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Timeline of Events

  • Thursday evening

    Time Traveller explains time and shows off his time machine.

    Chapter 1
  • Next Thursday evening

    Time Traveller leaves note of absence; he returns in the middle of dinner to tell his time travel story.

    Chapter 2
  • Day 1

    Time Traveller lands in future year of 802,701 and meets Eloi people; finds his time machine gone.

    Chapter 3
  • Days 2–3

    Time Traveller rescues Weena; he is frustrated he cannot locate hidden time machine.

    Chapter 5
  • Day 4

    Time Traveller meets a Morlock at a large circular well with underground ladder.

    Chapter 5
  • Day 6

    Time Traveller descends into well; escapes Morlocks; walks with Weena to Palace of Green Porcelain.

    Chapter 6
  • Day 7

    Time Traveller and Weena visit palace; get weapon and matches; Morlocks attack; Weena dies.

    Chapter 6
  • Day 8

    Time Traveller finds time machine and escapes as Morlocks attack; he returns home to tell his story.

    Chapter 10
  • Friday

    Narrator returns to the Time Traveller's home to see him leave in the time machine; he never returns.

    Chapter 12

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Chapter 1 As the book opens, an unnamed Narrator describes an after-dinner conversation among several men: the Time Traveller, who... Read More
Chapter 2 The following Thursday, the dinner guests meet again at the house in Richmond. When the Narrator arrives, he finds the M... Read More
Chapter 3 The Time Traveller explains how he finished building his time machine at 10 o'clock that morning. Climbing in, he shoved... Read More
Chapter 4 Soon, a group of about 8 to 10 "exquisite creatures" similar to the man surround the Time Traveller. They are uniformly ... Read More
Chapter 5 As the full moon rises, the Time Traveller looks back to where he left the time machine only to discover it has vanished... Read More
Chapter 6 Now the Time Traveller understands why the Eloi so dread the Morlocks. As the moon approaches the end of its cycle and t... Read More
Chapter 7 Waking, the Time Traveller feels worse than ever, as if he is not just lost but in a trap. He fears the darkness of the ... Read More
Chapter 8 Arriving at the Palace of Green Porcelain, the Time Traveller discovers that it is a vast, dusty, deserted museum. He co... Read More
Chapter 9 As they start back toward the White Sphinx, the Time Traveller collects firewood. Noticing that they are being followed ... Read More
Chapter 10 At about 8:00 or 9:00 a.m., the Time Traveller arrives back where he landed. Watching some Eloi playing and swimming, he... Read More
Chapter 11 This time, the Time Traveller is only halfway seated, so the ride is even more turbulent than before. Looking at the spe... Read More
Chapter 12 The Time Traveller returns, pointing out that as he approaches his laboratory in the present, he "seem[s] to see Hillyer... Read More
Epilogue Three years later, the Narrator wonders whether the Time Traveller will ever return. He wonders if he returned to the pa... Read More
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