Doc Brown discussing the novel with Clara Clayton in 1885.

"So do I. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, my absolute favorite. The first time I read that, when I was a little boy, I wanted to meet Captain Nemo!"
—Doc Brown discussing his love for Jules Verne.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (in French: Vingts mille lieues sous les mers) was a novel by Jules Verne published in 1870.


This novel was mentioned by Dr. Emmett Brown while discussing Jules Verne with Clara Clayton on September 5, 1885, describing it as being "my absolute favorite" when he was a little boy — as well as mentioning that he had wanted to meet Captain Nemo when he first read the book.

In his enthusiasm, Doc had forgotten where he was; Clara laughed and pointed out that the book had only been first published ten years before, therefore Doc could not have read it when he was a little boy (as far as she was aware). Realizing his blunder, Doc said that he meant the book had made him "feel like a boy".


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