1 The laboratory got hazy and went dark.
2 The big hall was dark, silent, and deserted.
3 And then I remembered that strange terror of the dark.
4 But all was dark, and the Morlocks had their hands upon me.
5 But she dreaded the dark, dreaded shadows, dreaded black things.
6 I laughed at that, and turned again to the dark trees before me.
7 I never found one out of doors, or one sleeping alone within doors, after dark.
8 By contrast with the brilliancy outside, it seemed at first impenetrably dark to me.
9 Everything save that little disk above was profoundly dark, and when I looked up again Weena had disappeared.
10 And I now understood to some slight degree at least the reason of the fear of the little Upper-world people for the dark.
11 I discovered then, among other things, that these little people gathered into the great houses after dark, and slept in droves.
12 Twice I fancied I saw a solitary white, ape-like creature running rather quickly up the hill, and once near the ruins I saw a leash of them carrying some dark body.
13 I was afraid to push my way in among all this machinery in the dark, and it was only with my last glimpse of light I discovered that my store of matches had run low.
14 Now, as I say, I had four left, and while I stood in the dark, a hand touched mine, lank fingers came feeling over my face, and I was sensible of a peculiar unpleasant odour.
15 But, so soon as I struck a match in order to see them, they fled incontinently, vanishing into dark gutters and tunnels, from which their eyes glared at me in the strangest fashion.
16 I fancied I could even feel the hollowness of the ground beneath my feet: could, indeed, almost see through it the Morlocks on their ant-hill going hither and thither and waiting for the dark.
17 It occurred to me even then, that in the course of a few days the moon must pass through its last quarter, and the nights grow dark, when the appearances of these unpleasant creatures from below, these whitened Lemurs, this new vermin that had replaced the old, might be more abundant.
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