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Around the World in 80 Days

Around the World in 80 Days

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Published by: Lord Capulet on Aug 26, 2008
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Around the World in 80Days
Jules Verne
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Chapter IIN WHICH PHILEAS FOGGAND PASSEPARTOUTACCEPT EACH OTHER, THEONE AS MASTER, THEOTHER AS MAN
Mr. Phileas Fogg lived, in 1872, at No. 7, Saville Row,Burlington Gardens, the house in which Sheridan died in1814. He was one of the most noticeable members of theReform Club, though he seemed always to avoidattracting attention; an enigmatical personage, aboutwhom little was known, except that he was a polishedman of the world. People said that he resembled Byron— at least that his head was Byronic; but he was a bearded,tranquil Byron, who might live on a thousand yearswithout growing old.Certainly an Englishman, it was more doubtful whether Phileas Fogg was a Londoner. He was never seen on‘Change, nor at the Bank, nor in the counting-rooms of the ‘City"; no ships ever came into London docks of 
 
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339which he was the owner; he had no public employment;he had never been entered at any of the Inns of Court,either at the Temple, or Lincoln’s Inn, or Gray’s Inn; nor had his voice ever resounded in the Court of Chancery, or in the Exchequer, or the Queen’s Bench, or theEcclesiastical Courts. He certainly was not a manufacturer;nor was he a merchant or a gentleman farmer. His namewas strange to the scientific and learned societies, and henever was known to take part in the sage deliberations of the Royal Institution or the London Institution, theArtisan’s Association, or the Institution of Arts andSciences. He belonged, in fact, to none of the numeroussocieties which swarm in the English capital, from theHarmonic to that of the Entomologists, founded mainlyfor the purpose of abolishing pernicious insects.Phileas Fogg was a member of the Reform, and thatwas all.The way in which he got admission to this exclusiveclub was simple enough.He was recommended by the Barings, with whom hehad an open credit. His cheques were regularly paid atsight from his account current, which was always flush.Was Phileas Fogg rich? Undoubtedly. But those whoknew him best could not imagine how he had made his
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