Life In The Sea
“Yes, I love it. The sea is everything. It covers seven-tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert where man is never alone for he feels life, quivering around him on every side. There is supreme tranquility. The sea does not belong to despots. On its surface iniquitous rights can still be exercised, men can fight there, devour each other there, and transport all terrestrial horrors there. But at thirty feet below its level their power ceases, their influence dies out, their might disappears. Ah, sir, live in the bosom of the waters! There alone is independence. There I recognize no masters! There I am free”. Jules Verne. 2000 Leagues Under The Sea.
Capt. Nemo: ‘You know as well as I do, Professor, that man can live under water, providing he carries a sufficient supply of breathable air. The workman, clad in impervious dress, with his head in a metal helmet, receives air from above by means of forcing pumps and regulators.’
Prof. Arronax: ‘That is, a diving apparatus.’
Capt. Nemo: ‘Just so, but under these conditions the man is not at liberty; he is attached to the pump which sends him air through an india rubber tube, and if we were obliged to be held thus to the Nautilus, we could not go far.’
Prof. Arronax: ‘And the means of getting free?’
Capt. Nemo: ‘It is the use of the Rouquayrol apparatus, invented by two of your countrymen.’
Jules Verne. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. 1869