Free Study Guide for The Time Machine by H. G. Wells-Book Summary|
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The Time Traveller reminds his listeners of the sickness he feels while time traveling, and explains that it was exacerbated by his improper seating due to his quick getaway. He finds that he is actually traveling further into the future, having pulled the levers the wrong way in the confusion of his getaway. He describes the changing heavens, as the sun ceases to set and begins to grow red. He slowly stops the time machine, on a deserted beach, surrounded by reddish rocks. No waves disturb the sea, and the Time Traveller discovers that the air is much thinner in the future. After seeing a huge white butterfly and hearing its scream, the Time Traveller realizes that the reddish rocks are actually huge crab-like creatures. When the crabs begin to approach and one starts to attack him, the Time Traveller moves further into the future. He finds that bleakness pervades the landscape, which only increases in the future. He continues into the future, a thousand years more, curious as to the earthís fate, where he observes the growing darkness of an eclipse beginning, and that there seems to be no life stirring except the most basic plant life. The air grows increasingly cold, and the Time Traveller becomes sick, barely making it onto the machine to leave the future.
The Time Travellerís experiences demonstrate pessimism about the ultimate fate of the earth and sun, as the Time Traveller watches them both begin to die, but the end fits the evolutionary theory of the establishment of life and development of the earth.
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