Jane Austen’s novel Emma tells about the lives of the inhabitants of a small town, about 20 miles from London, called Highbury. We see most events through the mind of the charming Emma Woodhouse of Hartfield and hear mostly about what this young woman experiences in the year we experience. Closest to Miss Woodhouse’s heart, was her father. Mr. Woodhouse, we learn quickly, is a kind, but worrisome and overly protective, man who hated to desert his daily routine and wished others to live in the same timid manner he did. It was evident that he was distrusting of any advice coming from someone not close to him, but those that he had full confidence in were allowed to influence his decisions. Miss Taylor, or Mrs.Weston as she becomes shortly before the story opens, is one such person, earning the elderly man’s trust during her many years as Emma’s governess and close friend. As readers discover her considerate, almost motherly, personality, it becomes obvious why she is so dear to both the daughter and the father. This friendliness is shared by her new husband, the widower Mr. Weston, whom with she now resides with at Randalls, a property not too far from Hartfield. Going back to Emma, it is evident that her slightly spoiled nature of coming up with trivial little plots concerning her neighbors and friends and desire to be right, affects many events and people in her world, the most prominent example being the youthful Miss Harriet Smith. With unknown parentage, her sweet, trusting, and easily forgiving charisma allows her to be lead down many different roads by her companion Miss Woodhouse. On these roads, the two women encounter the fun loving, slightly flighty Frank Churchill, Mr. Weston's’ son, self-centred Mrs. Elton, rather disagreeable Mr. Elton, thoughtful and gallant Mr. Knightley, talkative Miss Bates, sweet Mrs. Bates, and reserved yet kind Jane Fairfax, the niece of Miss Bates. Of the many hardships thrown at Emma include finding a husband for Harriet, whose parentage is unknown, dealing with her nemesis Jane, and maneuvering the company of Frank Churchill, the Eltons, and others in the proper manner.
Around the World in Eighty Days, written by Jules Verne, is the fictional story of the English gentleman Phileas Fogg, his servant, the young Frenchman Passepartout, the diligent English detective Fix, and the lovely Indian woman Aouda. During a daily visit to the Reform Club, Mr. Fogg became engaged in a conversation concerning the recent robbery at the Bank of England. During the discussion, Fogg brought up how quickly the thief could travel around the world in that era of advanced technology, only a mere eighty days. However, one of his colleagues doubted the successfulness of such a trip and bet that it could not be done. A calm and collected Fogg then announced that he would take the bet (risking a large sun) and set off that very evening.
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