Jules Verne Forum



for andrew nash

From: Garmt de Vries <G.deVries~at~fys.ruu.nl>
Date: Thu, 14 Mar 1996 13:57:12 +0100 (GMT+0100)
To: jvf~at~leeor.technion.ac.il

Here's another piece of text for Andrew Nash, which I couldn't send the
normal way. Do you have any idea why that didn't work out?

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> To: anash~at~enterprise.ca (Andrew Nash)
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> In-Reply-To: <m0tuScb-000ZJtC~at~mail.enterprise.ca> from "Andrew Nash" at Mar 6, 96 06:27:00 pm
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> Dear Andrew,
> Here is the modified version of Excursion. If there are any errors in it,
> please mail me, so I can correct them. Thanks.
> Last summer I was on a holiday trip in England with my family, during
> which we visited
> London for one day. Of course I could not leave this capital without having a look at the
> Reform Club and Fogg's house in Savile Row (not Saville Row, as in some editions of Around
> the World). The first thing I noticed when I was walking up the stairs to the enormous front
> door of the well-known Reform Club, 104 Pall Mall, was the air of luxury that hung all
> around the place. At the door I addressed to a member of the Club. I told him that I was a
> Jules Verne collector and that I was eager to see this Club in real, flattering him a little
> ("So this is the famous Reform Club, wow, this is really it, etc."). I asked politely if I
> could have a look inside. "I'm afraid not," said the gentleman. I tried to persuade him, but
> now the porter joined us. Unfortunately he had his orders, although he was sincerely sorry
> for me. But: "Strictly members only, Sir. No photographs, no visitors, strictly members
> only," was the best I could get out of the gentleman. I asked if I was allowed, then, to
> make a photograph, but that too was strictly forbidden. No photographs, no visitors,
> strictly members only. Meanwhile I had cast a quick glance through the door. What I
> perceived was an extremely luxurious interior, with portraits, giant stairs with copper and
> gold and red carpets everywhere. I had my camera ready, but an old man with grey whiskers
> came down the stairs and stretched out his hand so as to prevent me from making a picture.
> They were all very persistent, in any case more persistent than I was, so I made a
> photograph of the door mat, with the Reform Club logo on it, and I left. I doubt whether the
> members know their illustrious colleague. Of course they wouldn't care much, because Fogg
> was invented by a French writer.
> My next goal was to see the house in which Phileas Fogg had lived. I had noted the
> address at home: 47 Savile Row, London. Savile Row is an old road, parallel to the very
> crowded and well-known Regent Street. Lots of tailors have their residence here; they're all
> quite expensive. The numbers in Savile Row were distributed at random, it seemed. Houses had
> ben destroyed, houses had been built, and it was quite a mess. I looked for no. 47
> throughout the entire street, but I couldn't find it anywhere; 39 was as far as it went. I
> decided to ask one of the tailors, so I went into a shop (Anderson and Co, established
> somewhere in the 19th century) to ask if there was, or had ever been, a no. 47, Savile Row.
> They thought not. The tailor knew the book vaguely; his opinion was that the address was
> "probably fictitious".
> In Prince's Street there are many second-hand bookshops. I went into all of them of
> course, and beside buying some books, I checked a good edition of Around the World to see if
> Fogg's address was really 47. Surprise: in this edition it was 7 ! I went back to Savile Row
> to watch the house (nothing special, just a dull front door next to some shops; it has
> probably known better times) and to take a photograph. Anyway, I was glad that I had seen
> Phileas' house after all.
> Garmt de Vries.
> Greetings,
> Garmt.
Received on Thu 14 Mar 1996 - 14:58:26 IST

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