On the voyage to Hong Kong, Fix makes friends with Passepartout in an attempt to get closer to Mr. Fogg. By the time they arrive the warrant has still not come leaving Fix frustrated yet again. Fix decides to tell Passepartout about his agenda and takes him to a smoking house. He describes his plan to get Mr. Fogg arrested for robbery. Fix tries to bribe Passepartout with part of the reward, but he won’t go against his master. Passepartout becomes vulnerable due to the effects of the liquor, plus Fix slipped him hits off an opium pipe. Passepartout is left unconscious and Fix continues his plans of arrest. Passepartout then doesn’t show up for the groups departure to Yokohama. Fix tries to encourage Mr. Fogg to leave without Passepartout, but Mr. Fogg is determined to find him. When he does not show up at the boat for departure time, Mr. Fogg and Aouda leave money and a description for him.
Hong Kong in the 19th Century:
In the novel, Verne made the English supremacy quite clear. Hong Kong was a mixed cultural location and by far the most diverse location they visited. Passepartout noticed the differences the most out of all the members traveling.
The book had very little in terms of descriptions of the culture but one detail that was shared in the book was, “Passepartout noticed in the crowd a number of the natives who seemed very old and were dressed in yellow. On going into a barber’s to get shaved he learned that these ancient men were all at least eighty years old, at which age they are permitted to wear yellow, which is the Imperial colour. Passepartout, without exactly knowing why, thought this very funny. (Verne 129). This imperial tradition was comical to Passepartout at first but he also found it interesting and enjoyed learning about it.