Just a quick thought:
It has been a while since I read In 80 Days around the World, I must have been around 12 or 13 when I first read it, which is more than 20 years ago. I just recently picked up a free copy via iBooks and I am reading it again at the moment. What really struck me this time are the behavioural patterns of Phileas Fogg.
Has anyone else noticed the good gentleman shows quite drastic signs of obsessive-compulsive personality disorder? Verne takes great care to note Fogg always takes exactly the same number of steps to the Reform Club, his days are highly structured, nothing is left to chance, everything works like clockwork (I found the reason why he sacked Passepartout’s predecessor a nice touch, too).
It is also interesting to see that Fogg does not display much of that behaviour during the voyage, but he has everything planed to astonishing precision, especially given the suddenness of the beginning of the trip.
Hmmm… this could lead to speculations concerning Fogg being a high-end Steampunk cyborg with a very advanced logic-circuit… Oh dear, my imagination is running riot again.
In any case, In 80 Days around the World is once again an excllent read and an inspiration for my Steampunk RPG campaign, which will continue in January, I guess. Right now, my son has priority!