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The time of the Dark Nights, or of the new moon, is approaching, and the Eloi, as well as the Time Traveller, experience an increased amount of fear. The Time Traveller discovers that the his theory of the Eloi continued power was incorrect, and that the time of their superiority had long passed, that now, they possessed the surface because the Morlocks did not want it any more, and that the Morlocks continued to supply their basic needs out of habit. The Time Traveller decides that he needs a weapon of some sort, as well as a safe place to sleep, one protected from the Morlocks. He sets off for the green porcelain building, in hopes of fulfilling both needs. Weena accompanies him, placing things in his pockets as they travel the long distance. At this point in the story, the Time Traveller pauses, places a withered flower on the table for his listeners to see, and then continues telling them about his journey to the green palace. Night falls, they are still some distance from their destination, and a foreboding wood interrupts their progress. They stop, and the Time Traveller decides to sleep in their present location, rather than pressing on. During the night, the Time Traveller examines the stars and the way they had changed, as well as muses about his own insignificance in relation to the long existence of the stars and the earth.
The morning comes with no incident, and they continue on their way, meeting other Eloi as they go. The Time Traveller becomes convinced that the meat he saw at the Morlocks’ feast was indeed the flesh of an Eloi, and the Time Traveller becomes even more disgusted at the ways of the Morlocks. He begins to believe that the Morlocks sustain the Eloi only to have them as a source of meat. The Time Traveller tries to view the matter scientifically, but his connection to the Eloi causes him to remain sympathetic to their plight and their fear. The Time Traveller develops his plan of action; he must first find a safe place to hide, and then make a weapon, and possibly a torch to defend himself against the Morlocks. He would next try to open the doors of the Sphinx to get at his machine, and escape back to his own time.
The Time Traveller refines his theories about the relationship between the Eloi and Morlocks, coming to understand the horrible, unexpected nature of it. This is the only point in which the Time Traveller interrupts his narrative, and he does so to offer “proof” to his listeners.
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