What is the climax of the book Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne?

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The climax of the story occurs at the end of Fogg's journey.  He has waged a bet that he can make it around the entire world in 80 days, and he is so close to making it back to London in time.  Tensions are high in this section because Fogg and his companions have already overcome so many obstacles on their trip.  When they arrive in England, it seems like Fogg has won--he has time to reach his destination in London.  But just when he thinks he's made it, he is arrested upon arrival in London.  This is a misunderstanding, as he is mistaken for a thief.  Eventually the misunderstanding is cleared up, but Fogg is five minutes late to his destination in London.

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