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"!)
Received on Thu 07 Mar 1996 - 23:44:19 IST