At first, being stupid with fatigue and thinking of nothing but the pumps, I did not understand what I had in my hand.
We were in a hurry to go back to the pumps. That busi- ness could not wait.
Her bulwarks were gone fore and aft, and one saw her bare deck low-lying like a raft and swept clean of boats, spars, houses - of everything except the ringbolts and the heads of the pumps
. I had one dismal glimpse of it as I braced myself up to receive upon my breast the last man to leave her, the captain, who literally let himself fall into my arms.
But the hours of darkness passed in peace; the men who still remained at their duty toiling hard at the pumps
, whose clinking and clanking at intervals through the dreary night dismally resounded through the ship.
They had pack-mules along, and had brought everything I needed -- tools, pump
, lead pipe, Greek fire, sheaves of big rockets, roman candles, colored fire sprays, electric apparatus, and a lot of sundries -- everything necessary for the stateliest kind of a miracle.
Aronnax, that the pumps
of the Nautilus allow me to store the air under considerable pressure, and on those conditions the reservoir of the apparatus can furnish breathable air for nine or ten hours."
Every article, however trivial, which belonged to me, the natives appeared to regard as sacred; and I observed that for several days after becoming an inmate of the house, my pumps
were suffered to remain, untouched, where I had first happened to throw them.
He led me to an inner chamber where I beheld a battery of twenty radium pumps
any one of which was equal to the task of furnishing all Mars with the atmosphere compound.
"Yes; I've a milk pump
and a water pump
; which will you have?" he asked.
At five o'clock this morning, there he was at the pump
, though any one would think he had gone through enough, the day before yesterday, to be pretty fast asleep at that time.
,” interrupted Benjamin; “it’s Christmas eve, Mistress Remarkable, and so, dye see, you had better call me Pump
The Great Pump
Room is a spacious saloon, ornamented with Corinthian pillars, and a music-gallery, and a Tompion clock, and a statue of Nash, and a golden inscription, to which all the water-drinkers should attend, for it appeals to them in the cause of a deserving charity.