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Edwin Abbott Abbott

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Chapter Summary
Preface The opening illustration of Flatland shows a cloud with annotations of the fifth through tenth dimensions. The book's na... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 1–2 "Flatland" is not actually what the people of A Square's world call their realm. It is merely the name he uses to help... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 3–4 The people of Flatland are usually no more than 11 inches across, with 12 as an absolute maximum. Men are shapes, and ... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 5–6 The narrator moves on to the subject of how figures in Flatland recognize each other and assess each other's angles wh... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 7–8 Up to this point, A Square has been speaking with the assumption that all figures in Flatland are regular: that all wo... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 9–10 Because color made distinguishing shapes easy, the art of sight recognition was in decline, and other "scientific subj... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 11–12 A Square pauses to say that he is going to skip a lot of information about Flatland. This is not because he hasn't tho... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 13–14 On the penultimate day of the year 1999, A Square has a dream in which he travels to Lineland, a world with only one d... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 15–16 A Square wakes up and finds that it is the last day of the millennium. At the end of the day he sits with his wife, th... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 17–18 A Square tries to attack Sphere but cannot hurt him, as he slips out of Flatland altogether. Sphere had hoped that Squ... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 19–20 A Square tries to rescue his brother but cannot move in three-dimensional space. Sphere tells him not to worry and int... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 21–22 A Square wakes up with a fresh enthusiasm to preach the Gospel of the Third Dimension. However, town criers repeat the... Read More
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