Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas + Around the World in Eighty Days + The Mysterious Island, Jules Verne
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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas + Around the World in Eighty Days + The Mysterious Island

A mysterious creature, larger and more rapid than a whale, has been haunting the deep: Professor Aronnax has been invited to join a task force to rid the seas of the monster. With him on the Abraham Lincoln are his ever-faithful servant, Conseil, and the harpooner Ned Land. Their glorious mission becomes a nightmare when they are thrown from their ship and taken aboard the «monster» itself: a man-made submarine — «Nautilus» — exploring the wonders of the underwater world. There they are the captives of the inscrutable Captain Nemo. Resigned to their fate, they are shown unimaginable wonders of the oceans: the reef of coral that formed a cemetery, the ice floes of the South Pole, the huge oyster and its priceless pearl, the volcanic wonders of the lost land of Atlantis and a great many more extraordinary sights that were to compensate for their lack of liberty.
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our word, to fix us for ever.
I had not seen the Captain since our visit to the Island of Santorin. Would chance bring me to his presence before our departure? I wished it, and I feared it at the same time. I listened if I could hear him walking the room contiguous to mine. No sound reached my ear. I felt an unbearable uneasiness. This day of waiting seemed eternal. Hours struck too slowly to keep pace with my impatience.
My dinner was served in my room as usual. I ate but little; I was too preoccupied. I left the table at seven o'clock. A hundred and twenty minutes (I counted them) still separated me from the moment in which I was to join Ned Land. My agitation redoubled. My pulse beat violently. I could not remain quiet. I went and came, hoping to calm my troubled spirit by constant movement. The idea of failure in our bold enterprise was the least painful of my anxieties; but the thought of seeing our project discovered before leaving the Nautilus, of being brought before Captain Nemo, irritated, or (what was worse) saddened, at my desertion, made my heart beat.
I wanted to see the saloon for the last time. I descended the stairs and arrived in the museum, where I had passed so many useful and agreeable hours. I looked at all its riches, all its treasures, like a man on the eve of an eternal exile, who was leaving never to return.
These wonders of Nature, these masterpieces of art, amongst which for so many days my life had been concentrated, I was going to abandon them for ever! I should like to have taken a last look through the windows of the saloon into the waters of the Atlantic: but the panels were hermetically closed, and a cloak of
ng an iron plate 1 3/8 inches thick, had withdrawn itself by a backward motion.

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