Phileas Fogg is a very methodical man, a man who lives his life by an almost mathematical routine. At the Reform Club, where he spends most of his time, he breakfasts and dines at the same time in the same room at the same table each and every day.
As he spends only ten hours at home each day, Fogg has need for only one domestic servant. However, Fogg still demands much from him, expecting his valet to be as precise and as methodical as himself. Unfortunately, his outgoing valet James Forster simply wasn't up to the job. He was summarily dismissed after bringing Fogg his shaving-water at a temperature of 84 degrees Fahrenheit instead of 86.
These exacting standards provide us with a further insight into Fogg's eccentricity. Thankfully, there's a man on hand who feels that he can step into the unfortunate Forster's shoes and perform the role of valet to Fogg's satisfaction. That man is Passepartout, a thirty-year-old Frenchman.
Although at first, it's by no means certain that Passepartout will be as methodical as his new master requires, in due course, he will prove himself to be not just a very good valet but an ideal travel companion for Fogg as he sets off on his epic round-the-world journey.