The Door in the Wall

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THE DOOR IN THE WALL
And Other Stories
BY

H. G. WELLS
A Penn State Electronic Classics Series Publication

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Contents
THE DOOR IN THE WALL ............................................................................................................ 4 THE STAR ....................................................................................................................................... 20 A DREAM OF ARMAGEDDON ................................................................................................... 31 THE CONE ...................................................................................................................................... 56 A MOONLIGHT FABLE ................................................................................................................ 67 THE DIAMOND MAKER.............................................................................................................. 71 THE LORD OF THE DYNAMOS ................................................................................................. 78 THE COUNTRY OF THE BLIND................................................................................................. 86

The Door in the Wall and other stories

THE DOOR IN THE WALL
And Other Stories
BY

H. G. WELLS
THE DOOR IN THE WALL I
ONE CONFIDENTIAL EVENING, not three months ago, Lionel Wallace told me this story of the Door in the Wall. And at the time I thought that so far as he was concerned it was a true story. He told it me with such a direct simplicity of conviction 4

that I could not do otherwise than believe in him. But in the morning, in my own flat, I woke to a different atmosphere, and as I lay in bed and recalled the things he had told me, stripped of the glamour of his earnest slow voice, denuded of the focussed shaded table light, the shadowy atmosphere that wrapped about him and the pleasant bright things, the dessert and glasses and napery of the dinner we had shared, making them for the time a bright little world quite cut off from every-day realities, I saw it all as frankly incredible. “He was mystifying!” I said, and then: “How well he did it!… It isn’t quite the thing I should have expected him, of all people, to do well.” Afterwards, as I sat up in bed and sipped my morning tea, I found myself trying to account for the flavour of reality that perplexed me in his impossible reminiscences, by supposing they did in some way suggest, present, convey—I hardly know which word to use—experiences it was otherwise impossible to tell. Well, I don’t resort to that explanation now. I have got over my intervening doubts. I believe now, as I believed at the moment of telling, that Wallace did to the very best of

H G Wells his ability strip the truth of his secret for me. But whether he himself saw, or only thought he saw, whether he himself was the possessor of an inestimable...
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