The Time Machine

  • I. Introduction

  • Narrator

    The Time Traveller (for so it will be convenient to speak of him) was expounding a recondite matter to us.

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  • His pale grey eyes shone and twinkled, and his usually pale face was flushed and animated.

  • The fire burnt brightly, and the soft radiance of the incandescent lights in the lilies of silver caught the bubbles that flashed and passed in our glasses.

  • Our chairs, being his patents, embraced and caressed us rather than submitted to be sat upon, and there was that luxurious after-dinner atmosphere, when thought runs gracefully free of the trammels of precision.

  • And he put it to us in this way—marking the points with a lean forefinger—as we sat and lazily admired his earnestness over this new paradox (as we thought it) and his fecundity.

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    The Time Traveller

    “You must follow me carefully.

  • I shall have to controvert one or two ideas that are almost universally accepted.

  • The geometry, for instance, they taught you at school is founded on a misconception.”

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    Filby

    “Is not that rather a large thing to expect us to begin upon?”

  • Narrator

    said Filby, an argumentative person with red hair.

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    The Time Traveller

    “I do not mean to ask you to accept anything without reasonable ground for it.

  • You will soon admit as much as I need from you.

  • You know of course that a mathematical line, a line of thickness nil, has no real existence.

  • They taught you that?

  • Neither has a mathematical plane.

  • These things are mere abstractions.”

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    The Psychologist

    “That is all right,”

  • Narrator

    said the Psychologist.

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    The Psychologist

    “Nor, having only length, breadth, and thickness, can a cube have a real existence.”