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20000 Leagues Under the Sea

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Jules Verne was born in France in 1828 and always had a love for the sea. He once tried to be a sea captain on a boat but things did not work out. Jules Verne has written many very famous books such as Journey To the Center of the Earth, Five Weeks in a balloon and

Around the World in Eighty Days. One of his most famous books is 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. This book combines adventure, suspense and mystery throwing in a few pieces of

information about life under the sea.

The year 1866 is an important time in nautical history. It is the year that the world was first terrified by an amazing ocean going monster, the Nautilus. During that year several ships had met with this "thing," a long slender object far greater in size than any creature known to man. After numerous sightings and the pass of many months the "monster" began attacking any vessel that drew near. This alarmed all the world's nations and the United States decided that they would send out the Abraham Lincoln to defeat the "monster," and once again bring peace to all the seas.

For the expedition the best men in the oceanic fields of study were invited to join the crew for the duration of the journey. Included in this group was Monsieur Aronnax of the Paris Museum and Ned Land, a world renowned harpooner. Monsieur Aronnax had written a two-volume work called Mysteries of the Ocean Depths. His work was especially well received by scientists, making him a specialist in that field. With him he brought his trusted servant of ten years, Conseil. Besides being Monsieurs loyal servant Conseil was an extremely bright classifier. He took great joy in this and was sometimes a great help to his master when identifying different creatures. Ned had an excellent shot with his harpoon, one so good that his name was known by fisherman around the world.

The frigate travels from one ocean to the next for months without a sign of the wretched creature. Then on the night of November 5 the Ned spotted a bright glow emanating from just below the waters surface. Reports stated that at times the monster tended to glow, so the frigate took pursuit. For a day and two nights the Abraham Lincoln chased the monster through the waters of the northern Pacific. As the creature let the frigate draw near the Abraham Lincoln began firing its cannons at the monster but the would just bounce off what seemed to be a thick layer of armor. At last the monster began circling the frigate and suddenly began a rush at the side of the boat. The terrible crash tossed men to the decks and threw overboard Monsieur Aronnax and Ned Land. At the sight of his master plunging into the dark sea Conseil dove into the water to save the professor.

The three men tread water for many hours until at last Ned came upon a large, hard object floating in the water. All three assumed it was the dead monster but as they climbed up on Ned's discovery they found that it was not a once living creature but a large vessel produced of metal. After sitting on top for a while regaining their energy the trio was unexpectedly apprehended and brought inside the submarine. They were put into a dark room and after a good couple of hours a bright light came on and in walked two dark haired, strongly built men. Monsieur and Ned told their stories to the men in many different languages but to no avail. Both men appeared deaf and mute. Shortly after the visit from the men a large meal and fresh sets of clothing for each was brought in by another apparently deaf member of the crew.

Monsieur, Ned, and Conseil were withheld in the room and cared for until one of the dark haired men from the first visit confronted them again two days later. He spoke to all three men in perfect French explaining to them their rights on board the submarine, how they would be accommodated, and who he was. He was Captain Nemo commander of the Nautilus. Ned and Conseil shared a room but the professor had his own quarters just before those of the Captain. For the next week they never saw Captain Nemo but the men fascinated themselves with other pleasures onboard. Of the other rooms on board the ship the three captives were allowed admittance to the kitchen, the library, and a large lounge.

The lounge was more of a museum, and by far the most amazing room aboard. It contents include works from some of the most famous artists, many beautiful pieces from the sea, and a large glass window on either side of the room that open to show the splendor of all the ocean's creatures in their natural state. One could spend years reading all the works in library and it too was an astonishing site. There were all sorts of works on science, morality, and literature written in every known language.

On the 16th of November Monsieur, Ned and Conseil were all invited by the Captain to join him on a hunting expedition in the underwater forests of Crespo Island. Monsieur and Conseil readily agreed but Ned turned down the offer. For the journey everyone was equipped with an air gun that shot an electrocuting bullet, a dry suit, and two air tanks. Both Monsieur

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