - piu impaziente

having a presentiment - avere un presentimento

If he had indeed left London intending to reach the New World, he would naturally take the route via India, which was less watched and more difficult to watch than that of the Atlantic. But Fix's reflections were soon interrupted by a succession of sharp whistles, which announced the arrival of the Mongolia.

intending - intendere, avere in animo

naturally - naturalmente

Atlantic - Atlantico

reflections - riflessione, riflesso, riverbero

succession - successione

sharp - affilato, aguzzo, intelligente, acuto, appuntito, diesis, acre

whistles - fischietto, fischio, checkfischio, fischiare

announced - annunciare, segnalare, pronunciare

The porters and fellahs rushed down the quay, and a dozen boats pushed off from the shore to go and meet the steamer. Soon her gigantic hull appeared passing along between the banks, and eleven o'clock struck as she anchored in the road.

rushed - precipitarsi, portare d'urgenza

dozen - dozzina, centinaio

pushed off - spinto via

shore - spiaggia

gigantic - gigantesco, colossale

hull - scafo

anchored - ancora

She brought an unusual number of passengers, some of whom remained on deck to scan the picturesque panorama of the town, while the greater part disembarked in the boats, and landed on the quay.

unusual - insolito, particolare, inusuale

deck - ponte (di una nave), insieme (matematico), mazzo (di carte)

scan - scrutare, scannerizzare, scandire, scansione

picturesque - pittoresco

disembarked - sbarcare

Fix took up a position, and carefully examined each face and figure which made its appearance. Presently one of the passengers, after vigorously pushing his way through the importunate crowd of porters, came up to him and politely asked if he could point out the English consulate, at the same time showing a passport which he wished to have visaed.

position - posizione, posto, lavoro, piazzare, posizionare

Presently - Attualmente

vigorously - vigorosamente

pushing - spingere

importunate - importuno

consulate - consolato

wished - desiderio, voglia, volere, desiderare, augurare

visaed - vista, nulla osta, permesso, nullaosta

Fix instinctively took the passport, and with a rapid glance read the description of its bearer. An involuntary motion of surprise nearly escaped him, for the description in the passport was identical with that of the hank robber which he had received from Scotland Yard.

instinctively - istintivamente

bearer - portatore, titolare

involuntary - involontario

surprise - sorpresa, stupire, sorprendere, meravigliare

escaped - scappare, fuggire, darsela a gambe, evitare, eludere

identical - identico, monovulari

hank - matassa

"Is this your passport?" he asked.

"No, it's my master's."

"And your master is""

"He stayed on board."

"But he must go to the consul's in person, so as to establish his identity."

establish - stabilire, confermare, instaurare, fondare, istituire

identity - identita

"Oh, is that necessary?"

"Quite indispensable."

indispensable - indispensabile

"And where is the consulate?"

"There, on the corner of the square," said Fix, pointing to a house two hundred steps off.

square - quadrato, squadra, piazza, sagrato, casella, convenzionale

"I'll go and fetch my master, who won't be much pleased, however, to be disturbed."

fetch - andare a prendere, portare

disturbed - disturbare

The passenger bowed to Fix, and returned to the steamer.

Chapter 7. Which Once More Demonstrates the Uselessness of Passports as Aids to Detectives

Demonstrates - dimostrare, manifestare

Aids - SIDA, AIDS

The detective passed down the quay, and rapidly made his way to the consul's office, where he was at once admitted to the presence of that official.

admitted - far entrare, ammettere, riconoscere, ricoverare

official - ufficiale, funzionario

"Consul," he said, without preamble, "I have strong reasons for believing that my man is a passenger on the Mongolia." And he narrated what had just passed concerning the passport.

preamble - preambolo

Narrated - raccontare, narrare

concerning - interesse, preoccupazione, impresa, interessare

"Well, Mr. Fix," replied the consul, "I shall not be sorry to see the rascal's face, but perhaps he won't come here"that is, if he is the person you suppose him to be. A robber doesn't quite like to leave traces of his flight behind him; and, besides, he is not obliged to have his passport countersigned."

rascal - briccone, canaglia, manigoldo

traces - traccia

besides - accanto, vicino

obliged - obbligare, forzare, costringere, fare un favore, indebitarsi

countersigned - controfirmare

"If he is as shrewd as I think he is, consul, he will come."

"To have his passport visaed?"

"Yes. Passports are only good for annoying honest folks, and aiding in the flight of rogues. I assure you it will be quite the thing for him to do; but I hope you will not visa the passport."

annoying - infastidirsi, infastidire, importunare, disturbare

aiding - assistente

rogues - briccone, canaglia, buono a nulla

assure - assicurare, garantire

visa - vista, nulla osta, permesso, nullaosta

"Why not? If the passport is genuine I have no right to refuse."

genuine - genuino

refuse - rifiutare

"Still, I must keep this man here until I can get a warrant to arrest him from London."

"Ah, that's your look-out. But I cannot""

The consul did not finish his sentence, for as he spoke a knock was heard at the door, and two strangers entered, one of whom was the servant whom Fix had met on the quay. The other, who was his master, held out his passport with the request that the consul would do him the favor to visa it.

knock - colpo, botta, botto, autocombustione, bussare

request - chiedere, richiesta, talian: t-needed

The consul took the document and carefully read it, while Fix observed, or rather devoured, the stranger with his eyes from a corner of the room.

document - documento, carta

"You are Mr. Phileas Fogg?" said the consul, after reading the passport.

"I am."

"And this man is your servant?"

"He is, a Frenchman, named Passepartout."

"You are from London?"

"Yes."

"And you are going""

"To Bombay."

"Very good, sir. You know that a visa is useless, and that no passport is required?"

"I know it, sir," replied Phileas Fogg, "but I wish to prove, by your visa, that I came by Suez."

wish - desiderio, voglia, volere, desiderare, augurare

Prove - provare, dimostrare

"Very well, sir."

The consul proceeded to sign and date the passport, after which he added his official seal. Mr. Fogg paid the customary fee, coldly bowed, and went out, followed by his servant.

sign - segno

official seal - sigillo ufficiale

customary - consueto

fee - tassa, tariffa, quota, onorario

coldly - freddamente

"Well?" queried the detective.

queried - interrogativo, domanda, quesito, richiesta, query, chiedere

"Well, he looks and acts like a perfectly honest man," replied the consul.

acts - atto, legge, numero, scena, messinscena, agire, recitare, fare

"Possibly; but that is not the question. Do you think, consul, that this phlegmatic gentleman resembles, feature by feature, the robber whose description I have received?"

Possibly - possibilmente

resembles - rassomigliare, arieggiare

feature - caratteristica, prestazione, peculiarita, proprieta

"I concede that, but then, you know, all descriptions""

"I'll make certain of it," interrupted Fix. "The servant seems to me less mysterious than the master; besides, he's a Frenchman, and can't help talking. Excuse me for a little while, consul."

Excuse - scusare, perdonare, scusarsi, giustificarsi, scusa, pretesto

Fix started off in search of Passepartout.

Meanwhile Mr. Fogg, after leaving the consulate, repaired to the quay, gave some orders to Passepartout, went off to the Mongolia in a boat, and descended to his cabin. He took up his notebook, which contained the following memoranda:

cabin - capanna, rustico, cabina

notebook - blocco, taccuino, quaderno, notebook, laptop

memoranda - memorandum

"Left London, Wednesday, October 2nd, at 8:45 P.M.

"Reached Paris, Thursday, October 3rd, at 7:20 A.M.

"Left Paris, Thursday, at 8:40 A.M.

"Reached Turin by Mont Cenis, Friday, October 4th, at 6:35 AM.

Turin - Torino

"Left Turin, Friday, at 7:20 A.M.

"Arrived at Brindisi, Saturday, October 5th, at 4 P.M.

"Sailed on the Mongolia, Saturday, at 5 P.M.

Sailed - vela

"Reached Suez, Wednesday, October 9th, at 11 A.M.

"Total of hours spent, 158-1/2; or, in days, six days and a half."

These dates were inscribed in an itinerary divided into columns, indicating the month, the day of the month, and the day for the stipulated and actual arrivals at each principal point"Paris, Brindisi, Suez, Bombay, Calcutta, Singapore, Hong Kong, Yokohama, San Francisco, New York and London"from the 2nd of October to the 21st of December; and giving a space for setting down the gain made or the loss suffered on arrival at each locality. This methodical record thus contained an account of everything needed, and Mr. Fogg always knew whether he was behind or in advance of his time. On this Friday, October 9th, he noted his arrival at Suez, and observed that he had as yet neither gained nor lost. He sat down quietly to breakfast in his cabin, never once thinking of inspecting the town, being one of those Englishmen who are wont to see foreign countries through the eyes of their servants.

inscribed - scrivere, incidere

itinerary - itinerario

divided - dividere, spartire, spartirsi

stipulated - stabilire

actual - reale, effettivo, concreto, esistente, attuale, corrente

arrivals - arrivo

Singapore - Singapore

setting - contesto, circostanza, impostazioni, calante, (set), Seth

gain - acquistare, conseguire

Loss - perdita

suffered - soffrire, penare, patire, aggravarsi, subire, lasciare

on arrival - all'arrivo

locality - localita

record - documento, verbale

thus - cosi

as yet - ancora

never once - mai una volta

inspecting - ispezionare, investigare, analizzare

Englishmen - inglese

wont - Non e vero

foreign countries - paesi stranieri

servants - servo, servitore, domestico, famiglio

Chapter 8. In Which Passepartout Talks Rather More, Perhaps, than Is Prudent

Prudent - prudente, avveduto

Fix soon rejoined Passepartout, who was lounging and looking about on the quay, as if he did not feel that he, at least, was obliged not to see anything.

rejoined - ricongiungersi

lounging - oziare, (lounge), ciondolare, bighellare, bighellonare

"Well, my friend," said the detective, coming up with him, "is your passport visaed?"

"Ah, it's you, is it, monsieur?" responded Passepartout.

"Thanks, yes, the passport is all right."

"And you are looking about you?"

"Yes, but we travel so fast that I seem to be journeying in a dream. So this is Suez?"

Seem - sembrare, parere, apparire

dream - sogno, sognare

"Yes."

"In Egypt?"

Egypt - Egitto

"Certainly, in Egypt."

"And in Africa?"

Africa - Africa

"In Africa."

"In Africa!" repeated Passepartout. "Just think, monsieur, I had no idea that we should go farther than Paris; and all that I saw of Paris was between twenty minutes past seven and twenty minutes before nine in the morning, between the Northern and the Lyons stations, through the windows of a car, and in a driving rain!

Northern - settentrionale, nordico, boreale

Lyons - Lione

How I regret not having seen once more Pere la Chaise and the circus in the Champs Elysees!"

regret - rimpiangere, rammaricarsi, pentirsi, rammarico, rimpianto

circus - circo

Champs - masticare rumorosamente

"You are in a great hurry, then?"

"I am not, but my master is. By the way, I must buy some shoes and shirts. We came away without trunks, only with a carpetbag."

"I will show you an excellent shop for getting what you want."

excellent - eccellente, eccezionale

"Really, monsieur, you are very kind."

And they walked off together, Passepartout chatting volubly as they went along.

chatting - chiacchierare

volubly - loquacemente

"Above all," he said; "don't let me lose the steamer."

"You have plenty of time. It's only twelve o'clock."

plenty - abbondanza, cuccagna, abbondantemente

Passepartout pulled out his big watch. "Twelve!" he exclaimed.

pulled - tirare

"Why, it's only eight minutes before ten."

"Your watch is slow."

"My watch? A family watch, monsieur, which has come down from my great-grandfather! It doesn't vary five minutes in the year. It's a perfect chronometer, look you.

great-grandfather - (great-grandfather) bisnonno

vary - variare

"I see how it is," said Fix. "You have kept London time, which is two hours behind that of Suez. You ought to regulate your watch at noon in each country."

regulate - regolare, registrare, tarare

at noon - a mezzogiorno

"I regulate my watch? Never!"

"Well, then, it will not agree with the sun."

"So much the worse for the sun, monsieur. The sun will be wrong, then!"

And the worthy fellow returned the watch to its fob with a defiant gesture. After a few minutes'silence, Fix resumed: "You left London hastily, then?"

worthy - degno

fob - appioppare

defiant - insolente, spavaldo, provocatorio, ribelle

gesture - gesto

silence - silenzio, silenziare, azzittire, mettere a tacere

resumed - riprendere

hastily - frettolosamente, precipitatamente

"I rather think so! Last Friday at eight o'clock in the evening, Monsieur Fogg came home from his club, and three-quarters of an hour afterwards we were off."

afterwards - dopo

"But where is your master going?"

"Always straight ahead. He is going round the world."

straight ahead - dritto, avanti

"Round the world?" cried Fix.

"Yes, and in eighty days! He says it is on a wager; but, between us, I don't believe a word of it. That wouldn't be common sense. There's something else in the wind."

I don't believe a word of it - Non credo a una sola parola

wind - vento

"Ah! Mr. Fogg is a character, is he?"

character - personaggio, carattere, caratteristica

"I should say he was."

"Is he rich?"

"No doubt, for he is carrying an enormous sum in brand-new banknotes with him. And he doesn't spare the money on the way, either. He has offered a large reward to the engineer of the Mongolia if he gets us to Bombay well in advance of time."

brand - tizzone, marchio a fuoco, marca

spare - (fare a meno di)

"And you have known your master a long time?"

"Why, no; I entered his service the very day we left London."

The effect of these replies upon the already suspicious and excited detective may be imagined. The hasty departure from London soon after the robbery; the large sum carried by Mr. Fogg; his eagerness to reach distant countries; the pretext of an eccentric and foolhardy bet"all confirmed Fix in his theory.

replies - rispondere, replicare, ripetere, risposta, replica

hasty - affrettato, frettoloso, precipitoso

eagerness - desiderio

distant - distante, remoto

eccentric - eccentrico

foolhardy - avventato, spericolato, imprudente, dissennato

confirmed - cresimare, confermare, confermare (1), checkcresimare (2)

theory - teoria

He continued to pump poor Passepartout, and learned that he really knew little or nothing of his master, who lived a solitary existence in London, was said to be rich, though no one knew from where his riches came, and was mysterious and impenetrable in his affairs and habits. Fix felt sure that Phileas Fogg would not land at Suez, but was really going on to Bombay.

pump - pompa

existence - esistenza

impenetrable - impenetrabile

affairs - affare

"Is Bombay far from here?" asked Passepartout.

"Pretty far. It is a ten days'voyage by sea."

Voyage - viaggio

"And in what country is Bombay?"

"India."

"In Asia?"

"Certainly."

"The deuce! I was going to tell you"there's one thing That worries me"my burner!"

deuce - Dos

That worries me - Questo mi preoccupa

burner - fuoco, fornello, becco di Bunsen, bruciatore, inceneritore

"What burner?"

"My gas-burner, which I forgot to turn off, and which is at this moment burning"at my expense. I have calculated, monsieur, that I lose two shillings every four and twenty hours, exactly sixpence more than I earn; and you will understand that the longer our journey""

gas-burner - (gas-burner) bruciatore a gas

earn - guadagnare

Did Fix pay any attention to Passepartout's trouble about the gas? It is not probable. He was not listening, but was cogitating a project. Passepartout and he had now reached the shop where Fix left his companion to make his purchases, after recommending him not to miss the steamer, and hurried back to the consulate. Now that he was fully convinced, Fix had quite recovered his equanimity.

trouble - guaio, problema, impiccio, tumulto

probable - probabile

cogitating - cogitare, meditare

purchases - compra, acquisto, compravendita, acquisizione, comprare

recommending - raccomandare, consigliare

hurried - fretta, premura, furia, affrettarsi, precipitarsi

fully - pienamente, completamente, appieno, ampiamente

equanimity - equanimita

"Consul," said he, "I have no longer any doubt. I have spotted my man. He passes himself off as an odd stick who is going round the world in eighty days."

spotted - macchia, brufolo, foruncolo, zona, area, pubblicita, individuare

passes - passare

odd - spaiato, strano, strambo, dispari, caffo, occasionale

stick - mettere, infilare

"Then he's a sharp fellow," returned the consul, "and counts on returning to London after putting the police of the two countries off his track."

counts - conte

"We'll see about that," replied Fix.

We'll see about that - Lo vedremo

"But are you not mistaken?"

"I am not mistaken."

"Why was this robber so anxious to prove, by the visa, that he had passed through Suez?"

anxious - ansioso, preoccupante, bramoso, impaziente

passed through - passare

"Why? I have no idea; but listen to me."

He reported in a few words the most important parts of his conversation with Passepartout.

"In short," said the consul, "appearances are wholly against this man. And what are you going to do?"

appearances - apparizione, comparsa, visione, apparenza, aspetto

wholly - del tutto

against this - contro questo

"Send a despatch to London for a warrant of arrest to be despatched instantly to Bombay, take passage on board the Mongolia, follow my rogue to India, and there, on English ground, arrest him politely, with my warrant in my hand, and my hand on his shoulder."

instantly - istantaneamente

passage - passaggio

rogue - briccone, canaglia, buono a nulla

ground - terra

Having uttered these words with a cool, careless air, the detective took leave of the consul, and repaired to the telegraph office, where he sent the despatch which we have seen to the London police office.

careless - inaccurato, negligente, negletto, superficiale

telegraph office - ufficio telegrafico

A quarter of an hour later found Fix, with a small bag in his hand, proceeding on board the Mongolia; and, before many more moments, the noble steamer rode out at full steam upon the waters of the Red Sea.

proceeding - procedimento, (proceed), procedere

full steam - pieno svolgimento, a tutta forza

Chapter 9. In Which the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean Prove Propitious to the Designs of Phileas Fogg

Propitious - propizio

The distance between Suez and Aden is precisely thirteen hundred and ten miles, and the regulations of the company allow the steamers one hundred and thirty-eight hours in which to traverse it. The Mongolia, thanks to the vigorous exertions of the engineer, seemed likely, so rapid was her speed, to reach her destination considerably within that time.

distance between - distanza tra

allow - lasciare, permettere, concedere, consentire

traverse - traversare

vigorous - vigoroso

exertions - sforzo, fatica

Considerably - considerevolmente, notevolmente

within - dentro, all'interno

The greater part of the passengers from Brindisi were bound for India"some for Bombay, others for Calcutta by way of Bombay, the nearest route there, now that a railway crosses the Indian peninsula.

crosses - croce, segno della croce, incrocio, cross, diagonale, irritato

Among the passengers was a number of officials and military officers of various grades, the latter being either attached to the regular British forces or commanding the Sepoy troops, and receiving high salaries ever since the central government has assumed the powers of the East India Company.

military - militare, esercito

officers - funzionario, ufficiale, agente, checkufficiale

grades - laureato

latter - secondo, quest'ultimo

attached - legare

forces - forza

commanding - comando, ordine, padronanza, maestria, perizia, ordinare

Sepoy - sepoy

troops - truppe, truppa

receiving - ricevere

salaries - stipendio, salario

central - centrale, fondamentale

Government - governo, reggenza, controllo

assumed - presupporre, ritenere, assumere

What with the military men, a number of rich young Englishmen on their travels, and the hospitable efforts of the purser, the time passed quickly on the Mongolia. The best of fare was spread upon the cabin tables at breakfast, lunch, dinner and the eight o'clock supper, and the ladies scrupulously changed their attire twice a day.

hospitable - ospitale

efforts - sforzo

purser - commissario di bordo

fare - biglietto

at breakfast - a colazione

supper - cena

ladies - signora, dama, lady

scrupulously - scrupolosamente

attire - abbigliamento, palco, indossare, portare

The hours were whirled away, when the sea was tranquil, with music, dancing and games.

whirled - turbinare, piroettare, roteare

But the Red Sea is full of caprice, and often boisterous, like most long and narrow gulfs. When the wind came from the African or Asian coast the Mongolia, with her long hull, rolled fearfully. Then the ladies speedily disappeared below; the pianos were silent; singing and dancing suddenly ceased.

caprice - capriccio

boisterous - esuberante, chiassoso, turbolento, tempestoso

narrow - stretto

gulfs - golfo

African - africano, africana

Asian - asiatico, asiatica

coast - costa

rolled - rotolo

fearfully - con paura

silent - silenzioso, muto, silente, tranquillo, silenzio

Yet the good ship ploughed straight on, unretarded by wind or wave, towards the straits of Bab-el-Mandeb. What was Phileas Fogg doing all this time? It might be thought that, in his anxiety, he would be constantly watching the changes of the wind, the disorderly raging of the billows"every change, in short, which might force the Mongolia to slacken her speed, and thus interrupt his journey.

ploughed - aratro, aratrice, arare, solcare

straight on - dritto, avanti

unretarded - non ritardato

wave - onda

straits - stretto, stretta

anxiety - ansia, ansieta, bramosia

disorderly - disordinato

raging - rabbia, furia, furore, infuriare, imperversare

billows - maroso

force - forza

slacken - allentare

interrupt - interrompere, celare, ricoprire, tagliare

But, if he thought of these possibilities, he did not betray the fact by any outward sign.

possibilities - possibilita, opportunita

betray - consegnare, tradire, rivelare

outward - verso l'esterno

Always the same impassible member of the Reform Club, whom no incident could surprise, as unvarying as the ship's chronometers, and seldom having the curiosity even to go upon the deck, he passed through the memorable scenes of the Red Sea with cold indifference.

impassible - impassibile

unvarying - uniforme

chronometers - cronometro

seldom - raramente, di rado

deck - ponte

memorable - memorabile

scenes - scena

indifference - indifferenza

He did not care to recognize the historic towns and villages which, along its borders, raised their picturesque outlines against the sky; and betrayed No fear of the dangers of the Arabic Gulf, which the old historians always spoke of with horror, and upon which the ancient navigators never ventured without propitiating the gods by ample sacrifices.

historic - storico, storica

borders - confine, frontiera, orlo

outlines - contorno, sagoma, descrizione, sunto, bozza, contornare

sky - cielo

No fear - Nessuna paura

dangers - pericolo

Arabic - arabo

Gulf - golfo

historians - storico, storica

horror - orrore

navigators - navigante, marinaio, marittimo, navigatore

propitiating - propiziare

gods - Dio

ample - ampio, abbondante

sacrifices - sacrificare, sacrificio

How did this eccentric personage pass his time on the Mongolia? He made his four hearty meals every day, regardless of the most persistent rolling and pitching on the part of the steamer; and he played whist indefatigably, for he had found partners as enthusiastic in the game as himself. A tax-collector, on the way to his post at Goa; the Rev.

personage - personaggio

hearty - di cuore

regardless - irrispettoso, comunque, in ogni caso, nonostante

persistent - tenace, insistente, durevole, incessante, continuo, persistente

rolling - rotolamento

pitching - lanci

indefatigably - instancabilmente

enthusiastic - entusiasta

tax - imposta, tassa

collector - collezionista, esattore, esattrice, collettore

Rev - accelerare

Decimus Smith, returning to his parish at Bombay; and a brigadier-general of the English army, who was about to rejoin his brigade at Benares, made up the party, and, with Mr. Fogg, played whist by the hour together in absorbing silence.

Smith - Ferraro, Ferrari, Ferrero, Ferreri

parish - parrocchia

brigadier - brigadiere, brigadiere generale

army - esercito

rejoin - ricongiungersi

brigade - brigata

absorbing - assorbire, incorporare, includere, assorbere, assorto

As for Passepartout, he, too, had escaped seasickness, and took his meals conscientiously in the forward cabin. He rather enjoyed the voyage, for he was well fed and well lodged, took a great interest in the scenes through which they were passing, and consoled himself with the delusion that his master's whim would end at Bombay.

seasickness - mal di mare, naupatia

forward - avanti, in avanti

fed - alimentato

lodged - casino, guardiola, portineria, loggia, alloggiare

consoled - consolare

delusion - illusione

whim - capriccio

He was pleased, on the day after leaving Suez, to find on deck the obliging person with whom he had walked and chatted on the quays.

obliging - obbligare, forzare, costringere, fare un favore, indebitarsi

chatted - chiacchierare

quays - banchina

"If I am not mistaken," he said, approaching this person, with his most amiable smile, "you are the gentleman who so kindly volunteered to guide me at Suez?"

approaching - avvicinarsi

amiable - amabile, affabile, affettuoso

kindly - gentilmente

volunteered - volontario, volontaria, offrirsi, offrirsi volontario

"Ah! I quite recognize you. You are the servant of the strange

Englishman""

"Just so, monsieur""

"Fix."

"Monsieur Fix," resumed Passepartout. "I'm charmed to find you on board. Where are you bound?"

charmed - fascino

"Like you, to Bombay."

"That's capital! Have you made this trip before?"

"Several times. I am one of the agents of the Peninsular

agents - agente

Company."

"Then you know India?"

"Why"yes," replied Fix, who spoke cautiously.

cautiously - cautamente, prudentemente

"A curious place, this India?"

"Oh, very curious. Mosques, minarets, temples, fakirs, pagodas, tigers, snakes, elephants! I hope you will have ample time to see the sights."

Mosques - moschea

temples - tempio

fakirs - fachiro

pagodas - pagoda

tigers - tigre

sights - vista, spettacolo, mirino, vedere, avvistare, mirare

"I hope so, Monsieur Fix. You see, a man of sound sense ought not to spend his life jumping from a steamer upon a railway train, and from a railway train upon a steamer again, pretending to make the tour of the world in eighty days! No, all these gymnastics, you may be sure, will cease at Bombay."

jumping - saltare, far saltare

pretending - fingere, fare finta, far credere

cease - cessare, arrestare, smettere, interrompere

"And Mr. Fogg is getting on well?" asked Fix, in the most natural tone in the world.

getting on - andare avanti

most natural - piu naturale

"Quite well, and I too. I eat like a famished ogre. It's the sea air.

famished - fame

ogre - orco

"But I never see your master on deck."

"Never. He hasn't the least curiosity."

"Do you know, Mr. Passepartout, that this pretended tour in eighty days may conceal some secret errand"perhaps a diplomatic mission?"

pretended - fingere, fare finta, far credere

conceal - nascondere, celare

secret - segreto

errand - commissione, ambasciata, incombenza, incarico

diplomatic mission - missione diplomatica

"Faith, Monsieur Fix, I assure you I know nothing about it, nor would I give half a crown to find out."

crown - corona

After this meeting, Passepartout and Fix got into the habit of chatting together, the latter making it a point to gain the worthy man's confidence. He frequently offered him a glass of whiskey or pale ale in the steamer bar-room, which Passepartout never failed to accept with graceful alacrity, mentally pronouncing Fix the best of good fellows.

frequently - frequentemente, spesso, continuamente

whiskey - Washington

ale - birra inglese

bar - barra, tavoletta, sbarra

graceful - elegante, aggraziato, leggiadro, bello

alacrity - alacrita, solerzia

mentally - mentalmente

pronouncing - dichiarare, emettere, pronunziare, pronunciare

Meanwhile the Mongolia was pushing forward rapidly. On the 13th, Mocha, surrounded by its ruined walls where date-trees were growing, was sighted, and on the mountains beyond vast coffee-fields were seen. Passepartout was ravished to behold this celebrated place, and thought that, with its circular walls and dismantled fort, it looked like an immense coffee-cup and saucer.

Mocha - moca

surrounded - circondare, accerchiare, assediare

ruined - rovina, rovinare

sighted - vista, spettacolo, mirino, vedere, avvistare, mirare

vast - ampio, vasto, esteso, grande

fields - campo, ambito

ravished - rapire

behold - guardare, ecco

celebrated - celebrare, festeggiare

dismantled - smontare

fort - forte, fortezza, fortilizio, fortino

immense - immenso

coffee-cup - (coffee-cup) tazza di caffe

saucer - sottocoppa, piattino, sottovaso

The following night they passed through the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb, which means in Arabic "The Bridge of Tears," and the next day they put in at Steamer Point, northwest of Aden harbor, to take in coal. This matter of fueling steamers is a serious one at such distances from the coal-mines. It costs the Peninsular Company some eight hundred thousand pounds a year.

Strait - stretto, stretta

Bridge - ponte

Tears - lacrima

northwest - nordovest

harbor - porto

fueling - carburante, combustibile, rifornimento, rifornire, alimentare

mines - mio, mia, mie, miei

In these distant seas, coal is worth three or four pounds sterling a ton.

worth - valore

sterling - sterlina, oro sterlina, argento sterlina

ton - tonnellata

The Mongolia had still sixteen hundred and fifty miles to traverse before reaching Bombay, and was obliged to remain four hours at Steamer Point to coal up. But this delay, as it was foreseen, did not affect Phileas Fogg's program; besides, the Mongolia, instead of reaching Aden on the morning of the 15th, when she was due, arrived there on the evening of the 14th, a gain of fifteen hours.

reaching - arrivare a, raggiungere

affect - avere effetto su

Mr. Fogg and his servant went ashore at Aden to have the passport again visaed. Fix, unobserved, followed them. The visa procured, Mr. Fogg returned on board to resume his former habits; while Passepartout, according to custom, sauntered about among the mixed population of Somanlis, Banyas, Parsees, Jews, Arabs and Europeans who comprise the twenty-five thousand inhabitants of Aden.

ashore - a riva, verso riva

unobserved - inosservato

resume - riprendere

custom - usanza, costume, uso, personalizzato, fatto ad hoc

sauntered - passeggiare, vagare, camminare, girovagare

mixed - mescolare, mischiare

population - popolazione

Parsees - Parsi

Jews - giudeo, giudea, ebreo, ebrea

Arabs - arabo, araba, alfana

Europeans - europeo, europea

comprise - consistere, comprendere, includere

inhabitants - abitante

He gazed with wonder upon the fortifications which make this place the Gibraltar of the Indian Ocean, and the vast cisterns where the English engineers were still at work, two thousand years after the engineers of Solomon.

gazed - fissare, guardare, puntare gli occhi, volgere lo sguardo

wonder - meraviglia, domandarsi, chiedersi

fortifications - fortificazione

Gibraltar - Gibilterra

cisterns - cisterna

engineers - ingegnere, ingegnera, macchinista

of Solomon - di Salomone

"Very curious, very curious," said Passepartout to himself, on returning to the steamer. "I see that it is by no means useless to travel, if a man wants to see something new."

At six P.M. the Mongolia slowly moved out of the roadstead, and was soon once more on the Indian Ocean. She had a hundred and sixty-eight hours in which to reach Bombay, and the sea was favorable, the wind being in the north-west, and all sails aiding the engine. The steamer rolled but little; the ladies, in fresh dresses, reappeared on deck; and the singing and dancing were resumed.

moved out - trasferirsi

favorable - favorevole

sails - vela

aiding - aiuto

engine - motore

The trip was being accomplished most successfully, and Passepartout was enchanted with the congenial companion which chance had secured him in the person of the delightful Fix.

successfully - con successo

enchanted - incantare

chance - caso

secured - sicuro, protetto, segreto, stabile, affidabile, garantire

delightful - delizioso

On Sunday, October 20th, towards noon, they came in sight of the Indian coast. Two hours later the pilot came on board. A range of hills lay against the sky in the horizon, and soon the rows of palms which adorn Bombay came distinctly into view. The steamer entered the road formed by the islands in the bay, and at half-past four she hauled up at the quays of Bombay.

noon - mezzogiorno

pilot - pilota

range - catena, fornello, stufa a legna, piano cottura, varieta, gamma

hills - collina, colle

lay - posare

horizon - orizzonte

rows - fila

palms - palma, palmo

adorn - adornare, fregiare, abbellire

bay - baia

distinctly - distintamente

hauled - tirare

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.

third - terzo, terza, atterzare

stroke - colpo

captured - catturare, riprendere, mangiare

tricks - trucco, imbrogliare

concluded - finire, concludere

campaign - campagna

brilliant - brillante, splendente, luccicante, sgargiante

victory - vittoria

The Mongolia was due at Bombay on the 22nd; she arrived on the 20th. This was a gain to Phileas Fogg of two days since his departure from London, and he calmly entered the fact in the itinerary, in the column of gains.

column - colonna, rubrica, cronaca

gains - acquistare, conseguire

Chapter 10. In Which Passepartout Is Only Too Glad to Get off with the Loss of His Shoes

Everybody knows that the great reversed triangle of land, with its base in the north and its apex in the south, which is called India, embraces fourteen hundred thousand square miles, upon which is spread unequally a population of one hundred and eighty millions of souls.

reversed - invertire

triangle - triangolo

apex - apice

embraces - abbracciare, aderire, inglobare, abbraccio

unequally - in modo diseguale

souls - anima, spirito

The British Crown exercises a real and despotic dominion over the larger portion of this vast country, and has a governor-general stationed at Calcutta, governors at Madras, Bombay and in Bengal, and a lieutenant-governor at Agra.

despotic - dispotico

dominion - dominio

portion - porzione

governors - governatore, governatrice

Madras -

Bengal - Bengala

lieutenant - tenente, checkluogotenente

But British India, properly so called, only embraces seven hundred thousand square miles, and a population of from one hundred to one hundred and ten millions of inhabitants. A considerable portion of India is still free from British authority; and there are certain ferocious rajahs in the interior who are absolutely independent.

properly - propriamente, in maniera appropriata, correttamente

so called - cosi chiamato

considerable - considerabile

authority - autorita

ferocious - feroce, efferato, abominevole, odioso

rajahs - ragia

interior - interiore, interno

independent - indipendente

The celebrated East India Company was all-powerful from 1756, when the English first gained a foothold on the spot where now stands the city of Madras, down to the time of the great Sepoy insurrection. It gradually annexed province after province, purchasing them of the native chiefs, whom it seldom paid, and appointed the governor-general and his subordinates, civil and military.

all-powerful - (all-powerful) onnipotente

foothold - appiglio

insurrection - insurrezione

gradually - gradualmente

annexed - allegato

province - provincia

purchasing - compra, acquisto, compravendita, acquisizione, comprare

chiefs - capo, direzione

appointed - fissare, costituire, nominare, designare, assegnare

governor - governatore, governatrice

subordinates - subordinato

civil - civile

But the East India Company has now passed away, leaving the British possessions in India directly under the control of the Crown. The aspect of the country, as well as the manners and distinctions of race, is daily changing.

possessions - possesso

control - controllare, influenzare, dirigere, controllo, comando

aspect - aspetto

distinctions - distinzione

race - corsa, gara

Formerly one was obliged to travel in India by the old unwieldy methods of going on foot or on horseback, in palanquins or unwieldy coaches. Now fast steamboats ply on the Indus and the Ganges, and a great railway, with branch lines joining the main line at many points on its route, traverses the peninsula from Bombay to Calcutta in three days.

Formerly - In passato

unwieldy - scomodo, ingombrante

on horseback - a cavallo

palanquins - portantina, palanchino

coaches - carrozza, vettura, diligenza, cocchio, carrozza ferroviaria

ply - esercitare

Indus - Indo

Ganges - Gange

branch lines - linee di una filiale

main line - linea principale

traverses - traversare

This railway does not run in a direct line across India. The distance between Bombay and Calcutta, as the bird flies, is only from one thousand to eleven hundred miles; but the deflections of the road increase this distance by more than a third.

Direct - diretto

distance - distanza

deflections - deflessione, deviazione

increase - aumentare, ingrossare, crescere, incrementare, aggravio

The general route of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway is as follows: Leaving Bombay, it passes through Salcette, crossing to the continent opposite Tannah, goes over the chain of the Western Ghauts, runs thence northeast as far as Burhampoor, skirts the nearly independent territory of Bundelcund, ascends to Allahabad, turns towards the east, meeting the Ganges at Benares, then departs from the river a little, and, descending southeastward by Burdivan and the French town of Chandernagor, ends at Calcutta.

Western - occidentale, western

thence - di la

northeast - nordest

territory - territorio

ascends - salire, riuscire

departs - partire, andar via, allontanarsi, dipartire, deviare

descending - scendere

southeastward - verso sud-est

The passengers of the Mongolia went ashore at half-past four P.M.

At exactly eight the train would start for Calcutta.

Mr. Fogg, after bidding good-by to his whist partners, left the steamer, gave his servant several errands to do, urged it upon him to be at the station promptly at eight, and, with his regular step, which beat to the second, like an astronomical clock, directed his steps to the passport office.

bidding - fare offerte

errands - commissione, ambasciata, incombenza, incarico

urged - pulsione, incoraggiare, fare pressione, invitare, esortare

promptly - prontamente

beat - battere

astronomical - astronomico

directed - diretto

As for the wonders of Bombay"its famous city hall, its splendid library, its forts and docks, its bazaars, mosques, synagogues, its Armenian churches and the noble pagoda on Malabar Hill, with its two polygonal towers"he cared not a straw to see them.

wonders - meraviglia, domandarsi, chiedersi

forts - forte, fortezza, fortilizio, fortino

bazaars - bazar, mercato

synagogues - sinagoga, sinagoga (1, 2)

Armenian - armeno, armena

churches - chiesa, funzione, messa

pagoda - pagoda

Hill - collina, colle

polygonal - ordine del giorno

towers - torre

straw - festuca, pagliuzza, paglia

He would not deign to examine even the masterpieces of Elephanta, or the mysterious hypogea, concealed southeast from the docks, or those fine remains of Buddhist architecture, the Kanherian grottoes of the island of Salcette.

deign - degnarsi

masterpieces - capolavoro, capodopera

hypogea - ipogeo

southeast - sudest

remains - stare, restare, rimanere

Buddhist - buddista

architecture - architettura

grottoes - grotta, caverna, santuario

Having transacted his business at the passport office, Phileas Fogg repaired quietly to the railway station, where he ordered dinner. Among the dishes served up to him, the landlord especially recommended a certain giblet of "native rabbit," on which he prided himself.

transacted - trattare

landlord - proprietario

giblet - frattaglie

rabbit - coniglio

prided - superbia, orgoglio, essere orgoglioso

Mr. Fogg accordingly tasted the dish, but, despite its spiced sauce, found it far from palatable. He rang for the landlord, and, on his appearance, said, fixing his clear eyes upon him, "Is this rabbit, Sir?"

accordingly - conseguentemente, di conseguenza, in conformita a

tasted - gusto, sapore, inclinazione, gustare, assaggiare

spiced - spice

palatable - accettabile

rang - ordine del giorno

"Yes, my lord," the rogue boldly replied, "rabbit from the jungles."

boldly - arditamente, coraggiosamente, valentemente, audacemente

jungles - giungla

"And this rabbit did not mew when he was killed?"

mew - miagolare

killed - uccidere

"Mew, my lord! What, a rabbit mew! I swear to you""

swear - giurare

"Be so good, landlord, as not to swear, but remember this: cats were formerly considered, in India, as sacred animals. That was a good time."

considered - considerare, pensare, osservare, prendere, prestare attenzione

sacred - sacro

"For the cats, my lord?"

"Perhaps for the travelers as well."

After which Mr. Fogg quietly continued his dinner.

Meanwhile Fix had gone on shore shortly after Mr. Fogg, and his first destination was the headquarters of the Bombay police. He made himself known as a London detective, told his business at Bombay, and the position of affairs relative to the supposed robber, and nervously asked if a warrant had arrived from London.

on shore - sulla riva

shortly - subito, tra poco, in breve

relative - relativo, parente, congiunto, congiunta, familiare

supposed - supporre, immaginare

It had not reached the office; indeed, there had not yet been time for it to arrive. Fix was very disappointed, and tried to obtain an order of arrest from the director of the Bombay police. But the director refused, as the matter concerned the London office, which alone could legally deliver the warrant. Fix did not insist, and resigned himself to await the arrival of the important document.

disappointed - deludere, dispiacere, contrariare

obtain - ottenere, riuscire, avere, stabilirsi

director - direttore, regista, capo

refused - rifiutare

concerned - interesse, preoccupazione, impresa, interessare

legally - legalmente

deliver - consegnare

insist - insistere

resigned - dimettersi

await - aspettare, attendere, servire

But he was determined not to lose sight of the mysterious rogue as long as he stayed in Bombay. He did not doubt for a moment, any more than Passepartout, that Phileas Fogg would remain there, at least until it was time for the warrant to arrive.

determined - determinare, stabilire, capire, verificare, accertarsi

Passepartout, however, had no sooner heard his master's orders on leaving the Mongolia than he saw at once that they were to leave Bombay as they had done Suez and Paris, and that the journey would be extended at least as far as Calcutta, and perhaps beyond that place. He began to ask himself if this bet that Mr.

Fogg talked about was not really in good earnest, and whether his fate was not in truth forcing him, despite his love of repose, around the world in eighty days!

earnest - serio

fate - fato, sorte, destino

in truth - in verita

forcing - forza

Having purchased the usual quota of shirts and shoes, he took a leisurely promenade about the streets, where crowds of people of many nationalities"Europeans, Persians with pointed caps, Banyas with round turbans, Sindes with square bonnets, Parsees with black mitres and long-robed Armenians"were collected. It happened to be the day of a Parsee festival.

quota - quota, contingente

leisurely - con calma

promenade - passeggiata, lungomare

crowds - folla

nationalities - nazionalita

Persians - Persiano

caps - berretto

turbans - turbante

bonnets - cuffia, cofano

mitres - mitra

robed - derubare, svaligiare

Armenians - armeno, armena

collected - riunirsi

Parsee - Parsi

These descendants of the sect of Zoroaster"the most thrifty, civilized, intelligent and austere of the East Indians, among whom are counted the richest native merchants of Bombay"were celebrating a sort of religious carnival, with processions and shows, in the midst of which Indian dancing-girls, clothed in rose-colored gauze, looped up with gold and silver, danced airily, but with perfect modesty, to the sound of viols and the clanging of tambourines. It is needless to say that Passepartout watched these curious ceremonies with staring eyes and gaping mouth, and that his countenance was that of the greenest booby imaginable.

descendants - discendente

sect - setta

Zoroaster - Zoroastro

thrifty - parsimonioso, economico

civilized - civilizzare

austere - austero

counted - conte

celebrating - celebrare, festeggiare

religious - religioso

carnival - carnevale

processions - corteo

midst - in mezzo a*

clothed - stoffa, tessuto, tela, panno, straccio

gauze - tessuto, garza

looped - passante, riccio, anello, blocco iterativo, checkiterazione

airily - spensieratamente

modesty - modestia

viols - violino

clanging - clangore

tambourines - tamburello

needless - superfluo, inutile

ceremonies - cerimonia

gaping - vuoto

booby - tonto

imaginable - immaginabile

Unhappily for his master, as well as himself, his curiosity drew him unconsciously farther off than he intended to go. At last, having seen the Parsee carnival wind away in the distance, he was turning his steps towards the station, when he happened to see the splendid pagoda on Malabar Hill, and was seized with an irresistible desire to view its interior.

Unhappily - Infelicemente

intended - previsto, disciplinato, (intend), intendere, avere in animo

seized with - preso da

irresistible - irresistibile

desire - desiderare, volere, desiderio, voglia

He was quite ignorant that it is forbidden to Christians to enter certain Indian temples, and that even the faithful must not go in without first leaving their shoes outside the door. It may be said here that the wise policy of the British Government severely punishes a disregard of the practices of the native religions.

ignorant - ignorante

forbidden - proibire, vietare, negare, smentire

Christians - cristiano, cristiana

faithful - fedele, ligio, affidabile

wise - saggio

policy - politica

severely - severamente

punishes - punire, castigare

disregard - ignorare, non considerare

religions - religione

Passepartout, however, thinking no harm, went in like a simple tourist, and was soon lost in admiration of the splendid Brahmin ornamentation which everywhere met his eyes, when suddenly he found himself sprawling on the sacred flagging. He looked up to behold three enraged priests, who fell upon him, tore off his shoes and began to beat him with loud, savage exclamations.

harm - danno, male, ferita, svantaggio, danneggiare

admiration - ammirazione

Brahmin - bramino

ornamentation - ornamento

sprawling - stravaccarsi

flagging - sbandierare

enraged - esasperare, imbestialire, irritare

priests - prete, sacerdote, mazza

tore off - strappare, allontanarsi

beat - colpire, percuotere

loud - forte, alto

savage - selvaggio, primitivo, brutale, crudele, feroce, impietoso

exclamations - esclamazione

The agile Frenchman was soon upon his feet again, and lost no time in knocking down two of his long-gowned adversaries with his fists and vigorous kicks. Then, rushing out of the pagoda as fast as his legs could carry him, he escaped the third priest by mingling with the crowd in the streets.

knocking down - abbattere

gowned - tunica, toga

adversaries - avversario, avversaria

fists - pugno

kicks - calciare, prendere a calci

rushing - correre

priest - prete, sacerdote, mazza, (prey), preda, squartamento

mingling - mescolarsi, (mingle), mescolare, rimestare, rigirare

At five minutes before eight, Passepartout, hatless, shoeless, and having in the squabble lost his package of shirts and shoes, rushed breathlessly into the station.

hatless - senza cappello

shoeless - senza scarpe

squabble - scaramuccia, litigio, battibecco, diatriba, litigare

breathlessly - senza fiato

Fix, who had followed Mr. Fogg to the station, and saw that he was really going to leave Bombay, was there, upon the platform. He had resolved to follow the supposed robber to Calcutta, and farther, if necessary. Passepartout did not observe the detective, who stood in an obscure corner; but Fix heard him relate his adventures in a few words to Mr. Fogg.

platform - piattaforma, binario

resolved - decidere

observe - osservare

obscure - oscuro, nascosto, oscurato, confuso, poco chiaro, vago

relate - riferire

adventures - avventure

"I hope that this will not happen again," said Phileas Fogg coldly, as he got into the train. Poor Passepartout, quite crest-fallen, followed his master without a word. Fix was on the point of entering another carriage, when an idea struck him which induced him to alter his plan.

crest - cresta, cimiero, timbro, crine, criniera

entering - entrare, (enter), immettere, digitare

induced - persuadere, incitare, indurre, provocare

alter - modificare, cambiare

"No, I'll stay," muttered he. "An offence has been committed on

offence - offesa

Indian soil. I've got my man."

Just then the locomotive gave a sharp screech, and the train passed out into the darkness of the night.

locomotive - locomotiva, motrice, locomotivo

screech - stridere

darkness - buio, oscurita, tenebre, scuro

Chapter 11. In Which Phileas Fogg Buys a Curious Means of Conveyance at a Fabulous Price

Conveyance - Trasporto

Fabulous - favoloso

The train had started punctually. Among the passengers were a number of officers, Government officials, and opium and indigo merchants, whose business called them to the eastern coast.

punctually - puntualmente

opium - oppio

indigo - indaco

eastern - orientale

Passepartout rode in the same carriage with his master, and a

third passenger occupied a seat opposite to them. This was

seat - posto, seduta, sedile, scranno

opposite to - opposto

Sir Francis Cromarty, one of Mr. Fogg's whist partners on the

Francis - Francesco

Mongolia, now on his way to join his corps at Benares.

corps - corpo

Sir Francis was a tall, fair man of fifty, who had greatly distinguished himself in the last Sepoy revolt. He made India his home, only paying brief visits to England at rare intervals; and was almost as familiar as a native with the customs, history and character of India and its people.

fair - biondo, chiaro

distinguished - distinguere, discernere, distinguersi

revolt - rivolta

rare - raro

intervals - intervallo

But Phileas Fogg, who was not traveling, but only describing a circumference, took no pains to inquire into these subjects. He was a solid body, traversing an orbit around the terrestrial globe, according to the laws of rational mechanics.

circumference - circonferenza

pains - dolore

inquire - domandare, chiedere

solid - solido, massiccio, compatto, continuo, unito, tinta unita

traversing - attraversare, (traverse), traversare

orbit - orbita

terrestrial - terrestre, terragnolo, terricolo

globe - globo

laws - legge

rational - razionale

mechanics - meccanico

He was at this moment calculating in his mind the number of hours spent since his departure from London, and, had it been in his nature to make a useless demonstration, would have rubbed his hands for satisfaction.

calculating - calcolare

demonstration - dimostrazione

satisfaction - soddisfazione

Sir Francis Cromarty had observed the oddity of his traveling companion"although the only opportunity he had for studying him had been while he was dealing the cards, and between two rubbers"and questioned himself whether a human heart really beat beneath this cold exterior, and whether Phileas Fogg had any sense of the beauties of nature.

oddity - stranezza

although - sebbene, benché (both always followed by the subjunctive)

opportunity - occasione, opportunita, possibilita, chance

dealing - spacciare

beneath this - sotto questo

exterior - talian: t-needed

beauties - bellezza

The brigadier-general was free to mentally confess that, of all the eccentric persons he had ever met, none was comparable to this product of the exact sciences.

confess - confessare

comparable - comparabile

Phileas Fogg had not concealed from Sir Francis his design of going round the world, nor the circumstances under which he set out; and the general only saw in the wager a useless eccentricity and a lack of sound common sense. In the way this strange gentleman was going on, he would leave the world without having done any good to himself or anybody else.

set - Seth

lack - mancare di

An hour after leaving Bombay the train had passed the viaducts and the Island of Salcette, and had traveled into the open country.

viaducts - viadotto

At Callyan they reached the junction of the branch line which descends towards southeastern India by Kandallah and Pounah; and, passing Pauwell, they entered the defiles of the mountains, with their basalt bases, and their summits crowned with thick and verdant forests.

junction - giunzione, giunto, raccordo, innesto, incrocio

branch line - linea secondaria

Descends - scendere

southeastern - sudorientale

defiles - contaminare

basalt - basalto

bases - fondamenta, base, cifra, ammontare, cifra base, ammontare base

summits - sommita, apice

crowned - corona

thick - spesso, pesante, folto, tonto

verdant - verde, verdeggiante

Forests - bosco, selva, foresta

Phileas Fogg and Sir Francis Cromarty exchanged a few words from time to time, and now Sir Francis, reviving the conversation, observed, "Some years ago, Mr. Fogg, you would have met with a delay at this point which would probably have lost you your wager."

exchanged - cambiare

reviving - rivivere, (revive), rinascere, resuscitare, rinnovare

"How so, Sir Francis?"

"Because the railway stopped at the base of these mountains, and the passengers were obliged to cross in palanquins or on ponies to Kandallah, on the other side."

ponies - pony

side - lato

"Such a delay would not have spoiled my plans in the least," said Mr. Fogg. "I have constantly foreseen the likelihood of certain obstacles."

spoiled - rovinare, viziare, andare a male, bottino

likelihood - verosimiglianza, verisimiglianza

obstacles - ostacolo, inciampo

"But, Mr. Fogg," pursued Sir Francis, "you run the risk of having some difficulty about this worthy fellow's adventure at the pagoda." Passepartout, his feet comfortably wrapped in his traveling blanket, was sound asleep and did not dream that anybody was talking about him. "The Government is very severe about that kind of offence.

pursued - perseguire, perseguitare, tormentare, inseguire, cercare

comfortably - comodamente

wrapped - avvolgere

blanket - coperta, coltre, mantello

asleep - addormentato

severe - rigido, duro, grave, severo

It takes particular care that the religious customs of the Indians should be respected, and if your servant were caught""

particular - specifico, proprio, particolare, speciale, minuzioso

respected - rispetto, riguardo, materia, rispettare

caught - presa, conquista, fermaglio, fermaglio di sicurezza, trappola

"Very well, Sir Francis," replied Mr. Fogg; "if he had been caught he would have been condemned and punished, and then would have quietly returned to Europe. I don't see how this affair could have delayed his master."

condemned - condannare

punished - punire, castigare

delayed - ritardare

The conversation fell again. During the night the train left the mountains behind, and passed Nassik, and the next day proceeded over the flat, well-cultivated country of the Khandeish, with its straggling villages, above which rose the minarets of the pagodas. This fertile territory is watered by numerous small rivers and limpid streams, mostly tributaries of the Godavery.

cultivated - coltivare

fertile - fertile

limpid - limpido

streams - corrente, ruscello, rivo, flusso, semestre

mostly - soprattutto, per lo piu

tributaries - affluente, tributario, immissario, vassallo

Passepartout, on waking and looking out, could not realize that he was actually crossing India in a railway train.

realize - realizzare, rendersi conto, accorgersi, fruttare, liquidare

actually - in realta

The locomotive, guided by an English engineer and fed with English coal, threw out its smoke upon cotton, coffee, nutmeg, clove and pepper plantations, while the steam curled in spirals around groups of palm-trees, in the midst of which were seen picturesque bungalows, viharis (like abandoned monasteries) and marvelous temples enriched by the exhaustless ornamentation of Indian architecture.

guided - guida

threw out - buttare via

smoke - fumo

cotton - cotone

nutmeg - noce moscata

clove - chiodo di garofano

plantations - piantagione

Steam - vapore

curled - riccio, ricciolo, boccolo, arricciamento, rotazione, spirale

spirals - spirale, bovolo, aumentare vertiginosamente

palm - palma, palmo

bungalows - bungalow

viharis - ordine del giorno

monasteries - monastero, certosa

marvelous - meraviglioso

enriched - arricchire

exhaustless - senza esaurimento

Then they came upon vast tracts extending to the horizon, with jungles inhabited by snakes and tigers, which fled at the noise of the train; succeeded by forests penetrated by the railway, and still haunted by elephants which, with pensive eyes, gazed at the train as it passed.

tracts - tratto, estensione

extending - ampliare

inhabited - abitare

fled - fuggire

succeeded - succedere, riuscire

penetrated - penetrare

haunted - infestare, tormentare, ritrovo

pensive - pensieroso, contemplativo, estraniato, pensoso

gazed at - guardato

The travelers crossed, beyond Milligaum, the fatal country so often stained with blood by the sectaries of the goddess Kali. Not far off rose Ellora, with its graceful pagodas, and the famous Aurungabad, capital of the ferocious Aureng-Zeb, now the chief town of one of the detached provinces of the kingdom of the Nizam.

crossed - croce, segno della croce, incrocio, cross, diagonale, irritato

fatal - fatale

stained - macchia, chiazza, patacca, macchiare, intaccare, mordenzare

blood - sangue

sectaries - settario

goddess - dea, diva

chief - capo, direzione

detached - staccare

provinces - provincia

It was thereabouts that Feringhea, the Thuggee chief, king of the stranglers, held his sway. These ruffians, united by a secret bond, strangled victims of every age in honor of the goddess Death, without ever shedding blood. There was a period when this part of the country could scarcely be traveled over without corpses being found in every direction.

thereabouts - nei dintorni, nei pressi, nelle vicinanze

Thuggee - Teppista

king - re

stranglers - strangolatore

sway - ondeggiamento, fluttuazione, dondolio, oscillazione

ruffians - facinoroso

bond - legame

strangled - strangolare

victims - vittima

Death - morte, dipartita, decesso, morire, la morte

shedding blood - versare sangue

scarcely - a malapena

corpses - cadavere, corpo

direction - direzione, senso di marcia, regia, conduzione

The English Government has succeeded in greatly diminishing these murders, though the Thuggees still exist, and pursue the exercise of their horrible rites.

diminishing - diminuire, (diminish), ridurre

murders - assassinio, omicidio, uccisione, assassinare, massacrare

Thuggees - delinquente

pursue - perseguire, perseguitare, tormentare, inseguire, cercare

horrible - orribile, terribile

rites - rito

At half-past twelve the train stopped at Burhampoor where Passepartout was able to purchase some Indian slippers, ornamented with false pearls, in which, with evident vanity, he proceeded to encase his feet. The travelers made a hasty breakfast and started off for Assurghur, after skirting for a little the banks of the small river Tapty, which empties into the Gulf of Cambray, near Surat.

purchase - compra, acquisto, compravendita, acquisizione, comprare

slippers - ciabatta, pantofola, babbuccia

ornamented - ornamento, ornamenti

pearls - perla, tesoro, parigina, occhio di mosca

evident - evidente

vanity - vanita

encase - racchiudere

empties - vuoto, vuotare, svuotare

Passepartout was now plunged into absorbing reverie. Up to his arrival at Bombay, he had entertained hopes that their journey would end there; but, now that they were plainly whirling across India at full speed, a sudden change had come over the spirit of his dreams. His old vagabond nature returned to him. The fantastic ideas of his youth once more took possession of him.

plunged - tuffarsi

reverie - fantasticheria

entertained - divertire

plainly - a chiare note

dreams - sogno, sognare

vagabond - vagabondo

took possession of - prendere possesso di

He came to regard his master's project as intended in good earnest, believed in the reality of the bet, and therefore in the tour of the world and the necessity of making it without fail within the designated period. Already he began to worry about possible delays, and accidents which might happen on the way.

regard - considerare

reality - realta

therefore - dunque, quindi, percio, pertanto

necessity - necessita, bisogno

fail - fallire

worry - preoccuparsi, disturbare, preoccupare, preoccupazione

delays - ritardare

He recognized himself as being personally interested in the wager, and trembled at the thought that he might have been the means of losing it by his unpardonable folly of the night before. Being much less cool-headed than Mr.

personally - personalmente, come persona

trembled - tremare, tremolare, tremore

unpardonable - imperdonabile

Fogg, he was much more restless, counting and recounting the days passed over, uttering maledictions when the train stopped, and accusing it of sluggishness, and mentally blaming Mr. Fogg for not having bribed the engineer. The worthy fellow was ignorant that, while it was possible by such means to hasten the rate of a steamer, it could not be done on the railway.

more restless - piu inquieto

recounting - narrare, raccontare

passed over - passare davanti, lasciare qualcosa, ignorare

uttering - pronunciare

maledictions - maledizione

accusing - accusare

sluggishness - lentezza

blaming - Culpa

bribed - tangente, bustarella, mazzetta, offrire una tangente, corrompere

hasten - affrettarsi, sbrigarsi, affrettare, anticipare

rate - tasso, percentuale

The train entered the defiles of the Sutpour Mountains, which separate the Khandeish from Bundelcund, towards evening. The next day Sir Francis Cromarty asked Passepartout what time it was; to which, on consulting his watch, he replied that it was three in the morning.

separate - separato, separata, separare, dividere

towards evening - verso sera

consulting - consultarsi, consultare

This famous timepiece, always regulated on the Greenwich meridian, which was now some seventy-seven degrees westward, was at least four hours slow. Sir Francis corrected Passepartout's time.

timepiece - orologio

Greenwich - east London town

meridian - meridiano

westward - verso ovest

But Passepartout made the same remark that he had done to Fix; and upon the general insisting that the watch should be regulated in each new meridian, since he was constantly going eastward, that is in the face of the sun, and therefore the days were shorter by four minutes for each degree gone over, Passepartout obstinately refused to alter his watch, which he kept at London time.

insisting - insistere

eastward - verso est

obstinately - ostinatamente

It was an innocent delusion which could harm no one.

innocent - innocente

The train stopped at eight o'clock in the midst of a glade some fifteen miles beyond Rothal, where there were several bungalows, and workmen's cabins. The conductor, passing along the carriages, shouted, "Passengers will get out here!"

glade - radura

workmen - operaio

cabins - capanna, rustico, cabina

conductor - direttore d'orchestra, conducente

carriages - carrozza, portamento, postura, carrello

shouted - grido

Phileas Fogg looked at Sir Francis Cromarty for an explanation; but the general did not know why a halt had been called in the midst of this forest of dates and acacias.

explanation - spiegazione, esplicazione, chiarificazione, esegesi

halt - fermare, fermarsi

forest - bosco, selva, foresta

Passepartout, not less surprised, rushed out and speedily returned, crying: "Monsieur, no more railway!"

crying - piangere, (cry), gridare, urlare, pianto, urlo, verso

"What do you mean?" asked Sir Francis.

"I mean to say that the train isn't going on."

The general at once stepped out, while Phileas Fogg calmly followed him, and they proceeded together to the conductor.

stepped out - e uscito

"Where are we?" asked Sir Francis.

"At the hamlet of Kholby."

hamlet - casale, localita, villaggio, frazione

"Do we stop here?"

"Certainly. The railway isn't finished."

"What! Not finished?"

"No. There's still a matter of fifty miles to be laid from here to Allahabad, where the line begins again."

"But the papers announced the opening of the railway throughout."

"What would you have, officer? The papers were mistaken."

officer - funzionario, ufficiale, agente, checkufficiale

"Yet you sell tickets from Bombay to Calcutta," retorted Sir

Francis, who was growing warm.

"No doubt," replied the conductor; "but the passengers know that they must provide means of transportation for themselves from Kholby to Allahabad."

provide - soddisfare, prevedere, supporre, provvedere, fornire, erogare

means of transportation - mezzi di trasporto

Sir Francis was furious. Passepartout would willingly have knocked the conductor down, and did not dare to look at his master.

furious - furioso, checkarrabbiato

knocked - colpo, botta, botto, autocombustione, bussare

dare - osare

"Sir Francis," said Mr. Fogg quietly, "we will, if you please, look about for some means of conveyance to Allahabad."

"Mr. Fogg, this is a delay greatly to your disadvantage."

disadvantage - svantaggio

"No, Sir Francis; it was foreseen."

"What! You knew that the way""

"Not at all; but I knew that some obstacle or other would sooner or later arise on my route. Nothing, therefore, is lost. I have two days, which I have already gained, to sacrifice. A steamer leaves Calcutta for Hong Kong at noon, on the 25th. This is the 22nd, and we shall reach Calcutta in time."

arise - sorgere, apparire, nascere

sacrifice - sacrificare, sacrificio

There was nothing to say to so confident a response.

confident - fiducioso, sicuro

It was but too true that the railway came to a termination at this point. The papers were like some watches, which have a way of running too fast, and had been premature in their announcement of the completion of the line.

termination - terminazione

premature - prematuro

announcement - annuncio

completion - completamento

The greater part of the travelers were aware of this interruption, and, leaving the train, they began to engage such vehicles as the village could provide"four-wheeled palkigharis, wagons drawn by zebus, carriages that looked like perambulating pagodas, palanquins, ponies, and what not.

aware - all'erta, consapevole, conscio, checkconsapevole

interruption - interruzione

engage - attirare, convergere, ingaggiare, intavolare, irretire

vehicles - veicolo, mezzo

wheeled - ruota, timone, ruota del timone, pezzo grosso, cerchio

palkigharis - ordine del giorno

wagons - carro

zebus - zebu

perambulating - perambulare

Mr. Fogg and Sir Francis Cromarty, after searching the village from end to end, came back without having found anything.

searching - ricerca, cercare, buscare

"I shall go afoot," said Phileas Fogg.

afoot - in piedi

Passepartout, who had now rejoined his master, made a wry grimace, as he thought of his magnificent, but too frail Indian shoes. Happily he too had been looking about him, and, after a moment's hesitation, said, "Monsieur, I think I have found a means of conveyance."

wry - ironico

grimace - smorfia

frail - fragile, debole

Happily - fortunatamente, felicemente, volentieri

hesitation - esitazione

"What?"

"An elephant! An elephant that belongs to an Indian who lives but a hundred steps from here."

belongs - appartenere a

"Let's go and see the elephant," replied Mr. Fogg.

They soon reached a small hut, near which, enclosed within some high palings, was the animal in question. An Indian came out of the hut, and, at their request, conducted them within the enclosure. The elephant, which its owner had reared, not for a beast of burden, but for warlike purposes, was half domesticated.

hut - capanna

enclosed - cintare

palings - Palidez

conducted - conduzione, comportamento, condotta, condurre, comportarsi

enclosure - allegato, recinto, clausura

reared - retro, retrovia

beast - bestia, belva

warlike - bellicoso

domesticated - addomesticare

The Indian had begun already, by often irritating him, and feeding him every three months on sugar and butter, to impart to him a ferocity not in his nature, this method being often employed by those who train the Indian elephants for battle. Happily, however, for Mr. Fogg, the animal's instruction in this direction had not gone far, and the elephant still preserved his natural gentleness.

irritating - irritare

feeding - alimentazione

impart - impartire

ferocity - ferocia

employed - impiegare, ingaggiare

battle - battaglia

instruction - istruzione, addestramento, insegnamento, tirocinio, bugiardino

gentleness - delicatezza, mansuetudine, dolcezza, garbo

Kiouni"this was the name of the beast"could doubtless travel rapidly for a long time, and, without any other means of conveyance, Mr. Fogg resolved to hire him. But elephants are far from cheap in India, where they are becoming scarce; the males, which alone are suitable for circus shows, are much sought, especially as but few of them are domesticated. When therefore Mr.

doubtless - senza dubbio

hire - affittare

scarce - scarso

males - maschile, maschio, checkmaschile

suitable - adatto, idoneo, rispondente, confacente

sought - cercare, ricercare

Fogg proposed to the Indian to hire Kiouni, he refused point-blank.

proposed - proporre, proporre il matrimonio

blank - intonso, in bianco, vuoto, intatto, vergine, cartuccia a salve

Mr. Fogg persisted, offering the excessive sum of ten pounds an hour for the loan of the beast to Allahabad. Refused. Twenty pounds? Refused also. Forty pounds? Still refused. Passepartout jumped at each advance; but the Indian declined to be tempted.

persisted - persistere

offering - offerta

excessive - eccessivo

loan - prestito

be tempted - essere tentati

Yet the offer was an alluring one, for, supposing it took the elephant fifteen hours to reach Allahabad, his owner would receive no less than six hundred pounds sterling.

alluring - fascino

receive - ricevere

Phileas Fogg, without getting in the least flurried, then proposed to purchase the animal outright, and at first offered a thousand pounds for him. The Indian, perhaps thinking he was going to make a great bargain, still refused.

outright - completamente, apertamente, immediatamente, pubblica, pubblico

bargain - trattativa, accordo, mercanteggiamento, mercanteggiare, trattare

Sir Francis Cromarty took Mr. Fogg aside, and begged him to reflect before he went any further. Mr. Fogg replied that he was not in the habit of acting rashly, that a bet of twenty thousand pounds was at stake, that the elephant was absolutely necessary to him, and that he would secure him if he had to pay twenty times his value.

aside - a parte, in disparte

begged - elemosinare, chiedere l'elemosina

reflect - riflettere, essere riflesso, seguire, evidenziare, riportare

further - ulteriore, ulteriormente

acting - recitare, (act), atto, legge, numero, scena, messinscena, agire

rashly - ardimentosamente, arrischiatamente, avventatamente

secure - sicuro, protetto, segreto, stabile, affidabile, garantire

Returning to the Indian, whose small, sharp eyes, glistening with avarice, betrayed that with him it was only a question of how great a price he could obtain. Mr. Fogg offered first twelve hundred, then fifteen hundred, eighteen hundred, two thousand pounds. Passepartout, usually so ruddy, was fairly white with suspense.

sharp eyes - occhi acuti

glistening - luccicante

avarice - avarizia, cupidigia, avidita

ruddy - rubicondo

suspense - trepidazione

At two thousand pounds the Indian yielded.

yielded - cedere

"What a price, Good heavens!" cried Passepartout, "for an elephant!"

Good heavens - Santo cielo

It only remained now to find a guide, which was comparatively easy. A young Parsee, with an intelligent face, offered his services, which Mr. Fogg accepted, promising so generous a reward as to materially stimulate his zeal. The elephant was led out and equipped.

comparatively - relativamente

services - servizio, di servizio

promising - promessa, giuramento, voto, promettere, giurare

generous - magnanimo, generoso, abbondante

materially - materialmente

led - LED

equipped - equipaggiare

The Parsee, who was an accomplished elephant driver, covered his back with a sort of saddle-cloth, and attached to each of his flanks some curiously uncomfortable howdahs.

saddle - sella

cloth - stoffa, tessuto, tela, panno, straccio

attached - addetto

flanks - aggirare il fianco, proteggere il fianco, fiancheggiare, affiancare, soccoscio

curiously - curiosamente

uncomfortable - scomodo

howdahs - Cómo

Phileas Fogg paid the Indian with some banknotes which he extracted from the famous carpetbag, a proceeding that seemed to deprive poor Passepartout of his vitals. Then he offered to carry Sir Francis to Allahabad, which the brigadier gratefully accepted, as one traveler the more would not be likely to fatigue the gigantic beast. Provisions were purchased at Kholby, and, while Sir Francis and Mr.

extracted - estratto, cavare

deprive - privare, togliere, sottrarre

vitals - vitale, fondamentale

gratefully - con gratitudine

fatigue - stanchezza, affaticamento, corvé, usura

Provisions - fornitura, disposizione, clausola, norma

Fogg took the howdahs on either side, Passepartout got astride the saddle-cloth between them. The Parsee perched himself 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 palms by the shortest cut.

astride - a cavalcioni

perched - trespolo

neck - collo

dense - denso, pastoso, checkdenso

Chapter 12. In Which Phileas Fogg and His Companions Venture across the Indian Forests, and What Follows

Companions - amico, compagno

In order to shorten the journey, the guide passed to the left of the line where the railway was still in process of being built. This line, owing to the capricious turnings of the Vindhia Mountains, did not pursue a straight course. The Parsee, who was quite familiar with the roads and paths in the district, declared that they would gain twenty miles by striking directly through the forest.

shorten - accorciarescorciare

process - processo, metodo

owing to - a causa di

capricious - capriccioso

turnings - girare

paths - sentiero

district - distretto

striking - impressionante, sconcertante

Phileas Fogg and Sir Francis Cromarty, plunged to the neck in the peculiar howdahs provided for them, were horribly jostled by the swift trotting of the elephant, spurred on as he was by the skillful Parsee. But they endured the discomfort with true British phlegm, talking little, and scarcely able to catch a glimpse of each other.

peculiar - strano, peculiare, particolare

horribly - orribilmente

jostled - spingere, farsi largo

swift - rapido, veloce, pronto, agile

trotting - trottare

spurred on - spronato

endured - durare, restare, resistere, perdurare, tollerare

discomfort - disagio

phlegm - espettorato, flemma

catch - presa, conquista, fermaglio, fermaglio di sicurezza, trappola

Glimpse - occhiata, scorcio, intravedere

As for Passepartout, who was mounted on the beast's back, and received the direct force of each concussion as he walked along, he was very careful, in accordance with his master's advice, to keep his tongue from between his teeth, as it would otherwise have been bitten off short.

concussion - commozione cerebrale

careful - prudente, cauto, to be careful

accordance - conformita

tongue - lingua, linguetta

bitten off - mordere

The worthy fellow bounced from the elephant's neck to his rump, and vaulted like a clown on a spring-board; yet he laughed in the midst of his bouncing, and from time to time took a piece of sugar out of his pocket, and inserted it in Kiouni's trunk, who received it without in the least slackening his regular trot.

bounced - rimbalzare, rimbalzo

rump - girello, culaccio, culatta, groppa

vaulted - volta

clown - pagliaccio, pagliaccia, buffone, buffona

bouncing - rimbalzare, rimbalzo

inserted - inserire

trunk - tronco, baule, cofano, proboscide, bagagliaio

slackening - rallentamento, (slacken), allentare

trot - trottare

After two hours the guide stopped the elephant, and gave him an hour for rest, during which Kiouni, after quenching his thirst at a neighboring spring, set to devouring the branches and shrubs round about him. Neither Sir Francis nor Mr. Fogg regretted the delay, and both descended with a feeling of relief. "Why, he's made of iron!" exclaimed the general, gazing admiringly on Kiouni.

quenching - smorzamento, (quench), dissetare, abbeverare, estinguere

thirst - sete, avidita, avere sete

neighboring - vicino

devouring - divorare, trangugiare, ingurgitare, ingozzarsi

branches - ramo, filiale, succursale, branca, settore

shrubs - arbusto

round about - vicino, appena, intorno, circa

regretted - rimpiangere, rammaricarsi, pentirsi, rammarico, rimpianto

relief - sollievo

iron - ferreo, ferroso, ferrico, inflessibile, stirare

gazing - fissare, guardare, puntare gli occhi, volgere lo sguardo

admiringly - con ammirazione

"Of forged iron," replied Passepartout, as he set about preparing a hasty breakfast.

forged - fucina, fornace

At noon the Parsee gave the signal of departure. The country soon presented a very savage aspect. Copses of dates and dwarf-palms succeeded the dense forests; then vast, dry plains, dotted with scanty shrubs, and sown with great blocks of syenite.

signal - segnale, campo, segnalare, indicare

Copses - bosco ceduo, macchia, fratta, boschetto

dwarf - nano, nana

dry - secco, asciutto, asciugarsi, trinsecchire, tessiccare

plains - semplice

dotted - punto

scanty - scarso

sown - seminare

blocks - blocco

syenite - sienite

All this portion of Bundelcund, which is little frequented by travelers, is inhabited by a fanatical population, hardened in the most horrible practices of the Hindoo faith. The English have not been able to secure complete dominion over this territory, which is subjected to the influence of rajahs, whom it is almost impossible to reach in their inaccessible mountain retreats.

frequented - frequente

fanatical - fanatico

hardened - indurire

most horrible - piu orribile

influence - influenza, ascendente, influenzare, influire

inaccessible - inaccessibile

retreats - ritirarsi

The travelers several times saw bands of ferocious Indians, who, when they perceived the elephant striding across-country, made angry and threatening motions. The Parsee avoided them as much as possible. Few animals were observed on the route. Even the monkeys hurried from their path with contortions and grimaces which convulsed Passepartout with laughter.

striding - (camminare a grandi passi)

threatening - minaccioso, (threaten), minacciare, impaurire, intimidire

avoided - schivare, evitare

monkeys - scimmia

path - sentiero

contortions - contorsione

grimaces - smorfia

convulsed - sconvolgere, essere preso da un convulso di

laughter - risata, riso

In the midst of his gaiety, however, one thought troubled the worthy servant. What would Mr. Fogg do with the elephant when he got to Allahabad? Would he carry him on with him? Impossible! The cost of transporting him would make him ruinously expensive. Would he sell him, or set him free? The estimable beast certainly deserved some consideration. Should Mr.

gaiety - gaiezza

transporting - trasporto, (transport), trasportare, deportare

ruinously - rovinosamente, esizialmente

estimable - stimabile

deserved - meritare, meritarsi

consideration - considerazione

Fogg choose to make him, Passepartout, a present of Kiouni, he would be very much embarrassed. These thoughts did not cease worrying him for a long time.

embarrassed - imbarazzare, mettere in imbarazzo

thoughts - idea, pensata, pensiero

worrying - preoccupante, (worry), preoccuparsi, disturbare, preoccupare

The principal chain of the Vindhias was crossed by eight in the evening, and another halt was made on the northern slope, in a ruined bungalow. They had gone nearly twenty-five miles that day, and an equal distance still separated them from the station of Allahabad.

slope - pendio, pendenza, inclinazione, muso giallo, digradare, loor

Equal - uguale, pari, eguagliare

separated - separato, separata, separare, dividere

The night was cold. The Parsee lit a fire in the bungalow with a few dry branches, and the warmth was much appreciated. Provisions purchased at Kholby sufficed for supper, and the travelers ate ravenously. The conversation, beginning with a few disconnected phrases, soon gave place to loud and steady snores.

appreciated - apprezzare, essere riconoscente, capire, rendersi conto

ravenously - famelicamente

disconnected - disconnettere

steady - fermo, saldo, fidato, sicuro, costante

snores - russare, ronfare

The guide watched Kiouni, who slept standing, bolstering himself against the trunk of a large tree. Nothing occurred during the night to disturb the slumberers, although occasional growls from panthers and chatterings of monkeys broke the silence; the more formidable beasts made no cries or hostile demonstration against the occupants of the bungalow.

bolstering - rinforzo, (bolster), capezzale, sostenere, supportare

disturb - disturbare

slumberers - un barbone

occasional - occasionale

growls - ringhio, brontolio, ringhiare

panthers - pantera nera

chatterings - chiacchierare

formidable - spaventoso

beasts - bestia, belva

cries - piangere, gridare, urlare, pianto, urlo, verso

hostile - ostile

occupants - occupante

Sir Francis slept heavily, like an honest soldier overcome with fatigue. Passepartout was wrapped in uneasy dreams of the bouncing of the day before. As for Mr. Fogg, he slumbered as peacefully as if he had been in his serene mansion in Saville Row.

heavily - pesantemente, fortemente, intensamente

soldier - soldato

uneasy - ansioso, agitato

slumbered - sonnolenza, dormiveglia, appisolarsi, assopirsi, appalugarsi

peacefully - pacificamente

serene - sereno

The journey was resumed at six in the morning. The guide hoped to reach Allahabad by evening. In that case, Mr. Fogg would only lose a part of the forty-eight hours saved since the beginning of the tour. Kiouni, resuming his rapid gait, soon descended the lower spurs of the Vindhias, and towards noon they passed by the village of Kallenger, on the Cani, one of the branches of the Ganges.

case - caso

saved - salvare, soccorrere, redimere, immagazzinare, risparmiare

resuming - riprendere

gait - andatura, passo

spurs - sperone, sprone

The guide avoided inhabited places, thinking it safer to keep the open country, which lies along the first depressions of the basin of the great river. Allahabad was now only twelve miles to the northeast They stopped under a clump of bananas, the fruit of which, as healthy as bread and as succulent as cream, was eaten and appreciated.

safer - sicuro, protetto, cassaforte

lies - bugia

depressions - depressione

basin - lavandino, lavabo, bacinella, lavacro

clump - blocco, gruppo

At two o'clock the guide entered a thick forest which extended several miles. He preferred to travel under cover of the woods. They had not as yet had any unpleasant encounters, and the journey seemed on the point of being successfully accomplished, when the elephant, becoming restless, suddenly stopped.

cover - coperto, coperchio, copertura, nascondiglio, copertina, coperta

woods - legno

unpleasant - spiacevole, sgradevole, scostante, sgradito

encounters - incontrare, imbattersi in

restless - instancabile, irrequieto

It was then four o'clock.

"What's the matter?" asked Sir Francis, putting out his head.

putting out - lasciare il porto, accettare di convivere/coesistere, spegnere qualcosa, mettere fuori

"I don't know, officer," replied the Parsee, listening attentively to a confused murmur which came through the thick branches.

listening attentively - ascoltare con attenzione

confused - confondere

murmur - mormorio, brusio, sussurro, mormorare

The murmur soon became more distinct. It now seemed like a distant concert of human voices accompanied by brass instruments. Passepartout was all eyes and ears. Mr. Fogg patiently waited without a word. The Parsee jumped to the ground, fastened the elephant to a tree, and plunged into the thicket. He soon returned, saying: "A procession of Brahmins is coming this way.

distinct - chiaro, distinto, diverso

voices - voce

accompanied - accompagnare

brass - ottone, di ottone

instruments - strumento

patiently - pazientemente

fastened - chiudere, fissare, attaccare

thicket - boscaglia, fratta, macchia, boschetto

procession - corteo

Brahmins - bramino

We must prevent their seeing us, if possible."

prevent - impedire, prevenire

if possible - se possibile

The guide unloosed the elephant and led him into a thicket, at the same time asking the travelers not to stir. He held himself ready to bestride the animal at a moment's notice, should flight become necessary; but he evidently thought that the procession of the faithful would pass without perceiving them amid the thick foliage, in which they were wholly concealed.

unloosed - sciogliere

stir - rimescolare

bestride - to sit with legs on both sides of something

at a moment's notice - in un momento di preavviso

perceiving - percepire, (perceive)

amid - in mezzo a, tra

foliage - fogliame

The discordant tones of the voices and instruments drew nearer, and now droning songs mingled with the sound of the tambourines and cymbals. The head of the procession soon appeared beneath the trees, a hundred paces away; and the strange figures who performed the religious ceremony were easily distinguished through the branches.

discordant - discordanti

tones - tono

droning - fuco

mingled - mescolare, rimestare, rigirare, amalgamare, mescolarsi

cymbals - piatto

beneath - sotto

paces - passo

figures - figura, fisico, personaggio, cifra, forma, calcolare, risolvere

performed - eseguire, comportarsi con correttezza, adempiere, recitare

ceremony - cerimonia

First came the priests, with mitres on their heads, and clothed in long lace robes. They were surrounded by men, women and children, who sang a kind of lugubrious psalm, interrupted at regular intervals by the tambourines and cymbals; while behind them was drawn a car with large wheels, the spokes of which represented serpents entwined with each other.

clothed - vestire

lace - laccio, stringa

robes - veste, abito

lugubrious - lugubre

psalm - salmo

wheels - ruota, timone, ruota del timone, pezzo grosso, cerchio

spokes - raggio

serpents - serpente, serpe, serpentone

entwined - intrecciare

Upon the car, which was drawn by four richly caparisoned zebus, stood a hideous statue with four arms, the body colored a dull red, with haggard eyes, dishevelled hair, protruding tongue, and lips tinted with betel. It stood upright upon the figure of a prostrate and headless giant.

richly - riccamente

hideous - orribile, orrendo, talian: t-needed

statue - statua

dull - spuntato, smussato, noioso, soporifero, tedioso

haggard - stanco, smunto

dishevelled - spettinare

tinted - tinta, sfumatura

betel - either of two plants: the betel pepper or betel nut, quid

upright - eretto, in verticale, dritto, in piedi, integro

prostrate - prostrato

headless - senza testa

giant - gigante, colosso

Sir Francis, recognizing the statue, whispered, "The goddess

recognizing - riconoscere

whispered - sussurro, sussurrare

Kali. The goddess of love and death."

goddess of love - dea dell'amore

"Of death, perhaps," muttered Passepartout, "but of love"that ugly old hag? Never!"

ugly - brutto, sgradevole

hag - strega, vecchiaccia

The Parsee made a motion to keep silent.

keep silent - tacere

A group of old fakirs were capering and making a wild ado round the statue. They were striped with ochre, and covered with cuts whence their blood issued drop by drop"stupid fanatics, who, in the great Indian ceremonies, still throw themselves under the wheels of Juggernaut. Some Brahmins, clad in all the sumptuousness of Oriental apparel, and leading a woman who faltered at every step, followed.

capering - saltellare, fare capriole

wild - selvaggio, selvatico

ado - confusione, trambusto

striped - striscia, banda, lista, galloni

ochre - ocra

whence - onde, donde, da dove

drop by drop - goccia a goccia

stupid - stupido, scemo, stupefatto

fanatics - fanatico, maniaco, patito, seguace

Juggernaut - macchina da guerra

clad - vestito, (clothe), vestire

sumptuousness - sontuosita

apparel - abbigliamento

leading - che conduce

faltered - inciampare

This woman was young, and as fair as an European. Her head and neck, shoulders, ears, arms, hands and toes were loaded down with jewels and gems"with bracelets, earrings and rings; while a tunic bordered with gold, and covered with a light muslin robe, betrayed the outline of her form.

European - europeo, europea

toes - dito del piede, dito, dito della zampa, punta

loaded - carico

jewels - gemma, gioiello

gems - gemma, pietra preziosa, perla, chicca

bracelets - braccialetto

earrings - orecchino

tunic - tunica

bordered - confine, frontiera, orlo

muslin - mussola

robe - veste, abito

outline - contorno, sagoma, descrizione, sunto, bozza, contornare

The guards who followed the young woman presented a violent contrast to her, armed as they were with naked sabres hung at their waists, and long damascened pistols, and bearing a corpse on a palanquin.

violent - violento

contrast - contrasto, diversita

sabres - sciabola

waists - vita, cintura, cintola

damascened - damaschino

pistols - pistola

bearing - cuscinetto

corpse - cadavere, corpo

palanquin - portantina, palanchino

It was the body of an old man, gorgeously arrayed in the dress of a rajah, wearing, as in life, a turban embroidered with pearls, a robe of tissue of silk and gold, a scarf of cashmere sewed with diamonds and the magnificent weapons of a Hindoo prince. Next came the musicians and a rearguard of capering fakirs, whose cries sometimes drowned the noise of the instruments.

gorgeously - splendidamente

arrayed - abbigliamento, agghindamento, schieramento, combinato, gamma

rajah - ragia

turban - turbante

embroidered - ricamare, abbellire, indorare

tissue - tessuto

silk - seta

scarf - sciarpa

cashmere - cachemire

sewed - cucire

prince - principe

musicians - musicista, musico

rearguard - retroguardia

drowned - affogare, annegare, sommergere, coprire

These closed the procession.

Sir Francis watched the procession with a sad countenance, and, turning to the guide, said, "A suttee."

The Parsee nodded, and put his finger to his lips. The procession slowly wound under the trees, and soon its last ranks disappeared in the depths of the wood. The songs gradually died away. Occasionally cries were heard in the distance, until at last all was silence again.

nodded - annuire, accennare, scuotere, addormentarsi, appisolarsi

finger - dito

wound - ferita

ranks - grado, rango

wood - legno

Occasionally - occasionalmente, saltuariamente, talvolta

Phileas Fogg had heard what Sir Francis said, and, as soon as the procession had disappeared, asked: "What is a suttee?"

"A suttee," returned the general, "is a human sacrifice, but a voluntary one. The woman you have just seen will be burned tomorrow at the dawn of day."

human sacrifice - sacrificio umano

voluntary - spontaneo, volontario, di propria iniziativa, intenzionale

burned - bruciare

dawn - spuntare, albeggiare, alba, aurora, albori

"Oh, the scoundrels!" cried Passepartout, who could not repress his indignation.

scoundrels - canaglia, farabutto, furfante, mascalzone

repress - reprimere

indignation - indignazione

"And the corpse?" asked Mr. Fogg.

"Is that of the prince, her husband," said the guide. "An independent rajah of Bundelcund."

"Is it possible," resumed Phileas Fogg, his voice betraying not the least emotion, "that these barbarous customs still exist in India, and that the English have been unable to put a stop to them?"

betraying - consegnare, tradire, rivelare

emotion - emozione

barbarous - barbaro

"These sacrifices do not occur in the larger portion of India," replied Sir Francis; "but we have no power over these savage territories, and especially here in Bundelcund. The whole district north of the Vindhias is the theatre of incessant murders and pillage."

occur - verificarsi, sovvenire, venire in mente

power - potere, influenza, potenza, forza, elettricita, corrente

territories - territorio

incessant - incessante

"The poor wretch!" exclaimed Passepartout. "To be burned alive!"

wretch - disgraziato, infelice

alive - vivo, attivo, animato

"Yes," returned Sir Francis, "burned alive. And, if she were not, you cannot conceive what treatment she would be obliged to submit to from her relatives. They would shave off her hair, feed her on a scanty allowance of rice, treat her with contempt. She would be looked upon as an unclean creature, and would die in some corner, like a scurvy dog.

conceive - concepire, sviluppare, ideare

treatment - trattamento, cura

be obliged - essere obbligato

submit - presentare, sottoporre

shave - radersi, farsi la barba

feed - dar da mangiare, nutrire, (fee), tassa, tariffa, quota, onorario

allowance - permesso, concessione, delibera, razione, attenuante, sgravio

contempt - disprezzo

unclean - impuro

creature - creatura

scurvy - scorbuto, ignobile, spregevole, scorbutico

The prospect of so frightful an existence drives these poor creatures to the sacrifice much more than love or religious fanaticism. Sometimes, however, the sacrifice is really voluntary, and it requires the active interference of the Government to prevent it.

prospect - prospettiva, lungimiranza, possibilita, eventualita

frightful - spaventoso

creatures - creatura

fanaticism - fanatismo

requires - esigere, prevedere, richiedere, necessitare, domandare

active - attivo

interference - intromissione

Several years ago, when I was living at Bombay, a young widow asked permission of the governor to be burned along with her husband's body; but, as you may imagine, he refused. The woman left the town, took refuge with an independent rajah, and there carried out her self-devoted purpose."

widow - vedova, vedovare

permission - permesso

refuge - rifugio, riparo

devoted - dedicare, consacrare

While Sir Francis was speaking, the guide shook his head several times, and now said: "The sacrifice which will take place tomorrow at dawn is not a voluntary one."

"How do you know?"

"Everybody knows about this affair in Bundelcund."

"But the wretched creature did not seem to be making any resistance," observed Sir Francis.

resistance - resistenza

"That was because they had intoxicated her with fumes of hemp and opium."

intoxicated - inebriare

fumes - fumo, rodersi il fegato, mangiarsi il fegato

hemp - canapa

"But where are they taking her?"

"To the pagoda of Pillaji, two miles from here. She will pass the night there."

pass the night - passare la notte

"And the sacrifice will take place""

"Tomorrow, at the first light of dawn."

The guide now led the elephant out of the thicket, and leaped upon his neck. Just at the moment that he was about to urge Kiouni forward with a peculiar whistle, Mr. Fogg stopped him, and, turning to Sir Francis Cromarty, said, "Suppose we save this woman."

leaped - saltare

urge - pulsione, incoraggiare, fare pressione, invitare, esortare

save - salvare, soccorrere, redimere, immagazzinare, risparmiare

"Save the woman, Mr. Fogg!"

"I have yet twelve hours to spare. I can devote them to that."

devote - dedicare, consacrare

"Why, you are a man of heart!"

"Sometimes," replied Phileas Fogg, quietly, "when I have the time."

Chapter 13. In Which Passepartout Receives a New Proof That Fortune Favors the Brave

Receives - ricevere

Proof - prova

Favors - favore, bomboniera, preferire, privilegiare, fare un favore

Brave - coraggioso, ardito, baldo, audace

The project was a bold one, full of difficulty, perhaps impracticable. Mr. Fogg was going to risk life, or at least liberty, and therefore the success of his tour. But he did not hesitate, and he found in Sir Francis Cromarty an enthusiastic ally.

impracticable - inattuabile

liberty - liberta

hesitate - esitare, titubare

ally - allearsi

As for Passepartout, he was ready for anything that might be proposed. His master's idea charmed him. He perceived a heart, a soul, under that icy exterior. He began to love Phileas Fogg.

soul - anima, spirito

icy - ghiacciato

There remained the guide. What course would he adopt? Would he not take part with the Indians? In default of his assistance, it was necessary to be assured of his neutrality. Sir Francis frankly put the question to him.

adopt - adottare

default - mora, morosita, default, inadempienza, predefinito

assistance - assistenza

be assured of - essere assicurato

neutrality - neutralita (all senses)

frankly - francamente

"Officer," replied the guide, "I am a Parsee, and this woman is a

Parsee. Command me as you will."

Command - comando, ordine, padronanza, maestria, perizia, ordinare

"Excellent!" said Mr. Fogg.

"However," resumed the guide, "it is certain, not only that we shall risk our lives, but horrible tortures, if we are taken."

tortures - torturare

"That is foreseen," replied Mr. Fogg. "I think we must wait till night before acting."

"I think so," said the guide. The worthy Indian then gave some account of the victim, who, he said, was a celebrated beauty of the Parsee race, and the daughter of a wealthy Bombay merchant. She had received a thoroughly English education in that city, and, from her manners and intelligence, would be thought an European. Her name was Aouda.

victim - vittima

beauty - bellezza

wealthy - benestante, abbiente, agiato, facoltoso

thoroughly - completamente, totalmente, assolutamente

education - istruzione, educazione, formazione

intelligence - intelligenza

Left an orphan, she was married against her will to the old rajah of Bundelcund; and, knowing the fate that awaited her, she escaped, was retaken, and devoted by the rajah's relatives, who had an interest in her death, to the sacrifice from which it seemed she could not escape.

orphan - orfano, orfana

retaken - riprendere, riprendersi

escape - scappare, fuggire, darsela a gambe, evitare, eludere

The Parsee's narrative only confirmed Mr. Fogg and his companions in their generous design. It was decided that the guide should direct the elephant towards the pagoda of Pillaji, which he accordingly approached as quickly as possible. They halted, half an hour afterwards, in a copse, some five hundred feet from the pagoda, where they were well concealed.

narrative - descrizione

halted - fermare, fermarsi

copse - bosco ceduo, macchia, fratta, boschetto

But they could hear the groans and cries of the fakirs distinctly.

groans - gemito, gemere

They then discussed the means of rescuing the victim. The guide was familiar with the pagoda of Pillaji, in which, as he declared, the young woman was imprisoned. Could they enter any of its doors while the whole party of Indians was plunged in a drunken sleep, or was it safer to attempt to make a hole in the walls? This could only be determined at the moment and the place.

rescuing - salvare, salvataggio

imprisoned - imprigionare, incarcerare

hole - buco

drunken - ubriaco

be determined - essere determinato

But it was certain that the abduction must be made that night, and not when, at break of day, the victim was led to her funeral pyre. Then no human intervention could save her.

abduction - rapimento, sequestro, abduzione

funeral - funerale

pyre - pira, rogo

intervention - intervento

As soon as night fell, about six o'clock, they decided to make a reconnaissance around the pagoda. The cries of the fakirs were just ceasing. The Indians were in the act of plunging themselves into the drunkenness caused by liquid opium mingled with hemp, and it might be possible to slip between them to the temple itself.

reconnaissance - ricognizione

ceasing - cessare, (cease), arrestare, smettere, interrompere

plunging - immergersi

drunkenness - ubriachezza, sbornia, ciucca, ubriacatura

caused - causa, provocare, causare, produrre, ottenere

liquid - liquido, liquida

itself - sé, se stesso, sé stesso

The Parsee, leading the others, noiselessly crept through the wood, and in ten minutes they found themselves on the banks of a small stream, whence, by the light of the rosin torches, they perceived a pyre of wood, on the top of which lay the embalmed body of the rajah, which was to be burned with his wife.

noiselessly - senza rumore

crept - abbarbicarsi, insinuarsi, strisciare, scorrimento, spostamento

stream - corrente, ruscello, rivo, flusso, semestre

rosin - colofonia

torches - fiaccola, torcia, incendiare

embalmed - imbalsamare

The pagoda, whose minarets loomed above the trees in the deepening dusk, stood a hundred steps away.

deepening - approfondire, intensificare

dusk - crepuscolo, tramonto, tramontare, crepuscolare

"Come!" whispered the guide.

He slipped more cautiously than ever through the brush, followed by his companions. The silence around was only broken by the low murmuring of the wind among the branches.

brush - spazzola, pennello, incontro, scontro, spazzolare, spazzolarsi

murmuring - brontolamento, lamentela

Soon the Parsee stopped on the borders of the glade, which was lit up by the torches. The ground was covered by groups of the Indians, motionless in their drunken sleep. It seemed a battlefield strewn with the dead. Men, women and children lay together.

battlefield - campo di battaglia

strewn - sparpagliato

dead - morto

In the background, among the trees, the pagoda of Pillaji loomed distinctly. Much to the guide's disappointment, the guards of the rajah, lighted by torches, were watching at the doors and marching to and fro with naked sabres. Probably the priests, too, were watching within.

background - sfondo

disappointment - delusione, disappunto

The Parsee, now convinced that it was impossible to force an entrance to the temple, advanced no farther, but led his companions back again. Phileas Fogg and Sir Francis Cromarty also saw that nothing could be attempted in that direction. They stopped, and engaged in a whispered colloquy.

entrance - entrata

attempted - tentare, cercare, provare, attentare, tentativo

colloquy - colloquio, conversazione

"It is only eight now," said the brigadier, "and these guards may also go to sleep."

"It is not impossible," returned the Parsee.

They lay down at the foot of a tree, and waited.

The time seemed long. The guide ever and anon left them to take an observation on the edge of the wood, but the guards watched steadily by the glare of the torches, and a dim light crept through the windows of the pagoda.

anon - anonimo

edge - orlo, bordo, lato, vantaggio, lama, filo, arco

glare - bagliore, lampo, frecciata

dim light - luce fioca

They waited till midnight; but no change took place among the guards, and it became apparent that their yielding to sleep could not be counted on. The other plan must be carried out. An opening in the walls of the pagoda must be made. It remained to ascertain whether the priests were watching by the side of their victim as assiduously as were the soldiers at the door.

apparent - apparente, visibile, evidente, chiaro

yielding - cedere

ascertain - accertare, appurare, stabilire, constatare

assiduously - assiduamente

soldiers - soldato

After a last consultation, the guide announced that he was ready for the attempt, and advanced, followed by the others. They took a roundabout way, so as to get at the pagoda on the rear. They reached the walls about half-past twelve, without having met anyone; here there was no guard, nor were there either windows or doors.

consultation - consultazione

rear - retro, retrovia

guard - guardia, piantone, custode, elsa

The night was dark. The moon, on the wane, scarcely left the horizon, and was covered with heavy clouds. The height of the trees deepened the darkness.

moon - Luna

wane - calare

clouds - annuvolarsi, oscurare, annebbiare

height - altezza, apice, culmine, vetta, cima

deepened - approfondire, intensificare

It was not enough to reach the walls; an opening in them must be accomplished, and to attain this purpose the party only had their pocket-knives. Happily the temple walls were built of brick and wood, which could be penetrated with little difficulty; after one brick had been taken out, the rest would yield easily.

attain - raggiungere, ottenere, attenere

knives - coltello, lama, accoltellare

brick - mattone, laterizio, tegola

yield - cedere

They set noiselessly to work, and the Parsee on one side and Passepartout on the other began to loosen the bricks so as to make an aperture two feet wide. They were getting on rapidly, when suddenly a cry was heard in the interior of the temple, followed almost instantly by other cries replying from the outside. Passepartout and the guide stopped. Had they been heard? Was the alarm being given?

loosen - allentare

bricks - mattone, laterizio, tegola

aperture - apertura

alarm - allarme

Common prudence urged them to retire, and they did so, followed by Phileas Fogg and Sir Francis. They again hid themselves in the wood, and waited till the disturbance, whatever it might be, ceased, holding themselves ready to resume their attempt without delay.

prudence - prudenza

hid - nascosto

disturbance - disturbo

holding - possesso

But, awkwardly enough, the guards now appeared at the rear of the temple, and there installed themselves, in readiness to prevent a surprise.

awkwardly - in modo imbarazzante

installed - installare

readiness - prontezza

It would be difficult to describe the disappointment of the party, thus interrupted in their work. They could not now reach the victim; how, then, could they save her? Sir Francis shook his fists, Passepartout was beside himself, and the guide gnashed his teeth with rage. The tranquil Fogg waited, without betraying any emotion.

beside - accanto, vicino

gnashed - digrignare, dirugginire, sbattere, scuotere

rage - rabbia, furia, furore, infuriare, imperversare

"We have nothing to do but to go away," whispered Sir Francis.

"Nothing but to go away," echoed the guide.

echoed - eco

"Stop," said Fogg. "I am only due at Allahabad tomorrow before noon."

"But what can you hope to do?" asked Sir Francis. "In a few hours it will be daylight, and""

daylight - luce del giorno

"The chance which now seems lost may present itself at the last moment."

Sir Francis would have liked to read Phileas Fogg's eyes. What was this cool Englishman thinking of? Was he planning to make a rush for the young woman at the very moment of the sacrifice, and boldly snatch her from her executioners? This would be utter folly, and it was hard to admit that Fogg was such a fool. Sir Francis consented, however, to remain to the end of this terrible drama.

rush - precipitarsi, portare d'urgenza

snatch - agguantare, scippare, strappare

executioners - boia, carnefice

consented - consentire, consenso

drama - dramma

The guide led them to the rear of the glade, where they were able to observe the sleeping groups.

Meanwhile Passepartout, who had perched himself on the lower branches of a tree, was resolving an idea which had at first struck him like a flash, and which was now firmly lodged in his brain.

resolving - decidere

flash - lampo

firmly - fermamente, decisamente, sicuramente, saldamente

brain - cervello, or when used as food

He had commenced by saying to himself, "What folly!" and then he repeated, "Why not, after all? It's a chance"perhaps the only one; and with such sots!" Thinking thus, he slipped, with the suppleness of a serpent, to the lowest branches, the ends of which bent almost to the ground.

commenced - cominciare

suppleness - flessuosita

serpent - serpente, serpe, serpentone

lowest - basso

bent - piegato, (bend), curvare, piegare, piegarsi, curvarsi

The hours passed, and the lighter shades now announced the approach of day, though it was not yet light. This was the moment. The slumbering multitude became animated, the tambourines sounded, songs and cries arose; the hour of the sacrifice had come. The doors of the pagoda swung open, and a bright light escaped from its interior, in the midst of which Mr. Fogg and Sir Francis saw the victim.

shades - ombra, persiana, tonalita, gradazione, nuance, varieta

approach - avvicinarsi

slumbering - assopito, (slumber), sonnolenza, dormiveglia, appisolarsi

multitude - moltitudine, folla

arose - sorgere, apparire, nascere

swung - oscillare, ondeggiare, altalenare, dondolare, altalena

She seemed, having shaken off the stupor of intoxication, to be striving to escape from her executioner. Sir Francis's heart throbbed; and, convulsively seizing Mr. Fogg's hand, found in it an open knife. Just at this moment the crowd began to move.

shaken off - scosso

stupor - stupore, stordimento

intoxication - intossicazione

striving - sforzarsi

executioner - boia, carnefice

throbbed - battere, picchiare, pulsare, battito, palpito, pulsazione

convulsively - convulsivamente

seizing - sequestro, (seize), prendere, afferrare, approfittare, sfruttare

knife - coltello, lama, accoltellare

The young woman had again fallen into a stupor caused by the fumes of hemp, and passed among the fakirs, who escorted her with their wild, religious cries.

escorted - scorta, scortare

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.

obscurity - oscurita

senseless - svenuto, senza capo né coda

stretched - tendere

Then a torch was brought, and the wood, heavily soaked with oil, instantly took fire.

torch - fiaccola, torcia, incendiare

soaked - inzupparsi, imbeversi, mettere a bagno, mettere a mollo

oil - olio

At this moment Sir Francis and the guide seized Phileas Fogg, who, in an instant of mad generosity, was about to rush upon the pyre. But he had quickly pushed them aside, when the whole scene suddenly changed. A cry of terror arose. The whole multitude prostrated themselves, terror-stricken, on the ground.

seized - prendere, afferrare, approfittare, sfruttare

mad - pazzo, folle, matto, insano

generosity - generosita, bonta, abnegazione, magnanimita, abbondanza

pushed - spingere

terror - terrore

prostrated - prostrato

stricken - colpito, (strike), cancellare, colpire, coniare, scioperare, sembrare, arrendersi, sciopero

The old rajah was not dead, then, since he rose of a sudden, like a spectre, took up his wife in his arms, and descended from the pyre in the midst of the clouds of smoke, which only heightened his ghostly appearance.

spectre - spettro

descended from - derivato da

clouds of smoke - nuvole di fumo

heightened - aumentare

ghostly - spettrale, fantasmatico, spiritico

Fakirs and soldiers and priests, seized with instant terror, lay there, with their faces on the ground, not daring to lift their eyes and behold such a prodigy.

daring - audace

lift - alzare, sollevare

prodigy - presagio, prodigio, fenomeno

The inanimate victim was borne along by the vigorous arms which supported her, and which she did not seem in the least to burden. Mr. Fogg and Sir Francis stood erect, the Parsee bowed his head, and Passepartout was, no doubt, scarcely less stupefied.

inanimate - inanimato

borne - sopportare

The resuscitated rajah approached Sir Francis and Mr. Fogg, and, in an abrupt tone, said, "Let us be off!"

resuscitated - resuscitare

abrupt - brusco, improvviso, inaspettato, discontinuo, discontinua

be off - essere putrido, essere assento

It was Passepartout himself, who had slipped upon the pyre in the midst of the smoke and, profiting by the still over-hanging darkness, had delivered the young woman from death! It was Passepartout who, playing his part with a happy audacity, had passed through the crowd amid the general terror.

profiting - profitto

hanging - appeso

delivered - consegnare

audacity - audacia

A moment after all four of the party had disappeared in the woods, and the elephant was bearing them away at a rapid pace. But the cries and noise, and a ball which whizzed through Phileas Fogg's hat, told them that the trick had been discovered.

pace - passo

whizzed - sibilare

trick - trucco, imbrogliare

The old rajah's body, indeed, now appeared upon the burning pyre; and the priests, recovered from their terror, perceived that an abduction had taken place. They hastened into the forest, followed by the soldiers, who fired a volley after the fugitives; but the latter rapidly increased the distance between them, and ere long found themselves beyond the reach of the bullets and arrows.

volley - raffica, volée

fugitives - latitante

increased - aumentare, ingrossare, crescere, incrementare, aggravio

ere - qui

bullets - pallottola, proiettile

arrows - freccia

Chapter 14. In Which Phileas Fogg Descends the Whole Length of the Beautiful Valley of the Ganges without Ever Thinking of Seeing It

Length - lunghezza

Valley - valle

The rash exploit had been accomplished; and for an hour Passepartout laughed gaily at his success. Sir Francis pressed the worthy fellow's hand, and his master said, "Well done!" which, from him, was high commendation; to which Passepartout replied that all the credit of the affair belonged to Mr. Fogg.

exploit - gesto eroico, gesta eroiche, gesta, prodezza, impresa

gaily - allegramente

pressed - premere, pigiare

commendation - elogio, encomio

As for him, he had only been struck with a "queer" idea; and he laughed to think that for a few moments he, Passepartout, the ex-gymnast, ex-sergeant fireman, had been the spouse of a charming woman, a venerable, embalmed rajah! As for the young Indian woman, she had been unconscious throughout of what was passing, and now, wrapped up in a traveling blanket, was reposing in one of the howdahs.

queer - strano, bizzarro

gymnast - ginnasta

spouse - sposo, sposa, coniuge

charming - affascinante

venerable - venerabile, venerando, onorevole, rispettabile, sacro

unconscious - svenuto, subconscio

wrapped up - avvolto

reposing - riposo

The elephant, thanks to the skillful guidance of the Parsee, was advancing rapidly through the still darksome forest, and, an hour after leaving the pagoda, had crossed a vast plain.

guidance - guida, direzione, orientamento, consiglio, suggerimento

advancing - avanzare, progredire, anticipare, migliorare, avvicinarsi

darksome - scuro

plain - semplice

They made a halt at seven o'clock, the young woman being still in a state of complete prostration. The guide made her drink a little brandy and water, but the drowsiness which stupefied her could not yet be shaken off. Sir Francis, who was familiar with the effects of the intoxication produced by the fumes of hemp, reassured his companions on her account.

state - Stato

prostration - prostrazione

brandy - brandy

drowsiness - sonnolenza, sopore, letargia

shaken - scuotere, agitare, scuotere la testa, scioccare, atterrire

effects - effetto, effettuare

produced - produrre, realizzare, fornire, prodotto, prodotti

reassured - rassicurare, tranquillizzare

on her account - sul suo conto

But he was more disturbed at the prospect of her future fate. He told Phileas Fogg that, should Aouda remain in India, she would inevitably fall again into the hands of her executioners. These fanatics were scattered throughout the country, and would, despite the English police, recover their victim at Madras, Bombay, or Calcutta. She would only be safe by quitting India forever.

inevitably - inevitabilmente

scattered - disperdere, disperdersi, sparpagliare, cospargere, deflettere

recover - rimettersi, riprendersi

quitting - abbandonare, lasciare

forever - per sempre

Phileas Fogg replied that he would reflect upon the matter.

The station at Allahabad was reached about ten o'clock, and, the interrupted line of railway being resumed, would enable them to reach Calcutta in less than twenty-four hours. Phileas Fogg would thus be able to arrive in time to take the steamer which left Calcutta the next day, October 25th, at noon, for Hong Kong.

enable - permettere, attivare, abilitare

The young woman was placed in one of the waiting-rooms of the station, while Passepartout was charged with purchasing for her various articles of toilet, a dress, shawl and some furs; for which his master gave him unlimited credit. Passepartout started off forthwith, and found himself in the streets of Allahabad, that is, the City of God.

furs - pelo, pelliccia

unlimited - illimitato

forthwith - all'istante, immediatamente, su due piedi, tempestivamente

God - Dio

One of the most venerated in India, it was built at the junction of the two sacred rivers, Ganges and Jumna, the waters of which attract pilgrims from every part of the peninsula. The Ganges, according to the legends of the Ramayana, rises in heaven, whence, owing to Brahma's agency, it descends to the earth.

venerated - adorare, colere

attract - attirare, attrarre, sedurre, affascinare

pilgrims - pellegrino

legends - legenda, leggenda, favola, epopea

rises - aumentare, alzarsi, crescere

owing - dovere, essere in debito, essere debitore di

Brahma - Hindu god of creation

agency - agenzia

earth - terra, massa, tana, mettere a terra, tcollegare a terra

Passepartout made it a point, as he made his purchases, to take a good look at the city. It was formerly defended by a noble fort, which has since become a state prison. Its commerce has dwindled away, and Passepartout in vain looked about him for such a bazaar as he used to frequent in Regent Street.

defended - difendere, proteggere

state - stato, dichiarare, statuire, esporre, indicare

prison - prigione, carcere, fresco

commerce - commercio

bazaar - bazar, mercato

frequent - frequente

Regent - reggente

At last he came upon an elderly, crusty Jew, who sold second-hand articles, and from whom he purchased a dress of Scotch stuff, a large mantle and a fine otter-skin pelisse, for which he did not hesitate to pay seventy-five pounds. He then returned triumphantly to the station.

crusty - croccante

Jew - giudeo, giudea, ebreo, ebrea

second-hand - (second-hand) di seconda mano

Scotch - scozzesi

stuff - cose, roba, tessuto, stoffa, roba (1), checkcose (2), farcire

mantle - mantello, reticella

otter - lontra

triumphantly - trionfalmente

The influence to which the priests of Pillaji had subjected Aouda began gradually to yield, and she became more herself, so that her fine eyes resumed all their soft Indian expression.

When the poet-king, Ucaf Uddaul, celebrates the charms of the queen of Ahmehnagara, he speaks thus: "Her shining tresses, divided in two parts, encircle the harmonious contour of her white and delicate cheeks, brilliant in their glow and freshness.

celebrates - celebrare, festeggiare

charms - fascino

shining - brillare, far luce con

divided in - diviso in

encircle - accerchiare, circondare, contornare, cingere

harmonious - armonioso

contour - contorno, profilo

cheeks - guancia, gota, chiappa, faccia tosta, sfrontatezza, impudenza

glow - brillare, alone, luminescenza, luccichio, calore

freshness - freschezza

Her ebony brows have the form and charm of the bow of Kama, the god of love, and beneath her long silken lashes the purest reflections and a celestial light swim, as in the sacred lakes of Himalaya, in the black pupils of her great clear eyes. Her teeth, fine, equal and white, glitter between her smiling lips like dewdrops in a passion-flower's half-enveloped breast.

ebony - ebano

brows - sopracciglia, (brow), ciglio, orlo, cima, passerella da sbarco

charm - fascino

bow - inchinarsi, chinare il capo

god of love - Dio dell'amore

silken - serico, setoso

lashes - ciglio

purest - puro

celestial - celeste

pupils - alunno, scolaro

glitter - glitter, brillantini

smiling - sorridere, (smile), sorriso

dewdrops - goccia di rugiada

passion - passione

enveloped - circondare, avviluppare

breast - mammella, poppa, petto, seno

Her delicately formed ears, her vermilion hands, her little feet, curved and tender as the lotus-bud, glitter with the brilliancy of the loveliest pearls of Ceylon, the most dazzling diamonds of Golconda.

delicately - delicatamente

vermilion - vermiglio, vermiglione

curved - curva, curvare

tender - tenero

lotus - loto

bud - gemma, bocciolo

brilliancy - brillantezza

loveliest - bella

Ceylon - Ceylon

dazzling - affascinante, stupefacente, (dazzle), abbagliare, abbacinare

Golconda - Golconda

Her narrow and supple waist, which a hand may clasp around, sets forth the outline of her rounded figure and the beauty of her bosom, where youth in its flower displays the wealth of its treasures; and beneath the silken folds of her tunic she seems to have been modeled in pure silver by the godlike hand of Vicvarcarma, the immortal sculptor."

supple - duttile, malleabile

waist - vita, cintura, cintola

clasp - fibbia, gancio, fermaglio, stringere, serrare

sets - Seth

forth - avanti

rounded - rotondo, tondo

bosom - seno, intimita, intimo

displays - rappresentazione, saggio, schermo, video, espositore, mostrare

wealth - ricchezza, patrimonio, abbondanza

folds - piegare

pure - puro

godlike - simile a un dio

immortal - immortale, indimenticabile

sculptor - scultore, scultrice

It is enough to say, without applying this poetical rhapsody to Aouda, that she was a charming woman, in all the European acceptance of the phrase. She spoke English with great purity, and the guide had not exaggerated in saying that the young Parsee had been transformed by her bringing up.

applying - applicare

poetical - poetico

rhapsody - rapsodia

acceptance - accettazione

purity - purezza

exaggerated - esagerare

transformed - trasformare, modificare, trasformarsi, trasformata

bringing up - sollevare

The train was about to start from Allahabad, and Mr. Fogg proceeded to pay the guide the price agreed upon for his service, and not a farthing more. This astonished Passepartout, who remembered all that his master owed to the guide's devotion.

farthing - un centesimo

astonished - sorprendere, stupire

owed - dovere, essere in debito, essere debitore di

devotion - devozione

He had, indeed, risked his life in the adventure at Pillaji, and, if he should be caught afterwards by the Indians, he would with difficulty escape their vengeance. Kiouni, also, must be disposed of. What should be done with the elephant, which had been so dearly purchased? Phileas Fogg had already determined this question.

risked - rischio, rischiare

be caught - essere catturato

vengeance - vendetta, rivalsa, rappresaglia, ritorsione

disposed of - smaltito

"Parsee," he said to the guide, "you have been serviceable and devoted. I have paid for your service, but not for your devotion. Would you like to have this elephant? He is yours."

The guide's eyes glistened.

glistened - luccicante

"Your honor is giving me a fortune!" he cried.

A fortune - una fortuna

"Take him, guide," returned Mr. Fogg, "and I shall still be your debtor."

debtor - debitore, debitrice

"Good!" exclaimed Passepartout. "Take him, friend. Kiouni is a brave and faithful beast." And, going up to the elephant, he gave him several lumps of sugar, saying, "Here, Kiouni, here, here."

lumps - gonfiore, gnocco, cucchiaino, zolla, zolletta

The elephant grunted out his satisfaction, and, clasping Passepartout around the waist with his trunk, lifted him as high as his head. Passepartout, not in the least alarmed, caressed the animal, which replaced him gently on the ground.

grunted - grugnito, grugnire

clasping - stringere, (clasp), fibbia, gancio, fermaglio

lifted - alzare, sollevare

alarmed - allarme

caressed - accarezzare

replaced - sostituire, rimpiazzare, riporre

gently - soavemente, dolcemente, blandamente, delicatamente

Soon after, Phileas Fogg, Sir Francis Cromarty and Passepartout, installed in a carriage with Aouda, who had the best seat, were whirling at full speed towards Benares. It was a run of eighty miles, and was accomplished in two hours.

installed - rata

During the journey, the young woman fully recovered her senses. What was her astonishment to find herself in this carriage, on the railway, dressed in European clothes, and with travelers who were quite strangers to her!

senses - senso, coscienza, sensazione, significato, tocco

Her companions first set about fully reviving her with a little liquor, and then Sir Francis narrated to her what had passed, dwelling upon the courage with which Phileas Fogg had not hesitated to risk his life to save her, and recounting the happy sequel of the venture, the result of Passepartout's rash idea. Mr.

liquor - liquore

dwelling - abitazione, (dwell), abitare, checkdimorare

courage - coraggio

hesitated - esitare, titubare

sequel - seguito

Fogg said nothing; while Passepartout, abashed, kept repeating that "it wasn't worth telling."

abashed -

wasn - era

Aouda pathetically thanked her deliverers, rather with tears than words. Her fine eyes interpreted her gratitude better than her lips. Then, as her thoughts strayed back to the scene of the sacrifice, and recalled the dangers which still menaced her, she shuddered with terror.

pathetically - pateticamente

deliverers - consegnatore

interpreted - interpretare

gratitude - gratitudine, riconoscenza

strayed - allontanarsi, smarrirsi

menaced - minaccia

shuddered - brivido, sussulto, tremolio, tremare

Phileas Fogg understood what was passing in Aouda's mind, and offered, in order to reassure her, to escort her to Hong Kong, where she might remain safely until the affair was hushed up"an offer which she eagerly and gratefully accepted.

reassure - rassicurare, tranquillizzare

escort - scorta, scortare

safely - sicuramente, senza problemi, in sicurezza, senza rischi

hushed up - nascondere

She had, it seems, a Parsee relation, who was one of the principal merchants of Hong Kong, which is wholly an English city, though on an island on the Chinese coast.

Chinese - cinese, cinesi

At half-past twelve the train stopped at Benares. The Brahmin legends assert that this city is built on the site of the ancient Casi, which, like Mahomet's tomb, was once suspended between heaven and earth. But the Benares of today, which the Orientalists call the Athens of India, stands quite unpoetically on solid earth.

assert - asserire, esercitare, difendere, rivendicare, sostenere

site - area, posto

tomb - tomba

suspended - appendere, sospendere

Orientalists - Orientalista

Athens - Atene

unpoetically - in modo non poetico

Passepartout caught glimpses of its brick houses and clay huts, giving an aspect of desolation to the place, as the train entered it.

glimpses - occhiata, scorcio, intravedere

clay - argilla, creta

huts - capanna

desolation - desolazione

Benares was Sir Francis Cromarty's destination. The troops he was rejoining were encamped some miles northward of the city. He bade adieu to Phileas Fogg, wishing him all success, and expressing the hope that he would come that way again in a less original but more profitable fashion. Mr. Fogg lightly pressed him by the hand.

rejoining - ricongiungersi

encamped - accamparsi

northward - verso nord

adieu - a farewell

expressing - esprimere

original - primitivo, originale, primo, inedito, originario

more profitable - piu redditizio

lightly - alla leggera, superficialmente, in maniera superficiale

The parting of Aouda, who did not forget what she owed to Sir Francis, betrayed more warmth. As for Passepartout, he received a hearty shake of the hand from the gallant general.

shake - scuotere, agitare, scuotere la testa, scioccare, atterrire

gallant - coraggioso

The railway, on leaving Benares, passed for a while along the valley of the Ganges. Through the windows of their carriage the travelers had glimpses of the diversified landscape of Behar, with its mountains clothed in verdure, its fields of barley, wheat and corn, its jungles peopled with green alligators, its neat villages and its still thickly-leaved forests.

diversified - diversificare

landscape - paesaggio, panorama, orizzontale, scenario

verdure - vegetazione

barley - orzo

wheat - frumento, grano

corn - grano

alligators - alligatore

neat - preciso, ordinato

thickly - densamente

leaved - foglie

Elephants were bathing in the waters of the sacred river, and groups of Indians, despite the advanced season and chilly air, were performing solemnly their pious ablutions. These were fervent Brahmins, the bitterest foes of Buddhism, their deities being Vishnu, the solar god, Shiva, the divine impersonation of natural forces and Brahma, the supreme ruler of priests and legislators.

performing - esibirsi, (perform), eseguire, comportarsi con correttezza, adempiere, recitare

pious - pio

ablutions - abluzione, abluzioni

fervent - fervente

bitterest - amaro, aspro

foes - nemico

Buddhism - buddismo

deities - deita, divinita

Vishnu - Vishnu

solar - solare

Shiva - deity

divine - divino

impersonation - impersonificazione

supreme - supremo, suprema

ruler - righello, sovrano

legislators - legislatore, legislatrice

What would these divinities think of India? Anglicized as it is today, with steamers whistling and scudding along the Ganges, frightening the gulls which float upon its surface, the turtles swarming along its banks and the faithful dwelling upon its borders?

divinities - divinita, deita

Anglicized - anglicizzare

whistling - fischiare, (whistle), fischietto, fischio, checkfischio

frightening - spaurire, spaventare

gulls - gabbiano

float - galleggiare, appianatoia, frattazzo, pialletto, carro allegorico

surface - superficie, venire a galla, emergere

turtles - tartaruga

swarming - sciamare, (swarm), sciame, nugolo, pullulare

The panorama passed before their eyes like a flash, save when the steam concealed it fitfully from the view.

fitfully - in modo irregolare

The travelers could scarcely discern the fort of Chupenie, twenty miles southwestward from Benares, the ancient stronghold of the rajahs of Behar; or Ghazipur and its famous rose-waterfactories; or the tomb of Lord Cornwallis, rising on the left bank of the Ganges; the fortified town of Buxar, or Patna, a large manufacturing and trading-place, where is held the principal opium market of India; or Monghir, a more than European town, for it is as English as Manchester or Birmingham, with its iron foundries, edge-tool factories and high chimneys puffing clouds of black smoke heavenward.

discern - percepire

southwestward - verso sud-ovest

stronghold - bastione, baluardo

waterfactories - fabbriche d'acqua

rising - in aumento

fortified - talian: t-needed

manufacturing - produzione, fabbricazione

trading - commercio

Manchester - major city in the north-west of England

Birmingham - city and borough in England, city in Alabama, city in Michigan

iron foundries - fonderie di ferro

tool - arnese, strumento, utensile, mezzo, attrezzo

chimneys - camino, ciminiera, fumaiolo, bulbo

puffing - sbuffare

heavenward - verso il cielo

Night came on. The train passed on at full speed, in the midst of the roaring of the tigers, bears and wolves which fled before the locomotive. The marvels of Bengal, Golconda, ruined Gour, Murshedabad, the ancient capital, Burdwan, Hugly and the French town of Chandernagor, where Passepartout would have been proud to see his country's flag flying, were hidden from their view in the darkness.

roaring - ruggente, (roar), ruggire, sganasciarsi dalle risate

bears - sopportare

wolves - lupo, donnaiolo, divorare

marvels - stupirsi, meravigliarsi

proud - orgoglioso, fiero

flag - bandiera

hidden - nascondere, nascondersi

Calcutta was reached at seven in the morning, and the packet left for Hong Kong at noon; so that Phileas Fogg had five hours before him.

packet - pacchetto, pacco

According to his journal, he was due at Calcutta on the 25th of October, and that was the exact date of his actual arrival. He was therefore neither behind nor ahead of time. The two days gained between London and Bombay had been lost, as has been seen, in the journey across India. But it is not to be supposed that Phileas Fogg regretted them.

journal - rivista

ahead - avanti, anticipatamente, al futuro, anzitempo, antecedentemente

Chapter 15. In Which the Bag of Banknotes Disgorges Some Thousands of Pounds More

Disgorges - vomitare

The train entered the station. Passepartout jumped out first, followed by Mr. Fogg, who assisted his fair companion to descend. Phileas Fogg intended to proceed at once to the Hong Kong steamer, in order to get Aouda comfortably settled for the voyage. He was unwilling to leave her while they were still on dangerous ground.

jumped out - saltato fuori

descend - scendere

proceed - procedere

unwilling - non vuole

Just as he was leaving the station a policeman came up to him, and said, "Mr. Phileas Fogg?"

"I am he."

"Is this man your servant?" added the policeman, pointing to

Passepartout.

"Yes."

"Be so good, both of you, as to follow me."

Mr. Fogg betrayed no surprise whatever. The policeman was a representative of the law, and law is sacred to an Englishman. Passepartout tried to reason about the matter, but the policeman tapped him with his stick, and Mr. Fogg made him a signal to obey.

representative - rappresentativo, rappresentante

tapped - colpetto

obey - obbedire, ubbidire, assolvere, conformarsi

"May this young lady go with us?" he asked. "She may," replied the policeman.

lady - signora, dama, lady

Mr. Fogg, Aouda and Passepartout were conducted to a palkighari, a sort of four-wheeled carriage, drawn by two horses. They took their places and were driven away. No one spoke during the twenty minutes which elapsed before they reached their destination.

palkighari - ordine del giorno

driven away - allontanato

elapsed - trascorrere

They first passed through the "black town," with its narrow streets, its miserable, dirty huts and squalid population; then through the "European town," which presented a relief in its bright brick mansions, shaded by coconut-trees and bristling with masts, where, although it was early morning, elegantly dressed horsemen and handsome equipages were passing back and forth.

miserable - infelice

squalid - squallido

mansions - reggia, dimora, palazzo, villa

shaded - ombra, persiana, tonalita, gradazione, nuance, varieta

coconut - noce di cocco

bristling - pelo ispido, barba corta ispida, setola, setole

masts - albero

elegantly - elegantemente

horsemen - cavaliere

equipages - equipaggiamento

The carriage stopped before a modest-looking house, which, however, did not have the appearance of a private mansion. The policeman having requested his prisoners"for so, truly, they might be called"to descend, conducted them into a room with barred windows, and said: "You will appear before Judge Obadiah at half-past eight."

private - personale, riservato, privato, privata

requested - chiedere, richiesta, talian: t-needed

prisoners - prigioniero, prigioniera

truly - accuratamente, veramente, molto

barred - barra

He then retired, and closed the door.

"Why, we are prisoners!" exclaimed Passepartout, falling into a chair.

Aouda, with an emotion she tried to conceal, said to Mr. Fogg: "Sir, you must leave me to my fate! It is on my account that you receive this treatment. It is for having saved me!"

Phileas Fogg contented himself with saying that it was impossible. It was quite unlikely that he should be arrested for preventing a suttee. The complainants would not dare present themselves with such a charge. There was some mistake. Moreover, he would not, in any event, abandon Aouda, but would escort her to Hong Kong.

unlikely - improbabile

preventing - impedire, prevenire

complainants - denunciante

charge - costo, prezzo, carico, accusa, imputazione, carica, incarico

Moreover - inoltre

abandon - abbandonare

"But the steamer leaves at noon!" observed Passepartout, nervously.

"We shall be on board by noon," replied his master, placidly. It was said so positively that Passepartout could not help muttering to himself, "Parbleu that's certain! Before noon we shall be on board." But he was by no means reassured.

placidly - placidamente

muttering - borbottare

At half-past eight the door opened, the policeman appeared, and, requesting them to follow him, led the way to an adjoining hall. It was evidently a courtroom, and a crowd of Europeans and natives already occupied the rear of the apartment.

requesting - chiedere, richiesta, talian: t-needed

adjoining - essere vicino a, essere vicina a

courtroom - aula, sala d'udienza

Mr. Fogg and his two companions took their places on a bench opposite the desks of the magistrate and his clerk. Immediately after, Judge Obadiah, a fat, round man, followed by the clerk, entered. He proceeded to take down a wig which was hanging on a nail, and put it hurriedly on his head.

magistrate - magistrato

clerk - impiegato

take down - abbattere

wig - parrucca

nail - unghia

hurriedly - frettolosamente

"The first case," he said. Then, putting his hand to his head, he exclaimed, "Heh! This is not my wig!"

Heh - Eh

"No, your worship," returned the clerk, "it is mine."

worship - adorazione, venerazione, culto

mine - mio, mia, mie, miei

"My Dear Mr. Oysterpuff, how can a judge give a wise sentence in a clerk's wig?"

Dear Mr - Caro signor

The wigs were exchanged.

wigs - parrucca

Passepartout was getting nervous, for the hands on the face of the big clock over the judge seemed to go around with terrible rapidity.

nervous - nervoso

rapidity - rapidita

"The first case," repeated Judge Obadiah.

"Phileas Fogg?" demanded Oysterpuff.

demanded - domanda, richiesta, rivendicazione, bisogno, necessita

"I am here," replied Mr. Fogg.

"Passepartout?"

"Present," responded Passepartout.

"Good," said the judge. "You have been looked for, prisoners, for two days on the trains from Bombay."

looked for - cercato

"But of what are we accused?" asked Passepartout, impatiently.

accused - accusare

impatiently - con impazienza

"You are about to be informed."

informed - informare

"I am an English subject, sir," said Mr. Fogg, "and I have the right""

"Have you been ill-treated?"

"Not at all."

"Very well. Let the complainants come in."

A door was swung open by order of the judge, and three Indian priests entered.

"That's it," muttered Passepartout. "These are the rogues who were going to burn our young lady."

The priests took their places in front of the judge, and the clerk proceeded to read in a loud voice a complaint of sacrilege against Phileas Fogg and his servant, who were accused of having violated a place held consecrated by the Brahmin religion.

complaint - reclamo, lamentela, rimostranza, denuncia, disturbo

sacrilege - sacrilegio

violated - violare

consecrated - consacrare

religion - religione

"You hear the charge?" asked the judge.

"Yes, sir," replied Mr. Fogg, consulting his watch, "and I admit it."

"You admit it?"

"I admit it, and I wish to hear these priests admit, in their turn, what they were going to do at the pagoda of Pillaji."

The priests looked at each other. They did not seem to understand what was said.

"Yes," cried Passepartout, warmly; "at the pagoda of Pillaji, where they were on the point of burning their victim."

warmly - con calore

The judge stared with astonishment, and the priests were stupefied.

"What victim?" said Judge Obadiah. "Burn whom? In Bombay itself?"

"Bombay?" cried Passepartout.

"Certainly, we are not talking of the pagoda of Pillaji, but of the pagoda of Malabar Hill, at Bombay."

"And as a proof," added the clerk, "here are the desecrator's very shoes, which he left behind him."

desecrator - profanatore

Whereupon he placed a pair of shoes on his desk.

"My shoes!" cried Passepartout, in his surprise permitting this imprudent exclamation to escape him.

permitting - permettere

imprudent - imprudente

exclamation - esclamazione

The confusion of master and man, who had quite forgotten the affair at Bombay, for which they were now detained at Calcutta, may be imagined.

confusion - confusione, disordine, disorientamento, sbandamento

detained - detenere, trattenere

Fix, the detective, had foreseen the advantage which Passepartout's escapade gave him, and, delaying his departure for twelve hours, had consulted the priests of Malabar Hill. Knowing that the English authorities dealt very severely with this kind of misdemeanor, he promised them a goodly sum in damages, and sent them forward to Calcutta by the next train.

advantage - vantaggio, beneficio

escapade - scappatella

delaying - ritardare

authorities - autorita

dealt - accordo

misdemeanor - reato

damages - danno, danneggiare, rovinare, macchiare

Owing to the delay caused by the rescue of the young widow, Fix and the priests reached the Indian capital before Mr. Fogg and his servant. The magistrates had been already warned by a despatch to arrest them should they arrive. Fix's disappointment when he learned that Phileas Fogg had not made his appearance in Calcutta may be imagined.

rescue - salvare, salvataggio

magistrates - magistrato

warned - avvertire, avvisare

He made up his mind that the robber had stopped somewhere on the route and taken refuge in the southern provinces. For twenty-four hours Fix watched the station with feverish anxiety. At last he was rewarded by seeing Mr. Fogg and Passepartout arrive, accompanied by a young woman, whose presence he was wholly at a loss to explain.

somewhere - da qualche parte, in qualche luogo, in qualche parte

southern - meridionale

rewarded - ricompensa

He hastened for a policeman, and this was how the party came to be arrested and brought before Judge Obadiah.

Had Passepartout been a little less preoccupied, he would have seen the detective settled in a corner of the courtroom, watching the proceedings with an interest easily understood; for the warrant had failed to reach him at Calcutta, as it had done at Bombay and Suez.

preoccupied - impensierire

proceedings - procedimento

Judge Obadiah had unfortunately caught Passepartout's rash exclamation, which the poor fellow would have given the world to recall.

unfortunately - sfortunatamente, purtroppo, malauguratamente

recall - ritirare, revocare, richiamare, rammentare, ricordare

"The facts are admitted?" asked the judge.

"Admitted," replied Mr. Fogg, coldly.

"Inasmuch," resumed the judge, "as the English law protects equally and sternly the religions of the Indian people, and as the man Passepartout has admitted that he violated the sacred pagoda of Malabar Hill, at Bombay, on the 20th of October, I condemn the said Passepartout to imprisonment for fifteen days and a fine of three hundred pounds."

protects - proteggere

equally - altrettanto, parimenti

sternly - con severita

condemn - condannare

imprisonment - detenzione, incarcerazione

"Three hundred pounds!" cried Passepartout, startled at the largeness of the sum.

startled - scattare, sobbalzare, spaventare, sorprendere, schivare, evitare

largeness - grandezza

"Silence!" shouted the constable.

constable - appuntato (carabinieri), agente (polizia), conestabile

"And inasmuch," continued the judge, "as it is not proved that the act was not done by the connivance of the master with the servant, and as the master in any case must be held responsible for the acts of his paid servant, I condemn Phileas Fogg to a week's imprisonment and a fine of one hundred and fifty pounds."

connivance - connivenza, collaborazionismo

responsible - responsabile, di responsabile, di responsabilita, colpevole

Fix rubbed his hands softly with satisfaction. If Phileas Fogg could be detained in Calcutta a week, it would be more than time for the warrant to arrive. Passepartout was stupefied. This sentence ruined his master. A wager of twenty thousand pounds lost, because he, like a precious fool, had gone into that abominable pagoda!

softly - delicatamente, sottovoce

precious - prezioso, adorato, unico

gone into - occuparsi di qualcosa

abominable - abominabile, detestabile, efferato, odioso

Phileas Fogg, as self-composed as if the judgment 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."

composed - showing composure

judgment - giudizio, sentenza, verdetto, pronuncia

concern - interesse, preoccupazione, impresa, interessare

pronounced - dichiarare, emettere, pronunziare, pronunciare

bail - cauzione

"You have that right," returned the judge. Fix's blood ran cold, but he resumed his composure when he heard the judge announce that the bail required for each prisoner would be one thousand pounds.

announce - annunciare, segnalare, pronunciare

prisoner - prigioniero, prigioniera

"I will pay it at once," said Mr. Fogg, taking a roll of bank bills from the carpetbag, which Passepartout had by him, and placing them on the clerk's desk.

"This sum will be restored to you upon your release from prison," said the judge. "Meanwhile, you are liberated on bail."

restored - ristabilire, restaurare, riportare, rimettere

release - liberare, rilasciare

liberated - liberare

"Come!" said Phileas Fogg to his servant.

"But let them at least give me back my shoes!" cried Passepartout angrily.

angrily - irosamente, rabbiosamente, con rabbia

"Ah, these are pretty dear shoes!" he muttered, as they were handed to him. "More than a thousand pounds apiece. Besides, they pinch my feet."

apiece - ciascuno, ciascuna

pinch - pizzicare, acciuffare, pizzico

Mr. Fogg, offering his arm to Aouda, then departed, followed by the crestfallen Passepartout. Fix still nourished hopes that the robber would not, after all, leave the two thousand pounds behind him, but would decide to serve out his week in jail, and issued forth on Mr. Fogg's traces. That gentleman took a carriage, and the party were soon landed on one of the quays.

departed - partire, andar via, allontanarsi, dipartire, deviare

crestfallen - a testa bassa

nourished - nutrire, mantenere, accrescere, incoraggiare, confortare

jail - carcere, prigione, gattabuia, galera, isolamento

The Rangoon was moored half a mile off in the harbor. Its signal of departure was hoisted at the masthead. Eleven o'clock was striking. Mr. Fogg was an hour in advance of time. Fix saw them leave the carriage and push off in a boat for the steamer, and stamped his feet with disappointment.

moored - landa, brughiera

hoisted - elevare, alzare, issare, innalzare

masthead - testata

push off - allontanare, spingere, allontanare dalla riva, far cadere

stamped - timbrato, (stamp), conio, bollo, battere i piedi, pestare i piedi, stampare, timbrare, affrancare

"The rascal is off, after all!" he exclaimed. "Two thousand pounds sacrificed! He's as prodigal as a thief! I'll follow him to the end of the world if necessary; but, at the rate he is going on, the stolen money will soon be exhausted."

sacrificed - sacrificare, sacrificio

prodigal - prodigo, generoso

stolen - rubare, derubare, fregare, accattivarsi, appropriarsi

exhausted - esaurire

The detective was not far wrong in making this conjecture. Since leaving London, what with traveling expenses, bribes, the purchase of the elephant, bails and fines, Mr. Fogg had already spent more than five thousand pounds on the way, and the percentage of the sum recovered from the bank robber, promised to the detectives, was rapidly diminishing.

conjecture - congettura, congetturare

expenses - spesa

bribes - tangente, bustarella, mazzetta, offrire una tangente, corrompere

bails - cauzione

percentage - percentuale

Chapter 16. In Which Fix Does Not Seem to Understand in the Least What is Said to Him

The Rangoon"one of the Peninsular and Oriental Company's boats plying in the Chinese and Japanese seas"was a screw steamer, built of iron, weighing about seventeen hundred and seventy tons, and with engines of four hundred horsepower. She was as fast, but not as well fitted up, as the Mongolia, and Aouda was not as comfortably provided for on board her as Phileas Fogg could have wished.

plying - plie'

Japanese - giapponese, nipponico

screw steamer - piroscafo a vite

engines - motore

four hundred - quattrocento

fitted - adatto

However, the trip from Calcutta to Hong Kong only comprised some three thousand five hundred miles, occupying from ten to twelve days, and the young woman was not difficult to please.

occupying - occupare

During the first days of the journey Aouda became better acquainted with her protector, and constantly gave evidence of her deep gratitude for what he had done. The phlegmatic gentleman listened to her, apparently at least, with coldness, neither his voice nor his manner betraying the slightest emotion; but he seemed to be always on the watch that nothing should be wanting to Aouda's comfort.

acquainted - familiarizzarsi

protector - protettore, protettrice

evidence - prova, evidenza

deep - profondo, spesso, esteso, profondo (1, 2)

apparently - chiaramente, evidentemente, apparentemente, sembra che

coldness - freddezza, freddo

slightest - insignificante, leggero, debole, lieve, disprezzare, sminuire

He visited her regularly each day at certain hours, not so much to talk himself, as to sit and hear her talk. He treated her with the strictest politeness, but with the precision of an automaton, the movements of which had been arranged for this purpose.

strictest - stretto, particolare, esatto, austero

politeness - cortesia

precision - precisione

automaton - automa

movements - movimento

Aouda did not quite know what to make of him, though Passepartout had given her some hints of his master's eccentricity, and made her smile by telling her of the wager which was sending him round the world. After all, she owed Phileas Fogg her life, and she always regarded him through the exalting medium of her gratitude.

hints - accenno, allusione, indizio, aiuto

regarded - considerare

exalting - esaltare

medium - veicolo, mezzo, strumento, tramite

Aouda confirmed the Parsee guide's narrative of her touching history. She did, indeed, belong to the highest of the native races of India. Many of the Parsee merchants have made great fortunes there by dealing in cotton. One of them, Sir Jametsee Jeejeebhoy, was made a baronet by the English government.

races - corsa, gara

fortunes - sorte, destino, fortuna, dote

baronet - baronetto

Aouda was a relative of this great man, and it was his cousin, Jeejeeh, whom she hoped to join at Hong Kong. Whether she would find a protector in him she could not tell; but Mr. Fogg tried to calm her anxieties, and to assure her that everything would be mathematically"he used the very word"arranged.

anxieties - ansia, ansieta, bramosia

Aouda fastened her great eyes, "clear as the sacred lakes of the Himalaya," upon him; but the intractable Fogg, as reserved as ever, did not seem at all inclined to throw himself into this lake.

intractable - intrattabile

inclined - inclinare

lake - lago

The first few days of the voyage passed happily, amid favorable weather and propitious winds, and the ship soon came in sight of the great Andaman, the principal of the islands in the Bay of Bengal, with its picturesque Saddle Peak, two thousand four hundred feet high, looming above the waters.

Peak - picco

looming - telaio

The steamer passed along near the shores, but the savage Papuans, who are in the lowest scale of humanity, but are not, as has been asserted, cannibals, did not make their appearance.

shores - spiaggia

Papuans - Papua

scale - scala, gradazione

humanity - umanita, benevolenza

asserted - asserire, esercitare, difendere, rivendicare, sostenere

cannibals - cannibale, antropofago

The panorama of the islands, as they steamed by them, was superb. Vast forests of palms, arecs, bamboo, teakwood, of the gigantic mimosa and tree-like ferns covered the foreground. Behind, the graceful outlines of the mountains were traced against the sky; and along the coasts swarmed thousands of the precious swallows whose nests furnish a luxurious dish to the tables of the Celestial Empire.

steamed - vapore

superb - superbo, magnifico

arecs - ordine del giorno

bamboo - bambu, di bambu

teakwood - legno di teak

mimosa - mimosa

ferns - felce

foreground - primo piano

traced - traccia

coasts - costa

swarmed - sciame, nugolo, pullulare, sciamare

swallows - inghiottire, ingoiare

nests - nido

furnish - fornire

luxurious - lussuoso, lussurioso

Empire - impero

The varied landscape afforded by the Andaman Islands was soon passed, however, and the Rangoon rapidly approached the Straits of Malacca, which give access to the China seas.

varied - variare

Malacca -

access - accesso

China - porcellana

What was detective Fix, so unluckily drawn on from country to country, doing all this while? He had managed to embark on the Rangoon at Calcutta without being seen by Passepartout, after leaving orders that, if the warrant should arrive, it should be forwarded to him at Hong Kong; and he hoped to conceal his presence to the end of the voyage.

unluckily - sfortunatamente, purtroppo

managed - dirigere, managgiare, riuscire, arrangiarsi, maneggiare

embark on - intraprendere

forwarded - avanti, in avanti

It would have been difficult to explain why he was on board without awakening Passepartout's suspicions, who thought him still at Bombay. But necessity impelled him, nevertheless, to renew his acquaintance with the worthy servant, as will be seen.

been difficult - e stato difficile

awakening - risveglio, rinnovamento, (awaken), svegliare, svegliarsi

suspicions - sospetto

impelled - spingere, costringere

nevertheless - nondimeno, tuttavia, eppure, nonostante

renew - rinnovare

All the detective's hopes and wishes were now centered on Hong Kong; for the steamer's stay at Singapore would be too brief to enable him to take any steps there. The arrest must be made at Hong Kong, or the robber would probably escape him forever. Hong Kong was the last English ground on which he would set foot. Beyond, China, Japan, America offered to Fogg an almost certain refuge.

centered - centro, pivot

If the warrant should at last make its appearance at Hong Kong, Fix could arrest him and be no further trouble. But beyond Hong Kong? a simple warrant would be of no avail. An extradition warrant would be necessary, and that would result in delays and obstacles, of which the rascal would take advantage to elude justice.

avail - (2) inutile

extradition - estradizione

justice - giustizia

Fix thought over these probabilities during the long hours which he spent in his cabin, and kept repeating to himself, "Now, either the warrant will be at Hong Kong, in which case I shall arrest my man, or it will not be there. This time it is absolutely necessary that I should delay his departure. I have failed at Bombay, and I have failed at Calcutta.

long hours - lunghe ore di lavoro

If I fail at Hong Kong, my reputation is lost. Cost what it may, I must succeed! But how shall I prevent his departure, if that should turn out to be my last resource?"

fail - fallire, non riuscire

reputation - reputazione, rumore, caratura

resource - risorsa

Fix made up his mind that, if worst came to worst, he would make a confidant of Passepartout, and tell him what kind of a fellow his master really was. That Passepartout was not Fogg's accomplice, he was very certain. The servant, enlightened by his disclosure, and afraid of being himself implicated in the crime, would doubtless become an ally of the detective.

confidant - confidente

accomplice - complice, correo, correa, basista

enlightened - illuminare

disclosure - rivelazione, divulgazione, esternazione, diffusione

implicated - implicare

But this method was a dangerous one, only to be employed when everything else had failed. A word from Passepartout to his master would ruin all. The detective was therefore in a sore strait. But suddenly a new idea struck him. The presence of Aouda on the Rangoon, in company with Phileas Fogg, gave him new material for reflection.

employed - dipendente

ruin - rovina, rovinare

sore - dolente, doloroso

material - materiale

reflection - riflessione, riflesso, riverbero

Who was this woman? What combination of events had made her Fogg's traveling companion? They had evidently met somewhere between Bombay and Calcutta; but where? Had they met accidentally, or had Fogg gone into the interior purposely in quest of this charming damsel? Fix was fairly puzzled. He asked himself whether there had not been a wicked elopement.

combination - combinazione

accidentally - casualmente, accidentalmente

purposely - apposta

quest - ricerca

damsel - fanciulla

wicked - cattivo

elopement - fuga d'amore

This idea so impressed itself upon his mind that he determined to make use of the supposed intrigue. Whether the young woman were married or not, he would be able to create such difficulties for Mr. Fogg at Hong Kong that he could not escape by paying any amount of money. But could he even wait till they reached Hong Kong?

impressed - impressionare, imprimere, confiscare, requisire

intrigue - intrigo, intrigare

difficulties - difficolta

Fogg had an abominable way of jumping from one boat to another, and, before anything could be effected, might get full under weigh again for Yokohama.

effected - effetto, effettuare

weigh - pesare

Fix decided that he must warn the English authorities, and signal the Rangoon before her arrival. This was easy to do, since the steamer stopped at Singapore, where there is a telegraphic wire to Hong Kong. He finally resolved, moreover, before acting more positively, to question Passepartout. It would not be difficult to make him talk.

wire - filo, filo metallico, filo elettrico, cavo, cavo elettrico

finally - finalmente, alla fine, per concludere, infine, definitivamente

As there was no time to lose, Fix prepared to make himself known.

It was now the 30th of October, and on the following day the

Rangoon was due at Singapore.

Fix emerged from his cabin and went on deck. Passepartout was promenading up and down in the forward part of the steamer. The detective rushed forward with every appearance of extreme surprise, and exclaimed, "You here, on the Rangoon?"

rushed forward - correre verso

extreme - estremo, profondo

"What, Monsieur Fix, are you on board?" returned the really

astonished Passepartout, recognizing his crony of the Mongolia.

crony - compagno

"Why, I left you at Bombay, and here you are on the way to Hong

Kong! Are you going round the world too?"

"No, no," replied Fix. "I shall stop at Hong Kong"at least for some days."

"Hum!" said Passepartout, who seemed for an instant perplexed.

Hum - ronzio, canticchiare, canterellare, mormorare, brontolare

perplexed - confondere, rendere perplesso

"But how is it I have not seen you on board since we left

Calcutta?"

"Oh, a trifle of seasickness"I've been staying in my berth. The

berth - cuccetta, attracco, attraccare

Gulf of Bengal does not agree with me as well as the Indian

Ocean. And how is Mr. Fogg?"

"As well and as punctual as ever, not a day behind time! But,

punctual - puntuale

Monsieur Fix, you don't know that we have a young lady with us."

"A young lady?" replied the detective, not seeming to comprehend what was said.

comprehend - comprendere, capire

Passepartout thereupon recounted Aouda's history, the affair at the Bombay pagoda, the purchase of the elephant for two thousand pounds, the rescue, the arrest and sentence of the Calcutta court, and the restoration of Mr. Fogg and himself to liberty on bail.

thereupon - in quel momento

recounted - narrare, raccontare

restoration - restauro, restaurazione

Fix, who was familiar with the last events, seemed to be equally ignorant of all that Passepartout related; and the latter was charmed to find so interested a listener.

related - riferire

listener - ascoltatore, ascoltatrice, uditore, uditrice

"But does your master propose to carry this young woman to

propose - proporre, proporre il matrimonio

Europe?"

"Not at all. We are simply going to place her under the protection of one of her relatives, a rich merchant at Hong Kong."

Simply - semplicemente, in parole povere

protection - protezione

"Nothing to be done there," said Fix to himself, concealing his disappointment. "A glass of gin, Mr. Passepartout?"

concealing - nascondere, celare

"Willingly, Monsieur Fix. We must at least have a friendly glass on board the Rangoon."

Chapter 17. Showing What Happened on the Voyage from Singapore to Hong Kong

The detective and Passepartout met often on deck after this interview, though Fix was reserved, and did not attempt to induce his companion to divulge any more facts concerning Mr. Fogg. He caught a glimpse of that mysterious gentleman once or twice. But Mr. Fogg usually confined himself to the cabin, where he kept Aouda company, or, according to his inveterate habit, took a hand at whist.

induce - persuadere, incitare, indurre, provocare

divulge - divulgare

inveterate - inveterato, incallito, incorreggibile, accanito

Passepartout began very seriously to conjecture what strange chance kept Fix still on the route that his master was pursuing.

pursuing - perseguire, (pursue), perseguitare, tormentare

It was really worth considering why this certainly very amiable and complacent person, whom he had first met at Suez, had then encountered on board the Mongolia, who disembarked at Bombay, which he announced as his destination, and now turned up so unexpectedly on the Rangoon, was following Mr. Fogg's tracks step by step. What was Fix's object?

considering - considerando

complacent - compiaciuto

encountered - incontrare, imbattersi in

unexpectedly - inaspettatamente

tracks - traccia, scia, tracciamento, sentiero, impronta, mulattiera

Passepartout was ready to wager his Indian shoes"which he religiously preserved"that Fix would also leave Hong Kong at the same time with them, and probably on the same steamer.

religiously - religiosamente

Passepartout might have cudgeled his brain for a century without hitting upon the real object which the detective had in view. He never could have imagined that Phileas Fogg was being tracked as a robber around the globe.

cudgeled - bastone, randello

hitting - colpire, battere

tracked - traccia, scia, tracciamento, sentiero, impronta, mulattiera

But, as it is in human nature to attempt the solution of every mystery, Passepartout suddenly discovered an explanation of Fix's movements, which was in truth far from unreasonable. Fix, he thought, could only be an agent of Mr. Fogg's friends at the Reform Club, sent to follow him up, and to ascertain that he really went round the world as had been agreed upon.

solution - soluzione, risoluzione, pagamento

mystery - mistero, arcano, enigma

truth - verita, veritate

unreasonable - irragionevole

agent - agente

"It's clear!" repeated the worthy servant to himself, proud of his shrewdness. "He's a spy sent to keep us in view! That isn't quite the thing, either, to be spying on Mr. Fogg, who is so honorable a man! Ah, gentlemen of the Reform, this shall cost you dear!"

shrewdness - astuzia

spying - spiare, (spy), spia

honorable - onorevole, onorabile

Passepartout, enchanted with his discovery, resolved to say nothing to his master, lest he should be justly offended at this mistrust on the part of his adversaries. But he determined to chaff Fix, when he had the chance, with mysterious allusions, which, however, need not betray his real suspicions.

discovery - scoperta

justly - giustamente

offended - offendere

mistrust - diffidare di, non avere fiducia di

chaff - pula, crusca

allusions - allusione

During the afternoon of Wednesday, 30th October, the Rangoon entered the Strait of Malacca, which separates the peninsula of that name from Sumatra. The mountainous and craggy islets intercepted the beauties of this noble island from the view of the travelers. The Rangoon weighed anchor at Singapore the next day at four A.M.

separates - separato, separata, separare, dividere

Sumatra - Sumatra

mountainous - montagnoso

craggy - scosceso

islets - isolotto, isoletta

intercepted - intercettazione

anchor - ancora

, to receive coal, having gained half a day on the prescribed time of her arrival. Phileas Fogg noted this gain in his journal, and then, accompanied by Aouda, who betrayed a desire for a walk on shore, disembarked.

prescribed - prescrivere, ordinare

Fix, who suspected Mr. Fogg's every movement, followed them cautiously, without being himself perceived; while Passepartout, laughing in his sleeve at Fix's maneuvers, went about his usual errands.

movement - movimento

sleeve - manica, manicotto, contenitore, fodera

maneuvers - manovra, esercitazione, manovrare

The island of Singapore is not imposing in aspect, for there are no mountains; yet its appearance is not without attractions. It is a park checkered by pleasant highways and avenues.

attractions - attrazione, attrattiva

checkered - scaccato, a quadri, quadrettato, a scacchi

highways - strada maestra, via maestra, autostrada

avenues - viale, corso

A handsome carriage, drawn by a sleek pair of New Holland horses, carried Phileas Fogg and Aouda into the midst of rows of palms with brilliant foliage, and of clover-trees, whereof the cloves form the head of a half-open flower. Pepper plants replaced the prickly hedges of European fields. Sago-bushes, large ferns with gorgeous branches, varied the aspect of this tropical clime.

sleek - elegante, lucido, liscio, slanciato

Holland - Olanda

clover - trifoglio

whereof - di che cosa

cloves - chiodo di garofano

half-open - (half-open) aperto a meta

prickly - permaloso, suscettibile

hedges - siepe

Sago - sagu

bushes - cespuglio

gorgeous - magnifico, splendido, favoloso, stupendo

tropical - tropicale

clime - clima

Nutmeg trees in full foliage filled the air with a penetrating perfume. Agile and grinning bands of monkeys skipped about in the trees, nor were tigers wanting in the jungles.

penetrating - penetrare

perfume - profumo, profumare

grinning - sogghignare

skipped - saltare, saltellare

After a drive of two hours through the country, Aouda and Mr. Fogg returned to the town, which is a vast collection of heavy-looking, irregular houses, surrounded by charming gardens rich in tropical fruits and plants. At ten o'clock they re-embarked, closely followed by the detective, who had kept them constantly in sight.

collection - raccolta, collezione, colletta

embarked - imbarcare, iniziare, imbarcarsi, cacciarsi

closely - strettamente, da vicino, a stretto contatto

Passepartout, who had been purchasing several dozen mangoes"a fruit as large as good-sized apples, of a dark brown color outside and a bright red within, and whose white pulp, melting in the mouth, affords gourmands a delicious sensation"was waiting for them on deck. He was only too glad to offer some mangoes to Aouda, who thanked him very gracefully for them.

mangoes - mango

dark brown - marrone scuro

pulp - polpa, cellulosa

melting - scioglimento, (melt), sciogliere, fondere

affords - permettersi

gourmands - ghiottone, golosone, buongustaio

gracefully - graziosamente

At eleven o'clock the Rangoon rode out of Singapore harbor, and in a few hours the high mountains of Malacca, with their forests, inhabited by the most beautifully furred tigers in the world, were lost to view. Singapore is distant some thirteen hundred miles from the island of Hong Kong, which is a little English colony near the Chinese coast.

high mountains - alte montagne

beautifully - in modo splendido

furred - pelo, pelliccia

colony - colonia

Phileas Fogg hoped to accomplish the journey in six days, so as to be in time for the steamer which would leave on the 6th of November for Yokohama, the principal Japanese port.

accomplish - compiere, realizzare, completare, trascorrere, concretizzare

The Rangoon had a large quota of passengers, many of whom disembarked at Singapore, among them a number of Indians, Ceylonese, Chinamen, Malays and Portuguese, mostly second-class travelers.

Chinamen - Cinese

Malays - malese

Portuguese - portoghese

second-class - (second-class) seconda classe

The weather, which had hitherto been fine, changed with the last quarter of the moon. The sea rolled heavily, and the wind at intervals rose almost to a storm, but happily blew from the southwest, and thus aided the steamer's progress.

hitherto - fin qui, fino a qui, fino ad ora, fino allora

storm - tempesta, bufera

blew - colpo

southwest - sudovest

aided - assistente

progress - progresso

The captain as often as possible put up his sails, and under the double action of steam and sail the vessel made rapid progress along the coast of Anam and Cochin China.

captain - capitano, capitano di vascello

sail - vela

vessel - vascello, imbarcazione, bastimento, nave

Owing to the defective construction of the Rangoon, however, unusual precautions became necessary in unfavorable weather; but the loss of time which resulted from this cause, while it nearly drove Passepartout out of his senses, did not seem to affect his master in the least.

defective - difettoso, difettivo

construction - costruzione

precautions - precauzione

loss of time - perdita di tempo

Passepartout blamed the captain, the engineer and the crew, and consigned all who were connected with the ship to the land where the pepper grows. Perhaps the thought of the gas, which was remorselessly burning at his expense in Saville Row, had something to do with his hot impatience.

crew - equipaggio

consigned - consegnare

connected - connettere, connettersi, cablare, collegare

remorselessly - senza pieta

"You are in a great hurry, then," said Fix to him one day, "to reach Hong Kong?"

"A very great hurry!"

"Mr. Fogg, I suppose, is anxious to catch the steamer for

Yokohama?"

"Terribly anxious."

Terribly - terribilmente, estremamente

"You believe in this journey around the world, then?"

"Absolutely. Don't you, Mr. Fix?"

"I? I don't believe a word of it."

"You're a sly dog!" said Passepartout, winking at him.

sly dog - truffatore

winking - ammiccare

This expression rather disturbed Fix, without his knowing why. Had the Frenchman guessed his real purpose? He knew not what to think. But how could Passepartout have discovered that he was a detective? Yet, in speaking as he did, the man evidently meant more than he expressed.

expressed - esprimere

Passepartout went still further the next day. He could not hold his tongue.

hold - tenere

"Mr. Fix," said he, in a bantering tone, "shall we be so unfortunate as to lose you when we get to Hong Kong?"

bantering - scherzare, (banter), chiacchierata, stuzzicare

unfortunate - sfortunato, iellato, sfigato, scalognato

"Why," responded Fix, a little embarrassed, "I don't know; perhaps""

"Ah, if you would only go on with us! An agent of the Peninsular

Company, you know, can't stop on the way! You were only going to

Bombay, and here you are in China. America is not far off, and

from America to Europe is only a step."

Fix looked intently at his companion, whose countenance was as serene as possible, and laughed with him. But Passepartout persisted in chaffing him by asking him if he made much by his present occupation.

intently - attentamente, meticolosamente, minuziosamente

chaffing - pula, (chaff), crusca

occupation - occupazione

"Yes, and no," returned Fix. "There is good and bad luck in such things. But you must understand that I don't travel at my own expense."

bad luck - sfortuna

"Oh, I am quite sure of that!" cried Passepartout, laughing heartily.

heartily - caldamente, sentitamente, giovialmente

Fix, fairly puzzled, descended to his cabin and gave himself up to his reflections. He was evidently suspected; somehow or other the Frenchman had found out that he was a detective. But had he told his master? What part was he playing in all this. Was he an accomplice or not? Was the game, then, up?

somehow or other - in un modo o nell'altro

Fix spent several hours turning these things over in his mind, sometimes thinking that all was lost, then persuading himself that Fogg was ignorant of his presence, and then undecided what course it was best to take.

persuading - persuadere, convincere

undecided - indeciso

Nevertheless, he preserved his coolness of mind, and at last resolved to deal plainly with Passepartout. If he did not find it practicable to arrest Fogg at Hong Kong, and if Fogg made preparations to leave that last foothold of English territory, he, Fix, would tell Passepartout all.

coolness - freddezza

practicable - fattibile

Either the servant was the accomplice of his master, and in this case the master knew of his operations, and he should fail; or else the servant knew nothing about the robbery, and then his interest would be to abandon the robber.

operations - operazione, esercizio, gestione

Such was the situation between Fix and Passepartout. Meanwhile Phileas Fogg moved about above them in the most majestic and unconscious indifference. He was passing methodically in his orbit around the world, regardless of the lesser stars which gravitated around him.

most majestic - il piu maestoso

methodically - metodicamente

lesser - minore, meno, piu piccolo

gravitated - gravitare

Yet there was near by what the astronomers would call a disturbing star, which might have produced an agitation in this gentleman's heart. But no! The charms of Aouda failed to act, to Passepartout's great surprise; and the disturbances, if they existed, would have been more difficult to calculate than those of Uranus which led to the discovery of Neptune.

near by - nelle vicinanze

astronomers - astronomo, astronoma

disturbing - disturbare

agitation - agitazione

disturbances - disturbo

existed - esistere

calculate - calcolare

Uranus - Urano

Neptune - Nettuno

It was every day an increasing wonder to Passepartout, who read in Aouda's eyes the depths of her gratitude to his master. Phileas Fogg, though brave and gallant, must be, he thought, quite heartless. As to the sentiment which this journey might have awakened in him, there was clearly no trace of such a thing; while poor Passepartout existed in perpetual reveries.

increasing - in aumento, (increase), aumentare, ingrossare, crescere

heartless - senza cuore

sentiment - sentimento

awakened - svegliare, svegliarsi

trace - traccia

perpetual - perpetuo, perenne

reveries - rilassamento

One day he was leaning on the railing of the engine room, and was observing the engine, when a sudden pitch of the steamer threw the screw out of the water. The steam came hissing out of the valves; and this made Passepartout indignant.

railing - ringhiera

engine room - sala macchine

pitch - piantare, fissare

screw - vite, elica, scopata, chiavare, fottere, scopare, trombare

valves - valvola

indignant - indignato

"The valves are not sufficiently charged!" he exclaimed. "We are not going. Oh, these English! If this was an American craft, we should blow up, perhaps, but we should at all events go faster!"

sufficiently - sufficientemente

blow up - esplodere

at all events - in tutti gli eventi

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 northwest, blew a gale, and retarded the steamer. The Rangoon rolled heavily and the passengers became impatient of the long, monstrous waves which the wind raised before their path.

remaining - stare, restare, rimanere

gale - burrasca

retarded - ritardato mentale

impatient - impaziente

monstrous - mostruoso, enorme, gigantesco

waves - onda

A sort of tempest arose on the 3rd of November, the squall knocking the vessel about with fury, and the waves running high. The Rangoon reefed all her sails, and even the rigging proved too much, whistling and shaking amid the squall. The steamer was forced to proceed slowly, and the captain estimated that she would reach Hong Kong twenty hours behind time, and more if the storm lasted.

tempest - tempesta, procella

squall - burrasca, bufera, gridare, urlare, strillare

knocking - bussare, (knock), colpo, botta, botto, autocombustione

fury - furia, furore

reefed - scogliera

rigging - truccatura

shaking - scuotere, (shake), agitare, scuotere la testa

forced - forza

estimated - stima, preventivo, stimare

lasted - ultimo

Phileas Fogg gazed at the tempestuous sea, which seemed to be struggling especially to delay him, with his habitual tranquillity. He never changed countenance for an instant, though a delay of twenty hours, by making him too late for the Yokohama boat, would almost inevitably cause the loss of the wager. But this man of nerve manifested neither impatience nor annoyance.

tempestuous - violento, turbolento

struggling - in difficolta, (struggle), lotta, lottare

tranquillity - tranquillita

nerve - nervo, nervatura, coraggio, faccia tosta, sfacciataggine

manifested - manifestare

It seemed as if the storm were a part of his program, and had been foreseen. Aouda was amazed to find him as calm as he had been from the first time she saw him.

amazed - sorprendere

Fix did not look at the state of things in the same light. The storm greatly pleased him. His satisfaction would have been complete had the Rangoon been forced to retreat before the violence of wind and waves.

retreat - ritirarsi

violence - violenza

Each delay filled him with hope, for it became more and more probable that Fogg would be obliged to remain some days at Hong Kong; and now the heavens themselves became his allies, with the gusts and squalls. It mattered not that they made him seasick"he made nothing of this inconvenience; and, while his body was writhing under their effects, his spirit bounded with hopeful joy.

more probable - piu probabile

heavens - cielo, paradiso

allies - allearsi

gusts - raffica

squalls - burrasca, bufera, gridare, urlare, strillare

mattered - materia, problema, argomento, questione, faccenda, causa

seasick - mal di mare

inconvenience - disagio, inconveniente, disturbo, fastidio

writhing - contorcersi, (writhe)

bounded - vincolato

joy - Gioia

Passepartout was enraged beyond expression by the unpropitious weather. Everything had gone so well till now! Earth and sea had seemed to be at his master's service. Steamers and railways obeyed him. Wind and steam united to speed his journey. Had the hour of adversity come? Passepartout was as much excited as if the twenty thousand pounds were to come from his own pocket.

unpropitious - non propizio

till now - fino ad ora

obeyed - obbedire, ubbidire, assolvere, conformarsi

adversity - avversita

The storm exasperated him, the gale made him furious, and he longed to lash the obstinate sea into obedience. Poor fellow! Fix carefully concealed from him his own satisfaction, for, had he betrayed it, Passepartout could scarcely have restrained himself from personal violence.

exasperated - esasperare

lash - ciglio

obstinate - ostinato, pertinace

obedience - obbedienza

restrained - contenere, frenare

Passepartout remained on deck as long as the tempest lasted, being unable to remain quiet below, and taking it into his head to aid the progress of the ship 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 of questions. He wanted to know exactly how long the storm was going to last.

aid - aiuto

lending - prestito

overwhelmed - sommergere, schiacciare, dominare, travolgere, sopraffare

sorts - sorta, tipo

He was referred to the barometer, which seemed to have no intention of rising. Passepartout shook it, but with no perceptible effect; for neither shaking nor maledictions could prevail upon if to change its mind.

referred - fare riferimento

barometer - barometro

intention - intenzione, intento

perceptible - percepibile

prevail - prevalere, predominare, persuadere

On the 4th, however, the sea became more calm, and the storm lessened its violence. The wind veered southward, and was once more favorable. Passepartout cleared up with the weather. Some of the sails were unfurled, and the Rangoon resumed its most rapid speed. The time lost could not, however, be regained. Land was not signaled until five o'clock on the morning of the 6th.

lessened - diminuire

veered - (cambiare direzione)

southward - verso sud

cleared up - chiarito

unfurled - srotolare, spiegare

regained - riprendere, riappropriarsi, recuperare, riguadagnare

The steamer was due on the 5th. Phileas Fogg was twenty-four hours behind, 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 the Rangoon through the channels to the port of Hong Kong. Passepartout longed to ask him if the steamer had left for Yokohama; but he dared not, for he wished to preserve the spark of hope, which still remained till the last moment.

channels - canale

spark - scintilla

He had confided his anxiety to Fix who"the sly rascal"tried to console him by saying that Mr. Fogg would be in time if he took the next boat. This only put Passepartout in a passion.

confided - confidarsi

sly - furbo, sornione, subdolo, furtivo

console - consolare

Mr. Fogg, bolder than his servant, did not hesitate to approach the pilot, and tranquilly ask him if he knew when a steamer would leave Hong Kong for Yokohama.

bolder - ardito, coraggioso

tranquilly - tranquillamente

"At high tide tomorrow morning," answered the pilot.

high tide - alta marea

"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.

embraced - abbracciare, aderire, inglobare, abbraccio

been glad - essere felice

twist - torsione, contorsione, distorsione, filamento, filo, scorza

"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 was postponed till tomorrow."

repair - riparare

boilers - caldaia

postponed - rimandare

"Thank you," returned Mr. Fogg, descending mathematically to the saloon.

saloon - sala

Passepartout clasped the pilot's hand and shook it heartily in his delight, exclaiming, "Pilot, you are the best of good fellows!"

clasped - fibbia, gancio, fermaglio, stringere, serrare

delight - delizia, piacere, deliziare

exclaiming - esclamare

The pilot probably does not know to this day why his responses won him this enthusiastic greeting. He remounted the bridge, and guided the steamer through the flotilla of junks, tankas and fishing boats which crowded the harbor of Hong Kong.

responses - responso, risposta

greeting - saluto, benvenuto

remounted - rimontare

guided - guidare

flotilla - flottiglia

junks - cianfrusaglie*

fishing boats - barche da pesca

crowded - folla

At one o'clock the Rangoon was at the quay, and the passengers were going ashore.

Chance had strangely favored Phileas Fogg, for if the Carnatic had not been forced to lie over for repairing her boiler, she would have left on the 6th of November, and the passengers for Japan would have been obliged to wait a week for the sailing of the next steamer. Mr. Fogg was, it is true, twenty-four hours behind his time; but this could not seriously imperil the remainder of his tour.

strangely - stranamente

lie - bugia

repairing - riparare

boiler - caldaia

sailing - navigare a vela

imperil - compromettere

remainder - rimanenza, avanzo, restante, residuo

The steamer which crossed the Pacific from Yokohama to San Francisco made a direct connection with that from Hong Kong, and it could not sail until the latter reached Yokohama. If Mr. Fogg was twenty-four hours late on reaching Yokohama, this time would no doubt be easily regained in the voyage of twenty-two days across the Pacific.

Pacific - pacifico

connection - connessione, coincidenza

He found himself, then, about twenty-four hours behind time, 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 to deposit Aouda safely with her wealthy relative.

attend to - partecipare

On landing, he conducted her to a palanquin, in which they repaired to the Club Hotel. A room was engaged for the young woman, and Mr. Fogg, after seeing that she wanted for nothing, set out in search of her cousin Jeejeeh. He instructed Passepartout to remain at the hotel until his return, that Aouda might not be left entirely alone.

instructed - istruire

entirely - completamente

Mr. Fogg repaired to the Exchange, where, he did not doubt, everyone would know so wealthy and considerable a person as the Parsee merchant.

Meeting a broker, he made the inquiry, to learn that Jeejeeh had left China two years before, and, retiring from business with an immense fortune, had taken up his residence in Europe"in"Holland the broker thought, with the merchants of which country he had principally traded.

broker - intermediario, mediatore, agente di cambio

inquiry - inchiesta, indagine

retiring - (andare in pensione)

taken up - occupato

residence - residenza

traded - commercio, mestiere, commerciare, trafficare, scambiare

Phileas Fogg returned to the hotel, begged a moment's conversation with Aouda, and, without more ado, told her that Jeejeeh was no longer at Hong Kong, but probably in Holland.

Aouda at first said nothing. She passed her hand across her forehead, and reflected a few moments. Then, in her sweet, soft voice, she said: "What ought I to do, Mr. Fogg?"

reflected - riflettere, essere riflesso, seguire, evidenziare, riportare

sweet - dolcemente, dolcetto, caramella

"It is very simple," responded the gentleman. "Co on to Europe."

"But I cannot intrude""

intrude - irrompere

"You do not intrude, nor do you in the least embarrass my project. Passepartout!"

embarrass - imbarazzare, mettere in imbarazzo

"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 obey his master's order.

delighted - delizia, piacere, deliziare

gracious - grazioso

continue - continuare

brisk - vivace

Chapter 19. In Which Passepartout Takes a Too Great Interest in His Master, and What Comes of It

Hong Kong is an island which came into the possession of the English by the Treaty of Nankin, after the war of 1842; and the colonizing genius of the English has created upon it an important city and an excellent port. The island is situated at the mouth of the Canton River, and is separated by about sixty miles from the Portuguese town of Macao, on the opposite coast.

possession - possesso

Treaty - trattato, trattativa

war - guerra, fare la guerra

colonizing - colonizzare

genius - genio

situated - situare

Canton - former name of Guangzhou, former name of Guangdong

Hong Kong has beaten Macao in the struggle for the Chinese trade, and now the greater part of the transportation of Chinese goods finds its depot at the former place. Docks, hospitals, wharves, a Gothic cathedral, a government house, macadamized streets, give to Hong Kong the appearance of a town in Kent or Surrey transferred by some strange magic to the antipodes.

beaten - colpire, percuotere

trade - commercio, mestiere, commerciare, trafficare, scambiare

transportation - trasporto, deportazione, mezzo, vettura

depot - deposito, magazzino, rimessa, deposito ferroviario

wharves - attracco, molo, checkbanchina, checkpontile

Gothic - gotico

cathedral - cattedrale

macadamized - macadamizzare

Kent - Kent

Surrey - county in the south east of England

magic - magia, magico

Antipodes - opposite points on a globe, The southern hemisphere

Passepartout wandered, with his hands in his pockets, towards the Victoria port, gazing as he went at the curious palanquins and other modes of conveyance, and the groups of Chinese, Japanese and Europeans who passed to and fro in the streets. Hong Kong seemed to him not unlike Bombay, Calcutta and Singapore, since, like them, it betrayed everywhere the evidence of English supremacy.

wandered - errare, vagare, girovagare, passeggiare

pockets - tasca, buca, sacca, intascare, imbucare, tascabile

Victoria - Vittoria, Victoria

modes - modo, maniera

unlike - diverso

supremacy - supremazia

At the Victoria port he found a confused mass of ships of all nations: English, French, American and Dutch, men-of-war and trading vessels, Japanese and Chinese junks, sempas, tankas and flower-boats, which formed so many floating parterres. Passepartout noticed in the crowd a number of the natives who seemed very old and were dressed in yellow.

mass - massa

vessels - vascello, imbarcazione, bastimento, nave

sempas - ordine del giorno

floating - fluttuante, (float), galleggiare, appianatoia, frattazzo

noticed - percezione, notifica, avviso, comunicazione, preavviso, notare

On going into a barber's to get shaved he learned that these ancient men were all at least eighty years old, at which age they are permitted to wear yellow, which is the Imperial color. Passepartout, without exactly knowing why, thought this Very funny.

barber - barbiere, parrucchiere

shaved - radersi, farsi la barba

permitted - permettere

Imperial - imperiale

Very funny - Molto divertente

On reaching the quay where they were to embark on the Carnatic, he was not astonished to find Fix walking up and down. The detective seemed very much disturbed and disappointed.

embark - imbarcare, iniziare, imbarcarsi, cacciarsi

"This is bad," muttered Passepartout, "for the gentlemen of the Reform Club!" He accosted Fix with a merry smile, as if he had not perceived that gentleman's chagrin. The detective had, indeed, good reasons to inveigh against the bad luck which pursued him. The warrant had not come! It was certainly on the way, but as certainly it could not now reach Hong Kong for several days.

accosted - affrontare, aggredire, inveire, molestare, accostare, salutare

merry - felice, allegro

chagrin - dispiacere, delusione, mortificazione, deludere, mortificare

inveigh - inveire

luck - fortuna

This being the last English territory on Mr. Fogg's route, the robber would escape, unless he could manage to detain him.

manage - dirigere, managgiare, riuscire, arrangiarsi, maneggiare

detain - detenere, trattenere

"Well, Monsieur Fix," said Passepartout, "have you decided to go with us as far as America?"

"Yes," returned Fix, through his set teeth.

"Good!" exclaimed Passepartout, laughing heartily. "I knew you could not persuade yourself to separate from us. Come and engage your berth."

persuade - persuadere

separate from - separato da

They entered the steamer office and secured cabins for four persons. The clerk, as he gave them the tickets, informed them that, the repairs on the Carnatic having been completed, the steamer would leave that very evening, and not next morning, as had been announced.

repairs - riparare

"That will suit my master all the better," said Passepartout. "I will go and let him know."

suit - vestito, abito, seme, colore, soddisfare, adattarsi

Fix now decided to make a bold move. He resolved to tell Passepartout all. It seemed to be the only possible means of keeping Phileas Fogg several days longer at Hong Kong. He accordingly invited his companion into a tavern which caught his eye on the quay. On entering, they found themselves in a large room handsomely decorated, at the end of which was a large campbed furnished with cushions.

invited - invitare

tavern - taverna, osteria, birreria

handsomely - in modo eccellente

decorated - decorare

cushions - cuscino, sponda, ammortizzare, attutire

Several persons lay upon this bed in a deep sleep. At the small tables which were arranged about the room some thirty customers were drinking English beer, porter, gin and brandy; smoking, the while, long red clay pipes stuffed with little balls of opium mingled with essence of rose.

deep sleep - sonno profondo

smoking - fumare

pipes - cornamusa, canna d'organo, condotto, tubo, pipe, barra verticale

stuffed - cose, roba, tessuto, stoffa, roba (1), checkcose (2), farcire

essence - essenza

From time to time one of the smokers, overcome with the narcotic, would slip under the table, whereupon the waiters, taking him by the head and feet, carried and laid him upon the bed. The bed already supported twenty of these stupefied sots.

smokers - fumatore, fumatrice

narcotic - narcotico

Fix and Passepartout saw that they were in a smoking house haunted by those wretched, cadaverous, idiotic creatures to whom the English merchants sell every year the miserable drug called opium, to the amount of one million four hundred thousand pounds"thousands devoted to one of the most despicable vices which afflict humanity!

cadaverous - cadaverico

idiotic - idiota

drug - medicinale

despicable - spregevole, abietto, disprezzabile

vices - morsa, morsetto

afflict - affliggere

The Chinese government has in vain attempted to deal with the evil by stringent laws. It passed gradually from the rich, to whom it was at first exclusively reserved, to the lower classes, and then its ravages could not be arrested. Opium is smoked everywhere, at all times, by men and women, in the Celestial Empire.

evil - cattivo, maligno

stringent - rigoroso

exclusively - esclusivamente, unicamente

lower classes - classi inferiori

ravages - devastare, distruggere, devastazione

smoked - fumo

Once accustomed to it, the victims cannot dispense with it, except by suffering horrible bodily contortions and agonies. A great smoker can smoke as many as eight pipes a day, but he dies in five years. It was in one of these dens that Fix and Passepartout, in search of a friendly glass, found themselves.

accustomed - assuefarsi, abituarsi, adattarsi, familiarizzare

dispense with - rinunciare

suffering - sofferenza, (suffer), soffrire, penare, patire, aggravarsi

bodily - corporale, corporeo, corporalmente

agonies - dolore, agonia, parossismo

smoker - fumatore, fumatrice

dens - tane

Passepartout had no money, but willingly accepted Fix's invitation in the hope of returning the obligation at some future time.

invitation - invito

obligation - vincolo, obbligo, dovere, obbligazione

They ordered two bottles of port, to which the Frenchman did ample justice, while Fix observed him with close attention. They chatted about the journey, and Passepartout was especially merry at the idea that Fix was going to continue it with them. When the bottles were empty, however, he rose to go and tell his master of the change in the time of the sailing of the Carnatic.

empty - vuoto, vuotare, svuotare

Fix caught him by the arm, and said, "Wait a moment."

"What for, Mr. Fix?"

"I want to have a serious talk with you."

"A serious talk!" cried Passepartout, drinking up the little wine that was left in the bottom of his glass. "Well, we'll talk about it tomorrow. I haven't time now."

drinking up - finire di bere

"Stay! What I have to say concerns your master."

concerns - interesse, preoccupazione, impresa, interessare

Passepartout, at this, looked attentively at his companion. Fix's face seemed to have a singular expression. He resumed his seat.

attentively - attentamente

"What is it that you have to say?"

Fix placed his hand upon Passepartout's arm, and, lowering his voice, said, "You have guessed who I am?"

lowering - abbassamento

"Parbleu!" said Passepartout, smiling.

"Then I'm going to tell you everything""

"Now that I know everything, my friend! Ah! that's very good. But go on, go on. First, though, let me tell you that those gentlemen have put themselves to a useless expense."

"Useless!" said Fix. "You speak confidently. It's clear that you don't know how large the sum is."

confidently - familiarmente

"Of course I do," returned Passepartout. "Twenty thousand pounds."

"Fifty-five thousand!" answered Fix, pressing his companion's hand.

pressing - urgente, imminente, pressante, insistente, persistente

"What!" cried the Frenchman. "Has Monsieur Fogg dared"fifty-five thousand pounds! Well, there's all the more reason for not losing an instant," he continued, getting up hastily.

getting up - alzarsi

Fix pushed Passepartout back in his chair, and resumed: "Fifty-five thousand pounds, and if I succeed, I get two thousand pounds. If you'll help me, I'll let you have five hundred of them."

"Help you?" cried Passepartout, whose eyes were standing wide open.

"Yes, help me keep Mr. Fogg here for two or three days."

"Why, what are you saying? Those gentlemen are not satisfied with following my master and suspecting his honor, but they must try to put obstacles in his way! I blush for them!"

suspecting - sospettare

blush - rossore

"What do you mean?"

"I mean that it is a piece of shameful trickery. They might as well waylay Mr. Fogg and put his money in their pockets!"

shameful - vergognoso

trickery - inganno, trappoleria, accalappiamento, accalappiatura

waylay - (tendere un'imboscata)

"That's just what we count on doing."

count - conte

"It's a conspiracy, then," cried Passepartout, who became more and more excited as the liquor mounted in his head, for he drank without perceiving it. "A real conspiracy! And gentlemen, too. Bah!"

conspiracy - cospirazione

more excited - piu eccitato

Fix began to be puzzled.

"Members of the Reform Club!" continued Passepartout. "You must know, Monsieur Fix, that my master is an honest man, and that, when he makes a wager, he tries to win it fairly!"

"But who do you think I am?" asked Fix, looking at him intently.

"Parbleu! An agent of the members of the Reform Club, sent out here to interrupt my master's journey. But, though I found you out some time ago, I've taken good care to say nothing about it to Mr. Fogg."

"He knows nothing, then?"

"Nothing," replied Passepartout, again emptying his glass. The detective passed his hand across his forehead, hesitating before he spoke again. What should he do? Passepartout's mistake seemed sincere, but it made his design more difficult. It was evident that the servant was not the master's accomplice, as Fix had been inclined to suspect.

emptying - vuotamento, (empty), vuoto, vuotare, svuotare

hesitating - esitare, titubare

sincere - sincero, fervido, zelante, assiduo

suspect - sospettare

"Well," said the detective to himself, "as he is not an accomplice, he will help me."

He had no time to lose. Fogg must be detained at Hong Kong, so he resolved to make a clean breast of it.

"Listen to me," said Fix abruptly. "I am not, as you think, an agent of the members of the Reform Club""

abruptly - improvvisamente

"Bah!" retorted Passepartout, with an air of raillery.

raillery - railería

"I am a police detective, sent out here by the London office."

"You, a detective?"

"I will prove it. Here is my commission."

commission - missione, incarico, mandato, commissione, incaricare

Passepartout was speechless with astonishment when Fix displayed this document, the genuineness of which could not be doubted.

speechless - senza parola, ammutolito

displayed - rappresentazione, saggio, schermo, video, espositore, mostrare

genuineness - genuinita

doubted - dubitare, dubbio, perplessita

"Mr. Fogg's wager," resumed Fix, "is only a pretext, of which you and the gentlemen of the Reform are dupes. He had a motive for securing your innocent complicity."

dupes - vittima

motive - motivo

securing - sicuro, protetto, segreto, stabile, affidabile, garantire

complicity - complicita

"But why?"

"Listen. On the 28th of last September a robbery of fifty-five thousand pounds was committed at the Bank of England by a person whose description was fortunately secured. Here is this description. It answers exactly to that of Mr. Phileas Fogg."

fortunately - fortunatamente, per fortuna

"What nonsense!" cried Passepartout, striking the table with his fist. "My master is the most honorable of men!"

What nonsense - Che assurdita

fist - pugno

"How can you tell? You know scarcely anything about him. You went into his service the day he came away; and he came away on a foolish pretext, without trunks, and carrying a large amount in banknotes. And yet you are bold enough to assert that he is an honest man!"

scarcely anything - a malapena

foolish - babbeo, sciocco

"Yes, yes," repeated the poor fellow, mechanically.

"Would you like to be arrested as his accomplice?"

Passepartout, overcome by what he had heard, held his head between his hands, and did not dare to look at the detective. Phileas Fogg, the saviour of Aouda, that brave and generous man, a robber! And yet how many presumptions there were against him! Passepartout tried to reject the suspicions which forced themselves upon his mind. He did not wish to believe that his master was guilty.

saviour - salvatore

presumptions - presunzione

reject - respingere, rifiutare

"Well, what do you want of me?" he said, at last, with an effort.

effort - sforzo

"See here," replied Fix, "I have tracked Mr. Fogg to this place, but as yet I have failed to receive the warrant of arrest for which I sent to London. You must help me to keep him here in Hong Kong""

"I! But I""

"I will share with you the two thousand pounds reward offered by the Bank of England."

"Never!" replied Passepartout, who tried to rise, but fell back, exhausted in mind and body.

rise - aumentare, alzarsi, crescere

"Mr. Fix," he stammered, "even should what you say be true"if my master is really the robber you are seeking for"which I deny"I have been, am, in his service. I have seen his generosity and goodness; and I will never betray him"not for all the gold in the world. I come from a village where they don't eat that kind of bread!"

stammered - balbettare, tartagliare, balbettio

seeking - cercare, ricercare

deny - negare

goodness - bonta

"You refuse?"

"I refuse."

"Consider that I've said nothing," said Fix, "and let us drink."

Consider - considerare, pensare, osservare, prendere, prestare attenzione

"Yes, let us drink!"

Passepartout felt himself yielding more and more to the effects of the liquor. Fix, seeing that he must, at all hazards, be separated from his master, wished to entirely overcome him. Some pipes full of opium lay upon the table. Fix slipped one into Passepartout's hand.

hazards - rischio

be separated - essere separati

He took it, put it between his lips, lit it, drew several puffs, and his head, becoming heavy under the influence of the narcotic, fell upon the table.

puffs - soffio

"At last!" said Fix, seeing Passepartout unconscious. "Mr. Fogg will not be informed of the Carnatic's departure, and, if he is, he will have to go without this cursed Frenchman!"

cursed - maledetto

And, after paying his bill, Fix left the tavern.

Chapter 20. In Which Fix Comes Face to Face with Phileas Fogg

While these events were passing at the opium house, Mr. Fogg, unconscious of the danger he was in of losing the steamer, was quietly escorting Aouda about the streets of the English quarter, making the necessary purchases for the long voyage before them. It was all very well for an Englishman like Mr.

danger - pericolo

escorting - scorta, scortare

Fogg to make the tour of the world with a carpetbag; a lady could not be expected to travel comfortably under such conditions. He acquitted his task with characteristic serenity, and invariably replied to the objections of his fair companion, who was confused by his patience and generosity. "It is in the interest of my journey"a part of my program."

acquitted - assolvere

characteristic - caratteristico, caratteristica

serenity - serenita

objections - obiezione

The purchases made, they returned to the hotel, where they dined at a sumptuously served table-d'hote; after which Aouda, shaking hands with her protector after the English fashion, retired to her room for rest. Mr. Fogg absorbed himself throughout the evening in the perusal of The Times and Illustrated London News.

sumptuously - sontuosamente

hote - ordine del giorno

perusal - lettura attenta

Had he been capable of being astonished at anything, it would have been not to see his servant return at bedtime. But, knowing that the steamer was not to leave for Yokohama until the next morning, he did not disturb himself about the matter. When Passepartout did not appear the next morning to answer his master's bell, Mr.

capable - capace

bedtime - a letto

bell - campana

Fogg, not betraying the least vexation, contented himself with taking his carpetbag, calling Aouda, and sending for a palanquin.

vexation - vessazione

sending for - chiamare, convocare

It was then eight o'clock; at half-past nine, it being then high tide, the Carnatic would leave the harbor. Mr. Fogg and Aouda got into the palanquin, their luggage being brought after on a wheelbarrow, and half an hour later stepped upon the quay where they were to embark. Mr. Fogg then learned that the Carnatic had sailed the evening before.

tide - marea

wheelbarrow - carriola

stepped - steppa

He had expected to find not only the steamer, but his servant, and was forced to give up both; but no sign of disappointment appeared on his face, and he merely remarked to Aouda, "It is an accident, madam, nothing more."

merely - soltanto, solamente, meramente, semplicemente

accident - incidente, accidente

madam - signora, padrona di casa, madama

At this moment a man who had been observing him attentively approached. It was Fix, who, bowing, addressed Mr. Fogg: "Were you not, like me, sir, a passenger on the Rangoon, which arrived yesterday?"

bowing - inchinarsi

"I was, sir," replied Mr. Fogg coldly. "But I have not the honor -"

"Pardon me. I thought I should find your servant here."

Pardon - perdono, grazia, come

"Do you know where he is, sir?" asked Aouda anxiously.

anxiously - ansiosamente

"What!" responded Fix, feigning surprise. "Is he not with you?"

feigning - fingere, (feign), simulare, immaginarsi, inventarsi

"No," said Aouda. "He has not made his appearance since yesterday. Could he have gone on board the Carnatic without us?"

"Without you, madam?" answered the detective. "Excuse me, did you intend to sail in the Carnatic?"

intend - intendere, avere in animo

"Yes, sir."

"So did I, madam, and I am excessively disappointed. The Carnatic, its repairs being completed, left Hong Kong twelve hours before the stated time, without any notice being given. We must now wait a week for another steamer."

excessively - eccessivamente, troppo

stated - stato, dichiarare, statuire, esporre, indicare

notice - percezione, notifica, avviso, comunicazione, preavviso, notare

As he said "a week" Fix felt his heart leap for joy. Fogg detained at Hong Kong for a week! There would be time for the warrant to arrive, and fortune at last favored the representative of the law. His horror may be imagined when he heard Mr. Fogg say, in his placid voice, "But there are other vessels besides the Carnatic, it seems to me, in the harbor of Hong Kong."

leap - saltare

placid - placido

And, offering his arm to Aouda, he directed his steps towards the docks in search of some craft about to start. Fix, stupefied, followed. It seemed as if he were attached to Mr. Fogg by an invisible thread. Chance, however, appeared really to have abandoned the man it had hitherto served so well.

invisible - invisibile, dietro le quinte

For three hours Phileas Fogg wandered about the docks, with the determination, if necessary, to charter a vessel to carry him to Yokohama; but he could only find vessels which were loading or unloading, and which could not therefore set sail. Fix began to hope again.

determination - determinazione

charter - carta

unloading - scaricare, (unload), discaricare

But Mr. Fogg, far from being discouraged, was continuing his search, resolved not to stop if he had to resort to Macao, when he was accosted by a sailor on one of the wharves.

discouraged - scoraggiare

resort - ricorrere a, fare ricorso a

sailor - marinaio, marinaia, marittimo, marittima

"Is your honor looking for a boat?"

"Have you a boat ready to sail?"

ready to sail - pronto a salpare

"Yes, your honor; a pilot boat"No. 43"the best in the harbor."

"Does she go fast?"

"Between eight and nine knots the hour. Will you look at her?"

"Yes."

"Your honor will be satisfied with her. Is it for a sea excursion?"

be satisfied - essere soddisfatto

excursion - gita, escursione

"No, for a voyage."

"A voyage?"

"Yes, will you agree to take me to Yokohama?"

The sailor leaned on the railing, opened his eyes wide, and said,

leaned - pendere

"Is your honor joking?"

"No. I have missed the Carnatic, and I must get to Yokohama by the 14th at the latest, to take the boat for San Francisco.

"I am sorry," said the sailor, "but it is impossible."

"I offer you a hundred pounds per day, and an additional reward of two hundred pounds if I reach Yokohama in time."

additional - addizionale

"Are you in earnest?"

Are you in earnest? - Sei serio?

"Very much so."

The pilot walked away a little distance, and gazed out to sea, evidently struggling between the anxiety to gain a large sum and the fear of venturing so far. Fix was in mortal suspense.

venturing - avventurarsi, (venture), avventura, azzardo, impresa

mortal - mortale

Mr. Fogg turned to Aouda and asked her, "You would not be afraid, would you, madam?"

"Not with you, Mr. Fogg," was her answer. The pilot now returned, shuffling his hat in his hands.

shuffling - rimescolando, (shuffle), mescolare, mischiare, strascicare

"Well, pilot?" said Mr. Fogg.

"Well, your honor," replied he, "I could not risk myself, my men, or my little boat of scarcely twenty tons on so long a voyage at this time of year. Besides, we could not reach Yokohama in time, for it is sixteen hundred and sixty miles from Hong Kong."

"Only sixteen hundred," said Mr. Fogg.

"It's the same thing."

Fix breathed more freely.

breathed - respirare

"But," added the pilot, "it might be arranged another way." Fix ceased to breathe at all.

breathe - respirare

"How?" asked Mr. Fogg.

"By going to Nagasaki, at the extreme south of Japan, or even to Shanghai, which is only eight hundred miles from here. In going to Shanghai we should not be forced to sail wide of the Chinese coast, which would be a great advantage, as the currents run northward, and would aid us."

Nagasaki - Japanese port

Shanghai - Shanghai

currents - corrente, attuale, odierno

"Pilot," said Mr. Fogg, "I must take the American steamer at

Yokohama, and not at Shanghai or Nagasaki."

"Why not?" returned the pilot. "The San Francisco steamer does not start from Yokohama. It puts in at Yokohama and Nagasaki, but it starts from Shanghai."

"You are sure of that?"

"Perfectly."

"And when does the boat leave Shanghai?"

"On the 11th, at seven in the evening. We have, therefore, four days before us, that is ninety-six hours; and in that time, if we had good luck and a southwest wind, and the sea was calm, we could make those eight hundred miles to Shanghai."

"And you could go""

"In an hour. As soon as provisions could be got aboard and the sails put up."

aboard - a bordo, a bordo di

"It is a bargain. Are you the master of the boat?"

"Yes, John Bunsby, master of the Tankadere."

"Would you like some money?"

"If it would not put your honor out""

"Here are two hundred pounds on account, sir," added Phileas

on account - in conto

Fogg, turning to Fix, "if you would like to take advantage""

"Thanks, sir; I was about to ask the favor."

"Very well. In half an hour we shall go on board."

"But poor Passepartout?" urged Aouda, who was much disturbed by the servant's disappearance.

disappearance - sparizione, scomparsa

"I shall do all I can to find him," replied Phileas Fogg.

While Fix, in a feverish, nervous state, repaired to the pilot boat, the others directed their course to the police-station at Hong Kong. Phileas Fogg there gave Passepartout's description, and left a sum of money to be spent in the search for him.

police-station - (police-station) stazione di polizia

The same formalities having been gone through at the French consulate, and the palanquin having stopped at the hotel for the luggage, which had been sent back there, they returned to the wharf.

formalities - formalita

sent back - rimandato indietro

wharf - attracco, molo, checkbanchina, checkpontile

It was now three o'clock; and pilot boat No.43, with its crew on board, and its provisions stored away, was ready for departure.

stored - magazzino, deposito, scorta, immagazzinare, registrare

The Tankadere was a neat little craft of twenty tons, as gracefully built as if she were a racing yacht. Her shining copper sheathing, her galvanized iron-work, her deck, white as ivory, betrayed the pride taken by John Bunsby in making her presentable. Her two masts leaned a trifle backward.

racing yacht - yacht da regata

shining - stinco

copper - rame

sheathing - guaina

galvanized - galvanizzare, stimolare, spingere, incitare

ivory - avorio, eburneo

pride - superbia, orgoglio, essere orgoglioso

presentable - presentabile

backward - indietro, retromarcia, riluttante, antiquato, fuori moda

She carried brigantine, foresail, storm-jib and standing-jib, and was well rigged for running before the wind; and she seemed capable of brisk speed, which, indeed, she had already proved by gaining several prizes in pilot-boat races. The crew of the Tankadere was composed of John Bunsby, the master, and four hardy mariners, who were familiar with the Chinese seas.

brigantine - brigantino

foresail - trinchetto

jib - fiocco

rigged - talian: t-needed

gaining - guadagnare

prizes - fare leva su, forzare

composed - comporre

hardy - resistente, robusto

mariners - marinaio

John Bunsby, himself, a man of forty-five or thereabouts, vigorous, sunburnt, with a sprightly expression of the eye, and energetic and self-reliant countenance, would have inspired confidence in the most timid.

sunburnt - scottato dal sole, (sunburn), eritema solare, scottatura solare

sprightly - arzillo

energetic - energico

reliant - dipendente

most timid - piu timido

Phileas Fogg and Aouda went on board, where they found Fix already installed. Below deck was a square cabin, of which the walls bulged out in the form of cots, above a circular divan; in the center was a table provided with a swinging lamp. The accommodation was confined, but neat.

bulged - sporgenza, protuberanza, rigonfiamento, sporgere

cots - lettino

divan - divano, Diwan

center - centro, pivot

provided with - dotato, fornito

swinging - oscillare, (swing), ondeggiare, altalenare

accommodation - alloggio, sistemazione

"I am sorry to have nothing better to offer you," said Mr. Fogg to Fix, who bowed without responding.

responding - rispondere, corrispondere, dare riscontro

The detective had a feeling akin to humiliation in profiting by the kindness of Mr. Fogg.

akin - consanguineo, affine

humiliation - umiliazione, smacco

kindness - bonta, gentilezza, cortesia, garbo

"It's certain," thought he, "though rascal he is, he is a polite one!"

polite - cortese, educato

The sails and the English flag were hoisted at ten minutes past three. Mr. Fogg and Aouda, who were seated on deck, cast a last glance at the quay, in the hope of seeing Passepartout. Fix was not without his fears lest chance should direct the steps of the unfortunate servant, whom he had so badly treated, in this direction.

cast - gettare, posare, lanciare, addizionare, sommare, calcolare

fears - paura

badly - male

In that case an explanation the reverse of satisfactory to the detective would have been necessary. But the Frenchman did not appear, and, without doubt, was still lying under the stupefying influence of the opium. at length John Bunsby, master, gave the order to start, and the Tankadere, taking the wind under her brigantine, foresail and standing-jib, bounded briskly forward over the waves.

the reverse - inverso, opposto

satisfactory to - soddisfacente

lying - mentire

stupefying - stupefare, abbrutire, sbalordire, confondere

at length - a lungo

briskly - alacremente

Chapter 21. In Which the Master of the Tankadere Runs Great Risk of Losing a Reward of Two Hundred Pounds

This voyage of eight hundred miles was a perilous venture on a craft of twenty tons, and at that season of the year. The Chinese seas are usually boisterous, subject to terrible gales of wind, especially during the equinoxes, and it was now early November.

perilous - pericoloso, rischioso

gales - burrasca

equinoxes - equinozio

It would clearly have been to the master's advantage to carry his passengers to Yokohama, since he was paid a certain sum per day. But he would have been rash to attempt such a voyage, and it was imprudent even to attempt to reach Shanghai. But John Bunsby believed in the Tankadere, which rode on the waves like a seagull; and perhaps he was not wrong.

seagull - gabbiano

Late in the day they passed through the capricious channels of Hong Kong, and the Tankadere, impelled by favorable winds, conducted herself admirably.

admirably - ammirevolmente

"I do not need, pilot," said Phileas Fogg, when they got into the open sea, "to advise you to use all possible speed."

open sea - mare aperto

advise - consigliare, raccomandare, consultarsi, avvisare, informare

"Trust me, your honor. We are carrying all the sail the wind will let us. The poles would add nothing, and are only used when we are going into port."

poles - polo

"It's your trade, not mine, pilot, and I confide in you."

confide - confidarsi

Phileas Fogg, with body erect and legs wide apart, standing like a sailor, gazed without staggering at the swelling waters. The young woman, who was seated aft, was profoundly affected as she looked out upon the ocean, darkening now with the twilight, on which she had ventured in so frail a vessel. Above her head rustled the white sails, which seemed like great white wings.

apart - separatamente, a pezzi

staggering - sconcertante, sconvolgente

swelling - gonfiore, gnocco

aft - a poppa

profoundly - profondamente

affected - avere effetto su

darkening - imbrunire

twilight - crepuscolo, penombra

rustled - crepitare

wings - ala, squadra, parafango

The boat, carried forward by the wind, seemed to be flying in the air.

Night came. The moon was entering her first quarter, and her insufficient light would soon die out in the mist on the horizon. Clouds were rising from the east, and already overcast a part of the heavens.

insufficient - insufficiente

die out - estinguersi

mist - nebbia, foschia

overcast - coperto, nuvoloso

The pilot had hung out his lights, which was very necessary in these seas crowded with vessels bound landward. Collisions are not uncommon occurrences, and, at the speed she was going, the least shock would shatter the gallant little craft.

hung out - passare il tempo, incontrare, appendere

landward - verso terra

occurrences - occorrenza

shock - shock, choc

shatter - fracassare, spaccare, sconquassare, frantumare

Fix, seated in the bow, gave himself up to meditation. He kept apart from his fellow-travelers, knowing Mr. Fogg's taciturn tastes. Besides, he did not quite like to talk to the man whose favors he had accepted. He was thinking, too, of the future.

meditation - meditazione

kept apart - tenuti separati

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.

extent - estensione, misura

ensure - garantire, assicurare, fare in modo che

impunity - impunita

safety - sicurezza

simplest - semplice, mero

Instead of sailing directly from England to the United States, like a common villain, he had traveled three quarters of the globe, so as to gain the American continent more surely. 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?

villain - canaglia, furfante, mascalzone, farabutto

throwing - lanciare

stolen from - rubato

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 fulfill it to the end. At all events, there was one thing to be thankful for. Passepartout was not with his master; and it was above all important, after the confidences Fix had imparted to him, that the servant should never have speech with his master.

Duty - dovere, obbligo, servizio, attivita, tassa, dazio

fulfill - completare, soddisfare

thankful - riconoscente, grato

confidences - fiducia, autostima, certezza, sicurezza di sé, confidenza

imparted - impartire

Phileas Fogg was also thinking of Passepartout, who had so strangely disappeared. Looking at the matter from every point of view, it did not seem to him impossible that, by some mistake, the man might have embarked on the Carnatic at the last moment. This was also Aouda's opinion, who regretted very much the loss of the worthy fellow to whom she owed so much.

They might then find him at Yokohama, for, if the Carnatic was carrying him thither, it would be easy to ascertain if he had been on board.

thither - li

A brisk breeze arose about ten o'clock; but, though it might have been prudent to take in a reef, the pilot, after carefully examining the heavens, let the craft remain rigged as before. The Tankadere bore sail admirably, as she drew a great deal of water, and everything was prepared for high speed in case of a gale.

breeze - brezza

reef - scogliera

examining - esaminare

rigged - equipaggiare

as before - come prima

Mr. Fogg and Aouda descended into the cabin at midnight, having been already preceded by Fix, who had lain down on one of the cots. The pilot and crew remained on deck all night.

preceded - precedere

lain - bugia

At sunrise the next day, which was 8th November, the boat had made more than one hundred miles. The log indicated a mean speed of between eight and nine miles. The Tankadere still carried all sail, and was accomplishing her greatest capacity of speed. If the wind held as it was, the chances would be in her favor. During the day she kept along the coast, where the currents were favorable.

sunrise - levar del sole, aurora, alba, primo sole

log - ceppo, ciocco

capacity - tenuta, resistenza, capacita, capienza

The coast, regular in profile, and visible sometimes across the clearings, was at most five miles distant. The sea was less violent, since the wind came off land"a fortunate circumstance for the boat, which would suffer, owing to its small tonnage, by a heavy surge on the sea.

profile - profilo

visible - visibile

clearings - schiarimento, radura, spiazzo, compensazione, resettaggio

fortunate - fortunato

circumstance - circostanza, dettaglio, caso, circonlocuzione, situazione

suffer - soffrire, penare, patire, aggravarsi, subire, lasciare

tonnage - tonnellaggio

surge - agirarsi, sollevarsi

The breeze subsided a little towards noon, and set in from the southwest. The pilot put up his poles, but took them down again within two hours, as the wind freshened up anew.

subsided - sprofondare, abbassare, abbassarsi, scendere

freshened - rinfrescare

anew - di nuovo

Mr. Fogg and Aouda, happily unaffected by the roughness of the sea, ate with a good appetite. Fix was invited to share their repast, and he accepted with secret chagrin. To travel at this man's expense and live upon his provisions was not palatable to him. Still, he was obliged to eat, and so he ate.

unaffected - indifferente

roughness - ruvidita

appetite - appetito

repast - un pasto

When the meal was over, he took Mr. Fogg apart, and said, "sir""this "sir" scorched his lips, and he had to control himself to avoid collaring this "gentleman"""sir, you have been very kind to give me a passage on this boat. But, though my means will not admit of my expending them as freely as you, I must ask to pay my share""

scorched - bruciacchiatura, strinatura, bruciatura, scottatura

collaring - bavero, bavera, collo, colletto, collare

admit of - ammettere

expending - spendere

"Let us not speak of that, sir," replied Mr. Fogg.

"But, if I insist""

"No, sir," repeated Mr. Fogg, in a tone which did not admit of a reply. "This enters into my general expenses."

enters into - entrare

Fix, as he bowed, had a stifled feeling, and, going forward, where he ensconced himself, did not open his mouth for the rest of the day.

stifled - soffocare

ensconced - accomodarsi

Meanwhile they were progressing famously, and John Bunsby was in high hope. He several times assured Mr. Fogg that they would reach Shanghai in time; to which that gentleman responded that he counted upon it. The crew set to work in good earnest, inspired by the reward to be gained.

progressing - progresso

famously - notoriamente

assured - assicurato, (assure), assicurare, garantire

There was not a sheet which was not tightened, not a sail which was not vigorously hoisted; not a lurch could be charged to the man at the helm. They worked as desperately as if they were contesting in a Royal yacht regatta.

sheet - foglio, talian: teglia da forno g, talian: foglio g, ('of metal also') lamiera g, ('of ice, stone, marble') lastra g, scotta

tightened - stringere

lurch - barcollare, vacillare

helm - timone

desperately - disperatamente

contesting - concorso

yacht - panfilo, yacht

regatta - regata

By evening, the log showed that two hundred and twenty miles had been accomplished from Hong Kong. Mr. Fogg might hope that he would be able to reach Yokohama without recording any delay in his journal; in which case, the many misadventures which had overtaken him since he left London would not seriously affect his journey.

recording - registrazione

misadventures - disavventura

overtaken - superare, sorpassare, raggiungere, soverchiare, sopraffare

The Tankadere entered the Straits of Fo-Kien, which separate the island of Formosa from the Chinese coast, in the small hours of the night, and crossed the Tropic of Cancer. The sea was very rough in the straits, full of eddies formed by the counter-currents, and the chopping waves broke her course, while it became very difficult to stand on deck.

the small hours - le ore piccole

Tropic - tropico

Cancer - cancro

rough - ruvido, rugoso, scabro, approssimato, mosso, difficile, rude

eddies - gorgo, mulinello

counter - contatore

chopping - tagliare

At daybreak the wind began to blow hard again, and the heavens seemed to predict a gale. The barometer announced a speedy change, the mercury rising and falling capriciously. The sea also, in the southeast, raised long surges which indicated a tempest. The sun had set the evening before in a red mist, in the midst of the phosphorescent scintillations of the ocean.

daybreak - alba

blow - colpo

speedy - veloce

mercury - mercurio, mercorella

capriciously - capricciosamente

surges - agirarsi, sollevarsi

phosphorescent - fosforescente

scintillations - scintillazione

John Bunsby examined the threatening aspect of the heavens, muttering indistinctly between his teeth. At last he said in a low voice to Mr. Fogg, "Shall I speak out to your honor?"

indistinctly - indistintamente

"Of course."

"Well, we are going to have a squall."

"Is the wind north or south?" asked Mr. Fogg quietly.

"South. Look! A typhoon is coming up."

typhoon - tifone

"Glad it's a typhoon from the south, for it will carry us forward."

"Oh, if you take it that way," said John Bunsby, "I've nothing more to say." John Bunsby's suspicions were confirmed. At a less advanced season of the year the typhoon, according to a famous meteorologist, would have passed away like a luminous cascade of electric flame; but in the winter equinox it was to be feared that it would burst upon them with great violence.

meteorologist - meteorologo

luminous - luminoso

cascade - cascata

flame - fiamma, flame, fiammeggiare, infiammare

equinox - equinozio

feared - temere

burst - scoppiare, esplodere, strappare, separare, scoppio, esplosione

The pilot took his precautions in advance. He reefed all sail, the pole-masts were dispensed with; all hands went forward to the bows. A single triangular sail, of strong canvas, was hoisted as a storm-jib, so as to hold the wind from behind. Then they waited.

pole - polo

dispensed - dispensare

bows - archi

triangular - triangolare

John Bunsby had requested his passengers to go below; but this imprisonment in so narrow a space, with little air, and the boat bouncing in the gale, was far from pleasant. Neither Mr. Fogg, Fix, nor Aouda consented to leave the deck. The storm of rain and wind descended upon them towards eight o'clock.

With but its bit of sail, the Tankadere was lifted like a feather by a wind, an idea of whose violence can scarcely be given. To compare her speed to four times that of a locomotive going on full steam would be below the truth.

bit - morso

The boat scudded thus northward during the whole day, borne on by monstrous waves, preserving always, fortunately, a speed equal to theirs. Twenty times she seemed almost to be submerged by these mountains of water which rose behind her, but the adroit management of the pilot saved her. The passengers were often bathed in spray, but they submitted to it philosophically.

preserving - riserva, preservare, proteggere, salvaguardare, conservare

submerged - sommergere

adroit - abile

management - gestione

spray - spray, spruzzo, (getto vaporizzato)

submitted - sottomettersi, sottomettere, sottoporre, presentare, inviare

philosophically - filosoficamente

Fix cursed it, but Aouda, with her eyes fastened upon her protector, whose coolness amazed her, showed herself worthy of him, and bravely weathered the storm. As for Phileas Fogg, it seemed just as if the typhoon were a part of his program.

bravely - coraggiosamente

Up to this time the Tankadere had always held her course to the north; but towards evening the wind, veering three quarters, bore down from the northwest. The boat, now lying in the trough of the waves, shook and rolled terribly. The sea struck her with fearful violence. At night the tempest increased in violence.

veering - virata

trough - trogolo, abbeveratoio, madia, tinozza, mastello

fearful - impaurito, spaventato, pavido

John Bunsby saw the approach of darkness and the rising of the storm with dark misgivings. He thought awhile, and then asked his crew if it was not time to slacken speed. After a consultation he approached Mr. Fogg, and said, "I think, your honor, that we should do well to make for one of the ports on the coast."

misgivings - apprensione

awhile - per un po'

"I think so too."

"Ah!" said the pilot. "But which one?"

"I know of but one," returned Mr. Fogg tranquilly.

"And that is""

"Shanghai."

The pilot, at first, did not seem to comprehend. He could scarcely realize so much determination and tenacity. Then he cried, "Well"yes! Your honor is right. To Shanghai!"

tenacity - tenacia

So the Tankadere kept steadily on her northward track.

The night was really terrible. It would be a miracle if the craft did not founder. Twice it would have been all over with her if the crew had not been constantly on the watch. Aouda was exhausted, but did not utter a complaint. More than once Mr. Fogg rushed to protect her from the violence of the waves.

miracle - miracolo

founder - fondatore

Day reappeared. The tempest still raged with undiminished fury, but the wind now returned to the southeast. It was a favorable change, and the Tankadere again bounded forward on this mountainous sea, though the waves crossed each other, and imparted shocks and countershocks which would have crushed a craft less solidly built.

raged - rabbia, furia, furore, infuriare, imperversare

undiminished - non e diminuito

countershocks - controscosse

crushed - ressa, calca, cotta, schiacciare, pigiare, frantumare

solidly built - solidamente costruito

From time to time the coast was visible through the broken mist, but no vessel was in sight. The Tankadere was alone upon the sea.

There were some signs of a calm at noon, and these became more distinct as the sun descended towards the horizon. The tempest had been as brief as terrific. The passengers, thoroughly exhausted, could now eat a little, and take some repose.

terrific - eccezionale, stupendo

The night was comparatively quiet. Some of the sails were again hoisted, and the speed of the boat was very good. The next morning at dawn they saw the coast, and John Bunsby was able to assert that they were not one hundred miles from Shanghai. A hundred miles, and only one day to cross them! That very evening Mr. Fogg was due at Shanghai, if he did not wish to miss the steamer to Yokohama.

Had there been no storm, during which several hours were lost, they would be at this moment within thirty miles of their destination.

The wind grew decidedly calmer, and happily the sea fell with it. All sails were now hoisted, and at noon the Tankadere was within forty-five miles of Shanghai. There remained yet six hours in which to accomplish that distance. All on board feared that it could not be done, and every one"Phileas Fogg, no doubt, excepted"felt his heart beat with impatience.

decidedly - decisamente

calmer - calmo

feared - paura

excepted - salvo, tranne, eccetto, fatto salvo

The boat must keep up an average of nine miles an hour, and the wind was becoming calmer every moment! It was a capricious breeze, coming from the coast, and after it passed the sea became smooth.

average - media

smooth - liscio, mellifluo, facile, dolce, soffice, blando

Still, the Tankadere was so light, and her fine sails caught the fickle zephyrs so well, that, with the aid of the current, John Bunsby found himself at six o'clock not more than ten miles from the mouth of Shanghai River. Shanghai itself is situated at least twelve miles up the stream. At seven they were still three miles from Shanghai.

fickle - incostante, volubile

zephyrs - zefiro

current - corrente, attuale, odierno

The pilot swore an angry oath; the reward of two hundred pounds was evidently on the point of escaping him. He looked at Mr. Fogg. Mr. Fogg was perfectly tranquil, yet his whole fortune was at this moment at stake.

swore - giurare

oath - giuramento, bestemmia, giurare

escaping - scappare, fuggire, darsela a gambe, evitare, eludere

At this moment, also, a long black funnel, crowned with wreaths of smoke, appeared on the edge of the waters. It was the American steamer, leaving for Yokohama at the appointed time.

funnel - imbuto

wreaths - spirale, voluta, ghirlanda, corona

appointed time - tempo stabilito

"Confound her!" cried John Bunsby, pushing back the rudder with a desperate jerk.

Confound - confondere

pushing back - respingere, rinviare

rudder - timone, timone orizzontale, timone di coda, timone di profondita

desperate - disperato

jerk - scossa, sobbalzo

"Signal her!" said Phileas Fogg quietly.

A small brass cannon stood on the forward deck of the Tankadere for making signals in the fogs. It was loaded to the muzzle, but just as the pilot was about to apply a red-hot coal to the touchhole, Mr. Fogg said, "Hoist your flag!"

cannon - cannone, carambola, cannonare

signals - segnale, campo, segnalare, indicare

muzzle - muso, museruola, mordacchia, avancarica, mettere la museruola

apply - applicare

touchhole - buco del tatto

Hoist - elevare, alzare, issare, innalzare

The flag was run up at half-mast, and, this being the signal of distress, it was hoped that the American steamer, perceiving it, would change her course a little, so as to help the pilot boat.

run up - correre, aumentare un debito

mast - albero

distress - angoscia, pena, miseria, sconforto, pericolo

"Fire!" said Mr. Fogg. And the booming of the little cannon resounded in the air.

booming - boom

resounded - risuonare

Chapter 22. In Which Passepartout finds out That, Even at the Antipodes, It Is Convenient to Have Some Money in One's Pocket

finds out - scoprire

Convenient - conveniente, comodo

The Carnatic, setting sail from Hong Kong at half-past six on the 7th of November, directed her course at full steam towards Japan. She carried a large cargo and a well-filled cabin of passengers. Two state-rooms in the rear were, however, unoccupied"those which had been engaged by Phileas Fogg.

cargo - carico

unoccupied - vuoto, libero

The next day a passenger with a half-stupefied eye, staggering gait and disordered hair, was seen to emerge from the second cabin, and to totter to a seat on deck.

disordered - disordine, disturbo

emerge from - emergere da

totter - barcollare

It was Passepartout. What had happened to him was as follows. Shortly after Fix left the opium den, two waiters had lifted the unconscious Passepartout, and had carried him to the bed reserved for the smokers. Three hours later, pursued even in his dreams by a fixed idea, the poor fellow awoke, and struggled against the stupefying influence of the narcotic.

den - tana

awoke - svegliarsi

struggled - lotta, lottare

The thought of a duty unfulfilled shook off his torpor, and he hurried from the abode of drunkenness. Staggering and holding himself up by keeping against the walls, falling down and creeping up again, and irresistibly impelled by a kind of instinct, he kept crying out, "The Carnatic! the Carnatic!"

unfulfilled - insoddisfatti

shook off - scrollarsi di dosso, dimenticare, calmarsi

torpor - torpore

abode - residenza, (abide), sopportare, tollerare, dimorare, risiedere

falling down - cadere

creeping - abbarbicarsi, insinuarsi, strisciare, scorrimento, spostamento

irresistibly - irresistibilmente

instinct - istinto

crying out - gridare

The steamer lay puffing alongside the quay, on the point of starting. Passepartout had but few steps to go; and, rushing upon the plank, he crossed it, and fell unconscious on the deck, just as the Carnatic was moving off.

alongside - accanto, a fianco, congiuntamente

plank - tavola, asse

Several sailors, who were evidently accustomed to this sort of scene, carried the poor Frenchman down into the second cabin, and Passepartout did not wake until they were one hundred and fifty miles away from China. Thus he found himself the next morning on the deck of the Carnatic, and eagerly inhaling the exhilarating sea breeze. The pure air sobered him.

inhaling - inspirare, inalare

exhilarating - rallegrare

sea breeze - brezza marina

sobered - sobrio

He began to collect his sense, which he found a difficult task, but at last he recalled the events of the evening before, Fix's revelation, and the opium house.

collect - riunirsi

revelation - rivelazione

"It is evident," he said to himself, "that I have been abominably drunk! What will Mr. Fogg say? At least I have not missed the steamer, which is the most important thing."

abominably - abominevolmente

Then, as Fix occurred to him: "As for that rascal, I hope we are well rid of him, and that he has not dared, as he proposed, to follow us on board the Carnatic. A detective on the track of Mr. Fogg, accused of robbing the Bank of England! Pshaw! Mr. Fogg is no more a robber than I am a murderer." Should he divulge Fix's real errand to his master?

rid - sbarazzare

robbing - derubare, svaligiare

murderer - assassino, assassina

Would it do to tell the part the detective was playing? Would it not be better to wait until Mr. Fogg reached London again, and then impart to him that an agent of the metropolitan police had been following him round the world, and have a good laugh over it? No doubt, at least, it was worth considering. The first thing to do was to find Mr. Fogg, and apologize for his singular behavior.

metropolitan - metropolita, metropolitano

apologize - chiedere perdono, chiedere scusa, scusarsi

behavior - comportamento, condotta

Passepartout got up and proceeded, as well as he could with the rolling of the steamer, to the afterdeck. He saw no one who resembled either his master or Aouda. "Good!" muttered he; "Aouda has not gotten up yet, and Mr. Fogg has probably found some partners at whist."

afterdeck - dopo il ponte

gotten up - alzarsi

He descended to the saloon. Mr. Fogg was not there. Passepartout had only, however, to ask the purser the number of his master's stateroom. The purser replied that he did not know any passenger by the name of Fogg.

stateroom - cabina

"I beg your pardon," said Passepartout persistently. "He is a tall gentleman, quiet and not very talkative, and has with him a young lady""

beg - elemosinare, chiedere l'elemosina

persistently - persistentemente

talkative - loquace, chiacchierino, garrulo

"There is no young lady on board," interrupted the purser. "Here is a list of the passengers. You may see for yourself."

Passepartout scanned the list, but his master's name was not upon it. All at once an idea struck him.

scanned - scrutare, scannerizzare, scandire, scansione

"Ah! Am I on the Carnatic?"

"Yes."

"On the way to Yokohama?"

"Certainly."

Passepartout had for an instant feared that he was on the wrong boat; but, though he was really on the Carnatic, his master was not there. He fell thunderstruck on a seat. He saw it all now. He remembered that the time of sailing had been changed, that he should have informed his master of that fact, and that he had not done so. It was his fault, then, that Mr.

thunderstruck - astonished

fault - colpa, imperfezione, sbaglio, biasimo, fessura, crepa

Fogg and Aouda had missed the steamer. Yes, but it was still more the fault of the traitor who, in order to separate him from his master, and detain the latter at Hong Kong, had inveigled him into getting drunk! He now saw the detective's trick, and at this moment Mr. Fogg was certainly ruined, his bet was lost, and he himself perhaps arrested and imprisoned!

traitor - traditore, traditrice, voltagabbana, banderuola

inveigled - adescare, allettare

getting drunk - ubriacarsi

At this thought Passepartout tore his hair. Ah, if Fix ever came within his reach, what a settling of accounts there would be!

tore - strappare

settling - assestarsi

accounts - conto

After his first depression, Passepartout became calmer, and began to study his situation. It was certainly not an enviable one. He found himself on the way to Japan, and what should he do when he got there? His pocket was empty. He had not a solitary shilling"not so much as a penny.

depression - depressione

enviable - invidiabile

shilling - scellino, (shill), uomo di paglia, prestanome, compare

His passage had fortunately been paid for in advance, and he had five or six days in which to decide upon his future course. He fell to at meals with an appetite, and ate for Mr. Fogg, Aouda, and himself. He helped himself as generously as if Japan were a desert, where nothing to eat was to be looked for.

generously - generosamente

desert - abbandonare

At dawn on the 13th the Carnatic entered the port of Yokohama. This is an important port of call in the Pacific, where all the mail-steamers, and those carrying travelers between North America, China, Japan and the Oriental islands put in.

call in - chiamare

mail - posta

It is situated in the bay of Yeddo, and at but a short distance from that second capital of the Japanese Empire, and the residence of the Tycoon, the civil Emperor, before the Mikado, the spiritual Emperor, absorbed his office in his own. The Carnatic anchored at the quay near the customhouse, in the midst of a crowd of ships bearing the flags of all nations.

Tycoon - magnate, capitano d'industria, mogol, tycoon

Emperor - imperatore

Mikado -

spiritual - spirituale, spiritual

flags - bandiera

Passepartout went timidly ashore on this so curious territory of the Sons of the Sun. He had nothing better to do than, taking chance for his guide, to wander aimlessly through the streets of Yokohama. He found himself at first in a thoroughly European quarter, the houses having low fronts, and being adorned with verandas, beneath which he caught glimpses of neat peristyles.

timidly - timidamente

wander - errare, vagare, girovagare, passeggiare

aimlessly - senza meta

verandas - veranda

peristyles - peristilio

This quarter occupied, with its streets, squares, docks and warehouses, all the space between the "promontory of the Treaty" and the river. Here, as at Hong Kong and Calcutta, were mixed crowds of all races"Americans and English, Chinamen and Dutchmen, mostly merchants ready to buy or sell anything.

squares - quadrato, squadra, piazza, sagrato, casella, convenzionale

warehouses - magazzino

promontory - promontorio

Dutchmen - olandese

The Frenchman felt himself as much alone among them as if he had dropped down in the midst of Hottentots.

Hottentots - ottentotto, ottentotta

He had, at least, one resource"to call on the French and English consuls at Yokohama for assistance. But he shrank from telling the story of his adventures, intimately connected as it was with that of his master; and, before doing so, he determined to exhaust all other means of aid.

call on - chiamare

consuls - console

shrank - restringersi, ritirarsi, strizzacervelli, psichiatra

intimately - intimamente

exhaust - esaurire

As chance did not favor him in the European quarter, he penetrated that inhabited by the native Japanese, determined, if necessary, to push on to Yeddo.

push - spingere

The Japanese quarter of Yokohama is called Benten, after the goddess of the sea, who is worshipped on the islands round about. There Passepartout beheld beautiful fir and cedar groves, sacred gates of a singular architecture, bridges half hid in the midst of bamboos and reeds, temples shaded by immense cedar-trees.

worshipped - adorazione, venerazione, culto

beheld - guardare, ecco

fir - abete

cedar - cedro

groves - boschetto, piantagione

gates - cancello, portone

bridges - ponte

bamboos - bambu, di bambu

reeds - canna, cannuccia

shaded - agone, alosa

He saw holy retreats where there were sheltered Buddhist priests and sectaries of Confucius, and interminable streets, where a perfect harvest of rose-tinted and red-cheeked children, who looked as if they had been cut out of Japanese screens, and who were playing in the midst of short-legged poodles and yellowish cats, had been gathered.

holy - sacro, santo, immacolato

sheltered - rifugio, riparo, dare rifugio, rifugiarsi, ripararsi

Confucius - Confucio

interminable - interminabile

harvest - stagione della mietitura, mietitura, messe, raccolto, frutto

cheeked - guancia, gota, chiappa, faccia tosta, sfrontatezza, impudenza

screens - paravento, schermo, cernere, censurare, schermare

poodles - barbone, barboncino

yellowish - giallastro, gialliccio, giallognolo

The streets were crowded with people.

Priests were passing in processions, beating their dreary tambourines; police and custom-house officers with pointed hats encrusted with lace, and carrying two sabres hung to their waists; soldiers, clad in blue cotton with white stripes, and bearing guns; the Mikado's guards, enveloped in silken doubles, hauberks and coats of mail; and numbers of military folk of all ranks"for the military profession is as much respected in Japan as it is despised in China"went hither and thither in groups and pairs. Passepartout saw, too, begging friars, long-robed pilgrims and simple civilians, with their warped and jet-black hair, big heads, long busts, slender legs, short stature and complexions varying from copper-color to a dead white, but never yellow, like the Chinese, from whom the Japanese widely differ. He did not fail to observe the curious equipages"carriages and palanquins, barrows supplied with sails and litters made of bamboo; nor the women"whom he thought not especially handsome"who took little steps with their little feet, upon which they wore canvas shoes, straw sandals and clogs of worked wood, and who displayed tight-looking eyes, flat chests, teeth fashionably blackened and gowns crossed with silken scarfs, tied in an enormous knot behind"an ornament which the modern Parisian ladies seem to have borrowed from the dames of Japan.

dreary - melanconico, malinconico

custom-house - (custom-house) ufficio delle dogane

encrusted - incrostato

stripes - striscia, banda, lista, galloni

guns - arma da fuoco

enveloped - busta

doubles - doppio, doppia, sosia, doppione, doppiare

folk - gente, autoctono, popolo, abitante

profession - professione

despised - disprezzare

hither - qui, qua, citeriore, al di qua

in groups - in gruppi

begging - mendicare

friars - frate

robed - veste, abito

civilians - civile

warped - curvare, deformare

jet - giavazzo

busts - seno

slender - snello

stature - statura

complexions - carnagione

varying - variare

widely - comunemente, generalmente, diffusamente, universalmente

differ - differire

barrows - carriola

litters - lettiga, portantina, palanchino, cucciolata, lettiera, rifiuti

sandals - sandalo

clogs - zoccolo, intasamento, ostruzione, tappo, intasare, ostruire

tight - aderente, teso, stretto, tirato, nitido

chests - petto

fashionably - alla moda

blackened - annerire, sporcare

gowns - tunica, toga

scarfs - sciarpa

tied - legare, attaccare

knot - nodo

ornament - ornamento, ornamenti

borrowed from - preso in prestito da

dames - dama

Passepartout wandered for several hours in the midst of this motley crowd, looking in at the windows of the rich and curious shops, the jewelry establishments glittering with quaint Japanese ornaments, the restaurants decked with streamers and banners, the teahouses, where the odorous beverage was being drunk with saki, a liquor concocted from the fermentation of rice, and the comfortable smoking houses, where they were puffing, not opium, which is almost unknown in Japan, but a very fine, stringy tobacco. He went on till he found himself in the fields, in the midst of vast rice plantations. There he saw dazzling camellias expanding themselves, with flowers which were giving forth their last colors and perfumes, not on bushes, but on trees, and within bambooenclosures, cherry, plum and apple trees, which the Japanese cultivate rather for their blossoms than their fruit, and which queerly-fashioned, grinning scarecrows protected from the sparrows, pigeons, ravens and other voracious birds. On the branches of the cedars were perched large eagles. Amid the foliage of the weeping willows were herons, solemnly standing on one leg. On every hand were crows, ducks, hawks, wild birds and a multitude of cranes, which the Japanese consider sacred, and which to their minds symbolize long life and prosperity.

motley - variegato, eterogeneo, multicolore

looking in - guardare dentro

jewelry - gioielleria

establishments - istituzione, fondazione, creazione, insediamento, instaurazione

glittering - scintillante, (glitter), glitter, brillantini

quaint - originale, curioso

ornaments - ornamento, ornamenti

decked - ponte

streamers - treamer

banners - bandiera

teahouses - sala da te, casa da te

odorous - odoroso

beverage - bevanda

concocted - intrugliare, preparare, combinare, complottare

fermentation - fermentazione

unknown - ignoto, sconosciuto, carneade

stringy - fibroso (of meat)

tobacco - tabacco

camellias - camelia

expanding - estendere, espandere, dettagliare, dilungare, sviluppare

perfumes - profumo, profumare

cherry - ciliegia, ciliegio

plum - prugna

apple trees - i meli

cultivate - coltivare

blossoms - bocciuolo, fiorire

queerly - in modo strano

fashioned - moda, voga, stile, maniera, modo, tendenza, fabbricare

scarecrows - spauracchio, spilungone, spilungona

protected - proteggere

sparrows - passero

pigeons - piccione

ravens - corvo

voracious - vorace

cedars - cedro

eagles - aquila, moneta di dieci dollaro

weeping - piangere

willows - salice, salcio

herons - airone

ducks - mettere sott'acqua

hawks - falco

cranes - gru

minds - mente

symbolize - simbolizzare

prosperity - prosperita

As he was strolling along, Passepartout saw some violets among the shrubs.

strolling - passeggiare, (stroll), passeggiata, camminata

violets - viola

"Good!" said he. "I'll have some supper."

But, on smelling them, he found that they were odorless.

odorless - inodore

"No chance there," thought he.

No chance - Nessuna possibilita

The worthy fellow had certainly taken good care to eat as hearty a breakfast as possible before leaving the Carnatic; but, as he had been walking about all day, the demands of hunger were growing. He observed that the butchers'stalls contained neither mutton, goat, nor pork.

demands - domanda, richiesta, rivendicazione, bisogno, necessita

hunger - fame

butchers - macellaio

stalls - stalla, scuderia

mutton - carne ovina

goat - capra

pork - maiale, suino, carne suina

Knowing also that it is a sacrilege to kill cattle, which are preserved solely for farming, he made up his mind that meat was far from plentiful in Yokohama"nor was he mistaken. In default of butcher's meat, he could have wished for a quarter of wild boar or deer, a partridge, or some quails, some game or fish, which, with rice, the Japanese eat almost exclusively.

kill - uccidere

cattle - bovini, bestiame

solely - unicamente, solamente, esclusivamente

plentiful - moltissimo, abbondante

butcher - macellaio, (butch), maschiaccio

boar - verro

deer - cervo, alce, renna, daino

partridge - pernice

quails - tremare

But he found it necessary to keep up a stout heart, and to postpone the meal he craved till the following morning. Night came, and Passepartout re-entered the native quarter, where he wandered through the streets, lit by vari-colored lanterns. He looked on at the dancers, who were executing skillful steps and boundings, and the astrologers who stood in the open air with their telescopes.

postpone - rimandare

craved - bramare, desiderare

vari - ordine del giorno

lanterns - lanterna

executing - giustiziare, lanciare

boundings - confini

astrologers - astrologo

open air - all'aria aperta

telescopes - telescopio, cannocchiale

Then he came to the harbor, which was lit up by the resin torches of the fishermen, who were fishing from their boats.

resin - resina

fishermen - pescatore, pescatrice

The streets at last became quiet. The patrol, the officers, in splendid costumes, and surrounded by their suites, succeeded the bustling crowd. Passepartout thought they seemed like ambassadors. Each time a company passed, Passepartout chuckled, and said to himself: "Good! Another Japanese embassy departing for Europe!"

patrol - pattugliare

costumes - costume

suites - talian: t-needed

bustling - vivace, (bustle), viavai, andirivieni, sottana, affaccendarsi

ambassadors - ambasciatore, ambasciatrice

chuckled - ridacchiare

embassy - ambasciata

Chapter 23. In Which Passepartout's Nose Becomes Outrageously Long

The next morning poor, jaded, famished Passepartout said to himself that he must get something to eat at all hazards, and the sooner he did so the better. He might, indeed, sell his watch; but he would have starved first. Now or never he must use the strong, if not melodious voice which nature had bestowed upon him.

jaded - Giada

starved - morire di fame

melodious - melodioso

bestowed - depositare, immagazzinare, collocare, alloggiare, donare, gloss

He knew several French and English songs, and resolved to try them upon the Japanese, who must be lovers of music, since they were forever pounding on their cymbals, tam-tams and tambourines. They could not but appreciate European talent.

lovers - amante

appreciate - apprezzare, essere riconoscente, capire, rendersi conto

talent - talento, talenti

It was, perhaps, rather early in the morning to get up a concert, and the audience prematurely aroused from their slumbers, might not possibly pay their entertainer with coin bearing the Mikado's features. Passepartout therefore decided to wait several hours. As he was sauntering along, it occurred to him that he would seem rather too well dressed for a wandering artist.

audience - pubblico, uditorio, udienza

prematurely - prematuramente

aroused - eccitare, provocare, stimolare, suscitare

slumbers - sonnolenza, dormiveglia, appisolarsi, assopirsi, appalugarsi

entertainer - intrattenitore

coin - moneta, gettone, coniare, monetare, battere moneta

sauntering - passeggiare, (saunter), vagare, camminare

wandering - vagabondaggio, (wander), errare, vagare, girovagare, passeggiare

The idea struck him to change his garments for clothes more in harmony with his project. In this manner he might also get a little money to satisfy the immediate cravings of hunger. The resolution taken, it remained to carry it out.

garments - vestito, indumento, capo, abito

harmony - armonia

satisfy - soddisfare, accontentare, saziare

immediate - immediato, prossimo, stretto, diretto

cravings - desiderio

resolution - determinazione, risolutezza, promessa, definizione, risoluzione

It was only after a long search that Passepartout discovered a native dealer in old clothes, to whom he applied for an exchange. The man liked the European costume, and before long Passepartout left his shop dressed in an old Japanese coat, and a sort of one-sided turban, faded from long use. A few small pieces of silver, moreover, jingled in his pocket.

dealer - distributore, rivenditore, rappresentante, piazzista

applied for - richiedere per

costume - costume

before long - tra poco

sided - lato

faded - affievolirsi

jingled - tintinnio, sonaglio, motivetto

"Good!" thought he. "I will imagine I am at the Carnival!"

His first care, after being thus "Japanesed," was to enter a teahouse of modest appearance, and, upon half a bird and a little rice, to breakfast like a man for whom dinner was as yet a problem to be solved.

teahouse - sala da te, casa da te

solved - risolvere

"Now," he thought, after he had eaten heartily, "I mustn't lose my head. I can't sell this costume again for one still more Japanese. I must consider how to leave this country of the Sun, of which I shall not retain the most delightful of memories, as quickly as possible."

mustn - non deve

retain - conservare, mantenere

most delightful - il piu deizioso/ mozzafiato

memories - memoria, ricordo

It occurred to him to visit the steamers which were about to leave for America. He would offer himself as a cook or servant, in payment of his passage and meals. Once at San Francisco, he would find some means of going on. The difficulty was, how to travel the four thousand seven hundred miles of the Pacific which lay between Japan and the New World.

payment - pagamento

Passepartout was not the man to let an idea go begging, and directed his steps towards the docks. But, as he approached them, his project, which at first had seemed so simple, began to grow more and more formidable to his mind. What need would they have of a cook or servant on an American steamer, and what confidence would they put in him, dressed as he was? What references could he give?

go begging - mendicare, chiedere l'elemosina

references - riferimento

As he was reflecting in this wise, his eyes fell upon an immense placard which a sort of clown was carrying through the streets. This placard, which was in English, read as follows:

reflecting - riflettere, essere riflesso, seguire, evidenziare, riportare

placard - manifesto, cartellone

ACROBATIC JAPANESE TROUPE, HONORABLE WILLIAM BATULCAR, PROPRIETOR, LAST REPRESENTATIONS, PRIOR TO THEIR DEPARTURE TO THE UNITED STATES, OF THE LONG NOSES! LONG NOSES! UNDER THE DIRECT PATRONAGE OF THE GOD TINGOU! GREAT ATTRACTION!

Acrobatic - acrobatico

Troupe - compagnia

William - Guglielmo

Proprietor - proprietario

Representations - rappresentanza

Prior - precedente

Patronage - patrocinio

Attraction - attrazione, attrattiva

"The United States!" said Passepartout. "That's just what I want!"

He followed the clown, and soon found himself once more in the Japanese quarter. A quarter of an hour later he stopped before a large cabin, adorned with several clusters of streamers, the exterior walls of which were designed to represent, in violent colors and without perspective, a company of jugglers.

clusters - gruppo, grappolo

represent - rappresentare

perspective - prospettiva

jugglers - giocoliere

This was the Honorable William Batulcar's establishment. That gentleman was a sort of Barnum, the director of a troupe of mountebanks, jugglers, clowns, acrobats, equilibrists and gymnasts, who, according to the placard, was giving his last performances before leaving the Empire of the Sun for the States of the Union.

establishment - istituzione, fondazione, creazione, insediamento, instaurazione

clowns - pagliaccio, pagliaccia, buffone, buffona

acrobats - acrobata

equilibrists - equilibrista

gymnasts - ginnasta

performances - esecuzione, prestazione, rendimento, esibizione

Union - unione, talian: t-needed

Passepartout entered and asked for Mr. Batulcar, who straightway appeared in person.

straightway - subito

"What do you want?" said he to Passepartout, whom he at first took for a native.

"Would you like a servant, sir?" asked Passepartout.

"A servant!" cried Mr. Batulcar, caressing the thick grey beard which hung from his chin. "I already have two who are obedient and faithful, have never left me, and serve me for their nourishment"and here they are," added he, holding out his two robust arms, furrowed with veins as large as the strings of a bass viol.

caressing - accarezzare

beard - barba, appuntamento di copertura

chin - mento

obedient - ubbidiente

nourishment - nutrimento

holding out - resistere, sopportare

robust - robusto

furrowed - solco, ruga

veins - vena, venatura

strings - spago, stringa, laccetto, legaccio, corda

bass - basso

viol - violino

"So I can be of no use to you?"

"None."

"The devil! I should so like to cross the Pacific with you!"

devil - diavolo

"Ah!" said the Honorable Mr. Batulcar. "You are no more a

Japanese than I am a monkey! Why are you dressed up in that way?"

monkey - scimmia

dressed up - vestito formalmente

"A man dresses as he can."

"That's true. You are a Frenchman, aren't you?"

That's true - E vero

aren - ordine del giorno

"Yes. A Parisian of Paris."

"Then you ought to know how to make grimaces?"

"Why," replied Passepartout, a little vexed that his nationality should cause this question, "we Frenchmen know how to make grimaces, it is true"but not any better than the Americans do."

vexed - vessare, innervosire, tormentare, infastidire

nationality - nazionalita

Frenchmen - francese

"True. Well, if I can't take you as a servant, I can as a clown. You see, my friend, in France they exhibit foreign clowns, and in foreign parts French clowns."

exhibit - mostrare, dimostrare, esposizione

foreign - estraneo, estranea, straniero, straniera

"Ah!"

"You are pretty strong, eh?"

eh - eh

"Especially after a good meal."

"And you can sing?"

"Yes," returned Passepartout, who had formerly sung in street concerts.

"But can you sing standing on your head, with a top spinning on your left foot, and a sabre balanced on your right?"

spinning - spinning

sabre - sciabola

"Humph! I think so," replied Passepartout, recalling the exercises of his younger days.

Humph - used to express doubt or disapproval

recalling - ritirare, revocare, richiamare, rammentare, ricordare

"Well, that's enough," said the Honorable William Batulcar.

The engagement was concluded there and then.

engagement - impegno, connessione, partecipazione, adesione, presenza

Passepartout had at last found something to do. He was engaged to act in the celebrated Japanese troupe. It was not a very dignified position, but within a week he would be on his way to San Francisco.

dignified - dignitoso

The performance, so noisily announced by the Honorable Mr. Batulcar, was to commence at three o'clock, and soon the deafening instruments of a Japanese orchestra resounded at the door.

performance - esecuzione, prestazione, rendimento, esibizione

noisily - rumorosamente

commence - cominciare

deafening - assordante

orchestra - orchestra

Passepartout, though he had not been able to study or rehearse a part, was designated to lend the aid of his sturdy shoulders in the great exhibition of the "human pyramid," executed by the Long Noses of the god Tingou. This "great attraction" was to close the performance.

rehearse - ripetere, raccontare, ripassare, provare

lend - prestare

sturdy - solido, solida, robusto, quercia

exhibition - mostra, esposizione

pyramid - piramide

executed - giustiziare, lanciare

Before three o'clock the large shed was crowded with spectators, Europeans and natives, Chinese and Japanese, men, women and children, who precipitated themselves upon the narrow benches and into the boxes opposite the stage. The musicians took up a position inside, and were vigorously performing on their gongs, tam-tams, flutes, bones, tambourines and immense drums.

shed - capannone, rimessa

spectators - spettatore

precipitated - precipitato

benches - panchina

stage - fase, stadio, tappa, scena, palco

inside - interno, dentro, dall'interno, checkriservato

gongs - gong

flutes - flauto

bones - osso, lisca, spina

drums - tamburo

The performance was much like all acrobatic displays. But it must be confessed that the Japanese are the first equilibrists in the world.

One, with a fan and some bits of paper, performed the graceful trick of the butterflies and the flowers. Another traced in the air, with the odorous smoke of his pipe, a series of blue words, which composed a compliment to the audience.

fan - ventaglio

bits - morso, boccone

butterflies - farfalla

pipe - cornamusa, canna d'organo, condotto, tubo, pipe, barra verticale

series - serie

compliment - complimento, complimentarsi

A third juggled with some lighted candles, which he extinguished successively as they passed his lips, and relit again without interrupting for an instant his juggling. Another reproduced the most singular combinations with a spinning-top. In his hands the revolving tops seemed to be animated with a life of their own in their interminable whirling.

juggled - giocolare, giostrare, destreggiarsi

candles - candela

extinguished - estinguere

successively - successivamente

relit - riaccendere, raccendere

interrupting - interrompere, celare, ricoprire, tagliare

juggling - giocoleria, (juggle), giocolare, giostrare, destreggiarsi

reproduced - riprodurre, riprodursi, ricreare, richiamare

combinations - combinazione

spinning-top - (spinning-top) trottola

revolving - girevole, (revolve), orbitare, ruotare, ricorrere

tops - cima, sommita, coperchio, cappuccio, parte superiore, top

They ran over pipe-stems, the edges of sabres, wires and even hairs stretched across the stage. They turned around on the edges of large glasses, crossed bamboo ladders, dispersed into all the corners, and produced strange musical effects by the combination of their various pitches of tone.

ran over - traboccare, versare, ripetere

stems - gambo, stelo

edges - orlo, bordo, lato, vantaggio, lama, filo, arco

wires - filo, filo metallico, filo elettrico, cavo, cavo elettrico

ladders - scala, smagliatura

dispersed - disperdere, disseminarere, rifrangere, distribuire

corners - angolo, sporgenza, angolo sporgente, pietra d'angolo

musical - musicale

pitches - piantare, fissare

The jugglers tossed them in the air, threw them like shuttlecocks with wooden battledores, and yet they kept on spinning; they put them into their pockets, and took them out still whirling as before.

tossed - tiro, lancio, testa o croce, lancio moneta

shuttlecocks - volano

wooden - di legno, ligneo

battledores - mestola

It is useless to describe the astonishing performances of the acrobats and gymnasts. The turning on ladders, poles, balls, barrels, etc., was executed with wonderful precision.

astonishing - sorprendere, stupire

turning on - accendere

barrels - barile, botte

etc - ecc

But the principal attraction was the exhibition of the Long

Noses, a show to which Europe is as yet a stranger.

The Long Noses form a peculiar company, under the direct patronage of the god Tingou. Attired after the fashion of the Middle Ages, they bore upon their shoulders a splendid pair of wings. But what especially distinguished them was the long noses which were fastened to their faces, and the uses which they made of them.

Attired - abbigliamento, palco, indossare, portare

Middle Ages - Medioevo

These noses were made of bamboo, and were five, six and even ten feet long, some straight, others curved, some ribboned and some having imitation warts upon them. It was upon these appendages, fixed tightly on their real noses, that they performed their gymnastic exercises.

ribboned - nastro, fettuccia

imitation - imitazione

warts - verruca, porro

appendages - membro, gloss

tightly - strettamente

gymnastic exercises - esercizi di ginnastica

A dozen of these sectaries of Tingou lay flat upon their backs, while others, dressed to represent lightning-rods, came and frolicked on their noses, jumping from one to another, and performing the most skillful leapings and somersaults.

lightning - fulmine, folgore, saetta, lampo

rods - palo, pertica, stecca, bastone, canna

frolicked - scherzare, burla, beffa, allegria, gaiezza, buffonata

leapings - salti

somersaults - capriola

As a last scene, a "human pyramid" had been announced, in which fifty Long Noses were to represent the Car of Juggernaut. But, instead of forming a pyramid by mounting each other's shoulders, the artists were to group themselves on top of the noses.

mounting - montaggio

It happened that the performer who had hitherto formed the base of the Car had left the troupe, and as, to fill this part, only strength and adroitness were necessary, Passepartout had been chosen to take his place.

performer - esecutore, esecutrice, interprete

strength - forza, vigore, energia, intensita, efficacia

adroitness - destrezza, abilita, maestria, perizia

The poor fellow really felt sad when"melancholy reminiscence of his youth!"he donned his costume, adorned with vari-colored wings, and fastened to his natural feature a false nose six feet long. But he cheered up when he thought that this nose was winning him something to eat.

melancholy - malinconia

reminiscence - reminiscenza

false nose - naso falso

cheered up - rallegrato

He went upon the stage, and took his place beside the rest who were to compose the base of the Car of Juggernaut. They all stretched themselves on the floor, their noses pointing to the ceiling. A second group of artists stood on these long appendages, then a third above these, then a fourth, until a human monument reaching to the very cornices of the theatre soon arose on top of the noses.

compose - comporre

ceiling - soffitto

monument - monumento

cornices - cornice, cornicione

This elicited loud applause, in the midst of which the orchestra was just striking up a deafening air, when the pyramid tottered, the balance was lost, one of the lower noses vanished from the pyramid, and the human monument was shattered like a castle built of cards!

elicited - provocare, suscitare

applause - applauso

tottered - barcollare

balance - equilibrio, punto di equilibrio, contrappeso, bilanciamento

vanished - sparire, svanire

shattered - fracassare, spaccare, sconquassare, frantumare

castle - castello

It was Passepartout's fault. Abandoning his position, clearing the footlights without the aid of his wings, and clambering up to the right-hand gallery, he fell at the feet of one of the spectators, crying, "Ah, my master! My master!"

Abandoning - abbandonare

clearing - schiarimento, radura, spiazzo, compensazione, resettaggio

footlights - luce dei piedi

clambering - arrampicarsi

"You here?"

"Myself."

"Very well; then let us go to the steamer, young man!"

Mr. Fogg, Aouda and Passepartout passed through the lobby of the theatre to the outside, where they encountered the Honorable Mr. Batulcar, furious with rage. He demanded damages for the "breakage" of the pyramid; and Phileas Fogg appeased him by giving him a handful of banknotes.

lobby - ingresso, hall

breakage - rottura

appeased - placare, pacificare, calmare

At half-past six, the very hour of departure, Mr. Fogg and Aouda, followed by Passepartout, who in his hurry had retained his wings and nose six feet long, stepped upon the American steamer.

retained - conservare, mantenere

stepped - passo

Chapter 24. During Which Mr. Fogg and Party Cross the Pacific Ocean

What happened when the pilot boat came in sight of Shanghai will be easily guessed. The signals made by the Tankadere had been seen by the captain of the Yokohama steamer, who, seeing the flag at half-mast, had directed his course towards the little craft.

Phileas Fogg, after paying the stipulated price of his passage to John Bunsby, and rewarding that worthy with the additional sum of five hundred and fifty pounds, boarded the steamer with Aouda and Fix; and they started at once for Nagasaki and Yokohama.

rewarding - ricompensa

boarded - asse

They reached their destination on the morning of the 14th of November. Phileas Fogg lost no time in going on board the Carnatic, where he learned, to Aouda's great delight"and perhaps to his own, though he betrayed no emotion"that Passepartout, a Frenchman, had really arrived on her the day before.

The San Francisco steamer was announced to leave that very evening, and it became necessary to find Passepartout, if possible, without delay. Mr. Fogg applied in vain to the French and English consuls, and, after wandering through the streets a long time, began to despair of finding his missing servant. Chance, or perhaps a kind of presentiment, at last led him into the Honorable Mr.

presentiment - presentimento

Batulcar's theatre. He certainly would not have recognized Passepartout in the eccentric mountebank's costume; but the latter, lying on his back, perceived his master in the gallery. He could not help starting, which so changed the position of his nose as to bring the "pyramid" pell-mell upon the stage.

All this Passepartout learned from Aouda, who told him what had taken place on the voyage from Hong Kong to Shanghai on the Tankadere, in company with one Mr. Fix.

Passepartout did not change countenance on hearing this name. He thought that the time had not yet arrived to divulge to his master what had taken place between the detective and himself. In the account he gave of his absence, he simply excused himself for having become drunk smoking opium at a tavern in Hong Kong.

absence - assenza, mancanza, difetto, invito aperto, ferro libero

excused - scusare, perdonare, scusarsi, giustificarsi, scusa, pretesto

Mr. Fogg heard this narrative coldly, without a word. Then he furnished his man with funds necessary to obtain clothing more in harmony with his position. Within an hour the Frenchman had cut off his nose and parted with his wings, and retained nothing about him which recalled the sectary of the god Tingou.

funds - fondo, finanziare

clothing - abbigliamento, vestiti, (cloth), stoffa, tessuto, tela, panno

sectary - settario

The steamer which was about to depart from Yokohama to San Francisco belonged to the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, and was named the General Grant. She was a large paddle-wheel steamer of two thousand five hundred tons, well-equipped and very fast. The massive walking-beam rose and fell above the deck. At one end a piston-rod worked up and down.

depart - partire, andar via, allontanarsi, dipartire, deviare

Steamship - nave a vapore, piroscafo

Grant - permettere, concedere, conferire, ammettere, garantire

paddle-wheel - (paddle-wheel) ruota a pale

massive - massiccio, imponente, enorme, massivo, voluminoso

beam - trave, asse, architrave, traversa, braccio, corno principale

piston - pistone

rod - palo, pertica, stecca, bastone, canna

At the other was a connecting-rod which, in changing the rectilinear motion to a circular one, was directly connected with the shaft of the paddles. The General Grant was rigged with three masts, giving a large capacity for sails, and thus materially aiding the steam power. By making twelve miles an hour, she would cross the ocean in twenty-one days.

connecting - connettere, connettersi, cablare, collegare

rectilinear - rettilineo

shaft - lancia, raggio, asta, prolunga, rachide, pozzo, condotto

paddles - sguazzare

Phileas Fogg was therefore justified in hoping that he would reach San Francisco by the 2nd of December, New York by the 11th, and London on the 20th"thus gaining several hours on the fatal date of the 21st of December.

justified - giustificare

There was a full complement of passengers on board, among them English, many Americans, a large number of coolies on their way to California, and several East Indian officers, who were spending their vacation in making a tour of the world. Nothing of moment happened on the voyage. The steamer, sustained on its large paddles, rolled but little, and the Pacific almost justified its name.

complement - completamento, complemento, angolo complementare

coolies - coolie, (operaio, specialmente in India e in Cina)

California - California

sustained - sostenere

Mr. Fogg was as calm and taciturn as ever. His young companion felt herself more and more attached to him by other ties than gratitude. His silent but generous nature impressed her more than she thought; and it was almost unconsciously that she yielded to emotions which did not seem to have the least effect upon her protector.

ties - legare, attaccare

emotions - emozione

Aouda took the keenest interest in his plans, and became impatient at any incident which seemed likely to retard his journey.

keenest - appassionato, desideroso

retard - ritardato mentale

She often chatted with Passepartout, who did not fail to perceive the state of the lady's heart. Being the most faithful of servants, he never exhausted his eulogies of Phileas Fogg's honesty, generosity and devotion.

perceive - percepire

most faithful - piu fedele

eulogies - talian: t-needed

He took pains to calm Aouda's doubts of a successful termination of the journey, telling her that the most difficult part of it had passed, that now they were beyond the fantastic countries of Japan and China, and were fairly on their way to civilized places again.

doubts - dubitare, dubbio, perplessita

most difficult - piu difficile

A railway train from San Francisco to New York, and a transatlantic steamer from New York to Liverpool, would doubtless bring them to the end of this impossible journey round the world within the period agreed upon.

transatlantic - transatlantico

On the ninth day after leaving Yokohama, Phileas Fogg had traveled exactly one half of the terrestrial globe. The General Grant passed, on the 23rd of November, the one hundred and eightieth meridian, and was at the very antipodes of London. Mr. Fogg had, it is true, exhausted fifty-two of the eighty days in which he was to complete the tour, and there were only twenty-eight left.

ninth - nono ('before the noun'), ('in names of monarchs and popes') nono, ('after the name') ('abbreviation' IX), nono

eightieth - ottantesimo ('abbreviation' 80o), ottantesima

But, though he was only halfway by the difference of meridians, he had really gone over two-thirds of the whole journey; for he had been obliged to make long circuits from London to Aden, from Aden to Bombay, from Calcutta to Singapore, and from Singapore to Yokohama.

halfway - a meta strada

meridians - meridiano

thirds - terzo, terza, atterzare

circuits - giro

Could he have followed without deviation the fiftieth parallel, which is that of London, the whole distance would only have been about twelve thousand miles; whereas he would be forced, by the irregular methods of locomotion, to travel twenty-six thousand, of which he had, on the 23rd of November, accomplished seventeen thousand five hundred.

deviation - scarto, deviazione

fiftieth - cinquantesimo, cinquantesima g ('abbreviations' 50o g, 50a g )

parallel - parallelo, parallelamente, omologo

whereas - laddove, mentre

locomotion - locomozione

And now the course was a straight one, and Fix was no longer there to put obstacles in their way!

It happened also, on the 23rd of November, that Passepartout made a joyful discovery. It will be remembered that the obstinate fellow had insisted on keeping his famous family watch at London time, and on regarding that of the countries he had passed through as quite false and unreliable.

joyful - gioioso, lieto, allegro, felice

insisted - insistere

regarding - considerare

unreliable - inaffidabile

Now, on this day, though he had not changed the hands, he found that his watch exactly agreed with the ship's chronometers. His triumph was hilarious. He would have liked to know what Fix would say if he were aboard!

triumph - trionfo

hilarious - esilarante, spassoso

"The rogue told me a lot of stories," repeated Passepartout, "about the meridians, the sun, and the moon! Moon, indeed! Moonshine more likely! If one listened to that sort of people, a pretty sort of time one would keep! I was sure that the sun would some day regulate itself by my watch!"

Moonshine - illicit liquor

some day - un giorno

Passepartout was ignorant that, if the face of his watch had been divided into twenty-four hours, like the Italian clocks, he would have no reason for exultation; for the hands of his watch would then, instead of as now indicating nine o'clock in the morning, indicate nine o'clock in the evening.

Italian - italiano, italiana

exultation - esultanza

indicate - indicare, mostrare

That is, it would have shown the twenty-first hour after midnight"precisely the difference between London time and that of the one hundred and eightieth meridian. But if Fix had been able to explain this purely physical effect, Passepartout would not have admitted it, even if he had comprehended it.

purely - puramente

Moreover, if the detective had been on board at that moment, Passepartout would have joined issue with him on a quite different subject, and in an entirely different manner.

issue - emissione, fuoriuscita, esito, questione, problematica

entirely different - completamente diverso

Where was Fix at that moment?

He was actually on board the General Grant.

actually - realmente, davvero, in verita

On reaching Yokohama, the detective, leaving Mr. Fogg, whom he expected to meet again during the day, had repaired at once to the English consulate, where he at last found the warrant of arrest. It had followed him from Bombay, and had come by the Carnatic, on which steamer he himself was supposed to be. Fix's disappointment may be imagined when he reflected that the warrant was now useless. Mr.

meet again - incontrarsi di nuovo

Fogg had left English ground, and it was now necessary to procure his extradition!

procure - procurare, approvvigionare, acquistare, ottenere

"Well," thought Fix, after a moment of anger, "my warrant is not good here, but it will be in England. The rogue evidently intends to return to his own country, thinking he has thrown the police off his track. Good! I will follow him across the Atlantic. As for the money, heaven grant there may be some left!

anger - ira, rabbia, collera

intends - intendere, avere in animo

thrown - gettare, lanciare

But the fellow has already spent in traveling, rewards, trials, bail, elephants and all sorts of charges, more than five thousand pounds. Yet, after all, the bank is rich!"

rewards - ricompensa

trials - processo

charges - costo, prezzo, carico, accusa, imputazione, carica, incarico

His course decided on, he went on board the General Grant, and was there when Mr. Fogg and Aouda arrived. To his utter amazement, he recognized Passepartout, despite his theatrical disguise. He quickly concealed himself in his cabin, to avoid an awkward explanation, and hoped"thanks to the number of passengers"to remain unperceived by Mr. Fogg's servant.

amazement - stupore

theatrical - teatrale, plateale

disguise - camuffamento, travestimento, mascheramento, camuffarsi

awkward - maldestro, impacciato, goffo, imbarazzato, poco opportuno

unperceived - non percepito

On that very day, however, he met Passepartout face to face on the forward deck. The latter, without a word, made a rush for him, grasped him by the throat, and, much to the amusement of a group of Americans, who immediately began to bet on him, administered to the detective a perfect volley of blows, which proved the great superiority of French over English pugilistic skill.

grasped - afferrare, avvinghiare, avvinghiarsi, agguantare

throat - gola

amusement - divertimento, intrattenimento, festeggiamento

administered - amministrare

blows - colpi

superiority - superiorita

pugilistic - pugilistico

When Passepartout had finished, he found himself relieved and comforted. Fix got up in a somewhat rumpled condition, and, looking at his adversary, coldly said, "Have you done?"

relieved - risollevare, risollevarsi, lenire, alleviare, mitigare

comforted - agio, comodita, benessere

rumpled - sgualcito

condition - condizione, influenzare, condizionare

adversary - avversario, avversaria

"For this time"yes."

"Then let me have a word with you."

"But I""

"In your master's interests."

Passepartout seemed to be vanquished by Fix's coolness, for he quietly followed him, and they sat down aside from the rest of the passengers.

vanquished - sopraffare, sconfiggere, vincere

"You have given me a thrashing," said Fix. "Good, I expected it. Now, listen to me. Up to this time I have been Mr. Fogg's adversary. I am now in his game."

thrashing - sbattimento, (thrash), infierire, sferzare, percuotere

"Aha!" cried Passepartout. "You are convinced he is an honest man?"

Aha - a-ha

"No," replied Fix coldly, "I think him a rascal. Sh! don't budge, and let me speak. As long as Mr. Fogg was on English ground, it was for my interest to detain him there until my warrant of arrest arrived. I did everything I could to keep him back. I sent the Bombay priests after him. I got you intoxicated at Hong Kong. I separated you from him, and I made him miss the Yokohama steamer."

budge - spostarsi, muoversi

Passepartout listened, with closed fists.

"Now," resumed Fix, "Mr. Fogg seems to be going back to England. Well, I will follow him there. But hereafter I will do as much to keep obstacles out of his way as I have done up to this time to put them in his path. I've changed my game, you see, and simply because it was in my interest to change it.

hereafter - prima o poi, nel tempo a venire, di seguito

done up - fatto

Your interest is the same as mine, for it is only in England that you will know whether you are in the service of a criminal or an honest man."

Passepartout listened very attentively to Fix, and was convinced that he spoke with entire good faith.

entire - intero, intera

"Are we friends?" asked the detective.

"Friends? No," replied Passepartout. "But allies, perhaps. At the least sign of treason, however, I'll twist your neck for you.

treason - tradimento, collaborazionismo, connivenza

"Agreed," said the detective quietly.

Eleven days later, on the 3rd of December, the General Grant entered the bay of the Golden Gate, and reached San Francisco.

Golden - Dorato

Gate - cancello, portone

Mr. Fogg had neither gained nor lost a single day.

Chapter 25. In Which a Slight Glimpse Is Had of San Francisco

It was seven in the morning when Mr. Fogg, Aouda and Passepartout set foot upon the American continent, if this name can be given to the floating quay upon which they disembarked. These quays, rising and falling with the tide, thus facilitate the loading and unloading of vessels.

facilitate - facilitare, agevolare

loading and unloading - carico e scarico

Alongside them were clippers of all sizes, steamers of all nationalities, and the steamboats, with several decks rising one above the other, which ply on the Sacramento and its tributaries. There were also heaped up the products of a commerce which extends to Mexico, Chili, Peru, Brazil, Europe, Asia and all the Pacific islands.

sizes - dimensioni

decks - ponte

Sacramento - Sacramento

heaped up - ammassare

extends - ampliare

Mexico - Messico

Peru - Peru

Brazil - Brasile

Passepartout, in his joy on reaching at last the American continent, thought he would show it by executing a perilous vault in fine style; but, tumbling upon some worm-eaten planks, he fell through them. Put out of countenance by the manner in which he thus "set foot" upon the New World, he uttered a loud cry.

tumbling - ruzzolare, (tumble), caduta, tombola, cadere, precipitare

worm - verme, miserabile, drago

planks - tavola, asse

This so frightened the innumerable cormorants and pelicans that are always perched upon these movable quays, that they flew noisily away.

frightened - spaurire, spaventare

innumerable - innumerevole

cormorants - cormorano, divoratore, ghiottone, mangione

pelicans - pellicano

movable - mobile

Mr. Fogg, on reaching shore, proceeded to find out at what hour the first train left for New York, and learned that this was at six o'clock P.M. He had, therefore, an entire day to spend in the Californian city. Taking a carriage for three dollars, he and Aouda entered it, while Passepartout mounted the box beside the driver, and they set out for the International Hotel.

Californian - californiano

International - internazionale

From his exalted position Passepartout observed with much curiosity the wide streets, the low, evenly ranged houses, the Anglo-Saxon Gothic churches, the great docks, the palatial wooden and brick warehouses, the numerous conveyances, omnibuses, horse-cars, and upon the side-walks, not only Americans and Europeans, but Chinese and Indians. Passepartout was surprised at all he saw.

exalted - esaltare

evenly - in modo uniforme

ranged - catena, fornello, stufa a legna, piano cottura, varieta, gamma

Saxon - sassone

palatial - sontuoso

conveyances - trasporto

omnibuses - autobus

San Francisco was no longer the legendary city of 1849"a city of banditti, assassins and incendiaries, who had flocked here in crowds in pursuit of plunder. Formerly a paradise of outlaws, where they gambled with gold-dust, a revolver in one hand and a bowie-knife in the other, it was now a great commercial emporium.

legendary - leggendario

banditti - ordine del giorno

assassins - assassino, assassina

incendiaries - incendiario

flocked - gregge, stormo

plunder - saccheggiare, depredare, fare man bassa, razziare, rapinare

paradise - paradiso

outlaws - fuorilegge

gambled - scommessa, scommettere, rischiare

dust - polvere, spolverare

revolver - rivoltella, revolver

commercial - commerciale

emporium - emporio

The lofty tower of its City Hall overlooked the whole panorama of the streets and avenues, which cut each other at right-angles, and in the midst of which appeared pleasant, verdant squares. Beyond appeared the Chinese quarter, seemingly imported from the Celestial Empire in a toy-box.

lofty - maestoso, alto, nobile

tower - torre

overlooked - dare su

angles - Anglo

seemingly - apparentemente

imported - importare

toy - giocattolo, balocco, giocare, trastullarsi, baloccarsi

Sombreros and red shirts and plumed Indians were rarely to be seen; but there were silk hats and black coats everywhere worn by a multitude of nervously active, gentlemanly-looking men.

plumed - piuma

rarely - raramente

gentlemanly - signorile

Some of the streets"especially Montgomery Street, which is to San Francisco what Regent Street is to London, the Boulevard des Italiens to Paris and Broadway to New York"were lined with splendid and spacious stores, which exposed in their windows the products of the entire world.

Boulevard - viale

spacious - spazioso

stores - magazzino, deposito, scorta, immagazzinare, registrare

exposed - esposizioni

When Passepartout reached the International Hotel, it did not seem to him as if he had left England at all.

The ground floor of the hotel was occupied by a large bar, a sort of restaurant freely open to all passers-by, who might partake of dried beef, oyster soup, biscuits and cheese, without taking out their purses. Payment was made only for the ale, porter, or sherry which was drunk. This seemed "very American" to Passepartout. The hotel refreshment-rooms were comfortable, and Mr.

ground floor - piano terra

partake - partecipare

dried - secco, asciutto, asciugarsi, trinsecchire, tessiccare

beef - manzo, carne bovina

oyster - ostrica

biscuits - biscotto, biscottino

taking out - uscire con qualcuno, prendere, eliminare, fare fuori

purses - borse

refreshment - rinfrescarsi

Fogg and Aouda, installing themselves at a table, were abundantly served on diminutive plates by Negroes of darkest hue.

installing - installare

abundantly - abbondantemente

diminutive - minuscolo, diminutivo

plates - piatto

Negroes - nero, nera, negro

hue - colore, tonalita

After breakfast, Mr. Fogg, accompanied by Aouda, started for the English consulate to have his passport visaed. As he was going out, he met Passepartout, who asked him if it would not be well, before taking the train, to purchase some dozens of Enfield rifles and Colt's revolvers. He had been listening to stories of attacks upon the trains by the Sioux and Pawnees. Mr.

dozens - dozzina, centinaio

rifles - fucile

Colt - puledro

revolvers - rivoltella, revolver

attacks - attacco, assalire, attaccare

Sioux - tribes, language group

Fogg thought it a useless precaution, but told him to do as he thought best, and went on to the consulate.

precaution - precauzione

He had not proceeded two hundred steps, however, when, "by the greatest chance in the world," he met Fix. The detective seemed wholly taken by surprise. What! Had Mr. Fogg and himself crossed the Pacific together, and not met on the steamer!

taken by surprise - prendere alla sprovvista

At least Fix felt honored to behold once more the gentleman to whom he owed so much, and, as his business recalled him to Europe, he should be delighted to continue the journey in such pleasant company.

Mr. Fogg replied that the honor would be his; and the detective"who was determined not to lose sight of him"begged permission to accompany them in their walk about San Francisco"a request which Mr. Fogg readily granted.

accompany - accompagnare

readily - prontamente

granted - permettere, concedere, conferire, ammettere, garantire

They soon found themselves in Montgomery Street, where a great crowd was collected. The side-walks, street, horse-car rails, the shop-doors, the windows of the houses and even the roofs, were full of people. Men were going about carrying large posters, and flags and streamers were floating in the wind, while loud cries were heard on every hand.

roofs - tetto

posters - poster, cartellone, manifesto

"Hurrah for Camerfield!"

Hurrah - urra, evviva

"Hurrah for Mandiboy!"

It was a political meeting; at least so Fix guessed. He said to Mr. Fogg, "Perhaps we had better not mingle with the crowd. There may be danger in it."

political - politico

mingle - mescolare, rimestare, rigirare, amalgamare, mescolarsi

"Yes," returned Mr. Fogg, "and blows, even if they are political are still blows."

Fix smiled at this remark; and, in order to be able to see without being jostled about, the party took up a position on the top of a flight of steps situated at the upper end of Montgomery Street.

smiled - sorriso, sorridere

Opposite them, on the other side of the street, between a coal wharf and a petroleum warehouse, a large platform had been erected in the open air, towards which the current of the crowd seemed to be directed.

petroleum - petrolio

warehouse - magazzino

erected - eretto

For what purpose was this meeting? What was the occasion of this excited assemblage? Phileas Fogg could not imagine. Was it to nominate some high official"a governor or member of Congress? It was not improbable, so agitated was the multitude before them.

Occasion - occasione, occasionare

assemblage - assemblaggio

nominate - nominare

high official - alto funzionario

Congress - congresso

improbable - improbabile

Just at this moment there was an unusual stir in the human mass. All the hands were raised in the air. Some, tightly closed, seemed to disappear suddenly in the midst of the cries-an energetic way, no doubt, of casting a vote. The crowd swayed back, the banners and flags wavered, disappeared an instant, then reappeared in tatters.

disappear - sparire, scomparire

vote - voto, votare

swayed - ondeggiamento, fluttuazione, dondolio, oscillazione

wavered - esitare

tatters - stracci

The undulations of the human surge reached the steps, while all the heads floundered on the surface like a sea agitated by a squall. Many of the black hats disappeared, and the greater part of the crowd seemed to have diminished in height.

undulations - ondulazione

floundered - dibattersi

diminished - diminuire, ridurre

"It is evidently a meeting," said Fix, "and its object must be an exciting one. I should not wonder if it were about the Alabama, despite the fact that that question is settled."

"Perhaps," replied Mr. Fogg, simply.

"At least, there are two champions in presence of each other, the

champions - campione, campionessa

Honorable Mr. Camerfield and the Honorable Mr. Mandiboy."

Aouda, leaning upon Mr. Fogg's arm, observed the tumultuous scene with surprise, while Fix asked a man near him what the cause of it all was. Before the man could reply, a fresh agitation arose. Hurrahs and excited shouts were heard. The staffs of the banners began to be used as offensive weapons; and fists flew about in every direction.

tumultuous - confuso, caotico, tumultuoso, tumultuosa, tempestoso

Hurrahs - urra, evviva

shouts - grido

staffs - personale

offensive - offensivo, offensiva

Thumps were exchanged from the tops of the carriages and omnibuses which had been blocked up in the crowd. Boots and shoes went whirling through the air, and Mr. Fogg thought he even heard the crack of revolvers mingling in the din. The rout approached the stairway, and flowed over the lower step.

Thumps - colpo

blocked up - bloccato

crack - rompersi, incrinarsi

din - chiasso, frastuono

rout - sbaragliare

stairway - scalinata, gradinata

flowed - fluire

One of the parties had evidently been repulsed, but the mere onlookers could not tell whether Mandiboy or Camerfield had gained the upper hand.

repulsed - respingere

onlookers - spettatore, spettatrice

upper hand - avere il sopravvento

"It would be prudent for us to retire," said Fix, who was anxious that Mr. Fogg should not receive any injury, at least until they got back to London. "If there is any question about England in all this, and we were recognized, I fear it would go hard with us."

injury - ferita, danno, lesione

"An English subject"" began Mr. Fogg.

He did not finish his sentence, for a terrific hubbub now arose on the terrace behind the flight of steps where they stood, and there were frantic shouts of, "Hurrah for Mandiboy! Hip, hip, hurrah!"

hubbub - brusio

terrace - terrazza, altana

frantic - frenetico, esagitato

Hip - anca

It was a band of voters coming to the rescue of their allies, and taking the Camerfield forces in flank. Mr. Fogg, Aouda and Fix found themselves between two fires. It was too late to escape. The torrent of men, armed with loaded canes and sticks, was irresistible. Phileas Fogg and Fix were roughly hustled in their attempts to protect their fair companion.

voters - elettore, elettrice

flank - aggirare il fianco, proteggere il fianco, fiancheggiare, affiancare, soccoscio

torrent - torrente

canes - canna, canna di bambu, canna da zucchero, giunco, bastone

sticks - mettere, infilare

roughly - aprprossimativamente, a grosso modo

hustled - affrettarsi, darsi da fare, imbrogliare, truffare, spinta

attempts - tentare, cercare, provare, attentare, tentativo

The former, as cool as ever, tried to defend himself with the weapons which nature has placed at the end of every Englishman's arm, but in vain. A big brawny fellow with a red beard, flushed face and broad shoulders, who seemed to be the chief of the band, raised his clenched fist to strike Mr. Fogg, whom he would have given a crushing blow, had not Fix rushed in and received it in his stead.

defend - difendere, proteggere

brawny - muscoloso

flushed - rossore

clenched - stringere

strike - cancellare, colpire, coniare, scioperare, sembrare, arrendersi, sciopero

crushing - ressa, calca, cotta, schiacciare, pigiare, frantumare

stead - stufo

An enormous bruise immediately made its appearance under the detective's silk hat, which was completely smashed in.

bruise - livido, ammaccatura

smashed - smash, frantumare, frantumarsi, polverizzare

"Yankee!" exclaimed Mr. Fogg, darting a contemptuous look at the ruffian.

Yankee - yacht, yankee

darting - dardo

contemptuous - sprezzante, sdegnoso

ruffian - facinoroso

"Englishman!" returned the other. "We will meet again!"

"When you please."

"What is your name?"

"Phileas Fogg. And yours?"

"Colonel Stamp Proctor."

Colonel - colonnello

Stamp - conio, bollo, battere i piedi, pestare i piedi, stampare, timbrare, affrancare

Proctor - person who supervises students as they take an examination

The human tide now swept by, after overturning Fix, who speedily got upon his feet again, though with tattered clothes. Happily, he was not seriously hurt. His traveling overcoat was divided into two unequal parts, and his trousers resembled those of certain Indians, which fit less compactly than they are easy to put on.

swept - spazzare, scopare, ramazzare, setacciare, spazzata

overturning - ribaltare, capovolgere

hurt - dolere, fare male, ferire, ferito

overcoat - soprabito, cappotto

unequal - diseguale, impari

fit - in forma*

compactly - in modo compatto

Aouda had escaped unharmed, and Fix alone bore marks of the fray in his black and blue bruise.

unharmed - illeso, incolume, indenne, intatto

marks - Marco

fray - consumarsi, sfilacciarsi

"Thanks," said Mr. Fogg to the detective, as soon as they were out of the crowd.

"No thanks are necessary," replied Fix, "but let us go."

"Where?"

"To a tailor's."

tailor - sarto, sarta, calibrare

Such a visit was, indeed, necessary. The clothing of both Mr. Fogg and Fix was in rags, as if they had themselves been actively engaged in the contest between Camerfield and Mandiboy. An hour after, they were once more suitably attired, and with Aouda returned to the International Hotel.

rags - straccio

actively - attivamente

suitably - in modo adeguato

Passepartout was waiting for his master, armed with half a dozen six-barreled revolvers. When he perceived Fix, he knit his brows; but Aouda having, in a few words, told him of their adventure, his countenance resumed its placid expression. Fix evidently was no longer an enemy, but an ally. He was faith-fully keeping his word.

barreled - barile, botte

knit - lavorare a maglia, sferruzzare, legare, saldarsi, compattare

enemy - nemico, nemica

Dinner over, the coach which was to convey the passengers and their luggage to the station drew up to the door. As he was getting in, Mr. Fogg said to Fix, "You have not seen this Colonel Proctor again?"

coach - carrozza, vettura, diligenza, cocchio, carrozza ferroviaria

convey - trasportare, condurre, comunicare, esprimere, trasferire

"No."

"I will come back to America to find him," said Phileas Fogg calmly. "It would not be right for an Englishman to permit himself to be treated in that way without retaliating."

permit - permettere

retaliating - vendicarsi

The detective smiled, but did not reply. It was clear that Mr. Fogg was one of those Englishmen who, while they do not tolerate dueling at home, fight abroad when their honor is attacked.

tolerate - tollerare, sopportare, accettare

dueling - duello

fight - lottare, battersi

abroad - all'estero

attacked - attacco, assalire, attaccare

At a quarter before six the travelers reached the station, and found the train ready to depart. As he was about to enter it, Mr. Fogg called a porter, and said to him: "My friend, was there not some trouble today in San Francisco?"

"It was a political meeting, sir," replied the porter.

"But I thought there was a great deal of disturbance in the streets."

"It was only a meeting assembled for an election."

assembled - assemblare, montare, mettere insieme, riunire, riunirsi, adunare

election - elezione

"The election of a general-in-chief, no doubt?" asked Mr. Fogg.

"No, sir; of a justice of the peace."

peace - pace, armonia

Phileas Fogg got into the train, which started off at full speed.

Chapter 26. In Which Phileas Fogg and Party Travel by the Pacific Railroad

Railroad - ferrovia

"From ocean to ocean""so say the Americans; and these four words compose the general designation of the "great trunk line" which crosses the entire width of the United States. The Pacific Railroad is, however, really divided into two distinct lines: the Central Pacific, between San Francisco and Ogden, and the Union Pacific, between Ogden and Omaha. Five main lines connect Omaha with New York.

designation - indicazione, designazione, appellativo, utilizzo

trunk line - linea di collegamento

width - larghezza

connect - connettere, connettersi, cablare, collegare

New York and San Francisco are thus united by an uninterrupted metal ribbon, which measures no less than three thousand seven hundred and eighty-six miles. Between Omaha and the Pacific the railway crosses a territory which is still infested by Indians and wild beasts, and a large tract which the Mormons, after they were driven from Illinois in 1845, began to colonize.

uninterrupted - ininterrotto

metal - metallo

ribbon - nastro, fettuccia

measures - misurazione, misura, righello, regolo, funzione di misura

infested - infestare

tract - tratto, estensione

Mormons - Mormon

Illinois - Illinois

colonize - colonizzare

The journey from New York to San Francisco took, formerly, under the most favorable conditions, at least six months. It is now accomplished in seven days. In 1862, in spite of the Southern Members of Congress, who wished a more southerly route, it was decided to lay the road between the forty-first and forty-second parallels.

seven days - sette giorni

spite - dispetto, rancore

southerly - del sud

parallels - parallelo, parallelamente, omologo

President Lincoln himself fixed the end of the line at Omaha, in Nebraska. The work was started at once and pursued with true American energy. The rapidity with which it went on did not injuriously affect its good execution. The road grew, on the prairies, a mile and a half a day.

President - presidente, presidentessa, presidente della repubblica

Nebraska - Nebraska

energy - energia, forza

injuriously - in modo dannoso

execution - esecuzione

prairies - prateria

A locomotive, running on the rails laid down the evening before, brought the rails to be laid the next day, and advanced upon them as fast as they were put in position.

laid down - sdraiarsi

The Pacific Railroad is joined by several branches in Iowa, Kansas, Colorado and Oregon.

Iowa - Iowa

Kansas - Kansas

Colorado - Colorado

Oregon - Oregon

On leaving Omaha, it passes along the left bank of the Platte Rivet as far as the junction of its northern branch, follows its southern branch, crosses the Laramie territory and the Wahsatch Mountains, turns the Great Salt Lake, and reaches Salt Lake City, the Mormon capital, plunges into the Tuilla Valley, across the American Desert, Cedar and Humboldt Mountains, the Sierra Nevada, and descends, via Sacramento, to the Pacific"its grade, even on the Rocky Mountains, never exceeding one hundred and twelve feet to the mile.

Rivet - rivetto, ribattino, chiodare

branch - ramo, filiale, succursale, branca, settore

Reaches - arrivare a, raggiungere

Mormon - Mormon

plunges - tuffarsi

Sierra - Savona, Salerno

Nevada - Nevada

grade - voto, livello, grado di pendenza, pendenza, classe, scuola

exceeding - superare, eccedere

Such was the road to be traveled in seven days. It would enable Phileas Fogg"at least, so he hoped"to take the Atlantic steamer at New York on the 11th for Liverpool.

The car which he occupied was a sort of long omnibus on eight wheels, with no compartments in the interior. It was supplied with two rows of seats, perpendicular to the direction of the train on either side of an aisle which led to the front and rear platforms. These platforms were found throughout the train, and the passengers were able to pass from one end of the train to the other.

omnibus - autobus

compartments - terrazza, zoccolo

seats - posto, seduta, sedile, scranno

perpendicular - perpendicolare

aisle - collaterale, navata laterale, corridoio, corsia, passaggio

platforms - piattaforma, binario

It was supplied with saloon cars, balcony cars, restaurants and smoking-cars. Theatre cars alone were missing, and they will have these some day.

balcony - balcone

Book and news dealers, sellers of edibles, beverages and cigars, who seemed to have plenty of customers, were continually circulating in the aisles.

dealers - distributore, rivenditore, rappresentante, piazzista

sellers - venditore

edibles - commestibile, edibile, edule

cigars - sigaro

continually - continuamente

circulating - circolare

aisles - collaterale, navata laterale, corridoio, corsia, passaggio

The train left Oakland station at six o'clock. It was already night, cold and cheerless, the heavens being overcast with clouds which seemed to threaten snow. The train did not proceed rapidly. Counting the stops, it did not run more than twenty miles an hour, which was a sufficient speed, however, to enable it to reach Omaha within its designated time.

cheerless - senza allegria

threaten - minacciare, impaurire, intimidire, avvisare, promettere

sufficient - appropriato, sufficiente, idoneo, adeguato, congruo

There was but little conversation in the car, and soon many of the passengers were asleep. Passepartout found himself beside the detective, but he did not talk to him. After recent events, their relations with each other had grown somewhat cold. There could no longer be mutual sympathy or intimacy between them.

recent - recente

relations - relazione, parente

mutual - mutuo, vicendevole, reciproco

sympathy - compassione, empatia

intimacy - intimita

Fix's manner had not changed; but Passepartout was very reserved, and ready to strangle his former friend on the slightest provocation.

strangle - strangolare

provocation - provocazione

Snow began to fall an hour after they started, a fine snow, however, which happily did not deter the train. Nothing could be seen from the windows but a vast, white sheet, against which the smoke of the locomotive had a greyish aspect.

deter - prevenire, scoraggiare

greyish - grigiastro

At eight o'clock a steward entered the car and announced that bedtime had arrived. In a few minutes the car was transformed into a dormitory. The backs of the seats were thrown back, bedsteads carefully packed were rolled out by an ingenious system, berths were suddenly improvised, and each traveler soon had at his disposition a comfortable bed, protected from curious eyes by thick curtains.

steward - amministratore, supervisore

dormitory - camerata, dormitorio

thrown back - ributtato

bedsteads - sponda, telaio

rolled out - espandere le attivita di marketing

ingenious - ingegnoso

berths - cuccetta, attracco, attraccare

improvised - improvvisare, parlare a braccio

disposition - carattere

curtains - tenda, tappezzeria, drappo, drappeggio

The sheets were clean and the pillows soft. It only remained to go to bed and sleep"which everybody did"while the train sped on across the State of California.

sheets - foglio, talian: teglia da forno g, talian: foglio g, ('of metal also') lamiera g, ('of ice, stone, marble') lastra g, scotta

pillows - guanciale, cuscino, testiera

sped - velocita

The country between San Francisco and Sacramento is not very hilly. The Central Pacific, taking Sacramento for its starting point, extends eastward to meet the road from Omaha. The line from San Francisco to Sacramento runs in a northeasterly direction, along the American River, which empties into San Pablo Bay. The one hundred and twenty miles between these cities were accomplished in six hours.

hilly - collinoso

northeasterly - a nord-est

Towards midnight, while fast asleep, the travelers passed through Sacramento; so that they saw nothing of that important place, the seat of the state government, with its fine quays, its broad streets, its noble hotels, squares and churches.

The train, on leaving Sacramento, and passing the junction, Roclin, Auburn and Colfax, entered the range of the Sierra Nevada. 'Cisco was reached at seven in the morning; and an hour later the dormitory was transformed into an ordinary car, and the travelers could observe the picturesque beauties of the mountain region through which they were steaming.

Auburn - biondo rame

ordinary - pezza, ordinario, ordinaria

region - regione

steaming - cottura a vapore, (steam), vapore

The railway track wound in and out among the passes, now approaching the mountainsides, now suspended over precipices, avoiding abrupt angles by bold curves, plunging into narrow defiles, which seemed to have no outlet.

mountainsides - versante della montagna

precipices - precipizio, dirupo, baratro, burrone

avoiding - schivare, evitare

curves - curva, curvare

outlet - sbocco

The locomotive, its great funnel emitting a weird light, with its sharp bell, and its cowcatcher extended like a spur, mingled its shrieks and bellowings with the noise of torrents and cascades, and twined its smoke among the branches of the gigantic pines.

emitting - emettere

weird - anormale, surreale, paranormale, innaturale

cowcatcher - acchiappamucche

spur - sperone, sprone

shrieks - gridare, strillare

bellowings - muggiti

torrents - torrente

cascades - cascate

twined - cordicella

pines - pino

There were few or no bridges or tunnels on the route. The railway turned around the sides of the mountains, and did not attempt to violate nature by taking the shortest cut from one point to another.

tunnels - tunnel, traforo

violate - violare

The train entered the State of Nevada through the Carson Valley about nine o'clock, going always northeasterly. At midday it reached Reno where there was a delay of twenty minutes for breakfast.

midday - mezzogiorno, di mezzogiorno

From this point the road, running along Humboldt River, passed northward for several miles by its banks. Then it turned eastward, and kept by the river until it reached the Humboldt Range, nearly at the extreme eastern limit of Nevada.

limit - limite

After breakfast, Mr. Fogg and his companions resumed their places in the car, and observed the varied landscape which unfolded as they passed along: the vast prairies, the mountains lining the horizon, and the creeks, with their frothy, foaming streams. Sometimes a great herd of buffaloes, massing together in the distance, seemed like a movable dam.

unfolded - spiegare, stendere

creeks - calanca, piccola insenatura, ruscello, rivo, fiumicello

frothy - spumoso, spumeggiante

foaming - schiumare, (foam), schiuma, gomma piuma

herd - mandria, branco

buffaloes - bufalo, bison

massing - massa

dam - barriera, diga

These innumerable multitudes of beasts often form an insurmountable obstacle to the passage of the trains. Thousands of them have been seen passing over the track for hours in compact ranks. The locomotive is then forced to stop and wait till the road is once more clear.

multitudes - moltitudine, folla

insurmountable - insormontabile

passing over - passare davanti, lasciare qualcosa, ignorare

This happened to the train in which Mr. Fogg was traveling. About twelve o'clock a troop of ten or twelve thousand head of buffalo covered the track. The locomotive, slackening its speed, tried to clear the way with its cowcatcher; but the mass of animals was too great. The buffaloes marched along with a tranquil gait, uttering now and then deafening bellowings.

troop - truppe, truppa

buffalo - bufalo, bison

There was no use of interrupting them, for, having taken a particular direction, nothing can moderate and change their course. It is a torrent of living flesh which no dam could contain.

flesh - carne

contain - contenere

The travelers gazed on this curious spectacle from the platforms. But Phileas Fogg, who had the most reason of all to be in a hurry, remained in his seat, and waited philosophically until it should please the buffaloes to get out of the way.

spectacle - spettacolo

Passepartout was furious at the delay, and longed to discharge his arsenal of revolvers upon them.

discharge - secrezione, emissione, discarico, scarica, dimissioni, congedo

arsenal - arsenale, deposito armi, magazzino, deposito

"What a country!" he cried. "Mere cattle stop the trains, and go by in a procession, just as if they were not impeding travel! Parbleu! I should like to know if Mr. Fogg foresaw this mishap in his program! And here's an engineer who doesn't dare to run the locomotive into this herd of beasts!"

impeding - impedito

mishap - disavventura

The engineer did not try to overcome the obstacle, and he was wise. He would have crushed the first buffaloes, no doubt, with the cowcatcher; but the locomotive, however powerful, would soon have been checked, the train would inevitably have been thrown off the track, and would then have been helpless.

powerful - potente, efficace

helpless - indifeso

The best course was to wait patiently, and regain the lost time by greater speed when the obstacle was removed. The procession of buffaloes lasted three full hours, and it was night before the track was clear. The last ranks of the herd were now passing over the rails, while the first had already disappeared below the southern horizon.

wait patiently - aspettare pazientemente

regain - riprendere, riappropriarsi, recuperare, riguadagnare

removed - rimuovere, asportare, levare, togliere

It was eight o'clock when the train passed through the defiles of the Humboldt Range, and half-past nine when it penetrated Utah, the region of the Great Salt Lake, the singular colony of the Mormons.

Utah - Utah

Chapter 27. In Which Passepartout Undergoes, at a Speed of Twenty Miles an Hour, a Course of Mormon History

Undergoes - soffrire, sottoporsi

During the night of the 5th of December, the train ran south-easterly for about fifty miles; then rose an equal distance in a northeasterly direction, towards the Great Salt Lake.

easterly - verso est

Passepartout, about nine o'clock, went out upon the platform to take the air. The weather was cold, the heavens grey, but it was not snowing.

The sun's disc, enlarged by the mist, seemed an enormous ring of gold, and Passepartout was amusing himself by calculating its value in pounds sterling, when he was diverted from this interesting study by a strange-looking person who made his appearance on the platform.

disc - disco

enlarged - allargare

ring - anello

amusing - svagare

diverted - deviare, distrarre, divertirsi, distrarsi

This person, who had taken the train at Elko, was tall and dark, with black moustache, black stockings, a black silk hat, a black waistcoat, black trousers, a white cravat and dogskin gloves. He might have been taken for a clergyman. He went from one end of the train to the other, and affixed to the door of each car a notice written in manuscript.

moustache - baffi, mostaccio

waistcoat - panciotto, gile, corpetto

cravat - foulard

dogskin - pelle di cane

gloves - guanto

clergyman - chierico, prete, sacerdote, ecclesiastico

affixed - confisso

manuscript - manoscritto

Passepartout approached and read one of these notices. It stated that Elder William Hitch, Mormon missionary, taking advantage of his presence on train No.48, would deliver a lecture on Mormonism in car No.117, from eleven to twelve o'clock; and that he invited all who were desirous of being instructed concerning the mysteries of the religion of the "Latter Day Saints" to attend.

notices - percezione, notifica, avviso, comunicazione, preavviso, notare

stated - statistica

Hitch - nodo, nodi, gancio, ganci, inconveniente, intoppo

missionary - missionario, missionaria

lecture on - lezione su

Mormonism - mormonismo

mysteries - mistero, arcano, enigma

Saints - San, Santo, Santa

attend - assistere a, seguire

"I'll go," said Passepartout to himself. He knew nothing of

Mormonism except the custom of polygamy, which is its foundation.

polygamy - poligamia

foundation - fondazione, fondamenta

The news quickly spread through the train, which contained about one hundred passengers, thirty of whom, at most, attracted by the notice, seated themselves in car No.117. Passepartout took one of the front seats. Neither Mr. Fogg nor Fix cared to attend.

attracted - attirare, attrarre, sedurre, affascinare

At the appointed hour Elder William Hitch rose, and, in an irritated voice, as if he had already been contradicted, said, "I tell you that Joe Smith is a martyr, that his brother Hiram is a martyr, and that the persecutions of the United States Government against the prophets will also make a martyr of Brigham Young. Who dares to say the contrary?"

irritated - irritare

contradicted - contraddire, contestare, contrariare

Joe - Pino, Peppe, Beppe, Peppino

martyr - martire

persecutions - persecuzione

prophets - profeta, vate, divinatore, aedo

dares - osare

No one ventured to contradict the missionary, whose excited tone contrasted curiously with his naturally calm expression. No doubt his anger arose from the hardships to which the Mormons were actually subjected. The government had just succeeded, with some difficulty, in reducing these independent fanatics to its rule.

contradict - contraddire, contestare, contrariare

contrasted - contrasto, diversita

arose from - e nata da

hardships - avversita, difficolta

reducing - ridurre, dimagrire, retrocedere, degradare

It had made itself master of Utah, and subjected that territory to the laws of the Union, after imprisoning Brigham Young on a charge of rebellion and polygamy. The disciples of the prophet had since redoubled their efforts, and resisted, by words at least, the authority of Congress. Elder Hitch, as is seen, was trying to make proselytes on the railway trains.

imprisoning - imprigionare, incarcerare

rebellion - ribellione

disciples - discepolo

prophet - profeta, vate, divinatore, aedo

redoubled - raddoppiare

resisted - resistere

proselytes - proselito, neofita

Then, emphasizing his words with his loud voice and frequent gestures, he related the history of the Mormons from Biblical times. He told how in Israel, a Mormon prophet of the tribe of Joseph published the annals of the new religion, and bequeathed them to his Mormon son; how, many centuries later, a translation of this precious book, which was written in Egyptian, was made by Joseph Smith, Jr.

emphasizing - enfatizzare, sottolineare, evidenziare

Biblical - biblico

Israel - Israele

tribe - tribu

Joseph - Giuseppe

published - pubblicare, rendere noto, divulgare

annals - annale

bequeathed - legare, lasciare in eredita, trasmettere, tramandare, donare

translation - traduzione, traslazione, translazione/checktraslazione

Egyptian - egiziano, egiziaco, egiziana, egiziani

, a Vermont farmer, who revealed himself as a mystical prophet in 1825; and how, in short, the celestial messenger appeared to him in an illuminated forest, and gave him the annals of the Lord.

Vermont - Vermont

revealed - rivelare, gettare la maschera, uscire allo scoperto

mystical - mistico

messenger - messaggero, corriere

illuminated - illuminare, chiarire, miniare

Several of the audience, not being much interested in the missionary's narrative, here left the car; but Elder Hitch, continuing his lecture, related how Smith, Jr.

lecture - conferenza, lezione, insegnare, sgridare, richiamare

, with his father, two brothers, and a few disciples, founded the church of the "Latter Day Saints," which, adopted not only in America, but in England, Norway and Sweden and Germany, counts many artisans, as well as men engaged in the liberal professions, among its members; how a colony was established in Ohio, a temple erected there at a cost of two hundred thousand dollars, and a town built at Kirkland; how Smith became an enterprising banker, and received from a simple mummy showman a papyrus scroll written by Abraham and several famous Egyptians.

founded - trovato

church - chiesa, funzione, messa

adopted - adottare

Norway - Norvegia

Sweden - Svezia

Germany - Germania

artisans - artigiano

liberal - liberale

professions - professione

established - stabilire, confermare, instaurare, fondare, istituire

Ohio - Ohio

enterprising - intraprendente

banker - banchiere

mummy - mamma

showman -

papyrus - papiro

scroll - rotolo

Abraham - Abramo

Egyptians - egiziano, egiziaco, egiziana, egiziani

The Elder's story became somewhat wearisome, and his audience grew gradually less, until it was reduced to twenty passengers.

wearisome - stancante

reduced - ridurre, dimagrire, retrocedere, degradare

But this did not disconcert the enthusiast, who proceeded with the story of Joseph Smith's bankruptcy in 1837, and how his ruined creditors gave him a coat of tar and feathers; his reappearance some years afterwards, more honorable and honored than ever, at Independence, Missouri, the chief of a flourishing colony of three thousand disciples, and his pursuit thence by outraged Gentiles, and retirement in the Far West.

disconcert - sconcertare, sconvolgere

enthusiast - entusiasta, appassionato, zelota

bankruptcy - bancarotta

creditors - creditore, creditrice

tar - catrame

feathers - piuma, penna, barbetta

reappearance - riapparizione

Independence - indipendenza

Missouri - Missouri

flourishing - fiorire, crescere, svilupparsi, prosperare, sventolio

outraged - oltraggio, sdegno, indignazione, oltraggiare

Gentiles - Gentili, (Gentile), gentile

retirement - pensionamento

Ten hearers only were now left, among them honest Passepartout, who was listening with all ears.

hearers - ascoltatore

Thus he learned that, after long persecutions, Smith reappeared in Illinois, and in 1839 founded a community at Nauvoo, on the Mississippi, numbering twenty-five thousand souls, of which he became mayor, chief justice and general-in-chief; that he announced himself, in 1843, as a candidate for the Presidency of the United States; and that finally, being drawn into ambush at Carthage, he was thrown into prison, and assassinated by a band of men disguised in masks.

community - comunita, comunanza

mayor - sindaco, sindaca, primo cittadino, prima cittadina

candidate - candidato, candidata

Presidency - presidenza

ambush - imboscata

Carthage - Cartagine

assassinated - assassinare

disguised - camuffamento, travestimento, mascheramento, camuffarsi

masks - maschera

Passepartout was now the only person left in the car.

The Elder, looking him full in the face, reminded him that, two years after the assassination of Joseph Smith, the inspired prophet, Brigham Young, his successor, left Nauvoo for the banks of the Great Salt Lake, where, in the midst of that fertile region, directly on the route of the emigrants who crossed Utah on their way to California, the new colony, thanks to the polygamy practised by the Mormons, had flourished beyond expectations.

reminded - ricordare

assassination - assassinio

emigrants - emigrante

flourished - fiorire, crescere, svilupparsi, prosperare, sventolio

expectations - attesa, attese, aspettativa

"And this," added Elder William Hitch, "is why the jealousy of Congress has been aroused against us! Why have the soldiers of the Union invaded the soil of Utah? Why has Brigham Young, our chief, been imprisoned, in contempt of all justice? Shall we yield to force? Never!

jealousy - gelosia

invaded - invadere

Driven from Vermont, driven from Illinois, driven from Ohio, driven from Missouri, driven from Utah, we shall yet find some independent territory on which to plant our tents. And you, my brother," continued the Elder, fixing his angry eyes upon his single hearer, "will you not plant yours there, too, under the shadow of our flag?"

tents - tenda

hearer - ascoltatore

shadow - ombra, pedinare

"No!" replied Passepartout courageously, in his turn retiring from the car, and leaving the Elder to preach to vacancy.

courageously - coraggiosamente

preach - predicare

vacancy - posto vacante, posizione vacante

During the lecture the train had been making good progress, and towards half-past twelve it reached the northwest border of the Great Salt Lake. Here the passengers could observe the vast extent of this interior sea, which is also called the Dead Sea, and into which flows an American Jordan.

border - confine, frontiera, orlo

Dead Sea - Il Mar Morto

flows - fluire

Jordan - Giordania, Giordano

It is a picturesque lake, framed in lofty crags in large strata, encrusted with white salt"a superb sheet of water, which was formerly of larger space than now, its shores having encroached with the lapse of time, and thus at once reduced its breadth and increased its depth.

crags - picco, spuntone

strata - strati

encroached - invadere

lapse - scadere

breadth - larghezza

depth - profondita

The Salt Lake, seventy miles long and thirty-five wide, is situated three miles, eight hundred feet above the sea. Quite different from Lake Asphaltite, whose depression is twelve hundred feet below the sea, it contains considerable salt, and one quarter of the weight of its water is solid matter, its specific weight being 1,170, and, after being distilled, 1,000.

miles long - chilometri di lunghezza

Asphaltite - Asfaltite

contains - contenere

weight - peso, appesantire, gravare, ponderare

specific - specifico, particolare, peculiare

distilled - distillare

Fishes are, of course, unable to live in it, and those which descend through the Jordan, the Weber, and other streams soon perish.

Weber - weber

perish - perire

The country around the lake was well cultivated, for the Mormons are mostly farmers; while ranches and pens for domesticated animals, fields of wheat, corn and other cereals, luxuriant prairies, hedges of wild rose, clumps of acacias and milk-wort, would have been seen six months later. Now the ground was covered with a thin powdering of snow.

farmers - agricoltore, fattore, contadino, contadina

ranches - ranch

cereals - cereale

luxuriant - lussureggiante, rigoglioso

clumps - blocco, gruppo

wort - mosto

powdering - polvere

The train reached Ogden at two o'clock, where it rested for six hours. Mr. Fogg and his party had time to pay a visit to Salt Lake City, connected with Ogden by a branch road. They spent two hours in this strikingly American town, built on the pattern of other cities of the Union, like a checker-board, "with the sombre sadness of right-angles," as Victor Hugo expresses it.

rested - riposo

pay a visit - fare una visita

strikingly - in modo eclatante

pattern - modello, trama, struttura, schema, cartamodello

sombre - scuro

sadness - tristezza

Victor - Venezia, Vittorio, Vittore

Hugo - a French surname

expresses - esprimere

The founder of the City of the Saints could not escape from the taste for symmetry which distinguishes the Anglo-Saxons. In this strange country, where the people are certainly not up to the level of their institutions, everything is done "squarely""cities, houses and follies.

symmetry - simmetria

distinguishes - distinguere, discernere, distinguersi

Saxons - sassone

level - piano, orizzontale, livellato, costante, uniforme, a posto

institutions - istituzione

follies - follia, stravaganza, unicum, eccentricita

The travelers, then, were promenading, at three o'clock, about the streets of the town built between the banks of the Jordan and the spurs of the Wahsatch Range. They saw few or no churches, but the prophet's mansion, the courthouse, and the arsenal, blue-brick houses with verandas and porches, surrounded by gardens bordered with acacias, palms and locusts.

courthouse - palazzo di giustizia

porches - veranda, portico

locusts - locusta

A clay and pebble wall, built in 1853, surrounded the town. In the principal street were the market and several hotels adorned with pavilions. The place did not seem thickly populated. The streets were almost deserted, except in the vicinity of the temple, which they only reached after having traversed several quarters surrounded by palisades.

pebble - ciottolo, acciottolare

pavilions - padiglione

populated - popolare

deserted - abbandonare

vicinity - vicinanza, dintorni, intorno

traversed - traversare

palisades - palizzata

There were many women, which was easily accounted for by the "peculiar institution" of the Mormons; but it must not be supposed that all the Mormons are polygamists.

accounted - conto

polygamists - poligamo

They are free to marry or not, as they please; but it is worth noting that it is mainly the female citizens of Utah who are anxious to marry, as, according to the Mormon religion, maiden ladies are not admitted to the possession of its highest joys. These poor creatures seemed to be neither well off nor happy.

marry - sposare, sposarsi

mainly - principalmente, sostanzialmente

female - femminile, femmina

citizens - cittadino, cittadina, residente, civile

maiden - pulzella, ragazza, nubile, signorina, checkvergine

joys - Gioia

Some"the more well-to-do, no doubt"wore short, open black silk dresses, under a hood or modest shawl; others were clothed in Indian fashion.

hood - cappuccio

Passepartout could not behold without a certain fright these women, charged, in groups; with conferring happiness on a single Mormon. His common sense pitied, above all, the husband.

fright - spavento

conferring - conferire

Happiness - felicita, gioia, allegria

pitied - pieta, peccato, compatire

It seemed to him a terrible thing to have to guide so many wives at once across the vicissitudes of life, and to conduct them, as it were, in a body to the Mormon paradise, with the prospect of seeing them in the company of the glorious Smith, who doubtless was the chief ornament of that delightful place, to all eternity.

vicissitudes - vicissitudine

glorious - glorioso

eternity - eternita

He felt decidedly repelled from such a vocation, and he imagined"perhaps he was mistaken"that the fair ones of Salt Lake City cast rather alarming glances on his person. Happily, his stay there was but brief. At four the party found themselves again at the station, took their places in the train, and the whistle sounded for starting.

repelled - respingere

vocation - vocazione

alarming - allarme

glances - dare un'occhiata, sbirciare, occhieggiare, radere, rasentare

Just at the moment however, that the locomotive wheels began to move, cries of "Stop! Stop!" were heard.

Trains, like time and tide, stop for no one. The gentleman who uttered the cries was evidently a belated Mormon. He was breathless with running. Happily for him, the station had neither gates nor barriers. He rushed along the track, jumped on the rear platform of the train, and fell, exhausted, into one of the seats.

belated - in ritardo

breathless - senza fiato

barriers - barriera, limite

Passepartout, who had been anxiously watching this amateur gymnast, approached him with lively interest, and learned that he had taken flight after an unpleasant domestic scene.

amateur - dilettante, appassionato, amateur, amatore

When the Mormon had recovered his breath, Passepartout ventured to ask him politely how many wives he had; for, from the manner in which he had decamped, it might be thought that he had twenty at least.

breath - respiro, lena, alito, fiato

decamped - decampare

"One, sir," replied the Mormon, raising his arms heavenward""one, and that is enough!"

Chapter 28. In Which Passepartout Does Not Succeed in Making Anybody listen to reason

listen to reason - ascoltare la ragione

The train, on leaving Great Salt Lake at Ogden, passed northward for an hour as far as Weber River, having completed nearly nine hundred miles from San Francisco. From this point it took an easterly direction towards the jagged Wahsatch Mountains.

jagged - puntuto, frastagliato

It was in the section included between this range and the Rocky Mountains that the American engineers found the most formidable difficulties in laying the road, and that the government granted a subsidy of forty-eight thousand dollars per mile, instead of sixteen thousand allowed for the work done on the plains.

laying - posa

subsidy - sovvenzione, sussidio

allowed - lasciare, permettere, concedere, consentire

But the engineers, instead of violating nature, avoided its difficulties by winding around, instead of penetrating the rocks. One tunnel only, fourteen thousand feet in length, was pierced in order to arrive at the great basin.

violating - violare

winding - avvolgimento

rocks - roccia

tunnel - tunnel, traforo

pierced - trapassare, trafiggere

The track up to this time had reached its highest elevation at the Great Salt Lake. From this point it described a long curve, descending towards Bitter Creek Valley, to rise again to the dividing ridge of the waters between the Atlantic and the Pacific. There were many creeks in this mountainous region, and it was necessary to cross Muddy Creek, Green Creek and others, upon culverts.

elevation - elevazione

curve - curva, curvare

Bitter - amaro, aspro

Creek - calanca, piccola insenatura, ruscello, rivo, fiumicello

dividing - dividere

ridge - cresta, crinale, costone, colmo, catena, dorsale

mountainous region - regione montuosa

Muddy - Fangoso

culverts - culto

Passepartout grew more and more impatient as they went on, while Fix longed to get out of this difficult region, and was more anxious than Phileas Fogg himself to be beyond the danger of delays and accidents, and set foot on English soil.

At ten o'clock at night the train stopped at Fort Bridger station, and twenty minutes later entered Wyoming Territory, following the valley of Bitter Creek throughout. The next day, December 7th, they stopped for a quarter of an hour at Green River station. Snow had fallen heavily during the night, but, being mixed with rain, it had half melted, and did not interrupt their progress.

Wyoming - Wyoming

melted - sciogliere, fondere

The bad weather, however, annoyed Passepartout; for the accumulation of snow, by blocking the wheels of the cars, would certainly have been fatal to Mr. Fogg's tour.

accumulation - accumulazione, accumulo

blocking - bloccare

"What an idea!" he said to himself. "Why did my master make this journey in winter? Couldn't he have waited for the good season to increase his chances?"

While the worthy Frenchman was absorbed in the state of the sky and the depression of the temperature, Aouda was experiencing fears from a totally different cause.

absorbed in - assorbito in

temperature - temperatura, febbre

experiencing - esperienza, esperire

totally - totalmente, completamente

Several passengers had got off at Green River, and were walking up and down the platforms. Among these Aouda recognized Colonel Stamp Proctor, the same man who had so grossly insulted Phileas Fogg at the San Francisco meeting. Not wishing to be recognized, the young woman drew back from the window, feeling much alarm at her discovery.

grossly - grossolanamente

insulted - offendere, insultare, insulto, offesa, oltraggio

She was attached to the man who, however coldly, gave her daily evidences of the most absolute devotion. She did not comprehend, perhaps, the depth of the sentiment with which her protector inspired her, which she called gratitude, but which, though she was unconscious of it, was really more than that. Her heart sank within her when she recognized the man whom Mr.

evidences - prova, evidenza

absolute - assoluto

sank - affondare

Fogg desired, sooner or later, to call to account for his conduct. Chance alone, it was clear, had brought Colonel Proctor on this train; but there he was, and it was necessary, at all hazards, that Phileas Fogg should not perceive his adversary.

desired - desiderare, volere, desiderio, voglia

Aouda seized a moment when Mr. Fogg was asleep to tell Fix and

Passepartout whom she had seen.

"That Proctor on this train!" cried Fix. "Well, reassure yourself, madam. Before he settles with Mr. Fogg, he has got to deal with me! It seems to me that I was the more insulted of the two."

settles - sistemarsi, mettersi

"And, besides," added Passepartout, "I'll take charge of him, colonel as he is."

"Mr. Fix," resumed Aouda, "Mr. Fogg will allow no one to avenge him. He said that he would come back to America to find this man. Should he perceive Colonel Proctor, we could not prevent a collision which might have terrible results. He must not see him."

avenge - vendicare

collision - collisione

"You are right, madam," replied Fix. "A meeting between them might ruin all. Whether he were victorious or beaten, Mr. Fogg would be delayed, and""

victorious - vittorioso

"And," added Passepartout, "that would play the game of the gentlemen of the Reform Club. In four days we shall be in New York. Well, if my master does not leave this car during those four days, we may hope that chance will not bring him face to face with this confounded American. We must, if possible, prevent his stirring out of it."

confounded - confondere

stirring - mescolando

The conversation dropped. Mr. Fogg had just awakened, and was looking out of the window. Soon after Passepartout, without being heard by his master or Aouda, whispered to the detective, "Would you really fight for him?"

"I would do anything," replied Fix, in a tone which betrayed determined will, "to get him back living to Europe!"

Passepartout felt something like a shudder shoot through his frame, but his confidence in his master remained unbroken.

shudder - brivido, sussulto, tremolio, tremare

shoot through - sfugire, dolore lancinante

frame - incorniciare, incastrare, impalcatura, incastellatura, armatura

Was there any means of detaining Mr. Fogg in the car, to avoid a meeting between him and the colonel? It ought not to be a difficult task, since that gentleman was naturally sedentary and little curious. The detective, at least, seemed to have found a way; for, after a few moments, he said to Mr. Fogg, "These are long and slow hours, sir, that we are passing on the railway."

detaining - detenere, trattenere

sedentary - sedentario

passing on - passare

"Yes," replied Mr. Fogg, "but they pass."

"You were in the habit of playing whist," resumed Fix, "on the steamers."

"Yes; but it would be difficult to do so here. I have neither cards nor partners."

"Oh, but we can easily buy some cards, for they are sold on all the American trains. And as for partners, if madam plays""

"Certainly, sir," Aouda quickly replied, "I understand whist. It is part of an English education."

"I myself have some pretensions to playing a good game. Well, here are three of us, and a dummy""

pretensions - pretesa

dummy - taciturno, stupido, scemo, manichino, sagoma, fantoccio

"As you please, sir," replied Phileas Fogg, heartily glad to resume his favorite pastime"even on the railway.

favorite - preferito

pastime - passatempo

Passepartout was despatched in search of the steward, and soon returned with two packs of cards, some pins, counters and a shelf covered with cloth.

packs - fagotto, sacca

pins - spillo, spilla, molletta

counters - contatore

shelf - scaffale, mensola, ripiano, palchetto, asse

The game commenced. Aouda understood whist sufficiently well, and even received some compliments on her playing from Mr. Fogg. As for the detective, he was adept, and worthy of being matched against his present opponent.

compliments - complimento, complimentarsi

adept - abile, esperto

matched - fiammifero

opponent - oppositore, oppositrice

"Now," thought Passepartout, "we've got him. He won't budge."

At eleven in the morning the train had reached the dividing ridge of the waters at Bridger Pass, seven thousand five hundred and twenty-four feet above the level of the sea, one of the highest points attained by the track in crossing the Rocky Mountains.

attained - raggiungere, ottenere, attenere

After going about two hundred miles, the travelers at last found themselves on one of those vast plains which extend to the Atlantic, and which nature has made so propitious for laying the iron road.

extend - ampliare

On the declivity of the Atlantic basin the first streams, branches of the North Platte River, already appeared. The whole northern and eastern horizon was bounded by the immense semi-circular curtain which is formed by the southern portion of the Rocky Mountains, the highest being Laramie Peak. Between this and the railway extended vast plains, plentifully irrigated.

declivity - declivio

curtain - tenda, tappezzeria, drappo, drappeggio

plentifully - abbondantemente

irrigated - irrigare

On the right rose the lower spurs of the mountainous mass which extends southward to the sources of the Arkansas River, one of the great tributaries of the Missouri.

sources - fonte, sorgente, informatore, source

Arkansas - Arkansas

At half-past twelve the travelers caught sight for an instant of Fort Halleck, which commands that section. In a few more hours the Rocky Mountains were crossed. There was reason to hope, then, that no accident would mark the journey through this difficult country. The snow had ceased falling, and the air became crisp and cold.

commands - comando, ordine, padronanza, maestria, perizia, ordinare

mark - Marco

journey through - viaggiare attraverso

crisp - croccante

Large birds, frightened by the locomotive, rose and flew off in the distance. No wild beast appeared on the plain. It was a desert in its vast nakedness.

nakedness - nudezza, nudita

After a comfortable breakfast, served in the car, Mr. Fogg and his partners had just resumed whist, when a violent whistling was heard, and the train stopped. Passepartout put his head out of the door, but saw nothing to cause the delay. No station was in view.

Aouda and Fix feared that Mr. Fogg might take it into his head to get out, but that gentleman contented himself with saying to his servant, "See what is the matter."

Passepartout rushed out of the car. Thirty or forty passengers had already descended, amongst them Colonel Stamp Proctor.

amongst - tra, in mezzo a

The train had stopped before a red signal which blocked the way. The engineer and conductor were talking excitedly with a signal-man, whom the station-master at Medicine Bow, the next stopping place, had sent on before. The passengers drew around and took part in the discussion, in which Colonel Proctor, with his insolent manner, was conspicuous.

blocked - blocco

excitedly - con entusiasmo

Medicine - medicina, farmaco

stopping place - luogo di sosta

sent on - inviato

insolent - insolente

conspicuous - evidente, lampante, notevole, vistoso

Passepartout, joining the group, heard the signal-man say, "No! You can't pass. The bridge at Medicine Bow is shaky, and would not bear the weight of the train."

shaky - malfermo

bear - sopportare

This was a suspension-bridge thrown over some rapids, about a mile from the place where they now were. According to the signal-man, it was in a ruinous condition, several of the iron wires being broken; and it was impossible to risk the passage. He did not in any way exaggerate the condition of the bridge.

suspension - sospensione, balestra

thrown over - gettato su

rapids - rapido, deciso, rapida, cataratta

ruinous - rovinoso

exaggerate - esagerare

It may be taken for granted that, rash as the Americans usually are, when they are prudent there is good reason for it.

Passepartout, not daring to tell his master what he heard, listened with set teeth, immovable as a statue.

immovable - fisso

"Hum!" cried Colonel Proctor, "but we are not going to stay here,

I imagine, and take root in the Snow?"

root - radice

"Colonel," replied the conductor, "we have telegraphed to Omaha for a train, but it is not likely that it will reach Medicine Bow in less than six hours."

telegraphed - telegrafo

"Six hours!" cried Passepartout.

"Certainly," returned the conductor, "besides, it will take us as long as that to reach Medicine Bow on foot."

"But it is only a mile from here," said one of the passengers.

"Yes, but it's on the other side of the river."

"And can't we cross that in a boat?" asked the colonel.

"That's impossible. The creek is swelled by the rains. It is a rapid, and we shall have to make a circuit of ten miles to the north to find a ford."

swelled - gonfiare, gonfiarsi, aumentare

circuit - giro

ford - guado, guadare

The colonel launched a volley of oaths, denouncing the railway company and the conductor. Passepartout, who was furious, could not help but agree with him. Here was an obstacle, indeed, which all his master's banknotes could not remove.

launched - lanciare, mettere in acqua*

oaths - giuramento, bestemmia, giurare

denouncing - denunciare

remove - rimuovere, asportare, levare, togliere

There was a general disappointment among the passengers, who, without reckoning the delay, saw themselves compelled to trudge fifteen miles over a plain covered with snow. They grumbled and protested, and would certainly have thus attracted Phileas Fogg's attention if he had not been completely absorbed in his game.

reckoning - stima

compelled - forzare, costringere, obbligare

trudge - strascinarsi

grumbled - protestare, borbottare, checkbrontolare, checkronzare

protested - protestare, protesta

Passepartout found that he could not avoid telling his master what had occurred, and, with hanging head, he was turning towards the car, when the engineer"a true Yankee, named Forster"called out, "Gentlemen, perhaps there is a way, after all, to get over."

"On the bridge?" asked a passenger.

"On the bridge."

"With our train?"

"With our train."

Passepartout stopped short, and eagerly listened to the engineer.

"But the bridge is unsafe," urged the conductor.

unsafe - insicura

"No matter," replied Forster; "I think that by putting on the very highest speed we might have a chance of getting over."

putting on - indossare

getting over - superare

"The devil!" muttered Passepartout.

But a number of the passengers were at once attracted by the engineer's proposal, and Colonel Proctor was especially delighted, and found the plan a very feasible one. He told stories about engineers leaping their trains over rivers without bridges, by putting on full steam; and many of those present avowed themselves of the engineer's mind.

proposal - proposta, accordo

leaping - saltare

avowed - dichiarare, affermare

"We have fifty chances out of a hundred of getting over," said one.

"Eighty! ninety!"

Passepartout was astounded, and, though ready to attempt anything to get over Medicine Creek, thought the experiment proposed a little too American. "Besides," thought he, "there's a still more simple way, and it does not even occur to any of these people! Sir," said he aloud to one of the passengers, "the engineer's plan seems to me a little dangerous, but""

astounded - riempire di stupore, sbalordire

experiment - esperimento

aloud - a voce alta, ad alta voce

"Eighty chances!" replied the passenger, turning his back on him.

"I know it," said Passepartout, turning to another passenger, "but a simple idea""

"Ideas are no use," returned the American, shrugging his shoulders, "as the engineer assures us that we can pass."

shrugging - spalluccia, fare spallucce

assures - assicurare, garantire

"Doubtless," urged Passepartout, "we can pass, but perhaps it would be more prudent""

more prudent - piu prudente

"What! Prudent!" cried Colonel Proctor, whom this word seemed to excite prodigiously. "At full speed, don't you see, at full speed!"

excite - stimolare, eccitare, riaccendere, provocare

prodigiously - prodigiosamente

"I know"I see," repeated Passepartout; "but it would be, if not more prudent, since that word displeases you, at least more natural""

displeases - dispiacere

more natural - piu naturale

"Who! What! What's the matter with this fellow?" cried several.

The poor fellow did not know to whom to address himself.

"Are you afraid?" asked Colonel Proctor.

"I afraid! Very well; I will show these people that a Frenchman can be as American as they!"

"All aboard!" cried the conductor.

"Yes, all aboard!" repeated Passepartout, and immediately. "But they can't prevent me from thinking that it would be more natural for us to cross the bridge on foot, and let the train come after!"

But no one heard this sage reflection, nor would anyone have acknowledged its justice. The passengers resumed their places in the cars. Passepartout took his seat without telling what had passed. The whist-players were quite absorbed in their game.

acknowledged - riconoscere, ammettere, confermare

players - giocatore, attore, strumentista, suonatore, suonatrice, lettore

The locomotive whistled vigorously. The engineer, reversing the steam, backed the train for nearly a mile"retiring, like a jumper, in order to take a longer leap. Then, with another whistle, he began to move forward. The train increased its speed, and soon its rapidity became frightful. A prolonged screech issued from the locomotive. The piston worked up and down twenty strokes to the second.

whistled - fischietto, fischio, checkfischio, fischiare

reversing - inversione di marcia

jumper - maglietta, pullover

prolonged - prologo

They perceived that the whole train, rushing on at the rate of a hundred miles an hour, hardly bore upon the rails at all.

hardly - aspramente, appena, quasi, checkmica

And they passed over! It was like a flash. No one saw the bridge. The train leaped, so to speak, from one bank to the other, and the engineer could not stop it until it had gone five miles beyond the station. But scarcely had the train passed the river, when the bridge, completely ruined, fell with a crash into the rapids of Medicine Bow.

crash into - colpire, schiantarsi contro

Chapter 29. In Which Certain Incidents Are Narrated Which Are Only to Be Met with on American Railroads

Incidents - imprevisto, inconveniente, incidente

Railroads - ferrovia

The train pursued its course, that evening, without interruption, passing Fort Saunders, crossing Cheyne Pass, and reaching Evans Pass. The road here attained the highest elevation of the journey, eight thousand and ninety-two feet above the level of the sea. The travelers had now only to descend to the Atlantic by limitless plains, leveled by nature.

limitless - senza limiti

leveled - piano, orizzontale, livellato, costante, uniforme, a posto

A branch of the "grand trunk" led off southward to Denver, the capital of Colorado. The country round about is rich in gold and silver, and more than fifty thousand inhabitants are already settled there.

grand - grandioso

Denver - Denver

Thirteen hundred and eighty-two miles had been passed over from San Francisco, in three days and three nights. Four days and nights more would probably bring them to New York. Phileas Fogg was not as yet behind time.

During the night Camp Walbach was passed on the left. Lodge Pole Creek ran parallel with the road, marking the boundary between the territories of Wyoming and Colorado. They entered Nebraska at eleven, passed near Sedgwick, and touched at Julesburg, on the southern branch of the Platte River.

Camp - accampamento, campeggio

Lodge - casino, guardiola, portineria, loggia, alloggiare

marking - marcatura, (mark), Marco

boundary - confine, limite

touched - toccare, commuovere, tocco, tatto

It was here that the Union Pacific Railroad was inaugurated on the 23rd of October, 1867, by the chief engineer, General Dodge. Two powerful locomotives, carrying nine ears of invited guests, amongst whom was Thomas C. Durant, vice-president of the road, stopped at this point.

inaugurated - inaugurare

chief engineer - ingegnere capo

Dodge - schivare, scansare, eludere

locomotives - locomotiva, motrice, locomotivo

guests - ospite, invitato, convitato, cliente

vice - morsa, morsetto

Cheers were given, the Sioux and Pawnees performed an imitation Indian battle, fireworks were let off, and the first number of the Rail-way Pioneer was printed by a press brought on the train.

Cheers - cin cin, alla salute, prosit, ciao, ci vediamo

fireworks - fuoco d'artificio, fuoco artificiale

let off - lasciare andare

Pioneer - pioniere, pioniera, aprire la strada

printed - stampare, scrivere in stampatello, impronta, stampa

press - premere, pigiare

Thus was celebrated the inauguration of this great railroad, a mighty instrument of progress and civilization, thrown across the desert, and destined to link together cities and towns which do not yet exist. The whistle of the locomotive, more powerful than Amphion's lyre, was about to bid them rise from American soil.

inauguration - inaugurazione

mighty - potente, possente

instrument - strumento

civilization - civilta, civilizzazione

destined - destino

link - anello, maglia

lyre - lira

bid - offrire, fare un'offerta

Fort McPherson was left behind at eight in the morning, and three hundred and fifty-seven miles had yet to be covered before reaching Omaha. The road followed the capricious windings of the southern branch of the Platte River, on its left bank.

windings - avvolgimento

At nine the train stopped at the important town of North Platte, built between the two arms of the river, which rejoin each other around it and form a single artery"a large tributary whose waters empty into the Missouri a little above Omaha.

artery - arteria

tributary - affluente, tributario, immissario, vassallo

The one hundred and first meridian was passed.

Mr. Fogg and his partners had resumed their game; no one"not even the dummy"complained of the length of the trip. Fix had begun by winning several guineas, which he seemed likely to lose; but he showed himself a not less eager whist-player than Mr. Fogg. During the morning, chance distinctly favored that gentleman. Trumps and honors were showered upon his hands.

complained - lamentarsi, lagnarsi, reclamare, checklamentarsi, checklagnarsi

eager - desideroso

honors - onore, onorare, tenere fede a

Once, having resolved on a bold stroke, he was on the point of playing a spade, when a voice behind him said, "I should play a diamond."

spade - vanga

diamond - diamante

Mr. Fogg, Aouda and Fix raised their heads, and beheld Colonel

Proctor.

Stamp Proctor and Phileas Fogg recognized each other at once.

"Ah! It's you, is it, Englishman?" cried the colonel. "It's you who are going to play a spade!"

"And who plays it," replied Phileas Fogg coolly, throwing down the ten of spades.

throwing down - buttare giu

spades - vanga

"Well, it pleases me to have it diamonds," replied Colonel

Proctor, in an insolent tone.

He made a movement as if to seize the card which had just been played, adding, "You don't understand anything about whist."

seize - prendere, afferrare, approfittare, sfruttare

"Perhaps I do, as well as another," said Phileas Fogg, rising.

"You have only to try, son of John Bull," replied the colonel.

Bull - maschio (dei grandi mammiferi), toro

Aouda turned pale, and her blood ran cold. She seized Mr. Fogg's arm and gently pulled him back. Passepartout was ready to pounce upon the American, who was staring insolently at his opponent. But Fix got up, and, going to Colonel Proctor said, "You forget that it is I with whom you have to deal, sir; for it was I whom you not only insulted, but struck!"

pounce - balzare

insolently - insolentemente

"Mr. Fix," said Mr. Fogg, "pardon me, but this affair is mine, and mine only. The colonel has again insulted me, by insisting that I should not play a spade, and he shall give me satisfaction for it."

"When and where you will," replied the American, "and with whatever weapon you choose."

weapon - arma

Aouda in vain attempted to retain Mr. Fogg. As vainly did the detective endeavor to make the quarrel his. Passepartout wished to throw the colonel out of the window, but a sign from his master cheeked him. Phileas Fogg left the car, and the American followed him upon the platform. "Sir," said Mr.

vainly - vanamente

endeavor - tentativo, impegno, sforzo, impresa, tentare

quarrel - lite, litigio

Fogg to his adversary, "I am in a great hurry to get back to Europe, and any delay whatever will be greatly to my disadvantage."

"Well, What's that to me?" replied Colonel Proctor.

What's that to me? - E a me che importa?

"Sir," said Mr. Fogg, very politely, "after our meeting at San Francisco, I determined to return to America and find you as soon as I had completed the business which called me to England."

"Really!"

"Will you appoint a meeting for six months hence?"

appoint - fissare, costituire, nominare, designare, assegnare

hence - da qui, percio, dunque, quindi, da cio

"Why not ten years hence?"

"I say six months," returned Phileas Fogg, "and I shall be at the place of meeting promptly."

"All this is an evasion," cried Stamp Proctor. "Now or never!"

evasion - evasione

"Very good. You are going to New York?"

"No."

"To Chicago?"

Chicago - Chicago

"No."

"To Omaha?"

"What difference is it to you? Do you know Plum Creek?"

"No," replied Mr. Fogg.

"It's the next station. The train will be there in an hour, and will stop there ten minutes. In ten minutes several revolver shots could be exchanged."

shots - colpo

"Very well," said Mr. Fogg. "I will stop at Plum Creek."

"And I guess you'll stay there too," added the American insolently.

"Who knows?" replied Mr. Fogg, returning to the car as coolly as usual. He began to reassure Aouda, telling her that blusterers were never to be feared, and begged Fix to be his second at the approaching duel, a request which the detective could not refuse. Mr. Fogg resumed the interrupted game with perfect calmness.

blusterers - spaccamontagne

duel - duello, singolar tenzone, duellare

calmness - calma

At eleven o'clock the locomotive's whistle announced that they were approaching Plum Creek station. Mr. Fogg rose, and, followed by Fix, went out upon the platform. Passepartout accompanied him, carrying a pair of revolvers. Aouda remained in the car, as pale as death.

as pale as death - pallido come la morte

The door of the next car opened, and Colonel Proctor appeared on the platform, attended by a Yankee of his own stamp as his second. But just as the combatants were about to step from the train, the conductor hurried up, and shouted, "You can't get off, gentlemen!"

attended - assistere a, seguire

combatants - combattente

"Why not?" asked the colonel.

"We are twenty minutes late, and we shall not stop."

"But I am going to fight a duel with this gentleman."

fight a duel - combattere un duello

"I am sorry," said the conductor; "but we shall be off at once.

There's the bell ringing now."

ringing - riecheggiamento, risuonamento, riecheggiare, risonanza

The train started.

"I'm really very sorry,"" said the conductor. "Under any other circumstances I should have been happy to oblige you. But, after all, as you have not had time to fight here, why not fight as we go along?"

oblige - obbligare, forzare, costringere, fare un favore, indebitarsi

"That wouldn't be convenient, perhaps, for this gentleman," said the colonel, in a jeering tone.

jeering - schernire

"It would be perfectly so," replied Phileas Fogg.

"Well, we are really in America," thought Passepartout, "and the conductor is a gentleman of the first order!"

first order - primo ordine

So muttering, he followed his master.

The two combatants, their seconds, and the conductor passed through the cars to the rear of the train. The last car was only occupied by a dozen passengers, whom the conductor politely asked if they would not be so kind as to leave it vacant for a few moments, as two gentlemen had an affair of honor to settle.

vacant - vacante

settle - sistemarsi, mettersi

The passengers granted the request with alacrity, and straightway disappeared on the platform.

The car, which was some fifty feet long, was very convenient for their purpose. The adversaries might march on each other in the aisle, and fire at their ease. Never was duel more easily arranged. Mr. Fogg and Colonel Proctor, each provided with two six-barreled revolvers, entered the car. The seconds, remaining outside, shut them in.

fire at - sparare a

ease - facilita, riposo, attenuare

They were to begin firing at the first whistle of the locomotive. After an interval of two minutes, what remained of the two gentlemen would be taken from the car.

firing at - sparare

interval - intervallo

Nothing could be more simple. Indeed, it was all so simple that Fix and Passepartout felt their hearts beating as if they would crack. They were listening for the whistle agreed upon, when suddenly savage cries resounded in the air, accompanied by reports which certainly did not issue from the car where the duelists were. The reports continued in front and the whole length of the train.

hearts - cuore

issue from - problema da

duelists - duellante

Cries of terror proceeded from the interior of the cars.

Colonel Proctor and Mr. Fogg, revolvers in hand, hastily quitted their prison, and rushed forward where the noise was most clamorous. They then perceived that the train was attacked by a band of Sioux.

quitted - abbandonare, lasciare

clamorous - clamoroso

This was not the first attempt of these daring Indians, for more than once they had waylaid trains on the road. A hundred of them had, according to their habit, jumped upon the steps without stopping the train, with the ease of a clown mounting a horse at full gallop.

waylaid - (tendere un'imboscata)

gallop - galoppo, galoppare

The Sioux were armed with guns, from which came the reports, to which the passengers, who were almost all armed, responded by revolver shots.

The Indians had first mounted the engine, and half stunned the engineer and stoker with blows from their muskets. A Sioux chief, wishing to stop the train, but not knowing how to work the regulator, had opened wide instead of closing the steam-valve, and the locomotive was plunging forward with terrific velocity.

stunned - stordire, intontire, stupefare, sorprendere, incantare

stoker - fuochista

muskets - moschetto

regulator - regolatore, erogatore, legislatore

valve - valvola

velocity - velocita, talian: t-needed

The Sioux had at the same time invaded the cars, skipping like enraged monkeys over the roofs, thrusting open the doors, and fighting hand to hand with the passengers. Penetrating the baggage-car, they pillaged it, throwing the trunks out of the train. The cries and shots were constant. The travelers defended themselves bravely.

skipping - saltare, saltellare

thrusting - spinta, (thrust), stoccata

fighting - lotta

baggage-car - (baggage-car) il bagagliaio

pillaged - saccheggiare, bottino, saccheggio

constant - costante, continuo

Some of the cars were barricaded, and sustained a siege, like moving forts, carried along at a speed of a hundred miles an hour.

barricaded - barricata

siege - assedio

carried along - trasportare

Aouda behaved courageously from the first. She defended herself like a true heroine with a revolver, which she shot through the broken windows whenever a savage made his appearance. Twenty Sioux had fallen mortally wounded to the ground, and the wheels crushed those who fell upon the rails as if they had been worms. Several passengers, shot or stunned, lay on the seats.

behaved - comportarsi, agire, comportarsi bene

heroine - eroina

shot through - sparato attraverso

mortally - mortalmente

wounded - ferita

worms - verme, miserabile, drago

lay on - sdraiarsi, fornire

It was necessary to put an end to the struggle, which had lasted for ten minutes, and which would result in the triumph of the Sioux if the train was not stopped. Fort Kearney station, where there was a garrison, was only two miles distant; but, that once passed, the Sioux would be masters of the train between Fort Kearney and the station beyond.

garrison - guarnigione, caserma

The conductor was fighting beside Mr. Fogg, when he was shot and fell. At the same moment he cried, "Unless the train is stopped in five minutes, we are lost!"

shot - colpo

"It shall be stopped," said Phileas Fogg, preparing to rush from the car.

"Stay, monsieur," cried Passepartout. "I will go."

Mr.

Fogg had not time to stop the brave fellow, who, opening a door unperceived by the Indians, succeeded in slipping under the car; and while the struggle continued, and the balls whizzed across each other over his head, he made use of his old acrobatic experience, and with amazing agility worked his way under the cars, holding on to the chains, aiding himself by the brakes and edges of the sashes, creeping from one car to another with marvelous skill, and thus gaining the forward end of the train.

slipping - scivolare

whizzed - mago

agility - agilita

holding on - tenere duro

chains - catena, incatenare, concatenare

brakes - frenare

sashes - sciarpa, fascia

There, suspended by one hand between the baggage-car and the tender, with the other he loosened the safety chains; but, owing to the traction, he would never have succeeded in unscrewing the yoking-bar, had not a violent concussion jolted this bar out. The train, now detached from the engine, remained a little behind, whilst the locomotive rushed forward with increased speed.

baggage - bagaglio

loosened - allentare

traction - trazione, aderenza, spinta

unscrewing - svitare

yoking - impegnarsi

jolted - sballottare, sbalzellare, sobbalzare, scuotere, squassare

whilst - mentre

Carried on by the force already acquired, the train still moved for several minutes; but the brakes were worked and at last they stopped, less than a hundred feet from Kearney station.

acquired - acquisire

The soldiers of the fort, attracted by the shots, hurried up. The Sioux had not expected them, and decamped in a body before the train entirely stopped.

But when the passengers counted each other on the station platform several were found missing; among others the courageous Frenchman, whose devotion had just saved them.

courageous - coraggioso

Chapter 30. In Which Phileas Fogg Simply Does His Duty

Three passengers"including Passepartout"had disappeared. Had they been killed in the struggle? Were they taken prisoners by the Sioux? It was impossible to tell.

There were many wounded, but none mortally. Colonel Proctor was one of the most seriously hurt. He had fought bravely, and a ball had entered his groin. He was carried into the station with the other wounded passengers, to receive such attention as could be of help.

fought - lottare, battersi

groin - inguine

Aouda was safe. Phileas Fogg, who had been in the thickest of the fight, had not received a scratch. Fix was slightly wounded in the arm. But Passepartout was not to be found, and tears coursed down Aouda's cheeks.

thickest - spesso, pesante, folto, tonto

scratch - grattare, graffiare, raspare, obliterare, graffio

All the passengers had gotten out of the train, the wheels of which were stained with blood. From the tires and spokes hung ragged pieces of flesh. As far as the eye could reach on the white plain behind, red trails were visible. The last Sioux were disappearing in the south, along the banks of Republican River.

gotten - ottenuto

tires - pneumatico

trails - pedinare, seguire, inseguire, trascinare, trainare

disappearing - sparire, scomparire

Republican - repubblicano, repubblicana

Mr. Fogg, with folded arms, remained motionless. He had a serious decision to make. Aouda, standing near him, looked at him without speaking, and he understood her look. If his servant was a prisoner, ought he not to risk everything to rescue him from the Indians? "I will find him, living or dead," he said quietly to Aouda.

folded - piegare

decision - decisione

"Ah, Mr."Mr. Fogg!" cried she, clasping his hands and covering them with tears.

covering - copertura, (cover), coperto, coperchio, nascondiglio

"Living," added Mr. Fogg, "if we do not lose a moment."

Phileas Fogg, by this resolution, inevitably sacrificed himself. He pronounced his own doom. The delay of a single day would make him lose the steamer at New York, and his bet would be certainly lost. But as he thought, "It is my duty," he did not hesitate.

doom - sentenza, giudizio, decisione, penalita

The commanding officer of Fort Kearney was there. A hundred of his soldiers had placed themselves in a position to defend the station, should the Sioux attack it.

attack - attacco, assalire, attaccare

"Sir," said Mr. Fogg to the captain, "three passengers have disappeared."

"Dead?" asked the captain.

"Dead or prisoners. That is the uncertainty which must be solved.

uncertainty - incertezza

Do you propose to pursue the Sioux?"

"That's a serious thing to do, sir," returned the captain. "These Indians may retreat beyond the Arkansas, and I cannot leave the fort unprotected."

unprotected - improtetto

"The lives of three men are in question, sir," said Phileas

Fogg.

"Doubtless, but can I risk the lives of fifty men to save three?"

"I don't know whether you can, sir, but you ought to do so.

"Nobody here," returned the other, "has a right to teach me my duty."

"Very well," said Mr. Fogg, coldly. "I will go alone."

"You, sir!" cried Fix, coming up. "You go alone in pursuit of the

Indians?"

"Would you have me leave this poor fellow to perish"him to whom everyone present owes his life? I shall go."

owes - dovere, essere in debito, essere debitore di

"No, sir, you shall not go alone," cried the captain, touched in spite of himself. "No! You are a brave man. Thirty volunteers!" he added, turning to the soldiers.

volunteers - volontario, volontaria, offrirsi, offrirsi volontario

The whole company started forward at once. The captain had only to pick his men. Thirty were chosen, and an old sergeant placed at their head.

pick - piccone, stuzzicadenti, scelta, barriera, prendere, raccogliere, scegliere

"Thanks, captain," said Mr. Fogg.

"Will you let me go with you?" asked Fix.

"Do as you please, sir. But if you wish to do me a favor, you will remain with Aouda. In case anything should happen to me""

A sudden pallor overspread the detective's face. Separate himself from the man whom he had so persistently followed step by step! Leave him to wander about in this desert! Fix gazed attentively at Mr. Fogg, and, despite his suspicions and of the struggle which was going on within him, he lowered his eyes before that calm and frank look.

pallor - pallore, pallidita

overspread - diffusa

wander about - vagare

lowered - oscurarsi

frank - franco

"I will stay," he said.

A few moments later, Mr. Fogg pressed the young woman's hand, and, having confided to her his precious carpetbag, went off with the sergeant and his little squad. But, before going, he had said to the soldiers, "My friends, I will divide five thousand dollars among you, if we save the prisoners."

squad - squadra

divide - dividere, spartire, spartirsi

It was then a little past noon.

Aouda retired to a waiting-room, and there she waited alone, thinking of the simple and noble generosity, the tranquil courage of Phileas Fogg. He had sacrificed his fortune, and was now risking his life, all without hesitation, from duty, in silence.

risking - rischio, rischiare

Fix did not have the same thoughts, and could scarcely conceal his agitation. He walked feverishly up and down the platform, but soon resumed his outward composure. He now saw the folly of which he had been guilty in letting Fogg go alone. What! This man, whom he had just followed around the world, was permitted now to separate himself from him!

feverishly - febbrilmente

He began to accuse and abuse himself, and, as if he were director of police, administered to himself a sound lecture for his greenness.

accuse - accusare

abuse - abusare

greenness - verde

"I have been an idiot!" he thought, "and this man will see it. He has gone, and won't come back! But how is it that I, who have in my pocket a warrant for his arrest, have been so fascinated by him? Decidedly, I am nothing but an ass!"

idiot - idiota, squasimodeo

fascinated - affascinare

ass - asino

So reasoned the detective, while the hours crept by all too slowly. He did not know what to do. Sometimes he was tempted to tell Aouda all, but he could not doubt how the young woman would receive his confidences. What course should he take? He thought of pursuing Fogg across the vast white plains. It did not seem impossible that he might overtake him. Footsteps were easily printed on the snow!

tempted - tentare

overtake - superare, sorpassare, raggiungere, soverchiare, sopraffare

Footsteps - impronta, pedata, orma, passo, gradino

But soon, under a new sheet, every imprint would be effaced.

imprint - impronta

effaced - cancellare

Fix became discouraged. He felt a sort of insurmountable longing to abandon the game altogether. He could now leave Fort Kearney station, and pursue his journey homeward in peace.

altogether - del tutto, nel complesso

homeward - verso casa

Towards two o'clock in the afternoon, while it was snowing hard, long whistles were heard approaching from the east. A great shadow, preceded by a wild light, slowly advanced, appearing still larger through the mist, which gave it a fantastic aspect. No train was expected from the east, neither had there been time for the help asked for by telegraph to arrive.

The train from Omaha to San Francisco was not due till the next day. The mystery was soon explained.

The locomotive, which was slowly approaching with deafening whistles, was that which, having been detached from the train, had continued its route with such terrific rapidity, carrying off the unconscious engineer and stoker. It had run several miles, when, the fire becoming low for want of fuel, the steam had slackened. It had finally stopped an hour after, some twenty miles beyond Fort Kearney.

carrying off - sopportare, rimuovere

fuel - carburante, combustibile, rifornimento, rifornire, alimentare

slackened - allentare

Neither the engineer nor the stoker was dead. After remaining for some time in their swoon, they had come to themselves. The train had then stopped. The engineer, when he found himself in the desert, and the locomotive without cars, understood what had happened.

swoon - svenire

He could not imagine how the locomotive had become separated from the train, but he did not doubt that the train left behind was in distress.

He did not hesitate what to do. It would be prudent to continue on to Omaha, for it would be dangerous to return to the train, which the Indians might still be engaged in pillaging. Nevertheless, he began to rebuild the fire in the furnace; the pressure again mounted, and the locomotive returned, running backwards to Fort Kearney. This it was which was whistling in the mist.

be engaged - essere impegnato

pillaging - saccheggiare, bottino, saccheggio

rebuild - ricostruire

furnace - fornace, bruciatore, caldaia

pressure - pressione, spinta, impellenza, urgenza, tensione

backwards - indietro, retromarcia, riluttante, antiquato, fuori moda

The travelers were glad to see the locomotive resume its place at the head of the train. They could now continue the journey so terribly interrupted.

Aouda, on seeing the locomotive come up, hurried out of the station, and asked the conductor, "Are you going to start?"

"At once, madam."

"But the prisoners, our unfortunate fellow-travelers""

"I cannot interrupt the trip," replied the conductor. "We are already three hours behind time."

"And when will another train pass here from San Francisco?"

"Tomorrow evening, madam."

"Tomorrow evening! But then it will be too late! We must wait""

"It is impossible," responded the conductor. "If you wish to go, please get in."

"I will not go," said Aouda.

Fix had heard this conversation. A little while before, when there was no prospect of proceeding on the journey, he had made up his mind to leave Fort Kearney; but now that the train was there, ready to start, and he had only to take his seat in the car, an irresistible influence held him back. The station platform burned his feet, and he could not stir.

The conflict in his mind again began; anger and failure stifled him. He wished to struggle on to the end.

conflict - conflitto, incompatibilita, interferire, sovrapporsi

failure - fallimento, insuccesso, avaria, fiasco, disfunzione

Meanwhile the passengers and some of the wounded, among them Colonel Proctor, whose injuries were serious, had taken their places in the train. The buzzing of the overheated boiler was heard, and the steam was escaping from the valves. The engineer whistled, the train started, and soon disappeared, mingling its white smoke with the eddies of the densely falling snow.

injuries - ferita, danno, lesione

buzzing - ronzio, (buzz), brusio, bisbiglio, mormorio

overheated - surriscaldamento

densely - densamente

The detective had remained behind.

Several hours passed. The weather was dismal, and it was very cold. Fix sat motionless on a bench in the station. He might have been thought asleep. Aouda, despite the storm, kept coming out of the waiting-room, going to the end of the platform, and peering through the tempest of snow, as if to pierce the mist which narrowed the horizon around her, and to hear, if possible, some welcome sound.

dismal - lugubre, triste

pierce - trapassare, trafiggere

narrowed - stretto

She heard and saw nothing. Then she would return, chilled through, to issue out again after the lapse of a few moments, but always in vain.

chilled through - raffreddato

Evening came, and the little band had not returned. Where could they be? Had they found the Indians, and were they having a conflict with them, or were they still wandering amid the mist? The commander of the fort was anxious, though he tried to conceal his apprehensions. As night approached, the snow fell less plentifully, but it became intensely cold. Absolute silence rested on the plains.

commander - comandante

apprehensions - apprensione

intensely - intensamente

Neither flight of bird nor passing of beast troubled the perfect calm.

Throughout the night Aouda, full of sad forebodings, her heart stifled with anguish, wandered about on the verge of the plains. Her imagination carried her far off, and showed her innumerable dangers. What she suffered through the long hours it would be impossible to describe.

forebodings - brutto presentimento, malaugurio

anguish - angoscia

verge - orlo

imagination - immaginazione

Fix remained stationary in the same place, but did not sleep. Once a man approached and spoke to him, and the detective merely replied by shaking his head.

stationary - stazionario

Thus the night passed. At dawn, the half-extinguished disc of the sun rose above a misty horizon; but it was now possible to recognize objects two miles off. Phileas Fogg and the squad had gone southward. In the south there was not a sign of them. It was then seven o'clock.

misty - con foschia, nebbioso, velato

The captain, who was really alarmed, did not know what course to take.

Should he send another detachment to the rescue of the first? Should he sacrifice more men, with so few chances of saving those already sacrificed? His hesitation did not last long, however. Calling one of his lieutenants, he was on the point of ordering a reconnaissance, when gunshots were heard. Was it a signal?

detachment - distacco, imparzialita, oggettivita, distaccamento

saving - salvare, (save), soccorrere, redimere, immagazzinare

lieutenants - tenente, checkluogotenente

gunshots - sparo, colpo di fucile, fucilata, schioppettata

The soldiers rushed out of the fort, and half a mile off they perceived a little band returning in good order.

in good order - in ordine

Mr. Fogg was marching at their head, and just behind him were

Passepartout and the other two travelers, rescued from the

rescued - salvare, salvataggio

Sioux.

They had met and fought the Indians ten miles south of Fort Kearney. Shortly before the detachment arrived, Passepartout and his companions had begun to struggle with their captors, three of whom the Frenchman had felled with his fists, when his master and the soldiers hastened up to their relief.

captors - catturatore

felled - e caduto

All were welcomed with joyful cries. Phileas Fogg distributed the reward he had promised to the soldiers, while Passepartout, not without reason, muttered to himself, "It must certainly be confessed that I cost my master dear!"

distributed - distribuire, suddividere, ripartire

Fix, without saying a word, looked at Mr. Fogg, and it would have been difficult to analyze the thoughts which struggled within him. As for Aouda, she took her protector's hand and pressed it in her own, too much moved to speak.

analyze - analizzare

Meanwhile, Passepartout was looking about for the train. He thought he should find it there, ready to start for Omaha, and he hoped that the time lost might be regained.

"The train! The train!" cried he.

"Gone," replied Fix.

"And when does the next train pass here?" said Phileas Fogg.

"not till this evening."

not till - non fino a quando

"Ah!" returned the impassible gentleman quietly.

Chapter 31. Fix the Detective Considerably Furthers the Interests of Phileas Fogg

Furthers - ulteriore, ulteriormente

Phileas Fogg found himself twenty hours behind time.

Passepartout, the involuntary cause of this delay, was desperate.

He had ruined his master!

At this moment the detective approached Mr. Fogg, and, looking him intently in the face, said: "Seriously, sir, are you in great haste?"

haste - fretta

"Quite seriously."

"I have a purpose in asking," resumed Fix. "Is it absolutely necessary that you should be in New York on the 11th, before nine o'clock in the evening, the time that the steamer leaves for Liverpool?"

"It is absolutely necessary."

"And, if your journey had not been interrupted by these Indians, you would have reached New York on the morning of the 11th?"

"Yes, with eleven hours to spare before the steamer left."

"Good! You are therefore twenty hours behind. Twelve from twenty leaves eight. You must regain eight hours. Do you wish to try to do so?"

"On foot?" asked Mr. Fogg.

"No; on a sledge," replied Fix. "On a sledge with sails. A man has proposed such a method to me."

sledge - slitta

It was the man who had spoken to Fix during the night, and whose offer he had refused.

Phileas Fogg did not reply at once, but Fix, having pointed out the man, who was walking up and down in front of the station, Mr. Fogg went up to him. An instant after, Mr. Fogg and the American, whose name was Mudge, entered a hut built just below the fort.

There Mr. Fogg examined a curious vehicle, a kind of frame on two long beams, a little raised in front like the runners of a sledge, and upon which there was room for five or six persons. A high mast was fixed on the frame, held firmly by metallic lashings, to which was attached a large brigantine sail. This mast held an iron stay upon which to hoist a jib-sail.

vehicle - veicolo, mezzo

beams - trave, asse, architrave, traversa, braccio, corno principale

runners - podista, corridore, passatoia

metallic - metallico

lashings - sferzare

Behind, a sort of rudder served to guide the vehicle. It was, in short, a sledge rigged like a sloop. During the winter, when the trains are blocked up by the snow, these sledges make extremely rapid journeys across the frozen plains from one station to another.

sloop - sloop, corvetta

blocked - blocco

sledges - slitta

extremely - estremamente

frozen - gelare

Provided with more sails than a cutter, and with the wind behind them, they slip over the surface of the prairies with a speed equal if not superior to that of the express trains.

slip over - scivolare e cadere

superior - superiore, sovraordinato

express - esprimere

Mr. Fogg readily made a bargain with the owner of this land-craft. The wind was favorable, being fresh, and blowing from the west. The snow had hardened, and Mudge was very confident of being able to transport Mr. Fogg in a few hours to Omaha. Thence the trains eastward run frequently to Chicago and New York.

blowing - colpo

transport - trasportare, deportare, trasporto

It was not impossible that the lost time might yet be recovered, and such an opportunity was not to be rejected.

rejected - respingere, rifiutare

Not wishing to expose Aouda to the discomforts of traveling in the open air, Mr. Fogg proposed to leave her with Passepartout at Fort Kearney, the servant taking upon himself to escort her to Europe by a better route and under more favorable conditions. But Aouda refused to separate from Mr.

expose - esporre, evidenziare, rivelare, mettere in luce

discomforts - disagio

Fogg, and Passepartout was delighted with her decision, for nothing could induce him to leave his master while Fix was with him.

It would be difficult to guess the detective's thoughts. Was this conviction shaken by Phileas Fogg's return, or did he still regard him as an exceedingly shrewd rascal, who, his journey round the world completed, would think himself absolutely safe in England?

conviction - convinzione, condanna, colpevolezza

absolutely safe - assolutamente sicuro

Perhaps Fix's opinion of Phileas Fogg was somewhat modified, but he was nevertheless resolved to do his duty, and to hasten the return of the whole party to England as much as possible.

modified - modificare

resolved to do - decidere di fare

At eight o'clock the sledge was ready to start. The passengers took their places on it, and wrapped themselves up closely in their traveling-cloaks. The two great sails were hoisted, and under the pressure of the wind the sledge slid over the hardened snow with a velocity of forty miles an hour.

cloaks - tabarro, ammantare

slid - scivolare, (slide), slittare, derapare, scivolo

The distance between Fort Kearney and Omaha, as the birds fly, is at most two hundred miles. If the wind held good, the distance might be covered in five hours. If no accident happened the sledge might reach Omaha by one o'clock.

What a journey! The travelers, huddled close together, could not speak for the cold, intensified by the rapidity at which they were going. The sledge sped on as lightly as a boat over the waves. When the breeze came skimming the earth the sledge seemed to be lifted off the ground by its sails.

huddled - calca, folla, accalcarsi

intensified - intensificare

skimming - scrematura, (skim), sfiorare, rasentare, lambire, rimbalzare

Mudge, who was at the rudder, kept in a straight line, and by a turn of his hand checked the lurches which the vehicle had a tendency to make. All the sails were up, and the jib was so arranged as not to screen the brigantine. A top-mast was hoisted, and another jib, held out to the wind, added its force to the other sails.

straight line - linea retta

lurches - barcollare, vacillare

tendency - tendenza

screen - paravento, schermo, cernere, censurare, schermare

Although the speed could not be exactly estimated, the sledge could not be going at less than forty miles an hour.

"If nothing breaks," said Mudge, "we shall get there!"

Mr. Fogg had made it Mudge's interest to reach Omaha within the time agreed on by the offer of a handsome reward.

The prairie, across which the sledge was moving in a straight line, was as flat as a sea. It seemed like a vast frozen lake. The railroad which ran through this section ascended from the southwest to the northwest by Great Island, Columbus, an important Nebraska town, Schuyler and Fremont, to Omaha. It followed throughout the right bank of the Platte River.

prairie - prateria

ascended - salire, riuscire

Columbus - Colombo, Cristoforo Colombo

The sledge, shortening this route, took a chord of the arc described by the railway. Mudge was not afraid of being stopped by the Platte River, because it was frozen. The road, then, was quite clear of obstacles, and Phileas Fogg had but two things to fear"an accident to the sledge, and a change or calm in the wind.

shortening - accorciatura, (shorten), accorciarescorciare

chord - accordo, corda

arc - arco, curva in forma parametrica

But the breeze, far from lessening its force, blew as if to bend the mast, which, however, the metallic lashings held firmly. These lashings, like the chords of a stringed instrument, resounded as if vibrated by a violin bow. The sledge slid along in the midst of a plaintively intense melody.

lessening - diminuire

bend - curvare, piegare, piegarsi, curvarsi, ammanigliare, curva, nodo

chords - accordo, corda

stringed instrument - strumento a corde

vibrated - vibrare

violin - violino

plaintively - in modo semplice

intense - intenso

melody - melodia

"Those chords give the fifth and the octave," said Mr. Fog.

octave - ottava

Fog - nebbia

These were the only words he uttered during the journey. Aouda, cosily packed in furs and cloaks, was sheltered as much as possible from the attacks of the freezing wind. As for Passepartout, his face was as red as the sun's disc when it sets in the mist, and he laboriously inhaled the biting air. With his natural buoyancy of spirits, he began to hope again.

cosily - in modo accogliente

freezing - talian: t-needed

laboriously - faticosamente

inhaled - inspirare, inalare

biting - mordere

buoyancy - spinta, spinta statica, forza ascensionale, spinta idrostatica

They would reach New York on the evening, if not on the morning, of the 11th, and there was still some chance that it would be before the steamer sailed for Liverpool.

Passepartout even felt a strong desire to grasp his ally, Fix, by the hand. He remembered that it was the detective who procured the sledge, the only means of reaching Omaha in time; but, checked by some presentiment he kept his usual reserve. One thing, however, Passepartout would never forget, and that was the sacrifice which Mr. Fogg had made, without hesitation, to rescue him from the Sioux.

grasp - afferrare, avvinghiare, avvinghiarsi, agguantare

reserve - riserva, riservare

Mr. Fogg had risked his fortune and his life. No! His servant would never forget that!

While each of the party was absorbed in reflections so different, the sledge flew past over the vast carpet of snow. The creeks it passed over were not perceived. Fields and steams disappeared under the uniform whiteness. The plain was absolutely deserted. Between the Union Pacific road and the branch, which unites Kearney with saint Joseph it formed a great uninhabited island.

carpet - tappeto, moquette, coprire

steams - vapore

uniform - Udine

whiteness - bianchezza, biancore

unites - unire

saint - santo

uninhabited - disabitata

Neither village, station, nor fort appeared. From time to time they sped by some phantom-like tree, whose white skeleton twisted and rattled in the wind. Sometimes flocks of wild birds rose, or bands of gaunt, famished, ferocious prairie-wolves ran howling after the sledge. Passepartout, revolver in hand, held himself ready to fire on those which came too near.

phantom - fantasma, spettro, immaginario, immaginaria, irreale

skeleton - scheletro

twisted - torsione, contorsione, distorsione, filamento, filo, scorza

rattled - far tintinnare/sbatacchiare

flocks - gregge, stormo

gaunt - smagrito, allampanato, emaciato, macilento

howling - ululare, (howl), ululato, uggiolio, latrato, guaito

ready to fire - pronto a sparare

Had an accident then happened b the sledge, the travelers, attacked by these beasts, would have been in the most terrible danger. But the sledge held on its even course, soon gained on the wolves, and before long left the howling band at a safe distance behind.

most terrible - piu terribile

held on - tenuto in piedi

About noon Mudge perceived by certain landmarks that he was crossing the Platte River. He said nothing, but he felt certain that he was now within twenty miles of Omaha. In less than an hour he left the rudder and furled his sails, while the sledge, carried forward by the great impetus the wind had given it, went on half a mile further with its sails unspread.

landmarks - punto di riferimento, monumento, pietra miliare

furled - ammainare, chiudere

impetus - impeto, impulso

unspread - non diffuso

It stopped at last, and Mudge, pointing to a mass of roofs white with snow, said: "We are there!"

Arrived! Arrived at the station which is in daily communication, by numerous trains, with the Atlantic seaboard!

seaboard - costa

Passepartout and Fix jumped off, stretched their stiffened limbs, and aided Mr. Fogg and the young woman to descend from the sledge. Phileas Fogg generously rewarded Mudge, whose hand Passepartout warmly grasped and the party directed their steps to the Omaha railway station.

stiffened - irrigidire

descend from - discendere da

The Pacific Railroad proper finds its terminus at this important

proper - adatto, appropriato, decente, proprio, checkproprio

terminus - capolinea

Nebraska town. Omaha is connected with Chicago by the Chicago and

Rock Island Railroad, which runs directly east, and passes fifty

Rock - roccia

stations.

A train was ready to start when Mr. Fogg and his party reached the station, and they only had time to get into the cars. They had seen nothing of Omaha, but Passepartout confessed to himself that this was not to be regretted, as they were not traveling to see the sights.

The train passed rapidly across the State of Iowa by Council Bluffs, Des Moines and Iowa City. During the night it crossed the Mississippi at Davenport, and by Rock Island entered Illinois. The next day, which was the 10th, at four o'clock in the evening, it reached Chicago, already risen from its ruins, and more proudly seated than ever on the borders of its beautiful Lake Michigan.

Council - consiglio

Bluffs - franco

risen - aumentare, alzarsi, crescere

ruins - rovina, rovinare

proudly - fieramente

Michigan - Michigan

Nine hundred miles separated Chicago from New York, but trains run frequently from Chicago. Mr. Fogg passed at once from one to the other, and the locomotive of the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne and Chicago Railway left at full speed, as if it fully comprehended that that gentleman had no time to lose.

It raced over Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey like a flash, rushing through towns with antique names, some of which had streets and car-tracks, but as yet no houses. At last the Hudson came into view, and, at a quarter-past eleven in the evening of the 11th, the train stopped in the station on the right bank of the river, before the very pier of the Cunard line.

raced - corsa, gara

Indiana - Indiana

Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania, Pensilvania

Jersey - maglia, maglione

rushing through - inseguire, fare qualcosa in fretta

antique - antico, obsoleto

Hudson - Hudson

The China, for Liverpool, had started three-quarters of an hour before!

Chapter 32. In Which Phileas Fogg Engages in a Direct Struggle with Bad Fortune

Engages - attirare, convergere, ingaggiare, intavolare, irretire

The China, in leaving, seemed to have carried off Phileas Fogg's last hope. None of the other steamers were able to serve his projects. The Pereire, of the French Transatlantic Company, whose admirable steamers are equal to any in speed and comfort, did not leave until the 14th.

carried off - sopportare, rimuovere

admirable - ammirevole

The Hamburg boats did not go directly to Liverpool or London, but to Havre; and the additional trip from Havre to Southampton would render Phileas Fogg's last efforts of no avail. The Inman steamer did not depart till the next day, and could not cross the Atlantic in time to save the wager.

Hamburg - Amburgo

Mr. Fogg learned all this in consulting his Bradshaw, which gave him the daily movements of the trans-Atlantic steamers.

Passepartout was crushed. It overwhelmed him to lose the boat by three-quarters of an hour. It was his fault, for, instead of helping his master, he had not ceased putting obstacles in his path!

And when he recalled all the incidents of the tour, when he counted up the sums expended in pure loss and on his own account, when he thought that the immense stake, added to the heavy charges of this useless journey, would completely ruin Mr. Fogg, he overwhelmed himself with bitter self-accusations. Mr.

counted up - contati

sums - somma

expended - spendere

accusations - accusa

Fogg, however, did not reproach him; and, on leaving the Cunard pier, only said: "We will consult about what is best tomorrow. Come."

reproach - rimbrotto, rimprovero, appunto, richiamo

consult - consultarsi, consultare

The party crossed the Hudson in the Jersey City ferryboat, and drove in a carriage to the St. Nicholas Hotel on Broadway. Rooms were engaged and the night passed, briefly to Phileas Fogg, who slept profoundly, but very long to Aouda and the others, whose agitation did not permit them to rest.

ferryboat - traghetto

briefly - concisamente, brevemente

The next day was the 12th of December. From seven in the morning of the 12th to a quarter before nine in the evening of the 21st there were nine days, thirteen hours, and forty-five minutes. If Phileas Fogg had left in the China, one of the fastest steamers on the Atlantic, he would have reached Liverpool, and then London, within the period agreed upon.

Mr. Fogg left the hotel alone, after giving Passepartout instructions to await his return, and inform Aouda to be ready at an instant's notice. He proceeded to the banks of the Hudson, and looked about among the vessels moored or anchored in the river, for any that were about to depart.

instructions - istruzione, addestramento, insegnamento, tirocinio, bugiardino

inform - informare

Several had departure signals, and were preparing to put to sea at morning tide; for in this immense and admirable port there is not one day in a hundred that vessels do not set out for every quarter of the globe. But they were mostly sailing vessels, of which, of course, Phileas Fogg could make no use.

He seemed about to give up all hope, when he sighted, anchored at the Battery, a cable's length off at most, a trading vessel, with a well-shaped screw, whose funnel, puffing a cloud of smoke, indicated that she was getting ready for departure.

Battery - pila, batteria

cable - cavo, cavo elettrico, treccia, cablare

cloud of smoke - nuvola di fumo

Phileas Fogg hailed a boat, got into it, and soon found himself on board the Henrietta, iron-hulled, wood-built above. He ascended to the deck, and asked for the captain, who presented himself. He was a man of fifty, a sort of sea-wolf, with big eyes, a complexion of oxidized copper, red hair and thick neck, and a growling voice.

hailed - grandine

hulled - scafo

wolf - lupo, donnaiolo, divorare

oxidized - ossidare, ossidarsi

growling - ringhiare, (growl), ringhio, brontolio

"The captain?" asked Mr. Fogg.

"I am the captain."

"I am Phileas Fogg of London."

"And I am Andrew Speedy of Cardiff."

Cardiff - The capital city of Wales

"You are going to put to sea?"

"In an hour."

"You are bound for""

"Bordeaux."

Bordeaux - Bordeaux

"And your cargo?"

"No freight. Going in ballast."

freight - carico, merce

ballast - zavorra, massicciata, regolatore

"Have you any passengers?"

"No passengers. Never have passengers. Too much in the way."

"Is your vessel a swift one?"

"Between eleven and twelve knots. The Henrietta is well known."

"Will you carry me and three other persons to Liverpool?"

"To Liverpool? Why not to China?"

"I said Liverpool."

"No!"

"No?"

"No. I am setting out for Bordeaux, and shall go to Bordeaux."

setting out - partire, iniziare

"Money is no object?"

"None."

The captain spoke in a tone which did not admit of a reply. "But the owners of the Henrietta"" resumed Phileas Fogg.

owners - proprietario, proprietaria

"The owners are myself," replied the captain. "The vessel belongs to me."

"I will freight it for you."

"No."

"I will buy it of you."

"No."

Phileas Fogg did not betray the least disappointment, but the situation was a grave one. It was not at New York as at Hong Kong, nor with the captain of the Henrietta as with the captain of the Tankadere. Up to this time money had smoothed away every obstacle. Now money failed.

grave - tomba

smoothed - lisciare

Still, some means must be found to cross the Atlantic on a boat, unless by balloon"which would have been venturesome, besides not being capable of being put in practice. It seemed that Phileas Fogg had an idea for he said to the captain, "Well, will you carry me to Bordeaux?"

balloon - palloncino

venturesome - avventuroso

"No, not if you paid me two hundred dollars."

"I offer you two thousand."

"Apiece?"

"Apiece."

"And there are four of you?"

"Four."

Captain Speedy began to scratch his head. There was eight thousand dollars to gain, without changing his route, for which it was well worth conquering the repugnance he had for all kinds of passengers. Besides, passengers at two thousand dollars are no longer passengers, but valuable merchandise. "I start at nine o'clock," said Captain Speedy, simply. "Are you and your party ready?"

conquering - conquistare, sconfiggere, vincere

repugnance - ripugnanza

valuable - prezioso

merchandise - merce

"We will be on board at nine o'clock," replied Mr. Fogg.

It was half-past eight. To disembark from the Henrietta, jump into a hack, hurry to the St. Nicholas, and return with Aouda, Passepartout and even the inseparable Fix was the work of a brief time, and was performed by Mr. Fogg with the coolness which never abandoned him. They were on board when the Henrietta made ready to weigh anchor.

disembark - sbarcare

hack - tagliare

inseparable - inseparabile

weigh anchor - levare l'ancora

When Passepartout heard what this last voyage was going to cost, he uttered a prolonged "Oh!" which extended throughout his vocal gamut.

prolonged - prolungare

vocal - vocale

gamut - gamma

As for Fix, he said to himself that the Bank of England would certainly not come out of this affair well indemnified. When they reached England, even if Mr. Fogg did not throw some handfuls of bank-bills into the sea, more than seven thousand pounds would have been spent!

indemnified - indennizzare

handfuls - manciata, pugno, manipolo, gruppetto

Chapter 33. In Which Phileas Fogg Shows Himself Equal to the Occasion

An hour later, the Henrietta passed the lighthouse which marks the entrance of the Hudson, turned the point of Sandy Hook, and put to sea. During the day she skirted Long Island, passed Fire Island, and directed her course rapidly eastward.

lighthouse - faro

Sandy - covered with sand, containing sand, like sand, sand-coloured

Hook - gancio, gancetto, uncino, ritornello, parte orecchiabile

At noon the next day, a man mounted the bridge to ascertain the vessel's position. It might be thought that this was Captain Speedy. Not the least in the world. It was Phileas Fogg, Esquire. As for Captain Speedy, he was shut up in his cabin under lock and key, and was uttering loud cries, which signified an anger at once pardonable and excessive.

lock - serratura

signified - significato, (signify), significare

pardonable - perdonabile

What had happened was very simple. Phileas Fogg wished to go to Liverpool, but the captain would not carry him there.

Then Phileas Fogg had taken passage for Bordeaux, and, during the thirty hours he had been on board, had so shrewdly managed with his banknotes that the sailors and stokers, who were only an occasional crew, and were not on the best terms with the captain, went over to him in a body.

shrewdly - scaltramente, astutamente

stokers - fuochista

terms - periodo, durata, mandato

This was why Phileas Fogg was in command instead of Captain Speedy; why the captain was a prisoner in his cabin; and why, in short, the Henrietta was directing her course towards Liverpool. It was very clear, to see Mr. Fogg manage the craft, that he had been a sailor.

directing - diretto

How the adventure ended will be seen soon. Aouda was anxious, though she said nothing. As for Passepartout, he thought Mr. Fogg's maneuver simply glorious. The captain had said "between eleven and twelve knots," and the Henrietta confirmed his prediction.

maneuver - manovra, esercitazione, manovrare

prediction - predizione, previsione

If, then"for there were "ifs" still"the sea did not become too violent, if the wind did not veer round to the east, if no accident happened to the boat or its machinery, the Henrietta might cross the three thousand miles from New York to Liverpool in the nine days, between the 12th and the 21st of December.

veer - (cambiare direzione)

It is true that, once arrived, the affair on board the Henrietta, added to that of the Bank of England, might create more difficulties for Mr. Fogg than he imagined or could desire.

During the first days, they went along smoothly enough. The sea was not very unpropitious, the wind seemed stationary in the northeast, the sails were hoisted, and the Henrietta ploughed across the waves like a real trans-Atlantic steamer.

Passepartout was delighted. His master's last exploit, the consequences of which he ignored, enchanted him. Never had the crew seen so jolly and dexterous a fellow. He formed warm friendships with the sailors, and amazed them with his acrobatic feats. He thought they managed the vessel like gentlemen, and that the stokers fired up like heroes. His loquacious good-humor infected everyone.

consequences - conseguenza

ignored - ignorare

jolly - allegro

dexterous - destro, abile, ingegnoso, svelto, agile

friendships - amicizia

feats - impresa

heroes - eroe, eroina, protagonista

loquacious - loquace

humor - umorismo

infected - contagiare, infettare

He had forgotten the past, its vexations and delays. He only thought of the end, so nearly accomplished. Sometimes he boiled over with impatience, as if heated by the furnaces of the Henrietta. Often, also, the worthy fellow revolved around Fix, looking at him with a keen, distrustful eye, but he did not speak to him, for their old intimacy no longer existed.

vexations - vessazione

boiled over - sbottare

heated - calore

furnaces - fornace, bruciatore, caldaia

revolved - orbitare, ruotare, ricorrere

distrustful - diffidente

Fix, it must be confessed, understood nothing of what was going on. The conquest of the Henrietta, the bribery of the crew, Fogg managing the boat like a skilled seaman, amazed and confused him. He did not know what to think.

conquest - conquista, soggiogamento

bribery - corruzione

managing - dirigere, managgiare, riuscire, arrangiarsi, maneggiare

seaman - marinaio

For, after all, a man who began by stealing fifty-five thousand pounds might end by stealing a vessel; and Fix was not unnaturally inclined to conclude that the Henrietta, under Fogg's command, was not going to Liverpool at all, but to some part of the world where the robber, turned into a pirate, would quietly put himself in safety.

stealing - rubare, (steal), derubare, fregare, accattivarsi

unnaturally - in modo innaturale

conclude - finire, concludere

pirate - pirata, corsaro, bucaniere, pirateggiare

The conjecture was at least a plausible one, and the detective began to seriously regret that he had embarked on the affair.

plausible - plausibile

As for Captain Speedy, he continued to howl and growl in his cabin. Passepartout, whose duty it was to carry him his meals, courageous as he was, took the greatest precautions. Mr. Fogg did not seem even to know that there was a captain on board.

howl - ululato, uggiolio, latrato, guaito, ululare, gannire

growl - ringhio, brontolio, ringhiare

On the 13th they passed the edge of the banks of Newfoundland, a dangerous locality. During the winter, especially, there are frequent fogs and heavy gales of wind. Ever since the evening before, the barometer, suddenly falling, had indicated an approaching change in the atmosphere. During the night the temperature varied, the cold became sharper, and the wind veered to the southeast.

Newfoundland - Terranova, cane di Terranova

heavy gales - forti tempeste

atmosphere - atmosfera

sharper - piu nitida, (sharp), affilato, aguzzo, intelligente, acuto

This was a misfortune. Mr. Fogg, in order not to deviate from his course, furled his sails and increased the force of the steam; but the vessel's speed slackened, owing to the state of the sea, the long waves of which broke against the stern. She pitched violently, and this retarded her progress.

misfortune - malasorte, disgrazia

deviate - deviare

stern - severo

pitched - piantare, fissare

violently - violentemente

The breeze little by little swelled into a tempest, and it was to be feared that the Henrietta might not be able to maintain herself upright on the waves.

Passepartout's visage darkened with the skies, and for two days the poor fellow experienced constant fright. But Phileas Fogg was a bold mariner, and knew how to maintain headway against the sea. He kept on his course, without even decreasing his steam. The Henrietta, when she could not rise upon the waves, crossed them, swamping her deck, but passing safely.

visage - countenance, appearance, face

darkened - imbrunire

skies - cielo

experienced - esperienza, esperire

mariner - marinaio, (marine), marino, marittimo

headway - luce, spazio, altezza, abbrivio, impulso

decreasing - diminuire, calare, far calare, ribassare

swamping - palude

Sometimes the screw rose out of the water, beating its protruding end, when a mountain of water raised the stern above the waves, but the craft always kept straight ahead.

The wind, however, did not grow as violent as might have been feared. It was not one of those tempests which burst, and rush on with a speed of ninety miles an hour. It continued fresh, but, unhappily, it remained obstinately in the southeast, rendering the sails useless.

tempests - tempesta, procella

rendering - present participle of render

The 16th of December was the seventy-fifth day since Phileas Fogg's departure from London, and the Henrietta had not yet been seriously delayed. Half of the voyage was almost accomplished, and the worst localities had been passed. In summer, success would have been well-nigh certain. In winter, they were at the mercy of the bad season.

localities - localita

nigh - vicino, presso

Passepartout said nothing; but he cherished hope in secret, and comforted himself with the reflection that, if the wind failed them, they might still count on the steam.

cherished - custodire, curare, apprezzare

in secret - in segreto

On this day the engineer came on deck, went up to Mr. Fogg, and began to speak earnestly with him. Without knowing why"it was a presentiment, perhaps"Passepartout became vaguely uneasy. He would have given one of his ears to hear with the other what the engineer was saying. He finally managed to catch a few words, and was sure he heard his master say, "You are certain of what you tell me?"

earnestly - seriamente

vaguely - vagamente

"Certain, sir," replied the engineer. "You must remember that,

since we started, we have kept up hot fires in all our furnaces.

kept up - mantenuto

Though we had coal enough to go on short steam from New York to

Bordeaux, we haven't enough to go with all steam from New York to

Liverpool."

"I will consider," replied Mr. Fogg.

Passepartout understood it all. He was seized with mortal anxiety. The coal was giving out! "Ah, if my master can get over that," he muttered, "he'll be a famous man!" He could not help imparting to Fix what he had overheard.

giving out - rifiutarsi di obbedire, esaurirsi, spendere

imparting - impartire

overheard - origliare

"Then you believe that we really are going to Liverpool?"

"Of course."

"Ass!" replied the detective, shrugging his shoulders and turning on his heel.

heel - calcagno, tallone

Passepartout was on the point of vigorously resenting the epithet, the reason of which he could not for the life of him comprehend; but he reflected that the unfortunate Fix was probably very much disappointed and humiliated in his self-esteem, after having so awkwardly followed a false scent around the world, and he said nothing.

resenting - risentirsi di

epithet - epiteto

humiliated - umiliare, avvilire

esteem - stima

And now what course would Phileas Fogg adopt? It was difficult to imagine. Nevertheless he seemed to have decided upon one, for that evening he sent for the engineer, and said to him, "Feed all the fires until the coal is exhausted."

A few moments after, the funnel of the Henrietta vomited forth torrents of smoke. The vessel continued to proceed with all steam on; but on the 18th, the engineer, as he had predicted, announced that the coal would give out in the course of the day.

vomited - vomitare, rimettere, vomito

predicted - predire, profetizzare

give out - rifiutarsi di obbedire, esaurirsi, spendere

"Do not let the fires go down," replied Mr. Fogg. "Keep them up to the last. Let the valves be filled."

Towards noon Phileas Fogg, having ascertained their position, called Passepartout, and ordered him to go for Captain Speedy. It was as if the honest fellow had been commanded to unchain a tiger. He went to the poop, saying to himself, "He will be like a madman!"

ascertained - accertare, appurare, stabilire, constatare

commanded - comando, ordine, padronanza, maestria, perizia, ordinare

unchain - non incatenare

tiger - tigre

poop - cacca

madman - matto, pazzo

In a few moments, with cries and oaths, a bomb appeared on the poop-deck. The bomb was Captain Speedy. It was clear that he was on the point of bursting. "Where are we?" were the first words his anger permitted him to utter. Had the poor man been apoplectic, he could never have recovered from his paroxysm of wrath.

bomb - bomba, esplosivo, ordigno, bombardare

bursting - scoppiare, esplodere, strappare, separare, scoppio, esplosione

poor man - povero uomo

apoplectic - apoplettico

paroxysm - parossismo, acme, raptus

wrath - furore, collera, ira

"Where are we?" he repeated, with purple face.

"Seven hundred and seven miles from Liverpool," replied Mr. Fogg, with imperturbable calmness.

imperturbable - imperturbabile

"Pirate!" cried Captain Speedy.

"I have sent for you, sir""

"Pickaroon!"

""sir," continued Mr. Fogg, "to ask you to sell me your vessel."

"No! By all the devils, no!"

devils - diavolo

"But I shall be obliged to burn her."

"Burn the Henrietta!"

"Yes, at least the upper part of her. The coal has given out."

given out - rifiutarsi di obbedire, esaurirsi, spendere

"Burn my vessel!" cried Captain Speedy, who could scarcely pronounce the words. "A vessel worth fifty thousand dollars!"

pronounce - dichiarare, emettere, pronunziare, pronunciare

"Here are sixty thousand," replied Phileas Fogg, handing the captain a roll of bank bills. This had a prodigious effect on Andrew Speedy. An American can scarcely remain unmoved at the sight of sixty thousand dollars. The captain forgot in an instant his anger, his imprisonment, and all his grudges against his passenger. The Henrietta was twenty years old. It was a great bargain.

prodigious - prodigioso

unmoved - impassibile, freddo

grudges - rancore, risentimento, astio

The bomb would not go off after all. Mr. Fogg had taken away the match.

match - fiammifero

"And I shall still have the iron hull," said the captain in a softer tone.

softer - morbido

"The iron hull and the engine. Is it agreed?"

"Agreed."

And Andrew Speedy, seizing the banknotes, counted them and consigned them to his pocket.

During this colloquy, Passepartout was as white as a sheet, and Fix seemed on the point of having an apoplectic fit. Nearly twenty thousand pounds had been expended, and Fogg left the hull and engine to the captain, that is, near the whole value of the craft! It was true, however, that fifty-five thousand pounds had been stolen from the Bank.

When Andrew Speedy had pocketed the money, Mr. Fogg said to him, "Don't let this astonish you, sir. You must know that I shall lose twenty thousand pounds, unless I arrive in London by a quarter before nine of the evening of the 21st of December. I missed the steamer at New York, and as you refused to take me to Liverpool""

pocketed - tasca, buca, sacca, intascare, imbucare, tascabile

astonish - sorprendere, stupire

"And I did well," cried Andrew Speedy; "for I have gained at least forty thousand dollars by it!" He added, more sedately, "Do you know one thing, Captain""

sedately - con calma

"Fogg."

"Captain Fogg, you've got something of the Yankee about you."

And, having paid his passenger what he considered a high compliment, he was going away, when Mr. Fogg said, "The vessel now belongs to me?"

"Certainly, from the keel to the truck of the masts"all the wood, that is."

keel - chiglia

truck - camion

"Very well. Have the interior seats, bunks, and frames pulled down, and burn them."

bunks - cuccetta

frames - incorniciare, incastrare, impalcatura, incastellatura, armatura

pulled down - demolire, distruggere, abbassare, tirare giu, drappeggiare

It was necessary to have dry wood to keep the steam up to the adequate pressure, and on that day the poop, cabins, bunks and the spare deck were sacrificed. On the next day, the 19th of December, the masts, rafts and spars were burned. The crew worked lustily, keeping up the fires. Passepartout hewed, cut and sawed away with all his might. There was a perfect rage for demolition.

adequate - adeguato

rafts - zattera

spars - longheroni

lustily - con bramosia

hewed - abbattere

sawed - segato

demolition - demolizione

The railings, fittings, the greater part of the deck and top sides disappeared on the 20th, and the Henrietta was now only a flat hulk. But on this day they sighted the Irish coast and Fastnet Light. By ten in the evening they were passing Queenstown. Phileas Fogg had only twenty-four hours more in which to get to London. That length of time was necessary to reach Liverpool, with all steam on.

railings - ringhiere

fittings - montaggio

hulk - carcassa

Irish - irlandese, gaelico

And the steam was about to give out altogether!

"Sir," said Captain Speedy, who was now deeply interested in Mr. Fogg's project, "I really pity you. Everything is against you. We are only opposite Queenstown."

deeply - in profondita, estremamente, profondamente, intensamente

pity - pieta, peccato, compatire

"Ah," said Mr. Fogg, "is that place where we see the lights

Queenstown?"

"Yes."

"Can we enter the harbor?"

"Not under three hours. Only at high tide."

"Wait," replied Mr. Fogg calmly, without betraying in his features that by a supreme inspiration he was about to attempt once more to conquer ill fortune.

inspiration - inspirazione, inalazione, respiro, ispirazione, illuminazione

conquer - conquistare, sconfiggere, vincere

Queenstown is the Irish port at which the trans-Atlantic steamers stop to put off the mails. These mails are carried to Dublin by express trains always held in readiness to start. From Dublin they are sent on to Liverpool by the most rapid boats, and thus gain twelve hours on the Atlantic steamers.

put off - rimandare

Dublin - Dublino

Phileas Fogg counted on gaining twelve hours in the same way. Instead of arriving at Liverpool the next evening by the Henrietta, he would be there by noon, and would therefore have time to reach London before a quarter before nine in the evening.

The Henrietta entered Queenstown Harbor at one o'clock in the morning, it then being high tide. Phileas Fogg, after being grasped heartily by the hand by Captain Speedy, left that gentleman on the leveled hulk of his craft, which was still worth half what he had sold it for.

The party went on shore at once. Fix was greatly tempted to arrest Mr. Fogg on the spot; but he did not. Why? What struggle was going on within him? Had he changed his mind about "his man"? Did he understand that he had made a grave mistake? He did not, however, abandon Mr. Fogg. They all got on the train, which was just ready to start, at half-past one.

At dawn of day they were in Dublin; and they lost no time in embarking on a steamer which, disdaining to rise upon the waves, invariably cut through them.

embarking - imbarcare, iniziare, imbarcarsi, cacciarsi

disdaining - sdegno, disdegno, disprezzo, s