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He concludes that the age of progress and enlightenment from which he comes is as ultimately successful as it could ever wish to be. In the future, there are no pests such as gnats or weeds, or greater dangers such as disease, or social inequality. As a result, though, was a biological adaptation to the utopian nature of the physical environment. Humankind, because it lacked difficulties and challenges, which favor the strong, grew weak and the race of people, quiet, calm, fragile and peaceful came to rule. There was no need for energy or struggle because there was nothing to overcome, and those qualities that were so important in the Time Travellerís era, would only be hindrances in the distant future. At that moment, the Time Traveller is pleased with his conclusions, but the chapter ends with his divulging the incorrectness of his theories.
This chapter gives further description of the Eloi, as the Time Traveller will later call them, one of the two races he meets on his trip to the future. They are peaceful, weak, and indolent, and their nature goes against much of what the Time Traveller values in a people. He frequently refers to them as children or childish, and his feeling of intellectual superiority is clear. His theories about how humankind ended up as the Eloi give a glimpse of the process of drawing conclusions that a man of science in Wellsís time might be familiar with.
The Time Traveller is clearly well read in Darwinís theories of natural selection, and his quick assumption that the Eloi practice communism, demonstrates his comfort with Marxís writings as well. This chapter also gives further description of the way the landscape has changed; fields of trees and flowers have replaced Londonís congestion. The reader is left with an unexpected picture of where Englandís great society is headed, and the Time Travellerís references to his own errors about the nature of the future world, add a feeling of uncertainty to the direction of the narrative.
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