Chapter 11


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The main purpose of this blog is to promote “The Mentur Spelling System.” Mentur respells a large percentage of words so they will be easier to read. While the appearance is off-putting to present readers, future readers would not have that bias, and would find learning to read and spell much easier if this system—or one like it—was accepted.

This story is written in parallel text format so that it can be used to teach traditional spelling, much as second languages are taught when using a book printed in parallel text.

The reader may only be interested in reading the traditional version, in which case, he can just read  the one column, or go to:

The Time Machine Contents – Classic Reader

The original story is in the public domain—in the US—but not necessarily in other countries.

I plan on posting one chapter a week.


by H.G. Wells by H.G. Wells
Chapter 11 Chaptur 11
`I have already told you of the sickness and confusion that comes with time travelling. And this time I was not seated properly in the saddle, but sideways and in an unstable fashion. For an indefinite time I clung to the machine as it swayed and vibrated, quite unheeding how I went, and when I brought myself to look at the dials again I was amazed to find where I had arrived. One dial records days, and another thousands of days, another millions of days, and another thousands of millions. Now, instead of reversing the levers, I had pulled them over so as to go forward with them, and when I came to look at these indicators I found that the thousands hand was sweeping round as fast as the seconds hand of a watch–into futurity. ‘I hav aulredy toeld yoo uv dhv siknus and kunfuezhun dhat kvmz with tiem travuling. And dhis tiem I wvz not seetud propurly in dhv sadul, bvt siedwaez and in an unstaebul fashun. For an indefunut tiem I klvng to dhv musheen az it swaed and viebraetud, kwiet unheeding hou I went, and when I braut mielself to lwk at dhv diulz ugen I wvz umaezd to fiend wher I had urievd. Wvn diul rikordz daez, and unvdhur thouzundz uv daez, unvdhur milyunz uv daez, and unvdhur thouzundz uv  milyunz. Nou, instead uv rivurrsing dhv levurz, I had pwld dhem oevur so az to go forwurd with dhem, and when I kaem to lwk at dheez indikaeturz I found dhat dhv thouzundz hand wvz sweeping round az fast az dhv sekundz hand uv a woch—into fuechwruty.
`As I drove on, a peculiar change crept over the appearance of things. The palpitating greyness grew darker; then–though I was still travelling with prodigious velocity–the blinking succession of day and night, which was usually indicative of a slower pace, returned, and grew more and more marked. This puzzled me very much at first. The alternations of night and day grew slower and slower, and so did the passage of the sun across the sky, until they seemed to stretch through centuries. At last a steady twilight brooded over the earth, a twilight only broken now and then when a comet glared across the darkling sky. The band of light that had indicated the sun had long since disappeared; for the sun had ceased to set–it simply rose and fell in the west, and grew ever broader and more red. All trace of the moon had vanished. The circling of the stars, growing slower and slower, had given place to creeping points of light. At last, some time before I stopped, the sun, red and very large, halted motionless upon the horizon, a vast dome glowing with a dull heat, and now and then suffering a momentary extinction. At one time it had for a little while glowed more brilliantly again, but it speedily reverted to its sullen red heat. I perceived by this slowing down of its rising and setting that the work of the tidal drag was done. The earth had come to rest with one face to the sun, even as in our own time the moon faces the earth. Very cautiously, for I remembered my former headlong fall, I began to reverse my motion. Slower and slower went the circling hands until the thousands one seemed motionless and the daily one was no longer a mere mist upon its scale. Still slower, until the dim outlines of a desolate beach grew visible. ‘Az I droev on, a pikuelyur chaenj krept oevur dhe upiruns uv thingz. Dhv palputaeting graenus groo darkur; dhen—dhoe I wvz stil travuling with prudijus vulosuty—dhv blinking sukseshun uv dae and niet, which wvz uezuuly indikutiv uv a sloer paes, ritvrnd, and groo mor and mor markd. Dhis pvzuld me very mvch at fvrst. Dhe aulturnaeshunz uv niet and dae groo sloer and sloer, and so did dhv pasij uv dhv svn ukros dhv skie, until dhae seemd to strech throo senchuryz. At last a stedy twieliet broodud oevur dhe vrth, a twieliet oenly broekun nou and dhen when a komut glerd ukros dhv darkling skie. Dhv band uv liet dhat had indikaetud dhv svn had long sins disupird; for dhv svn had seesd to set—it simpuly roez and fel in dhv west, and groo evur braudur and mor red. Aul traes uv dhv moon had vanishd. Dhv svrkuling uv dhv starz, groeing sloer and sloer, had givun plaes to kreeping points uv liet. At last, svm tiem bifoer I stopd, dhv svn, red and very larj, haultud moeshunlus upon dhv huriezun, a vast doem gloeing with a dvl heet, and nou and dhen svfuring a moemuntery ekstinkshun. At wvn tiem it had for a litul whiel gloed mor brilyuntly ugen, bvt it speeduly rivurrtud to its svlun red heet. I purseevd by dhis sloeing doun uv its riezing and seting dhat dhv wvrk uv dhv tiedul drag wvz dvn. Dhe vrth had kvm to rest with wvn faes to dhv svn, eevun az in our oen tiem dhv moon faesuz dhe vrth. Very kaushusly, for I rimemburd mie formur hedlong faul, I bigan to rivurrs mie moeshun. Sloer and sloer went dhv svrkuling handz until dhv thouzundz wvn seemd moeshunlus and dhv daely wvn wvz no longgur a mir mist upon its skael. Stil sloer, until dhv dim outlienz uv a desulut beech groo vizubul.
`I stopped very gently and sat upon the Time Machine, looking round. The sky was no longer blue. North-eastward it was inky black, and out of the blackness shone brightly and steadily the pale white stars. Overhead it was a deep Indian red and starless, and south-eastward it grew brighter to a glowing scarlet where, cut by the horizon, lay the huge hull of the sun, red and motionless. The rocks about me were of a harsh reddish colour, and all the trace of life that I could see at first was the intensely green vegetation that covered every projecting point on their south-eastern face. It was the same rich green that one sees on forest moss or on the lichen in caves: plants which like these grow in a perpetual twilight. ‘I stopd very jently and sat upon dhv Tiem Musheen, lwking round. Dhv skie wvz no longgur bloo. North-eestwurd it wvz inky blak, and out uv dhv blaknus shoen brietly and steduly dhv pael whiet starz. Oevurhed it wvz a deep Indeun red and starlus, and south-eestwurd it groo brietur to a gloeing skarlut wher, kvt by dhv huriezun, lae dhv huej hvl uv dhv svn, red and moeshunlus. Dhv roks ubout me wvr uv a harsh redish kvlur, and aul dhv traes uv lief dhat I kwd see at fvrst wvz dhe intensly green vejutaeshun dhat kuvvurd evry prujekting point on dheir south-easturn faes. It wvz dhe saem rich green dhat wvn seez on forust mos or on dhv liekun in kaevz: plants which like dheez groe in a purpetuul twieliet.
`The machine was standing on a sloping beach. The sea stretched away to the south-west, to rise into a sharp bright horizon against the wan sky. There were no breakers and no waves, for not a breath of wind was stirring. Only a slight oily swell rose and fell like a gentle breathing, and showed that the eternal sea was still moving and living. And along the margin where the water sometimes broke was a thick incrustation of salt–pink under the lurid sky. There was a sense of oppression in my head, and I noticed that I was breathing very fast. The sensation reminded me of my only experience of mountaineering, and from that I judged the air to be more rarefied than it is now. ‘Dhv musheen wvz standing on a sloeping beech. Dhv see strechd uwae to dhv south-west, to riez into a sharp briet huriezun ugenst dhv won skie. Dher wvr no braekurz and no waevz, for not a breth uv wind wvz stvring. Oenly a sliet oily swel roez and fel like a jentul breedhing, and shoed dhat dhe itvrnul see wvz stil mooving and living. And ulong dhv marjun wher dhv wotur svmtiemz broek wvz a thik inkrvstaeshun uv sault—pink vndur dhv lwrud skie. Dher wvz a sens uv upreshun in mie hed, and I noetusd dhat I wvz breedhing very fast. Dhv sensaeshun rimiendud me uv mie oenly ekspireuns uv mountuneering, and frvm dhat I jvjd dhe er to be mor rerufied dhan it iz nou.
`Far away up the desolate slope I heard a harsh scream, and saw a thing like a huge white butterfly go slanting and flittering up into the sky and, circling, disappear over some low hillocks beyond. The sound of its voice was so dismal that I shivered and seated myself more firmly upon the machine. Looking round me again, I saw that, quite near, what I had taken to be a reddish mass of rock was moving slowly towards me. Then I saw the thing was really a monstrous crab-like creature. Can you imagine a crab as large as yonder table, with its many legs moving slowly and uncertainly, its big claws swaying, its long antennae, like carters’ whips (bull whip), waving and feeling, and its stalked eyes gleaming at you on either side of its metallic front? Its back was corrugated and ornamented with ungainly bosses ( a protuberant part or body), and a greenish incrustation blotched it here and there. I could see the many palps of its complicated mouth flickering and feeling as it moved. ‘Far uwae vp dhv desulut sloep I hvrd a harsh skreem, and sau a thing like a huej whiet bvturflie go slanting and flituring vp into dhv skie and, svrkuling, disupir oevur svm loe hiluks beond. Dhv sound uv its vois wvz so dizmul dhat I shivurd and seetud mieself mor fvrmly upon dhv musheen. Lwking round me ugen, I sau dhat, kwiet nir, whot I had taekun to be a redish mas uv rok wvz mooving sloely tuwordz me. Dhen I sau dhv thing wvz reely a monstrus krab-like kreechur. Kan yoo imajun a krab az larj az yondur taebul, with its meny legz mooving sloely and unsvrtunly, its big klauz swaeing, its long anteny, like karturz’ whips (bwl whip), waeving and feeling, and its staulkd iez gleeming at yoo on eedhur sied uv its mutalik frvnt? Its bak wvz korugaetud and ornumentud with ungaenly bosuz (a proetooburunt part or body), and a greenish inkrustaeshun blochd it hir and dher. I kwd see dhv meny palps uv its komplikaetud mouth flikuring and feeling az it  moovd.
`As I stared at this sinister apparition crawling towards me, I felt a tickling on my cheek as though a fly had lighted there. I tried to brush it away with my hand, but in a moment it returned, and almost immediately came another by my ear. I struck at this, and caught something threadlike. It was drawn swiftly out of my hand. With a frightful qualm, I turned, and I saw that I had grasped the antenna of another monster crab that stood just behind me. Its evil eyes were wriggling on their stalks, its mouth was all alive with appetite, and its vast ungainly claws, smeared with an algal slime, were descending upon me. In a moment my hand was on the lever, and I had placed a month between myself and these monsters. But I was still on the same beach, and I saw them distinctly now as soon as I stopped. Dozens of them seemed to be crawling here and there, in the sombre light, among the foliated sheets of intense green. ‘Az I sterd at dhis sinustur apurishun krauling tuwordz me, I felt a tikuling on mie cheek az dhoe a flie had lietud dher. I tried to brvsh it uwae with mie hand, bvt in a moemunt it ritvrnd, and aulmoest imeedeutly kaem unvdhur by mie ir. I strvk at dhis, and kaut svmthing thredliek. It wvz draun swiftly out uv mie hand. With a frietful kwaulm, I tvrnd, and I sau dhat I had graspd dhe antenu uv unvdhur monstur krab dhat stwd jvst bihiend me. Its eevul iez wvr riguling on dheir staulks, its mouth wvz aul uliev with aputiet, and its vast ungaenly klauz, smird with an algul sliem, wvr disending upon me. In a moemunt mie hand wvz on dhv levur, and I had plaesd a mvnth bitween mieself and dheez monsturz. Bvt I wvz stil on dhv saem beech, and I sau dhem distinktly nou az soon az I stopd. Dvzunz uv dhem seemd to be krauling hir and dher, in dhv sombur liet, umvng dhv foeleaetud sheets uv intens green.
`I cannot convey the sense of abominable desolation that hung over the world. The red eastern sky, the northward blackness, the salt Dead Sea, the stony beach crawling with these foul, slow-stirring monsters, the uniform poisonous-looking green of the lichenous plants, the thin air that hurts one’s lungs: all contributed to an appalling effect. I moved on a hundred years, and there was the same red sun–a little larger, a little duller–the same dying sea, the same chill air, and the same crowd of earthy crustacea creeping in and out among the green weed and the red rocks. And in the westward sky, I saw a curved pale line like a vast new moon. ‘I kanot kunvae dhv sens uv ubomunubul desulaeshun dhat hvng oevur dhv wvruld. Dhv red eesturn skie, dhv northwurd blaknus, dhv sault Ded See, dhv stoeny beech krauling with dheez foul, sloe-stvring monsturz, dhv uenuform poizunus-lwking green uv dhv liekunus plaents, dhv thin er dhat hvrts wvn’z lvngz: aul kuntribyutud to an upauling ifekt. I moovd on a hvndrud yirz, and dher wvz dhv saem red svn-a litul larjur, a litul dvlur—dhv saem dieing see, dhv saem chil er, and dhv saem kroud uv vrthy krustaesheu kreeping in and out umvng dhv green weed and dhv red roks. And in dhv westwurd skie, I sau a kvrvd pael lien like a vast noo moon.
`So I travelled, stopping ever and again, in great strides of a thousand years or more, drawn on by the mystery of the earth’s fate, watching with a strange fascination the sun grow larger and duller in the westward sky, and the life of the old earth ebb away. At last, more than thirty million years hence, the huge red-hot dome of the sun had come to obscure nearly a tenth part of the darkling heavens. Then I stopped once more, for the crawling multitude of crabs had disappeared, and the red beach, save for its livid green liverworts and lichens, seemed lifeless. And now it was flecked with white. A bitter cold assailed me. Rare white flakes ever and again came eddying down. To the north-eastward, the glare of snow lay under the starlight of the sable sky and I could see an undulating crest of hillocks pinkish white. There were fringes of ice along the sea margin, with drifting masses further out; but the main expanse of that salt ocean, all bloody under the eternal sunset, was still unfrozen. ‘So I travuld, stoping evur and ugen, in graet striedz uv a thouzund yirz or mor, draun on by dhv mistury uv dhe vrth’s faet, woching with a straenj fasunaeshun dhv svn groe larjur and dvlur in dhv westwurd skie, and dhv lief uv dhe oeld vrth eb uwae. At last, mor dhan thvrty milyun yirz hens, dhv huej red-hot doem uv dhv svn had kvm to ubskywr nirly a tenth part uv dhv darkling hevunz. Dhen I stopd wvns mor, for dhv krauling mvltutood uv krabz had disupird, and dhv red beech, saev for its livud green livurworts and liekunz, seemd lieflus. And nou it wvz flekd with whiet. A bitur koeld usaeld me. Rer whiet flaeks evur and ugen kaem edying doun. To dhv north-eestwurd, dhv gler uv snoe lae vndur dhv starliet uv dhv saebul skie and I kwd see an vndyulaeting krest uv hiluks pinkish whiet. Dher wvr frinjuz uv ies ulong dhv see marjun, with drifting masuz fvrdhur out; bvt dhv maen ekspans uv dhat sault oeshun, aul blvdy vndur dhe itvrnul svnset, wvs stil unfroezun.
`I looked about me to see if any traces of animal life remained. A certain indefinable apprehension still kept me in the saddle of the machine. But I saw nothing moving, in earth or sky or sea. The green slime on the rocks alone testified that life was not extinct. A shallow sandbank had appeared in the sea and the water had receded from the beach. I fancied I saw some black object flopping about upon this bank, but it became motionless as I looked at it, and I judged that my eye had been deceived, and that the black object was merely a rock. The stars in the sky were intensely bright and seemed to me to twinkle very little. ‘I lwkd ubout me to see if eny traesuz uv anumul lief rimaend. A svrtun indifienubul aprihenshun stil kept me in dhv sadul uv dhv musheen. Bvt I sau nvthing mooving, in vrth or skie or see. Dhv green sliem on dhv roks uloen testufied dhat lief wvz not ekstinkt. A shaloe sandbank had upird in dhv see and dhv wotur had riseedud frvm dhv beech. I fansyd I sau svm blak objikt floping ubout upon dhis bank, bvt it bikaem moeshunlus az I lwkd at it, and I jvjd dhat mie ie had bin diseevd, and dhat dhv blak objikt wvz mirly a rok. Dhv starz in dhv skie wvr intensly briet and seemd to me to twinkul very litul.
`Suddenly I noticed that the circular westward outline of the sun had changed; that a concavity, a bay, had appeared in the curve. I saw this grow larger. For a minute perhaps I stared aghast at this blackness that was creeping over the day, and then I realized that an eclipse was beginning. Either the moon or the planet Mercury was passing across the sun’s disk. Naturally, at first I took it to be the moon, but there is much to incline me to believe that what I really saw was the transit of an inner planet passing very near to the earth. ‘Svdunly I noetusd dhat dhv svrkyulur westwurd outlien uv dhv svn had chaenjd; dhat a konkavuty, a bae, had upird in dhv kvrv. I sau dhis groe larjur. For a minut purhaps I sterd ugast at dhis blaknus dhat wvz kreeping oevur dhv dae, and dhen I reuliezd dhat an iklips wvz bigining. Eedhur dhv moon or dhv planut Mvrkyury wvz pasing ukros dhv svn’z disk. Nachuruly, at fvrst I twk it to be dhv moon, bvt dher iz mvch to inklien me to bileev dhat whot I reely sau wvz dhv transut uv an inur planut pasing very nir to dhe vrth.
`The darkness grew apace; a cold wind began to blow in freshening gusts from the east, and the showering white flakes in the air increased in number. From the edge of the sea came a ripple and whisper. Beyond these lifeless sounds the world was silent. Silent? It would be hard to convey the stillness of it. All the sounds of man, the bleating of sheep, the cries of birds, the hum of insects, the stir that makes the background of our lives–all that was over. As the darkness thickened, the eddying flakes grew more abundant, dancing before my eyes; and the cold of the air more intense. At last, one by one, swiftly, one after the other, the white peaks of the distant hills vanished into blackness. The breeze rose to a moaning wind. I saw the black central shadow of the eclipse sweeping towards me. In another moment the pale stars alone were visible. All else was rayless obscurity. The sky was absolutely black. ‘Dhv darknus groo upaes; a koeld wind bigan to bloe in freshuning gvsts frvm dhv eest, and dhv shouring whiet flaeks in dhe er inkreesd in nvmbur. Frvm dhe ej uv dhv see kaem a ripul and whispur. Beond dheez lieflus soundz dhv wvruld wvz sielunt. Sielunt? It wwd be hard to kunvae dhv stilnus uv it. Aul dhv soundz uv man, dhv bleeting uv sheep, dhv kriez uv bvrdz, dhv hvm uv insekts, dhv stvr dhat maeks dhv bakground uv our lievz—aul dhat wvz oevur. Az dhv darknus thikund, dhe edying flaeks groo mor ubvndunt, dansing bifoer mie iez; and dhv koeld uv dhe er mor intens. At last, wvn by wvn, swiftly, wvn aftur dhe vdhur, dhv whiet peeks uv dhv distunt hilz vanishd into blaknus. Dhv breez roez to a moening wind. I sau dhv blak sentrul shadoe uv dhe iklips sweeping tuwordz me. In unvdhur moemunt pael starz uloen wvr vizubul. Aul els wvz raelus ubskwruty. Dhv skie wvz absulootly blak.
`A horror of this great darkness came on me. The cold, that smote to my marrow, and the pain I felt in breathing, overcame me. I shivered, and a deadly nausea seized me. Then like a red-hot bow in the sky appeared the edge of the sun. I got off the machine to recover myself. I felt giddy and incapable of facing the return journey. As I stood sick and confused I saw again the moving thing upon the shoal–there was no mistake now that it was a moving thing–against the red water of the sea. It was a round thing, the size of a football perhaps, or, it may be, bigger, and tentacles trailed down from it; it seemed black against the weltering blood-red water, and it was hopping fitfully about. Then I felt I was fainting. But a terrible dread of lying helpless in that remote and awful twilight sustained me while I clambered upon the saddle. ‘A horur uv dhis graet darknus kaem on me. Dhv koeld, dhat smoet to mie marroe, and dhv paen I felt in breedhing, oevurkaem me. I shivurd, and a dedly nauzeu seezd me. Dhen like a red-hot boe in dhv skie upird dhe ej uv dhv svn. I got off dhv musheen to rikuvvur mieself. I felt gidy and inkaepubul uv faesing dhv ritvrn jvrny. Az I stwd sik and kunfuezd I sau ugen dhv mooving thing upon dhv shoel—dher wvz no mustaek nou dhat it wvz a mooving thing—ugenst dhv red wotur uv dhv see. It wvz a round thing, dhv siez uv a fwtbaul purhaps, or, it mae be, bigur, and tentikulz traeld doun frvm it; it seemd blak ugenst dhv welturing blvd-red wotur, and it wvz hoping fitfuly ubout. Dhen I felt I wvz faenting. Bvt a terubul dred uv lieing helplus in dhat rimoet and auful twieliet sustaend me whiel I klamburd upon dhv sadul.



About Paul Stought

This blog will only be about spelling reform and Mentur. I am a retired machinist. I have been studying spelling reform since about 2000. I decided Mentur is what I would like to see as a user-friendly spelling system for English. Spelling reformers in general have widely differing views on the subject.
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