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The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 25. The Coming Of The Aeroplanes The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 25. The Coming Of The Aeroplanes

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 25. The Coming Of The Aeroplanes
CHAPTER XXV. THE COMING OF THE AEROPLANESTwo men in pale blue were lying in the irregular line that stretched along the edge of the captured Roehampton stage from end to end, grasping their carbines and peering into the shadows of the stage called Wimbledon Park. Now and then they spoke to one another. They spoke the mutilated English of their class and period. The fire of the Ostrogites had dwindled and ceased, and few of the enemy had been seen for some time. But the echoes of the fight that was going on now far below in the lower galleries of... Long Stories - Post by : ow24160 - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. G. Wells - Read : 3340

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 24. While The Aeroplanes Were Coming The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 24. While The Aeroplanes Were Coming

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 24. While The Aeroplanes Were Coming
CHAPTER XXIV. WHILE THE AEROPLANES WERE COMINGThe man in yellow was beside them. Neither had noted his coming. He was saying that the south-west wards were marching. "I never expected it so soon," he cried. "They have done wonders. You must send them a word to help them on their way."Graham stared at him absent-mindedly. Then with a start he returned to his previous preoccupation about the flying stages."Yes," he said. "That is good, that is good." He weighed a message. "Tell them;--well done South West."He turned his eyes to Helen Wotton again. His face expressed his struggle between conflicting ideas.... Long Stories - Post by : Dusty13 - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. G. Wells - Read : 1253

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 23. Graham Speaks His Word The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 23. Graham Speaks His Word

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 23. Graham Speaks His Word
CHAPTER XXIII. GRAHAM SPEAKS HIS WORDFor a time the Master of the Earth was not even master of his own mind. Even his will seemed a will not his own, his own acts surprised him and were but a part of the confusion of strange experiences that poured across his being. These things were definite, the negroes were coming, Helen Wotton had warned the people of their coming, and he was Master of the Earth. Each of these facts seemed struggling for complete possession of his thoughts. They protruded from a background of swarming halls, elevated passages, rooms jammed with ward... Long Stories - Post by : add2it - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. G. Wells - Read : 540

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 22. The Struggle In The Council House The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 22. The Struggle In The Council House

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 22. The Struggle In The Council House
CHAPTER XXII. THE STRUGGLE IN THE COUNCIL HOUSEAs Asano and Graham hurried along to the ruins about the Council House, they saw everywhere the excitement of the people rising. "To your wards! To your wards!" Everywhere men and women in blue were hurrying from unknown subterranean employments, up the staircases of the middle path; at one place Graham saw an arsenal of the revolutionary committee besieged by a crowd of shouting men, at another a couple of men in the hated yellow uniform of the Labour Police, pursued by a gathering crowd, fled precipitately along the swift way that went in... Long Stories - Post by : mrtwist - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. G. Wells - Read : 2291

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 21. The Under-Side The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 21. The Under-Side

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 21. The Under-Side
CHAPTER XXI. THE UNDER-SIDEFrom the Business Quarter they presently passed by the running ways into a remote quarter of the city the bulk of the manufactures was done. On their way the platforms crossed the Thames twice, and passed in a broad viaduct across one of the great roads that entered the city from the North. In both cases his impression was swift and in both very vivid. The river was a broad wrinkled glitter of black sea water, overarched by buildings, and vanishing either way into a blackness starred with receding lights. A string of black barges passed seaward,... Long Stories - Post by : ow24160 - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. G. Wells - Read : 2890

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 20. In The City Ways The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 20. In The City Ways

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 20. In The City Ways
CHAPTER XX. IN THE CITY WAYSAnd that night, unknown and unsuspected, Graham, dressed in the costume of an inferior wind-vane official keeping holiday, and accompanied by Asano in Labour Department canvas, surveyed the city through which he had wandered when it was veiled in darkness. But now he saw it lit and waking, a whirlpool of life. In spite of the surging and swaying of the forces of revolution, in spite of the unusual discontent, the mutterings of the greater struggle of which the first revolt was but the prelude, the myriad streams of commerce still flowed wide and strong. He... Long Stories - Post by : sbeard - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. G. Wells - Read : 2185

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 19. Ostrog's Point Of View The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 19. Ostrog's Point Of View

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 19. Ostrog's Point Of View
CHAPTER XIX. OSTROG'S POINT OF VIEWGraham found Ostrog waiting to give a formal account of his day's stewardship. On previous occasions he had passed over this ceremony as speedily as possible, in order to resume his aerial experiences, but now he began to ask quick short questions. He was very anxious to take up his empire forthwith. Ostrog brought flattering reports of the development of affairs abroad. In Paris and Berlin, Graham perceived that he was saying, there had been trouble, not organised resistance indeed, but insubordinate proceedings. "After all these years," said Ostrog, when Graham pressed enquiries; "the Commune has... Long Stories - Post by : mrtwist - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. G. Wells - Read : 1481

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 18. Graham Remembers The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 18. Graham Remembers

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 18. Graham Remembers
CHAPTER XVIII. GRAHAM REMEMBERSShe came upon him at last in a little gallery that ran from the Wind-Vane Offices toward his state apartments. The gallery was long and narrow, with a series of recesses, each with an arched fenestration that looked upon a court of palms. He came upon her suddenly in one of these recesses. She was seated. She turned her head at the sound of his footsteps and started at the sight of him. Every touch of colour vanished from her face. She rose instantly, made a step toward him as if to address him, and hesitated. He stopped... Long Stories - Post by : gabby - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. G. Wells - Read : 2041

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 17. Three Days The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 17. Three Days

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 17. Three Days
CHAPTER XVII. THREE DAYSLincoln awaited Graham in an apartment beneath the flying stages. He seemed curious to learn all that had happened, pleased to hear of the extraordinary delight and interest which Graham took in flying. Graham was in a mood of enthusiasm. "I must learn to fly," he cried. "I must master that. I pity all poor souls who have died without this opportunity. The sweet swift air! It is the most wonderful experience in the world.""You will find our new times full of wonderful experiences," said Lincoln. "I do not know what you will care to do now. We... Long Stories - Post by : andrewteg - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. G. Wells - Read : 810

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 16. The Monoplane The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 16. The Monoplane

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 16. The Monoplane
CHAPTER XVI. THE MONOPLANEThe Flying Stages of London were collected together in an irregular crescent on the southern side of the river. They formed three groups of two each and retained the names of ancient suburban hills or villages. They were named in order, Roehampton, Wimbledon Park, Streatham, Norwood, Blackheath, and Shooter's Hill. They were uniform structures rising high above the general roof surfaces. Each was about four thousand yards long and a thousand broad, and constructed of the compound of aluminum and iron that had replaced iron in architecture. Their higher tiers formed an openwork of girders through which lifts... Long Stories - Post by : add2it - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. G. Wells - Read : 2361

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 15. Prominent People The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 15. Prominent People

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 15. Prominent People
CHAPTER XV. PROMINENT PEOPLEThe state apartments of the Wind Vane Keeper would have astonished Graham had he entered them fresh from his nineteenth century life, but already he was growing accustomed to the scale of the new time. He came out through one of the now familiar sliding panels upon a plateau of landing at the head of a flight of very broad and gentle steps, with men and women far more brilliantly dressed than any he had hitherto seen, ascending and descending. From this position he looked down a vista of subtle and varied ornament in lustreless white and mauve... Long Stories - Post by : Dusty13 - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. G. Wells - Read : 2620

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 14. From The Crow's Nest The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 14. From The Crow's Nest

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 14. From The Crow's Nest
CHAPTER XIV. FROM THE CROW'S NESTAnd so after strange delays and through an avenue of doubt and battle, this man from the nineteenth century came at last to his position at the head of that complex world.At first when he rose from the long deep sleep that followed his rescue and the surrender of the Council, he did not recognise his surroundings. By an effort he gained a clue in his mind, and all that had happened came back to him, at first with a quality of insincerity like a story heard, like something read out of a book. And even... Long Stories - Post by : ow24160 - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. G. Wells - Read : 1297

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 13. The End Of The Old Order The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 13. The End Of The Old Order

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 13. The End Of The Old Order
CHAPTER XIII. THE END OF THE OLD ORDERSo far as Graham was able to judge, it was near midday when the white banner of the Council fell. But some hours had to elapse before it was possible to effect the formal capitulation, and so after he had spoken his "Word" he retired to his new apartments in the wind-vane offices. The continuous excitement of the last twelve hours had left him inordinately fatigued, even his curiosity was exhausted; for a space he sat inert and passive with open eyes, and for a space he slept. He was roused by two medical... Long Stories - Post by : sbeard - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. G. Wells - Read : 1585

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 12. Ostrog The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 12. Ostrog

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 12. Ostrog
CHAPTER XII. OSTROGGraham could now take a clearer view of his position. For a long time yet he wandered, but after the talk of the old man his discovery of this Ostrog was clear in his mind as the final inevitable decision. One thing was evident, those who were at the headquarters of the revolt had succeeded very admirably in suppressing the fact of his disappearance. But every moment he expected to hear the report of his death or of his recapture by the Council.Presently a man stopped before him. "Have you heard?" he said."No!" said Graham, starting."Near a dozand," said... Long Stories - Post by : andrewteg - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. G. Wells - Read : 2760

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 11. The Old Man Who Knew Everything The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 11. The Old Man Who Knew Everything

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 11. The Old Man Who Knew Everything
CHAPTER XI. THE OLD MAN WHO KNEW EVERYTHINGHe was startled by a cough close at hand.He turned sharply, and peering, saw a small, hunched-up figure sitting a couple of yards off in the shadow of the enclosure."Have ye any news?" asked the high-pitched wheezy voice of a very old man.Graham hesitated. "None," he said."I stay here till the lights come again," said the old man. "These blue scoundrels are everywhere--everywhere."Graham's answer was inarticulate assent. He tried to see the old man but the darkness hid his face. He wanted very much to respond, to talk, but he did not know how... Long Stories - Post by : best4you - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. G. Wells - Read : 494

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 10. The Battle Of The Darkness The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 10. The Battle Of The Darkness

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 10. The Battle Of The Darkness
CHAPTER X. THE BATTLE OF THE DARKNESSHe was no longer in the hall. He was marching along a gallery overhanging one of the great streets of the moving platforms that traversed the city. Before him and behind him tramped his guards. The whole concave of the moving ways below was a congested mass of people marching, tramping to the left, shouting, waving hands and arms, pouring along a huge vista, shouting as they came into view, shouting as they passed, shouting as they receded, until the globes of electric light receding in perspective dropped down it seemed and hid the swarming... Long Stories - Post by : Joe_Coon - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. G. Wells - Read : 1975

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 9. The People March The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 9. The People March

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 9. The People March
CHAPTER IX. THE PEOPLE MARCHHe became aware of someone urging a glass of clear fluid upon his attention, looked up and discovered this was a dark young man in a yellow garment. He took the dose forthwith, and in a moment he was glowing. A tall man in a black robe stood by his shoulder, and pointed to the half open door into the hall. This man was shouting close to his ear and yet what was said was indistinct because of the tremendous uproar from the great theatre. Behind the man was a girl in a silvery grey robe, whom... Long Stories - Post by : vbhnl - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. G. Wells - Read : 2392

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 8. The Roof Spaces The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 8. The Roof Spaces

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 8. The Roof Spaces
CHAPTER VIII. THE ROOF SPACESAs the fans in the circular aperture of the inner room rotated and permitted glimpses of the night, dim sounds drifted in thereby. And Graham, standing underneath, was startled by the sound of a voice.He peered up and saw in the intervals of the rotation, dark and dim, the face and shoulders of a man regarding him. Then a dark hand was extended, the swift vane struck it, swung round and beat on with a little brownish patch on the edge of its thin blade, and something began to fall therefrom upon the floor, dripping silently.Graham looked... Long Stories - Post by : sbeard - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. G. Wells - Read : 507

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 7. In The Silent Rooms The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 7. In The Silent Rooms

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 7. In The Silent Rooms
CHAPTER VII. IN THE SILENT ROOMSPresently Graham resumed his examination of his apartments. Curiosity kept him moving in spite of his fatigue. The inner room, he perceived, was high, and its ceiling dome shaped, with an oblong aperture in the centre, opening into a funnel in which a wheel of broad vanes seemed to be rotating, apparently driving the air up the shaft. The faint humming note of its easy motion was the only clear sound in that quiet place. As these vanes sprang up one after the other, Graham could get transient glimpses of the sky. He was surprised to... Long Stories - Post by : Truman - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. G. Wells - Read : 3018

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 6. The Hall Of The Atlas The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 6. The Hall Of The Atlas

The Sleeper Awakes - Chapter 6. The Hall Of The Atlas
CHAPTER VI. THE HALL OF THE ATLASFrom the moment when the tailor had bowed his farewell to the moment when Graham found himself in the lift, was altogether barely five minutes. As yet the haze of his vast interval of sleep hung about him, as yet the initial strangeness of his being alive at all in this remote age touched everything with wonder, with a sense of the irrational, with something of the quality of a realistic dream. He was still detached, an astonished spectator, still but half involved in life. What he had seen, and especially the last crowded tumult,... Long Stories - Post by : best4you - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. G. Wells - Read : 1788