A journey to the center of the Earth
The Professor and Harry can't decode the document. The professor gets very frustrated and vows that he won't eat or sleep until he decodes the parchment. After a while, even he gets frustrated with it and leaves the office in which they are working. Harry picks up the small document and looks at it as he smokes! from his pipe. He starts to get warm so he fans himself with the parchment, amazingly when he turned it upside down, he was able to easily read it. It said the exact location and a short story of how to find the center of the earth. This started the long journey. The excited professor and Harry set off on an excellent adventure.
Soon the two are on their way to Sneffels, Iceland, and island nearly totally covered in volcanic craters. The parchment says exactly how to find the right crater, however once they reach Sneffels, one of the Professors friends offers him a guide. The guide named Hans is very strong and speaks danish. The trio starts their amazing journey at the start of the next day. They checked their supplies that night and get a good nights sleep. As soon as daylight broke they were off, heading to the specified crater. It took all day to reach the entrance at the bottom of the crater, so they again slept. The next day they started down the nearly vertical descent that they couldn't see the bottom of.
They came to the bottom and found a rather narrow passage that has Arne Saknussemm carved above it, so they decided that they had to be on the right track. The narrow passage got slowly bigger and went on for what seemed to them, forever. After many days, they started to get low on water, and they came to a four way split in the tunnel. The Professor being the self appointed leader of the expedition chooses a tunnel. They all head down the tunnel that seemed as if it were a coal mine and was assumed to be 40 miles long.
Eventually right near the end of the tunnel all of their water is gone. Harry falls of thirst, however the professor with some encouraging words gets him to go on, and head back to the entrance. At the entrance the professor gives Harry the last teaspoon of water, and they both collapse. Harry wakes up feeling as if he is going to die, hoping to get it over with quickly...He sees Hans walking off. Harry thinks that Hans is leaving them to die.
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