On 9 March 1886, as Verne was coming home, his
twenty-five-year-old nephew, Gaston, shot at him twice with a pistol.
The first bullet missed, but the second one entered Verne's left leg,
giving him a permanent limp that could not be overcome. This incident
was hushed up in the media, but Gaston spent the rest of his life in a
mental asylum. After the death of both his mother and Hetzel, Jules
Verne began publishing darker works.