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The Time Machine

by H. G. Wells

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In The Time Machine, what do the people the Time Traveler meets in the far-future in chapter 3 look like? Make a list of five details.

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The Time Traveler travels far into the future in chapter 3 of H. G. Wells's The Time Machine. At the end of the chapter, the Time Traveler finally meets the people who emerge from the landscape.

He notices that the people looking at him are wearing "rich soft robes." Soon after, several men begin running towards him. The Time Traveler at first describes one of the men as slight, meaning that he is short and small. He also notices that the man is wearing little clothing, noting a change in the environment.

In the final paragraph of chapter 3, the Time Traveler states that the people are beautiful, graceful, and "indescribably frail." Overall, the people of the future are intriguing because of this seeming weakness in their physicality.

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