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The Tribulations of a Chinaman in China

Jules Verne (1828-1905)

1. 01 - In which the Peculiarities and Nationality of the Personages are gradually revealed
2. 02 - In which Kin-Fo and the Philosopher are more fully described
3. 03 - In which the Reader, without Fatigue, can glance over the City of Shang-hai
4. 04 - In which Kin-Fo receives an Important Letter, which is Eight Days behind Time
5. 05 - In which Le-ou receives a Letter which she would rather not have received
6. 06 - Which will, perhaps, make the Reader desire to visit the Offices of the Centenary
7. 07 - Which would be very Sad if it did not treat of Ways and Customs peculiar to the Celestial Empire
8. 08 - In which Kin-Fo makes a Serious Proposition to Wang, which the Latter no less seriously accepts
9. 09 - The Conclusion of which, however Singular it may be, perhaps will not surprise the Reader
10. 10 - In which Craig and Fry are officially presented to the New Patron of the Centenary
11. 11 - In which Kin-Fo becomes the most Celebrated Man in the Central Empire
12. 12 - In which Kin-Fo, his Two Acolytes, and his Valet start on an Adventure
13. 13 - In which is heard the Celebrated Lament called The Five Periods in the Life of a Centenarian
14. 14 - In which the Visitor, without Fatigue, can travel through Four Cities by visiting only One
15. 15 - Which certainly contains a Surprise for Kin-Fo, and perhaps for the Reader
16. 16 - In which Kin-Fo, who is still a Bachelor, begins to travel again in earnest
17. 17 - In which Kin-Fo's Market Value is Once more Uncertain
18. 18 - In which Craig and Fry, urged by Curiosity, visit the Hold of the Sam-Yep
19. 19 - Which does not finish well, either for Capt. Yin, the Commander of the Sam-Yep, or for her Crew
20. 20 - In which it will be seen to what Dangers Men are exposed who use Capt. Boyton's Nautical Apparatus
21. 21 - In which Craig and Fry see the Moon rise with Extreme Satisfaction
22. 22 - Which the Reader might have written himself, it ends in so Surprising a Way

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Summary

The rich and flegmatic Kin-Fo loses his fortune and decides to die, but not before experiencing some strong emotions. He asks his friend Wang to kill him before a given date. Everything changes when Kin-Fo discovers he is not poor after all and he sets on a journey around China, trying to find his friend to cancel their deal.