The Time Machine

“. . . The Time Traveller (for so it will be convenient to speak of him) was expounding a recondite matter to us. . .
Filby became pensive. 'Clearly,' the Time Traveller proceeded, 'any real body must have extension in four directions: it must have Length, Breadth, Thickness, and—Duration. But through a natural infirmity of the flesh, which I will explain to you in a moment, we incline to overlook this fact. There are really four dimensions, three which we call the three planes of Space, and a fourth, Time. . . .
'But the great difficulty is this,' interrupted the Psychologist. 'You can move about in all directions of Space, but you cannot move about in Time.'
'That is the germ of my great discovery. But you are wrong to say that we cannot move about in Time. . .

H. G. Wells
H. G. Wells


Long ago I had a vague inkling of a machine—' 'To travel through Time!' exclaimed the Very Young Man. 'That shall travel indifferently in any direction of Space and Time, as the driver determines.' . . .
The thing the Time Traveller held in his hand was a glittering metallic framework, scarcely larger than a small clock, and very delicately made. There was ivory in it, and some transparent crystalline substance. . .
'This little affair,' said the Time Traveller, resting his elbows upon the table and pressing his hands together above the apparatus, 'is only a model. It is my plan for a machine to travel through time. You will notice that it looks singularly askew, and that there is an odd twinkling appearance about this bar, as though it was in some way unreal.' He pointed to the part with his finger. 'Also, here is one little white lever, and here is another.'
The Medical Man got up out of his chair and peered into the thing.
'It's beautifully made,' he said.
'It took two years to make,' retorted the Time Traveller. Then, when we had all imitated the action of the Medical Man, he said: 'Now I want you clearly to understand that this lever, being pressed over, sends the machine gliding into the future, and this other reverses the motion. This saddle represents the seat of a time traveller. Presently I am going to press the lever, and off the machine will go. It will vanish, pass into future Time, and disappear. Have a good look at the thing. Look at the table too, and satisfy yourselves there is no trickery. I don't want to waste this model, and then be told I'm a quack.'... (The Time Machine by H.G.Wells)

My summary:

In this story there is a man who explains the different ideas of the time. He says that there are different dimensions. The dimensions of time and space. He thinks it is posible to travel to the future or to the past.
His friends listen to him. There is a psychologist and a doctor. They make questions and sometimes agree with him.
Finally the man shows a little machine. It is bigger than a clock. He wants to send that machine to the future and expects his friends to testify his accomplishments.

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