Captain Nemo had just activated his electric device.
He had been active and healthy, yet his strength left him suddenly; and when he was confined to the chimney-corner he grew grievously irritable.
He had, in addition to his mechanical sense and great skill in the use of his hands, a very keen, wide-awake, energetic, ambitious, accurate intellectual equipment, which did not find any adequate use in his work as a mechanic or fireman.
He heard a little chirp from somewhere nearby, the cricket-soft buzz of a mobile phone ringing.
The other soldiers, also moving with speed, reached their objectives and vanished.