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Think of it: On the surface, there is hunger and fear. Men still exercise unjust laws. They fight and tear one another to pieces. A mere few feet beneath the waves, their reign ceases, their evil drowns. Here on the ocean floor is the only independence. Here, I am free. Imagine what would happen if they controlled machines such as this submarine boat. Far better that they think there's a monster and hunt me with harpoons...
I demand a fair trial!
You've had your trial. The sea brought you, the sea shall have you back.
You cannot do this! This is uncivilized!
I am not what is called a "civilized man", Professor. I have done with society for reasons that seem good to me. Therefore I do not obey its laws.
You were sent to get food, not treasure! You can't eat pieces of eight!
Eat? I can eat any time--
You place an absurd value on the cheapest of human commodities. Aboard the Nautilus we use such baubles for ballast.
[Nemo strolls over and opens a hatch to reveal a walk-in locker full of gold treasure. Ned stares.]
Ballast... [walks over and pulls a gilted item from the pile, smiling] ...I sure could lighten this ship!
[snatching the piece and depositing it back in the closet] The greatest treasures of all, Mister Land, are a sound mind and a full belly. I hope you remember that before stooping to pick up pennies.
You've been pickin' them up. And pickin' them up good! '...Ballast'!
I asked you to leave, Professor.
You also asked me ashore, to show me man's inhumanity to man. Why? To justify this? You are not only a murderer, you are a hypocrite. The proof lies out there.
You call that murder? Well, I see murder, too. Not on those drowned faces out there, but on the faces of dead thousands! They are the assassins, the dealers in death. I am the avenger! Is murder a right reserved for that hated nation? They've already taken everything else from me. Everything but my secrets. The secret of my submarine boat and the energy that propels it, they tried! They cast me to prison and when they failed, when they failed, they tortured my wife and young son to death.
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