Plot Summary: Around The World in Eighty Days, by Jules Verne

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This article is a plot summary of the science fiction book Around The World in Eighty Days by
Jules Verne. Jules Verne is one of the greatest writers of science fiction. A popular movie
was made that closely follows the book.

Plot Summary: Around The World in Eighty Days, by Jules Verne

Phileas Fogg, the main character, meets his servant Passepartout in chapter 1. The year is 1872 in London, England. He is a distinguished member of the reform club, but he is unknown to the scientific and learned societies. He had become a member of the reform club by recommendation of the Barings. They recommended him because he was rich enough for his checks to never bounce. A Frenchman by the name of Jean Passepartout took the place of a servant that had been dismissed by Phileas Fogg in his mansion named Saville Row.

In chapter 3, the wager that is the title of the book is made. Phileas Fogg wagers twenty thousand pounds against Andrew Stuart, an engineer that is Fogg's whist partner and several others that he can go around the world in eighty days. They warn him that eighty days is the minimum amount of time that anyone can circumnavigate the globe, so he would need perfect conditions to win the bet. Phileas Fogg is still positive he can do it. He makes note that he and Passepartout will catch the train to Dover at 8:45 p.m. on that day Wednesday, October 2, and bets that he will return before 8:45 p.m. Saturday, December 21.

In chapter 7, Phileas Fogg has a journal about his expected expenditure of time for each point in his itinerary. He has a space for any time saved or time lost. He arrives at Suez with no time lost or gained: leaving London at 8:45 p.m. October 2, arriving at Paris on October 3 at 7:20 a.m., leaving Paris about one hour later at 8:40 a.m., arriving at Turin by Mont Cenis at 6:35 a.m. on October 4, leaving Turin about one hour later at 7:20 a.m., arriving at Brindisi October 5 at 4 p.m., sailing on the Mongolia one hour later at 5 p.m., arriving at Suez, Egypt on Wednesday, October 9 at 11 a.m. The total time taken is the expected six and one half days.

They arrive two days ahead of schedule at Bombay, India on October 22 because the Mongolia goes faster than expected and there is a strong wind. Mr. Fogg makes note of this in his notebook. Phileas Fogg buys an elephant for two thousand pounds so he can travel through the Vindhia mountains and Indian forests. They reach Allahabad. After taking a train from there to Calcutta, he notices that he has lost the two days gained on the journey through the Indian forests. It is October 25, the exact date he should arrive there according to his itinerary.

They take the steamer Rangoon from Calcutta to Hong Kong, a trip of about 3,500 miles that should take from ten to fifteen days. From Hong Kong, Passepartout wakes up finding himself on the Carnatic that is sailing from Hong Kong to Yokohama. But he is told his master Phileas Fogg is not there. Then he suddenly remembers that he had forgotten to tell Mr. Fogg about a time change for the sailing of the Carnatic. When he arrives at Yokohama,he is desolate. He finally finds Mr. Fogg when he causes a fall of a pyramid of men on a stage he is a part of. Now they take the steamer General Grant, owned by Pacific Mail Steamship Company, from Yokohama across the Pacific ocean to San Francisco, California. Phileas Fogg and Passepartout spend one day exploring San Francisco. They hope they will be able to take the Pacific Railroad from San Francisco to New York in seven days. They catch sight of the Hudson river in New York, but it is too late to take the China across the Atlantic to Liverpool, England. The China would have made it to Liverpool in time to win the bet. Luckily,they make an agreement with Captain Speedy, owner of the Henrietta, to pay him eight thousand pounds so they can sail with him to Liverpool, England. But Captain Speedy only agrees to sail to Queenstown Harbor. Worse, a detective that had been harassing Phileas Fogg for much of their journey arrested him because he fit the description of a thief who had robbed the bank of England just before they had started their journey around the world. It was the eightieth day, Saturday, December 21, at 11:40 a.m., but he needed to get to Liverpool by that evening at 8:45 p.m.

When the real robber is arrested, Phileas Fogg is released from jail. He takes a train that should arrive in London at 8:30 p.m., but there are several delays that make the train arrive at 8:50 p.m. He thinks he has lost the bet, but when he agrees to marriage with Aouda, who had been on much of the trip around the world with him, it turns out he has arrived one day earlier than he thought because he traveled eastward on the journey, thereby gaining one day.

He has won the bet.

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author avatar Vedantika
18th May 2011 (#)

this is good and interesting too .but this can be more short yo make it easy to read thank u

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18th May 2011 (#)

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26th Jun 2012 (#)

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26th Jun 2012 (#)

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