LnR 041 Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
Mr. Phileas Fogg lived, in 1872, at No. 7, Saville Row,
Burlington Gardens, the house in which Sheridan died in 1814. He
was one of the most noticeable members of the Reform Club, though
he seemed always to avoid attracting attention; an enigmatical
personage, about whom little was known, except that he was a
polished man of the world. People said that he resembled Byronâat
least that his head was Byronic; but he was a bearded, tranquil
Byron, who might live on a thousand years without growing old.
Certainly an Englishman, it was more doubtful whether Phileas
Fogg was a Londoner. He was never seen on ‘Change, nor at the Bank,
nor in the counting-rooms of the “City”; no ships ever came into
London docks of which he was the owner; he had no public
employment; he had never been entered at any of the Inns of Court,
either at the Temple, or Lincoln’s Inn, or Gray’s Inn; nor had his
voice ever resounded in the Court of Chancery, or in the Exchequer,
or the Queen’s Bench, or the Ecclesiastical Courts. He certainly
was not a manufacturer; nor was he a merchant or a gentleman
farmer. His name was strange to the scientific and learned
societies, and he never was known to take part in the sage
deliberations of the Royal Institution or the London Institution,
the Artisan’s Association, or the Institution of Arts and Sciences.
He belonged, in fact, to none of the numerous societies which swarm
in the English capital, from the Harmonic to that of the
Entomologists, founded mainly for the purpose of abolishing
Phileas Fogg was a member of the Reform, and that was all.
The way in which he got admission to this exclusive club was
He was recommended by the Barings, with whom he had an open
credit. His cheques were regularly paid at sight from his account
current, which was always flush.
Was Phileas Fogg rich? Undoubtedly. But those who knew him best
could not imagine how he had made his fortune, and Mr. Fogg was the
last person to whom to apply for the information.