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Or did he go forward, into one of the nearer ages, in which men are still men, but with the riddles of our own time answered and its wearisome problems solved? Into the manhood of the race: for I, for my own part, cannot think that these latter days of weak experiment, fragmentary theory, and mutual discord are indeed man's culminating time! (Epilogue.1)

The last word on the subject is spoken by the unnamed narrator, who recognizes the problems of the 1890s and hopes for solutions to them in the future. These are the Sphinx's riddles. (Check out "Symbolism" for more on the Sphinx.)

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