Around the World in Eighty Days | Study Guide

Jules Verne

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Around the World in Eighty Days | Chapter 8 : In which Passepartout talks perhaps rather more than he should have | Summary



Passepartout runs into Detective Fix while shopping for clothing, and he chats with Fix, not realizing he is an investigator. Passepartout explains that he and Fogg are on their way to Bombay, India, and are traveling around the world. When the detective sees Passepartout's watch dial, he comments that it is slow as it is still on London time and suggests the man regulate it. Passepartout says he never changes the time and that the sun, not his watch, "will be wrong." After talking with Passepartout, Fix is convinced Fogg is the robber and telegrams London to dispatch an arrest warrant to Bombay. After Fogg and Passepartout have settled in their cabin, Fix boards the Mongolia.


Passepartout naively offers details that add to Fix's suspicion. Passepartout's mention of Fogg's break in routine, the limited clothes he is ordered to pack, and the large roll of "fresh banknotes," builds Fix's case. After Passepartout comments on the wager as the reason for the trip, Fix stays committed to his assumption. To Fix, "it just doesn't make sense. There's something more to it." He refuses to accept the consul's point that seeing Fogg's world trip as a ruse to "throw policemen on two continents off his scent" is ludicrous. Fix prefers to accept circumstantial evidence instead of concrete facts. The large reward has infected the detective's ability to see the difference between circumstantial and verifiable proof.

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