1 They were mere creatures of the half light.
2 'Certainly,' said the Time Traveller, stooping to light a spill at the fire.
3 For a moment he hesitated in the doorway, as if he had been dazzled by the light.
4 To enter upon them without a light was to put them into a tumult of apprehension.
5 The twinkling succession of darkness and light was excessively painful to the eye.
6 I entered it groping, for the change from light to blackness made spots of colour swim before me.
7 There was the tangle of rhododendron bushes, black in the pale light, and there was the little lawn.
8 The only other object on the table was a small shaded lamp, the bright light of which fell upon the model.
9 Above me towered the sphinx, upon the bronze pedestal, white, shining, leprous, in the light of the rising moon.
10 The roof was in shadow, and the windows, partially glazed with coloured glass and partially unglazed, admitted a tempered light.
11 Then the light burned my fingers and fell out of my hand, going out as it dropped, and when I had lit another the little monster had disappeared.
12 As the eastern sky grew brighter, and the light of the day came on and its vivid colouring returned upon the world once more, I scanned the view keenly.
13 Then my eye travelled along to the figure of the White Sphinx upon the pedestal of bronze, growing distinct as the light of the rising moon grew brighter.
14 As I stood there musing over this too perfect triumph of man, the full moon, yellow and gibbous, came up out of an overflow of silver light in the north-east.
15 I remember running violently in and out among the moonlit bushes all round the sphinx, and startling some white animal that, in the dim light, I took for a small deer.
16 Starting up in the darkness I snatched at my matches and, hastily striking one, I saw three stooping white creatures similar to the one I had seen above ground in the ruin, hastily retreating before the light.
17 I remember vividly the flickering light, his queer, broad head in silhouette, the dance of the shadows, how we all followed him, puzzled but incredulous, and how there in the laboratory we beheld a larger edition of the little mechanism which we had seen vanish from before our eyes.
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