G: What are you reading?
D: Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours.
G: Bike race, France, right?
D: No, novel, Verne. Around the World in Eighty Days.
G: Oooh! That’s a great movie. David Niven, Cantinflas, balloon rides, bull-fights.
D: Sometimes I really do wonder why I bother.
G: What do you think? Should I read the book?
D: Quelle idée merveilleuse! It’s best to read it in French, though.
G: I don’t read French. Hey! Maybe you could read it to me.
D: Yeah, that should work.
G: Anyway, who’s your favorite character?
G: Really? Mine’s Phileas Fogg.
D: Duh…I wonder why.
G: What’s that mean?
D: I’ve watched you make pancakes.
G: Precision is everything in the making of pancakes.
D: Precisely 3 tablespoons of batter per pancake.
G: Gets you a uniform size, and nicely rounded shape.
D: Stopwatch to ensure the first side is cooked 120 seconds, exactly.
G: Nice, huh? No room for doubt there, but you have to prep the oil.
D: Second side, cook until golden. I watched you trying to figure that out.
G: Sheesh: golden brown, golden poppy, goldenrod, harvest gold…
D: Not to mention old gold, pale gold, sunglow, yellow gold.
G: Whammo!! You understand perfectly. Very frustrating!
D: Ummm, yeah. Yep, I think you’re a perfect fit for Fogg.
G: Thanks. So, what’s up with you and Passepartout?
D: Unmarried, nimble, good-looking, brave, can read and speak French…
D: Plus, he’s an acrobat. Helps in rescues.
G: Wow! I never thought about that.
D: Yeah, I know. Would you mind closing the door on your way out?
Around the World in Eighty Days [the novel]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Around_the_World_in_Eighty_Days
Around the World In 80 Days (1956) Official Trailer: https://youtu.be/vjiCO8k6Jhg
Image: 1872 Header from “The Illustrated London News,” one of several newspapers that would have been available to the gentlemen of the Reform Club, Phileas Fogg’s Club, in London. The novel begins in October 1872.