Around the World in Eighty Days | Study Guide

Jules Verne

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Around the World in Eighty Days | Chapter 35 : In which Passepartout doesn't need to be told twice to do as his master orders | Summary



The day after Phileas Fogg, Mrs. Aouda, and Passepartout return to Fogg's home on Savile Row, the house looks uninhabited. Fogg settles Mrs. Aouda into her room and retreats to his suite to sort out his finances. He asks his servant to prepare lunch and dinner for Mrs. Aouda and to tell her he will talk with her that evening. Passepartout turns off the gas he accidentally left running, keeps an ear to his employer's room in case the man needs him, and sits with Mrs. Aouda, who tells him she loves Fogg. That evening when Fogg visits her, she proposes to him. Fogg simply says, "I love you! I love you and am wholly yours," and sends Passepartout to schedule the parish priest to marry them the next day, Monday. The servant rushes out of the house to do his employer's bidding at 8:05 p.m.


The trio's dejection seeps from their souls and permeates Fogg's house, leaving the stately structure appearing uninhabited. Fogg asks his valet to bring him tea and toast and to not disturb him after that. The "would have, could have, should haves" poison their feelings. Passepartout and Mrs. Aouda do share their sadness. Passepartout laments keeping Fix's identity a secret, and Mrs. Aouda regrets not telling Fogg she loves him, not his money. Fogg reveals his inability to understand Mrs. Aouda's gratitude when he remorsefully says to her later that evening, "I was expecting to bestow some of that wealth on you. Now I am penniless. " But Mrs. Aouda's declaration of love, her marriage proposal, and Phileas Fogg's acceptance chase away everyone's sadness. Winning challenges, not money, has been the dominant motivation. As the narrator says in Chapter 4, "He had certainly not made the bet in order to win money," and what is love but a challenge? This marriage is a win for both of them.

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