Fogg, Aouda and Passepartout return to the Savile Row house. Fogg seems calm outwardly though his fortune had completely dwindled. A room in the house was set apart for Aouda. Aouda and Passepartout are both worried about Fogg as they expect him to do something rash.
Passepartout continues to feel guilty and even tells Fogg that he is sorry. But Fogg blames no one. The day passes by wearily. In the evening, Fogg meets Aouda and Fogg talks about giving some money to her in order that she may maintain her position. As the course of the conversation goes, Aouda asks Fogg whether he would like to have her as his wife. He confesses his own love for her. Passepartout is called and asked to give due notice to the Reverend Samuel Wilson, so that Fogg and Aouda may be married the next day, that is Monday.
The tone of this chapter is very mournful in the starting. The Savile Row house is not lit up, as any other ordinary house would be. The inmates look more serious than usual.
Each has something to think about. Aouda is worried for Fogg as she thinks that he might do something rash, Passepartout feels extremely guilty because he realizes that he has put his master into a tight spot because of his lack of reasoning. He even expresses this to Fogg, though the latter says that he blames no one. Fogg is as impassive now, as he had been before. His only thoughts now are about the future and how he should deal with it. He takes Aouda’s responsibility on his shoulders and sets out to make a duly beneficial plan for her. When Aouda and Fogg talk in the evening, Fogg is as rational as he always is. He explains how he plans to provide for Aouda and while he is spouting statements and facts, Aouda comes out with what is in her heart. She is truly a bold woman to be able to offer herself as Fogg’s wife. Most women would have been too coy and shy to do that. But, she does it in a bold and frank way that sweeps Fogg off his feet. He too expresses his love for her and Aouda’s heart overflows at this confession. Finally, the formidable man and the brave woman come together and decide to get married the next day.
Passepartout is more than happy to see them come together. It is his dream come true. He is asked to go to the Reverend Samuel Wilson to arrange for the marriage to take place the next day, which they all think is Monday. After starting on a sad note, the chapter seems to be ending in a more positive way.
In this chapter, the state of England is described. Once the real thief is arrested everyone starts taking interest in Fogg’s wager once again. Betting is revived. A great crowd gathers near the Reform Club on Saturday evening. In the meantime Fogg’s five fellow club members and whist partners come together at the Club. They all discuss whether Fogg will be able to make it on time. They think that he won’t be able to. As their tension grows, they start counting the seconds to the time of the wager. Barely a few seconds before Fogg makes his appearance in his usual calm way. Outside the club, a delirious crowd makes much noise
This is a rare chapter in the book as in this chapter, the past is related and that too in a very curious way.
The chapter begins with a description of the people’s sentiments in England. They had stopped betting on Fogg when they found out that he was a suspected looter. But when the real robber is arrested the interest in Fogg’s journey, around the world is revived. Betting starts once again and there is a lot of excitement centered on whether Fogg will be able to complete his journey in time or not. Fogg’s fellow whist players gather together at the Club and discuss the possibility of Fogg reaching in time. They try and convince themselves that he won’t be able to make it, but they are wrong. Just before the clock’s hand moves to 8.45 p.m. Fogg walks into the room, where the players had gathered. This comes as a surprise to the readers as well. We had read in the previous chapter, that Fogg has lost his bet. Now, we see that h e has made it to the Club in time. This is a mystery to us and one which is only solved in the next chapter.
What is obvious in this chapter is that Fogg is a hero while the men who are his challengers are quite cowardly. They do not appear as calm and confidant, as our hero, Fogg always is.
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