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The Time Traveller and Weena start back to the large house and the sphinx, pressing on into the woods, even though it is night, in order to try to get to the other side before they slept. After seeing three Morlocks near their location, the Time Traveller decides to light a small fire in an attempt to keep the Morlocks from following them through the forest. As they continue into the forest, more Morlocks can be heard around them, growing closer and more daring. The Time Traveller lights a cube of camphor and tosses it back to distract and disturb the Morlocks. He picks up Weena, who has fainted, and continues on, but quickly discovers that he is not sure of his present location, or the proper direction to travel.
As a result, they camp in their spot for the night, and the Time Traveller builds a large fire to protect them. He lies down, and falls asleep and wakes up to find that his fire had gone out, the Morlocks had taken his matches and Weena. He finds his iron mace, and fights off the Morlocks currently attacking him, and then finds that the forest is burning. He makes it to the summit of a hill and watches the Morlocks’ total confusion as a result of the fire. He then decides that Weena is lost forever, and so he continues on to the Sphinx.
The Time Traveller foreshadows the fire by sharing his thoughts about how nature must react to fire after a long absence from it. The Time Traveller reaches a new emotional low after losing Weena, and the error of his choices are again painfully clear to him by the end of the night. The value of his relationship with Weena also becomes more evident after she is gone. The Time Traveller mentions his loneliness and thoughts of the present company (who are listening to his story) and his longing to see them. The Time Traveller makes clear that although in most ways Weena is far from similar to humans from his day, her feelings for him were very human, in the most important similarity there could be.
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