Written entirely by Michael Verne, this novel was subsequently and posthumously published under his father, Jules Verne's, name.
Robert Morgand, a Frenchman, finds himself without employment and very little money in London, England. He sees a poster for a tour that will visit the "Three Archipelagos;" that is the Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands. The part that catches his eye is the need for an interpreter. As he can speak French, English, Spanish and Portuguese he feels qualified for the job, which he easily obtains. In the days that follow Morgand sees a poster for a competing tour that is going to accomplish the same goals, only for less money. The two tours keep dropping prices until Morgand's tour company has to give up the fight. This leaves Morgand with no choice but to see if the winning company also required the services of an interpreter. It turns out that Thompson's agency does require an interpreter and he again finds himself with employment. The group of people that have signed on for the tour are an eclectic bunch; between their quirks, the thriftiness of tour director Thompson and the almost un-seaworthiness of the ship Seamew, Robert Morgand has his work cut out for him. Fortunately for him another Frenchman, Roger de Sorgues is part of the tour and in the company of two attractive American ladies, who unfortunately have also brought along their disagreeable brother-in-law. The charms of these American ladies, one in particular (a rich widow) keep Morgand interested in doing his job. While he desires the rich widow, his current station as a tour guide/interpreter keep him out of the running for her hand; but how long can you keep down a guide/interpreter who is really much more than he seems?
Synopsis ©2006, The Works of Jules Verne
Used with permission.
Original title: L’Agence Thompson and Co
Genre: Fiction→ Adventure