Journey to the Center of the Earth
Axel - The narrator, is completely the opposite of his Uncle Otto,
Hans Bjelke - Axel and Otto's guide to Snæfellsjökull, a volcano in Iceland.
“I stood on the very summit of the southernmost of Snæfell's peaks. The range of the eye extended over the whole island. By an optical law which obtains at all great heights, the shores seemed raised and the centre depressed. It seemed as if one of Helbesmer's raised maps lay at my feet. I could see deep valleys intersecting each other in every direction, precipices like low walls, lakes reduced to ponds, rivers abbreviated into streams. On my right were numberless glaciers and innumerable peaks, some plumed with feathery clouds of smoke. The undulating surface of these endless mountains, crested with sheets of snow, reminded one of a stormy sea. If I looked westward, there the ocean lay spread out in all its magnificence, like a mere continuation of those flock-like summits. The eye could hardly tell where the snowy ridges ended and the foaming waves began.
I was thus steeped in the marvellous ecstasy which all high summits develop in the mind; and now without giddiness, for I was beginning to be accustomed to these sublime aspects of nature. My dazzled eyes were bathed in the bright flood of the solar rays. I was forgetting where and “who I was, to live the life of elves and sylphs, the fanciful creation of Scandinavian superstitions. I felt intoxicated with the sublime pleasure of lofty elevations without thinking of the profound abysses into which I was shortly to be plunged. But I was brought back to the realities of things by the arrival of Hans and the Professor, who joined me on the summit.”
I chose this because even though Axel never wanted to go he went and saw the beautiful scenery just before they were about to take the plunge into the volcano and really begin the journey to the center of the earth.
Excerpt From: Verne, Jules. “A Journey into the Center of the Earth.” Feedbooks, 1877. iBooks.
"Journey to the Center of the Earth." - The Book Principal. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Nov. 2013