Part One


Chapter I
The storm of 1865—Voices in the air—A balloon carried away by a whirlwind—What happened in the car.
Chapter II
An incident in the war of Secession—The engineer Cyrus Harding—Gideon Spilett—The Negro Neb—Pencroft the sailor—The night rendezvous—Departure in the storm.
Chapter III
Five o’clock in the evening—The missing one—Neb’s despair—Search towards the north—The islet—A dreadful night—A fog in the morning—Neb swims—Sights of land—Fording the Channel.
Chapter IV
Lithdomes—The river’s mouth—The Chimneys—Continued researches—The forest of evergreens—Waiting for the ebb—On the heights—The raft—Return to the shore.
Chapter V
Arranging the Chimneys—How to procure fire—A box of Matches—Search on the shore—Return of the reporter and Neb—A single match—A roaring fire—The first supper, and night on shore.
Chapter VI
The inventory of the castaways—Nothing—Burnt linen—An expedition to the forest—Flight of the jacamar—Traces of deer—Couroucous—Grouse—A curious fishing-line.
Chapter VII
Neb has not yet returned—The reporter’s reflections—Supper—A threatening night—The tempest is frightful—They rush out into the night—Struggle against the wind and rain—Eight miles from the first encampment.
Chapter VIII
Is Cyrus Harding living?—Neb’s recital—Footprints—An unanswerable question—Cyrus Harding’s first words—Identifying the footsteps—Return to the Chimneys—Pencroft startled!
Chapter IX
Cyrus is here—Pencroft’s attempts—Rubbing wood—Island or continent—The engineer’s projects—In what part of the Pacific Ocean—In the midst of the forests—The stone pine—Chasing a capybara—An auspicious smoke.
Chapter X
The engineer’s invention—The question which engrosses the thoughts of Cyrus Harding—Departure for the mountain—Volcanic soil—Tragopans—Sheep—The first plateau—Encampment for the night—The summit of the cone.
Chapter XI
At the summit of the cone—The interior of the crater—Sea all round—No land insight—A bird’s-eye view of the coast—Hydrography and orology—Is the island inhabited—Christening the bays, gulfs, capes, rivers, etc.—Lincoln Island.
Chapter XII
Regulating the watches—Pencroft is satisfied—A suspicious smoke—Course of Red Creek—The flora of Lincoln Island—The fauna—Mountain pheasants—Chasing kangaroos—An agouti—Lake Grant—Return to the Chimneys.
Chapter XIII
What is found upon Top—Manufacturing bows and arrows—A brick-field—A pottery—Different cooking utensils—The first boiled meat—Wormwood—The Southern Cross—An important astronomical observation.
Chapter XIV
Measuring the cliff—An application of the theorem of similar triangles—Latitude of the island—Excursion to the north—An oyster-bed—Plans for the future—The sun passing the meridian—The longitude of Lincoln Island.
Chapter XV
It is decided to winter on the island—A metallic question—Exploring Safety Island—A seal hunt—Capture of an echidua—A koala—What is called the Catalan method—Manufacturing iron—How steel is obtained.
Chapter XVI
The question of a dwelling is again discussed—Pencroft’s fancies—Exploring to the north of the lake—The northern edge of the plateau—Snakes—The extremity of the lake—Top’s uneasiness—Top swimming—A combat under the water—The dugong.
Chapter XVII
Visit to the lake—The indicating current—Cyrus Harding’s projects—The fat of the dugong—Employing shistose pyrites—Sulphate of iron—How glycerin is made—Soap—Salpeter—Sulphuric acid—Azotic acid—The new fall.
Chapter XVIII
Pencroft now doubts nothing—The outlet of the lake—A subterranean descent—The way through the granite—Top disappears—The central cavern—The lower well—Mystery—Using the pickaxe—The return.
Chapter XIX
Cyrus Harding’s project—The front of Granite House—The rope ladder—Pencroft’s dreams—Aromatic herbs—A natural warren—Water for the new dwelling—View from the windows of Granite House.
Chapter XX
The rainy season—The question of clothes—A seal hunt—Manufacturing candles—Work in Granite House—The two bridges—Return from a visit to the oyster bed—What Herbert finds in his pocket.
Chapter XXI
Some degrees below zero—Exploring the marshy part to the southeast—The wolf-fox—View of the sea—A conversation on the future of the Pacific Ocean—The incessant ork of the coral insects—What our globe will become—The chase—Tadorn’s fens.
Chapter XXII
Traps—Foxes—Peccaries—The wind changes to the northwest—Snowstorm—Basket-makers—The severest cold—Maple sugar—The mysterious well—An exploration planned—The leaden bullet.

[up] [next]
Copyright © Zvi Har’El
$Date: 2007/12/23 15:48:11 $