Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Wesleyan University Press
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...tion” book series. It is the last Verne novel for which there has existed no English translation; Anglophone af_icionados of Verne will f_inally to be able to read this long- neglected work. When the Early Classics of Science Fiction series was established in 2000, it had three main goals: to provide high- quality critical editions of important early works ...
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...there are very few who could answer that question af_f_irmatively. It is true that Verne’s oeuvre is vast and includes more than sixty titles—and that is counting only his novels and leaving aside all the short stories, popular science works, stage plays, poetry, and other products of his prolif_ic pen. It is likely that the only people for whom Travel Scholar-...
1 The Competition
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...“First place, ex aequo,one.super goes to Louis Clodion and Roger Hinsdale,” proclaimed the director Julian Ardagh in a resounding voice. The two laureates were welcomed by loud cheers, multiple hurrahs, and Then, from atop the platform raised in the center of the Antillean School’s main courtyard, the director continued to read the list before ...
2 Mrs. Seymour’s Ideas
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Mrs. Seymour’s generosity had reserved for them! Indeed, it seemed Of course they would have to give up any ideas of faraway explora-tions through Africa, Asia, Oceania, or lesser- known regions of the new Nevertheless, even if at the beginning there was a slight feeling of disappointment in having to come back from their world of dreams ...
3 Mr. and Mrs. Patterson
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...“Impossible, Mr. Director,” answered the accountant, “and he who will be summoned to take your place will indeed be fortunate.”“Surely, I had many choices. But I needed a trustworthy man on whom I could count completely and who would be accepted without reservations by the families of the young scholarship- recipients. Well, I ...
4 The Blue Fox Tavern
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...with perfect regularity—a needless recommendation—he made him feel the great importance of the task that had been entrusted to him, At eight- thirty in the evening, the goodbyes were exchanged in the main courtyard. Roger Hinsdale, John Howard, Hubert Perkins, Louis Clodion, Tony Renault, Niels Harboe, Axel Wickborn, Albertus ...
5 A Daring Move
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...“Still, Harry; and, while crossing the dock, I heard that the passen-“All right,” answered Harry Markel, “we must be on board before “The others and I,” replied Corty, “were able to get hold of a rowboat.”“Five hundred feet from the tavern, along the dock, down a landing.”“They’re waiting for us. There isn’t a moment to lose.”...
6 Masters of the Ship
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...out of the hatch. Corty and the others were waiting for them at the en-trance and, as they came out, they were struck down, without being able In a few moments, six sailors were lying on the bridge, mortally wounded, some of them screaming with fear and pain. But these cries, who would have heard them, and how would help have arrived inside ...
7 The Three-Masted Schooner Alert
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...soon dissipated. The night would end without it being possible to weigh It was now a question of getting rid of the corpses. Previously, John Carpenter had wanted to be sure that a swirl would not group them in the middle of Farmar Cove. He and Corty descended into the rowboat and noticed that the current was running toward the headland that ...
8 On Board
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It goes without saying that he had put on the uniform of the unfortu-nate captain, and that all of his companions were wearing the clothing The sailors from the skif_f then hailed the Alert, and Corty threw a line that was caught with a grappling hook and then fastened at the Tony Renault and Magnus Anders, climbing f_irst up the rope ladder, ...
9 In Full View from Land
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...hurry to set out, and transatlantics and other liners arriving or depart-Moreover, after their f_ive o’clock dinner, which was just as good as lunch and for which the mentor complimented Ranyah Cogh, deserv-edly so, when the passengers went up to the poop deck, Harry Markel announced that the breeze from shore was beginning to be felt. Very ...
10 A Breeze from the Northeast
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...“However,” asked Louis Clodion, “you did hear that the crew of the “Indeed,” answered John Carpenter, who did not wish to seem more uninformed than was necessary. “But we didn’t know that those men “Indeed, the escape took place,” assured Roger Hinsdale, “on the eve “And then convicted!” exclaimed Tony Renault. “Let’s hope that the ...
11 At Sea
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At that moment, John Carpenter, walking up to Harry Markel, said “Not tonight or any other night!” answered Harry Markel. “Our pas-sengers will be worth seven hundred pounds more each on the way verse, as Charles Dickens said,one.super rose above a horizon purged by a nice Harry Markel had decided to delay the execution of his criminal ...
12 Crossing the Atlantic
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...dation that had to be trusted the most? Here are its exact words:able enough, and it must be noted that Mr. Horatio Patterson’s state had not become worse—on the contrary. Needless to say, he had given up holding a lemon between his f_ingers. Most certainly, the collodion rubs of Wagah had not failed to have a certain ef_fect. The mentor’s ...
13 The Aviso Essex
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...away to the west- southwest. With a cool breeze carrying it along, there was no doubt that the Alert would begin to see the highlands of Saint Thus Tony Renault and Magnus Anders spent that afternoon aloft in the rigging, the one on the yards of the mainmast, the other on the yards of the foremast, to see who would be the f_irst to shout: “Land! Land!”...
14 Saint Thomas and Saint Croix
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...“You are right, sir,” Corty repeated to him. “There is nothing better “I believe so, my friend,” would answer the mentor, “and fortunately, I have ample provisions of these anti- pelagic pits, thanks to the fore-Thus the day came to an end. After having experienced the impa-tience of the departure, the young laureates felt the impatience of the ...
15 Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy
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However, the emancipation of blacks, proclaimed in 1862, produced the f_irst dif_f_iculties that the colonial authorities had to suppress by force. The freed slaves, newly emancipated, complained that the prom-ises that had been made to them were not being kept: among others, the distribution of a certain quantity of land to give them property. ...
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...one and only Antillean colony, should not concern the United Kingdom regarding its own island of Antigua.one.super And if Magnus Anders had not been able to set foot on his native land while the Scandinavian f_lag still waved over it, Hubert Perkins would f_ind his own still f_irmly within the England does not relinquish its possessions willingly: it is hungry for ...
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For an instant, Harry Markel thought about answering that John Forster had drowned in Cork Harbor. But he remembered that he had given the name of Bob to the unfortunate sailor whose cadaver had washed up the coast. It would have, no doubt, seemed suspect to the passengers of the Alert to have two sailors lost before their departure....
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...“By the way,” asked Mr. Barrand, at the moment when he was about “First rate,” answered Mr. Patterson, “and we have every reason to be satisf_ied. Mrs. Seymour could not have made a better choice.”“Too bad,” answered Mr. Barrand, with a serious mien, lowering his “Because if you had had a bad captain, perhaps the Alert would have ...
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...“We really did well in hoisting anchor when we did!” murmured “Yes,” replied John Carpenter, “doubly so. We should have let slip the have to face additional perils in Martinique, Saint Lucia, and Barbados. Would he be able to survive them all? During the f_irst half of his life as a pirate, an extraordinary luck had accompanied him until that day ...
5 Saint Lucia
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...with as much regularity as speed. The wind was blowing a fresh breeze from the northeast and the Alert, close- hauled, covered in just one day the eighty miles that separated Saint- Pierre from Castries, the main However, since Harry Markel would not arrive in view of Saint Lucia before sunset, he planned to heave to in order to reach the channel at ...
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...seemed useless to inform them about the previous night’s incident. With its anchor up and its sails f_illed with wind, the Alert left the port of Castries, steered to the south, and headed toward Barbados.Portuguese is dif_f_icult to pinpoint, it is certain that a ship sailing under British colors stopped there as early as 1605. Possession was taken in ...
7 Starting the Crossing
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...dos, this most eastern island of the Lesser Antilles, had already slipped Thus ended, under very favorable conditions, the visit of the laure-ates to their native countries. During their travels, they had not been subject to those violent atmospheric disturbances that are so frequent in these latitudes. And their voyage home was now begun. But the next ...
8 Night Comes
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...tended to provoke the fury of the elements! That’s the furthest thing from my mind! Such a thought would not be f_itting for a prudent man, a mentor, a guardian of young souls, who feels all the weight of this re-sponsibility! By the way, Will Mitz, I hope that we have nothing to fear “I share your hopes, Mr. Patterson! At this time of the year, such vio-...
9 Will Mitz
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...“That might come before daybreak,” replied Corty. “But be careful with this Will Mitz, who doesn’t seem to be the kind of man who can “I’ll take care of him,” declared Ranyah Cogh, “either in his cabin or on deck, wherever he’ll be! A good stab between the shoulders; he won’t even have the chance to turn around! And then, over the side ...
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They could not count on the agility or the dexterity of the mentor. He had to be helped as he slid down the line. Will Mitz’s greatest fear was that he would fall loudly into the rowboat, which would have at-tracted the attention of the sailor on guard, no matter how drunk he was. Finally, Mr. Patterson’s foot reached one of the boat’s benches, and ...
11 Masters on Board
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...crew to begin getting underway. The men were sleeping, and nobody answered him. He headed toward their quarters. Will Mitz, who was closely following his movements, saw him disappear down the hatch.It was now or never! It was better to not come to blows with Harry Markel when such a f_ight would perhaps be heard throughout the ship. ...
12 Three Days
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And throughout the night they would also keep a close watch on the With everything so arranged, Roger Hinsdale, Niels Harboe, Alber-tus Leuwen, and Louis Clodion went to their quarters and threw them-selves, fully clothed, onto their beds. Magnus Anders, at the helm, fol-lowed the instructions that Will Mitz was giving to him. Tony Renault ...
13 Into the Unknown
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...vessel at a few cables’ length or even a few miles out to sea. It was about a ship on f_ire that had to be abandoned. It was about a frail open boat that was going to be exposed to many perils on an empty sea, and with While Will Mitz, hastily making preparations for their departure, was lowering the Alert’s last boat over the side, what was happening in ...
14 Journey’s End
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...to Liverpool, was located about three hundred f_ifty miles southeast of the Antilles, when the men on watch caught sight of the longboat from Captain John Davis,one.super who was immediately notif_ied, gave orders to change course and head in its direction. Was it abandoned? Or did it At the moment when Louis Clodion uttered his cry of “A ship!,” Will ...
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Jules Gabriel Verne: A Biography
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...in geography, music, and Greek and Latin, and he easily passed his baccalau-réat in 1846. But his true passion was the sea. The shipyard docks of nearby Île Feydeau and the bustling commerce of the Nantes harbor never failed to spark Jules’s youthful imagination with visions of far- of_f lands and exotic peoples. Legend has it that he once ran of_f to sea as a cabin boy aboard a schooner bound ...
About the Contributors
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Volker Dehs is a publicist and illustrator in Göttingen, Germany. A world-class Verne scholar, he has published one of the best biographies of Verne and has co-edited several volumes of correspondence between Jules and Michel Verne with their publisher Hetzel père et fils (Slatkine, 1999–2006). ...
Page Count: 424
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Early Classics of Science Fiction