The Underground City or the Child of the Cavern
by Jules Verne
'The Underground City or the Child of the Cavern ' Summary
From the outset, mysterious and unexplained happenings start to occur around the main characters, attributed initially to goblins and firemaidens.
Soon after the discovery of the new vein of coal, the community is revitalised with a whole town growing up around the underground lake called Loch Malcolm.
Suspicious of a malevolent force at work, Harry continues his explorations of the cavern system, where down a deep shaft, he discovers a young orphan girl named Nell. Over the course of the next few years Nell is adopted by Simon and Madge but reveals nothing of where she came from, only that she had never been out of the mine.
Eventually, when Harry and Nell announce their marriage, the mysterious occurrences come to a head. It becomes clear that all of the happenings have been caused by Silfax, another former employee of the mine, who along with his trained snowy owl has inhabited the mine since its closure.
In this penultimate volume, Clarissa's resilience is tested to its limits as she grapples with betrayal, confinement, and the ever-present threat of L...
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