Study Guide

Around the World in Eighty Days Respect and Reputation

By Jules Verne

Respect and Reputation

[He] questioned himself whether a human heart really beat beneath this cold exterior, and whether Phileas Fogg had any sense of the beauties of nature. (11.1)

Sir Francis Cromarty is wondering if Phileas Fogg is a human being. Can a gentleman really be a gentleman if he isn't in touch with his emotions?

[…] he seemed always to avoid attracting attention […]. (1.1)

Phileas Fogg has the reputation of being chill and reserved. But a gentleman should be bold and daring, so can Phileas be a gentleman? Is this even possible?

Passepartout, desirous of respecting the gentleman whom he served, ventured a mild remonstrance on such conduct; which being ill received, he took his leave." (2.7)

Passepartout's former master, a supposed gentlemen, didn't really act like a gentlemen—which is why Passepartout threw up some digits and left.

"What a domestic and regular gentlemen! A real machine; well, I don't mind serving a machine." (2.11)

Aw… Passepartout and Phileas Fogg go together like peanut butter and jelly. Okay, maybe more like a battery and a robot? Phileas Fogg is rather addicted to numbers and a regular schedule.

On the day of the robbery a well-dressed gentleman of polished manners, and with a well-to-do air, had been observed going to and fro in the paying-room, where the crime was committed. (3.4)

Stealing from the bank requires skill, sneakiness, and polished manners. Wait… doesn't Phileas Fogg possess each of these qualities? Huh.

"A true Englishman doesn't joke when he is talking about so serious a thing as a wager," replied Phileas Fogg, solemnly. (3.11)

English gentlemen pride themselves on, well, their pride, and Phileas Fogg is no exception. Go around the world in eighty days? He'll definitely stake his reputation on that.

"Why, you are a man of heart!"

"Sometimes," replied Phileas Fogg quietly, "when I have the time." (12.19-20)

Good thing Phileas has decided to rescue a princess in distress. Looks like there's a heart underneath all that gentlemanly manliness after all… well, if he has the time.

But this man of nerve manifested neither impatience nor annoyance; it seemed as if the storm were a part of his programme, and had been foreseen. (18.2)

Nothing should worry a gentleman—he's supposed to be calm, collected, and all knowing, all the time. Phileas Fogg must have a crystal ball tucked under his waistcoat.

The detective had a feeling akin to humiliation in profiting by the kindness of Mr. Fogg. (20.14)

Gentlemen can tell when other gentlemen are just doing their duty. Mr. Fogg has earned Detective Fix's respect by being kind to him when he didn't really have to.

"But I am going to fight a duel with this gentleman."

The only gentlemanly thing to do with another gentleman is challenge him and kill him with a pistol. Colonel Stamp Proctor has insulted Phileas Fogg's honor, so now it's time to waste him.

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