Around the World in Eighty Days | Study Guide

Jules Verne

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Around the World in Eighty Days | Chapter 30 : In which Phileas Fogg quite simply does his duty | Summary



After Phileas Fogg confirms three passengers, one being Passepartout, are missing, he decides to rescue them. Fogg convinces the Fort Kearney captain to allow 30 men to accompany him on his mission. He asks Fix, who offers to come along, to stay behind with Mrs. Aouda. A few hours later the locomotive engine appears, reconnects to the cars, takes on the passengers, and speeds for Omaha, Nebraska. Mrs. Aouda chooses to remain until Fogg and, hopefully, Passepartout return. Through a snowfall, Mrs. Aouda and Fix wait in the station. All night Mrs. Aouda repeatedly stands on the outdoor platform, peering to the south for Fogg. Around 7:00 the next morning, Fogg and all of the soldiers return with Passepartout and the other two passengers.


Phileas Fogg doesn't even debate searching for Passepartout and the other missing people. Although his face and body remain stoic, his voice reveals his concern and resolve: "I shall find him, dead or alive." He understands he will miss his train and his connection in New York City and will lose the wager, but he never doubts his responsibility to friendship is greater than the wager. Once again he voluntarily chooses to sacrifice his future to save the lives of innocent people, while remaining faithful and trusting in his decisions.

Ready to leave on the search-and-rescue mission, accompanied by 30 soldiers, Fogg orders Fix to watch over Mrs. Aouda. Fix glues himself to his seat, angry because Fogg might not return, costing him his reward. He is irritated with himself for traveling three-fourths of the way around the world and allowing his success to disappear on a desolate plain in the middle of America. Fix has no sense of honor or obligation toward Mrs. Aouda. He is completely obsessed by this point, and his suspicious nature is revealed to be foolish. Fix is blind to reality; he only sees what transpires in his devious imagination. After the train leaves with the other passengers, he keeps to himself, ignoring a man who tries to speak with him. This conversation foreshadows events to be unveiled later.

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