Jules Verne in his Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea was the prophet of the submarine, with its cruel devastation and destruction. Possessed with hatred of mankind, Captain Nemo ranges the seas in his submarine, the Nautilus, and takes fearful and titanic vengeance upon the human race. The book comes to a close with the description of the sinking of a man-of-war, with the swarm of seamen, like an ant heap overtaken by the sea, struggling in the waters and clinging to the hull of the sinking ship, until the dark mass disappears and is sucked down into die depths.
A seaman, a prisoner on the Nautilus, viewing the tragedy, turned to look at Captain Nemo: "I turned to Captain Nemo. That terrible avenger, a perfect archangel of hatred, was still looking. When all was over, he turned to his room, opened the door, and entered. I followed him with my eyes. On the end wall, beneath his heroes, I saw the portrait of a woman still young, and two little children. Captain Nemo looked at them for some moments, stretched his arms toward them, and, kneeling down, burst into deep sobs." Then he heard the captain exclaim, "Almighty God! Enough! Enough!" And with that the Nautilus was sucked down into the maelstrom.
The anguish and solitude of Captain Nemo are a powerful parable of the wages of hatred, of what happens to man when he tries to get the best of his enemies by hating them and destroying them.
Revenge is always the weak pleasure of a little and narrow mind.—Juvenal