I’m reading Jules Verne’s A Journey to the Center of the Earth. I’m in Chapter 27, “The Central Sea,” where I come across this passage (written in the voice of Henry, the first-person narrator):
I know Verne was a meticulous writer and included much real science and speculation in his novels, so I’m wondering if this “English captain” is a real person. In fact, I’m pretty sure he is, since Henry referenced him so obliquely.
Does anyone know more about the captain and his ideas? The novel was written in 1871.