Today, in this article, we will share the summary of the Around the World lesson. Around the world is about the famous novel ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’. The story is about an Englishman who makes a bet with people claiming that he can go around and travel the world in eighty days. The leading character of the story is a lonesome man named Phileas Fogg. Phileas lives with his servant Jean Passepartout who also serves as his companion on his eighty-day tour around the world. Mr. Phileas Fogg is a rich man and pays his servant well, but his source of wealth remains a mystery to people. As Phileas Fogg and Jean Passepartout set out on their eighty days journey around the world, a bank gets robbed and the detective, Mr. Fix suspects Phileas Fogg and follows him. The story explains the reader about their journey around the world and all the chaos these characters create.
The story features Phileas Fogg as its protagonist and his servant, Jean Passerpout. The two characters continued their journey on the train, in the evening, they travelled from San Francisco to New York. New York was three thousand seven hundred and eighty-six miles away from San Francisco. In seven days, the train would have taken them from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. The train accelerated its way through California, it crossed the steep mountains, deep canyons, and dangerous curves moving through a few tunnels and bridges.
All of a sudden the train slowed as a herd of buffaloes charged across the railway track. It took a full three hours for the procession of the buffaloes to pass. By the time the train could move, it was night. The train headed for the most challenging part of the journey, the steep mountains. The mountains which were 7524 feet above the sea level were the highest part of their journey. After that, in a matter of a few hours, they came out of the Rocky Mountains.
After the passengers had taken their breakfast on the train, the train halted with a shrill whistle. The signalman told them that the suspension bridge had some of its cables broke and could collapse at any moment, and advised them not to go any further. But despite the warning, the driver decided to pass the bridge by letting the train run on its maximum speed. The train moved with frighteningly fast speed and successfully crossed the bridge but as soon as they passed it, the bridge collapsed.
On the next day, suddenly hundreds of Sioux Indians armed with rifles attacked the train, the red Indians jumped on to the moving train and pulled themselves up the steps. Some passengers who were armed with revolvers tried to defend themselves by firing some shots with pistols. Passepartout told the conductor that the only way to win is by stopping the train. Passepartout slipped under the train and detached the engine from the coaches. The train started to slow down, and eventually, the passengers were saved when the Red Indians saw the soldiers running towards them and decided to flee.
The story is all about the adventures of Phileas Fogg and Jean Passerpout and their travelling experience around the world in a short span of 80 days. The story highlights how they faced lots of problems during their journey, but with their calmness and wisdom, they handled all the situations in a peaceful manner. Just like the story, we also face many hurdles & problems in our lives as nothing goes as planned ever. But instead of getting panic, we should remain calm & composed to solve all the issues using our wisdom. Only then, we will be able to enjoy the journey of life just like Phileas Fogg, and Jean Passerpout did in their journey.