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“Abt et or nîn in ɖ mornñ I cem t ɖ sem sīt v yelo metl fṛm ẃć I hd vyd ɖ wrld upn ɖ īvnñ v mî arîvl. I ʈt v mî hesti cncluźnz upn ɖt īvnñ n cd nt rfren fṛm lafñ bitrli at mî confidns. Hir wz ɖ sem bytifl sīn, ɖ sem abundnt foliij, ɖ sem splendid paḷsz n magnifisnt ruinz, ɖ sem silvr rivr runñ btwn its frtîl bancs. Ɖ ge rǒbz v ɖ bytifl ppl muvd hɖr n ɖɖr amñ ɖ triz. Sm wr beɖñ in xacli ɖ ples ẃr I hd sevd Wīna, n ɖt sudnli gev m a cīn stab v pen. N lîc blots upn ɖ landscep rouz ɖ kṗḷz abv ɖ wez t ɖ Unḍwrld. I unḍstd nǎ ẃt ol ɖ byti v ɖ Oṿwrld ppl cuvrd. Vri pleznt wz ɖer de, az pleznt az ɖ de v ɖ catl in ɖ fīld. Lîc ɖ catl, ɖe ń v no eṇmiz n pṛvîdd agnst no nīdz. N ɖer end wz ɖ sem.

“I grīvd t ʈnc hǎ brīf ɖ drīm v ɖ hymn inṭlect hd bn. It hd cmitd suisîd. It hd set itslf stedfstli twdz cumf̣t n īz, a baḷnst ssayti wɖ ṣkṛti n prṃnnsi az its woćwrd, it hd atend its hops—t cm t ɖs at last. Wns, lîf n proṗti mst hv rīćt olmst abṣlut sefti. Ɖ rić hd bn aśurd v hiz wlʈ n cumf̣t, ɖ tôlr aśurd v hiz lîf n wrc. No dǎt in ɖt prfict wrld ɖr hd bn no unimploid probḷm, no sośl qsćn left unsolvd. N a gret qayt hd foloud.

“It z a lw v nećr w oṿlc, ɖt inṭlecćl vrṣtiḷti z ɖ compnseśn fr ćenj, denjr, n trubl. An animl prf̣cli in harṃni wɖ its invîrnmnt z a prfict mec̣nizm. Nećr nvr apilz t intelijns untl habit n instñt r yslis. Ɖr z no intelijns ẃr ɖr z no ćenj n no nīd v ćenj. Onli ɖoz animlz ptec v intelijns ɖt hv t mīt a hyj vrayti v nīdz n denjrz.

“So, az I si it, ɖ Uṗwrld man hd driftd twdz hiz fībl pritinis, n ɖ Unḍwrld t mir mcanicl indstri. Bt ɖt prfict stet hd lact wn ʈñ īvn fr mcanicl pfx́n—abṣlut prṃnnsi. Apaṛntli az tîm wnt on, ɖ fīdñ v ɖ Unḍwrld, hvr it wz ifctd, hd bcm dsjôntd. Muɖr Nseṣti, hu hd bn stevd of fr a fy ʈǎznd yirz, cem bac agn, n ś bgan ḅlo. Ɖ Unḍwrld biyñ in contact wɖ mśīnri, ẃć, hvr prfict, stl nīdz sm litl ʈt ǎtsd habit, hd probbli rtend pfors rɖr mor iniṣ́tiv, f les v evri uɖr hymn caṛctr, ɖn ɖ Upr. N ẃn uɖr mìt feld ɖm, ɖe trnd t ẃt old habit hd hɖtu fbidn. So I se I sw it in mî last vy v ɖ wrld v Et Hundṛd n Tū Ʈǎznd Sevn Hundṛd n Wn. It me b az roñ an xpḷneśn az mortl wit cd invnt. It z hǎ ɖ ʈñ śept itslf t m, n az ɖt I gv it t y.

“Aftr ɖ ftīgz, xîtmnts, n terrz v ɖ past dez, n in spît v mî grīf, ɖs sīt n ɖ tranqil vy n ɖ worm súnlît wr vri pleznt. I wz vri tîrd n slīpi, n sn mî ʈiyrîzñ pást intu dozñ. Caćñ mslf at ɖt, I tc mî ǒn hint, n spredñ mslf ǎt upn ɖ trf I hd a loñ n rfreśñ slīp.

“I awoc a litl bfr súnsetñ. I nǎ flt sef agnst biyñ còt napñ bî ɖ Morlocs, n, strećñ mslf, I cem on dǎn ɖ hil twdz ɖ Ẃît Sfnx. I hd mî crǒbar in wn hand, n ɖ uɖr hand pleid wɖ ɖ maćz in mî pocit.

“N nǎ cem a most unxpctd ʈñ. Az I aproćt ɖ peḍstl v ɖ sfnx I faund ɖ bronz valvz wr opn. Ɖe hd slid dǎn intu grūvz.

“At ɖt I stopt śort bfr ɖm, heztetñ t entr.

“Wɖn wz a smōl apartmnt, n on a rezd ples in ɖ cornr v ɖs wz ɖ Tîm̦śīn. I hd ɖ smōl līvrz in mî pocit. So hir, aftr ol mî ilabṛt preṗreśnz fr ɖ sīj v ɖ Ẃît Sfnx, wz a mīc srendr. I ʈrù mî ayn bar awe, olmst sori nt t yz it.

“A sudn ʈt cem intu mî hed az I stūpt twdz ɖ portl. Fr wns, at lìst, I graspt ɖ mentl oṗreśnz v ɖ Morlocs. Ṣpresñ a stroñ incḷneśn t laf, I stept ʈru ɖ bronz frem n p t ɖ Tîm̦śīn. I wz ṣprîzd t fînd it hd bn cerf̣li ôld n clīnd. I hv sspctd sins ɖt ɖ Morlocs hd īvn parṣ́li tecn it t pìsz ẃl trayñ in ɖer dim we t grasp its prṗs.

“Nǎ az I std n xamind it, fîndñ a pleźr in ɖ mir tuć v ɖ cntrîvns, ɖ ʈñ I hd xpctd hapnd. Ɖ bronz panlz sudnli slid p n struc ɖ frem wɖ a clañ. I wz in ɖ darc—trapt. So ɖ Morlocs ʈt. At ɖt I ćucld glīf̣li.

“I cd olrdi hír ɖer mrṃrñ laftr az ɖe cem twdz m. Vri cāmli I traid t strîc ɖ mać. I hd onli t fix on ɖ līvrz n dpart ɖen lîc a gost. Bt I hd oṿlct wn litl ʈñ. Ɖ maćz wr v ɖt abomiṇbl cnd ɖt lît onli on ɖ box.

“Y me imajn hǎ ol mî cām vaniśt. Ɖ litl brūts wr clos upn m. Wn tućt m. I md a swīpñ blo in ɖ darc at ɖm wɖ ɖ līvrz, n bgan t scrambl intu ɖ sadl v ɖ mśīn. Ɖen cem wn hand upn m n ɖen anɖr. Ɖen I hd simpli t fît agnst ɖer psistnt fngrz fr mî līvrz, n at ɖ sem tîm fīl fr ɖ studz ovr ẃć ɖz fitd. Wn, indd, ɖe olmst got awe fṛm m. Az it slipt fṛm mî hand, I hd t but in ɖ darc wɖ mî hed—I cd hír ɖ Morloc’s scul rñ—t rcuvr it. It wz a nirr ʈñ ɖn ɖ fît in ɖ forist, I ʈnc, ɖs last scrambl.

“Bt at last ɖ līvr wz fitd n pld ovr. Ɖ clññ handz slipt fṛm m. Ɖ darcnis prezntli fél fṛm mî îz. I faund mslf in ɖ sem gre lît n tymult I hv olrdi dscrîbd.

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