1 'Then there is the future,' said the Very Young Man.
2 It will vanish, pass into future Time, and disappear.
3 However, I am telling you of my fruit dinner in the distant future now.
4 It is usual to assume that the sun will go on cooling steadily in the future.
5 I looked more curiously and less fearfully at this world of the remote future.
6 I had not, I said to myself, come into the future to carry on a miniature flirtation.
7 In another moment we were standing face to face, I and this fragile thing out of futurity.
8 We see some beginnings of this even in our own time, and in this future age it was complete.
9 And now I was to see the most weird and horrible thing, I think, of all that I beheld in that future age.
10 But my mind was too confused to attend to it, so with a kind of madness growing upon me, I flung myself into futurity.
11 I thought of their unfathomable distance, and the slow inevitable drift of their movements out of the unknown past into the unknown future.
12 In costume, and in all the differences of texture and bearing that now mark off the sexes from each other, these people of the future were alike.
13 These people of the remote future were strict vegetarians, and while I was with them, in spite of some carnal cravings, I had to be frugivorous also.
14 And here I must admit that I learned very little of drains and bells and modes of conveyance, and the like conveniences, during my time in this real future.
15 Then suddenly the humour of the situation came into my mind: the thought of the years I had spent in study and toil to get into the future age, and now my passion of anxiety to get out of it.
16 I was continually meeting more of these men of the future, who would follow me a little distance, chatter and laugh about me, and, having smiled and gesticulated in a friendly way, leave me again to my own devices.
17 Then, when we had all imitated the action of the Medical Man, he said: 'Now I want you clearly to understand that this lever, being pressed over, sends the machine gliding into the future, and this other reverses the motion.'
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