A Winter Amid the Ice and Other Thrilling Stories by Jules Verne

By Jules Verne

In the event you attempt to locate, on any map of Flanders, historic or sleek, the small city of Quiquendone, most likely you won't prevail. Is Quiquendone, then, a kind of cities that have disappeared? No. A city of the longer term? in no way. It exists inspite of geographies, and has performed so for a few 8 or 9 hundred years.

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The dogs and cats vegetated rather than lived. They never betrayed a wag of pleasure nor a snarl of wrath. Their tails moved no more than if they had been made of bronze. Such a thing as a bite or scratch from any of them had not been known from time immemorial. As for mad dogs, they were looked upon as imaginary beasts, like the griffins and the rest in the menagerie of the apocalypse. But what a change had taken place in a few months, the smallest incidents of which we are trying to reproduce!

Replied Van Tricasse. ” “And you shall hear it yourself, counsellor,” returned Van Tricasse in a passion, “for it will come better from my mouth than from yours! Yes, monsieur, yes, any delay would be dishonourable. ” replied Niklausse harshly. ” “You insult me by thwarting all my wishes,” cried the burgomaster, whose fists seemed likely to hit out before long. “And you insult me equally by doubting my patriotism,” cried Niklausse, who was equally ready for a tussle. ” It is easy to see, from this fragment of conversation, that the two speakers supported exactly the same idea.

Like the pictures of Leonardo di Vinci, he was sketched in black. Gerande had the pleasantest room in the whole house, whence, through a narrow window, she had the inspiriting view of the snowy peaks of Jura; but the bedroom and workshop of the old man were a kind of cavern close on to the water, the floor of which rested on the piles. From time immemorial Master Zacharius had never come out except at meal times, and when he went to regulate the different clocks of the town. He passed the rest of his time at his bench, which was covered with numerous clockwork instruments, most of which he had invented himself.

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