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e Time Traveller (for so it will
be convenient to speak of him) was
expounding a recondite matter to us.
His grey eyes shone and twinkled,
and his usually pale face was ushed
and animated. e re burned
brightly, and the soft radiance of the
incandescent lights in the lilies of
silver caught the bubbles that ashed
and passed in our glasses. Our chairs,
being his patents, embraced and
caressed us rather than submitted
to be sat upon, and there was that
luxurious after-dinner atmosphere
when thought roams gracefully free
of the trammels of precision. And he
put it to us in this way—marking the
points with a lean forenger—as we
sat and lazily admired his earnestness
over this new paradox (as we thought
it) and his fecundity.
e Time Traveller (for so it will
be convenient to speak of him) was
expounding a recondite matter to us.
His grey eyes shone and twinkled,
and his usually pale face was ushed
and animated. e re burned
brightly, and the soft radiance of the
incandescent lights in the lilies of
silver caught the bubbles that ashed
and passed in our glasses. Our chairs,
being his patents, embraced and
caressed us rather than submitted
to be sat upon, and there was that
luxurious after-dinner atmosphere
when thought roams gracefully free
of the trammels of precision. And he
put it to us in this way—marking the
points with a lean forenger—as we
sat and lazily admired his earnestness
over this new paradox (as we thought
it) and his fecundity.

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