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Revision: Around the World in Eighty Days.
In the Jules Verne classic Around the World in Eighty Days , the precise and proper Phileas Fogg and his faithful butler Passapartout
attempted what was then considered the impossible … to travel around the world in 80 days. The whirlwind adventure all starts as the result of a
simple wager Fogg makes with his friends at the Reform Club in the grand amount of £20,000 (equal to £1,324,289 today).
Today we can easily circumnavigate the world in just a few days. However, in the mid-1800’s there was no air travel and the efficient use of
steam and the transcontinental railroad were just being birthed. So to claim one could circumnavigate the world in a mere 80 days was a new
potential and generated a lot of excitement.
Refer to the novel and try to propose the allotted time spent as Phileas Fogg and his butler travelled around the world.
Locations Mode of Transportation Allotted Time Explanation of the journey/ days spent
London to Suez
Cab, train, steamer
Suez to Bombay
Bombay to Calcutta 3 days
Left Bombay at night (5 minutes to eight), reached Burhampoor the
next morning. On the way to Calcutta, the train stopped, it was on 22nd
October (pg 44) and the next steamer in Calcutta would only leave for
Hong Kong on 25th
Oktober. They saved Aouda and when they reached
Calcutta, they still had few hours to board the steamer to Hong Kong
So, they spent about three and a half days from Bombay to Calcutta.
Calcutta to Hong Kong
Hong Kong to Yokohama
Yokohama to San
San Francisco to New
New York to London