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Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Jules Verne

Chapters 1-3

Synopsis:

The reader meets Professor Otto Lidenbrock and his nephew, Axel, who live in Hamburg, Germany. Professor Lidenbrock is a scholar in the areas of mineralogy and geology. Axel, his orphaned nephew, lives with him and is his laboratory assistant. One day, Professor Lidenbrock comes home with an ancient Icelandic manuscript that he believes to be written in Runic lettering. A scrap of paper stuck between the manuscript’s pages intrigues Professor Lidenbrock’s interest, as it is a cryptogram – a secret message!  

Vocabulary:

1.  The Word:culinary

In Context:“…dinner was only just beginning to sizzle on the kitchen stove…And our good Martha went back to her culinary laboratory.” (p.7)

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2.  The Word:irascible

In Context:“But as for getting the most irascible of professors to see reason, that was a task beyond a man of my rather undecided character.” (p.7)

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