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The Time Machine

The Time Machine

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Published by: Chandra Prakash Khatri on Jul 01, 2010
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The Time Machine
H. G. Wells
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The Time Traveller (for so it will be convenient tospeak of him) was expounding a recondite matter to us.His grey eyes shone and twinkled, and his usually pale facewas flushed and animated. The fire burned brightly, andthe 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 andcaressed us rather than submitted to be sat upon, and therewas that luxurious after-dinner atmosphere when thoughtroams gracefully free of the trammels of precision. And heput it to us in this way—marking the points with a leanforefinger—as we sat and lazily admired his earnestnessover this new paradox (as we thought it:) and hisfecundity.‘You must follow me carefully. I shall have tocontrovert one or two ideas that are almost universallyaccepted. The geometry, for instance, they taught you atschool is founded on a misconception.’‘Is not that rather a large thing to expect us to beginupon?’ said Filby, an argumentative person with red hair.‘I do not mean to ask you to accept anything withoutreasonable ground for it. You will soon admit as much as I
 
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148need from you. You know of course that a mathematicalline, a line of thickness NIL, has no real existence. Theytaught you that? Neither has a mathematical plane. Thesethings are mere abstractions.‘That is all right,’ said the Psychologist.‘Nor, having only length, breadth, and thickness, can acube have a real existence.’‘There I object,’ said Filby. ‘Of course a solid bodymay exist. All real things—’‘So most people think. But wait a moment. Can anINSTANTANEOUS cube exist?’‘Don’t follow you,’ said Filby.‘Can a cube that does not last for any time at all, have areal existence?’Filby became pensive. ‘Clearly,’ the Time Traveller proceeded, ‘any real body must have extension in FOURdirections: it must have Length, Breadth, Thickness,and—Duration. But through a natural infirmity of theflesh, which I will explain to you in a moment, we inclineto overlook this fact. There are really four dimensions,three which we call the three planes of Space, and afourth, Time. There is, however, a tendency to draw anunreal distinction between the former three dimensionsand the latter, because it happens that our consciousness

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