In The Time Machine, we can tell that the time traveler has returned from a difficult experience as evidenced by his physical appearance, his behavior, words, and state of the time machine. Everybody at the dinner table is surprised when they see him emerge in dirty clothes, pale face, a cut on his chin, and hair that seemed greyer than usual. In fact, the medical man exclaims, “Good heavens! Man, what’s the matter?” when he catches sight of him.
He walks with a limp and has no shoes on, only blood-stained socks. After he freshens up, the time traveler returns to the dinner table and devours his meal heartily. He confesses to having been starving. As he narrates his encounter, he points out to the time machine, which is worn out with one cracked ivory bar and a bent brass rail, an indication of a tumultuous journey.