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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Around the World in 80 Days

For, what better reward can there be, but happiness?

Hello again, classmates. Have you ever done something HUGE? Something overwhelmingly complicated and obstacle-ridden? And then realized that you gained nothing from it at all, but happiness? If you have, let me ask you this: was it enough? Of course it was, because it's not what we gain in the end that truly matters. The friends we make, the obstacles we overcome, the sights we see, and the wonderful things we do in between the beginning and the end- That's what truly matters right? Well, read this book and tell me...

The book's name is "Around the World in 80 Days" and it starts off explaining the meager life of a cold, calculating man named Phileas Fogg, in the year 1872. Phileas Fogg was a member of the Reform Club, and lived much excluded from the rest of society. He hires a new servant named Jean Passepartout, a thirty year old Frenchman, who immediately takes a liking to his new master. One day, upon and argument between two members of the Reform club, Phileas Fogg makes an extreme bet of twenty thousand pounds that he can traverse across the world in 80 days. In that time a thing like that was almost unheard of. The next day, having packed through the night for they're journey, Phileas Fogg and Passepartout headed for the docks. Unknown to them, they were being closely trailed by a detective named Fix, who was certain that Phileas Fogg was the bank robber he had been trailing, and that Mr. Fogg's fortune was actually stolen banknotes.
Impatiently, he waits at the station where Mr. Fogg and servant were to board the Mongolia, the fastest steamer in the docks.

The story continues so forth with many adventures, rescues, betrayals, and allies. Read this book to the end and you'll be very happy you did. For, in the end... Isn't happiness worth any good thing?

Your friend, classmate, comrade, and whatever else you wish to call me (within reason),

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