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Around the World in Eighty Days Summary

By Jules Verne

Around the World in Eighty Days Summary

Phileas Fogg never misses a beat (we're talking seconds on the clock here rather than moves on the dance floor). He's punctual, practical, and more than a bit obsessed with Father Time. Being a lonely bachelor in an old mansion in London doesn't seem to bother him, though. With the peace and quiet he is able to contemplate the more important things in life, like having his shaving water brought to him at the exact same temperature each day, or calculating precisely how many steps there are between his gentleman's club and his front door. Yeah… awesome…

OCD aside, Phileas Fogg has two passions: playing whist and being right. So when a debate between his homies at the club arises about how long it would take to travel around the world, he dismissively states that of course it could be accomplished in eighty days. With much scoffing and bwa-ha-ha-ing, his friends politely tell him he's off his rocker. It's 1872 after all. But Phileas sets down a bet and calls them out. He wagers 20,000 pounds (his entire fortune) that he can do it. And because rich dudes in London have nothing better to do, they all agree to the bet.

Meanwhile, a suspicious looking "gentleman" has robbed the Bank of England. Oddly enough, he kind of sort of looks like Phileas Fogg—oh, and he has that reserved, subdued quality which totally identifies him as a gentleman. Hmm… now said gentleman is looking to quickly leave the country. Detective Fix, a police officer from Scotland Yard (like the British FBI) is now on the case to pursue and arrest Phileas Fogg for burglary, but he has to catch him first.

Phileas and his newly hired servant, Passepartout, leave that night with Detective Fix slyly following them. The adventure continues as Passepartout makes constant goof-ups, they stop to help an Indian princess in distress, and Fogg duels with an American colonel, all the while barely evading Detective Fix.

It's around the world at Warp Tour speed as Phileas Fogg stops at nothing to make it back home in time. He's down to use everything from ships, trains, an elephant, or a sailing sled to get them to the right place at the right time. His calm, logical, gentlemanly demeanor never freaks out or fusses over the many delays, inconveniences, and dangerous modes of travel.

Fix is able to arrest Fogg at the worst possible moment, and now it's way too late to collect on the bet. Instead of jumping off a bridge, Phileas agrees to get hitched to his Indian Princess friend—so maybe this isn't the end of the world as he had previously thought.

But Passepartout realizes something: Phileas Fogg, the most punctual man in the world, did not account for the time gained by traveling eastward. So they still have time to win a bet.

Phileas Fogg storms his club and astonishes his cronies by making the journey around the world, just like he said. But what he's most happy about (other than becoming filthy rich again) is finding someone to love and who loves him back.

  • Chapter 1

    In which Phileas Fogg and Passepartout accept each other, the one as master, the other as man

    • Phileas Fogg lives at No. 7 Saville Row, Burlington Gardens (that's in London, England). We're not going to lie; his crib is pretty sweet. He has a townhouse mansion, and he's the only one who lives there. The previous owner died just before Fogg moved in, but Fogg doesn't really seem to care.
    • Phileas has one servant whom he has just recently fired because the guy wasn't superhumanly prompt. The servant, James Foster, also brought Fogg's shaving water in at a few degrees colder than he likes it. Needless to say, Foster bit the dust.
    • Nobody knows much about Phileas Fogg (we are told this by the narrator) except that he's a "man of the world" and he's a total gentleman. He has great manners, and it's pretty obvious he's traveled quite a bit in his life, but nobody knows for sure because he's been in London for a long time.
    • Phileas is a bit eccentric (a nice word for weirdo). He's extra-crazy-particular about his daily schedule, his manners, and even his outfits.
    • The only place he goes on a daily basis is his club, The Reform Club (like a fancy gym or country club), which people get into only by invitation from other fancy rich people.
    • Phileas eats breakfast, lunch, and dinner there while he reads the newspaper. Oh yeah, and he gambles with the same group of dudes every night. They play whist (a card game) and chat about, you know, dude stuff.
    • Mr. Jean Passepartout applies for the open position of Phileas's servant. He's French and used to have a crazy lifestyle as a circus performer, professional gymnast, singer, and fireman. He's hoping Phileas's hyper-regular schedule will give him the rest and quiet he's been craving.
    • Phileas hires Passepartout on the spot and then leaves for his club for the night.
  • Chapter 2

    In which Passepartout is convinced that he has at last found his ideal

    • Passepartout has taken up residence with Phileas Fogg and he's sort of both impressed and weirded-out by what he sees.
    • Passepartout describes Phileas Fogg to us as about forty, handsome, tall, and well-built (hubba-hubba). He seems to like to act rather than talk, and he keeps an immaculate appearance as well as a fancy wardrobe. Passepartout compares Fogg to one of the wax figures at Madame Tussaud's. He's calm and practical, and Passepartout thinks his master is British to the core.
    • Passepartout is a servant, but he's a gentleman at heart, and he thinks that he can respect Fogg even if his master has some really odd tendencies.
    • Passepartout learns everything runs on a tight schedule in the Fogg house and he sort of likes the neatness and routine. He thinks he and Fogg will get along pretty well.
  • Chapter 3

    In which a conversation takes place which seems likely to cost Phileas Fogg dear

    • Phileas Fogg reaches the Reform Club, his personal hangout, and takes breakfast in the dining room where he always does, at the same table, every day. He reads the newspapers and has lunch there, too, then goes to the reading room where he joins his friends for their usual game of whist.
    • The group of men discusses a bank robbery. Phileas remarks that he just read in the newspaper that the bank robber is "a gentleman."
    • Fifty-five thousand pounds was taken from a cashier's table, but the theft wasn't discovered until 5:00PM. Detectives were sent to each port in England to see if the money might be recovered. A reward of 2,000 pounds was offered to recover the stolen money.
    • Everyone in town is gossiping about the money being recovered and whether, in fact, it was stolen by—gasp—a gentleman.
    • The men playing whist discuss whether it's possible to go around the world in eighty days. One of Fogg's friends dares him to complete such a feat, and he wagers four thousand pounds. Fogg insists that he can do it and declares that "A true Englishman doesn't joke when he is talking about so serious a thing as a wager." He ups the bet to 20,000 pounds. Bam.
    • Fogg decides to grab the next train to Dover and tells the group that he'll see them all back in the Reform club on Saturday, the 21st of December. To make things all official-like, the six men sign an agreement. The friends suggest that Phileas go home and pack, but Fogg dismisses this and tells them he hasn't finished playing cards yet.
  • Chapter 4

    In which Phileas Fogg astounds Passepartout, his servant

    • Phileas finishes his whist game, winning twenty guineas in the process, and then he heads back home.
    • Passepartout is pretty amazed that his obsessively on time master shows up at home several hours early. He's even more shocked when Phileas tells him they're leaving for Dover and Calais in ten minutes.
    • Say what? Passepartout can't believe he's going around the world with Fogg. He'd so been looking forward to a quiet, uneventful life with this guy. He thinks to himself perhaps this is all a joke, and maybe they'll only go a little ways before Fogg decides he's had enough fun and comes home.
    • Passepartout packs all their traveling stuff into a carpetbag and then Phileas proceeds to dump a roll of banknotes in—twenty thousand pounds worth. He tells Passepartout to "take good care" of it. No pressure.
    • They lock the door and start off. Upon reaching the train station, a beggar woman asks them for alms. Mr. Fogg gives her twenty guineas and Passepartout (and we) are extremely touched by his generosity.
    • The friends from the Reform Club are at the train station to see them off. Fogg tells them he'll get a stamp in his passport for each of the countries he has been in when going around the world so they can be assured he's really been doing what he said instead of taking an extended vacation.
    • As they start to snooze comfortably on the train, Passepartout realizes suddenly that he left the gas on in his room. Fogg calmly tells him "it will burn at your expense."
  • Chapter 5

    In which a new species of funds, unknown to the moneyed men, appears on 'Change

    • News is spreading about Phileas taking on "the challenge" of racing around the world in eighty days or under (He's become quite the celebrity in London.).
    • Nobody really thinks he can do it, except the ladies who appreciate his rashness and bold adventurous spirit—cue sighing and fainting.
    • There are more bets (surprise, surprise) around the gambling clubs in England for and against Phileas completing his journey.
    • One Detective Fix of Scotland Yard has been sent to follow and apprehend Phileas Fogg on charges of suspected bank robbery.
    • People are starting to think that Phileas Fogg just might be the robber in question because of his odd ways and his similarity in features to the thief.
  • Chapter 6

    In which Fix, the detective, betrays a very natural impatience

    • Detective Fix is following Mr. Fogg from Suez with a supreme confidence that he is the right man to apprehend the bank robber. (Oh, and there's also a "splendid reward" for his capture.)
    • Detective Fix impatiently waits for the steamship The Mongolia, and when it arrives, he scrutinizes the passengers and crew, looking for the thief.
    • A man approaches the detective asking where the consulate office might be and if the detective will stamp his passport. Poor unsuspecting Passepartout has no idea that he has just given his master's documents to the detective wishing to arrest Fogg.
    • The detective sneakily tells Passepartout that Fogg will need to present himself at the consulate if he wishes to have his passport stamped. Well played, Detective.
  • Chapter 7

    Which once more demonstrates the uselessness of passports as aids to detectives

    • Detective Fix is hoping that Phileas Fogg will visit the consul's office in order to get his passport stamped. He asks the consul to refuse to stamp it, but the consul tells Fix that if the passport is genuine, he can't refuse to stamp it.
    • Fix is hoping that by detaining Phileas at the consul's office he can buy himself enough time to receive the warrant.
    • Passepartout and Fogg do indeed enter the consul's office to get the passport stamped. Fix hides in order to observe them but remain unseen.
    • The consul asks a few questions, but then he stamps and initials the passport and Fogg and Passepartout exit the office.
    • The consul tells Fix that he thinks Phileas Fogg looks like an honest fellow and doesn't think the description of the bank robber can be totally trusted.
    • Fix decides he should keep working on Passepartout since a Frenchman can't resist conversation.
    • Fogg goes back to the steamship Mongolia after giving Passepartout some errands to run.
    • When Fogg returns to his cabin, he systematically inputs information into his travel itinerary. He records the month, date, time, and points of departure in even columns.
    • We learn that his journey will include the following major points: Paris, Brindisi, Suez, Bombay, Calcutta, Singapore, Hong Kong, Yokohama, San Francisco, New York, and London.
    • He does not wish to sightsee and is content to hear about it from Passepartout.
  • Chapter 8

    In which Passepartout talks rather more, perhaps, than is prudent

    • Detective Fix finds Passepartout and gets him talking. Passepartout tells Fix that he and his master are going on a super-fast journey and that he never gets a minute to stop and see the sights.
    • Passepartout accepts the detective's offer to help him find some shirts and shoes for himself and his master. Passepartout tells Fix about his watch, which is a family heirloom, noting that he always keeps it on London time, no matter where he is. Fix tells him to set his watch to the correct time in each country, but Passepartout refuses.
    • Passepartout tells Fix that Fogg is making the journey around the world because of a bet. Passepartout does not really believe his master will go through with it, though, and he tells Fix that Fogg is rich, but no one really knows how or why. This increases Fix's suspicions that Phileas Fogg is the bank robber in question.
  • Chapter 9

    • The passengers on board the steamship are mostly bound for India. Some are military men, and a number of them are rich young Englishmen who are traveling. There are a lot of parties that Phileas does not attend. The storms on the Red Sea don't bother him, and he doesn't frequent the deck to view the sights.
    • Phileas does find some companions eager to play whist with him, and he plays tirelessly.
    • Passepartout suffers from seasickness but is glad of the voyage because he is well-fed and housed. He loved seeing the sights but truly expected their voyage would end in Bombay when Phileas had had enough of their travels.
    • He finds Detective Fix on board and chats with him, thinking him a friend.
    • With a successful voyage across the Red Sea, the Mongolia has actually gained fifteen hours when it docks at Aden. Passepartout and Fogg go ashore to get their passport validated again while Fix follows them.
    • On October 20, the steamer docks in Bombay just as Fogg finishes winning his game of whist.
    • Fogg has gained two days since leaving London, and he enters this calmly into his itinerary.
  • Chapter 10

    In which Passepartout is only too glad to get off with the loss of his shoes

    • The author describes India, which is for the most part under British rule, but a large portion remains still free from British authority. In these places there are terrible rajahs who are independent and using their freedom for nefarious purposes.
    • Transportation has changed in India. Modern conveyances such as steamships and railways have replaced travel by foot, horseback, or carriage.
    • Fogg leaves the steamboat Mongolia at half-past 4:00PM and plans to board a train for Calcutta at 8:00PM. Passepartout is given several errands to do while Fogg heads off to the passport office.
    • Fogg goes first to the railway station to have dinner.
    • Fix goes to the Bombay police office after everyone disembarks with the hope of being allowed to arrest Fogg. He's disappointed that the Bombay office says it's the London office's problem, not theirs, and they refuse to grant him the arrest warrant.
    • Passepartout journeys around the city sightseeing and appreciating the culture. He finds himself spellbound by an old Indian temple and goes in, not knowing that Christians are forbidden to enter and that even the faithful have to take off their shoes. The British government enforces this rule and punishes anyone who disregards the practices of the native religions.
    • Passepartout gets jumped by some angry priests who proceed to beat the snot out of him for desecrating the temple. He loses his hat and shoes but makes it back to the train station with five minutes to spare.
    • Fix decides, upon sneakily overhearing about Passepartout's run-in with the locals, that he can use this information to trap Fogg at his next stop. He decides to follow Fogg on to Calcutta.
  • Chapter 11

    In which Phileas Fogg secures a curious means of conveyance at a fabulous price

    • On the train to Calcutta there are a bunch of soldiers, government men, and merchants (selling opium and indigo).
    • Sir Francis Cromarty sits with Passepartout and Phileas Fogg on the train. He was one of the people playing whist with Fogg when they were on board the Mongolia.
    • Sir Francis tries to tell all he knows about India, but Fogg isn't interested. Sir Francis begins to observe that perhaps Fogg really doesn't have a heart beneath his cold exterior and that he doesn't seem keen on the beauties of nature. He thinks the wager of going around the world is silly and makes no sense. He worries that Phileas will eventually grow old and die never doing any good to himself or anyone else.
    • Cromarty warns Passepartout and Fogg that they might get in trouble with the British government if it's found out that Passepartout entered the holy pagoda in Bombay. Fogg is dismissive and doesn't think it will be a problem.
    • When the train stops at Burhampoor, Passepartout grabs himself some comfy Indian footwear. After breakfast he thinks a lot about the wager and concludes that Fogg really isn't joking; he plans to go all the way around the world.
    • Suddenly the conductor shouts that everyone needs to disembark because the railway isn't complete until they reach Allahabad. Passepartout is terribly upset and wants to punch someone, while Fogg calmly starts formulating another plan.
    • Passepartout later is able to secure transportation by elephant, but not without it costing Fogg two thousand pounds.
    • Sir Francis begs Fogg not to pay such a crazy price, but Fogg calmly asks him if he has another idea. No? An elephant it is then.
    • A young Parsee guide (a.k.a. elephant whisperer) joins their group and Fogg offers him a good reward should they all make it out of the jungle alive. The elephant's name is Kiouni.
    • Fogg offers to escort Cromarty to Allahabad via his new elephant and Cromarty agrees. Fogg and Cromarty take seats in the "howdah" baskets on either side of the elephant, with Passepartout astride its back and the Parsee riding on the neck.
    • They start off through the jungle via a shortcut that the Parsee knows.
  • Chapter 12

    In which Phileas Fogg and his companions venture across the Indian forests, and what ensued

    • The guide passes left of the unfinished railway line and tells the group that this would gain them twenty miles. However, they are making their way directly through the forest.
    • Passepartout bounces around crazily on the back of the elephant, and it's not much better for Fogg or Sir Francis.
    • This portion of India is called the Bundelcund and is inhabited by fanatical Hindus. The English have not dominated this part of the territory and many different rajahs lay claim to the inaccessible regions. The adventurers hurry past any people they see.
    • Passepartout wonders what Fogg will do with the elephant when they reach Allahabad. He hopes Fogg doesn't plan to give it to him because that would be totally embarrassing.
    • The group stops for the night at an abandoned bungalow. They still have twenty-five miles to reach the train station at Allahabad.
    • They continue the journey through deeper parts of the journey when they hear voices and instruments.
    • The group witnesses a procession of sorts, which Sir Francis tells them is for the goddess Kali. Some Brahmin priests are leading a woman in front of the body of a dead man. Sir Francis pronounces it a "suttee," or a voluntary human sacrifice. Passepartout gets pretty mad that anyone could do this, but Sir Francis explains that this region is out of the British control.
    • The guide tells them the sacrifice of the young woman will take place at dawn the next day. The woman is not volunteering, though—she has been drugged with opium.
    • The guide turns Kiouni the elephant away from the procession, but Mr. Fogg stops him by saying, "Suppose we save this woman." Sir Francis and Passepartout are astounded.
    • Fogg explains they have gained twelve hours and they can devote that time to trying to save her.
  • Chapter 13

    In which Passepartout receives a new proof that fortune favours the brave

    • Phileas Fogg decides to make time for a daring rescue in the middle of his world tour.
    • Long story short, the religious ceremony our adventurers witness from the back of their elephant is a "suttee," an ancient practice of burning the body of a dead rajah (king) along with his possessions (including his still-living wife.) Often the woman would be drugged with opium so she'd cooperate with the ceremony that would burn her alive. If she escaped, her family would shun her and she'd starve to death and be forced to shave off all her hair (a fate, we learn, that would be worse than death).
    • Phileas, Passepartout, and Sir Francis learn from their elephant guide that the woman is an Indian princess.
    • The princess is heavily guarded in the pagoda of Pillaji, and the adventurers wait all night to figure out a plan for rescue.
    • They decide to try tunneling through the old building, but are stopped when the guards awaken.
    • Passepartout has an idea and slips quietly away.
    • Distressed, they watch the next morning as the drugged woman is led upon the funeral pyre and it is lit.
    • Phileas and Sir Francis are just about to rush the pyre when suddenly the dead rajah sits up and grabs the princess, dragging her through the crowd toward them. It seems that during the night Passepartout had the creative idea to impersonate the dead body to achieve the daring rescue.
    • The party runs away into the woods and the elephant crashes through the jungle at a frantic pace. Escape is achieved.
  • Chapter 14

    In which Phileas Fogg descends the whole length of the beautiful valley of the Ganges without ever seeing it

    • Passepartout gets a commendation from his master and a handshake from Sir Francis.
    • The elephant continues through the jungle throughout the night as the woman sleeps off the drugs.
    • Sir Francis worries that should the woman remain in India she could be captured again and executed. It would be a good idea to get her out of the country, he thinks, and Phileas Fogg says he'll think about it.
    • The travelers reach the station at Allahabad at ten o'clock. The railway line will take them on to Calcutta in less than twenty-four hours.
    • Passepartout has been made to go shopping for the young woman, who awoke at the station. He takes a look at the city of Allahabad and then returns to the woman, Aouda (a total hottie).
    • She is a "charming woman" and speaks English well.
    • Kiouni the elephant is given to the Parsee guide for his help in the daring rescue.
    • Aouda, the rescued woman, is eternally grateful and agrees to come with them on the train. Sir Francis tells her the story of how Fogg stopped to rescue her and how Passepartout made it happen.
    • Fogg offers to take her to Hong Kong where she may find safety in a relative who lives there.
    • Sir Francis is deposited at Benares, and the group continues on to Calcutta.
    • All in all, the group loses the two days they had gained, but Phileas, for once, doesn't regret the loss.
  • Chapter 15

    In which the bag of bank notes disgorges some thousands of pounds more

    • At Calcutta, Fogg, Passepartout and Aouda are approached by a policeman.
    • They are presented in front of a judge, and several priests are brought in. Fogg assumes they are the priests who tried to kill Aouda but they are actually the ones who punched out Passepartout in Bombay for entering the temple.
    • Detective Fix sent the priests on the next train to Calcutta in order to try to get Fogg and Passepartout arrested.
    • The judge rules that Passepartout and Fogg must serve fifteen days in prison and pay a fine of three hundred pounds. Fogg pays bail for himself and his servant, and the money isn't anything to sneeze at.
    • They go straight to the Rangoon, the ship that was to leave for Hong Kong.
    • Detective Fix is pretty ticked because his plan didn't work, and he assumes Fogg is spending the money he took from the bank robbery. If Fogg spends everything, there won't be any money left as a reward for his capture.
  • Chapter 16

    In which Fix does not seem to understand in the least what is said to him

    • The ship has 3,500 miles to go between Calcutta and Hong Kong. During this time, Aouda becomes better acquainted with Phileas Fogg. She thinks he's an "automaton." He reassures her that they'll find her cousin in Hong Kong.
    • The ship passes the Great Andaman and the Straits of Malacca.
    • Fix plans to arrest Fogg in Hong Kong. However, he makes a friend of Passepartout and gets him talking. Passepartout tells Fix about what happened in India and that Aouda will be accompanying them to Hong Kong.
  • Chapter 17

    Showing what happened on the voyage from Singapore to Hong Kong

    • Passepartout is wondering what has kept Detective Fix on their tail the whole time since he met the man en route to Suez. He decides the detective is a spy sent by the Reform club to keep track of Fogg's whereabouts.
    • The Rangoon docks at Singapore to take on coal, and Fogg and Aouda go for a walk. Fix follows them and Passepartout runs some errands, sightsees, and grabs some tasty fruit.
    • The ship then continues on its journey to Hong Kong.
    • The travel is rough and Passepartout becomes pretty impatient. He decides to joke with Fix, asking him why he's always around and "traveling" with them.
    • Fix is now wondering if Passepartout is onto him.
    • Passepartout begins to realize that Aouda is falling in love with Phileas Fogg.
  • Chapter 18

    In which Phileas Fogg, Passepartout, and Fix go each about his business

    • The ship tosses about in some really rough weather, but Phileas Fogg remains calm and practical as always. The Rangoon docks at Hong Kong a day late and Fogg worries he will miss the ship for Yokohama. But a pilot informs him that the Carnatic will leave in time for him to board. Phew.
    • Fogg takes Aouda to the Club Hotel and then goes out to look for her relative. He finds that the uncle has left the city—bummer—so now the hot Indian princess will have to accompany Phileas to Europe. Geez, that's so inconvenient.
    • Passepartout is told to grab three cabins on the Carnatic.
  • Chapter 19

    In which Passepartout takes too great interest in his master, and what comes of it

    • Passepartout goes roaming about Hong Kong and spies Detective Fix.
    • Fix is disappointed because the arrest warrant for Fogg has not yet arrived; he offers Passepartout a drink and tells him the secret mission to arrest Fogg. Poor Passepartout doesn't understand what Fix is really saying, though. They are talking from two ends of the same story: While Fix is talking about the robbery, Passepartout is referring to Fix being an agent of the Reform club. When all the circle talking is finally over, Passepartout finally understands Fix's real purpose (ultimate face palm).
    • He gets super ticked-off and keeps drinking, swearing he doesn't believe an inch of the detective's story. Then Fix slips Passepartout some opium (like an 1800s roofie) so he won't be able to let the cat out of the bag to Fogg.
  • Chapter 20

    In which Fix comes face to face with Phileas Fogg

    • Phileas takes Aouda shopping, Pretty Woman style, in order to get her outfitted for Europe.
    • Aouda begins to fall ever deeper in love with Phileas, despite his cold, calculating exterior.
    • The next day Fogg and Aouda reach the dock of the Carnatic but the ship has already left. Sly Fix meets them at the dock and pretend-innocently inquires about Passepartout. He's pretty happy he managed to foil their plans.
    • Phileas, however, is able to find a ship called the Tankadere that will take them to Shanghai. He invites Detective Fix aboard (ignorant of the detective's treachery) and they set off, even though no one can find Passepartout. The journey continues without him.
  • Chapter 21

    In which the master of the Tankadere runs great risk of losing a reward of two hundred pounds

    • A furious storm strikes, and even though Phileas encourages the captain of the Tankadere to go as fast as he can, the travelers are overcome with worry that they will not get to Japan in time for the next ship. Aouda is neither afraid nor seasick during the storm and remains extremely brave.
    • Fix feels bad about doping Passepartout, because Fogg has been so kind in paying for his travel.
    • Just as they are about to pull into the harbor at Shanghai, they see the American ship they were supposed to catch there.
    • Fogg asks the shipmaster to signal the American liner to see if they will be allowed to board it.
  • Chapter 22

    In which Passepartout finds out that, even at the antipodes, it is convenient to have some money in one's pocket

    • Passepartout awakens in the opium den still under the effects of being drugged. He stumbles his way onto the Carnatic, which is bound for Yokohama.
    • When he awakens, Fogg and Aouda aren't there, and he realizes he has been tricked by Fix. It was his fault that everyone missed the steamer—and now that Passepartout realizes the extent of Fix's plan, he is really mad.
    • Passepartout has no money, so he eats everything he can aboard the ship as it makes its way to Japan and thinks about how he might survive when he gets there.
  • Chapter 23

    In which Passepartout's nose becomes outrageously long

    • Starving and having no shelter, Passepartout joins a troupe of actors, clowns, and acrobats.
    • The troupe is hired to construct a human pyramid at one of the great performance halls. Passepartout is one of the bases, but by chance sees his master passing by and runs out from under the pyramid toward him. The whole structure of acrobats comes tumbling down.
    • The owner of the acting troupe is furious, but Phileas throws some banknotes at him and he is silenced. The group, once again united, boards a boat bound for America.
  • Chapter 24

    During which Mr. Fogg and party cross the Pacific Ocean

    • Aouda, Fix, and Fogg are able to grab the ship bound for Yokohama and leave the Tankadere, but not without making its master a little bit richer.
    • Phileas learns that Passepartout did arrive in Japan aboard the Carnatic, and Aouda is thrilled to learn he is in the country.
    • Fogg searches for Passepartout and finds him with the acting troupe.
    • Aouda tells Passepartout about all that happened on the Tankadere, but Passepartout keeps his secret about the roofie situation.
    • Phileas resupplies Passepartout with clothes, and the three once again set sail, this time aboard the General Grant, which is bound for San Francisco.
    • Fix boards the General Grant as well, the warrant for Phileas Fogg's arrest having been lost in Japan. He's totally frustrated, because once on American soil, British law no longer holds any authority—he'll actually have to wait until Fogg is in England again to take him into custody.
    • One day Fix and Passepartout come face to face on deck. Passepartout rushes Fix and tries to strangle him in front of a group of Americans (who totally start betting on him). Passepartout pummels Fix and then lets him up when he feels good and satisfied.
    • Fix asks for a small chat after the fistfight, and Passepartout grudgingly agrees. Fix tells him he is actually on Phileas's side. He says he won't get in Fogg's way anymore (he'll even help out), but he'll arrest him in England and Passepartout can see for himself whether Fogg is innocent or not.
  • Chapter 25

    In which a slight glimpse is had of San Francisco

    • After docking at San Francisco, Fogg, Aouda, and Passepartout have a whole day before a train they intend to catch leaves for New York.
    • Fogg and Aouda go out to eat and "by chance" bump into Fix. The three go on a small tour of the city.
    • They get caught up in a political rally and are afraid for Aouda's safety as things start to get rough and rowdy between the two parties.
    • An all-out brawl occurs before the three can make their way out of it.
    • A man with a red goatee tries to punch Phileas but misses him and hits Fix instead.
    • Fogg calls him a "Yankee"—ouch, what an insult—and the goatee calls him "Englishman." Sick burns all around.
    • Then the goatee calls him out. He challenges Phileas to a duel and we find out the goatee belongs to one Colonel Stamp Proctor.
    • Both Phileas and Fix are in need of new clothes after the brawl, but Aouda is unhurt.
    • Fogg swears he will have the duel with Proctor, even if it means he has to come back to America after winning the "around the world" bet.
  • Chapter 26

    In which Phileas Fogg and party travel by the Pacific Railroad

    • The journey by train from San Francisco to New York goes by without incident.
    • A herd of ten to twelve thousand buffalo delay the train, and the passengers watch in awe as the gigantic bison consume the landscape. Passepartout is furious at the delay, but once again, Phileas is unconcerned.
    • After three hours, the herd has passed and the train gets going again.
  • Chapter 27

    In which Passepartout undergoes, at a speed of twenty miles an hour, a course of Mormon history

    • As the travelers traverse the length of Utah, a Mormon missionary boards the train and proceeds to give all who will listen to him an odd lesson in Mormon history, practice, theory, and culture. Passepartout is curious at first and joins the lecture, but he manages to escape when he finds it extremely boring. At Ogden the train stops and another Mormon man hurries onto the train, having just had a fight at home.
    • Passepartout asks him how many wives he has and the man answers that he only has one.
    • Passepartout finds this different from the other Mormons and possibly a better idea because having more than one wife can be a hot mess.
  • Chapter 28

    In which Passepartout does not succeed in making anyone listen to reason

    • The weather and snow begin irritating Passepartout as he grows impatient for this part of their journey to be over.
    • Aouda recognizes Colonel Proctor on the train (the red-goatee man with whom Phileas vowed to have a duel) and worries that Phileas will make good on his promise. Her BF Phileas is becoming even dearer to her.
    • Aouda tells Fix and Passepartout about the Colonel being onboard and they agree to try to stop Phileas from seeing his enemy.
    • Fix even offers to fight the Colonel, but the group decides to start a game of whist instead to keep Fogg occupied, because, you know, he can't resist it.
    • Eventually the train slows down because of a rickety old suspension bridge and everyone wonders what to do (except Phileas Fogg, who is too engaged in playing whist).
    • Someone then comes up with a brilliant idea to cross it at full speed. Passepartout almost pees his pants at this idea, but the endeavor works out okay, and the train crosses the bridge just in time for it to fall apart after they cross. No biggie.
  • Chapter 29

    In which certain incidents are narrated which are only to be met with on American railroads

    • The train journey is now about halfway over, and Phileas is totes absorbed in playing cards—that is until Colonel Proctor asks if he can play… uh oh.
    • Fogg and the Colonel try to decide when and where to duel. Phileas wants a six-month appointment, but the Colonel says he wants to do his dueling here and now.
    • They decide all sophisticated-like that the duel should take place at the next train stop, with Fix acting as Phileas's second.
    • The conductor has to rain on their parade, though, because the train won't be stopping at the agreed-upon point-of-duel. He then suggests, "Hey, why don't you boys just duel on the train? There's an empty car, after all?"—oh good.
    • Right as Fogg and Proctor begin their duel (cue fainting and weeping), a band of Sioux Indians attacks the train.
    • The passengers fight for their belongings and their lives.
    • Passepartout makes a daring attempt to uncouple the passenger cars from the train engine. He slips under the cars and removes the chains connecting them to the engine.
    • The train halts just outside Fort Kearney.
    • The soldiers of the fort come on over and clean up the rascally Indians still engaged in battle. But after it's all over, it seems that several people are missing, including Passepartout.
  • Chapter 30

    In which Phileas Fogg simply does his duty

    • It's now clear that three passengers have been captured by the Sioux.
    • Aouda begins crying over Passepartout, while Phileas simply looks grave.
    • He decides to go on a daring rescue into Sioux territory and asks for volunteers from the soldiers at Fort Kearney. In a great show of bravery, thirty guys agree to help him go rescue the prisoners.
    • Fix stays behind to wait with Aouda. He worries about whether Phileas will come back, but mostly for selfish reasons like, "How will I collect the reward if Fogg is killed?"
    • The train and engine are reunited and get ready to leave the Fort Kearney station. It won't wait for Fogg, so Aouda and Fix are forced to watch it go.
    • The next morning, Phileas rides into the station with Passepartout, the soldiers, and the other two prisoners.
    • Fogg learns that their train left without them and calmly asks when the next one will be coming.
  • Chapter 31

    In which Fix the detective considerably furthers the interests of Phileas Fogg

    • Because of all the mad rescuing going on, Phileas is now about twenty hours behind schedule and has no train to get him from Fort Kearney to his next destination.
    • Passepartout feels guilty because it's all his fault, but it's Detective Fix who proposes a new plan.
    • He decides to "help" Fogg by suggesting they travel via a newfangled gadget called a "sledge" (basically a wagon with sails).
    • Phileas gives the okay, but his gentlemanly honor comes out when he suggests the trip will be dangerous and that Aouda should remain behind with Passepartout.
    • Aouda refuses, being the brave girl that she is, and accompanies Fogg to Omaha.
    • Phileas and company grab a train to Chicago and then another one to New York, only to find that the ship bound for Liverpool, England has already left.
  • Chapter 32

    In which Phileas Fogg engages in a direct struggle with bad fortune

    • Passepartout and Aouda lose hope of ever making it back to England in time, but Phileas, being his resourceful self, lodges the group in a hotel in order to think and rest.
    • No one is able to sleep because of severe anxiety (except, of course, for Fogg).
    • In the morning, Phileas scours the docks looking for a ship. He finds a trading vessel, and the captain agrees to take them as far as Bordeaux for a very large sum of money.
  • Chapter 33

    In which Phileas Fogg shows himself equal to the occasion

    • After a day at sea, Fogg bribes the entire crew to let him be the captain, then he locks the real captain in his cabin and directs the ship to Liverpool.
    • The ship is caught in a hurricane and they lose more time.
    • To speed things up, Phileas orders parts of the ship burned as fuel for the steam engines.
    • He pays the captain a great deal of money, and the captain allows him to do whatever he wants with the ship.
    • The ship reaches Queenstown Harbor with only six hours until the deadline.
    • The minute the group steps foot on English soil, Fix arrests Fogg.
  • Chapter 34

    In which Phileas Fogg at last reaches London

    • Phileas is thrown in jail.
    • His deadline is super close to passing him by, and he has no way of getting out of this one. It's hopeless. Useless. And for once, Phileas Fogg seems downright depressed. Yup, the guy who never bats an eyelash at rain, snow, crazy suttee rituals, or duels with American colonels is super duper sad. Did we just see him squirt a tear?
    • But if you thought P.F. was sad, Passepartout and Aouda are standing around the entrance to the jailhouse, dumbfounded with grief. They don't know what to do. The whole party is over, it seems.
    • Detective Fix comes running to Phileas's cell claiming the whole dealy-o is a mistake. The real criminal was caught three days ago, so P.F. is a free man.
    • When Fogg hears this, he punches Fix right in the nose. Huzzah.
    • The train bound for London has already left, so Fogg, Passepartout, and Aouda try to hire a special train. But they experience all kinds of delays, and the train doesn't make it to London in time.
  • Chapter 35

    In which Phileas Fogg does not have to repeat his orders to Passepartout twice

    • Phileas and company are now broke, the deadline for the bet has passed, and there's nothing to do but go home and pout.
    • Phileas locks himself in his room and, for the first time in the book, allows himself to be seriously depressed.
    • Aouda and Passepartout are so worried they can't eat or sleep.
    • Passepartout stations himself outside Phileas's door just in case the guy decides to commit suicide.
    • Aouda sits down and has a "talk" with old Phileas. He tells her he can't provide for her because he's flat broke, but Aouda, being the totally cool lass that she is, tells him that they don't need the mon' to have fun. She proposes marriage to our gentleman snowman, and he accepts by saying "I love you!" Aw…
    • Passepartout is like, "Finally," and runs off to get a reverend to marry Fogg and Aouda the next day (which they all think is Monday).
  • Chapter 36

    In which Phileas Fogg's name is once more at a premium on 'Change

    • The bets are flying as word spreads across London that no one has seen or heard from Phileas Fogg.
    • There's one lone gambler who bets that he will make it, but everyone else is doubling their bets against.
    • The members of the Reform Club wait eagerly for the time Phileas is supposed to show. Most of them figure he won't make it.
    • The time ticks down, and it looks like all hope is lost.
  • Chapter 37

    In which it is shown that Phileas Fogg gained nothing by his tour around the world, unless it were happiness

    • While running to grab the nearest preacher (to marry Phileas and Aouda), Passepartout finds out that it's actually Sunday, not Monday like the group's been thinking.
    • By traveling eastward around the world, Phileas Fogg, master calculator and obsessive organizer, has forgotten the time he's gained by journeying through all those time zones.
    • The group actually arrived two days early.
    • Passepartout races home, grabs Phileas by the collar, shoves him into a cab, and deposits him at the club.
    • Phileas presents himself with minutes to spare and effectively wins the bet.
    • He's rich once more, but more important (as he says so himself), he has won the heart of a "charming" woman.