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the blue seas of the south

Victor's remark reminds us that this pursuit of the creature has gone on steadily in a great crescent from Marseilles across the length of the Mediterranean Sea, through the Dardanelles and across the Black Sea, and then north through Russia and even, perhaps, Siberia to the edge of the Arctic Ocean. This is a major geographical exploration for a man without an expeditionary force. Even more is it an ordeal for his Creature, who leads the way across the wilderness without any human intervention to help or comfort him.