Phileas Fogg had won his wager, and had made his journey around the world in eighty days. To do this, he had employed every means of conveyance -steamers, railways, carriages, yachts, trading-vessels, sledges, elephants. The eccentric gentleman had throughout displayed all his marvellous qualities of coolness and exactitude. But what then? What had he really gained by all this trouble? What had he brought from his long and weary journey?
Nothing, say you? Perhaps so; nothing but a charming woman, who, strange as it may appear, made him the happiest of men!
Truly, would you not for less than that make the tour around the world?
Verne, Jules. Around the world in eighty days. Boston: James R. Osgood, 1873.