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The Time Machine

The Time Machine


by H.G. Wells

The Time Machine Awe and Amazement Quotes

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Quote #7

Then I thought of the Great Fear that was between the two species, and for the first time, with a sudden shiver, came the clear knowledge of what the meat I had seen might be. Yet it was too horrible! (7.12)

Amazement may come with other emotions, like disgust, fear, or horror. Perhaps these other feelings color the sort of reaction people have when they feel amazement. So the dinner guests, amazed by the story, sit around passively, while the Time Traveller, amazed and horrified by his realization, decides to take Weena with him.

Quote #8

I cannot convey the sense of abominable desolation that hung over the world. (11.7)

The Time Traveller is dealing with completely new experiences – like how it feels to travel through time – and there are things that he simply cannot describe. It's a strange position for a narrator to be in – struck speechless.

Quote #9

The story was so fantastic and incredible, the telling so credible and sober. (12.25)

Here the unnamed narrator sets out one of the major tensions in the work: how do you tell an amazing story in a believable fashion?

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