20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne Free Story eBook

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ADVENTURE / FICTION AND LITERATURE / NAUTICAL / SCIENCE FICTION /

Sent to investigate mysterious encounters that are disrupting international shipping, Professor Aronnax, his servant Conseil, and disgruntled harpooner Ned Land are captured when their frigate is sunk during an encounter with the “monster.” The submarine Nautilus and its eccentric Captain Nemo afford the professor and his companions’ endless fascination and danger as they’re swept along on a yearlong undersea voyage.

Free Story eBook: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Author: Jules Verne

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne Free Story eBook

PUBLISHED: 1870 / 296 Pages

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was warmly discussed, which procured it a high reputation. It rallied round it a certain number of partisans. The solution it proposed gave, at least, full liberty to the imagination. The human mind delights in grand conceptions of supernatural beings. And the sea is precisely their best vehicle, the only medium through which these giants (against which terrestrial animals, such as elephants or rhinoceroses, are as nothing) can be produced or developed.

The industrial and commercial papers treated the question chiefly from this point of view. The Shipping and Mercantile Gazette, Lloyd’s List, the Packet-Boat, and the Maritime and Colonial Review, all papers devoted to insurance companies that threatened to raise their rates of premium, were unanimous on this point. Public opinion had been pronounced. The United States was the first in the field, and in New York, they made preparations for an expedition destined to pursue this narwhal. A frigate of great speed, the Abraham Lincoln, was put in comm

Then I dismissed him from my mind, and returned to the contemplation of my own affairs.

The evening passed pleasantly enough; and I dreamed that night of that enigmatical woman, Mary Cavendish.

The next morning dawned bright and sunny, and I was full of the anticipation of a d

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