English For Third Prep - Term Two - Chapter Eight
A) A KNIFE AND THE INITIALS
Axel found a knife made of steel. Its blade was rough because it had been used for carving. They found the initials A.S. at the entrance of a tunnel. This meant that Arne Saknussemm was in that place, Axel was excited and forgot the dangers of the journey. They decided to get into the tunnel and continue their journey to the centre of the earth.
B) ROCK BLOCKS THE PATH
After they had walked a few metres, they found a huge rock which blocked their path. Axel and Hans tried to break the big rock with pickaxes, but they couldn't.
Axel decided to blow the rock up with gun-powder. Hans made a hole in the rock and packed it with gunpowder. Axel made a long fuse. On the next morning, Axel lit the fuse and returned to the raft. There was a great explosion and a huge hole was made in the rock. The sea became one big wave.
The raft was carried by the water at a great speed. They were falling. They held on to each other in order not to fall. They lost nearly everyting they had on the raft. All they had were some biscuits and a piece of meat.