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TL;DR: It’s a typographical error: for “ideas” read “ideals”! “Ideals!” said my uncle; “certainly Ideals. Of course one must have ideals, else life would be bare materialism. Bare fact alone, naked necessity, is impossible barren rock for a soul to root upon. Life, indeed, is an unfurnished house, an empty glass in a thirsty land good and necessary for ...


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He's not necessarily suggesting there's anything special about it being in season for 8 days. The sentence that you quote is part of the time traveller describing day-to-day life in the world of the distant future, what the Eloi wear and how they eat. Since they're eating fruit, one would expect their diet to vary quite a bit depending on the seasons, so his ...


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The ten o'clock and the four o'clock are presumably referring to two different events. The first event occurred at ten o'clock when the Time Traveller used the machine for the first time. As described in the paragraph cited in the question, that was just a brief journey where at first he wasn't even sure that he had travelled at all. When he saw the clock ...


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These are references to the condition of homelessness. THE KEY OF THE STREET IT is commonly asserted, and as commonly believed, that there are seventy thousand persons in London who rise every morning without the slightest knowledge as to where they shall lay their heads at night. However the number may be over or understated, it is very certain that a vast ...


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The key to extracting the true meaning of this sentence is the word "demi-john", which means a large bottle commonly used for alcohol: Given this context, it seems that the "liberal heathen deity" is the ancient Graeco-Roman god Dionysus or Bacchus, the god of wine and winemaking, often associated even in much later centuries with ...


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War of the words: HG Wells coin also features false quote The new coin is inscribed: ‘Good books are warehouses of ideas’ – but digging reveals the quote to be both wrong and expressing a different sentiment Source : The Guardian It looks like the Royal mint might have messed up somewhat in choosing an applicable quote ! Author Eleanor Fitzsimons solved ...


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