But the retrograde motion of the Nautilus was increasing; and, reversing
the screw, it carried us at great speed.
The locomotive whistled vigorously; the engineer, reversing
the steam, backed the train for nearly a mile--retiring, like a jumper, in order to take a longer leap.
Now, instead of reversing
the levers, I had pulled them over so as to go forward with them, and when I came to look at these indicators I found that the thousands hand was sweeping round as fast as the seconds hand of a watch--into futurity.