“We walked back to Mr. Van Leeman's to collect my instruments and I also hastily consulted Barbette on surgery, not wishing to have to refer to a book of instruction in mid - operation, as this does not assure the patient.”
“I doubt not that posterity will verify many things that are now only rumors. In some age it may be that a voyage to the moon will not be more strange than one to the Americas for us. To speak with someone in the Indies may be as usual as a literary correspondence is now. After all, to talk after death could only have been thought a fiction before the invention of letters, and to sail true by the guide of a mineral would have seemed absurd to the ancients, who knew nothing of the magnet”
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