The Begum's Fortune

Jules Verne (1828 - 1905)
Translated by William Henry Giles Kingston (1814 - 1880)

A novel with some utopian elements, but primarily dystopian. A French doctor and a German professor both inherit a vast fortune as descendants of a French soldier who married the rich widow of an Indian prince. They both decide to go to America and establish their own "ideal" society. Dr. Sarrasin, the French doctor, is focused on maintaining public health. He builds Ville-France. Professor Schultze, the German scientist, is a bit of a militarist and racist. He builds Stahlstadt and devotes his city to the production of ever more powerful weapons so that he can destroy Sarrasin's city. They manage to get the US to cede sovereignty to two cities so that the two newly rich men can create their utopia. The setting for Ville-France would place it on the Oregon Coast, near Bandon, Oregon. The location for the second city, Stahlstadt, is less clear, but the description would place it somewhere near Roseburg, Oregon. - Summary by Kate Follis

Genre(s): Science Fiction, War & Military Fiction, Published 1800 -1900

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Enter Mr. Sharp Kate Follis
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Play 02 A Pair of Chums Kate Follis
00:26:10
Play 03 Effect of an Item of News Kate Follis
00:24:57
Play 04 Two Claimants Kate Follis
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Play 05 Stahlstadt Kate Follis
00:27:36
Play 06 The Albrecht Pit Kate Follis
00:22:54
Play 07 The Central Block Kate Follis
00:21:16
Play 08 The Dragon's Den Kate Follis
00:33:00
Play 09 P.P.C. Kate Follis
00:22:40
Play 10 An Article from "Unsere Centurie", a German Review Kate Follis
00:25:02
Play 11 At Dinner with Doctor Sarrasin Kate Follis
00:13:28
Play 12 The Council Kate Follis
00:21:02
Play 13 News for the Professor Kate Follis
00:05:07
Play 14 Clearing for Action Kate Follis
00:10:17
Play 15 The Exchange of San Francisco Kate Follis
00:20:25
Play 16 A Brace of Frenchmen Capture a Town Kate Follis
00:17:59
Play 17 Parley Before the Citadel Kate Follis
00:14:09
Play 18 The Kernel of the Nut Kate Follis
00:15:44
Play 19 A Family Affair Kate Follis
00:07:59
Play 20 Conclusion Kate Follis
00:02:21