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RE: Verne accuracy

From: Ron Miller <rmiller~at~crosslink.net>
Date: Sat, 04 Apr 1998 07:38:46 -0500
To: Jules Verne Forum <jvf~at~math.technion.ac.il>

> It has often been pointed out that Verne's squid has 'eight
>arms' (like an _octo_pus), whereas squid in fact have ten. WJM and FPW
>claim that Aronnax's 'triple heart' is 'really three modified blood
>vessels' - but Ellis says 'squid do indeed possess three hearts'.
>Bill Butcher

A recent dialog between myself and WJM/FPW in the pages of the NAJVS
Extraordinary Voyages has concerned itself with the matter of Verne's squid
description, especially in the matter of the number of arms. I've discovered
that not only was Verne meticulously following the description as given in
the original report of the Alecton, but that the illustration that
accompanied that report clearly shows that the squid--for whatever
reason--had only eight arms.

Ron Miller
Received on Sat 04 Apr 1998 - 15:41:36 IDT

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