By Jules Verne

Jules Verne offers us the vintage story of undersea event aboard the Nautilus. while a sea monster starts off attacking ships, the realm unites to discover and break the unknown creature. Monsieur Aronnax joins the struggle and is tossed from his boat to discover himself aboard an grand vessel. Aronnax's underwater adventures jogging at the ocean flooring, pearl diving, and exploring with Captain Nemo has been tailored for younger readers within the Calico Illustrated Classics model of Verne's 20,000 Leagues less than the ocean.

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Finally Nemo stopped and pointed to several dark masses a short way off. The forest of Crespo was composed of large, treelike plants. Everything grew straight up toward the surface, changing shape only as I pushed them aside when I walked. 50 When we finally stopped to rest, I dozed off and awoke to find a huge spider crab eyeing me. I shuddered with horror as I rose to my feet, and Nemo’s companion bashed the crab with his rifle butt. The crab writhed in horrible convulsions from the blow. We walked on until we reached the very edge of the island.

Land insisted on cooking some immediately and set about building a fire. Then, he cut the breadfruit into thick slices and put them on the hot coals of the fire. After several minutes, the outside of each slice was completely toasted while the inside 59 had turned to a kind of white paste that tasted a bit like artichoke. We pressed on and gathered bananas, mangoes, and pineapple. We carried our newfound treasures back to the ship. We returned the next day. Soon, Land had shot a number of birds. We ate pigeon and dove for lunch.

I found the spectacle fascinating. Not many days after, we saw something even more astonishing through the viewports. It was a ship with its severed shrouds still hanging. Its hull seemed to be in good condition and I suspect it had sunk only hours before. On the deck, the body of a woman rose half out of a hatch on the poop deck, holding a child in her arms. Four sailors were frozen in the task of untwisting themselves from rigging ropes. The helmsman still clutched the wheel as if steering the ship through the ocean depths.

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