Phileas Fog Returns Today!


Around the World in Eighty Days (French: Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours) is an adventure novel by the French writer Jules Verne, his most acclaimed works, published in 1873.

The story starts in London on Wednesday, 2 October 1872.

Phileas Fogg is a rich British gentleman living in solitude. Despite his wealth, Fogg lives a modest life with habits carried out with mathematical precision. Very little can be said about his social life other than that he is a member of the Reform Club. Having dismissed his former valet, James Forster, for bringing him shaving water at 84 °F (29 °C) instead of 86 °F (30 °C), Fogg hires Frenchman Jean Passepartout as a replacement.

At the Reform Club, Fogg gets involved in an argument over an article in The Daily Telegraph stating that with the opening of a new railway section in India, it is now possible to travel around the world in 80 days. He accepts a wager for £20,000 (worth £2,075,400 today) half of his total fortune, from his fellow club members to complete such a journey within this time period. With Passepartout accompanying him, Fogg departs from London by train at 8:45 p.m. on 2 October; in order to win the wager, he must return to the club by this same time on 21 December, 80 days later. They take the remaining £20,000 of Fogg's fortune with them to cover expenses during the journey.

English, Maths and Geography: Pan your own fantasy around the world journey. Which way around would your travel? How would you Travel? Where would you go? Where would you want to stop to see? How much will your trip cost? What books would you read as your travelled? When would you leave and when would your return – but remember you only have 80 days for the whole trip.

Write your fantasy itinerary with times, costs, reasons for going there and the books. This can either be as a list or as a chart.



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