A fateful conversation in the Reform Club takes place in chapter 3 of Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days. Not long after he has hired Jean Passepartout as his new valet, Phileas Fogg visits his gentlemen's club as usual and a bit of idle gossip turns into an adventurous wager.
Around a game of whist, Fogg and the other gentlemen discuss a robbery that has been the talk of the country. 50,000 pounds was stolen from the Bank of England, and the thief has escaped, prompting a worldwide search. This sparks a debate about whether or not the man can be found if he could be anywhere. One man suggests that he'll disappear from sight because "the world is big enough." Fogg, however, counters by observing that "it was once," but the world essentially feels smaller now that there are means to travel around it more quickly.
When some of the men scoff at this,...
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