If the narrator were to resume his writing, how would he now end the sentence, "In about two hundred years, we may expect..."?
I believe the future is more grim than Wells might have imagined in his wildest dreams (and his dreams were awfully wild.) Therefore, I think the sentence would read, "In about two hundred years, we may expect even small hopes to be extinguished like a sputtering flame."
I say this because, for me, the destruction the unnamed narrator describes echo too resonately the horrors of 9/11. Like the Martian...
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