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The Time Machine - Episodes 3 - 4

The Time Traveller begins his story where he meets the beautiful but childlike Eloi and the monstrous Warlocks.

Season 3, episode 2
41 min / Published

Sitting in the smoking room after dinner, the Time Traveller begins his story. He finished the time machine at ten o'clock that morning. When completed, he says he barely touched the forward lever and the clock read 3 p.m. He presses the lever again and the light gets dim. He is still in the room, but the maid does not see him when she walks through. He watches day and night pass in quick succession. Initially, he is still in his laboratory, but this changes and he is eventually outside. From there, he watches trees grow and wither and buildings going up and coming back down.

The feeling is exhilarating, but Time Traveller begins to worry about hitting something when he stops. He comes to a stop on a hill near a large winged white statue.

  • classic
  • hg wells
  • the time machine
  • novel
Show notes

The Time Traveller is portrayed as the consummate Social Darwinist, believing society and mankind will advance in the future, and fearful that the opposite may have occurred. While the future he lands in seems advanced in some ways--there are huge buildings within an exotic environment--the White Sphinx is reminiscent of the sphinx of ancient Egypt. The White Sphinx will play an important role later.

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This episode is part of the The Time Machine series
HG Well's classic tale offers a dystopian vision of humanity's future.
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