Thursday, July 14, 2011


          "Suddenly, without anything announcing the surprising change, completely frozen water vapour rose from the ground;  it reached a height of about ninety feet and remained motionless;  they could not see more than a single pace ahead; the water vapour stuck to their clothes, which it filled with long, sharp prisms.

         The travellers, surprised by this phenomenon of rime, had one immediate thought:  to find each other."

From Jules Verne, The Adventures of Captain Hatteras (1864) (trans. William Butcher).  Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2005.

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