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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Part 2 Chapter 2

By Jules Verne

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Part 2 Chapter 2

A New Suggestion by Captain Nemo

  • A month passes.
  • The Nautilus surfaces near Sri Lanka.
  • Nemo asks Aronnax if he'd like to visit a pearl fishing ground. Of course, Aronnax says yes.
  • It's too early for pearl diving, Nemo says, so they'll have the place to themselves. The pearl divers, poor Indians who dive from small boats, won't show up for a while.
  • Nemo and Aronnax discuss the primitive, pitiable conditions these divers toil under.
  • Though Nemo warns Aronnax that the waters are shark-infested, he doesn't tell Ned and Conseil. Aronnax explains how pearls work, slipping in a few comments about sharks along the way. Eventually, he tells Ned the grim news in the most casual way possible.
  • To Aronnax's surprise, both Ned and Conseil are cool with this adventure anyway.

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