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swollen at the ankle and painful under the heel; so I sat down
again, took off my shoes, and flung them away.

‘I awakened Weena, and we went down into the wood, now green
and pleasant instead of black and forbidding. We found some fruit
wherewith to break our fast. We soon met others of the dainty
ones, laughing and dancing in the sunlight as though there was no
such thing in nature as the night. And then I thought once more of
the meat that I had seen. I felt assured now of what it was, and
from the bottom of my heart I pitied this last feeble rill from the
great flood of humanity.

Clearly, at some time in the Long-Ago of human decay the
Morlocks’ food had run short. Possibly they had lived on rats and
such-like vermin. Even now man is far less discriminating and
exclusive in his food than he was-far less than any monkey. His
prejudice against human flesh is no deep-seated instinct. And so
these inhuman sons of men-! I tried to look at the thing in a
scientific spirit. After all, they were less human and more remote
than our cannibal ancestors of three or four thousand years ago.
And the intelligence that would have made this state of things a
torment had gone. Why should I trouble myself? These Eloi were
mere fatted cattle, which the ant-like Morlocks preserved and
preyed upon-probably saw to the breeding of. And there was
Weena dancing at my side!

‘Then I tried to preserve myself from the horror that was coming
upon me, by regarding it as a rigorous punishment of human
selfishness. Man had been content to live in ease and delight upon
the labours of his fellow-man, had taken Necessity as his
watchword and excuse, and in the fullness of time Necessity had
come home to him. I even tried a Carlyle-like scorn of this
wretched aristocracy in decay. But this attitude of mind was
impossible. However great their intellectual degradation, the Eloi
had kept too much of the human form not to claim my sympathy,
and to make me perforce a sharer in their degradation and their

‘I had at that time very vague ideas as to the course I should
pursue. My first was to secure some safe place of refuge, and to
make myself such arms of metal or stone as I could contrive. That
necessity was immediate. In the next place, I hoped to procure
some means of fire, so that I should have the weapon of a torch at
hand, for nothing, I knew, would be more efficient against these

Then I wanted to arrange some contrivance to break open the doors
of bronze under the White Sphinx. I had in mind a battering-ram. I
had a persuasion that if I could enter those doors and carry a blaze
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