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Around the World in Eighty Days | Quotes


Here was someone who must have traveled a lot—in his head at any rate.

Narrator, Chapter 1

The narrator is talking about Phileas Fogg's vast knowledge of world geography. His purpose is to reveal Fogg's ability to clearly and accurately discuss locations around the world in minute detail even though his knowledge is from books alone.


When I talk about betting ... I'm never joking.

Andrew Stuart, Chapter 3

Andrew Stuart bets Phileas Fogg he cannot circumnavigate the globe in 80 days. Stuart's comment indicates how serious the bet is. This is corroborated in Chapter 5 when all of London starts betting on Fogg's success or failure.


There's no such thing as the unexpected.

Phileas Fogg, Chapter 3

Phileas Fogg's Reform Club friends argue Fogg cannot foresee every setback he could encounter while attempting to travel around the world in 80 days. Fogg's response illustrates his faith in his ability to make the journey.


My dear sir ... you sniff out this sort of individual rather than recognize them.

Fix, Chapter 6

In Egypt Fix tells the British consul he believes Phileas Fogg is the Bank of England robber. The consul humorously suggests Fix has the wrong man since the suspect sounds like an honest man in the description. Both men base their opinions on a generic description, and Verne uses this idea to poke fun at his characters and English policing tactics in general. Fix erroneously believes his instincts will prove him right, and it takes the joke one step further.


He showed no more sign of emotion than the ship's chronometers.

Narrator, Chapter 9

This description further develops the machine metaphor linked to Phileas Fogg's character. Since the character's reaction to huge storms or sunny days is exactly the same, the narrator compares him to an inanimate timepiece.


He was not traveling, he was tracing a circle.

Narrator, Chapter 11

Sir Francis Cromarty's observations about Phileas Fogg's disinterest in the scenery, people, and sensory experiences he encounters in his travels reflects how Fogg is only interested in the end result, not the path leading to it.


'Sometimes,' replied Phileas Fogg simply. 'When I have the time.'

Phileas Fogg, Chapter 12

Phileas Fogg counters Sir Francis Cromarty's impression of him as a cold, mechanical man who does nothing good for others. They have just seen a young woman who is to be sacrificed on her husband's funeral pyre the next morning, and Fogg wants to save her.


If things don't work out in Hong Kong my reputation will be ruined.

Fix, Chapter 16

Fix is furious when Phileas Fogg makes his departure in Calcutta. Since Hong Kong, the next stop, is the last British colony on the trip, the detective believes this is his last chance to arrest the bank robber and save his reputation. Here, the narrator reveals Fix's thoughts and motivation for pursing Phileas Fogg even though Fogg is beginning to look innocent.


Betray him ... never ... no, not for all the money in the world.

Passepartout, Chapter 19

Fix tells Passepartout Phileas Fogg is the Bank of England robber, and he wants the valet's help to arrest him. Passepartout adamantly refuses out of loyalty to Fogg. To Passepartout, fidelity has no price tag.


Oh, my master, my master!

Passepartout, Chapter 23

Phileas Fogg and Mrs. Aouda find Passepartout performing with an acrobatic troop in Yokohama. Passepartout is as overjoyed to see Fogg and Mrs. Aouda as they are to see him. That they do not blame him for missing the Carnatic in Hong Kong adds joy to their reunion.


She worried about what could go wrong and threaten the success of the journey.

Narrator, Chapter 24

Mrs. Aouda confides in Passepartout, and when Passepartout hears her concerns, he realizes she loves Phileas Fogg and wants him to win the challenge.


As you can see, my game has changed and it's changed because that's how I want it.

Fix, Chapter 24

Passepartout encounters the detective on the ship to America, and Fix explains he will no longer try to delay Phileas Fogg's return to England but will do all in his power to make it happen. Passepartout interprets this to mean they are allies, but Fix only wants Fogg to get to London so he can arrest him.


It is not acceptable for a British citizen to allow himself to be insulted in such a way.

Phileas Fogg, Chapter 25

Phileas Fogg is furious when Colonel Stamp Proctor tries to punch him, although Fix takes the blow. Then the American insults him by calling him "Limey," so he challenges Proctor to a duel to avenge his honor.

Fogg's offense at Colonel Proctor's insults may seem inflated, but to him, honor held one of the highest—if not the highest—claims on his allegiance. Throughout the book, Fogg seeks to protect and defend his own honor and others'.


Do you really expect me to leave this unfortunate man to die when everyone here owes their life to him?

Phileas Fogg, Chapter 30

Phileas Fogg asks the captain in charge of Fort Kearney to appoint a few men to help him rescue Passepartout and two other passengers, who have been abducted by Sioux warriors. Passepartout was captured while saving all of the passengers on the train by disconnecting the cars from the engine.


Mr. Fogg ... would you like both a relative and a friend? Would you like to have me as your wife?

Mrs. Aouda, Chapter 35

Back in Phileas Fogg's home on Savile Row in London, Fogg apologizes to Mrs. Aouda for losing his fortune, some of which he had planned to bestow on her. Mrs. Aouda never cared about Fogg's money. She proposes to him, showing the progressive attitude of some of the women in the latter part of the Victorian Age.

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