I've only ever read Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas (and to be honest, I struggled with it a bit … too much information about how to calculate the volume of a cylinder, and my god did Nemo ever find something under the sea that he didn't eat?). But I gather that originally, Nemo was intended to be Polish, displaced by Russian imperialism - but for commercial reasons that was edited out of the final publication and his nationality is left deliberately vague. There are even a few reasons to believe that he might be Scottish, given that his name ties in with the motto of the Scottish crown, "Nemo me impune lacessit", a piece of advice reinforced by the incident where Nemo electrifies the outer hull of the Nautilus (the internal layout of the Nautilus is based on the interior of Inzievar House, in Fife, too).Malacandra wrote: It does. Are you able to elaborate before you chip in with your next question?
But by the second book, Nemo identifies himself as Prince Dakkar, from India, driven from his home by the British in the aftermath of the 1857 Indian rebellion. My knowledge of this aspect of the character, though, comes from reading Alan Moore's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which is as worth reading as the terrible film spinoff is worth avoiding!
My question: in Michael Swanwick's Vacuum Flowers, what would one do with a Billy Bejesus?