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Chapter 15
The train entered the station, and Passepartout jumping out first, was 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.
Just as he was leaving the station a policeman came up to him, and said, "Mr. Phileas
"I am he."
"Is this man your servant?" added the policeman, pointing to Passepartout.
"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.
"May this young lady go with us?" asked he.
"She may," replied the policeman.
Mr. Fogg, Aouda, and Passepartout were conducted to a palkigahri, a sort of four-
wheeled carriage, drawn by two horses, in which they took their places and were driven
away. No one spoke during the twenty minutes which elapsed before they reached their
destination. 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.
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."
He then retired, and closed the door.