2. Had the Nautilus been caught up in the Maelstrom by accident? Or was this some plan of Captain Nemo’s? I had no more time to think. The Nautilus started spinning around and around in smaller and smaller circles. And the dinghy, still attached to her hull, was carried along with her at an incredible speed. We were terrified! Our blood stopped circulating! Our nerves were numb! We were at death’s door!
3. “We have to screw the bolts back down,” gasped Ned. “It’s our only chance….”
But before he could finish, we heard a loud crack. The bolts had broken! The dinghy was torn from the ship and thrown into the middle of the whirlpool like a stone hurled from a slingshot!
My head hit the side of the iron dinghy and I lost consciousness.
5. Thus ended the voyage which took us 60,000 miles, or 20,000 leagues, under the sea. Will people believe me? I do not know. But for ten months, I had traveled under the oceans of the world and gazed at their many wonders.
6. What became of the Nautilus? Did it escape the Maelstrom? Is Captain Nemo still alive? If so, has he finished with his terrible revenge? Will the seas one day wash up the book containing his life story? Will I ever find out his real name?