I hope so. And I also hope that his powerful vessel has conquered the sea at its most terrible gulf, and that the Nautilus has survived where so many other vessels have been lost!
If it be so- if Captain Nemo still inhabits the ocean, his adopted country, may hatred be appeased in that savage heart! May the contemplation of so many wonders extinguish forever the spirit of vengeance! May the judge disappear, and the philosopher continue the peaceful exploration of the sea!
If his destiny be strange, it is also sublime. Have I not understood it myself? Have I not lived ten months of this unnatural life?
And to the question asked by Ecclesiastes 3,000 years ago, “That which is far off and exceeding deep, who can find it out?” two men alone of all now living have the right to give an answer –
Captain Nemo and myself.
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
PART 2 – CHAPTER XXIII – CONCLUSION