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The Time Machine

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The Time Machine (A2/B1)

H.G. Wells. Text adaptation by Alex Raynham

The year is 1895, and the place is the London home of a famous scientist. Here he shows his friends a strange machine – a time machine! He has built this, he tells them, to travel into the future, and into the past. He will be a time traveller! His friends don’t know what to think. Time travel is not possible, is it? But he leaves them, and his machine takes him to a troubling future – the land of the Eloi, where terrible creatures live below ground. He must soon fight for his life – and the life of his new friend Weena.

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I didn’t sleep that night − I sat between the rocks and watched the wood below. Sometimes I heard the sound of something moving, but I think that it was only the wind in the trees. When I looked up at the sky, the stars looked different to the stars in our time, and the moon was smaller, too. ‘I’ve come a long way through time to this terrible world,’ I thought.

When I was building my time machine, I had many hopes for the future. I thought that it would be a better place than England in 1895. I imagined a world of very clever people, beautiful cities, and wonderful new machines.

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