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Mr. Britling Sees It Through

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"Mr. Britling Sees It Through" is H. G. Wells' attempt to make sense of World War I. It begins with a lighthearted account of an American visiting England for the first time, but the outbreak of war changes everything. Day by day and month by month, Wells chronicles the unfolding events and public reaction as witnessed by the inhabitants of one house in rural Essex. Each of the characters tries in a different way to keep their bearings in a world suddenly changed beyond recognition. This book was published in 1916 while the war was still in progress, so no clear resolution was possible. Wells did not know how long the war would last or which side would ultimately win, but he hoped that somehow, something good might eventually come of it.

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MR. BRITLING SEES IT THROUGH

BY H.G. WELLS

COPYRIGHT, 1916, BY H.G. WELLS

CONTENTS

BOOK I

MATCHING'S EASY AT EASE

I MR. DIRECK VISITS MR. BRITLING II MR. BRITLING CONTINUES HIS EXPOSITION III THE ENTERTAINMENT OF MR. DIRECK REACHES A CLIMAX IV MR. BRITLING IN SOLILOQUY V THE COMING OF THE DAY

BOOK II

MATCHING'S EASY AT WAR

I ONLOOKERS II TAKING PART III MALIGNITY IV IN THE WEB OF THE INEFFECTIVE

BOOK III

THE TESTAMENT OF MATCHING'S EASY

I MRS. TEDDY GOES FOR A WALK II MR. BRITLING WRITES UNTIL SUNRISE

BOOK I

MATCHING'S EASY AT EASE

CHAPTER THE FIRST

MR. DIRECK VISITS MR. BRITLING

Section 1

It was the sixth day of Mr. Direck's first visit to England, and he was at his acutest perception of differences. He found England in every way gratifying and satisfactory, and more of a contrast with things American than he had ever dared to hope.

He had promised himself this visit for many years, but being of a sunny rather than energetic temperament though he firmly believed himself to be a reservoir of clear sighted American energy he had allowed all sorts of things, and more particularly the uncertainties of Miss Mamie Nelson, to keep him back... Continue reading book >>


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