What was the shape of the tables in the Time Traveller 's room?
The tables in the Time Traveller's room, as described in the first paragraph of the second chapter by the unnamed narrator, were octagonally shaped.
"He took one of the small octagonal tables that were scattered about the room, and set it in front of the fire, with two legs on the hearthrug" (Wells 8).
This is significant as the octagon often symbolizes infinity or rebirth, and as the novel deals with themes surrounding the passing of time and the death/rebirth of civilization, provides foreshadowing to the later aspects dealt with in the novel.
Additionally, the octagon might have held some significance for the time period, as there were many inventions and extraordinary technological advances occurring.