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Around the World in Eighty Days

by Jules Verne

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Who were two men who eagerly awaited the arrival of the steam ship Mongolia?

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In chapter 4 of Around The World in Eighty Days two men are promenading up and down the wharves of Suez, in eager anticipation of the imminent arrival of the steamship Mongolia. One of the men is the British consul at Suez, who in his capacity as a senior diplomat always likes to keep an eye on his native country's ships as they pass to and fro on the great canal.

The other man is the intrepid Inspector Fix of Scotland Yard. He's hot on the heels of the man who carried out the audacious robbery on the Bank of England. And he has reason to believe that this very same man is on board the Mongolia. Fix is filled with nervous excitement as watches the ship's passengers as they disembark, scrutinizing each one carefully. He knows that if he can apprehend this notorious arch-criminal, he'll be in line for a huge reward, not to mention worldwide fame and renown.

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