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By Jules Verne

Trip to the heart of the Earth is a vintage 1864 technology fiction novel by way of Jules Verne.

The tale includes German professor Otto Lidenbrock who believes there are volcanic tubes going towards the centre of the Earth. He, his nephew Axel, and their consultant Hans descend into the Icelandic volcano Snæfellsjökull, encountering many adventures, together with prehistoric animals and ordinary dangers, prior to finally coming to the outside back in southern Italy, on the Stromboli volcano.

From a systematic standpoint, this tale has now not elderly particularly in addition to different Verne tales, considering that such a lot of his rules approximately what the inner of the Earth comprises have considering been disproved, however it nonetheless manages to captivate audiences whilst considered as a vintage myth novel.

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P. 28). The aristocrats are no less orotund, even when condemning one of their own to death: 舠 舖Alack, how I have longed for this sweet hour! and lo, too late it cometh, and I am robbed of this so coveted chance. But speed ye, speed ye! let others do this happy office [that is, a beheading] sith 舖tis denied to me舗 舡 (p. 47). This is not the Mark Twain the reading public was used to舒we are a long way from Tom, Huck, and Pudd舗nhead. But Twain had always been a meticulous and discerning student of the spoken word, and absent a living example of Tudor speech, he readily admitted reading a great deal of Shakespeare to get the language down for both prince and pauper.

To have had his characters speak in the manner of Victorian Londoners of his age would have undercut the profound sense of time and place Twain manages to convey so well. Having said how much The Prince and the Pauper is not a typical example of Twain舗s work, it is worth taking a look at the factors that make it, in fact, a comfortable fit with the rest of the Twain canon. Like Tom Canty, the pauper of the story, Twain knew well the privations of youthful poverty. His father, John Marshall Clemens (1798-1847), was an inept businessman, perennially in debt, sometimes bringing his family to such low financial water as to force the selling of family land, and even the household furniture.

He had a hard time of it, but did not know it. It was the sort of time that all the Offal Court boys had, therefore he supposed it was the correct and comfortable thing. When he came home empty-handed at night, he knew his father would curse him and thrash him first, and that when he was done the awful grandmother would do it all over again and improve on it; and that away in the night his starving mother would slip to him stealthily with any miserable scrap or crust she had been able to save for him by going hungry herself, notwithstanding she was often caught in that sort of treason and soundly beaten for it by her husband.

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