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Voices Falling Through the Air

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Author(s): Paul Elliman

Journal: Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies
ISSN 2049-4572

Volume: 10;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 66;
Date: 2012;
Original page

ABSTRACT
Where am I?Or as the young boy in Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth calls back to his distant-voiced companions: ‘Lost… in the most intense darkness.’ ‘Then I understood it,’ says the boy, Axel, ‘To make them hear me, all I had to do was to speak with my mouth close to the wall, which would serve to conduct my voice, as the wire conducts the electric fluid’ (Verne 1864). By timing their calls, the group of explorers work out that Axel is separated from them by a distance of four miles, held in a cavernous vertical gallery of smooth rock. Feeling his way down towards the others, the boy ends up falling, along with his voice, through the space. Losing consciousness he seems to give himself up to the space...
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