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Happy Birthday, Jules Verne!

Happy birthday to Jules Verne (8 February, 1828 – 24 March, 1905)!

Jules Verne Statue


"The sea does not belong to despots. Upon its surface men can still exercise unjust laws, fight, tear one another to pieces, and be carried away with terrestrial horrors. But at thirty feet below its level, their reign ceases, their influence is quenched, and their power disappears. Ah! sir, live--live in the bosom of the waters! There only is independence! There I recognise no masters! There I am free!"
- Jules Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870)

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acciochocolate
Feb. 8th, 2017 02:27 pm (UTC)
One of my early introductions to SF!
eldritchhobbit
Feb. 8th, 2017 11:42 pm (UTC)
Excellent taste on your part! :D
amedia
Feb. 9th, 2017 02:15 am (UTC)
But at thirty feet below its level, their reign ceases, their influence is quenched, and their power disappears. Ah! sir, live--live in the bosom of the waters! There only is independence! There I recognise no masters!

You know, this didn't occur to me when I read the book as a teenager, but rereading this lovely tidbit just now, it occurs to me that Captain Nemo obviously has not bumped into R'yleh, or he would not so blithely assert his underwater freedom! ;-)

I also have to share a tidbit from years of teaching Latin class. When I first began teaching Latin in 1996 and we hit the vocabulary word nemo, I would mention that there was a story that took place a l-o-o-o-ng way under the sea, and the main character was named Nemo, and Disney made a movie about it ... and someone would eventually answer 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Then, after a two-year gap, I began teaching Latin again in 2004, and when I went into my song-and-dance about this vocabulary word, they all brightened up and said, Finding Nemo!!! I think they were as amused by my astonishment as I was by their excitement!

Edited at 2017-02-09 02:16 am (UTC)
gilda_elise
Feb. 9th, 2017 11:47 am (UTC)
Oddly enough, I've never read any Verne. Not sure why, considering I inhaled scifi as a young girl. But, still, Happy Birthday, Mr Verne!
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