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Around the World In Eighty Days

The bibliographic information is found on the title page. The title of the book is Around the World in Eighty Days, by Jules Verne. The original copyright date is 1873. The book contains 208 pages. The book is published by Aerie, in Bosman, Maryland. Phileas Fogg has made a wager to travel around the world in eighty days. His entire fortune of twenty thousand pounds is used as the wager, which he will lose if he does not complete his trip around the world in the time allotted. The trip around the world is filled with hazards. Phileas Fogg must depend on the weather not to delay the steamers he takes. If a train breaks down, he could easily lose his wager. A British detective who believes him a bank robber follows Fogg around the world.

The plot of the story is to travel around the world in exactly eighty days. Phileas Fogg, a wealthy Englishman, has made a wager with his friends at the Reform Club. Fogg has read a newspaper report stating that because of new methods in travel and new travel routes, a person may travel around the world in eighty days. Fogg claims that he too can travel around the world in eighty days. He believes that if a person is precise in traveling, that person can travel around the world in eighty days. Fogg's friends at the Reform Club believe that he cannot possibly travel around the world in that limited amount of time, so they have made a wager with Fogg for twenty thousand pounds to see whether or not he can travel around the world in eighty days. Fogg must now travel around the world in eighty days. He cannot be late, for if he is, there could be a delay that costs him his wager. Fogg is at the mercy of nature so as not to delay the ships he uses for travel. Fogg must constantly be trying to gain time, so as not to be hurt by delays. If Fogg has extra time, delays will not hurt him as bad and he can recover from them easily. Fogg and his faithful party of travelers also encounter many difficulties along the way. Fogg and Passepartout must try to rescue Aouda from being sacrificed. The party must steal Aouda from her captors before she is killed and in plain sight of her captors. They succeed by scaring her captors. Other difficulties include finding efficient modes of transportation for their journey. Mr. Fix, a detective, believes Fogg is a bank robber. Very near to the time Fogg leaves Great Britain, the Bank of England is robbed. The robber matches Fogg's description and Fix believes Fogg's wager to be a pretense to elude authorities in Britain. Fix attempts to arrest Fogg but must instead follow whim around the world so he can arrest him in Britain. Fix is unable to obtain an arrest warrant for Fogg on British soil, and obtaining an extradition warrant takes a good deal of time. Fogg, however, is not the bank robber.

The book's four main characters are interesting and described well by the author. Jean Passepartout, a Frenchman, is a main character. He recalls a restless youth and now wishes to settle down to the clockwork-like regularity of Fogg's life. He becomes Mr. Fogg's live-in servant. The very day he becomes employed in Fogg's service, Mr. Fogg announces that he and Passepartout will travel around the world. Passepartout is about thirty years old. He is also strong and athletic. Phileas Fogg is a main character. He is wealthy. He has a total of forty thousand pounds in the bank and has wagered twenty thousand pounds on his endeavor. Fogg is not married and has no children or other relatives. He is a calm man and not easily excitable. Fogg is described as being cold because he betrays no emotion whatsoever and he rarely talks any more than he has to. Mr. Fix is a main character. Mr. Fix is a British detective who suspects Fogg of being a bank robber and is attempting to apprehend him. He travels with Fogg on his journey around the world. At first, while still on British soil, he attempts to obtain an arrest warrant to apprehend Fogg. Fogg leaves British territory before Fix can obtain an arrest warrant, so Fix decides to follow him. The arrest warrant is invalid in other countries so Fix will follow Fogg until he again reaches British territory. Aouda is a main character. She has a British education. Aouda is from India. Her skin is more pallid than that of other Indians, her hair is very dark in color, and she has large brown eyes. Fogg and Passepartout save her life when they are traveling through India. She is going to be sacrificed because her husband, out of a forced marriage, died. Fogg and Passepartout rescue her at the last possible moment. Aouda is grateful to them. She and Passepartout become good friends, and she falls in love with Fogg. All of the characters are likeable. The author seems to like all of the characters because he treats them well; Mr. Fogg completes his journey around the world in the time allotted, Aouda is saved from being sacrificed and cared for by Fogg and Passepartout, and Fogg and Aouda are married at the end of the story. The characters' actions are believable. At the time period the story took place, it is possible to travel around the world in eighty days. The characters showed lifelike emotions such as anger and frustration.

Around the World in Eighty Days has many settings. The story's time period occurred between the months of October and December in the year 1872. The setting occurred in many different places. Great Britain is a setting. Mr. Fogg lives in London, at number seven, Saville Row, Burlington Gardens. The Reform Club is an establishment in London at which Mr. Fogg entertains himself, dines, and relaxes. France is a setting. Mr. Fogg and Passepartout travel through France on their way to Egypt. The party passes through Paris, Passepartout's previous place of residence. Egypt is a setting. The party uses the Suez Canal to travel from the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea. It is here that Mr. Fix begins to follow the party. India is a setting. The party arrives in Bombay and travels by train across the subcontinent. The party rescues Aouda in India. The party leaves India at Calcutta. The United States is a setting. The party arrives in San Francisco, and leaves at New York for Liverpool, Great Britain. Minor settings include Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Yokohama. Several atmospheres create problems for the party. During the months in which Mr. Fogg makes his journey, the Pacific Ocean is experiencing typhoon season. High winds continually blow and storms are frequent in the Pacific Ocean during typhoon season. The high winds and storms can easily delay ocean-going steamers. When Mr. Fogg reaches America, winter is beginning.

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