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The narrator is overwhelmed with emotion at the sight of the city and thanks God that it will soon be as it was, as people begin to return. Strongest of all is the thought of his wife.
The fallen handling-machine is termed a Samson, a strong man from the Bible whose activities can be compared to the Martians. He killed many people, set fire to fields, and was not stopped by locked city gates. Also, his consumption is restricted and the Martians can only get nutrients from draining victims. Samson died when he pulled down a temple on top of himself and others; St. Paul’s is the only building in London that the narrator mentions specifically as having been damaged.
Another Biblical reference in this chapter is to Sennacherib. He was the king of the Assyrian Empire, whose men were killed by an angel sent by God when he was attempting to take Jerusalem. The narrator says he thought that the Martians had been similarly killed off, when he sees their dead bodies.
The sun coming up while the narrator is looking in the pit is an important symbol of the end of the Martians. They first emerged when the sun was setting and throughout the book, they have been associated with night. Now the rising sun sets the tone for an end to their power and the return of men.
A primrose is so called because it is the first rose to open in spring. The hill that bears the name is the site of this first rush of new hope. It also could resemble a flower, with the mounds about the top of a hill as the petals of a flower are arranged.
The pit that the first canister made when it landed was something of the birthplace of the Martians. Now at the end the symbol of the pit has come full circle and the final pit they have created is their burial hole.
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