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Re: Greyhound/Forward/Sloughi? (Deux ans de vacances)

From: Garmt de Vries <G.deVries~at~phys.uu.nl>
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2005 10:05:58 +0200 (CEST)
To: Jules Verne Forum <jvf~at~Gilead.org.il>

On Fri, 8 Apr 2005, Peter Harold wrote:

> The suggestion about the story of 100 schoolkids was interesting to
> know. I guess Verne could have developed this idea into something
> exciting, but I think that the limited numbers of kids following SLOUGHI
> makes the readers easier to understand the boys both as individuals and
> as a group.

Plus, how do you fit 100 kids in one boat? With that many little brats
running around, you'd need some supervision in addition to the crew. And
if the crew gave up the available lifeboats as a sacrifice to save the
kids, as was Hetzel's idea, no doubt the supervisor(s) would have been
saved as well.

> May I ask one more question with the nature of how to spell the names:
> In translations, Doniphan is named Donovan. Was "Doniphan" a common
> name, at that time of this novel? I have never heard that name before.

Google "Doniphan": no sign of "2 ans" in the first 5 pages of results. A
couple of towns in the US, and a 19th-century American lawyer called
Alexander William Doniphan.

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