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Among so many effective and artistic tales, it is difficult to give a preference to one over all the rest. Yet, certainly, even amid Verne’s remarkable works, his “Off on a Comet” must be given high rank. Perhaps this story will be remembered when even “Round the World in Eighty Days” and “Michael Strogoff” have been obliterated by centuries of time. At least, of the many books since written upon the same theme as Verne’s, no one has yet succeeded in equaling or even approaching it.
Introduction2015-04-01
Among so many effective and artistic tales, it is difficult to give a preference to one over all the rest. Yet, certainly, even amid Vernes remarkable works, his Off on a Comet must be given high rank. Perhaps this story will be remembered when even Round the World in Eig
Book I Chapter 1 A Challenge2015-04-01
Nothing, sir, can induce me to surrender my claim.I am sorry, count, but in such a matter your views cannot modify mine.But allow me to point out that my seniority unquestionably gives me a prior right.
Chapter 2 Captain Servadac and His Orderly2015-03-31
At the time of which I write, there might be seen in the registers of the Minister of War the following entry:SERVADAC (Hector), born at St. Trelody in the district of Lesparre, department of the Gironde, July 19th, 18 -.Property: 1200 francs in rentes.Length of service: Fourteen years, three
Chapter 3 Interrupted Effusions2015-03-31
Composed of mud and loose stones, and covered with a thatch of turf and straw, known to the natives by the name of driss, the gourbi, though a grade better than the tents of the nomad Arabs, was yet far inferior to any habitation built of brick or stone. It adjoined an old stone hostel
Chapter 4 A Convulsion of Nature2015-03-30
Whence came it that at that very moment the horizon underwent so strange and sudden a modification, that the eye of the most practiced mariner could not distinguish between sea and sky? Whence came it that the billows raged and rose to a height hitherto unregistered in the records of science? Whence
Chapter 5 A Mysterious Sea2015-03-30
Violent as the commotion had been, that portion of the Algerian coast which is bounded on the north by the Mediterranean, and on the west by the right bank of the Shelif, appeared to have suffered little change. It is true that indentations were perceptible in the fertile plain, and the surface of
Chapter 6 The Captain Makes an Exploration2015-03-29
Hector Servadac was not the man to remain long unnerved by any untoward event. It was part of his character to discover the why and the wherefore of everything that came under his observation, and he would have faced a cannon ball the more unflinchingly from understanding the dynamic force by which
Chapter 7 Ben Zoof Watches in Vain2015-03-29
In a few minutes the governor general and his population were asleep. The gourbi being in ruins, they were obliged to put up with the best accommodation they could find in the adjacent erection. It must be owned that the captains slumbers were by no means sound; he was agitated by the conscio
Chapter 8 Venus in Perilous Proximity2015-03-28
The light of the returning sun soon extinguished the glory of the stars, and rendered it necessary for the captain to postpone his observations. He had sought in vain for further trace of the huge disc that had so excited his wonder on the 1st, and it seemed most probable that, in its irregular orbi
Chapter 9 Inquiries Unsatisfied2015-03-28
Fast as his legs could carry him, Servadac had made his way to the top of the cliff. It was quite true that a vessel was in sight, hardly more than six miles from the shore; but owing to the increase in the earths convexity, and the consequent limitation of the range of vision, the rigging of
Chapter 10 A Search for Algeria2015-03-27
The Dobryna, a strong craft of 200 tons burden, had been built in the famous shipbuilding yards in the Isle of Wight. Her sea going qualities were excellent, and would have amply sufficed for a circumnavigation of the globe. Count Timascheff was himself no sailor, but had the greatest confidence in
Chapter 11 An Island Tomb2015-03-27
No longer, then, could there be any doubt as to the annihilation of a considerable portion of the colony. Not merely had there been a submersion of the land, but the impression was more and more confirmed that the very bowels of the earth must have yawned and closed again upon a large territory.
Chapter 12 At the Mercy of the Winds2015-03-26
As the affrighted cormorants had winged their flight towards the south, there sprang up a sanguine hope on board the schooner that land might be discovered in that direction. Thither, accordingly, it was determined to proceed, and in a few hours after quitting the island of the tomb, the Dobryna was
Chapter 13 A Royal Salute2015-03-26
Then I take your bishop, major, said Colonel Murphy, as he made a move that he had taken since the previous evening to consider.I was afraid you would, replied Major Oliphant, looking intently at the chess-board.Such was the way in which a long silence was broken on the m
Chapter 14 Sensitive Nationality2015-03-25
When the schooner had approached the island, the Englishmen were able to make out the name Dobryna painted on the aft-board. A sinuous irregularity of the coast had formed a kind of cove, which, though hardly spacious enough for a few fishing-smacks, would afford the yacht a temporary
Chapter 15 An Enigma from the Sea2015-03-25
Lieutenant Procope had been left on board in charge of the Dobryna, and on resuming the voyage it was a task of some difficulty to make him understand the fact that had just come to light. Some hours were spent in discussion and in attempting to penetrate the mysteries of the situation.There were ce
Chapter 16 The Residuum of a Continent2015-03-24
Almost unconsciously, the voyagers in the Dobryna fell into the habit of using Gallia as the name of the new world in which they became aware they must be making an extraordinary excursion through the realms of space. Nothing, however, was allowed to divert them from their ostensible object of makin
Chapter 17 A Second Enigma2015-03-24
Upon re-embarking, the bewildered explorers began to discuss the question whether it would not now be desirable to make their way back to Gourbi Island, which was apparently the only spot in their new world from which they could hope to derive their future sustenance. Captain Servadac tried to conso
Chapter 18 An Unexpected Population2015-03-23
The Dobryna was now back again at the island. Her cruise had lasted from the 31st of January to the 5th of March, a period of thirty-five days (for it was leap year), corresponding to seventy days as accomplished by the new little world.Many a time during his absence Hector Servadac had wondered how
Chapter 19 Gallia’s Governor General2015-03-23
The Spaniards who had arrived on board the Hansa consisted of nine men and a lad of twelve years of age, named Pablo. They all received Captain Servadac, whom Ben Zoof introduced as the governor general, with due respect, and returned quickly to their separate tasks. The captain and his friends, fol
Chapter 20 A Light on the Horizon2015-03-22
On the following day, without giving himself any further concern about the Jews incredulity, the captain gave orders for the Hansa to be shifted round to the harbor of the Shelif. Hakkabut raised no objection, not only because he was aware that the move insured the immediate safety of his tar
Chapter 21 Winter Quarters2015-03-22
The habitation that had now revealed itself, well lighted and thoroughly warm, was indeed marvelous. Not only would it afford ample accommodation for Hector Servadac and his subjects, as Ben Zoof delighted to call them, but it would provide shelter for the two horses, and for a conside
Chapter 22 A Frozen Ocean2015-03-21
The moon! She had disappeared for weeks; was she now returning? Had she been faithless to the earth? and had she now approached to be a satellite of the new-born world? Impossible! said Lieutenant Procope; the earth is millions and millions of leagues away, and it is not probable
Chapter 23 A Carrier-Pigeon2015-03-21
When, three hours after sunset, on the 23d of March, the Gallian moon rose upon the western horizon, it was observed that she had entered upon her last quarter. She had taken only four days to pass from syzygy to quadrature, and it was consequently evident that she would be visible for little more t
Chapter 24 A Sledge-Ride2015-03-20
Formentera was at once recognized by Servadac and the count as the name of one of the smallest of the Balearic Islands. It was more than probable that the unknown writer had thence sent out the mysterious documents, and from the message just come to hand by the carrier-pigeon, it appeared all but ce

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