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the open air. I had a dim impression of scaffolding, but I was
already going too fast to be conscious of any moving things. The
slowest snail that ever crawled dashed by too fast for me. The
twinkling succession of darkness and light was excessively painful
to the eye. Then, in the intermittent darknesses, I saw the moon
spinning swiftly through her quarters from new to full, and had a
faint glimpse of the circling stars. Presently, as I went on, still
gaining velocity, the palpitation of night and day merged into one
continuous greyness; the sky took on a wonderful deepness of
blue, a splendid luminous colour like that of early twilight; the
jerking sun became a streak of fire, a brilliant arch, in space; the
moon a fainter fluctuating band; and I could see nothing of the
stars, save now and then a brighter circle flickering in the blue.
‘The landscape was misty and vague. I was still on the hill-side
upon which this house now stands, and the shoulder rose above
me grey and dim. I saw trees growing and changing like puffs of
vapour, now brown, now green; they grew, spread, shivered, and
passed away. I saw huge buildings rise up faint and fair, and pass
like dreams. The whole surface of the earth seemed changed-
melting and flowing under my eyes. The little hands upon the dials
that registered my speed raced round faster and faster. Presently I
noted that the sun belt swayed up and down, from solstice to
solstice, in a minute or less, and that consequently my pace was
over a year a minute; and minute by minute the white snow
flashed across the world, and vanished, and was followed by the
bright, brief green of spring.

‘The unpleasant sensations of the start were less poignant now.
They merged at last into a kind of hysterical exhilaration. I
remarked indeed a clumsy swaying of the machine, for which I
was unable to account. But my mind was too confused to attend to
it, so with a kind of madness growing upon me, I flung myself into
futurity. At first I scarce thought of stopping, scarce thought of
anything but these new sensations. But presently a fresh series of
impressions grew up in my mind-a certain curiosity and therewith
a certain dread-until at last they took complete possession of me.
What strange developments of humanity, what wonderful
advances upon our rudimentary civilization, I thought, might not
appear when I came to look nearly into the dim elusive world that
raced and fluctuated before my eyes! I saw great and splendid
architecture rising about me, more massive than any buildings of
our own time, and yet, as it seemed, built of glimmer and mist. I
saw a richer green flow up the hill-side, and remain there without
any wintry intermission. Even through the veil of my confusion the
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