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Around the World in Eighty Days | Chapter 25 : Which gives an idea of what San Francisco is like on the day of a political rally | Summary

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As soon as Phileas Fogg, Mrs. Aouda, and Passepartout, disembark in San Francisco, California, they leave for the International Hotel by carriage. At the hotel Fogg gives Passepartout permission to buy rifles and revolvers since the train travels through Sioux and Pawnee territories, although he feels Passepartout 's worries are unnecessary. On their way to the British consulate, Phileas Fogg and Mrs. Aouda run into Fix, who joins them. On their way back, they are caught in the middle of a political rally in the center of town, where supporters for each of the two candidates start a riot. Fix takes a punch for Fogg. Fogg then shares insults with the brawler, Colonel Stamp W. Proctor, who calls Fogg "Limey" in response to Fogg's "Yankee" slur. Shortly before they board the train, Fogg promises he will return to America to avenge his honor in a duel.

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Although this chapter acts as an interlude, it does offer foreshadowing, situational irony, and character development. At first glance Passepartout's desire to buy guns for the trip from California to Omaha, Nebraska, feeds into the Wild West stereotype he mentions when he thinks of the lawless days surrounding the 1849 California gold rush. After the encounter with the Brahmins, when they rescued Mrs. Aouda, Passepartout wants to be prepared. This foreshadows a Sioux attack. A second example predicting a future event occurs after the political rally brawl, where Fogg and Colonel Proctor trade insults. Feeling his honor has been sullied, Fogg challenges Colonel Proctor to a duel when he comes back to America. It is doubtful the bellicose Colonel Proctor will wait for Fogg's return to San Francisco.

Passepartout is often addressed as "dear fellow." Fogg calls him this in Chapter 4 when the Frenchman mentions he left the gas on in his room. After that, this phrase is used four times (Chapters 16, 17, 19, and 25) to describe Passepartout. Fogg uses this phrase as an innocuous comment, like saying, "Well, my good man," but Verne's use of the term seems a little more tongue-in-cheek.

The author satirizes America with the poltical rally. Phileas Fogg boards the train believing the political riot occurred because the election is an important one. When he asks the conductor, Fogg finds out the election is for a "justice of the peace."

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