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The Wonderful Visit

By the Same Author

The Time Machine

DAILY CHRONICLE. "Grips the imagination as it is only gripped by genuinely imaginative work.... A strikingly original performance."

SATURDAY REVIEW. "A book of remarkable power and imagination, and a work of distinct and individual merit."

SPECTATOR. "Mr Wells' fanciful and lively dream is well worth reading."

NATIONAL OBSERVER. "A tour de force .... A fine piece of literature, strongly imagined, almost perfectly expressed."

GLASGOW HERALD. "One of the best pieces of work I have read for many a day."

Macmillan's Colonial Library

The Wonderful Visit

by H. G. Wells

Author of the "Time Machine"

London Macmillan and Co. and New York 1895

No. 241

All rights reserved

This Edition is intended for circulation only in India and the British Colonies

TO THE MEMORY OF MY DEAR FRIEND, WALTER LOW.

CONTENTS

PAGE

THE NIGHT OF THE STRANGE BIRD 1

THE COMING OF THE STRANGE BIRD 4

THE HUNTING OF THE STRANGE BIRD 8

THE VICAR AND THE ANGEL 17

PARENTHESIS ON ANGELS 35

AT THE VICARAGE 38

THE MAN OF SCIENCE 50

THE CURATE 61

AFTER DINNER 76

MORNING 97

THE VIOLIN 101

THE ANGEL EXPLORES THE VILLAGE 106

LADY HAMMERGALLOW'S VIEW 127

FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE ANGEL IN THE VILLAGE 135

MRS JEHORAM'S BREADTH OF VIEW 148

A TRIVIAL INCIDENT 154

THE WARP AND THE WOOF OF THINGS 156

THE ANGEL'S DEBUT 160

THE TROUBLE OF THE BARBED WIRE 186

DELIA 195

DOCTOR CRUMP ACTS 199

SIR JOHN GOTCH ACTS 208

THE SEA CLIFF 213

MRS HINIJER ACTS 217

THE ANGEL IN TROUBLE 221

THE LAST DAY OF THE VISIT 229

THE EPILOGUE 248

THE WONDERFUL VISIT.

THE NIGHT OF THE STRANGE BIRD.

I.

On the Night of the Strange Bird, many people at Sidderton (and some nearer) saw a Glare on the Sidderford moor. But no one in Sidderford saw it, for most of Sidderford was abed.

All day the wind had been rising, so that the larks on the moor chirruped fitfully near the ground, or rose only to be driven like leaves before the wind. The sun set in a bloody welter of clouds, and the moon was hidden. The glare, they say, was golden like a beam shining out of the sky, not a uniform blaze, but broken all over by curving flashes like the waving of swords. It lasted but a moment and left the night dark and obscure. There were letters about it in Nature , and a rough drawing that no one thought very like. (You may see it for yourself the drawing that was unlike the glare on page 42 of Vol. cclx. of that publication.)

None in Sidderford saw the light, but Annie, Hooker Durgan's wife, was lying awake, and she saw the reflection of it a flickering tongue of gold dancing on the wall.

She, too, was one of those who heard the sound. The others who heard the sound were Lumpy Durgan, the half wit, and Amory's mother. They said it was a sound like children singing and a throbbing of harp strings, carried on a rush of notes like that which sometimes comes from an organ... Continue reading book >>




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