“20000 Leagues Under the Sea” Part1 Ch05
Question 1: How big is Cape Horn? Is it big enough to live on?
It appears big enough to mine gold from. See:
Question 2: “Hearts palpitated, fearfully preparing themselves for future incurable aneurism”
What is an aneurism? What medical knowledge of the heart and circulatory system existed in 1867?
Answer 2: An aneurism according to Webster’s New Explorer Dictionary (copyright 2005, published by Federal Street Press, Springfield, MA) is:
an abnormal blood-filled bulge of a blood vessel
Question 3: What is the weather beam of a ship?
Answer 3: According to “Chamber’s Encyclopedia, A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge New Edition Vol 1. A to Beaufort” by William and Robert Chambers, published by J.B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia, 1896:
‘On the weather beam’ is that side of the ship which receives or is toward the wind.