Questions tagged [h-g-wells]

For questions about the English author H. G. Wells (1866 – 1946) or about any of his literary works.

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In Kipps, what does H. G. Wells mean by “colonial meat by contract at threepence a pound”

I came across this following sentence in H. G. Wells' Kipps and I don't understand what it means. What he put into Kipps was chiefly bread and margarine, infusions of chicory and tea-dust, ...
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What does H. G. Wells mean by “ha'penny longcloth to sell, he put it thus to startled customers: 'Can DO you one, six half if y' like.”?

I'm having trouble deciphering what appears to be a string of colloquialisms in H. G. Wells' novel Kipps. The passage in question describes a business owner Mr. Shalford, and it goes as follows: He ...
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What does H. G. Wells mean by “He had added to exceptional business 'push', bankruptcy under the old dispensation, and judicious matrimony.”?

I encountered this following sentence while reading the second chapter of H. G. Wells' novel Kipps. He was an irascible, energetic little man, with hairy hands, for the most part under his coat ...
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What did H. G. Wells mean by “Manifestly their line lay straight along the lane to the sea”?

I've been reading Kipps by H. G. Wells, and I came across this sentence, which I am having trouble understanding. They (the protagonist Kipps and his friend Sid) proceeded to the question of how ...
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Was the N.I.C.E. director modelled on H. G. Wells?

Wikipedia claims that the character of Horace Jules in C. S. Lewis's That Hideous Strength - ostensibly the Director and boss of the N.I.C.E. organisation, in reality a figurehead manipulated by those ...
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How can the moon be in the first quarter and in the new moon phase on the same night in H. G. Well's "The Invisible Man?

In the novel The Invisible Man (By H.G. Wells), chapter 17 and 18 appear somewhat contrasting in the description of the night sky. In chapter 17, the author portrays the sight of a faceted pavilion, ...
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What is the implication about humans in general at the end of “The Island of Doctor Moreau”?

At the end of The Island of Doctor Moreau, after the protagonist gets off the island, we see that he has developed a sort of revulsion towards other humans: Then I look about me at my fellow-men; ...
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When did the bacteriologist take the cab in “The Stolen Bacillus”?

When did the bacteriologist take the cab in the Wells short story "The Stolen Bacillus"? First he was running towards him, and then near the end we come to know that he is in a cab. Is it that him ...
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Could the War of the Worlds be considered a proto Cosmic Horror story?

After reading the War of the Worlds, I have noticed that H.G. Wells has presented several themes that would not be alien to something that Lovecraft would compose. There's a deep anti-anthropocentric ...