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20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 12. Everything through Electricity 20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 12. Everything through Electricity

20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 12. Everything through Electricity
"SIR," CAPTAIN NEMO SAID, showing me the instruments hanging onthe walls of his stateroom,"these are the devices needed to navigate the Nautilus. Here, as inthe lounge, I always have them before my eyes, and they indicatemy position and exact heading in the midst of the ocean.You're familiar with some of them, such as the thermometer,which gives the temperature inside the Nautilus; the barometer,which measures the heaviness of the outside air and forecasts changesin the weather; the humidistat, which indicates the degree of drynessin the atmosphere; the storm glass, whose mixture decomposes toforetell the arrival of tempests; the compass, which steers... Long Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : January 2011 - Author : Jules Verne - Read : 1847

20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 11. The Nautilus 20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 11. The Nautilus

20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 11. The Nautilus
CAPTAIN NEMO stood up. I followed him. Contrived at the rearof the dining room, a double door opened, and I entered a roomwhose dimensions equaled the one I had just left.It was a library. Tall, black-rosewood bookcases, inlaid with copperwork,held on their wide shelves a large number of uniformly bound books.These furnishings followed the contours of the room, their lowerparts leading to huge couches upholstered in maroon leatherand curved for maximum comfort. Light, movable reading stands,which could be pushed away or pulled near as desired,allowed books to be positioned on them for easy study.In the center stood... Long Stories - Post by : anandkumar - Date : January 2011 - Author : Jules Verne - Read : 2199

20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 10. The Man of the Waters 20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 10. The Man of the Waters

20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 10. The Man of the Waters
IT WAS THE ship's commander who had just spoken.At these words Ned Land stood up quickly. Nearly strangled,the steward staggered out at a signal from his superior;but such was the commander's authority aboard his vessel,not one gesture gave away the resentment that this man must havefelt toward the Canadian. In silence we waited for the outcomeof this scene; Conseil, in spite of himself, seemed almost fascinated,I was stunned.Arms crossed, leaning against a corner of the table, the commanderstudied us with great care. Was he reluctant to speak further?Did he regret those words he had just pronounced in French?... Long Stories - Post by : Ron_M - Date : January 2011 - Author : Jules Verne - Read : 1432

20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 9. The Tantrums of Ned Land 20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 9. The Tantrums of Ned Land

20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 9. The Tantrums of Ned Land
I HAVE NO IDEA how long this slumber lasted; but it must have beena good while, since we werecompletely over our exhaustion. I was the first one to wake up.My companions weren't yet stirring and still lay in their cornerslike inanimate objects.I had barely gotten up from my passably hard mattress when I feltmy mind clear, my brain go on the alert. So I began a carefulreexamination of our cell.Nothing had changed in its interior arrangements.The prison was still a prison and its prisoners still prisoners.But, taking advantage of our slumber, the steward had cleared the table.Consequently, nothing indicated... Long Stories - Post by : FleaMarketGuru - Date : January 2011 - Author : Jules Verne - Read : 1055

20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 8. 'Mobilis in Mobili' 20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 8. "Mobilis in Mobili"

20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 8. 'Mobilis in Mobili'
THIS BRUTALLY EXECUTED capture was carried out with lightning speed.My companions and I had no time to collect ourselves. I don'tknow how they felt about being shoved inside this aquatic prison,but as for me, I was shivering all over. With whom were we dealing?Surely with some new breed of pirates, exploiting the sea aftertheir own fashion.The narrow hatch had barely closed over me when I was surrounded byprofound darkness. Saturated with the outside light, my eyes couldn'tmake out a thing. I felt my naked feet clinging to the steps of aniron ladder. Forcibly seized, Ned Land... Long Stories - Post by : etools4biz - Date : January 2011 - Author : Jules Verne - Read : 2667

20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 7. A Whale of Unknown Species 20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 7. A Whale of Unknown Species

20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 7. A Whale of Unknown Species
ALTHOUGH I WAS startled by this unexpected descent, I at leasthave a very clear recollection of my sensations during it.At first I was dragged about twenty feet under. I'm a good swimmer,without claiming to equal such other authors as Byron and Edgar Allan Poe,who were master divers, and I didn't lose my head on the way down.With two vigorous kicks of the heel, I came back to the surfaceof the sea.My first concern was to look for the frigate. Had the crewseen me go overboard? Was the Abraham Lincoln tacking about?Would Commander Farragut put a longboat to sea?... Long Stories - Post by : DBeaver - Date : January 2011 - Author : Jules Verne - Read : 1534

20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 6. At Full Steam 20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 6. At Full Steam

20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 6. At Full Steam
AT THIS SHOUT the entire crew rushed toward the harpooner--commander, officers, mates,sailors, cabin boys, down to engineers leaving their machineryand stokers neglecting their furnaces. The order was given to stop,and the frigate merely coasted.By then the darkness was profound, and as good as the Canadian'seyes were, I still wondered how he could see--and what he had seen.My heart was pounding fit to burst.But Ned Land was not mistaken, and we all spotted the object hishand was indicating.Two cable lengths off the Abraham Lincoln's starboard quarter,the sea seemed to be lit up from underneath. This was nomere phosphorescent phenomenon, that... Long Stories - Post by : Sunshine - Date : January 2011 - Author : Jules Verne - Read : 2363

20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 5. At Random! 20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 5. At Random!

20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 5. At Random!
FOR SOME WHILE the voyage of the Abraham Lincoln was marked byno incident. But one circumstance arose that displayed Ned Land'smarvelous skills and showed just how much confidence we couldplace in him.Off the Falkland Islands on June 30, the frigate came in contactwith a fleet of American whalers, and we learned that they hadn'tseen the narwhale. But one of them, the captain of the Monroe,knew that Ned Land had shipped aboard the Abraham Lincolnand asked his help in hunting a baleen whale that was in sight.Anxious to see Ned Land at work, Commander Farragut authorized himto make his way... Long Stories - Post by : pubuane - Date : January 2011 - Author : Jules Verne - Read : 1499

20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 4. Ned Land 20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 4. Ned Land

20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 4. Ned Land
COMMANDER FARRAGUT was a good seaman, worthy of the frigatehe commanded. His ship and he were one. He was its very soul.On the cetacean question no doubts arose in his mind, and he didn'tallow the animal's existence to be disputed aboard his vessel.He believed in it as certain pious women believe in the leviathanfrom the Book of Job--out of faith, not reason. The monster existed,and he had vowed to rid the seas of it. The man was a sort ofKnight of Rhodes, a latter-day Sir Dieudonné of Gozo, on his wayto fight an encounter with the dragon... Long Stories - Post by : ebookWarrior - Date : January 2011 - Author : Jules Verne - Read : 1329

20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 3. As Master Wishes 20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 3. As Master Wishes

20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 3. As Master Wishes
THREE SECONDS before the arrival of J. B. Hobson's letter,I no more dreamed of chasing the unicorn than of trying forthe Northwest Passage. Three seconds after reading this letterfrom the honorable Secretary of the Navy, I understood at last thatmy true vocation, my sole purpose in life, was to hunt down thisdisturbing monster and rid the world of it.Even so, I had just returned from an arduous journey, exhausted and badlyneeding a rest. I wanted nothing more than to see my country again,my friends, my modest quarters by the Botanical Gardens,my dearly beloved collections! But now nothing could... Long Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : January 2011 - Author : Jules Verne - Read : 3470

20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 2. The Pros and Cons 20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 2. The Pros and Cons

20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 2. The Pros and Cons
DURING THE PERIOD in which these developments were occurring,I had returned from a scientific undertaking organized to explorethe Nebraska badlands in the United States. In my capacity asAssistant Professor at the Paris Museum of Natural History, I hadbeen attached to this expedition by the French government.After spending six months in Nebraska, I arrived in New York ladenwith valuable collections near the end of March. My departurefor France was set for early May. In the meantime, then, I was busyclassifying my mineralogical, botanical, and zoological treasureswhen that incident took place with the Scotia.I was perfectly abreast of this question,... Long Stories - Post by : DFHawk - Date : January 2011 - Author : Jules Verne - Read : 2817

20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 1. A Runaway Reef 20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 1. A Runaway Reef

20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - FIRST PART - Chapter 1. A Runaway Reef
THE YEAR 1866 was marked by a bizarre development, an unexplainedand downright inexplicable phenomenon that surely no one has forgotten.Without getting into those rumors that upset civiliansin the seaports and deranged the public mind even far inland,it must be said that professional seamen were especially alarmed.Traders, shipowners, captains of vessels, skippers, and master marinersfrom Europe and America, naval officers from every country, and attheir heels the various national governments on these two continents,were all extremely disturbed by the business.In essence, over a period of time several ships had encountered"an enormous thing" at sea, a long spindle-shaped object,sometimes giving off a phosphorescent... Long Stories - Post by : dog8me - Date : January 2011 - Author : Jules Verne - Read : 3226

20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - Units of Measure 20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - Units of Measure

20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - Units of Measure
CABLE LENGTH In Verne's context, 600 feetCENTIGRADE 0 degrees centigrade = freezing water37 degrees centigrade = human body temperature100 degrees centigrade = boiling waterFATHOM 6 feetGRAM Roughly 1/28 of an ounce- MILLIGRAM Roughly 1/28,000 of an ounce- KILOGRAM (KILO) Roughly 2.2 poundsHECTARE Roughly 2.5 acresKNOT 1.15 miles per hourLEAGUE In Verne's context, 2.16 milesLITER Roughly 1 quartMETER Roughly 1 yard, 3 inches- MILLIMETER Roughly 1/25 of an inch- CENTIMETER Roughly 2/5 of an inch- DECIMETER Roughly 4 inches- KILOMETER Roughly 6/10 of a mile- MYRIAMETER Roughly 6.2 milesTON, METRIC Roughly 2,200 pounds... Long Stories - Post by : maxrijen - Date : January 2011 - Author : Jules Verne - Read : 3485

20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - Introduction 20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - Introduction

20,000 Leagues Under The Seas - Introduction
"The deepest parts of the ocean are totally unknown to us,"admits Professor Aronnax early in this novel. "What goes on inthose distant depths? What creatures inhabit, or could inhabit,those regions twelve or fifteen miles beneath the surface of the water?It's almost beyond conjecture."Jules Verne (1828-1905) published the French equivalents of these wordsin 1869, and little has changed since. 126 years later, a Timecover story on deep-sea exploration made much the same admission:"We know more about Mars than we know about the oceans."This reality begins to explain the dark power and otherworldlyfascination of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas.Born... Long Stories - Post by : JPatrick - Date : January 2011 - Author : Jules Verne - Read : 1653