Around the World in Eighty Days Summary & Study Guide

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Around the World in Eighty Days is a fantastic journey by an Englishman and his manservant in 1873. The story is a comedy filled with exotic locations, cultures and suspense along the way. Phileas Fogg, an Englishman, with his French manservant, Passepartout, create an unusual pairing with their distinct cultural backgrounds. The journey challenges both Phileas Fogg and Passepartout in many ways, but both men come out as winners in the end. Fogg and Passepartout journey around the world to win a simple wager, but they leave an incredible story about loyalty and friendship in their wake.

The novel, published in 1873, is the fantastic voyage of Phileas Fogg and his manservant, Jean Passepartout, around the world. The voyage is the result of a wager by Fogg and his counterparts from the Reform Club. The men insist that Fogg can not go around the world in eighty days without delays. The men wager the amount of twenty thousand pounds that Fogg will be unable to return to the club, at the exact same, time eighty days later. After agreeing to their wager, Fogg returns home to enlist his new manservant, Passepartout, a Frenchman from Paris on his voyage.

Fogg and his manservant, Passepartout, set out immediately for Paris by train. After departing by train, Detective Fix, a London Police Investigator, insists that Fogg is the suspect in the robbery of the Bank of England. Fogg has no idea that he is being pursued for robbery by the authorities. He arrives in Suez to have his manservant confront Detective Fix on the quay, who tries to detain them in Suez. As Fix does not have an arrest warrant, he continues with them on to Aden and Bombay. Fogg is not interested in sightseeing during his tour of the world, but Passepartout marvels at all the exotic sights.

On their arrival in India, Fogg and Passepartout travel by train to Calcutta, but ran into some trouble along the way. During their visit to the Indian Peninsula, Passepartout offends some priests in a sacred Brahmin temple. He rescues Princess Aouda, the wife of a deceased Parsee rajah, from committing a forced suicide. With their new companion in tow, Fogg and Passepartout leave India for Singapore and Hong Kong. Unbeknownst to Fogg and Aouda, Fix has been tagging along with them, and now proceeds to try to stop them at all costs. He gets Passepartout intoxicated and leaves him behind in Hong Kong, while tagging along with Fogg and Aouda on their dangerous journey from Hong Kong to Shanghai. Passepartout is able to board the steamer, the Carnatic, to Yokohama and luckily reunites with Fogg during an acrobatic performance.

Aboard the General Grant steamer to America, Passepartout and Fix make an alliance to help Fogg reach London. On their arrival in America, they are attacked by a band of Sioux Indians, while Fogg is trying to fight a duel against an insulting American, Colonel Proctor. Fogg is forced to go rescue Passepartout, who is kidnapped by the Sioux. On his return, he has already missed the train, and by the same consequence the steamer to Liverpool out of New York. He leases a ship and burns a good portion of the ship as fuel to arrive through Dublin at Liverpool. When he arrives in Liverpool, he is suddenly arrested by Fix for the robbery of the Bank of England. After being declared innocent, Fogg believes he has lost the wager due to the last minute delay. Passepartout actually finds out by accident that Fogg has miscalculated by one day. He wins the wager and finally marries his love, Aouda. Fogg not only wins the wager, but he wins the lady's heart, and the loyalty of his manservant, Passepartout.

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