The prompt this month for A Classics Challenge is The Visual Tour. This is a journey through pictures, which illustrates a scene or description in my classics read.
This month I whizzed through The Time Machine by H.G. Wells.
The following quotes come from Chapter Three where the Time Traveller begins narrating his journey to his dinner guests.
He pushes a lever and is instantly catapulted into a whirl of confusion; hazy images, speed, and the passage of time. The sun hops across the sky and the moon spins full to new. When at last he decides to stop, the Time Traveller is flung from his machine, in a thunder clap, and finds himself on soft ground.
'I looked around me.
I was on what seemed to be a little lawn in a garden,
surrounded by rhododendron bushes,
and I noticed that their mauve and purple blossoms
were dropping in a shower under beating of the hailstones.'
'I stood up and looked around.
A colossal figure,
carved apparently in some white stone,
loomed indistinctly beyond the rhododendron
through the hazy downpour...
It was of white marble, in shape
something like a winged sphinx...'
'Already I saw other vast shapes - huge buildings with intricate parapets
and tall columns,
with a wooded hill-side dimly creeping in upon me through the lessening storm...
The great buildings about me stood out clear and distinct,
shining with the wet thunderstorm,
and picked out in white by the unmelted hailstones piled along their courses.'
I will be reviewing this book as part of The Classics Club.