Lost or saved—Ayrton Summoned—Important discussion—It is not the
“Duncan”—Suspicious vessel—Precautions to be taken—The ship
approaches—A cannon shot—The brig anchors in sight of the
island—Night comes on.
Discussions—Presentiments—Ayrton’s proposal—It is accepted—Ayrton
and Pencroft on Grant Islet—Convicts from Norfolk Island—Ayrton’s
heroic attempt—His return—Six against fifty.
The mist rises—The engineer’s preparations—Three posts—Ayrton and
Pencroft—The first boat—Two other boats—On the islet—Six convicts
land—The brig weighs anchor—The “Speedy’s” Guns—A desperate
The colonists on the beach—Ayrton and Pencroft work amid the
wreck—Conversation during breakfast—Pencroft’s arguments—Minute
examination of the brig’s hull—The powder-magazine untouched—New
riches—The last of the wreck—A broken piece of cylinder.
The engineer’s declaration—Pencroft’s grand hypothesis—An aerial
battery—The four cannons—The surviving convicts—Ayrton
hesitation—Cyrus Harding’s generous sentiments—Pencroft’s
Expedition planned—Ayrton at the corral—Visit to Port
Balloon—Pencroft’s observations on board the
“Bonadventure”—Despatch sent to the corral—No reply from
Ayrton—Departure the next day—The reason why the wire did not
The reporter and Pencroft in the corral—Herbert’s wound—The
sailor’s despair—Consultation between the reporter and the
engineer—Mode of treatment—Hope not abandoned—How is Neb to be
warned—A sure and faithful messenger—Neb’s reply.
The convicts in the neighborhood of the corral—Provisional
establishment—Continuation of the treatment of Herbert—Pencroft’s
first rejoicings—Conversation on past events—What the future has
in reserve—Cyrus Harding’s ideas on this subject.
No news of Neb—A proposal from Pencroft and the reporter, which
is not accepted—Several sorties by Gideon Spilett—A rag of
cloth—A message—Hasty departure—Arrival on the plateau of
Herbert carried to Granite House—Neb relates all that has
happened—Harding’s visit to the plateau—Ruin and devastation—The
colonists baffled by Herbert’s illness—Willow bark—A deadly
fever—Top barks again!
Inexplicable mystery—Herbert’s convalescence—The parts of the
island to be explored—Preparations for departure—First
day—Night—Second day—Kauries—A couple of cassowaries—Footprints
in the forest—Arrival at reptile point.
Exploration of the Serpentine Peninsula—Encampment at the mouth
of Falls River—Gideon Spilett and Pencroft reconnoiter—Their
return—Forward, all!—AN open door—A lighted window—By the light
of the moon!
Ayrton’s story—Plans of his former accomplices—Their installation
in the corral—The avenging justice of Lincoln Island—The
“Bonadventure”—researches around Mount Franklin—The upper
valleys—A subterranean volcano—Pencroft’s opinion—At the bottom
of the crater—Return.
Three years have passed—The new vessel—What is agreed
on—Prosperity of the colony—The dockyard—Cold of the southern
hemisphere—Washing linen—Mount Franklin.
The awakening of the volcano—The fine season—Continuation of
work—The evening of the 15th of October—A telegram—A question—An
answer—Departure for the corral—The notice—The additional
wire—The basalt coast—At high tide—At low tide—The cavern—A
Captain Nemo—His first words—The history of the recluse—His
adventures—His sentiments—His comrades—Submarine life—Alone—The
last refuge of the “Nautilus” in Lincoln Island—The mysterious
genius of the island.
Last moments of Captain Nemo—Wishes of the dying man—A parting
gift to his friends of a day—Captain Nemo’s coffin—Advice to the
colonists—The supreme moment—At the bottom of the sea.
Reflections of the colonists—Their labor of reconstruction
resumed—The 1st of Jnuary, 1869—A cloud over the summit of the
volcano—First warnings of an eruption—Ayrton and Cyrus Harding at
the corral—Exploration of the Dakkar Grotto—What Captain Nemo had
confided to the engineer.
Cyrus Harding gives an account of his exploration—The
construction of the ship pushed forward—A last visit to the
corral—The battle between fire and water—All that remains of the
island—It is decided to launch the vessel—The night of the 8th of
An isolated rock in the pacific—The last refuge of the colonists
of Lincoln Island—Death is their only prospect—Unexpected
succor—Why and how it arrives—A last kindness—An island on terra
firma—The tomb of Captain Prince Dakkar Nemo.