Jules Verne Forum




From: Ross F Bagby <rbagby~at~magnus.acs.ohio-state.edu>
Date: Thu, 7 Mar 1996 16:43:04 -0500 (EST)
To: jvf~at~leeor.technion.ac.il

I was just reading an English translation of CLAUDIUS BOMBARNAC -- specifically
the 1894 Lovell, Coryell, & Co.edition which uses the title THE SPECIAL
CORRESPONDANT -- and when one minor character is revealed to be attempting to
circle the world in 39 days, Bombarnac thinks of "Mrs. Bisland who did the
famous tour in seventy-three days, and Train who did it in seventy . . . "
Who was Train? (An American? -- that seems to be the thrust of the passage.)
When did this circumnavigation occur?
Oh, and while I know who Elizabeth Bisland was, does anyone know if the error
of her "73 day" trip is Verne's or a translator's? (It actually took her 76 --
although just showing how elusive this point is, William Butcher in his notes
to his 80 DAYS translation gives the figure as "79"!)
RF Bagby
Received on Thu 07 Mar 1996 - 23:44:19 IST

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