abstract illustration of two people journeying around the world on trains, boats, and hot air balloons

Around the World in Eighty Days

by Jules Verne
Start Free Trial

Why did Stuart think that the bank would lose the money after the robbery?

Stuart thinks that the bank will lose money after the robbery because he doesn't think that the robber will ever be caught. Gauthier Ralph, one of the Directors of the Bank of England, disagrees. He's sure that the robber will be caught and the money returned.

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

At this point in Around the World in Eighty Days, a thief has just robbed the Bank of England in London. He's taken the princely sum of £55,000, an awful lot of money in those days, and is now on the run. His audacious crime is in all the newspapers and is the talk of the reading-room of the Reform Club.

A group of men is sitting by the fireplace discussing the robbery. One of them, an engineer by the name of Andrew Stuart, expresses what is surely the widely-held opinion that the Bank of England will have lost all the money stolen in the robbery. Evidently, this is because he thinks that the thief will not be apprehended.

Gauthier Ralph, one of the Directors of the Bank of England, disagrees. He is certain that the thief will be caught and his ill-gotten gains recovered. He tells the other men that skillful detectives have been sent to all the main ports of Europe and America. The thief would have to be a very clever fellow indeed to slip through their fingers.

The problem, however, is that no one has a description of the thief. Stuart speculates that he's a professional man, a manufacturer perhaps. The Daily Telegraph, a British newspaper read mainly by members of the Establishment, says that he is a gentleman. Whatever the truth of the matter, the man who robbed the Bank of England is going to be very difficult to catch.

Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on