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The Narrator, Hillyer
One of the three men present at both dinners. The narrator is the only character who gives any credence to the Time Travellerís claims; he seriously considers the possibility of time travel.
A peaceful but weak and lethargic people who populate the surface of the earth in the year 802701. Small in stature, and delicate featured, the Eloi play all day, feast on fruit in great halls, and sleep in a large communal chambers in order to protect themselves from the dark and the possibility of Morlock attack. Easily tired and childlike, they are not interested intellectual pursuits, or in the Time Traveller beyond his function as a diversion.
An aggressive, predatory, ape-like ďpeopleĒ who live beneath the earthís surface in the year 802701. The Morlocks are the descendants of the working class of the late 19 th century, and continue to labor, maintaining and running huge machines deep in the earth. The have adapted physically to life beneath the surface, with large, eyes very sensitive to light, and light, unpigmented skin and fur. Carnivores, they feast on the Eloi, who they maintain as a source of meat.
An Eloi who the Time Traveller saves from drowning. She becomes a special friend of the Time Traveller, following him around and occasionally serves as a source of information. She eventually is attacked by the Morlocks and dies in the forest fire.
The Medical Man
One of the three men present at both dinners. He considers the Time Travellerís theories and stories, treats the subject seriously at first, but challenges him and remains extremely skeptical. At the demonstration, he maintains that the Time Traveller played a trick on them all.
One of the three men present at both gatherings, who thinks time traveling would be useful, especially for historians, but does not believe in the possibility of it. After the second meeting and hearing the Time Travellerís story, he seems unaffected by it, and does not offer an opinion of it.
He is present at the second meeting only. He is the editor of a well-known (but unnamed) daily paper. Outspoken, he remains skeptical of the Time Travellerís story, making jokes about the Time Travellerís appearance at dinner, as well as after he tells his story.
He is present at the second dinner only. He unsuccessfully tries to amuse the dinner party with anecdotes, and after the Time Travellerís story, seems uninterested in whether the story is true or not.
He is present at the first meeting only. He is not very intelligent, nor a man of science.
He is present at the first meeting only. He is described as ďan argumentative person with red hair,Ē and believes Time Travellerís theories go against reason.
A very young man
He is present at the first meeting only. He participates in the discussion about time traveling and the fourth dimension.
Man with a beard
He is present at the second meeting only. He is quiet and shy, and unknown to the narrator.
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