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Phileas Fogy, a wealthy Londoner, was a member of the Reform Club. He was also slightly eccentric by nature. His friends at the club challenged him for 20,000 pounds to go around the world in eighty days. He accepted the wager and set out from London with his wallet, passport etc. Did he win the wager? Come, let us join Phileas Fogy on his tour and find out.
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CHAPTER 1

Phileas Fogg And Passepartout Accept Each Other

Phileas Fogg lived, in 1872, at No. 7, Saville Row, Burlington Gardens. He was a member of the Reform Club, though he was never seen on ‘Change nor at the Bank. He had no public employment. He was not a manufacturer nor a merchant. Yet, Fogg was recommended by the Barings, with whom he had an open credit. His checks were regularly paid at sight from his current account, which was always flush.

Fogg was not known to have either wife or children, neither relatives nor close friends. He lived alone in his house on Saville Row. The habits of its occupant demanded little from the sole domestic, but Fogg required him to be almost superhumanly prompt and regular. On the 2nd of October he had dismissed James Forster for having brought his shaving-water at 84 0 F. instead of 86. Fogg was expecting'a new domestic that same day.

At exactly half-past eleven Fogg would, according to his daily habit, quit Saville Row, and go to the Reform Club. A rap sounded on the door of his living room, and James Forster appeared. The new servant, he announced. A man of thirty advanced and bowed.

You are a Frenchman, asked Fogg, and your name is John?

Jean Passepartout, replied the newcomer, a surname which has clung to me because I have an inclination for going out of one job into another. I've been a singer, a circus-rider, a professor of gymnastics, a sergeant fireman. I left Paris five years ago, and took service as a valet in England. Finding myself out of place, and hearing that Monsieur Fogg was the most exact gentleman in the United Kingdom, I have come in the hope of living with him a quiet life.

Jean Passepartout, replied the newcomer.

You are well recommended to me. You know my conditions?

Yes, monsieur.

Good! What time is it?

Twenty-two minutes after eleven, replied Passepartout, drawing a silver watch from his pocket.

You are too slow. Now from this moment, twenty-six minutes after eleven A.M., this Wednesday, 2nd October, you are in my service. Fogg got up, took his hat, put it on his head, and went out without a word.

Passepartout had been carefully observing his new master. A man about forty years of age, with fine features, his forehead unwrinkled, and a tall, well-shaped figure. He gave the impression of being perfectly well-balanced, as exactly regulated as a Leroy chronometer.

As for Passepartout, he was an honest fellow.

with a pleasant face, lips a trifle protruding, soft-mannered and serviceable. His eyes were blue, his figure almost portly, and his physical powers fully developed by the exercises of his younger days.

Passepartout began examining the house, from cellar to garret. So clean, well-arranged a mansion pleased him. When he reached the second story he recognised the room he was to inhabit. On the mantel stood an electric clock, precisely like that in Fogg’s bedchamber, both beating the same second at the same instant. Over the clock hung a card which comprised all that was required of the servant, from eight in the morning, exactly at the hour Fogg rose, till midnight, when he retired.

CHAPTER 2

A Conversation Which Seems Likely To Cost Phileas Fogg Dear

When Fogg reached the Reform Club, an imposing edifice in Pail Mall, he went into the dining room for his breakfast. He rose at thirteen minutes to one, and entered a large hall. A menial handed him an uncut Times, which he proceeded to cut. The perusal of this paper absorbed Fogg till a quarter before four, whilst the Standard and the Pall Mall, his next task, occupied him till the dinner hour. Fogg reappeared in the reading room at seven. Several members of the Reform joined him. They were Fogg’s usual partners at whist: Andrew Stuart, an engineer; John Sullivan and Samuel Fallentin, bankers; Thomas Flanagan, a brewer; and Gauthier Ralph, one of the directors of the Bank of England — all rich and highly respected men.

Well, Ralph, began Flanagan, what about the robbery?

Detectives have been sent to all the main ports of America and Europe, said Ralph, and he'll be a clever fellow if he slips through their fingers.

But have you got his description? asked Stuart.

"The Daily Telegraph says that he’s a gentleman," said Fogg.

The robbery had occurred three days before at the Bank of England. A package of banknotes, to the value of 55,000 pounds, had been taken from the main cashier’s table. There were real grounds for supposing, as the Daily Telegraph said, that the thief did not belong to a professional band. On tlie day of the robbery, a well-dressed gentleman with polished manners had been observed going to and fro in the paying-room. A description of him was sent to the detectives. The papers and clubs were full of the affair; and the Reform Club was especially agitated, several of its members being Bank officials.

The chances, said Stuart, are in favour of the thief.

Where can he fly to? asked Ralph. No country is safe for him.

Oh, I don’t know that. The world is big enough.

It was once, said Fogg.

What do you mean by ‘once'? Has the world grown smaller?

I agree with Mr Fogg, said Ralph. The world has grown smaller, since a man can go round it in three months.

In eighty days, said Fogg.

It’s true, gentleman, added Sullivan. "Here’s an estimate by the Daily Telegraph: London to Suez (rail and steamboats) 7 days Suez to Bombay (steamer) 13 "

The members were very agitated about the robbery.

"But that doesn’t take into account bad weather