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Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne is a novel that takes place in the late nineteenth century The title summarizes the plot because one day Phileas Fogg is with some friends and he reads in a newspaper that it is possible to travel around the world in eighty days But no one believes this to be true except Phileas Then Phileas bets them that he could make the journey in eighty or under days and then leaves along with his servant immediately Throughout the journey Phileas and his servant Passepartout use every means of transportation possible such as steamers railways carriages yachts trading-vessels sledges and even an elephant The protagonist in Around the World in Eighty Days is Phileas Fogg Foggs most important character quality is his determination to succeed After Fogg read the article in the paper about how it is possible to voyage the world in eighty days Fogg knew he could prove it So after he made the bet that he could do it he was so determined the whole way that he could make the voyage Along the way he tried not to let anything get in the way even though the trip was delayed by slow railway systems rescuing an Indian maharani from a burning funeral pyre and being constantly followed and spied on by a detective named Mr Fix One important decision Fogg makes is when he got to a train station they told him that he couldnt go on the train for another month He was terrified but he did not panic He saw an elephant in town and paid an Indian a considerable amount of money to travel to the next train station Passepartout said of the price Good Heaven two thousand for an elephant Page 41 Foggs intelligence during the voyage got considerably better as his traveling techniques got better He knew that in order to make the trip on time he must
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