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The narrator leaves his house, meets the curate, becomes trapped in part of a house on the edge of the Martian pit, waits them out, and goes to London
First chapter, which tells of Mars cooling off and the Martians firing their canisters to land on an unsuspecting Earth
The narrator stands on top of Primrose Hill and sees the dead Martians
The Martians have been killed off by a disease and life begins to return to normal, though memories and the knowledge gained are still fresh in mind
The possible submission of men
The inhumanity of imperialism and other social problems (submission of men to machines as parallel to working-class conditions); Horrors of war; Science issues (conflict with religion, idea of natural selection, question of life on other planets)
Deputation - delegation; the small group of men that approach the Martians with a white flag
Ululation - howl, wail
Kopjes - a small hill
Hamstringing - to make ineffective or powerless, cripple
Impetus - driving force, stimulus
Integument - skin, membrane, husk
Actuate - to move to action
Vitiated - to make faulty or defective
Efficacious - having the power to produce a desired effect
Navvies - an unskilled laborer, as on canals, roads, etc.
Fecundity - prolific, fertile
Languid - slow, without vigor or vitality
Precipitately - acting with haste
Putrefactive - decomposition resulting in foul smell
Sidereal - stellar, relating to the stars or constellations
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