” I grieved to think how brief the dream of the human intellect had been. It had committed suicide. It had set itself steadfastly towards comfort and ease, a balanced society with security and permanency as its watchword, it has attained its hopes-to come to this at last…There is no intelligence where there is no change and no need of change. Only those animals partake of intelligence that have to meet a huge variety of needs and dangers.” Chapter 10
The Time Traveller built a time machine that can travel back to the past or race to the future, much to the skepticism of his friends. They did not believe him even after one night he came home, disheveled and heartbroken, and told them mankind’s fate 800.000 years in the future.
The Time Traveller had met and been accepted by the carefree and loving Eloi, who spent their days dancing and laughing. He rescued one from drowning, Weena, and they became companions. He discovered his machine was moved and in his searching found another people, the Morlocks, who lived under ground and were as dark as the Eloi were light.
The Time Traveller was there eight days and his views changed daily, allowing Wells to expound on his own world view and the state of the human condition. The story, while being interesting, also had real depth.
I am surprised at how well this novel has aged. This is the original time travel book and the sheer imagination and possibilities are impressive. It is a short classic, well worth the time and suitable for all ages, although the vocabulary could be challenging for younger readers.