The Time Machine with English-French Dictionary by Herbert George Wells (online free books)

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Table of Content

Chapter I
Chapter II
Chapter III
Chapter IV
Chapter V
Chapter VI
Chapter VII
Chapter VIII
Chapter IX
Chapter X
Chapter XI
Chapter XII

The Time Machine Text

Chapter I

Chapter - chapitre, branche, section

The Time Traveller (for so it will be convenient to speak of him) was expounding a recondite matter to us. His grey eyes shone and twinkled, and his usually pale face was flushed and animated. The fire burned brightly, and the soft radiance of the incandescent lights in the lilies of silver caught the bubbles that flashed and passed in our glasses.

Convenient - pratique, commode

expounding - l'exposé, préciser, expliciter

shone - briller, éclairer

twinkled - a scintillé, briller, cligner, virevolter

pale - pâle, hâve

flushed - rincé, rougeur

animated - animée, animé, animer

brightly - brillante, clairement, précisément

incandescent - incandescent, éblouissant, irradiant, resplendissant, éclatant

lilies - des lys, lys

bubbles - bulles, bulle, trou, vent, ambiance, bouillonner

flashed - flashé, éclair, lueur

Our chairs, being his patents, embraced and caressed us rather than submitted to be sat upon, and there was that luxurious after-dinner atmosphere when thought roams gracefully free of the trammels of precision. And he put it to us in this way-marking the points with a lean forefinger-as we sat and lazily admired his earnestness over this new paradox (as we thought it) and his fecundity.

patents - brevets, brevet (d'invention) (noun), breveté (adjective)

embraced - embrassée, étreindre, embrasser, accolade

caressed - caressé, caresser

submitted - soumis, soumettre

upon - sur, a

luxurious - luxueux, de luxe

atmosphere - atmosphere, atmosphere, ambience, ambiance

roams - erre, errer

gracefully - gracieusement

trammels - les trémails, crémaillere

precision - précision

lean - maigre, adossons, adossent, appuyer, adossez

forefinger - l'index, index

lazily - paresseusement

admired - admiré, admirer

earnestness - le sérieux

paradox - paradoxe, antinomie

fecundity - fécondité

'You must follow me carefully. I shall have to controvert one or two ideas that are almost universally accepted. The geometry, for instance, they taught you at school is founded on a misconception.'

controvert - controverse

universally - universellement

geometry - géométrie

instance - instance

misconception - idée fausse, idée erronée

'Is not that rather a large thing to expect us to begin upon?'said Filby, an argumentative person with red hair.

argumentative - argumentatif

'I do not mean to ask you to accept anything without reasonable ground for it. You will soon admit as much as I need from you. You know of course that a mathematical line, a line of thickness nil, has no real existence. They taught you that? Neither has a mathematical plane. These things are mere abstractions.'

reasonable - raisonnable

admit - admettre, avouer, reconnaître

mathematical - mathématique

thickness - l'épaisseur, épaisseur, grosseur

existence - l'existence, existence

mere - simple

abstractions - abstractions, abstraction

'That is all right,'said the Psychologist.

Psychologist - psychologue

'Nor, having only length, breadth, and thickness, can a cube have a real existence.'

nor - ni, NON-OU

Length - longueur, durée

cube - cube

'There I object,'said Filby. 'Of course a solid body may exist. All real things-'

solid - solide, massif, plein, continu

'So most people think. But wait a moment. Can an instantaneous cube exist?'

instantaneous - instantanée, instantané

'Don't follow you,'said Filby.

'Can a cube that does not last for any time at all, have a real existence?'

Filby became pensive. 'Clearly,'the Time Traveller proceeded, 'any real body must have extension in four directions: it must have Length, Breadth, Thickness, and-Duration. But through a natural infirmity of the flesh, which I will explain to you in a moment, we incline to overlook this fact. There are really four dimensions, three which we call the three planes of Space, and a fourth, Time.

pensive - pensif, chagrin, mélancolique

proceeded - a procédé, avancer, procéder

extension - extension

duration - durée

infirmity - l'infirmité, infirmité

flesh - de la chair, chair, peau, viande, corps, pulpe

overlook - vue, panorama, surplomber, négliger, louper, passer outre

dimensions - dimensions, dimension

There is, however, a tendency to draw an unreal distinction between the former three dimensions and the latter, because it happens that our consciousness moves intermittently in one direction along the latter from the beginning to the end of our lives.'

tendency - tendance

unreal - irréel

distinction - distinction, différence

former - ancien, ancienne, ci devant

consciousness - la conscience, conscience

intermittently - par intermittence

'That,'said a very young man, making spasmodic efforts to relight his cigar over the lamp; 'that … very clear indeed.'

spasmodic - spasmodique

efforts - efforts, effort

relight - rallumer

cigar - cigare

indeed - certainement, vraiment, en effet, bien sur, certes

'Now, it is very remarkable that this is so extensively overlooked,'continued the Time Traveller, with a slight accession of cheerfulness. 'Really this is what is meant by the Fourth Dimension, though some people who talk about the Fourth Dimension do not know they mean it. It is only another way of looking at Time.

remarkable - remarquable

extensively - de maniere extensive

overlooked - négligé, vue, panorama, surplomber, négliger, louper

Slight - insignifiant, léger

accession - l'adhésion, accession

cheerfulness - gaieté

Dimension - dimension, dimensionner

though - mais, néanmoins, cependant, malgré, bien que

There is no difference between Time and any of the three dimensions of Space except that our consciousness moves along it. But some foolish people have got hold of the wrong side of that idea. You have all heard what they have to say about this Fourth Dimension?'

foolish - sot, stupide, bete, idiot

'I have not,'said the Provincial Mayor.

provincial - provinciale, provincial

mayor - maire, mairesse, bourgmestre

'It is simply this. That Space, as our mathematicians have it, is spoken of as having three dimensions, which one may call Length, Breadth, and Thickness, and is always definable by reference to three planes, each at right angles to the others. But some philosophical people have been asking why three dimensions particularly-why not another direction at right angles to the other three?

Simply - tout simplement, simplement

mathematicians - des mathématiciens, mathématicien, mathématicienne

definable - définissable

reference - référence, recommandation, faire référence a, référencer

philosophical - philosophique

particularly - en particulier

-and have even tried to construct a Four-Dimension geometry. Professor Simon Newcomb was expounding this to the New York Mathematical Society only a month or so ago.

construct - construction, construire

York - york, Yorck, Yorque

You know how on a flat surface, which has only two dimensions, we can represent a figure of a three-dimensional solid, and similarly they think that by models of three dimensions they could represent one of four-if they could master the perspective of the thing. See?'

surface - surface, faire surface

represent - représenter, constituer, représentez, représentons

similarly - de la meme maniere

Master - maître, patron, maîtriser, maitre, maîtrisent

perspective - perspective, perspectif

'I think so,'murmured the Provincial Mayor; and, knitting his brows, he lapsed into an introspective state, his lips moving as one who repeats mystic words. 'Yes, I think I see it now,'he said after some time, brightening in a quite transitory manner.

murmured - murmuré, murmure, rumeur, souffle, murmurer

knitting - tricotage, tricot, (knit), tricoter, souder, unir, se souder

brows - les sourcils, (brow), andouiller d'oil, maître andouiller

lapsed - caduque, erreur, faute

introspective - introspectif

lips - levres, levre

mystic - mystique

transitory - transitoire

'Well, I do not mind telling you I have been at work upon this geometry of Four Dimensions for some time. Some of my results are curious. For instance, here is a portrait of a man at eight years old, another at fifteen, another at seventeen, another at twenty-three, and so on.

Curious - vous etes curieux, curieux, intéressant, singulier

portrait - portrait

All these are evidently sections, as it were, Three-Dimensional representations of his Four-Dimensioned being, which is a fixed and unalterable thing.

evidently - évidemment, de toute évidence, manifestement

Dimensioned - dimensionné, dimension

unalterable - inaltérable

'Scientific people,'proceeded the Time Traveller, after the pause required for the proper assimilation of this, 'know very well that Time is only a kind of Space. Here is a popular scientific diagram, a weather record. This line I trace with my finger shows the movement of the barometer.

scientific - scientifique

pause - pauser, pause

required - nécessaires, exiger, demander, avoir besoin de, requérir

proper - appropriée, approprié, convenable, exact, juste, propre

assimilation - l'assimilation, assimilation

diagram - diagramme, schéma

trace - trace, projection horizontale, décalquer

barometer - barometre, barometre

Yesterday it was so high, yesterday night it fell, then this morning it rose again, and so gently upward to here. Surely the mercury did not trace this line in any of the dimensions of Space generally recognized? But certainly it traced such a line, and that line, therefore, we must conclude was along the Time-Dimension.'

upward - a la hausse

surely - surement, surement, assurément

mercury - le mercure, mercure, vif-argent

generally - en général

traced - tracé, trace

therefore - par conséquent, en conséquence, donc, pour ça

conclude - conclure

'But,'said the Medical Man, staring hard at a coal in the fire, 'if Time is really only a fourth dimension of Space, why is it, and why has it always been, regarded as something different? And why cannot we move in Time as we move about in the other dimensions of Space?'

coal - charbon, houille, tisons, checkhouille

regarded - considérée, considérer

The Time Traveller smiled. 'Are you sure we can move freely in Space? Right and left we can go, backward and forward freely enough, and men always have done so. I admit we move freely in two dimensions. But how about up and down? Gravitation limits us there.'

freely - librement

backward - a l'envers, arriéré, en arriere, a reculons

Gravitation - gravitation

limits - des limites, limite, limitation

'Not exactly,'said the Medical Man. 'There are balloons.'

balloons - ballons, ballon, ballon de baudruche

'But before the balloons, save for spasmodic jumping and the inequalities of the surface, man had no freedom of vertical movement.'

inequalities - inégalités, inégalité, inéquation

freedom - la liberté, liberté

vertical - verticale, vertical

'Still they could move a little up and down,'said the Medical Man.

'Easier, far easier down than up.'

'And you cannot move at all in time, you cannot get away from the present moment.'

all in time - en temps et en heure

'My dear sir, that is just where you are wrong. That is just where the whole world has gone wrong. We are always getting away from the present moment. Our mental existences, which are immaterial and have no dimensions, are passing along the Time-Dimension with a uniform velocity from the cradle to the grave.

mental - mentale, affectif, mental

existences - existences, existence

immaterial - immatériel

velocity - la vélocité, vecteur vitesse, vélocité, fréquence

from the cradle to the grave - du berceau a la tombe

Just as we should travel down if we began our existence fifty miles above the earth's surface.'

earth's surface - la surface de la terre

'But the great difficulty is this,'interrupted the Psychologist. 'You can move about in all directions of Space, but you cannot move about in Time.'

difficulty - difficulté

interrupted - interrompu, interrompre, couper

'That is the germ of my great discovery. But you are wrong to say that we cannot move about in Time. For instance, if I am recalling an incident very vividly I go back to the instant of its occurrence: I become absent-minded, as you say. I jump back for a moment.

germ - germe

recalling - rappelant, rappeler, souvenir

incident - incident, checkfait-divers, checkaccident

vividly - précise

instant - instantanée, moment

Occurrence - occurrence

absent - absente, absent

Of course we have no means of staying back for any length of Time, any more than a savage or an animal has of staying six feet above the ground. But a civilized man is better off than the savage in this respect.

savage - barbare, féroce, sauvage

civilized - civilisé, civiliser

respect - respect, respecter

He can go up against gravitation in a balloon, and why should he not hope that ultimately he may be able to stop or accelerate his drift along the Time-Dimension, or even turn about and travel the other way?'

balloon - ballon, ballon de baudruche, ballon en baudruche

ultimately - en fin de compte

accelerate - accélérer

drift - dérive, dériver, errer, dévier

turn about - faire demi-tour

'Oh, this,'began Filby, 'is all-'

'Why not?'said the Time Traveller.

'It's against reason,'said Filby.

'What reason?'said the Time Traveller.

'You can show black is white by argument,'said Filby, 'but you will never convince me.'

convince - convaincre, persuader

'Possibly not,'said the Time Traveller. 'But now you begin to see the object of my investigations into the geometry of Four Dimensions. Long ago I had a vague inkling of a machine-'

Possibly - peut-etre, possiblement, peut-etre

investigations - des enquetes, investigation

vague - vague

inkling - l'étincelle, idée, soupçon

'To travel through Time!'exclaimed the Very Young Man.

travel through - a traverser

exclaimed - s'est exclamé, exclamer

'That shall travel indifferently in any direction of Space and Time, as the driver determines.'

indifferently - avec indifférence

determines - détermine, déterminer

Filby contented himself with laughter.

contented - satisfait

'But I have experimental verification,'said the Time Traveller.

experimental - expérimental

verification - vérification

'It would be remarkably convenient for the historian,'the Psychologist suggested. 'One might travel back and verify the accepted account of the Battle of Hastings, for instance!'

remarkably - remarquablement

historian - historien, historienne

verify - vérifier

account - compte, supputation, demande

battle - bataille, combat

'Don't you think you would attract attention?'said the Medical Man.

attract attention - attirer l'attention

'Our ancestors had no great tolerance for anachronisms.'

ancestors - ancetres, ancetre

tolerance - tolérance

anachronisms - anachronismes, anachronisme

'One might get one's Greek from the very lips of Homer and Plato,'the Very Young Man thought.

Greek - grec, grecque, grecques

Plato - platon

'In which case they would certainly plough you for the Little-go.

plough - charrue, araire, labourer, pilonner

The German scholars have improved Greek so much.'

German - Allemand, Allemande, Germain, Germaine

scholars - des universitaires, étudiant, expert, savant, érudit

'Then there is the future,'said the Very Young Man. 'Just think! One might invest all one's money, leave it to accumulate at interest, and hurry on ahead!'

invest - investir, investissez, investissent, investis

accumulate - accumuler

hurry - se dépecher, précipitation, hâte

ahead - a l'avance, devant

'To discover a society,'said I, 'erected on a strictly communistic basis.'

erected - érigé, droit, dressé

strictly - strictement

communistic - communiste

basis - base

'Of all the wild extravagant theories!'began the Psychologist.

theories - théories, théorie

'Yes, so it seemed to me, and so I never talked of it until-'

'Experimental verification!'cried I. 'You are going to verify that?'

'The experiment!'cried Filby, who was getting brain-weary.

weary - fatigué, las, lasser

'Let's see your experiment anyhow,'said the Psychologist, 'though it's all humbug, you know.'

anyhow - d'une maniere ou d'une autre, de toute maniere

The Time Traveller smiled round at us. Then, still smiling faintly, and with his hands deep in his trousers pockets, he walked slowly out of the room, and we heard his slippers shuffling down the long passage to his laboratory.

faintly - faiblement

slippers - des pantoufles, chausson, pantoufle

shuffling - le brassage, (shuffle), battage, battre, mélanger

passage - passage, corridoir, couloir

laboratory - laboratoire

The Psychologist looked at us. 'I wonder what he's got?'

wonder - merveille, se demander, conjecturer

'Some sleight-of-hand trick or other,'said the Medical Man, and

trick - tour, astuce, truc, rench: t-needed r, pli, levée, quart, duper

Filby tried to tell us about a conjurer he had seen at Burslem; but

conjurer - prestidigitateur, conjurateur, invocateur

before he had finished his preface the Time Traveller came back, and

preface - préface, préfacer

Filby's anecdote collapsed.

anecdote - anecdote

collapsed - effondré, s'effondrer, effondrement

The thing the Time Traveller held in his hand was a glittering metallic framework, scarcely larger than a small clock, and very delicately made. There was ivory in it, and some transparent crystalline substance. And now I must be explicit, for this that follows-unless his explanation is to be accepted-is an absolutely unaccountable thing.

glittering - scintillant, étincelant, (glitter), étincellement, paillette

metallic - métallique, métalisé

framework - structure, cadre, checkcarcasse, checkcharpente

scarcely - a peine, a peine, guere

delicately - délicatement

ivory - ivoire

crystalline - cristalline, cristallin

substance - substance, fond, biens

explicit - explicite, expressément

Unless - a moins que, a moins que, sauf si

absolutely - absolument

unaccountable - sans avoir a rendre de comptes

He took one of the small octagonal tables that were scattered about the room, and set it in front of the fire, with two legs on the hearthrug. On this table he placed the mechanism. Then he drew up a chair, and sat down. The only other object on the table was a small shaded lamp, the bright light of which fell upon the model.

octagonal - octogonal

scattered - dispersé, disperser, se disperser, éparpiller, parsemer

set - set, Seth

Hearthrug - faux-fuyant, tapis du foyer

mechanism - mécanisme

shaded - ombragée, alose

There were also perhaps a dozen candles about, two in brass candlesticks upon the mantel and several in sconces, so that the room was brilliantly illuminated. I sat in a low arm-chair nearest the fire, and I drew this forward so as to be almost between the Time Traveller and the fireplace. Filby sat behind him, looking over his shoulder.

dozen - douzaine, dizaine

brass - laiton, airain

candlesticks - chandeliers, chandelier

illuminated - éclairé, illuminer

arm-chair - (arm-chair) fauteuil

fireplace - âtre, foyer, cheminée

The Medical Man and the Provincial Mayor watched him in profile from the right, the Psychologist from the left. The Very Young Man stood behind the Psychologist. We were all on the alert. It appears incredible to me that any kind of trick, however subtly conceived and however adroitly done, could have been played upon us under these conditions.

alert - alerte, alarme, vif

subtly - subtilement

conceived - conçu, concevoir, tomber enceinte

adroitly - adroitement

The Time Traveller looked at us, and then at the mechanism. 'Well?'said the Psychologist.

'This little affair,'said the Time Traveller, resting his elbows upon the table and pressing his hands together above the apparatus, 'is only a model. It is my plan for a machine to travel through time. You will notice that it looks singularly askew, and that there is an odd twinkling appearance about this bar, as though it was in some way unreal.'He pointed to the part with his finger.

affair - affaire, aventure, liaison

elbows - coudes, coude, coup de coude, jouer des coudes

pressing - pressant, (pres) pressant

apparatus - l'appareil, appareil

singularly - singulierement

askew - de travers, de guingois, de traviole, oblique

odd - rench: t-needed r, bizarre, étrange, impair, a peu pres

twinkling - scintillant, (twinkle), briller, cligner, virevolter

'Also, here is one little white lever, and here is another.'

lever - levier, lever

The Medical Man got up out of his chair and peered into the thing.

peered - regardé, pair

'It's beautifully made,'he said.

beautifully - magnifique

'It took two years to make,'retorted the Time Traveller. Then, when we had all imitated the action of the Medical Man, he said: 'Now I want you clearly to understand that this lever, being pressed over, sends the machine gliding into the future, and this other reverses the motion. This saddle represents the seat of a time traveller.

retorted - a rétorqué, rétorquer

imitated - imité, imiter

pressed - pressé, appuyer sur, presser

gliding - le vol a voile, vol a voile, (glide), glisser, planer

reverses - inverse, faire marche arriere, inverser

motion - mouvement, motion

saddle - selle, ensellement

represents - représente, représenter

Presently I am going to press the lever, and off the machine will go. It will vanish, pass into future Time, and disappear. Have a good look at the thing. Look at the table too, and satisfy yourselves there is no trickery. I don't want to waste this model, and then be told I'm a quack.'

press - presse, pressons, serre, pressent, pressez, serrer

vanish - disparaître, s'évanouir, s'annuler

pass into - passer dans

satisfy - satisfaire

trickery - la tromperie, tricherie, magouillage

waste - déchets, pelée, gaspiller, gâcher

quack - charlatanisme, couin-couin

There was a minute's pause perhaps. The Psychologist seemed about to speak to me, but changed his mind. Then the Time Traveller put forth his finger towards the lever. 'No,'he said suddenly. 'Lend me your hand.'And turning to the Psychologist, he took that individual's hand in his own and told him to put out his forefinger.

forth - avant, en avant

So that it was the Psychologist himself who sent forth the model Time Machine on its interminable voyage. We all saw the lever turn. I am absolutely certain there was no trickery. There was a breath of wind, and the lamp flame jumped.

interminable - interminable

Voyage - voyage

absolutely certain - absolument certain

breath - respiration, souffle, haleine

wind - vent, emmailloter, détortiller, langer, enrouler

flame - flamme, polémique

One of the candles on the mantel was blown out, and the little machine suddenly swung round, became indistinct, was seen as a ghost for a second perhaps, as an eddy of faintly glittering brass and ivory; and it was gone-vanished! Save for the lamp the table was bare.

candles - bougies, bougie, chandelle

blown out - soufflé

swung - balancé, osciller, se balancer, balancer, swinguer

indistinct - indistinct

ghost - fantôme, spectre, esprit, revenant

eddy - eddy, tourbillon

vanished - disparue, disparaître, s'évanouir, s'annuler

bare - a nu, dénudé, dégarnir, nu

Everyone was silent for a minute. Then Filby said he was damned.

silent - silencieux

damned - foutu, maudit, condamné, (damn), condamner, réprouver

The Psychologist recovered from his stupor, and suddenly looked under the table. At that the Time Traveller laughed cheerfully. 'Well?'he said, with a reminiscence of the Psychologist. Then, getting up, he went to the tobacco jar on the mantel, and with his back to us began to fill his pipe.

recovered - récupéré, recouvrer (la santé)

stupor - stupeur

cheerfully - réjouie

reminiscence - la réminiscence, réminiscence

tobacco - le tabac, tabac

jar - bocal, jarre

pipe - cornemuse, conduit, tuyau, barre verticale, tube, pipe

We stared at each other. 'look here,'said the Medical Man, 'are you in earnest about this? Do you seriously believe that that machine has travelled into time?'

look here - regarder ici

seriously - sérieusement, gravement, sérieux

'Certainly,'said the Time Traveller, stooping to light a spill at the fire. Then he turned, lighting his pipe, to look at the Psychologist's face. (The Psychologist, to show that he was not unhinged, helped himself to a cigar and tried to light it uncut.

stooping - se baisser

spill - déverser, répandre, renverser, déversement

unhinged - déséquilibré, dégonder, , déséquilibrer, troubler

uncut - non coupé

) 'What is more, I have a big machine nearly finished in there'-he indicated the laboratory-'and when that is put together I mean to have a journey on my own account.'

indicated - indiqué, indiquer, signaler

'You mean to say that that machine has travelled into the future?'said Filby.

'Into the future or the past-I don't, for certain, know which.'

After an interval the Psychologist had an inspiration. 'It must have gone into the past if it has gone anywhere,'he said.

interval - intervalle

inspiration - l'inspiration, inspiration

'Why?'said the Time Traveller.

'Because I presume that it has not moved in space, and if it travelled into the future it would still be here all this time, since it must have travelled through this time.'

presume - présumer, supposer

travelled through - traversé

'But,'I said, 'If it travelled into the past it would have been visible when we came first into this room; and last Thursday when we were here; and the Thursday before that; and so forth!'

visible - visible

'Serious objections,'remarked the Provincial Mayor, with an air of impartiality, turning towards the Time Traveller.

objections - objections, objection

remarked - remarqué, remarque

impartiality - l'impartialité, impartialité

'Not a bit,'said the Time Traveller, and, to the Psychologist: 'You think. You can explain that. It's presentation below the threshold, you know, diluted presentation.'

presentation - exposé, présentation, conférence

threshold - seuil, seuil de tolérance

diluted - dilué, diluer, couper (about wine mainly), diluée, faible

'Of course,'said the Psychologist, and reassured us. 'That's a simple point of psychology. I should have thought of it. It's plain enough, and helps the paradox delightfully. We cannot see it, nor can we appreciate this machine, any more than we can the spoke of a wheel spinning, or a bullet flying through the air.

reassured - rassuré, tranquilliser, rassurer, réassurer

psychology - la psychologie, psychologie

plain - simple, unie, net, plaine

delightfully - délicieusement

appreciate - etre reconnaissant de, apprécier a sa juste valeur

spinning - la filature, filer, (spin) la filature

bullet - balle, projectile

flying through - Voler a travers

If it is travelling through time fifty times or a hundred times faster than we are, if it gets through a minute while we get through a second, the impression it creates will of course be only one-fiftieth or one-hundredth of what it would make if it were not travelling in time. That's plain enough.'He passed his hand through the space in which the machine had been. 'You see?'he said, laughing.

travelling through - Voyager a travers

gets through - passer a travers

impression - impression

hundredth - centieme, centieme

We sat and stared at the vacant table for a minute or so. Then the

vacant - vacant, vide, niais

Time Traveller asked us what we thought of it all.

'It sounds plausible enough to-night,'said the Medical Man; 'but wait until to-morrow. Wait for the common sense of the morning.'

plausible - plausible

morrow - lendemain, matin

'Would you like to see the Time Machine itself?'asked the Time Traveller. And therewith, taking the lamp in his hand, he led the way down the long, draughty corridor to his laboratory.

therewith - avec

led - dirigé, DEL, LED, (lead) dirigé

draughty - des courants d'air

corridor - couloir, corridor, couloir aérien

I remember vividly the flickering light, his queer, broad head in silhouette, the dance of the shadows, how we all followed him, puzzled but incredulous, and how there in the laboratory we beheld a larger edition of the little mechanism which we had seen vanish from before our eyes. Parts were of nickel, parts of ivory, parts had certainly been filed or sawn out of rock crystal.

flickering - clignotement, vaciller

queer - pédé, étrange, bizarre

broad - large

silhouette - silhouette

shadows - ombres, ombre, prendre en filature, t+filer

puzzled - perplexe, mystere, énigme, puzzle, casse-tete, jeu de patience

incredulous - incrédule

beheld - a été observée, regarder, voir, observer, voici, voila

edition - édition

nickel - nickel, piece de cinq cents, nickeler

filed - classée, file

sawn - scié

rock crystal - du cristal de roche

The thing was generally complete, but the twisted crystalline bars lay unfinished upon the bench beside some sheets of drawings, and I took one up for a better look at it. Quartz it seemed to be.

twisted - tordu, twist, torsion, entortiller, tordre

lay - laique, pondre, pose

unfinished - inachevé

Bench - banc, établi, banquette

beside - a côté, aupres

Quartz - quartz, cristal de roche

'Look here,'said the Medical Man, 'are you perfectly serious?

perfectly - parfaitement

Or is this a trick-like that ghost you showed us last Christmas?'

Christmas - Noël

'Upon that machine,'said the Time Traveller, holding the lamp aloft, 'I intend to explore time. Is that plain? I was never more serious in my life.'

aloft - en altitude, en haut, en l'air

intend - l'intention de, avoir l'intention, envisager, concevoir

explore - explorer

None of us quite knew how to take it.

I caught Filby's eye over the shoulder of the Medical Man, and he winked at me solemnly.

winked - clin d'oil, faire un clin d'oil (a)

Chapter II

I think that at that time none of us quite believed in the Time Machine. The fact is, the Time Traveller was one of those men who are too clever to be believed: you never felt that you saw all round him; you always suspected some subtle reserve, some ingenuity in ambush, behind his lucid frankness.

suspected - soupçonné, suspecter, soupçonner

subtle - subtile, subtil, délicat, astucieux

reserve - réservation, réserve, réserves, remplaçant

ingenuity - l'ingéniosité, ingéniosité

ambush - embuscade

lucid - clair, claire, lucide

frankness - la franchise, franchise

Had Filby shown the model and explained the matter in the Time Traveller's words, we should have shown him far less scepticism. For we should have perceived his motives; a pork butcher could understand Filby. But the Time Traveller had more than a touch of whim among his elements, and we distrusted him. Things that would have made the frame of a less clever man seemed tricks in his hands.

scepticism - scepticisme

perceived - perçue, percevoir

motives - motivations, motif, mobile, theme, motiver

pork - porc, cochon

butcher - boucher, charcutier, abattre, (butch), hommasse

whim - caprice

elements - éléments, élément, membre

distrusted - méfiance, défiance, se méfier

frame - encadrer, cadre, armature, ossature, image, manche, frame, trame

tricks - des astuces, tour, astuce, truc, rench: -neededr, pli

It is a mistake to do things too easily. The serious people who took him seriously never felt quite sure of his deportment; they were somehow aware that trusting their reputations for judgment with him was like furnishing a nursery with egg-shell china.

deportment - comportement

somehow - d'une maniere ou d'une autre

aware - conscient, attentif, vigilant, en éveil, en alerte

trusting - la confiance, confiance, trust, faire confiance

reputations - réputation, renommée (more slang)

judgment - jugement, sentence, verdict, jugement dernier

furnishing - l'ameublement, fournissant, (furnish), meubler, fournir, livrer

nursery - pépiniere, creche, pouponniere, pépiniere

shell - coquille, coquillage, carapace, coque, cosse, douille, obus

So I don't think any of us said very much about time travelling in the interval between that Thursday and the next, though its odd potentialities ran, no doubt, in most of our minds: its plausibility, that is, its practical incredibleness, the curious possibilities of anachronism and of utter confusion it suggested. For my own part, I was particularly preoccupied with the trick of the model.

doubt - des doutes, douter, doute

practical - pratique

incredibleness - incroyable

anachronism - anachronisme

utter - l'utérus, émettre

confusion - confusion, désordre, malentendu

preoccupied - préoccupé, préoccuper

That I remember discussing with the Medical Man, whom I met on Friday at the Linnaean. He said he had seen a similar thing at Tubingen, and laid considerable stress on the blowing out of the candle. But how the trick was done he could not explain.

whom - que, qui

laid - posé, poser

considerable - considérable

blowing out - en train d'exploser

candle - bougie, chandelle

The next Thursday I went again to Richmond-I suppose I was one of the Time Traveller's most constant guests-and, arriving late, found four or five men already assembled in his drawing-room. The Medical Man was standing before the fire with a sheet of paper in one hand and his watch in the other. I looked round for the Time Traveller, and-'It's half-past seven now,'said the Medical Man.

Richmond - richmond

most constant - le plus constant

assembled - assemblés, assembler, rassembler

'I suppose we'd better have dinner?'

'Where's--?'said I, naming our host.

Host - l'hôte, hote, hôte

'You've just come? It's rather odd. He's unavoidably detained. He asks me in this note to lead off with dinner at seven if he's not back. Says he'll explain when he comes.'

unavoidably - inévitablement

detained - détenu, détenir, arreter

lead - du plomb

'It seems a pity to let the dinner spoil,'said the Editor of a well-known daily paper; and thereupon the Doctor rang the bell.

pity - compassion, pitié, dommage, honte, plaindre, avoir pitié de

spoil - gâter, gâcher, tourner, dévoiler, révéler

editor - rédacteur, lecteur-correcteur, réviseur, éditeur, éditrice

daily paper - un journal quotidien

thereupon - a ce sujet, sur ce, la-dessus

bell - cloche, sonnette

The Psychologist was the only person besides the Doctor and myself who had attended the previous dinner. The other men were Blank, the Editor aforementioned, a certain journalist, and another-a quiet, shy man with a beard-whom I didn't know, and who, as far as my observation went, never opened his mouth all the evening.

besides - d'ailleurs, aupres

previous - précédente, préalable

aforementioned - susmentionné

Shy - timide, gené, prudent, embarrassé

beard - barbe

observation - observation, remarque

There was some speculation at the dinner-table about the Time Traveller's absence, and I suggested time travelling, in a half-jocular spirit. The Editor wanted that explained to him, and the Psychologist volunteered a wooden account of the 'ingenious paradox and trick'we had witnessed that day week.

speculation - spéculation

absence - absence, manque, absence du fer

jocular - joculaire

spirit - l'esprit, esprit, moral, élan, spiritueux

volunteered - volontaire, bénévole

ingenious - ingénieux

witnessed - témoins, témoignage, témoin, preuve, témoigner

He was in the midst of his exposition when the door from the corridor opened slowly and without noise. I was facing the door, and saw it first. 'Hallo!'I said. 'At last!'And the door opened wider, and the Time Traveller stood before us. I gave a cry of surprise. 'Good heavens! man, what's the matter?'cried the Medical Man, who saw him next. And the whole tableful turned towards the door.

midst - centre, milieu

exposition - exposition

Hallo - bonjour, salut

Good heavens - Grands dieux

tableful - une table

He was in an amazing plight. His coat was dusty and dirty, and smeared with green down the sleeves; his hair disordered, and as it seemed to me greyer-either with dust and dirt or because its colour had actually faded. His face was ghastly pale; his chin had a brown cut on it-a cut half healed; his expression was haggard and drawn, as by intense suffering.

plight - situation difficile, situation critique

dusty - poussiéreux

smeared - étalé, badigeonner, couvrir, diffamer, trace, traînée

sleeves - manches, manche, chemise (inner), gaine (outer), manchon

disordered - désordonné, désordre, trouble

dirt - la saleté, saleté, ordure, terre, boue, salissure, tache

faded - fanée, (s')affaiblir, diminuer

ghastly - épouvantable, effrayant, affreux, horrible

chin - menton

healed - guéri, guérir, (se) cicatriser

haggard - hagard, émacié

intense - intense

suffering - la souffrance, souffrance, douleur

For a moment he hesitated in the doorway, as if he had been dazzled by the light. Then he came into the room. He walked with just such a limp as I have seen in footsore tramps. We stared at him in silence, expecting him to speak.

hesitated - hésité, hésiter

doorway - l'embrasure de la porte, embrasure de la porte

dazzled - éblouie, éblouir

limp - boiteux, boitez, boitent, boitons, boiter

footsore - éclopé

Tramps - des clochards, clochard, va-nu-pieds, traînée, garce

silence - le silence, silence

He said not a word, but came painfully to the table, and made a motion towards the wine. The Editor filled a glass of champagne, and pushed it towards him. He drained it, and it seemed to do him good: for he looked round the table, and the ghost of his old smile flickered across his face. 'What on earth have you been up to, man?'said the Doctor. The Time Traveller did not seem to hear.

painfully - douloureusement

champagne - du champagne, Champagne

drained - drainé, drain, bonde, hémorragie, gouffre, drainer

flickered - a clignoté, vaciller

'Don't let me disturb you,'he said, with a certain faltering articulation. 'I'm all right.'He stopped, held out his glass for more, and took it off at a draught. 'That's good,'he said. His eyes grew brighter, and a faint colour came into his cheeks. His glance flickered over our faces with a certain dull approval, and then went round the warm and comfortable room.

disturb - déranger, perturber, gener

faltering - en perte de vitesse, (falter), vaciller

faint - évanouissement, s'évanouir, défailles, défaillez, défaillir

cheeks - joues, joue, fesse, culot, toupet, potence de bringuebale

glance - regard, jeter un coup d’oil

dull - émoussé, ennuyeux, barbant, mat, terne, sot, obtus

approval - agrément, approbation

Then he spoke again, still as it were feeling his way among his words. 'I'm going to wash and dress, and then I'll come down and explain things … Save me some of that mutton. I'm starving for a bit of meat.'

mutton - du mouton, mouton

I'm starving - Je suis affamé

He looked across at the Editor, who was a rare visitor, and hoped he was all right. The Editor began a question. 'Tell you presently,'said the Time Traveller. 'I'm-funny! Be all right in a minute.'

rare - rares, rare

He put down his glass, and walked towards the staircase door. Again I remarked his lameness and the soft padding sound of his footfall, and standing up in my place, I saw his feet as he went out. He had nothing on them but a pair of tattered, blood-stained socks. Then the door closed upon him. I had half a mind to follow, till I remembered how he detested any fuss about himself.

staircase - escalier

lameness - boiterie

padding - le rembourrage, rembourrage, (pad) le rembourrage

stained - taché, tache, souillure, colorant, tacher, entacher, colorer

detested - détesté, détester, mépriser

fuss - l'agitation, agitation, histoires, s’agiter, s’empresser

For a minute, perhaps, my mind was wool-gathering. Then, 'Remarkable Behaviour of an Eminent Scientist,'I heard the Editor say, thinking (after his wont) in headlines. And this brought my attention back to the bright dinner-table.

Wool - laine

gathering - rassemblement, cueillant, amassant, ramassage

wont - de la volonté

headlines - les titres, titre, manchette

'What's the game?'said the Journalist. 'Has he been doing the Amateur Cadger? I don't follow.'I met the eye of the Psychologist, and read my own interpretation in his face. I thought of the Time Traveller limping painfully upstairs. I don't think any one else had noticed his lameness.

amateur - amateur, amatrice, amateuse

Cadger - cadger

interpretation - l'interprétation, interprétation

limping - boitant, (limp) boitant

The first to recover completely from this surprise was the Medical Man, who rang the bell-the Time Traveller hated to have servants waiting at dinner-for a hot plate. At that the Editor turned to his knife and fork with a grunt, and the Silent Man followed suit. The dinner was resumed.

recover - récupérer, captons, capter, recouvrent, recouvrer, recouvrons

servants - serviteurs, serviteur, domestique, servante, fr

grunt - grognement, bidasse, troufion, grogner

resumed - reprise, reprendre

Conversation was exclamatory for a little while, with gaps of wonderment; and then the Editor got fervent in his curiosity. 'Does our friend eke out his modest income with a crossing? or has he his Nebuchadnezzar phases?'he inquired. 'I feel assured it's this business of the Time Machine,'I said, and took up the Psychologist's account of our previous meeting.

exclamatory - exclamatif

wonderment - l'émerveillement

fervent - fervent

curiosity - curiosité

eke - eke, faire durer, maintenir

modest - modeste, (mod)

income - revenus, revenu, recette

phases - phases, phase

inquired - a demandé, enqueter, renseigner

assured - assurée, assurerent, assura, assurai

The new guests were frankly incredulous. The Editor raised objections. 'What was this time travelling? A man couldn't cover himself with dust by rolling in a paradox, could he?'And then, as the idea came home to him, he resorted to caricature. Hadn't they any clothes-brushes in the Future?

frankly - franchement

dust - la poussiere, poussiere, épousseter, pulvériser

rolling in - en train de rouler

resorted - recouru, avoir recours (a)

caricature - caricature, caricaturer

The Journalist too, would not believe at any price, and joined the Editor in the easy work of heaping ridicule on the whole thing. They were both the new kind of journalist-very joyous, irreverent young men. 'Our special correspondent in the Day after To-morrow reports,'the Journalist was saying-or rather shouting-when the Time Traveller came back.

heaping - en tas, tas, pile, monceau

ridicule - ridiculiser, bafouer, ridicule

joyous - joyeux

irreverent - irrévérencieux

special correspondent - correspondant spécial

He was dressed in ordinary evening clothes, and nothing save his haggard look remained of the change that had startled me.

remained - est restée, reste, rester, demeurer

startled - surpris, sursauter, surprendre

'I say,'said the Editor hilariously, 'these chaps here say you have been travelling into the middle of next week! Tell us all about little Rosebery, will you? What will you take for the lot?'

hilariously - hilarant

chaps - les chaps, type

The Time Traveller came to the place reserved for him without a word. He smiled quietly, in his old way. 'Where's my mutton?'he said. 'What a treat it is to stick a fork into meat again!'

reserved - réservé, réservation, réserve, réserves-p

treat - négocier, traiter, régaler, guérir, soigner

stick - bâton, canne, stick

'Story!'cried the Editor.

'Story be damned!'said the Time Traveller. 'I want something to eat. I won't say a word until I get some peptone into my arteries. Thanks. And the salt.'

peptone - peptone

arteries - arteres, artere

'One word,'said I. 'Have you been time travelling?'

'Yes,'said the Time Traveller, with his mouth full, nodding his head.

nodding - hochement de tete, (nod), dodeliner, hocher, hochement

'I'd give a shilling a line for a verbatim note,'said the Editor. The Time Traveller pushed his glass towards the Silent Man and rang it with his fingernail; at which the Silent Man, who had been staring at his face, started convulsively, and poured him wine. The rest of the dinner was uncomfortable.

shilling - shilling, (shill), homme de paille, prete-nom

verbatim - verbatim

fingernail - ongle, ongle de main

convulsively - convulsivement

poured - versé, verser, se déverser

uncomfortable - inconfortable

For my own part, sudden questions kept on rising to my lips, and I dare say it was the same with the others. The Journalist tried to relieve the tension by telling anecdotes of Hettie Potter. The Time Traveller devoted his attention to his dinner, and displayed the appetite of a tramp. The Medical Man smoked a cigarette, and watched the Time Traveller through his eyelashes.

sudden - soudain, soudaine, subit

dare - oser, aventurer

relieve - soulager, relayer, faire ses besoins, se soulager

tension - tension, traction

anecdotes - des anecdotes, anecdote

Potter - potter, potier/-iere

devoted - dévouée, consacrer, vouer

displayed - affichée, représentation, spectacle, moniteur, écran

appetite - l'appétit, appétit

tramp - piéton, clochard, va-nuieds, traînée, garce

eyelashes - cils, cil

The Silent Man seemed even more clumsy than usual, and drank champagne with regularity and determination out of sheer nervousness. At last the Time Traveller pushed his plate away, and looked round us. 'I suppose I must apologize,'he said. 'I was simply starving. I've had a most amazing time.'He reached out his hand for a cigar, and cut the end. 'But come into the smoking-room.

clumsy - empoté, gauche, lourd, maladroit

regularity - régularité

determination - détermination

sheer - transparent, pur

nervousness - la nervosité, nervosité

apologize - s'excuser, présenter des excuses, faire l'apologie de

Starving - affamés, affamant, (starve), mourir de faim, crever de faim

It's too long a story to tell over greasy plates.'And ringing the bell in passing, he led the way into the adjoining room.

adjoining room - la chambre attenante

'You have told Blank, and Dash, and Chose about the machine?'he said to me, leaning back in his easy-chair and naming the three new guests.

Dash - dash, tiret, trait, ta, sprint, soupçon, se précipiter

leaning - penchant, adossant, (lean) penchant

'But the thing's a mere paradox,'said the Editor.

'I can't argue to-night. I don't mind telling you the story, but I can't argue. I will,'he went on, 'tell you the story of what has happened to me, if you like, but you must refrain from interruptions. I want to tell it. Badly. Most of it will sound like lying. So be it! It's true-every word of it, all the same.

I don't mind - Ça ne me dérange pas

refrain - refrain

interruptions - des interruptions, interruption

I was in my laboratory at four o'clock, and since then … I've lived eight days … such days as no human being ever lived before! I'm nearly worn out, but I shan't sleep till I've told this thing over to you. Then I shall go to bed. But no interruptions! Is it agreed?'

shan - Shan

'Agreed,'said the Editor, and the rest of us echoed 'Agreed.'And with that the Time Traveller began his story as I have set it forth. He sat back in his chair at first, and spoke like a weary man. Afterwards he got more animated. In writing it down I feel with only too much keenness the inadequacy of pen and ink-and, above all, my own inadequacy-to express its quality.

echoed - en écho, écho

feel with - ressentir avec

keenness - l'ardeur

ink - encre

You read, I will suppose, attentively enough; but you cannot see the speaker's white, sincere face in the bright circle of the little lamp, nor hear the intonation of his voice. You cannot know how his expression followed the turns of his story!

attentively - attentivement

sincere - sincere, sincere

intonation - l'intonation, intonation

Most of us hearers were in shadow, for the candles in the smoking-room had not been lighted, and only the face of the Journalist and the legs of the Silent Man from the knees downward were illuminated. At first we glanced now and again at each other. After a time we ceased to do that, and looked only at the Time Traveller's face.

shadow - l'ombre, ombre, prendre en filature, filer

glanced - a glissé, jeter un coup d’oil, coup d'oil

ceased - cessé, cesser, s'arreter, cesser de + 'infinitive'

Chapter III

'I told some of you last Thursday of the principles of the Time Machine, and showed you the actual thing itself, incomplete in the workshop. There it is now, a little travel-worn, truly; and one of the ivory bars is cracked, and a brass rail bent; but the rest of it's sound enough.

principles - principes, principe

actual - réel, effectif, checkeffectif, checkprésent

incomplete - incomplete

workshop - atelier

truly - vraiment

cracked - fissuré, (se) feler

rail - ferroviaire, rail

bent - plié, courba, courbai, courbés, courbé, cambrai

I expected to finish it on Friday, but on Friday, when the putting together was nearly done, I found that one of the nickel bars was exactly one inch too short, and this I had to get remade; so that the thing was not complete until this morning. It was at ten o'clock to-day that the first of all Time Machines began its career.

inch - pouce

remade - refait, refaits, refaites, refaite, refîmes

I gave it a last tap, tried all the screws again, put one more drop of oil on the quartz rod, and sat myself in the saddle. I suppose a suicide who holds a pistol to his skull feels much the same wonder at what will come next as I felt then. I took the starting lever in one hand and the stopping one in the other, pressed the first, and almost immediately the second.

tap - robinet, forer, toucher, rencontrer

screws - vis, hélice, visser, baiser, coucher avec, fourrer

rod - tige, canne a peche, verges, bite, paf, pine, queue, vit, zob

suicide - le suicide, suicide, suicidé, suicidée, suicidant, suicidante

pistol - pistolet

skull - crâne, crane

I seemed to reel; I felt a nightmare sensation of falling; and, looking round, I saw the laboratory exactly as before. Had anything happened? For a moment I suspected that my intellect had tricked me. Then I noted the clock. A moment before, as it seemed, it had stood at a minute or so past ten; now it was nearly half-past three!

reel - reel, bobine, enrouleur, embobiner, enrouler, tituber

nightmare - cauchemar, mauvais reve, tourment

sensation - sensation

tricked - piégé, tour, astuce, truc, rench: -neededr, pli, levée

'I drew a breath, set my teeth, gripped the starting lever with both hands, and went off with a thud. The laboratory got hazy and went dark. Mrs. Watchett came in and walked, apparently without seeing me, towards the garden door. I suppose it took her a minute or so to traverse the place, but to me she seemed to shoot across the room like a rocket. I pressed the lever over to its extreme position.

gripped - saisi, empoigner

thud - bruit sourd, martelement, marteler

hazy - brumeux, flou, trouble, vague

apparently - apparemment, évidemment, en apparence

traverse - franchir, traverser

shoot - tirer, larguer, tirent, tirons, tirez

rocket - fusée

The night came like the turning out of a lamp, and in another moment came to-morrow. The laboratory grew faint and hazy, then fainter and ever fainter. To-morrow night came black, then day again, night again, day again, faster and faster still. An eddying murmur filled my ears, and a strange, dumb confusedness descended on my mind.

fainter - plus faible, (faint) plus faible

eddying - eddying, tourbillon

murmur - murmure, rumeur, souffle, murmurer

dumb - stupide, muet

confusedness - confusion

descended - descendu, descendre

'I am afraid I cannot convey the peculiar sensations of time travelling. They are excessively unpleasant. There is a feeling exactly like that one has upon a switchback-of a helpless headlong motion! I felt the same horrible anticipation, too, of an imminent smash. As I put on pace, night followed day like the flapping of a black wing.

convey - transmettre, transporter, véhiculer, communiquer

peculiar - particulier, extraordinaire, bizarre, curieux

sensations - sensations, sensation

excessively - de maniere excessive, excessivement, bien trop (much too...)

unpleasant - déplaisant, pénible, désagréable

switchback - switchback, lacet

helpless - sans défense, désemparé

headlong - tete baissée, la tete la premiere

horrible - horrible, affreux, épouvantable

imminent - imminent

smash - smash, fracasser, percuter, écraser

pace - rythme, pas

flapping - battre des ailes, pan

Wing - aile, ailier, improviser

The dim suggestion of the laboratory seemed presently to fall away from me, and I saw the sun hopping swiftly across the sky, leaping it every minute, and every minute marking a day. I supposed the laboratory had been destroyed and I had come into the open air. I had a dim impression of scaffolding, but I was already going too fast to be conscious of any moving things.

dim - dim, faible, vague

hopping - sauter, (hop) sauter

leaping - sauter, bondir

open air - a l'air libre

scaffolding - l'échafaudage, échafaud, (scaffold), échafaudage

conscious - conscient

The slowest snail that ever crawled dashed by too fast for me. The twinkling succession of darkness and light was excessively painful to the eye. Then, in the intermittent darknesses, I saw the moon spinning swiftly through her quarters from new to full, and had a faint glimpse of the circling stars.

snail - escargot, limaçon

crawled - rampé, ramper

dashed - en pointillés, tiret, trait, ta, sprint, soupçon, se précipiter

succession - succession

painful - douloureux, laborieux

intermittent - intermittent

darknesses - les ténebres, obscurité, ténebres-p, qualifier

Glimpse - aperçu, entrevoir

Presently, as I went on, still gaining velocity, the palpitation of night and day merged into one continuous greyness; the sky took on a wonderful deepness of blue, a splendid luminous color like that of early twilight; the jerking sun became a streak of fire, a brilliant arch, in space; the moon a fainter fluctuating band; and I could see nothing of the stars, save now and then a brighter circle flickering in the blue.

gaining - l'acquisition, (gain) l'acquisition

palpitation - des palpitations, palpitation

merged - fusionné, fusionner, amalgamer

continuous - continue

greyness - grisaille

deepness - profondeur

splendid - splendide, fameux

luminous - lumineux

twilight - demi-jour, crépuscule, entre chien et loup, pénombre, brumes

jerking - par a-coups, (jerk) par a-coups

streak - de l'histoire, raie, chésias du genet

arch - arch, dôme

fluctuating - fluctuante, fluctuer, onduler

'The landscape was misty and vague. I was still on the hill-side upon which this house now stands, and the shoulder rose above me grey and dim. I saw trees growing and changing like puffs of vapour, now brown, now green; they grew, spread, shivered, and passed away. I saw huge buildings rise up faint and fair, and pass like dreams.

landscape - paysage

misty - brumeux

puffs - bouffées, souffle, bouffée

vapour - vapeur, fumées

spread - se propager, étaler, écarter, disperser, répandre, éparpiller

shivered - frissonné, frissonner

The whole surface of the earth seemed changed-melting and flowing under my eyes. The little hands upon the dials that registered my speed raced round faster and faster.

melting - la fonte, fusion, (melt), fondre (1), se dissoudre (2)

flowing - en cours d'exécution, couler

dials - les cadrans, cadran, bouille, tronche, composer

registered - enregistré, registre, inscription

raced round - Un tour de piste

Presently I noted that the sun belt swayed up and down, from solstice to solstice, in a minute or less, and that consequently my pace was over a year a minute; and minute by minute the white snow flashed across the world, and vanished, and was followed by the bright, brief green of spring.

swayed - balancés, autorité, poids, influence, prépondérance, balancer

solstice - solstice

consequently - en conséquence

brief - bref, court

'The unpleasant sensations of the start were less poignant now. They merged at last into a kind of hysterical exhilaration. I remarked indeed a clumsy swaying of the machine, for which I was unable to account. But my mind was too confused to attend to it, so with a kind of madness growing upon me, I flung myself into futurity.

hysterical - hystérique

swaying - se balancer, (sway), autorité, poids, influence, prépondérance

unable - incapable, inapte, inhabile

confused - confus, rendre perplexe, confondre

madness - la folie, folie

flung - jeté, lancer

futurity - l'avenir

At first I scarce thought of stopping, scarce thought of anything but these new sensations. But presently a fresh series of impressions grew up in my mind-a certain curiosity and therewith a certain dread-until at last they took complete possession of me.

scarce - rare

impressions - impressions, impression

dread - peur, redouter, craindre, crainte

What strange developments of humanity, what wonderful advances upon our rudimentary civilization, I thought, might not appear when I came to look nearly into the dim elusive world that raced and fluctuated before my eyes! I saw great and splendid architecture rising about me, more massive than any buildings of our own time, and yet, as it seemed, built of glimmer and mist.

developments - développements, développement

humanity - l'humanité, humanité

advances - des avancées, élever, avancer, avancée, progression

rudimentary - rudimentaire

civilization - la civilisation, civilisation

elusive - insaisissable

fluctuated - a fluctué, fluctuer, onduler

more massive - plus massive

glimmer - l'éclat, lueur, émettre une lueur

mist - brouillard, brume

I saw a richer green flow up the hill-side, and remain there, without any wintry intermission. Even through the veil of my confusion the earth seemed very fair. And so my mind came round to the business of stopping.

flow - flux, coulons, couler, coulez, courant, écoulement

remain - reste, rester, demeurer

wintry - hivernal, hibernal

intermission - l'entracte, intermede, interlude, entracte

veil - voile, voiler

'The peculiar risk lay in the possibility of my finding some substance in the space which I, or the machine, occupied. So long as I travelled at a high velocity through time, this scarcely mattered; I was, so to speak, attenuated-was slipping like a vapour through the interstices of intervening substances!

Risk - risque

occupied - occupée, occuper, habiter

slipping - glissement, glisser

interstices - interstices, interstice

intervening - intervenir

substances - substances, substance, fond, biens-p

But to come to a stop involved the jamming of myself, molecule by molecule, into whatever lay in my way; meant bringing my atoms into such intimate contact with those of the obstacle that a profound chemical reaction-possibly a far-reaching explosion-would result, and blow myself and my apparatus out of all possible dimensions-into the Unknown.

molecule - molécule

whatever - quoi qu'il en soit, quel que soit, n'importe quel

atoms - atomes, atome

intimate - intime

contact - contact, lentille, connaissance, toucher, contacter

obstacle - obstacle

profound - profond

chemical - chimique, produit chimique

reaction - réaction

explosion - explosion

unknown - inconnu, inconnue

This possibility had occurred to me again and again while I was making the machine; but then I had cheerfully accepted it as an unavoidable risk-one of the risks a man has got to take! Now the risk was inevitable, I no longer saw it in the same cheerful light.

occurred - s'est produite, produire

unavoidable - inévitable

risks - risques, risque

inevitable - inévitable

cheerful - joyeux, content, de bonne humeur

The fact is that, insensibly, the absolute strangeness of everything, the sickly jarring and swaying of the machine, above all, the feeling of prolonged falling, had absolutely upset my nerve. I told myself that I could never stop, and with a gust of petulance I resolved to stop forthwith.

absolute - absolue, absolu

strangeness - l'étrangeté, étrangeté

sickly - malade, maladif, souffreteux, chétif, valétudinaire, douçâtre

jarring - secouant, discordant, déroutant, (jar) secouant

prolonged - prolongée, prolonger

upset - fâché, dérangé, perturbé, bouleversé, remué, énerver

nerve - nerf, nervure, toupet, culot, cran

gust - rafale

resolved - résolu, prendre la résolution de

forthwith - immédiatement, aussitôt, séance tenante, de ce pas

Like an impatient fool, I lugged over the lever, and incontinently the thing went reeling over, and I was flung headlong through the air.

impatient - impatient

fool - idiot, dinde, fou, bouffon, mat, duper, tromper

lugged - trimballé, traîner

incontinently - incontinent

'There was the sound of a clap of thunder in my ears. I may have been stunned for a moment. A pitiless hail was hissing round me, and I was sitting on soft turf in front of the overset machine. Everything still seemed grey, but presently I remarked that the confusion in my ears was gone. I looked round me.

clap - applaudir, claquent, claquer, applaudissement, claquez

thunder - le tonnerre, tonnerre, tonitruer

stunned - stupéfait, étourdir, étonner, époustoufler

hail - grele

turf - gazon, motte de gazon, hippodrome, champ de courses, gazonner

overset - surdimensionné

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 the beating of the hail-stones. The rebounding, dancing hail hung in a cloud over the machine, and drove along the ground like smoke. In a moment I was wet to the skin.

lawn - pelouse, gazon, gazer

surrounded - entouré, entourer, enceindre

rhododendron - rhododendron

bushes - buissons, buisson

mauve - mauve

blossoms - fleurs, fleur, floraison, fleurir, s'épanouir

dropping in - passer

hail - grele, charretée, greler

rebounding - le rebond, rebondir

hung - accroché, suspendre, etre accroché

like smoke - comme de la fumée

"Fine hospitality," said I, "to a man who has travelled innumerable years to see you."

hospitality - l'hospitalité, hospitalité, hôtellerie-restauration

innumerable - innombrables

'Presently I thought what a fool I was to get wet. I stood up and looked round me. A colossal figure, carved apparently in some white stone, loomed indistinctly beyond the rhododendrons through the hazy downpour. But all else of the world was invisible.

colossal - colossal

loomed - a été tissé, métier a tisser

indistinctly - indistinctement

beyond - au-dela, au-dela, par-dela

rhododendrons - les rhododendrons, rhododendron

downpour - pluie diluvienne, trombe, averse, pleuvoir a verse

invisible - invisible, caché

'My sensations would be hard to describe. As the columns of hail grew thinner, I saw the white figure more distinctly. It was very large, for a silver birch-tree touched its shoulder. It was of white marble, in shape something like a winged sphinx, but the wings, instead of being carried vertically at the sides, were spread so that it seemed to hover.

distinctly - distinctement

birch - le bouleau, bouleau, badine, baguette, verge, verger

marble - marbre, bille, grillot, marbrer

winged - ailée, aile, ailier, improviser

sphinx - sphinx

wings - des ailes, aile, ailier

vertically - verticalement

hover - survol, éventiller, faire du surlace, hésiter

The pedestal, it appeared to me, was of bronze, and was thick with verdigris. It chanced that the face was towards me; the sightless eyes seemed to watch me; there was the faint shadow of a smile on the lips. It was greatly weather-worn, and that imparted an unpleasant suggestion of disease. I stood looking at it for a little space-half a minute, perhaps, or half an hour.

pedestal - piédestal

bronze - le bronze, bronze, airain, hâlé, bronzé, tanné (par le soleil)

verdigris - vert-de-gris

sightless - sans vision

greatly - grandement

imparted - transmis, donner, communiquer, transmettre

It seemed to advance and to recede as the hail drove before it denser or thinner. At last I tore my eyes from it for a moment and saw that the hail curtain had worn threadbare, and that the sky was lightening with the promise of the sun.

advance - élever, avancer, avancée, progression, avance, souscription

recede - reculer, se retirer

denser - plus dense, dense, obscur, bouché

tore - a la déchirure

curtain - rideau

threadbare - filiforme, élimé

lightening - l'éclaircissement, (lighten) l'éclaircissement

'I looked up again at the crouching white shape, and the full temerity of my voyage came suddenly upon me. What might appear when that hazy curtain was altogether withdrawn? What might not have happened to men? What if cruelty had grown into a common passion?

crouching - accroupi, s'accroupir

temerity - la témérité, témérité

altogether - tout a fait, completement, en meme temps, quoi qu'il en soit

withdrawn - retiré, (se) retirer

cruelty - la cruauté, cruauté

passion - passion

What if in this interval the race had lost its manliness and had developed into something inhuman, unsympathetic, and overwhelmingly powerful? I might seem some old-world savage animal, only the more dreadful and disgusting for our common likeness-a foul creature to be incontinently slain.

manliness - la virilité, masculinité, virilité

inhuman - inhumaine

unsympathetic - antipathique

overwhelmingly - a une écrasante majorité

powerful - puissant

more dreadful - plus redoutable

disgusting - dégoutant, dégouter, dégout

foul - la faute, infâme

creature - créature, etre

slain - tué, tuer

'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. I was seized with a panic fear. I turned frantically to the Time Machine, and strove hard to readjust it. As I did so the shafts of the sun smote through the thunderstorm.

vast - vaste

intricate - complexe

parapets - les parapets, parapet

dimly - faiblement, obscurément, vaguement, confusément

creeping in - qui s'insinue

lessening - diminution, amoindrir, atténuer, diminuer, réduire

seized with - saisir

panic - panique

frantically - frénétiquement

strove - s'efforcer, s'efforcer de

readjust - rééquilibrer, rajuster, réadapter, réajuster

shafts - arbres, hampe, rachis, cage, entuber

smote - smote, frapper

thunderstorm - orage

The grey downpour was swept aside and vanished like the trailing garments of a ghost. Above me, in the intense blue of the summer sky, some faint brown shreds of cloud whirled into nothingness. The great buildings about me stood out clear and distinct, shining with the wet of the thunderstorm, and picked out in white by the unmelted hailstones piled along their courses.

swept - balayé, balayer, balayage

aside - a part, a côté, en passant, aparté

trailing - en queue de peloton, pister, suivre, traîner, piste, traces-p

garments - vetements, vetement

shreds - en lambeaux, lambeau

whirled - tourbillonné, tourbillonner

nothingness - le néant, néant, vide

distinct - distinct, intelligible, reconnaissable

shining - brillant, briller, éclairer

unmelted - non fondu

hailstones - des grelons, grelon

piled - empilés, pile, tas

I felt naked in a strange world. I felt as perhaps a bird may feel in the clear air, knowing the hawk wings above and will swoop. My fear grew to frenzy. I took a breathing space, set my teeth, and again grappled fiercely, wrist and knee, with the machine. It gave under my desperate onset and turned over. It struck my chin violently.

naked - nue, nu, a poil, dénudé

hawk - faucon, autour

swoop - swoop, précipitation

frenzy - frénésie

breathing - respirer, respiration, (breath), souffle, haleine

grappled - empoigné, en venir aux mains/prises avec

fiercely - férocement, âprement, farouchement

wrist - poignet

desperate - désespérée, désespéré

onset - l'état d'esprit, assaut, attaque, rench: t-needed r

struck - frappé, biffer, rayer, barrer, frapper, battre

violently - violemment

One hand on the saddle, the other on the lever, I stood panting heavily in attitude to mount again.

panting - haletant, (pant) haletant

heavily - lourdement

attitude - posture, état d'esprit, attitude

mount - monter, montent, montez, montons

'But with this recovery of a prompt retreat my courage recovered. I looked more curiously and less fearfully at this world of the remote future. In a circular opening, high up in the wall of the nearer house, I saw a group of figures clad in rich soft robes. They had seen me, and their faces were directed towards me.

recovery - récupération, rétablissement, recouvrement, guérison

prompt - rapide, ponctuel, indicateur, invite de commande, inciter

retreat - retraite

courage - bravoure, courage, cour, vaillance

curiously - curieusement

fearfully - avec crainte

remote future - un avenir lointain

circular - circulaire, rond

robes - robes, robe

'Then I heard voices approaching me. Coming through the bushes by the White Sphinx were the heads and shoulders of men running. One of these emerged in a pathway leading straight to the little lawn upon which I stood with my machine. He was a slight creature-perhaps four feet high-clad in a purple tunic, girdled at the waist with a leather belt.

approaching - en approche, (s')approcher (de)

emerged - a émergé, émerger, sortir

pathway - voie d'acces, voie

leading - dirigeante, (lead) dirigeante

tunic - tunique

girdled - ceinturé, ceinture

waist - taille, ceinture

leather belt - ceinture en cuir

Sandals or buskins-I could not clearly distinguish which-were on his feet; his legs were bare to the knees, and his head was bare. Noticing that, I noticed for the first time how warm the air was.

sandals - des sandales, sandale

distinguish - distinguer

'He struck me as being a very beautiful and graceful creature, but indescribably frail. His flushed face reminded me of the more beautiful kind of consumptive-that hectic beauty of which we used to hear so much. At the sight of him I suddenly regained confidence. I took my hands from the machine.

graceful - gracieux

indescribably - de maniere indescriptible

frail - fragile, souffreteuxse

reminded - rappelée, rappeler

consumptive - consommateur, tuberculeux, tuberculeuse

hectic - trépidant, agité, hectique

beauty - la beauté, beauté

sight - vue, quelque chose a voir, truc a voir, mire, viseur

regained - retrouvée, reconquérir, reprendre

confidence - assurance, confiance en soi, confiance, confidence

Chapter IV

'In another moment we were standing face to face, I and this fragile thing out of futurity. He came straight up to me and laughed into my eyes. The absence from his bearing of any sign of fear struck me at once. Then he turned to the two others who were following him and spoke to them in a strange and very sweet and liquid tongue.

fragile - fragile

liquid - liquide

tongue - langue, languette

'There were others coming, and presently a little group of perhaps eight or ten of these exquisite creatures were about me. One of them addressed me. It came into my head, oddly enough, that my voice was too harsh and deep for them. So I shook my head, and, pointing to my ears, shook it again. He came a step forward, hesitated, and then touched my hand.

exquisite - exquis

creatures - créatures, créature, etre

oddly enough - bizarrement

harsh - sévere, sévere, rude, cruel, dur, checkdure

Then I felt other soft little tentacles upon my back and shoulders. They wanted to make sure I was real. There was nothing in this at all alarming. Indeed, there was something in these pretty little people that inspired confidence-a graceful gentleness, a certain childlike ease. And besides, they looked so frail that I could fancy myself flinging the whole dozen of them about like nine-pins.

tentacles - des tentacules, tentacule, pieuvre

alarming - alarmante, alarme, réveille-matin, réveil, alarmer, fr

inspired - inspirée, inspirer

gentleness - la douceur, rench:

ease - l'aisance, facilité, repos, abaisser, abréger, amoindrir

fancy - fantaisie, imaginer, songer

flinging - flingage, lancer

pins - épingles, épingle

But I made a sudden motion to warn them when I saw their little pink hands feeling at the Time Machine. Happily then, when it was not too late, I thought of a danger I had hitherto forgotten, and reaching over the bars of the machine I unscrewed the little levers that would set it in motion, and put these in my pocket. Then I turned again to see what I could do in the way of communication.

warn - avertir, alerter, prévenir

hitherto - jusqu'a présent, jusqu'ici, jusqu'alors, jusqu'a maintenant

unscrewed - dévissé, dévisser

levers - leviers, levier

communication - la communication, communication, message

'And then, looking more nearly into their features, I saw some further peculiarities in their Dresden-china type of prettiness. Their hair, which was uniformly curly, came to a sharp end at the neck and cheek; there was not the faintest suggestion of it on the face, and their ears were singularly minute. The mouths were small, with bright red, rather thin lips, and the little chins ran to a point.

peculiarities - particularités, singularité, bizarrerie, étrangeté

Dresden - dresde

prettiness - joliesse

uniformly - uniformément

sharp - pointu, affilé, coupant, affuté, tranchant

cheek - joue, fesse, culot, toupet, potence de bringuebale

faintest - le plus faible, faible, léger

chins - mentons, menton

The eyes were large and mild; and-this may seem egotism on my part-I fancied even that there was a certain lack of the interest I might have expected in them.

mild - doux, douce, léger

fancied - aimée, envie, caprice

lack - manque

'As they made no effort to communicate with me, but simply stood round me smiling and speaking in soft cooing notes to each other, I began the conversation. I pointed to the Time Machine and to myself. Then hesitating for a moment how to express time, I pointed to the sun.

effort - l'effort, effort

cooing - roucouler, (coo) roucouler

hesitating - hésitant, hésiter

At once a quaintly pretty little figure in chequered purple and white followed my gesture, and then astonished me by imitating the sound of thunder.

quaintly - de façon pittoresque

gesture - geste, signe

astonished - étonné, étonner, surprendre

imitating - l'imitation, imiter

'For a moment I was staggered, though the import of his gesture was plain enough. The question had come into my mind abruptly: were these creatures fools? You may hardly understand how it took me. You see I had always anticipated that the people of the year Eight Hundred and Two Thousand odd would be incredibly in front of us in knowledge, art, everything.

staggered - en décalé, tituber

import - l'importation, implanter, importons, importent, importez

abruptly - brusquement, abruptement, tout d'un coup, précipitamment

fools - des imbéciles, dinde, fou, bouffon, mat, duper, tromper

hardly - a peine, dur, durement, guere, a peine

anticipated - anticipée, anticiper, prévoir

incredibly - incroyable

Then one of them suddenly asked me a question that showed him to be on the intellectual level of one of our five-year-old children-asked me, in fact, if I had come from the sun in a thunderstorm! It let loose the judgment I had suspended upon their clothes, their frail light limbs, and fragile features. A flow of disappointment rushed across my mind.

intellectual - intellectuel, intellectuelle, intello

loose - en vrac, ample, desserré

suspended - suspendue, suspendre

limbs - membres, membre

disappointment - déception

rushed - précipité, se précipiter, emmener d'urgence

For a moment I felt that I had built the Time Machine in vain.

vain - vaine, rench: vaniteux, frivole, vain, futile

'I nodded, pointed to the sun, and gave them such a vivid rendering of a thunderclap as startled them. They all withdrew a pace or so and bowed. Then came one laughing towards me, carrying a chain of beautiful flowers altogether new to me, and put it about my neck.

nodded - hoché la tete, dodeliner, hocher, hochement

vivid - vivante, vivide

thunderclap - coup de tonnerre

withdrew - s'est retiré, (se) retirer

bowed - incliné, (s')incliner devant, saluer d'un signe de tete

chain - chaîne, enchaîner

The idea was received with melodious applause; and presently they were all running to and fro for flowers, and laughingly flinging them upon me until I was almost smothered with blossom. You who have never seen the like can scarcely imagine what delicate and wonderful flowers countless years of culture had created.

melodious - mélodieux

applause - applaudissements, applaudissement, acclamation

fro - fro

laughingly - en riant

smothered - étouffé, étouffer

blossom - fleur, floraison, fleurir, s'épanouir

delicate - délicate, délicat, délicat (1, 2)

countless - innombrables, incalculable, innombrable

Then someone suggested that their plaything should be exhibited in the nearest building, and so I was led past the sphinx of white marble, which had seemed to watch me all the while with a smile at my astonishment, towards a vast grey edifice of fretted stone.

plaything - jouet, joujou

exhibited - exposée, exposer, exposition, piece a conviction

astonishment - l'étonnement, étonnement

edifice - l'édifice, édifice, école de pensée

fretted - fretté, (se) tracasser (pour)

As I went with them the memory of my confident anticipations of a profoundly grave and intellectual posterity came, with irresistible merriment, to my mind.

confident - assuré, confiant

profoundly - profondément

grave - tombe

posterity - la postérité, postérité

irresistible - irrésistible

merriment - la gaieté, gaieté

'The building had a huge entry, and was altogether of colossal dimensions. I was naturally most occupied with the growing crowd of little people, and with the big open portals that yawned before me shadowy and mysterious. My general impression of the world I saw over their heads was a tangled waste of beautiful bushes and flowers, a long neglected and yet weedless garden.

entry - entrée, acces, vestibule, article

naturally - naturellement

occupied with - occupés par

portals - portails, portique, portail, veine porte

yawned - bâillé, bâiller, béer, bâillement

shadowy - ombrageux, sombre

mysterious - mystérieux

tangled - enchevetrés, désordre, enchevetrement

neglected - négligé, négliger, négligence

weedless - sans mauvaises herbes

I saw a number of tall spikes of strange white flowers, measuring a foot perhaps across the spread of the waxen petals. They grew scattered, as if wild, among the variegated shrubs, but, as I say, I did not examine them closely at this time. The Time Machine was left deserted on the turf among the rhododendrons.

spikes - des pointes, clou, pointe, pieu, pic, pique, épi, crampons-p

measuring - mesurer, mesurant, (measure), mesure

waxen - cire, (wax) cire

petals - pétales, pétale

shrubs - des arbustes, arbuste

examine - examiner

closely - de pres, étroitement, pres

'The arch of the doorway was richly carved, but naturally I did not observe the carving very narrowly, though I fancied I saw suggestions of old Phoenician decorations as I passed through, and it struck me that they were very badly broken and weather-worn.

observe - observer, remarquer, respecter, garder

carving - la sculpture, gravure, sculpture, découpage

narrowly - de façon étroite, étroitement

Phoenician - phénicien, Phénicienne

decorations - décorations, décoration

Several more brightly clad people met me in the doorway, and so we entered, I, dressed in dingy nineteenth-century garments, looking grotesque enough, garlanded with flowers, and surrounded by an eddying mass of bright, soft-colored robes and shining white limbs, in a melodious whirl of laughter and laughing speech.

dingy - terne, miteux

nineteenth - dix-neuvieme, dix-neuvieme ('before the noun'), ('in names of monarchs and popes') dix-neuf ('after the name') ('abbreviation' XIX)

grotesque - grotesque

garlanded - en guirlande, guirlande, rench: -neededr

mass - masse, foule, amas

shining - brillant, tibia

whirl - tourbillon, tourbillonner

'The big doorway opened into a proportionately great hall hung with brown. The roof was in shadow, and the windows, partially glazed with coloured glass and partially unglazed, admitted a tempered light.

proportionately - proportionnellement

partially - partiellement, en partie

unglazed - non émaillé

admitted - admis, admettre, avouer, reconnaître

tempered - tempéré, caractere, tempérament, humeur, état d'esprit, recuit

The floor was made up of huge blocks of some very hard white metal, not plates nor slabs-blocks, and it was so much worn, as I judged by the going to and fro of past generations, as to be deeply channelled along the more frequented ways. Transverse to the length were innumerable tables made of slabs of polished stone, raised perhaps a foot from the floor, and upon these were heaps of fruits.

blocks - blocs, bloc

slabs - dalles, bloc, pavé

judged - jugée, juger

generations - générations, génération, création

deeply - profondément

channelled - canalisé, chenal

frequented - fréquenté, fréquent

polished - polie, polonais

heaps - tas, pile, monceau

Some I recognized as a kind of hypertrophied raspberry and orange, but for the most part they were strange.

hypertrophied - hypertrophié, hypertrophie, s’hypertrophier

raspberry - framboise

'Between the tables was scattered a great number of cushions. Upon these my conductors seated themselves, signing for me to do likewise. With a pretty absence of ceremony they began to eat the fruit with their hands, flinging peel and stalks, and so forth, into the round openings in the sides of the tables. I was not loath to follow their example, for I felt thirsty and hungry.

cushions - coussins, coussin, amortir

conductors - conducteurs, chef d'orchestre, contrôleur, poinçonneur (ancient

likewise - de meme

ceremony - cérémonie

peel - peler, pelent, pelage, coque, pelons, pelez

stalks - tiges, tige

loath - détester

As I did so I surveyed the hall at my leisure.

leisure - les loisirs, loisir, temps libre

'And perhaps the thing that struck me most was its dilapidated look. The stained-glass windows, which displayed only a geometrical pattern, were broken in many places, and the curtains that hung across the lower end were thick with dust. And it caught my eye that the corner of the marble table near me was fractured. Nevertheless, the general effect was extremely rich and picturesque.

dilapidated - délabré, délabrer, dilapider

geometrical - géométrique

broken in - Cassé en

curtains - rideaux, rideau

fractured - fracturé, fracture, fracturer

nevertheless - néanmoins, toutefois, pourtant, malgré tout

picturesque - pittoresque

There were, perhaps, a couple of hundred people dining in the hall, and most of them, seated as near to me as they could come, were watching me with interest, their little eyes shining over the fruit they were eating. All were clad in the same soft and yet strong, silky material.

dining - dîner, vacarme

silky - soyeux

'Fruit, by the by, was all their diet. These people of the remote future were strict vegetarians, and while I was with them, in spite of some carnal cravings, I had to be frugivorous also. Indeed, I found afterwards that horses, cattle, sheep, dogs, had followed the Ichthyosaurus into extinction.

remote - a distance, distant, éloigné, télécommande

strict - stricte, strict

vegetarians - végétariens, végétarien, végétarienne, herbivore

spite - dépit, rancune

carnal - charnel

cattle - du bétail, bétail, bovins

Ichthyosaurus - ichtyosaure

extinction - l'extinction, extinction

But the fruits were very delightful; one, in particular, that seemed to be in season all the time I was there-a floury thing in a three-sided husk-was especially good, and I made it my staple. At first I was puzzled by all these strange fruits, and by the strange flowers I saw, but later I began to perceive their import.

delightful - délicieux

husk - de l'écorce, coque

staple - l'agrafe, parenthese

perceive - percevoir

'However, I am telling you of my fruit dinner in the distant future now. So soon as my appetite was a little checked, I determined to make a resolute attempt to learn the speech of these new men of mine. Clearly that was the next thing to do. The fruits seemed a convenient thing to begin upon, and holding one of these up I began a series of interrogative sounds and gestures.

distant - distante, distant, lointain, éloigné

determined - déterminé, déterminer

resolute - résolu, résolue, ferme, déterminé

attempt - tenter, essayer, tentative, attentat

interrogative - interrogative, interrogatif

gestures - gestes, geste, signe

I had some considerable difficulty in conveying my meaning. At first my efforts met with a stare of surprise or inextinguishable laughter, but presently a fair-haired little creature seemed to grasp my intention and repeated a name.

conveying - transmettre, transporter, véhiculer, communiquer

stare - fixer, regarder (fixement), dévisager

inextinguishable - inextinguible

haired - cheveux

grasp - saisir, agripper, comprendre

intention - intention

They had to chatter and explain the business at great length to each other, and my first attempts to make the exquisite little sounds of their language caused an immense amount of amusement.

chatter - bavardage, bavarder, babil, cacarder

attempts - tentatives, tenter, essayer, tentative, attentat

immense - immense

amusement - l'amusement, amusement

However, I felt like a schoolmaster amidst children, and persisted, and presently I had a score of noun substantives at least at my command; and then I got to demonstrative pronouns, and even the verb "to eat.

amidst - au milieu

persisted - persisté, persister

substantives - substantifs, substantif, direct

Command - commandement, ordre, maîtrise, commande, commander, ordonner

demonstrative - démonstratif

pronouns - pronoms, pronom

verb - verbe

" But it was slow work, and the little people soon tired and wanted to get away from my interrogations, so I determined, rather of necessity, to let them give their lessons in little doses when they felt inclined. And very little doses I found they were before long, for I never met people more indolent or more easily fatigued.

necessity - nécessité, besoin

doses - doses, dose

fatigued - fatigué, fatigue, épuisement, corvée, fatiguer

'A queer thing I soon discovered about my little hosts, and that was their lack of interest. They would come to me with eager cries of astonishment, like children, but like children they would soon stop examining me and wander away after some other toy. The dinner and my conversational beginnings ended, I noted for the first time that almost all those who had surrounded me at first were gone.

Hosts - hôtes, hôte/-esse

eager - enthousiaste, désireux

examining - l'examen, examiner

wander - errer, vaguer, divaguer

conversational - conversationnel

It is odd, too, how speedily I came to disregard these little people. I went out through the portal into the sunlit world again as soon as my hunger was satisfied. I was continually meeting more of these men of the future, who would follow me a little distance, chatter and laugh about me, and, having smiled and gesticulated in a friendly way, leave me again to my own devices.

speedily - rapidement

disregard - ne pas en tenir compte, mépris, ignorer, mépriser

portal - portique, portail, veine porte

sunlit - ensoleillé

hunger - la faim, faim

satisfied - satisfaits, satisfaire

gesticulated - gesticulé, gesticuler

'The calm of evening was upon the world as I emerged from the great hall, and the scene was lit by the warm glow of the setting sun. At first things were very confusing. Everything was so entirely different from the world I had known-even the flowers. The big building I had left was situated on the slope of a broad river valley, but the Thames had shifted perhaps a mile from its present position.

Calm - calme, tranquille, calme plat, calmer, apaiser

glow - l'éclat, briller, luire, irradier, lueur, éclat

setting sun - le soleil couchant

confusing - confus, rendre perplexe, confondre

entirely - entierement, entierement, entierement (1)

situated - situé, situer

slope - pente, inclinaison

Thames - la tamise, Tamise

shifted - décalé, quart, équipe, poste, décalage, vitesse

I resolved to mount to the summit of a crest, perhaps a mile and a half away, from which I could get a wider view of this our planet in the year Eight Hundred and Two Thousand Seven Hundred and One A.D. For that, I should explain, was the date the little dials of my machine recorded.

summit - sommet, apogée

crest - l'écusson, crete, huppe, aigrette, cimier, criniere

'As I walked I was watching for every impression that could possibly help to explain the condition of ruinous splendour in which I found the world-for ruinous it was.

ruinous - ruineux

splendour - splendeur

A little way up the hill, for instance, was a great heap of granite, bound together by masses of aluminium, a vast labyrinth of precipitous walls and crumpled heaps, amidst which were thick heaps of very beautiful pagoda-like plants-nettles possibly-but wonderfully tinted with brown about the leaves, and incapable of stinging.

heap - tas, pile, monceau

granite - granite, granit

bound together - liés entre eux

masses - masses, amas

aluminium - l'aluminium, aluminium

labyrinth - labyrinthe

precipitous - précipité

crumpled - froissé, chiffonner, froisser, se froisser, s'effondrer

pagoda - pagode

nettles - des orties, ortie, piquer, irriter, vexer

wonderfully - a merveille

tinted - teinté, nuance, teinte

incapable - incapable

stinging - des piqures, (sting) des piqures

It was evidently the derelict remains of some vast structure, to what end built I could not determine. It was here that I was destined, at a later date, to have a very strange experience-the first intimation of a still stranger discovery-but of that I will speak in its proper place.

derelict - a l'abandon, abandonné, délaissé, (tombé) en ruines

remains - reste, rester, demeurer

determine - déterminer

intimation - intimation

'Looking round with a sudden thought, from a terrace on which I rested for a while, I realized that there were no small houses to be seen. Apparently the single house, and possibly even the household, had vanished. Here and there among the greenery were palace-like buildings, but the house and the cottage, which form such characteristic features of our own English landscape, had disappeared.

terrace - toit-terrasse, terrasse, gradins

household - foyer, ménage, maisonnée, domestique

greenery - de la verdure

cottage - chalet, cottage

characteristic - caractéristique

'"Communism," said I to myself.

Communism - le communisme, communisme

'And on the heels of that came another thought. I looked at the half-dozen little figures that were following me. Then, in a flash, I perceived that all had the same form of costume, the same soft hairless visage, and the same girlish rotundity of limb. It may seem strange, perhaps, that I had not noticed this before. But everything was so strange. Now, I saw the fact plainly enough.

heels - talons, talon

flash - flash, clignoter

costume - costume, déguisement

hairless - sans poils, glabre

girlish - fillette

rotundity - rotondité

limb - membre

plainly - en toute clarté, simplement, clairement

In costume, and in all the differences of texture and bearing that now mark off the sexes from each other, these people of the future were alike. And the children seemed to my eyes to be but the miniatures of their parents. I judged, then, that the children of that time were extremely precocious, physically at least, and I found afterwards abundant verification of my opinion.

texture - texture

mark off - Délimiter

sexes - sexes, sexe

alike - comme, semblable, pareil, analogue, pareillement

miniatures - des figurines, miniature, enluminure, figurine

precocious - précoce

physically - physiquement

abundant - abondante

'Seeing the ease and security in which these people were living, I felt that this close resemblance of the sexes was after all what one would expect; for the strength of a man and the softness of a woman, the institution of the family, and the differentiation of occupations are mere militant necessities of an age of physical force; where population is balanced and abundant, much childbearing becomes an evil rather than a blessing to the State; where violence comes but rarely and off-spring are secure, there is less necessity-indeed there is no necessity-for an efficient family, and the specialization of the sexes with reference to their children's needs disappears. We see some beginnings of this even in our own time, and in this future age it was complete. This, I must remind you, was my speculation at the time. Later, I was to appreciate how far it fell short of the reality.

Security - la sécurité, sécurité, sécurisant, titre négociable

resemblance - ressemblance, comparaison, probabilité

strength - la force, force, vigueur, effectif, point fort

softness - la douceur, douceur

Institution - l'institution, institution

differentiation - différentiation, différenciation

occupations - professions, occupation

militant - militant

necessities - des nécessités, nécessité, besoin

force - force, forcez, contrainte, forçons, contraindre, forcent

balanced - équilibré, contrepoids, équilibre, solde, balancier

childbearing - la procréation

evil - le mal, mauvais, torve

blessing - la bénédiction, bénédiction, grâce, troupeau, harde

violence - la violence, violence

rarely - rarement

secure - sécurisé, sur, sécuriser

efficient - efficace

specialization - spécialisation

remind - rappeler

reality - la réalité, réalité, vérité

'While I was musing upon these things, my attention was attracted by a pretty little structure, like a well under a cupola. I thought in a transitory way of the oddness of wells still existing, and then resumed the thread of my speculations. There were no large buildings towards the top of the hill, and as my walking powers were evidently miraculous, I was presently left alone for the first time.

musing - muser, songeur, pensif, pensée, (mus) muser

attracted - attiré, attirer

cupola - coupole, dôme

oddness - bizarrerie

thread - fil, processus léger, exétron, fil de discussion, filer

speculations - des spéculations, spéculation

miraculous - miraculeux

With a strange sense of freedom and adventure I pushed on up to the crest.

'There I found a seat of some yellow metal that I did not recognize, corroded in places with a kind of pinkish rust and half smothered in soft moss, the arm-rests cast and filed into the resemblance of griffins'heads. I sat down on it, and I surveyed the broad view of our old world under the sunset of that long day. It was as sweet and fair a view as I have ever seen.

corroded - corrodée, éroder, rouiller, corroder

places with - des lieux avec

pinkish - rosâtre

rust - rouille, se rouiller

moss - mousse

cast - casting, jeter, diriger, lancer, additionner, sommer, muer

griffins - des griffons, griffon

sunset - coucher de soleil, crépuscule

The sun had already gone below the horizon and the west was flaming gold, touched with some horizontal bars of purple and crimson. Below was the valley of the Thames, in which the river lay like a band of burnished steel. I have already spoken of the great palaces dotted about among the variegated greenery, some in ruins and some still occupied.

flaming - flammes, enflammé, flambant, (flame), flamme, polémique

horizontal - horizontal

crimson - cramoisi, carmin, pourpre

burnished steel - acier bruni

dotted - en pointillés, point

ruins - des ruines, ruine, ruiner, abîmer

Here and there rose a white or silvery figure in the waste garden of the earth, here and there came the sharp vertical line of some cupola or obelisk. There were no hedges, no signs of proprietary rights, no evidences of agriculture; the whole earth had become a garden.

silvery - argenté, argentin

obelisk - obélisque, obele

hedges - des haies, haie

proprietary rights - les droits de propriété

agriculture - l'agriculture, agriculture

'So watching, I began to put my interpretation upon the things I had seen, and as it shaped itself to me that evening, my interpretation was something in this way. (Afterwards I found I had got only a half-truth-or only a glimpse of one facet of the truth.)

truth - la vérité, vérité

facet - facette, volet, ommatidie, facetter

'It seemed to me that I had happened upon humanity upon the wane. The ruddy sunset set me thinking of the sunset of mankind. For the first time I began to realize an odd consequence of the social effort in which we are at present engaged. And yet, come to think, it is a logical consequence enough. Strength is the outcome of need; security sets a premium on feebleness.

wane - s'affaiblir, diminuer

ruddy - ruddy, rougeâtre

mankind - l'humanité, humanité, genre humain, hommes

consequence - conséquence

engaged - engagé, attirer l'attention, engager, embrayer

logical - logique

outcome - issue, résultat, dénouement

sets - des ensembles, Seth

Premium - la prime, haut de gamme, prix, prime, cotisation

feebleness - débilité

The work of ameliorating the conditions of life-the true civilizing process that makes life more and more secure-had gone steadily on to a climax. One triumph of a united humanity over Nature had followed another. Things that are now mere dreams had become projects deliberately put in hand and carried forward. And the harvest was what I saw!

ameliorating - améliorant, améliorer

civilizing - civiliser

steadily - régulierement

climax - l'apogée, climax, apogée, paroxysme, jouissance, orgasme

triumph - triomphe, triomphal

deliberately - délibérément

harvest - la récolte, récolte, moisson, récolter, moissonner, recueillir

'After all, the sanitation and the agriculture of to-day are still in the rudimentary stage. The science of our time has attacked but a little department of the field of human disease, but even so, it spreads its operations very steadily and persistently.

sanitation - l'assainissement, assainissement

spreads - des tartinades, étaler, écarter, disperser, répandre

operations - des opérations, opération, fonctionnement, exploitation

persistently - de façon persistante

Our agriculture and horticulture destroy a weed just here and there and cultivate perhaps a score or so of wholesome plants, leaving the greater number to fight out a balance as they can.

horticulture - l'horticulture, horticulture

weed - l'herbe, sarcler, cibiche, (wee) l'herbe

cultivate - cultiver

wholesome - salubre, sain, vertueux

fight out - se battre

balance - l'équilibre, contrepoids, équilibre, solde, balancier, apurer

We improve our favourite plants and animals-and how few they are-gradually by selective breeding; now a new and better peach, now a seedless grape, now a sweeter and larger flower, now a more convenient breed of cattle. We improve them gradually, because our ideals are vague and tentative, and our knowledge is very limited; because Nature, too, is shy and slow in our clumsy hands.

gradually - progressivement

selective - sélectif

breeding - l'élevage, (breed), se reproduire, engendrer, élever, race

peach - peche

grape - raisin

more convenient - plus pratique

tentative - provisoire, approximatif

limited - limitée, limité, (limit) limitée

Some day all this will be better organized, and still better. That is the drift of the current in spite of the eddies. The whole world will be intelligent, educated, and co-operating; things will move faster and faster towards the subjugation of Nature. In the end, wisely and carefully we shall readjust the balance of animal and vegetable life to suit our human needs.

current - courant, présent, actuel

eddies - tourbillons, tourbillon

educated - éduqués, éduquer

operating - en fonctionnement, opérer, ouvrer

subjugation - l'asservissement, assujettissement

wisely - a bon escient, sagement, savamment

'This adjustment, I say, must have been done, and done well; done indeed for all Time, in the space of Time across which my machine had leaped. The air was free from gnats, the earth from weeds or fungi; everywhere were fruits and sweet and delightful flowers; brilliant butterflies flew hither and thither. The ideal of preventive medicine was attained. Diseases had been stamped out.

adjustment - l'ajustement, ajustement, areglement

leaped - a sauté, sauter, bondir

gnats - les moucherons, moucheron

weeds - les mauvaises herbes, (weed) les mauvaises herbes

fungi - Les champignons, (fungus), fongus

butterflies - des papillons, papillon, pansement papillon

thither - la, la, d'ici la

preventive - préventif

attained - atteint, atteindre

stamped out - supprimer

I saw no evidence of any contagious diseases during all my stay. And I shall have to tell you later that even the processes of putrefaction and decay had been profoundly affected by these changes.

contagious - contagieux

putrefaction - la putréfaction, putréfaction

decay - pourriture, décrépitude, déchéance, pourrir, se désintégrer

'Social triumphs, too, had been effected. I saw mankind housed in splendid shelters, gloriously clothed, and as yet I had found them engaged in no toil. There were no signs of struggle, neither social nor economical struggle. The shop, the advertisement, traffic, all that commerce which constitutes the body of our world, was gone.

triumphs - triomphes, triomphe

shelters - les refuges, abri, refuge, abriter

gloriously - glorieusement

toil - labeur, travailler

Struggle - lutte, lutter, s'efforcer, combattre

economical - économe, économique

commerce - le commerce, commerce, rapports

constitutes - constitue, constituer

It was natural on that golden evening that I should jump at the idea of a social paradise. The difficulty of increasing population had been met, I guessed, and population had ceased to increase.

paradise - le paradis, paradis, cieux

'But with this change in condition comes inevitably adaptations to the change. What, unless biological science is a mass of errors, is the cause of human intelligence and vigour?

inevitably - inévitablement

adaptations - des adaptations, adaptation

biological - biologique

intelligence - l'intelligence, intelligence, renseignements

vigour - force, vigueur, énergie

Hardship and freedom: conditions under which the active, strong, and subtle survive and the weaker go to the wall; conditions that put a premium upon the loyal alliance of capable men, upon self-restraint, patience, and decision.

hardship - difficultés, misere

survive - survivre

loyal - loyal, fidele

alliance - l'alliance, alliance

capable - capable

self - soi, soi-meme

restraint - la retenue, contention, frein, retenue

patience - la patience, patience

And the institution of the family, and the emotions that arise therein, the fierce jealousy, the tenderness for offspring, parental self-devotion, all found their justification and support in the imminent dangers of the young. Now, where are these imminent dangers?

emotions - des émotions, émotion

arise - se lever, surgir, apparaitre, naitre

Therein - dans

fierce - féroce

jealousy - jalousie, envie

tenderness - tendresse

offspring - de la progéniture, enfant, enfance, progéniture, descendance

parental - parentale

devotion - la dévotion, dévouement, dévotion

justification - justification

There is a sentiment arising, and it will grow, against connubial jealousy, against fierce maternity, against passion of all sorts; unnecessary things now, and things that make us uncomfortable, savage survivals, discords in a refined and pleasant life.

sentiment - sentiment

arising - qui en découle, (arise), se lever, surgir, apparaitre, naitre

connubial - connubial

unnecessary - inutile

survivals - survivants, survie

discords - discordes, discorde

refined - raffiné, raffiner, fr

pleasant - agréable, plaisant

'I thought of the physical slightness of the people, their lack of intelligence, and those big abundant ruins, and it strengthened my belief in a perfect conquest of Nature. For after the battle comes Quiet. Humanity had been strong, energetic, and intelligent, and had used all its abundant vitality to alter the conditions under which it lived. And now came the reaction of the altered conditions.

slightness - petitesse

strengthened - renforcée, renforcer, affermir, raffermir, fortifier

belief - croyance, conviction, foi

conquest - conquete, conquete

energetic - énergique, énergétique

vitality - vitalité

altered - modifié, transformer, changer, altérer

'Under the new conditions of perfect comfort and security, that restless energy, that with us is strength, would become weakness. Even in our own time certain tendencies and desires, once necessary to survival, are a constant source of failure. Physical courage and the love of battle, for instance, are no great help-may even be hindrances-to a civilized man.

comfort - le confort, confort, consoler

restless - inquiet, agité, checkimpatient

weakness - faiblesse, point faible

tendencies - tendances, tendance

desires - désirs, désirer, désir

survival - la survie, survie

constant - constant, constante

failure - l'échec, échec, daube, flop, panne

hindrances - des obstacles, entrave, obstacle

And in a state of physical balance and security, power, intellectual as well as physical, would be out of place. For countless years I judged there had been no danger of war or solitary violence, no danger from wild beasts, no wasting disease to require strength of constitution, no need of toil.

solitary - solitaire, seul, un a un

beasts - betes, bete, bete sauvage

wasting - le gaspillage, (wast) le gaspillage

require - exiger, demander, avoir besoin de, requérir, nécessiter

constitution - constitution

For such a life, what we should call the weak are as well equipped as the strong, are indeed no longer weak. Better equipped indeed they are, for the strong would be fretted by an energy for which there was no outlet.

outlet - sortie, conduit, exutoire, issue, dérivatif, magasin d’usine

No doubt the exquisite beauty of the buildings I saw was the outcome of the last surgings of the now purposeless energy of mankind before it settled down into perfect harmony with the conditions under which it lived-the flourish of that triumph which began the last great peace. This has ever been the fate of energy in security; it takes to art and to eroticism, and then come languor and decay.

settled - réglée, (s')installer

harmony - l'harmonie, harmonie

flourish - s'épanouir, fleurir, brandir, gesticulation, fioriture

fate - le destin, destin, destinée, sort

eroticism - l'érotisme, érotisme

languor - langueur

'Even this artistic impetus would at last die away-had almost died in the Time I saw. To adorn themselves with flowers, to dance, to sing in the sunlight: so much was left of the artistic spirit, and no more. Even that would fade in the end into a contented inactivity.

artistic - artistique

impetus - l'impulsion, élan

adorn - décorer, orner, parer

sunlight - la lumiere du soleil, lumiere du soleil

fade in - s'effacer

inactivity - l'inactivité, inactivité

We are kept keen on the grindstone of pain and necessity, and, it seemed to me, that here was that hateful grindstone broken at last!

keen - enthousiaste, désireux, poivré, vif

grindstone - meule

hateful - haineux

'As I stood there in the gathering dark I thought that in this simple explanation I had mastered the problem of the world-mastered the whole secret of these delicious people. Possibly the checks they had devised for the increase of population had succeeded too well, and their numbers had rather diminished than kept stationary. That would account for the abandoned ruins.

mastered - maîtrisée, maître/-tresse

devised - conçu, concevoir, élaborer

diminished - diminué, réduire, rétrécir, rapetisser, diminuer, amincir

stationary - stationnaire

abandoned - abandonnée, abandonner

Very simple was my explanation, and plausible enough-as most wrong theories are!

Chapter V

'As I stood there musing over this too perfect triumph of man, the full moon, yellow and gibbous, came up out of an overflow of silver light in the north-east. The bright little figures ceased to move about below, a noiseless owl flitted by, and I shivered with the chill of the night. I determined to descend and find where I could sleep.

gibbous - gibbeux, gibbeuse

overflow - débordement, déborder, checktransborder, checks'épancher

noiseless - sans bruit, silencieux

Owl - hibou, chouette

flitted - flotté, voltiger, voleter, papillonner, virevolter

chill - refroidissement, froid

descend - descendre

'I looked for the building I knew. Then my eye travelled along to the figure of the White Sphinx upon the pedestal of bronze, growing distinct as the light of the rising moon grew brighter. I could see the silver birch against it. There was the tangle of rhododendron bushes, black in the pale light, and there was the little lawn. I looked at the lawn again. A queer doubt chilled my complacency.

silver birch - du bouleau argenté

tangle - enchevetrement, chaos

chilled - réfrigéré, froid

complacency - l'autosatisfaction, suffisance, complaisance

"No," said I stoutly to myself, "that was not the lawn."

stoutly - avec acharnement

'But it was the lawn. For the white leprous face of the sphinx was towards it. Can you imagine what I felt as this conviction came home to me? But you cannot. The Time Machine was gone!

leprous - lépreux

'At once, like a lash across the face, came the possibility of losing my own age, of being left helpless in this strange new world. The bare thought of it was an actual physical sensation. I could feel it grip me at the throat and stop my breathing. In another moment I was in a passion of fear and running with great leaping strides down the slope.

lash - cils, amarrons, amarrez, amarrent, fustiger

grip - poignée, ballot, grippe, saisir, agripper, préhension

throat - gorge, goulot

strides - foulées, marcher a grands pas

Once I fell headlong and cut my face; I lost no time in stanching the blood, but jumped up and ran on, with a warm trickle down my cheek and chin. All the time I ran I was saying to myself: "They have moved it a little, pushed it under the bushes out of the way." Nevertheless, I ran with all my might.

stanching - stanching, (stanch) stanching

trickle - goutte a goutte, filet, dégoulinade, verser goutte a goutte

All the time, with the certainty that sometimes comes with excessive dread, I knew that such assurance was folly, knew instinctively that the machine was removed out of my reach. My breath came with pain. I suppose I covered the whole distance from the hill crest to the little lawn, two miles perhaps, in ten minutes. And I am not a young man.

certainty - certitude

excessive - excessif

assurance - l'assurance, assurance, culot

folly - folie, sottise

I cursed aloud, as I ran, at my confident folly in leaving the machine, wasting good breath thereby. I cried aloud, and none answered. Not a creature seemed to be stirring in that moonlit world.

cursed - maudis, maudite, maudites, maudits, maudit, (curs) maudis

aloud - a haute voix, a voix haute, a haute voix, fort

thereby - et donc, ainsi, de ce fait, par la

stirring - l'agitation, passionnant

'When I reached the lawn my worst fears were realized. Not a trace of the thing was to be seen. I felt faint and cold when I faced the empty space among the black tangle of bushes. I ran round it furiously, as if the thing might be hidden in a corner, and then stopped abruptly, with my hands clutching my hair.

empty space - un espace vide

furiously - furieusement

clutching - l'embrayage, se raccrocher (a)

Above me towered the sphinx, upon the bronze pedestal, white, shining, leprous, in the light of the rising moon. It seemed to smile in mockery of my dismay.

dismay - affliger, mortifier, avoir peur, désarroi, consternation

'I might have consoled myself by imagining the little people had put the mechanism in some shelter for me, had I not felt assured of their physical and intellectual inadequacy. That is what dismayed me: the sense of some hitherto unsuspected power, through whose intervention my invention had vanished.

consoled - consolé, consoler

shelter - l'abri, abri, refuge, abriter

dismayed - consterné, affliger, mortifier, avoir peur, désarroi

unsuspected - insoupçonné

intervention - l'intervention, intervention

Yet, for one thing I felt assured: unless some other age had produced its exact duplicate, the machine could not have moved in time. The attachment of the levers-I will show you the method later-prevented any one from tampering with it in that way when they were removed. It had moved, and was hid, only in space. But then, where could it be?

duplicate - dupliqué, dupliquée, copier, dupliquer, duplicata, double

attachment - l'attachement, attachement, dépendance, piece jointe, saisie

tampering - la falsification, (tamper) la falsification

'I think I must have had a kind of frenzy. I remember running violently in and out among the moonlit bushes all round the sphinx, and startling some white animal that, in the dim light, I took for a small deer. I remember, too, late that night, beating the bushes with my clenched fist until my knuckles were gashed and bleeding from the broken twigs.

dim light - une faible lumiere

deer - cerf, chevreuil

clenched - serré, serrer, prise (en main) ferme, poigne ferme

fist - poing

knuckles - poings américains, articulation du doigt, articulation

gashed - gazéifié, entaille, balafre

bleeding - des saignements, saignant, saignement

twigs - brindilles, brindille

Then, sobbing and raving in my anguish of mind, I went down to the great building of stone. The big hall was dark, silent, and deserted. I slipped on the uneven floor, and fell over one of the malachite tables, almost breaking my shin. I lit a match and went on past the dusty curtains, of which I have told you.

sobbing - sanglots, sanglotement, sanglotant, sanglotante, (sob), fdp

raving - divagations

anguish of mind - l'angoisse d'esprit

slipped - a glissé, glisser

uneven - inégale, inégal

malachite - malachite

shin - shin, tibia

'There I found a second great hall covered with cushions, upon which, perhaps, a score or so of the little people were sleeping. I have no doubt they found my second appearance strange enough, coming suddenly out of the quiet darkness with inarticulate noises and the splutter and flare of a match. For they had forgotten about matches. "Where is my Time Machine?

darkness - l'obscurité, obscurité, ténebres

splutter - balbutiement

flare - flare, fusée lumineuse, feu de Bengale, arrondi

" I began, bawling like an angry child, laying hands upon them and shaking them up together. It must have been very queer to them. Some laughed, most of them looked sorely frightened. When I saw them standing round me, it came into my head that I was doing as foolish a thing as it was possible for me to do under the circumstances, in trying to revive the sensation of fear.

bawling - brailler, (bawl), hurler

laying - pose, (lay) pose

sorely - douloureusement

frightened - effrayé, effrayer, redouter, terrifier

circumstances - circonstances, circonstance

For, reasoning from their daylight behaviour, I thought that fear must be forgotten.

daylight - la lumiere du jour, jour, lumiere du jour

'Abruptly, I dashed down the match, and, knocking one of the people over in my course, went blundering across the big dining-hall again, out under the moonlight. I heard cries of terror and their little feet running and stumbling this way and that. I do not remember all I did as the moon crept up the sky. I suppose it was the unexpected nature of my loss that maddened me.

blundering - maladresses, embrouillant, (blunder), gaffe

dining-hall - (dining-hall) le réfectoire

moonlight - le clair de lune, clair de lune, travailler au noir

terror - la terreur, terreur, effroi, terrorisme

stumbling - trébucher, chute, faux pas, bourde

crept - rampé, ramper, rampement, fatigue, fluage, reptation

unexpected - inattendu

Loss - perte, déperdition, perdition, déchet, coulage

I felt hopelessly cut off from my own kind-a strange animal in an unknown world. I must have raved to and fro, screaming and crying upon God and Fate.

hopelessly - sans espoir

raved - s'est extasié, délirer

screaming - des cris, cri, crier

I have a memory of horrible fatigue, as the long night of despair wore away; of looking in this impossible place and that; of groping among moon-lit ruins and touching strange creatures in the black shadows; at last, of lying on the ground near the sphinx and weeping with absolute wretchedness. I had nothing left but misery.

fatigue - la fatigue, fatigue, épuisement, corvée, fatiguer

despair - le désespoir, désespérer, désespoir

groping - tripotage, tâter, tâtonner, tripoter, peloter

weeping - pleurant, (weep) pleurant

wretchedness - la misere

misery - la misere, misere

Then I slept, and when I woke again it was full day, and a couple of sparrows were hopping round me on the turf within reach of my arm.

sparrows - moineaux, moineau, bruant, piaf

within - a l'intérieur, dedans, avant, d'ici

'I sat up in the freshness of the morning, trying to remember how I had got there, and why I had such a profound sense of desertion and despair. Then things came clear in my mind. With the plain, reasonable daylight, I could look my circumstances fairly in the face. I saw the wild folly of my frenzy overnight, and I could reason with myself. "Suppose the worst?" I said.

freshness - fraîcheur

desertion - désertion

fairly - équitable, justement, assez

overnight - pendant la nuit, du jour au lendemain, nocturne, nuitée

"Suppose the machine altogether lost-perhaps destroyed? It behoves me to be calm and patient, to learn the way of the people, to get a clear idea of the method of my loss, and the means of getting materials and tools; so that in the end, perhaps, I may make another." That would be my only hope, perhaps, but better than despair. And, after all, it was a beautiful and curious world.

behoves - doit, incomber

'But probably, the machine had only been taken away. Still, I must be calm and patient, find its hiding-place, and recover it by force or cunning. And with that I scrambled to my feet and looked about me, wondering where I could bathe. I felt weary, stiff, and travel-soiled. The freshness of the morning made me desire an equal freshness. I had exhausted my emotion.

hiding-place - (hiding-place) Une cachette

cunning - astucieux, rusé

scrambled - brouillés, ruer

wondering - se demander, (wonder), merveille, conjecturer

bathe - prendre un bain, se baigner, faire prendre un bain, baignade

stiff - rigide, raide, macchabée

soiled - souillé, sol, terre

desire - désirer, désir

Equal - l'égalité, égal, égaler a, égale

exhausted - épuisé, épuiser, échappement

emotion - l'émotion, émotion

Indeed, as I went about my business, I found myself wondering at my intense excitement overnight. I made a careful examination of the ground about the little lawn. I wasted some time in futile questionings, conveyed, as well as I was able, to such of the little people as came by. They all failed to understand my gestures; some were simply stolid, some thought it was a jest and laughed at me.

excitement - l'excitation, excitation

examination - l'examen, examen

wasted - gaspillé, gaspiller

futile - futile

conveyed - transmis, transporter, véhiculer, communiquer

stolid - solide, impassible

jest - jest, plaisanter

I had the hardest task in the world to keep my hands off their pretty laughing faces. It was a foolish impulse, but the devil begotten of fear and blind anger was ill curbed and still eager to take advantage of my perplexity. The turf gave better counsel.

impulse - impulsion

devil - Diable, Satan, type

begotten - engendré, engendrer, procréer

blind - aveugle, mal-voyant, mal-voyante, store, blind, aveugler

anger - la colere, colere, ire, courroux, rage

curbed - curbed, restreindre, endiguer

perplexity - perplexité

counsel - conseil, expertise, plan, projet, conseiller

I found a groove ripped in it, about midway between the pedestal of the sphinx and the marks of my feet where, on arrival, I had struggled with the overturned machine. There were other signs of removal about, with queer narrow footprints like those I could imagine made by a sloth. This directed my closer attention to the pedestal. It was, as I think I have said, of bronze.

groove - rainure, sillon, routine, groove, puits

ripped - déchiré, (se) déchirer

midway - a mi-parcours, a mi-chemin

on arrival - a l'arrivée

struggled - en difficulté, lutte, lutter, s'efforcer, combattre

overturned - annulée, renverser, retourner, capoter, verser

removal - l'éloignement, enlevement, élimination, prélevement

footprints - empreintes de pas, empreinte de pied, empreinte écologique

sloth - paresse, paresseux, ai

It was not a mere block, but highly decorated with deep framed panels on either side. I went and rapped at these. The pedestal was hollow. Examining the panels with care I found them discontinuous with the frames. There were no handles or keyholes, but possibly the panels, if they were doors, as I supposed, opened from within. One thing was clear enough to my mind.

block - bloc, bloquer, bloquent, bloquons, obstruer, buche

highly - hautement, extremement

decorated - décoré, décorer, orner

framed - encadré, encadrer, cadre, armature, ossature

panels - panneaux, panneau, table ronde, case, vignette, , g

rapped - rappé, coup sec

hollow - creux, cavez, caver, cavent, cavons

discontinuous - discontinu

frames - cadres, encadrer, cadre, armature, ossature

handles - poignées, anse, poignée, manche

keyholes - trous de serrure, trou de la serrure

It took no very great mental effort to infer that my Time Machine was inside that pedestal. But how it got there was a different problem.

infer - déduire, inférer

'I saw the heads of two orange-clad people coming through the bushes and under some blossom-covered apple-trees towards me. I turned smiling to them and beckoned them to me. They came, and then, pointing to the bronze pedestal, I tried to intimate my wish to open it. But at my first gesture towards this they behaved very oddly. I don't know how to convey their expression to you.

apple-trees - (apple-trees) des pommiers

beckoned - fait signe, faire signe

oddly - bizarrement, étrangement

Suppose you were to use a grossly improper gesture to a delicate-minded woman-it is how she would look. They went off as if they had received the last possible insult. I tried a sweet-looking little chap in white next, with exactly the same result. Somehow, his manner made me feel ashamed of myself. But, as you know, I wanted the Time Machine, and I tried him once more.

grossly - grossierement, grossierement

improper - inapproprié

insult - insultes, insulter, insulte

chap - chap, fissure

feel ashamed - avoir honte

As he turned off, like the others, my temper got the better of me. In three strides I was after him, had him by the loose part of his robe round the neck, and began dragging him towards the sphinx. Then I saw the horror and repugnance of his face, and all of a sudden I let him go.

temper - caractere, tempérament, humeur, état d'esprit, recuit

robe - robe de chambre, robe

dragging - traînant, tirer, entraîner

horror - l'horreur, horreur, effroi, dégout, aversion

repugnance - répugnance

'But I was not beaten yet. I banged with my fist at the bronze panels. I thought I heard something stir inside-to be explicit, I thought I heard a sound like a chuckle-but I must have been mistaken. Then I got a big pebble from the river, and came and hammered till I had flattened a coil in the decorations, and the verdigris came off in powdery flakes.

banged - cogné, détonation

stir - remuer, affecter

chuckle - glousser

pebble - galet, gravillon

hammered - martelée, marteau, chien, malléus, t+marteau, marteler

flattened - aplatie, aplatir

coil - bobine, spirale

powdery - poudreux

flakes - flocons, flocon

The delicate little people must have heard me hammering in gusty outbreaks a mile away on either hand, but nothing came of it. I saw a crowd of them upon the slopes, looking furtively at me. At last, hot and tired, I sat down to watch the place. But I was too restless to watch long; I am too Occidental for a long vigil.

hammering - martelage, martelant, (hammer), marteau, chien

gusty - grose

outbreaks - des épidémies, éruption, déclenchement, apparition, explosion

slopes - les pentes, pente, inclinaison

furtively - furtivement

Occidental - occidental

vigil - veille, veillée

I could work at a problem for years, but to wait inactive for twenty-four hours-that is another matter.

inactive - inactif

'I got up after a time, and began walking aimlessly through the bushes towards the hill again. "Patience," said I to myself. "If you want your machine again you must leave that sphinx alone. If they mean to take your machine away, it's little good your wrecking their bronze panels, and if they don't, you will get it back as soon as you can ask for it.

aimlessly - sans but précis, sans but, au hasard

wrecking - démolition, (wreck), épave, carcasse, accident, bousiller

To sit among all those unknown things before a puzzle like that is hopeless. That way lies monomania. Face this world. Learn its ways, watch it, be careful of too hasty guesses at its meaning. In the end you will find clues to it all.

puzzle - mystere, énigme, puzzle, casse-tete, jeu de patience, devinette

hopeless - sans espoir, désespéré

monomania - monomanie

hasty - hâtive, hâtif

clues - indices, indice, piste, idée, informer

" Then suddenly the humour of the situation came into my mind: the thought of the years I had spent in study and toil to get into the future age, and now my passion of anxiety to get out of it. I had made myself the most complicated and the most hopeless trap that ever a man devised. Although it was at my own expense, I could not help myself. I laughed aloud.

humour - l'humour, humour, humeur, disposition, amadouer

anxiety - l'anxiété, anxiété, inquiétude, angoisse

most complicated - le plus compliqué

most hopeless - le plus désespéré

trap - piege

expense - dépenses, dépense

'Going through the big palace, it seemed to me that the little people avoided me. It may have been my fancy, or it may have had something to do with my hammering at the gates of bronze. Yet I felt tolerably sure of the avoidance. I was careful, however, to show no concern and to abstain from any pursuit of them, and in the course of a day or two things got back to the old footing.

tolerably - de maniere tolérable

avoidance - l'évitement, évitement

concern - inquiétude, souci, soin, préoccupation, concerner

abstain - s'abstenir

pursuit - poursuite

I made what progress I could in the language, and in addition I pushed my explorations here and there. Either I missed some subtle point or their language was excessively simple-almost exclusively composed of concrete substantives and verbs. There seemed to be few, if any, abstract terms, or little use of figurative language.

Addition - addition, ajout

explorations - explorations, exploration

exclusively - exclusivement, uniquement

composed - composé, composer

concrete - du béton, concret, de béton, béton, bétonner, concréter

verbs - verbes, verbe

abstract - résumé, abstrait, abstraire, distiller, se retirer

figurative - au sens figuré

Their sentences were usually simple and of two words, and I failed to convey or understand any but the simplest propositions. I determined to put the thought of my Time Machine and the mystery of the bronze doors under the sphinx as much as possible in a corner of memory, until my growing knowledge would lead me back to them in a natural way.

propositions - propositions, proposition

mystery - mystere, mystere

lead - plomb, guider, conduire, mener

Yet a certain feeling, you may understand, tethered me in a circle of a few miles round the point of my arrival.

tethered - attachés, longe, attacher

arrival - arrivée, arrivant, arrivante

'So far as I could see, all the world displayed the same exuberant richness as the Thames valley. From every hill I climbed I saw the same abundance of splendid buildings, endlessly varied in material and style, the same clustering thickets of evergreens, the same blossom-laden trees and tree-ferns.

exuberant - exubérant

richness - richesse

abundance - l'abondance, abondance

endlessly - sans fin, indéfiniment

varied - varié, varier

clustering - la mise en grappe, groupe, grappe, régime, amas

thickets - des fourrés, fourré, maquis

evergreens - les arbres a feuilles persistantes, a feuilles persistantes

laden - laden, chargé, chargée, (lade) laden

ferns - des fougeres, fougere

Here and there water shone like silver, and beyond, the land rose into blue undulating hills, and so faded into the serenity of the sky. A peculiar feature, which presently attracted my attention, was the presence of certain circular wells, several, as it seemed to me, of a very great depth. One lay by the path up the hill, which I had followed during my first walk.

undulating - ondulée, onduler, ondoyer

faded - fanée, mode, lubie

serenity - la sérénité, sérénité

presence - présence

depth - profondeur, épaisseur

lay by - Mettre de côté

path - chemin, sentier

Like the others, it was rimmed with bronze, curiously wrought, and protected by a little cupola from the rain. Sitting by the side of these wells, and peering down into the shafted darkness, I could see no gleam of water, nor could I start any reflection with a lighted match.

rimmed - bordé, jante, bord

peering - peering, pair

shafted - secoués, hampe, rachis, cage, entuber

gleam - briller, luisent, luisez, brillant, luisons

reflection - réflexion, reflet, eaning 4

But in all of them I heard a certain sound: a thud-thud-thud, like the beating of some big engine; and I discovered, from the flaring of my matches, that a steady current of air set down the shafts. Further, I threw a scrap of paper into the throat of one, and, instead of fluttering slowly down, it was at once sucked swiftly out of sight.

flaring - torche, fusée lumineuse, feu de Bengale

steady - stable, lisse, régulier

scrap - de la ferraille, ferraille, chiffon, mettre au rebut

fluttering - flottement, faséyer, voleter, voltiger, battement

sucked - aspiré, sucer, téter, etre chiant, etre nul

'After a time, too, I came to connect these wells with tall towers standing here and there upon the slopes; for above them there was often just such a flicker in the air as one sees on a hot day above a sun-scorched beach. Putting things together, I reached a strong suggestion of an extensive system of subterranean ventilation, whose true import it was difficult to imagine.

flicker - scintillement, flottge

scorched - brulé, roussir, bruler

extensive - étendu

subterranean - souterraine, souterrain

ventilation - ventilation, aération, confrontation, respiration

I was at first inclined to associate it with the sanitary apparatus of these people. It was an obvious conclusion, but it was absolutely wrong.

associate - associé, fréquenter, associer

sanitary - sanitaire

obvious - évidentes, évident

conclusion - conclusion, fin

'And here I must admit that I learned very little of drains and bells and modes of conveyance, and the like conveniences, during my time in this real future. In some of these visions of Utopias and coming times which I have read, there is a vast amount of detail about building, and social arrangements, and so forth.

drains - les drains, drain, bonde, hémorragie, gouffre, drainer

bells - cloches, cloche

modes - modes, mode, maniere

conveniences - des commodités, convenance, commodité, avantage, commodités-p

visions - visions, vision, vue, aspiration, apparition

Utopias - des utopies, utopie

But while such details are easy enough to obtain when the whole world is contained in one's imagination, they are altogether inaccessible to a real traveller amid such realities as I found here. Conceive the tale of London which a negro, fresh from Central Africa, would take back to his tribe!

obtain - obtenir, se procurer, réussir, avoir succes, s'établir

imagination - l'imagination, imagination

inaccessible - inaccessible

amid - amid, au milieu de, parmi, entre

realities - réalités, réalité, vérité

conceive - concevoir, tomber enceinte

Tale - conte, récit

negro - negre, negre

central - central

Africa - l'afrique, l’Afrique

tribe - tribu

What would he know of railway companies, of social movements, of telephone and telegraph wires, of the Parcels Delivery Company, and postal orders and the like? Yet we, at least, should be willing enough to explain these things to him! And even of what he knew, how much could he make his untravelled friend either apprehend or believe?

Telegraph - télégraphe, télégraphier, dépecher

wires - fils, fil

parcels - colis, paquet, parcelle, empaqueter, emballer, envelopper

delivery - livraison, accouchement, parturition, naissance, administration

postal - postal

untravelled - non voyagé

apprehend - appréhender, comprendre, arreter

Then, think how narrow the gap between a negro and a white man of our own times, and how wide the interval between myself and these of the Golden Age! I was sensible of much which was unseen, and which contributed to my comfort; but save for a general impression of automatic organization, I fear I can convey very little of the difference to your mind.

sensible - sensible, sensé, raisonnable

unseen - invisible

contributed - a contribué, contribuer

automatic - automatique, semi-automatique

'In the matter of sepulture, for instance, I could see no signs of crematoria nor anything suggestive of tombs. But it occurred to me that, possibly, there might be cemeteries (or crematoria) somewhere beyond the range of my explorings. This, again, was a question I deliberately put to myself, and my curiosity was at first entirely defeated upon the point.

sepulture - la sepulture

crematoria - crématoriums

suggestive - suggestif

tombs - tombes, tombe, tombeau

cemeteries - les cimetieres, cimetiere

range - chaîne (de montagnes), cuisiniere, sélection, gamme, champ

explorings - explorations

defeated - vaincu, battre, vaincre

The thing puzzled me, and I was led to make a further remark, which puzzled me still more: that aged and infirm among this people there were none.

remark - remarque, remarquent, remarquez, remarquons

infirm - infirme, infirmer

'I must confess that my satisfaction with my first theories of an automatic civilization and a decadent humanity did not long endure. Yet I could think of no other. Let me put my difficulties. The several big palaces I had explored were mere living places, great dining-halls and sleeping apartments. I could find no machinery, no appliances of any kind.

confess - avouer, confesser

satisfaction - satisfaction

decadent - décadent, décadente

endure - endurer, perdurer, supporter

difficulties - des difficultés, difficulté

explored - exploré, explorer

dining - dîner

machinery - des machines, machines, pieces, machinerie, mécanique

appliances - des appareils, appareil, appareil électrique

Yet these people were clothed in pleasant fabrics that must at times need renewal, and their sandals, though undecorated, were fairly complex specimens of metalwork. Somehow such things must be made. And the little people displayed no vestige of a creative tendency. There were no shops, no workshops, no sign of importations among them.

fabrics - des tissus, structure, tissu, textile

renewal - renouvellement, renouvelement

undecorated - sans décoration

complex - complexe

specimens - spécimens, spécimen, exemple

metalwork - la métallurgie

vestige - vestige

workshops - des ateliers, atelier

They spent all their time in playing gently, in bathing in the river, in making love in a half-playful fashion, in eating fruit and sleeping. I could not see how things were kept going.

playful - ludique, folâtre, enjoué, joueur

'Then, again, about the Time Machine: something, I knew not what, had taken it into the hollow pedestal of the White Sphinx. Why? For the life of me I could not imagine. Those waterless wells, too, those flickering pillars. I felt I lacked a clue. I felt-how shall I put it?

pillars - piliers, pilier, pile

lacked - manquée, manquer de qqch

clue - indice, piste, idée, informer

Suppose you found an inscription, with sentences here and there in excellent plain English, and interpolated therewith, others made up of words, of letters even, absolutely unknown to you? Well, on the third day of my visit, that was how the world of Eight Hundred and Two Thousand Seven Hundred and One presented itself to me!

inscription - inscription, légende, dédicace

interpolated - interpolés, interpoler

'That day, too, I made a friend-of a sort. It happened that, as I was watching some of the little people bathing in a shallow, one of them was seized with cramp and began drifting downstream. The main current ran rather swiftly, but not too strongly for even a moderate swimmer.

shallow - superficielle, peu profond, superficiel, haut-fond, baisse

seized - saisi, saisir

cramp - crampe

drifting - a la dérive, dérive, dériver, errer, dévier

downstream - aval, descendant, en aval, dans le sens du courant (descente

strongly - fort, fortement

moderate - modéré, moderer, modérer

swimmer - nageur, nageuse

It will give you an idea, therefore, of the strange deficiency in these creatures, when I tell you that none made the slightest attempt to rescue the weakly crying little thing which was drowning before their eyes. When I realized this, I hurriedly slipped off my clothes, and, wading in at a point lower down, I caught the poor mite and drew her safe to land.

deficiency - déficience, carence

slightest - le moins du monde, insignifiant, léger

rescue - secours, délivrer, secourir, sauver, checksauver, sauvetage

weakly - souffreteuxse

drowning - la noyade, noyade, (drown), noyer, checksubmerger

hurriedly - en toute hâte, a la hâte, a la sauvette, a la va-vite

slipped off - a glissé

wading - patauger, (wad) patauger

mite - mite, acarien

A little rubbing of the limbs soon brought her round, and I had the satisfaction of seeing she was all right before I left her. I had got to such a low estimate of her kind that I did not expect any gratitude from her. In that, however, I was wrong.

rubbing - le frottement, frottage, froissement, lessivage

estimate - estimation, devis, estimer

gratitude - la gratitude, gratitude

'This happened in the morning. In the afternoon I met my little woman, as I believe it was, as I was returning towards my centre from an exploration, and she received me with cries of delight and presented me with a big garland of flowers-evidently made for me and me alone. The thing took my imagination. Very possibly I had been feeling desolate.

exploration - l'exploration, exploration

delight - plaisir, délice, joie, enchanter, ravir

garland - guirlande, rench: t-needed r

desolate - désolée, ravager, désoler

At any rate I did my best to display my appreciation of the gift. We were soon seated together in a little stone arbour, engaged in conversation, chiefly of smiles. The creature's friendliness affected me exactly as a child's might have done. We passed each other flowers, and she kissed my hands. I did the same to hers.

display - l'affichage, représentation, spectacle, moniteur, écran

appreciation - l'appréciation, appréciation, estimation, évaluation

arbour - tonnelle

chiefly - principalement, surtout

friendliness - l'amabilité, gentillesse, cordialité

kissed - embrassée, (s')embrasser

Then I tried talk, and found that her name was Weena, which, though I don't know what it meant, somehow seemed appropriate enough. That was the beginning of a queer friendship which lasted a week, and ended-as I will tell you!

appropriate - approprié, idoine, approprier

friendship - l'amitié, amitié

'She was exactly like a child. She wanted to be with me always. She tried to follow me everywhere, and on my next journey out and about it went to my heart to tire her down, and leave her at last, exhausted and calling after me rather plaintively. But the problems of the world had to be mastered. I had not, I said to myself, come into the future to carry on a miniature flirtation.

tire - fatiguer, pneu, pneumatique

plaintively - plaintivement

miniature - miniature, enluminure, figurine

flirtation - flirt

Yet her distress when I left her was very great, her expostulations at the parting were sometimes frantic, and I think, altogether, I had as much trouble as comfort from her devotion. Nevertheless she was, somehow, a very great comfort. I thought it was mere childish affection that made her cling to me. Until it was too late, I did not clearly know what I had inflicted upon her when I left her.

distress - la détresse, détresse

frantic - éperdu, paniqué, frénétique

childish - enfantin, puéril, gamin

cling - s'accrocher, s'accrocher (a)

inflicted - infligé, infliger

Nor until it was too late did I clearly understand what she was to me. For, by merely seeming fond of me, and showing in her weak, futile way that she cared for me, the little doll of a creature presently gave my return to the neighbourhood of the White Sphinx almost the feeling of coming home; and I would watch for her tiny figure of white and gold so soon as I came over the hill.

merely - simplement, uniquement, seulement

fond - fond, tendre, amoureux

showing in - Montrant en

doll - poupée, marionnette, guignol

neighbourhood - quartier

tiny - minuscule

'It was from her, too, that I learned that fear had not yet left the world. She was fearless enough in the daylight, and she had the oddest confidence in me; for once, in a foolish moment, I made threatening grimaces at her, and she simply laughed at them. But she dreaded the dark, dreaded shadows, dreaded black things. Darkness to her was the one thing dreadful.

fearless - sans peur, courageux, brave, intrépide

oddest - le plus étrange, rench: -neededr, bizarre, étrange, impair

threatening - menaçante, menaçant, (threaten), menacer

grimaces - des grimaces, grimace, grimacer, faire des grimaces

dreaded - redouté, redouter, craindre, crainte

dreadful - épouvantable, redoutable, affreux, terrible

It was a singularly passionate emotion, and it set me thinking and observing. I discovered then, among other things, that these little people gathered into the great houses after dark, and slept in droves. To enter upon them without a light was to put them into a tumult of apprehension. I never found one out of doors, or one sleeping alone within doors, after dark.

passionate - passionné

observing - l'observation, observer, remarquer, respecter, garder

gathered - rassemblés, rassembler, ramasser, recueillir

in droves - en masse

tumult - tumultes, barouf, baroufe, bagarre

Yet I was still such a blockhead that I missed the lesson of that fear, and in spite of Weena's distress I insisted upon sleeping away from these slumbering multitudes.

blockhead - tete de noeud, imbécile, cancre

insisted - insisté, insister

slumbering - dormir, (slumber), somnolence, somnoler

multitudes - multitudes, multitude

'It troubled her greatly, but in the end her odd affection for me triumphed, and for five of the nights of our acquaintance, including the last night of all, she slept with her head pillowed on my arm. But my story slips away from me as I speak of her. It must have been the night before her rescue that I was awakened about dawn.

triumphed - triomphé, triomphe

acquaintance - une connaissance, relation

pillowed - oreillé, oreiller, tetiere

slips away - s'échappe

awakened - éveillé, réveiller, se réveiller

dawn - l'aube, se lever, naître, aube, lever du soleil, aurore

I had been restless, dreaming most disagreeably that I was drowned, and that sea anemones were feeling over my face with their soft palps. I woke with a start, and with an odd fancy that some greyish animal had just rushed out of the chamber. I tried to get to sleep again, but I felt restless and uncomfortable.

disagreeably - désagréable

drowned - noyé, noyer

anemones - anémones, anémone

greyish - grisâtre

chamber - chambre, piece, salle

It was that dim grey hour when things are just creeping out of darkness, when everything is colourless and clear cut, and yet unreal. I got up, and went down into the great hall, and so out upon the flagstones in front of the palace. I thought I would make a virtue of necessity, and see the sunrise.

creeping - rampant, ramper, rampement, fatigue, fluage, reptation

colourless - sans couleur, incolore

clear cut - évident

flagstones - les dalles, dalle, lauze

virtue - la vertu, vertu

sunrise - lever du soleil, potron-minet

'The moon was setting, and the dying moonlight and the first pallor of dawn were mingled in a ghastly half-light. The bushes were inky black, the ground a sombre grey, the sky colourless and cheerless. And up the hill I thought I could see ghosts. There several times, as I scanned the slope, I saw white figures.

setting - de l'environnement, réglage, configuration

dying - teignant, mourant, (dye) teignant

pallor - pâleur

mingled - mélangés, mélanger

sombre - sombre

cheerless - sans joie

ghosts - fantômes, fantôme, t+spectre, t+esprit, t+revenant

scanned - numérisé, scanner, fouiller, numériser, scander, scan

Twice I fancied I saw a solitary white, ape-like creature running rather quickly up the hill, and once near the ruins I saw a leash of them carrying some dark body. They moved hastily. I did not see what became of them. It seemed that they vanished among the bushes. The dawn was still indistinct, you must understand. I was feeling that chill, uncertain, early-morning feeling you may have known.

ape - singe

leash - laisse

hastily - hâtivement, précipitamment, a la hâte

uncertain - incertaine

I doubted my eyes.

doubted - douté, douter, doute

'As the eastern sky grew brighter, and the light of the day came on and its vivid colouring returned upon the world once more, I scanned the view keenly. But I saw no vestige of my white figures. They were mere creatures of the half light. "They must have been ghosts," I said; "I wonder whence they dated." For a queer notion of Grant Allen's came into my head, and amused me.

eastern - orientale, oriental

keenly - vivement

whence - pourquoi, d'ou

notion - notion

Grant - la subvention, accorder, admettre

amused - amusé, amuser

If each generation die and leave ghosts, he argued, the world at last will get overcrowded with them. On that theory they would have grown innumerable some Eight Hundred Thousand Years hence, and it was no great wonder to see four at once. But the jest was unsatisfying, and I was thinking of these figures all the morning, until Weena's rescue drove them out of my head.

generation - génération, création, generation

last will - le dernier testament

theory - théorie

hence - d'ou, d'ici, ainsi, donc, d'ou

unsatisfying - insatisfaisante

I associated them in some indefinite way with the white animal I had startled in my first passionate search for the Time Machine. But Weena was a pleasant substitute. Yet all the same, they were soon destined to take far deadlier possession of my mind.

associated - associés, fréquenter, associer

substitute - mettre, remplaçant, substitut

deadlier - plus mortelle, mortel, fatal, létal

'I think I have said how much hotter than our own was the weather of this Golden Age. I cannot account for it. It may be that the sun was hotter, or the earth nearer the sun. It is usual to assume that the sun will go on cooling steadily in the future.

assume - supposer, présupposer, présumer, assumer, adopter, prendre

But people, unfamiliar with such speculations as those of the younger Darwin, forget that the planets must ultimately fall back one by one into the parent body. As these catastrophes occur, the sun will blaze with renewed energy; and it may be that some inner planet had suffered this fate. Whatever the reason, the fact remains that the sun was very much hotter than we know it.

unfamiliar - peu familier

catastrophes - des catastrophes, catastrophe

occur - se produisent, produire

blaze - flamme, feu, embrasement

renewed - renouvelée, renouveler

suffered - souffert, souffrir, souffrir de, pâtir de, endurer

'Well, one very hot morning-my fourth, I think-as I was seeking shelter from the heat and glare in a colossal ruin near the great house where I slept and fed, there happened this strange thing: Clambering among these heaps of masonry, I found a narrow gallery, whose end and side windows were blocked by fallen masses of stone.

seeking - a la recherche, chercher

glare - éblouissement, éclat

ruin - la ruine, ruine, ruiner, abîmer, foutre en l'air

clambering - de l'escalade, grimper

masonry - la maçonnerie, maçonnerie

blocked - bloqué, bloc

masses - masses, Masse, Massé

By contrast with the brilliancy outside, it seemed at first impenetrably dark to me. I entered it groping, for the change from light to blackness made spots of colour swim before me. Suddenly I halted spellbound. A pair of eyes, luminous by reflection against the daylight without, was watching me out of the darkness.

contrast - contraste, contraster

brilliancy - brillance

impenetrably - impénétrable

blackness - la noirceur, noirceur

spots - taches, tache, bouton, peu, endroit, zone, détecter, trouver

halted - arreté, (s')arreter

'The old instinctive dread of wild beasts came upon me. I clenched my hands and steadfastly looked into the glaring eyeballs. I was afraid to turn. Then the thought of the absolute security in which humanity appeared to be living came to my mind. And then I remembered that strange terror of the dark. Overcoming my fear to some extent, I advanced a step and spoke.

instinctive - instinctif

steadfastly - fermement

glaring - éblouissant, éclat

eyeballs - les globes oculaires, globe oculaire, évaluer a vue de nez

Overcoming - surmonter, vaincre, envahir

extent - mesure, étendue

advanced - avancé, élever, avancer, avancée, progression, progres

I will admit that my voice was harsh and ill-controlled. I put out my hand and touched something soft. At once the eyes darted sideways, and something white ran past me. I turned with my heart in my mouth, and saw a queer little ape-like figure, its head held down in a peculiar manner, running across the sunlit space behind me.

darted - dardé, dard, fleche

It blundered against a block of granite, staggered aside, and in a moment was hidden in a black shadow beneath another pile of ruined masonry.

blundered - gaffe, qualifier

beneath - dessous

pile - pile, tapée, pilotis, foule, amas

ruined - ruiné, ruine, ruiner, abîmer, foutre en l'air

'My impression of it is, of course, imperfect; but I know it was a dull white, and had strange large greyish-red eyes; also that there was flaxen hair on its head and down its back. But, as I say, it went too fast for me to see distinctly. I cannot even say whether it ran on all-fours, or only with its forearms held very low. After an instant's pause I followed it into the second heap of ruins.

imperfect - imparfait

flaxen - de lin

whether - si, que, soit, si oui ou non

forearms - les avant-bras, avant-bras

heap of ruins - un tas de ruines

I could not find it at first; but, after a time in the profound obscurity, I came upon one of those round well-like openings of which I have told you, half closed by a fallen pillar. A sudden thought came to me. Could this Thing have vanished down the shaft?

obscurity - l'obscurité, obscurité

pillar - pilier, pile

shaft - arbre, hampe, rachis, cage, entuber

I lit a match, and, looking down, I saw a small, white, moving creature, with large bright eyes which regarded me steadfastly as it retreated. It made me shudder. It was so like a human spider! It was clambering down the wall, and now I saw for the first time a number of metal foot and hand rests forming a kind of ladder down the shaft.

retreated - s'est retirée, battre en retraite

shudder - frémir, tremblement, frisson, frissonner, trembler

ladder - l'échelle, échelle

Then the light burned my fingers and fell out of my hand, going out as it dropped, and when I had lit another the little monster had disappeared.

monster - monstre, bete, monstrueux

'I do not know how long I sat peering down that well. It was not for some time that I could succeed in persuading myself that the thing I had seen was human.

persuading - persuader, convaincre

But, gradually, the truth dawned on me: that Man had not remained one species, but had differentiated into two distinct animals: that my graceful children of the Upper-world were not the sole descendants of our generation, but that this bleached, obscene, nocturnal Thing, which had flashed before me, was also heir to all the ages.

dawned - s'est levé, se lever, naître, aube, lever du soleil

differentiated - différenciée, distinguer, dériver, différencier

sole - unique, seul, semelle, plante, sole

descendants - descendants, descendant, descendante

bleached - blanchi, eau de javel, décolorant

obscene - obscene, obscene

nocturnal - nocturne

heir - héritier, héritiere, successeur, successeuse

'I thought of the flickering pillars and of my theory of an underground ventilation. I began to suspect their true import. And what, I wondered, was this Lemur doing in my scheme of a perfectly balanced organization? How was it related to the indolent serenity of the beautiful Upper-worlders? And what was hidden down there, at the foot of that shaft?

suspect - suspecter, soupçonner, suspect

wondered - s'est demandé, merveille, étonner

Lemur - lémur, lémurien

scheme - le projet, plan, combine, machination, schéma, systeme

related - en rapport, raconter, relater

worlders - mondial

I sat upon the edge of the well telling myself that, at any rate, there was nothing to fear, and that there I must descend for the solution of my difficulties. And withal I was absolutely afraid to go! As I hesitated, two of the beautiful Upper-world people came running in their amorous sport across the daylight in the shadow. The male pursued the female, flinging flowers at her as he ran.

edge - bord, côté, arete, carre

withal - en tout état de cause

amorous - amoureuse

pursued - poursuivie, poursuivre, rechercher

'They seemed distressed to find me, my arm against the overturned pillar, peering down the well. Apparently it was considered bad form to remark these apertures; for when I pointed to this one, and tried to frame a question about it in their tongue, they were still more visibly distressed and turned away. But they were interested by my matches, and I struck some to amuse them.

distressed - en détresse, détresse

apertures - les ouvertures, ouverture

visibly - visiblement

amuse - amuser

I tried them again about the well, and again I failed. So presently I left them, meaning to go back to Weena, and see what I could get from her. But my mind was already in revolution; my guesses and impressions were slipping and sliding to a new adjustment.

revolution - révolution, coup d'état, tour

sliding - glissant, (slid) glissant

I had now a clue to the import of these wells, to the ventilating towers, to the mystery of the ghosts; to say nothing of a hint at the meaning of the bronze gates and the fate of the Time Machine! And very vaguely there came a suggestion towards the solution of the economic problem that had puzzled me.

hint at - insinuer

vaguely - vaguement

economic - économique

'Here was the new view. Plainly, this second species of Man was subterranean. There were three circumstances in particular which made me think that its rare emergence above ground was the outcome of a long-continued underground habit. In the first place, there was the bleached look common in most animals that live largely in the dark-the white fish of the Kentucky caves, for instance.

emergence - l'émergence, émergence

largely - en grande partie, largement, en général, pour la plupart

Kentucky - le kentucky, Kentucky

caves - des grottes, grotte

Then, those large eyes, with that capacity for reflecting light, are common features of nocturnal things-witness the owl and the cat. And last of all, that evident confusion in the sunshine, that hasty yet fumbling awkward flight towards dark shadow, and that peculiar carriage of the head while in the light-all reinforced the theory of an extreme sensitiveness of the retina.

capacity - capacité

reflecting - réfléchissant, refléter, réfléchir

witness - témoignage, témoin, preuve, témoigner

evident - évidentes, évident

sunshine - soleil, lumiere du soleil

fumbling - le tâtonnement, tâtonner

awkward - maladroit, gauche, embarrassant, inconvenant

carriage - transport, rench: t-needed r, carrosse, port, chariot

reinforced - renforcée, renforcer

sensitiveness - sensibilité

retina - rétine

'Beneath my feet, then, the earth must be tunnelled enormously, and these tunnellings were the habitat of the new race. The presence of ventilating shafts and wells along the hill slopes-everywhere, in fact, except along the river valley-showed how universal were its ramifications.

tunnelled - en tunnel, tunnel

enormously - énormément

habitat - l'habitat, habitat

universal - universel

ramifications - conséquences, ramification

What so natural, then, as to assume that it was in this artificial Underworld that such work as was necessary to the comfort of the daylight race was done? The notion was so plausible that I at once accepted it, and went on to assume the how of this splitting of the human species.

artificial - artificiels

underworld - le monde souterrain, au-dela, autre monde, Enfers, pegre

splitting - le fractionnement, fendant, (split), divisé, fissure, division

I dare say you will anticipate the shape of my theory; though, for myself, I very soon felt that it fell far short of the truth.

anticipate - anticiper, prévoir

'At first, proceeding from the problems of our own age, it seemed clear as daylight to me that the gradual widening of the present merely temporary and social difference between the Capitalist and the Labourer, was the key to the whole position. No doubt it will seem grotesque enough to you-and wildly incredible!-and yet even now there are existing circumstances to point that way.

proceeding - la poursuite de la procédure, acte, (proceed), avancer

clear as daylight - clair comme de l'eau de roche

gradual - graduelle, graduel

widening - l'élargissement, s’élargir, élargir

temporary - temporaire, provisoire, intérimaire

Capitalist - capitaliste

Labourer - ouvrier

wildly - sauvage, sauvagement

There is a tendency to utilize underground space for the less ornamental purposes of civilization; there is the Metropolitan Railway in London, for instance, there are new electric railways, there are subways, there are underground workrooms and restaurants, and they increase and multiply.

utilize - utiliser, utilisent, exploiter, utilisons

ornamental - ornemental, ornementale

metropolitan - métropolitain, urbain

subways - les métros, métro, métropolitain

workrooms - salles de travail, atelier

multiply - se multiplier, multipliez, multiplions, multiplier, multiplient

Evidently, I thought, this tendency had increased till Industry had gradually lost its birthright in the sky. I mean that it had gone deeper and deeper into larger and ever larger underground factories, spending a still-increasing amount of its time therein, till, in the end-!

Even now, does not an East-end worker live in such artificial conditions as practically to be cut off from the natural surface of the earth?

practically - pratiquement, quasiment

'Again, the exclusive tendency of richer people-due, no doubt, to the increasing refinement of their education, and the widening gulf between them and the rude violence of the poor-is already leading to the closing, in their interest, of considerable portions of the surface of the land. About London, for instance, perhaps half the prettier country is shut in against intrusion.

exclusive - exclusive, exclusif

due - due, du

refinement - raffinement

Gulf - golfe

portions - portions, part, portion

intrusion - intrusion

And this same widening gulf-which is due to the length and expense of the higher educational process and the increased facilities for and temptations towards refined habits on the part of the rich-will make that exchange between class and class, that promotion by intermarriage which at present retards the splitting of our species along lines of social stratification, less and less frequent.

educational - éducatif

facilities - des installations, facilité, infrastructure

temptations - tentations, tentation

Exchange - l'échange, échangent, échangeons, échanger, échangez, échange

promotion - promotion

intermarriage - les mariages mixtes

retards - des attardés, retard, retardé, attardé

frequent - fréquents, fréquenter

So, in the end, above ground you must have the Haves, pursuing pleasure and comfort and beauty, and below ground the Have-nots, the Workers getting continually adapted to the conditions of their labour. Once they were there, they would no doubt have to pay rent, and not a little of it, for the ventilation of their caverns; and if they refused, they would starve or be suffocated for arrears.

pursuing - poursuivre, poursuivant, (pursue), rechercher

pleasure - plaisir, volupté, désir

below ground - sous terre

nots - pas

Workers - les travailleurs, travailleur, travailleuse, ouvrier, ouvriere

adapted - adapté, adapter, s'adapter

labour - le travail, effort, travail, labeur, besogne, travailleurs

rent - loyer, louez, louons, arrentez, accensons

caverns - cavernes, caverne, grotte

refused - refusé, refuser de

starve - mourir de faim, crever de faim, crever la dalle, affamer

suffocated - étouffé, suffoquer, étouffer

arrears - des arriérés, arriéré

Such of them as were so constituted as to be miserable and rebellious would die; and, in the end, the balance being permanent, the survivors would become as well adapted to the conditions of underground life, and as happy in their way, as the Upper-world people were to theirs. As it seemed to me, the refined beauty and the etiolated pallor followed naturally enough.

constituted - constitué, constituer

miserable - misérable

rebellious - rebelle

permanent - permanent, permanente

survivors - survivants, survivant, survivante, rescapé, rescapée

'The great triumph of Humanity I had dreamed of took a different shape in my mind. It had been no such triumph of moral education and general co-operation as I had imagined. Instead, I saw a real aristocracy, armed with a perfected science and working to a logical conclusion the industrial system of to-day.

moral - moral, moralité, morale

operation - l'opération, opération, fonctionnement, exploitation, gestion

aristocracy - l'aristocratie, aristocratie

industrial - industrielle, industriel

Its triumph had not been simply a triumph over Nature, but a triumph over Nature and the fellow-man. This, I must warn you, was my theory at the time. I had no convenient cicerone in the pattern of the Utopian books. My explanation may be absolutely wrong. I still think it is the most plausible one.

fellow - un camarade, ensemble, mâle

cicerone - cicérone

Utopian - utopie, utopique

most plausible - le plus plausible

But even on this supposition the balanced civilization that was at last attained must have long since passed its zenith, and was now far fallen into decay. The too-perfect security of the Upper-worlders had led them to a slow movement of degeneration, to a general dwindling in size, strength, and intelligence. That I could see clearly enough already.

supposition - hypothese, supposition, conjecture

zenith - zénith

degeneration - dégénérescence, dégénération

dwindling - en baisse, diminuer, fondre, s'amenuiser, se tarir

What had happened to the Under-grounders I did not yet suspect; but from what I had seen of the Morlocks-that, by the by, was the name by which these creatures were called-I could imagine that the modification of the human type was even far more profound than among the "Eloi," the beautiful race that I already knew.

modification - modification

more profound - plus profonde

'Then came troublesome doubts. Why had the Morlocks taken my Time Machine? For I felt sure it was they who had taken it. Why, too, if the Eloi were masters, could they not restore the machine to me? And why were they so terribly afraid of the dark? I proceeded, as I have said, to question Weena about this Under-world, but here again I was disappointed.

troublesome - genants

doubts - des doutes, douter, doute

masters - maîtres, maître/-tresse

restore - restaurer, rétablir, rendre, restituer

Terribly - terriblement

disappointed - déçue, décevoir, désappointer

At first she would not understand my questions, and presently she refused to answer them. She shivered as though the topic was unendurable. And when I pressed her, perhaps a little harshly, she burst into tears. They were the only tears, except my own, I ever saw in that Golden Age.

unendurable - insoutenable

burst - l'éclatement, éclater, faire éclater, rompre, briser

Tears - des larmes, larme

When I saw them I ceased abruptly to trouble about the Morlocks, and was only concerned in banishing these signs of the human inheritance from Weena's eyes. And very soon she was smiling and clapping her hands, while I solemnly burned a match.

concerned - préoccupé, inquiétude, souci, soin, préoccupation

banishing - le bannissement, bannir

inheritance - l'héritage, héritage

Chapter VI

'It may seem odd to you, but it was two days before I could follow up the new-found clue in what was manifestly the proper way. I felt a peculiar shrinking from those pallid bodies. They were just the half-bleached colour of the worms and things one sees preserved in spirit in a zoological museum. And they were filthily cold to the touch.

manifestly - manifestement

shrinking - se rétrécir, se réduire, rétrécir, se resserrer

pallid - pâle, blafard

worms - des vers, ver, vermine, scarabée, vis sans fin, dragon

preserved - préservée, confiture, conserve, réserve naturelle

zoological - zoologique

filthily - de façon répugnante

Probably my shrinking was largely due to the sympathetic influence of the Eloi, whose disgust of the Morlocks I now began to appreciate.

sympathetic - sympathique

influence - influence, influencer, influer

disgust - dégout, dégouter, dégout

'The next night I did not sleep well. Probably my health was a little disordered. I was oppressed with perplexity and doubt. Once or twice I had a feeling of intense fear for which I could perceive no definite reason. I remember creeping noiselessly into the great hall where the little people were sleeping in the moonlight-that night Weena was among them-and feeling reassured by their presence.

oppressed - opprimés, opprimer, oppresser

definite - définitif

noiselessly - sans bruit

It occurred to me even then, that in the course of a few days the moon must pass through its last quarter, and the nights grow dark, when the appearances of these unpleasant creatures from below, these whitened Lemurs, this new vermin that had replaced the old, might be more abundant. And on both these days I had the restless feeling of one who shirks an inevitable duty.

whitened - blanchi, blanchir

Lemurs - les lémuriens, lémur, lémurien

vermin - la vermine, vermine

shirks - se dérobe, se dérober a

Duty - le devoir, devoir, obligation, service, travail, taxe

I felt assured that the Time Machine was only to be recovered by boldly penetrating these underground mysteries. Yet I could not face the mystery. If only I had had a companion it would have been different. But I was so horribly alone, and even to clamber down into the darkness of the well appalled me. I don't know if you will understand my feeling, but I never felt quite safe at my back.

boldly - hardiment

penetrating - pénétrant, pénétrer

mysteries - mysteres, mystere

companion - compagnon, compagne

horribly - horriblement

clamber - clamber, grimper

appalled - consterné, épouvanter

'It was this restlessness, this insecurity, perhaps, that drove me further and further afield in my exploring expeditions. Going to the south-westward towards the rising country that is now called Combe Wood, I observed far off, in the direction of nineteenth-century Banstead, a vast green structure, different in character from any I had hitherto seen.

restlessness - l'agitation, agitation, impatience

insecurity - l'insécurité, insécurité

exploring - l'exploration, explorer

expeditions - des expéditions, expédition

Combe - combe

observed - observée, observer, remarquer, respecter, garder

It was larger than the largest of the palaces or ruins I knew, and the facade had an Oriental look: the face of it having the lustre, as well as the pale-green tint, a kind of bluish-green, of a certain type of Chinese porcelain. This difference in aspect suggested a difference in use, and I was minded to push on and explore.

facade - façade

lustre - l'éclat, lustre, éclat

tint - teinte, nuance, teindre

bluish - bleuâtre, bleuté, légerement bleu

porcelain - porcelaine

aspect - aspect, rench: t-needed r

But the day was growing late, and I had come upon the sight of the place after a long and tiring circuit; so I resolved to hold over the adventure for the following day, and I returned to the welcome and the caresses of little Weena.

tiring - fatiguant, fatigant, (tire) fatiguant

circuit - circuit

caresses - caresses, caresser

But next morning I perceived clearly enough that my curiosity regarding the Palace of Green Porcelain was a piece of self-deception, to enable me to shirk, by another day, an experience I dreaded. I resolved I would make the descent without further waste of time, and started out in the early morning towards a well near the ruins of granite and aluminium.

regarding - concernant, considérer

deception - supercherie, tromperie

enable - autoriser, permettre, activer

shirk - shirk, se dérober a

descent - descente, origine, ascendance

'Little Weena ran with me. She danced beside me to the well, but when she saw me lean over the mouth and look downward, she seemed strangely disconcerted. "Good-bye, little Weena," I said, kissing her; and then putting her down, I began to feel over the parapet for the climbing hooks. Rather hastily, I may as well confess, for I feared my courage might leak away!

strangely - étrangement

disconcerted - déconcerté, déconcerter, fr

Good-bye - (Good-bye) Au revoir

kissing - s'embrasser, (s')embrasser

parapet - parapet

hooks - des crochets, crochet, agrafe, hook, accrocher, ferrer

leak - fuite, voie d'eau, taupe, fuir

At first she watched me in amazement. Then she gave a most piteous cry, and running to me, she began to pull at me with her little hands. I think her opposition nerved me rather to proceed. I shook her off, perhaps a little roughly, and in another moment I was in the throat of the well. I saw her agonized face over the parapet, and smiled to reassure her.

amazement - l'étonnement, stupéfaction, stupeur

piteous - piteux, pitoyable

opposition - l'opposition, opposition

nerved - nervé, nerf, nervure, toupet, culot, cran

proceed - avancer, procéder

roughly - en gros, rudement, approximativement

reassure - tranquilliser, rassurer, réassurer

Then I had to look down at the unstable hooks to which I clung.

unstable - instable

clung - s'est accroché, s'accrocher (a)

'I had to clamber down a shaft of perhaps two hundred yards. The descent was effected by means of metallic bars projecting from the sides of the well, and these being adapted to the needs of a creature much smaller and lighter than myself, I was speedily cramped and fatigued by the descent. And not simply fatigued!

cramped - a l'étroit, crampe

One of the bars bent suddenly under my weight, and almost swung me off into the blackness beneath. For a moment I hung by one hand, and after that experience I did not dare to rest again. Though my arms and back were presently acutely painful, I went on clambering down the sheer descent with as quick a motion as possible.

acutely - avec acuité

Glancing upward, I saw the aperture, a small blue disk, in which a star was visible, while little Weena's head showed as a round black projection. The thudding sound of a machine below grew louder and more oppressive. Everything save that little disk above was profoundly dark, and when I looked up again Weena had disappeared.

glancing - un coup d'oil, (glance), jeter un coup d’oil

aperture - ouverture

disk - disque

projection - saillie, projection

thudding - thudding, martelement, marteler

oppressive - oppressif

'I was in an agony of discomfort. I had some thought of trying to go up the shaft again, and leave the Under-world alone. But even while I turned this over in my mind I continued to descend. At last, with intense relief, I saw dimly coming up, a foot to the right of me, a slender loophole in the wall.

agony - l'agonie, agonie, angoisse

discomfort - malaise, inconfort

relief - secours, allégement, relief, soulagement

slender - svelte, mince

loophole - une faille, meurtriere, échappatoire, breche

Swinging myself in, I found it was the aperture of a narrow horizontal tunnel in which I could lie down and rest. It was not too soon. My arms ached, my back was cramped, and I was trembling with the prolonged terror of a fall. Besides this, the unbroken darkness had had a distressing effect upon my eyes. The air was full of the throb and hum of machinery pumping air down the shaft.

swinging - l'échangisme, pivotant, (swing), osciller, se balancer

tunnel - tunnel

ached - a souffert, douleur

unbroken - ininterrompue

distressing - pénible, détresse

throb - palpitant, battre, palpiter, vibrer, résonner, battement

Hum - hum, fredonner, bourdonner, fourmiller

pumping - pompage, pompe

'I do not know how long I lay. I was roused by a soft hand touching my face. Starting up in the darkness I snatched at my matches and, hastily striking one, I saw three stooping white creatures similar to the one I had seen above ground in the ruin, hastily retreating before the light.

roused - réveillé, réveiller

snatched - arraché, empoigner, happer, saisir, arracher, enlever

striking - frappant, éclatant, (strike), biffer, rayer, barrer, frapper

retreating - se retirer, battre en retraite

Living, as they did, in what appeared to me impenetrable darkness, their eyes were abnormally large and sensitive, just as are the pupils of the abysmal fishes, and they reflected the light in the same way. I have no doubt they could see me in that rayless obscurity, and they did not seem to have any fear of me apart from the light.

impenetrable - impénétrable

abnormally - anormalement

sensitive - sensible

pupils - éleves, écolier/-iere

abysmal - abyssal, épouvantable, terrible, exécrable

reflected - réfléchie, refléter, réfléchir

apart - a part, séparé, séparément, a part, en morceaux, en pieces

But, so soon as I struck a match in order to see them, they fled incontinently, vanishing into dark gutters and tunnels, from which their eyes glared at me in the strangest fashion.

fled - fui, s'enfuir, prendre la fuite, fuir, échapper

vanishing - en voie de disparition, (vanish), disparaître, s'évanouir

gutters - les gouttieres, gouttiere, caniveau

tunnels - tunnels, tunnel

glared - éblouie, éclat

'I tried to call to them, but the language they had was apparently different from that of the Over-world people; so that I was needs left to my own unaided efforts, and the thought of flight before exploration was even then in my mind. But I said to myself, "You are in for it now," and, feeling my way along the tunnel, I found the noise of machinery grow louder.

unaided - sans aide

Presently the walls fell away from me, and I came to a large open space, and striking another match, saw that I had entered a vast arched cavern, which stretched into utter darkness beyond the range of my light. The view I had of it was as much as one could see in the burning of a match.

arched - en arc de cercle, voute, arche

cavern - caverne, grotte

stretched - étiré, étendre, s'étendre, s'étirer, étirement

'Necessarily my memory is vague. Great shapes like big machines rose out of the dimness, and cast grotesque black shadows, in which dim spectral Morlocks sheltered from the glare. The place, by the by, was very stuffy and oppressive, and the faint halitus of freshly shed blood was in the air. Some way down the central vista was a little table of white metal, laid with what seemed a meal.

necessarily - nécessairement

dimness - obscurité

spectral - spectrale, spectral, spectral?

sheltered - a l'abri, abri, refuge, abriter

stuffy - mal aéré, étouffant, bouché, fâché, en rogne

halitus - halitus

freshly - fraîchement, froidement

shed blood - verser du sang

vista - vista, vue, point de vue

The Morlocks at any rate were carnivorous! Even at the time, I remember wondering what large animal could have survived to furnish the red joint I saw. It was all very indistinct: the heavy smell, the big unmeaning shapes, the obscene figures lurking in the shadows, and only waiting for the darkness to come at me again!

carnivorous - carnivore

survived - a survécu, survivre

furnish - meubler, fournir, livrer

joint - conjoint, commun, articulation, rotule, jointure, assemblage

unmeaning - sans signification

lurking - se cacher, (lurk), s'embusquer, se dissimuler

Then the match burned down, and stung my fingers, and fell, a wriggling red spot in the blackness.

stung - piqué, piquant, dard

wriggling - se tortiller, (wriggle), remuer

spot - spot, tache, bouton, peu, endroit, zone, détecter, trouver

'I have thought since how particularly ill-equipped I was for such an experience. When I had started with the Time Machine, I had started with the absurd assumption that the men of the Future would certainly be infinitely ahead of ourselves in all their appliances.

absurd - absurde

assumption - hypothese, assomption, supposition, hypothese, proposition

infinitely - a l'infini

I had come without arms, without medicine, without anything to smoke-at times I missed tobacco frightfully-even without enough matches. If only I had thought of a Kodak! I could have flashed that glimpse of the Underworld in a second, and examined it at leisure.

frightfully - effrayante

examined - examinés, examiner

But, as it was, I stood there with only the weapons and the powers that Nature had endowed me with-hands, feet, and teeth; these, and four safety-matches that still remained to me.

weapons - des armes, arme

endowed - dotés, doter, enrichir

safety - la sécurité, sécurité, sureté

'I was afraid to push my way in among all this machinery in the dark, and it was only with my last glimpse of light I discovered that my store of matches had run low. It had never occurred to me until that moment that there was any need to economize them, and I had wasted almost half the box in astonishing the Upper-worlders, to whom fire was a novelty.

economize - économiser, épargner

astonishing - étonnante, étonner, surprendre

novelty - nouveauté

Now, as I say, I had four left, and while I stood in the dark, a hand touched mine, lank fingers came feeling over my face, and I was sensible of a peculiar unpleasant odour. I fancied I heard the breathing of a crowd of those dreadful little beings about me. I felt the box of matches in my hand being gently disengaged, and other hands behind me plucking at my clothing.

lank - lank, plats

odour - odeur

beings - etres, etre, créature, existence

disengaged - désengagé, désengager

plucking - plumer, tirer, pincer, voler, abats-p, persévérance

The sense of these unseen creatures examining me was indescribably unpleasant. The sudden realization of my ignorance of their ways of thinking and doing came home to me very vividly in the darkness. I shouted at them as loudly as I could. They started away, and then I could feel them approaching me again. They clutched at me more boldly, whispering odd sounds to each other.

realization - connaissance, réalisation

ignorance - l'ignorance, ignorance

clutched - serré, se raccrocher (a)

whispering - chuchotement, (whisper), chuchoter, susurrer

I shivered violently, and shouted again-rather discordantly. This time they were not so seriously alarmed, and they made a queer laughing noise as they came back at me. I will confess I was horribly frightened. I determined to strike another match and escape under the protection of its glare.

discordantly - de maniere discordante

alarmed - alarmé, alarme, réveille-matin, réveil, alarmer, fr

strike - greve, biffer, rayer, barrer, frapper, battre, faire greve

escape - échapper, s'échapper, éviter, échapper (a quelqu'un), évasion

protection - protection

I did so, and eking out the flicker with a scrap of paper from my pocket, I made good my retreat to the narrow tunnel. But I had scarce entered this when my light was blown out and in the blackness I could hear the Morlocks rustling like wind among leaves, and pattering like the rain, as they hurried after me.

eking - eking, faire durer, maintenir

rustling - bruissement, (rustle), froufrou, froufrouter

pattering - le patinage, crépiter

hurried - pressé, précipitation, hâte, dépecher

'In a moment I was clutched by several hands, and there was no mistaking that they were trying to haul me back. I struck another light, and waved it in their dazzled faces. You can scarce imagine how nauseatingly inhuman they looked-those pale, chinless faces and great, lidless, pinkish-grey eyes!-as they stared in their blindness and bewilderment.

haul - de l'eau de pluie, haler, trainer, butin, magot

nauseatingly - nauséabond

chinless - sans menton

lidless - sans couvercle

blindness - la cécité, cécité

bewilderment - la perplexité, ahurissement, confusion, perplexité

But I did not stay to look, I promise you: I retreated again, and when my second match had ended, I struck my third. It had almost burned through when I reached the opening into the shaft. I lay down on the edge, for the throb of the great pump below made me giddy.

pump - pompe, pompons, pompez, pompent, pomper

giddy - étourdi, étourdissant

Then I felt sideways for the projecting hooks, and, as I did so, my feet were grasped from behind, and I was violently tugged backward. I lit my last match … and it incontinently went out.

grasped - saisi, saisir, agripper, comprendre

tugged - tiré, tirer, remorquer, tirement

But I had my hand on the climbing bars now, and, kicking violently, I disengaged myself from the clutches of the Morlocks and was speedily clambering up the shaft, while they stayed peering and blinking up at me: all but one little wretch who followed me for some way, and well-nigh secured my boot as a trophy.

kicking - coups de pied, donner un coup de pied (a, dans)

clutches - embrayages, se raccrocher (a)

blinking - clignotant, ciller, cligner des yeux, clignoter

wretch - malheureux, malheureux/-euse

nigh - nuit, proche, pres

secured - sécurisé, sur, sécuriser

trophy - trophée

'That climb seemed interminable to me. With the last twenty or thirty feet of it a deadly nausea came upon me. I had the greatest difficulty in keeping my hold. The last few yards was a frightful struggle against this faintness. Several times my head swam, and I felt all the sensations of falling.

deadly - mortelle, mortel, fatal, létal

nausea - des nausées, nausée, dégout

frightful - effrayante, effrayant

At last, however, I got over the well-mouth somehow, and staggered out of the ruin into the blinding sunlight. I fell upon my face. Even the soil smelt sweet and clean. Then I remember Weena kissing my hands and ears, and the voices of others among the Eloi. Then, for a time, I was insensible.

got over - surmonter

soil - sol, terre, barbouillons, barbouiller, foncierere

insensible - insensible

Chapter VII

'Now, indeed, I seemed in a worse case than before. Hitherto, except during my night's anguish at the loss of the Time Machine, I had felt a sustaining hope of ultimate escape, but that hope was staggered by these new discoveries.

anguish - l'angoisse, angoissons, angoissez, angoisser, angoissent

sustaining - durable, (sustain), maintenir, subvenir

ultimate - dernier, ultime

Hitherto I had merely thought myself impeded by the childish simplicity of the little people, and by some unknown forces which I had only to understand to overcome; but there was an altogether new element in the sickening quality of the Morlocks-a something inhuman and malign. Instinctively I loathed them.

impeded - entravé, entraver

simplicity - la simplicité, simplicité

forces - forces, force

overcome - vaincre, surmonter, envahir

element - élément, membre, point

sickening - écourant, a s’en rendre malade

malign - malin, vilipender, injurier

loathed - détesté, exécrer, détester, hair

Before, I had felt as a man might feel who had fallen into a pit: my concern was with the pit and how to get out of it. Now I felt like a beast in a trap, whose enemy would come upon him soon.

pit - fosse, écart, précipice, noyau

beast - bete, bete, bete sauvage

enemy - l'ennemi, ennemi, ennemie

'The enemy I dreaded may surprise you. It was the darkness of the new moon. Weena had put this into my head by some at first incomprehensible remarks about the Dark Nights. It was not now such a very difficult problem to guess what the coming Dark Nights might mean. The moon was on the wane: each night there was a longer interval of darkness.

new moon - la nouvelle lune

incomprehensible - incompréhensible

remarks - remarques, remarque

And I now understood to some slight degree at least the reason of the fear of the little Upper-world people for the dark. I wondered vaguely what foul villainy it might be that the Morlocks did under the new moon. I felt pretty sure now that my second hypothesis was all wrong.

villainy - méchanceté

hypothesis - hypothese, hypothese

The Upper-world people might once have been the favoured aristocracy, and the Morlocks their mechanical servants: but that had long since passed away. The two species that had resulted from the evolution of man were sliding down towards, or had already arrived at, an altogether new relationship. The Eloi, like the Carolingian kings, had decayed to a mere beautiful futility.

favoured - favorisée, service

mechanical - mécanique, machinal

evolution - l'évolution, évolution

Carolingian - carolingien

decayed - en décomposition, décrépitude, déchéance, pourrir

futility - futilité

They still possessed the earth on sufferance: since the Morlocks, subterranean for innumerable generations, had come at last to find the daylit surface intolerable. And the Morlocks made their garments, I inferred, and maintained them in their habitual needs, perhaps through the survival of an old habit of service.

possessed - possédé, posséder, s'emparer de

sufferance - souffrance

daylit - éclairé par la lumiere du jour, jour, lumiere du jour

intolerable - intolérable

inferred - déduit, déduire, inférer

maintained - maintenue, entretenir, maintenir

habitual - habituel

They did it as a standing horse paws with his foot, or as a man enjoys killing animals in sport: because ancient and departed necessities had impressed it on the organism. But, clearly, the old order was already in part reversed. The Nemesis of the delicate ones was creeping on apace. Ages ago, thousands of generations ago, man had thrust his brother man out of the ease and the sunshine.

paws - pattes, patte

departed - parti, partir, s’en aller, dévier, quitter

impressed - impressionné, impressionner

organism - organisme

reversed - inversé, faire marche arriere, inverser

apace - a un rythme soutenu, rapidement

thrust - estocade, poussée, propulser

And now that brother was coming back changed! Already the Eloi had begun to learn one old lesson anew. They were becoming reacquainted with Fear. And suddenly there came into my head the memory of the meat I had seen in the Under-world. It seemed odd how it floated into my mind: not stirred up as it were by the current of my meditations, but coming in almost like a question from outside.

anew - a nouveau, a nouveau, derechef

floated - flotté, flotter

stirred up - remué

meditations - méditations, méditation

I tried to recall the form of it. I had a vague sense of something familiar, but I could not tell what it was at the time.

recall - rappeler

familiar - familier, esprit familier

'Still, however helpless the little people in the presence of their mysterious Fear, I was differently constituted. I came out of this age of ours, this ripe prime of the human race, when Fear does not paralyse and mystery has lost its terrors. I at least would defend myself. Without further delay I determined to make myself arms and a fastness where I might sleep.

ripe - mur, pruine

prime - premier

paralyse - paralyser

terrors - terreurs, terreur, effroi, terrorisme

defend - défendre

delay - délai, ajourner, décélération, surseoir, retard, retarder

With that refuge as a base, I could face this strange world with some of that confidence I had lost in realizing to what creatures night by night I lay exposed. I felt I could never sleep again until my bed was secure from them. I shuddered with horror to think how they must already have examined me.

refuge - refuge

base - base, baser, basent, socle, basez, Assise, basons

by night - la nuit

exposed - exposée, exposer, dénoncer

shuddered - a tremblé, tremblement, frisson, frissonner, trembler

'I wandered during the afternoon along the valley of the Thames, but found nothing that commended itself to my mind as inaccessible. All the buildings and trees seemed easily practicable to such dexterous climbers as the Morlocks, to judge by their wells, must be.

wandered - erré, errer, vaguer, divaguer

commended - félicité, féliciter, recommander

practicable - praticable

dexterous - dextre, adroit, habile

judge - juge, juger

Then the tall pinnacles of the Palace of Green Porcelain and the polished gleam of its walls came back to my memory; and in the evening, taking Weena like a child upon my shoulder, I went up the hills towards the south-west. The distance, I had reckoned, was seven or eight miles, but it must have been nearer eighteen.

pinnacles - des pinacles, cime, pic, pinacle

reckoned - a calculé, considérer

I had first seen the place on a moist afternoon when distances are deceptively diminished. In addition, the heel of one of my shoes was loose, and a nail was working through the sole-they were comfortable old shoes I wore about indoors-so that I was lame. And it was already long past sunset when I came in sight of the palace, silhouetted black against the pale yellow of the sky.

moist - humide, moite

deceptively - de maniere trompeuse

heel - talon, alinéa

nail - clou, ongle, enclouer, clouer, caboche

indoors - a l'intérieur, intérieur, salle

lame - boiteux

silhouetted - silhouettée, silhouette

pale yellow - jaune pâle

'Weena had been hugely delighted when I began to carry her, but after a while she desired me to let her down, and ran along by the side of me, occasionally darting off on either hand to pick flowers to stick in my pockets. My pockets had always puzzled Weena, but at the last she had concluded that they were an eccentric kind of vase for floral decoration.

hugely - énorme, colossalement

delighted - ravie, plaisir, délice, joie, enchanter, ravir

desired - souhaitée, désirer, désir

Occasionally - occasionnellement

darting - darting, dard, fleche

concluded - conclu, conclure

eccentric - excentrique

vase - vase

floral - floral

decoration - la décoration, décoration

At least she utilized them for that purpose. And that reminds me! In changing my jacket I found…'

utilized - utilisé, utiliser

reminds - rappelle, rappeler

The Time Traveller paused, put his hand into his pocket, and silently placed two withered flowers, not unlike very large white mallows, upon the little table. Then he resumed his narrative.

paused - en pause, pauser, pause

silently - en silence, silencieusement

withered - flétrie, (se) faner

unlike - contrairement a, différent

mallows - des mauves, mauve

narrative - narratif, récit

'As the hush of evening crept over the world and we proceeded over the hill crest towards Wimbledon, Weena grew tired and wanted to return to the house of grey stone. But I pointed out the distant pinnacles of the Palace of Green Porcelain to her, and contrived to make her understand that we were seeking a refuge there from her Fear.

Hush - chut !, silence

contrived - artificiel, combiner, inventer

You know that great pause that comes upon things before the dusk? Even the breeze stops in the trees. To me there is always an air of expectation about that evening stillness. The sky was clear, remote, and empty save for a few horizontal bars far down in the sunset. Well, that night the expectation took the colour of my fears. In that darkling calm my senses seemed preternaturally sharpened.

dusk - crépuscule

breeze - brise

expectation - attentes, attente

stillness - l'immobilité, calme, immobilité

darkling - darkling, (darkle) darkling

preternaturally - de façon préternaturelle

sharpened - aiguisé, affiler, affuter, aiguiser

I fancied I could even feel the hollowness of the ground beneath my feet: could, indeed, almost see through it the Morlocks on their ant-hill going hither and thither and waiting for the dark. In my excitement I fancied that they would receive my invasion of their burrows as a declaration of war. And why had they taken my Time Machine?

hollowness - le vide

ant - fourmi

hither - ici, ça

invasion - invasion

burrows - des terriers, terrier, clapier

declaration - déclaration

'So we went on in the quiet, and the twilight deepened into night. The clear blue of the distance faded, and one star after another came out. The ground grew dim and the trees black. Weena's fears and her fatigue grew upon her. I took her in my arms and talked to her and caressed her.

deepened - approfondi, approfondir, intensifier

Then, as the darkness grew deeper, she put her arms round my neck, and, closing her eyes, tightly pressed her face against my shoulder. So we went down a long slope into a valley, and there in the dimness I almost walked into a little river. This I waded, and went up the opposite side of the valley, past a number of sleeping houses, and by a statue-a Faun, or some such figure, minus the head.

tightly - étanche, fermement

waded - pataugé, patauger (dans)

statue - statue

Faun - faune

minus - moins, strictement négatif, strictement négative

Here too were acacias. So far I had seen nothing of the Morlocks, but it was yet early in the night, and the darker hours before the old moon rose were still to come.

'From the brow of the next hill I saw a thick wood spreading wide and black before me. I hesitated at this. I could see no end to it, either to the right or the left. Feeling tired-my feet, in particular, were very sore-I carefully lowered Weena from my shoulder as I halted, and sat down upon the turf. I could no longer see the Palace of Green Porcelain, and I was in doubt of my direction.

brow - sourcils, andouiller d'oil, maître andouiller

sore - douloureux, ulcere

lowered - abaissé, (s')assombrir

I looked into the thickness of the wood and thought of what it might hide. Under that dense tangle of branches one would be out of sight of the stars. Even were there no other lurking danger-a danger I did not care to let my imagination loose upon-there would still be all the roots to stumble over and the tree-boles to strike against.

dense - dense, obscur, bouché

branches - branches, branche, t+rameau, affluent, filiale

roots - des racines, racine

stumble - chute, faux pas, bourde, trébucher

boles - boles, tronc

'I was very tired, too, after the excitements of the day; so I decided that I would not face it, but would pass the night upon the open hill.

excitements - des excitants, excitation

pass the night - passer la nuit

'Weena, I was glad to find, was fast asleep. I carefully wrapped her in my jacket, and sat down beside her to wait for the moonrise. The hill-side was quiet and deserted, but from the black of the wood there came now and then a stir of living things. Above me shone the stars, for the night was very clear. I felt a certain sense of friendly comfort in their twinkling.

Glad - heureux, heureuse

wrapped - enveloppé, enrouler (autour de)

moonrise - lever de lune

All the old constellations had gone from the sky, however: that slow movement which is imperceptible in a hundred human lifetimes, had long since rearranged them in unfamiliar groupings. But the Milky Way, it seemed to me, was still the same tattered streamer of star-dust as of yore.

constellations - constellations, constellation

imperceptible - imperceptible

lifetimes - vies, durée de vie (objects), vie (persons), éternité

rearranged - réarrangé, réorganiser, réarranger

groupings - des groupements, groupement

Milky - lacté, laiteux

streamer - streamer, fanion

yore - autrefois, jadis, antan

Southward (as I judged it) was a very bright red star that was new to me; it was even more splendid than our own green Sirius. And amid all these scintillating points of light one bright planet shone kindly and steadily like the face of an old friend.

more splendid - plus splendide

Sirius - sirius

scintillating - scintillant, scintiller

'Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles and all the gravities of terrestrial life. I thought of their unfathomable distance, and the slow inevitable drift of their movements out of the unknown past into the unknown future. I thought of the great precessional cycle that the pole of the earth describes.

dwarfed - nain, naine

gravities - gravités, gravité, pesanteur

terrestrial - terrestre

unfathomable - insondable

precessional - précessionnel

pole - pôle, poteau, pieu, Gaule, pole

Only forty times had that silent revolution occurred during all the years that I had traversed. And during these few revolutions all the activity, all the traditions, the complex organizations, the nations, languages, literatures, aspirations, even the mere memory of Man as I knew him, had been swept out of existence.

traversed - traversé, franchir, traverser

revolutions - révolutions, révolution, coup d'état, tour

nations - nations, nation

literatures - littératures, littérature

Instead were these frail creatures who had forgotten their high ancestry, and the white Things of which I went in terror. Then I thought of the Great Fear that was between the two species, and for the first time, with a sudden shiver, came the clear knowledge of what the meat I had seen might be. Yet it was too horrible!

ancestry - l'ascendance, ascendance

shiver - frisson, trembler, frissonner

I looked at little Weena sleeping beside me, her face white and starlike under the stars, and forthwith dismissed the thought.

starlike - comme une étoile

dismissed - licencié, renvoyer, limoger, licencier, démettre

'Through that long night I held my mind off the Morlocks as well as I could, and whiled away the time by trying to fancy I could find signs of the old constellations in the new confusion. The sky kept very clear, except for a hazy cloud or so. No doubt I dozed at times.

dozed - s'est assoupi, sommeiller

Then, as my vigil wore on, came a faintness in the eastward sky, like the reflection of some colourless fire, and the old moon rose, thin and peaked and white. And close behind, and overtaking it, and overflowing it, the dawn came, pale at first, and then growing pink and warm. No Morlocks had approached us. Indeed, I had seen none upon the hill that night.

wore on - a porté

peaked - en crete, pic

overtaking - le dépassement, dépasser, doubler, surprendre

overflowing - débordant, (overflow), débordement, déborder, checktransborder

approached - approché, (s')approcher (de)

And in the confidence of renewed day it almost seemed to me that my fear had been unreasonable. I stood up and found my foot with the loose heel swollen at the ankle and painful under the heel; so I sat down again, took off my shoes, and flung them away.

unreasonable - déraisonnable

swollen - gonflé, enfler, gonfler

'I awakened Weena, and we went down into the wood, now green and pleasant instead of black and forbidding. We found some fruit wherewith to break our fast. We soon met others of the dainty ones, laughing and dancing in the sunlight as though there was no such thing in nature as the night. And then I thought once more of the meat that I had seen.

wherewith - avec quoi

dainty - délicate, délicat, mignon

I felt assured now of what it was, and from the bottom of my heart I pitied this last feeble rill from the great flood of humanity. Clearly, at some time in the Long-Ago of human decay the Morlocks'food had run short. Possibly they had lived on rats and such-like vermin. Even now man is far less discriminating and exclusive in his food than he was-far less than any monkey.

pitied - pitié, compassion, dommage, honte, plaindre

feeble - faible

rill - rill, ruisselet

flood - inondation, inonder, submerger, noyer

run short - court

rats - les rats, rat

discriminating - discriminatoire, discriminer

His prejudice against human flesh is no deep-seated instinct. And so these inhuman sons of men--! I tried to look at the thing in a scientific spirit. After all, they were less human and more remote than our cannibal ancestors of three or four thousand years ago. And the intelligence that would have made this state of things a torment had gone. Why should I trouble myself?

prejudice - préjugés, préjugé, idée préconçue, préjudice

instinct - l'instinct, instinct

cannibal - cannibale

torment - tourments, tourment, tourmenter

These Eloi were mere fatted cattle, which the ant-like Morlocks preserved and preyed upon-probably saw to the breeding of. And there was Weena dancing at my side!

preyed - en proie a la violence, butin, prise, proie

'Then I tried to preserve myself from the horror that was coming upon me, by regarding it as a rigorous punishment of human selfishness. Man had been content to live in ease and delight upon the labours of his fellow-man, had taken Necessity as his watchword and excuse, and in the fullness of time Necessity had come home to him.

preserve - confiture, conserve, réserve naturelle, domaine réservé

rigorous - rigoureux

punishment - punition, châtiment

selfishness - l'égoisme, égocentrisme, égoisme

content - contenu, satisfait, contentement

labours - travaux, effort, travail, labeur, besogne, travailleurs-p

watchword - mot d'ordre

Excuse - pardon, excuser, pardonner, justifier, prétexte, excuse

fullness - la plénitude, plénitude

I even tried a Carlyle-like scorn of this wretched aristocracy in decay. But this attitude of mind was impossible. However great their intellectual degradation, the Eloi had kept too much of the human form not to claim my sympathy, and to make me perforce a sharer in their degradation and their Fear.

scorn - mépriser, dédaigner, mépris, dédain

wretched - misérable

degradation - dégradation

claim - réclamation, titre, affirmation, revendication, demande

sympathy - compassion, sympathie, condoléance

perforce - perforce, forcément, nécessairement

sharer - partageur

'I had at that time very vague ideas as to the course I should pursue. My first was to secure some safe place of refuge, and to make myself such arms of metal or stone as I could contrive. That necessity was immediate. In the next place, I hoped to procure some means of fire, so that I should have the weapon of a torch at hand, for nothing, I knew, would be more efficient against these Morlocks.

pursue - poursuivre, rechercher

contrive - de l'argent, combiner, inventer

immediate - immédiate, immédiat, proche

procure - se procurer, acquérir, obtenir, proxénétisme, procurer

weapon - arme

torch - torche, flambeau, incendier

Then I wanted to arrange some contrivance to break open the doors of bronze under the White Sphinx. I had in mind a battering ram. I had a persuasion that if I could enter those doors and carry a blaze of light before me I should discover the Time Machine and escape. I could not imagine the Morlocks were strong enough to move it far away. Weena I had resolved to bring with me to our own time.

contrivance - artifice, appareil, dispositif, stratageme

break open - s'ouvrir

battering - coups de poing, battre

ram - bélier, RAM, mémoire RAM

persuasion - la persuasion, persuasion

And turning such schemes over in my mind I pursued our way towards the building which my fancy had chosen as our dwelling.

schemes - des schémas, plan, combine, machination, schéma

dwelling - logement, demeure, (dwell), résider, s'appesantir sur

Chapter VIII

'I found the Palace of Green Porcelain, when we approached it about noon, deserted and falling into ruin. Only ragged vestiges of glass remained in its windows, and great sheets of the green facing had fallen away from the corroded metallic framework.

noon - midi

ragged - dépenaillé, loqueteuxse, (rag) dépenaillé

vestiges - vestiges, vestige

It lay very high upon a turfy down, and looking north-eastward before I entered it, I was surprised to see a large estuary, or even creek, where I judged Wandsworth and Battersea must once have been. I thought then-though I never followed up the thought-of what might have happened, or might be happening, to the living things in the sea.

turfy - turf

estuary - l'estuaire, estuaire

Creek - le ruisseau, crique, ruisseau

'The material of the Palace proved on examination to be indeed porcelain, and along the face of it I saw an inscription in some unknown character. I thought, rather foolishly, that Weena might help me to interpret this, but I only learned that the bare idea of writing had never entered her head. She always seemed to me, I fancy, more human than she was, perhaps because her affection was so human.

proved - prouvé, prouver

foolishly - betement

Interpret - interpréter, traduire

more human - plus humain

'Within the big valves of the door-which were open and broken-we found, instead of the customary hall, a long gallery lit by many side windows. At the first glance I was reminded of a museum. The tiled floor was thick with dust, and a remarkable array of miscellaneous objects was shrouded in the same grey covering.

valves - des soupapes, clapet, soupape, valvule

customary - coutumier, habituel, d'usage

tiled - carrelé, tuile, carreau

array - gamme, kyrielle, ribambelle, éventail, tableau

miscellaneous - divers

shrouded - enveloppée, linceul

Then I perceived, standing strange and gaunt in the centre of the hall, what was clearly the lower part of a huge skeleton. I recognized by the oblique feet that it was some extinct creature after the fashion of the Megatherium.

gaunt - décharné, maigre, osseux, anguleux, émacié

lower part - la partie inférieure

skeleton - squelette, ossature

extinct - éteinte, éteint, disparu

Megatherium - Mégatherium

The skull and the upper bones lay beside it in the thick dust, and in one place, where rain-water had dropped through a leak in the roof, the thing itself had been worn away. Further in the gallery was the huge skeleton barrel of a Brontosaurus. My museum hypothesis was confirmed.

beside it - a côté

barrel - tonneau, barrique, baril, canon, barillet, embariller

Brontosaurus - brontosaure

confirmed - confirmée, confirmer

Going towards the side I found what appeared to be sloping shelves, and clearing away the thick dust, I found the old familiar glass cases of our own time. But they must have been air-tight to judge from the fair preservation of some of their contents.

sloping - en pente, renverser, déborder

shelves - étageres, rayon, étagere, tablard, rayonnage

clearing away - Déblayer

air-tight - (air-tight) étanche a l'air

preservation - préservation

Contents - contenu, satisfait

'Clearly we stood among the ruins of some latter-day South Kensington!

Here, apparently, was the Palaeontological Section, and a very splendid array of fossils it must have been, though the inevitable process of decay that had been staved off for a time, and had, through the extinction of bacteria and fungi, lost ninety-nine hundredths of its force, was nevertheless, with extreme sureness if with extreme slowness at work again upon all its treasures.

fossils - fossiles, fossile

staved - staved, douve, fuseau, strophe, portée

bacteria - bactéries, bactérie, (bacterium)

hundredths - centiemes, centieme

sureness - assurance

slowness - lenteur

treasures - des trésors, trésor, garder précieusement

Here and there I found traces of the little people in the shape of rare fossils broken to pieces or threaded in strings upon reeds. And the cases had in some instances been bodily removed-by the Morlocks as I judged. The place was very silent. The thick dust deadened our footsteps.

traces - des traces, trace

threaded - fileté, fil, processus léger, exétron

strings - cordes, corde, suite, série, chaîne de caracteres

reeds - anches, roseau

instances - instances, instance

bodily - corporel

deadened - mort, endormir, assourdir, isoler

Footsteps - des pas, empreinte, trace de pas, pas, bruit de pas, marche

Weena, who had been rolling a sea urchin down the sloping glass of a case, presently came, as I stared about me, and very quietly took my hand and stood beside me.

rolling - rouler, enroulant, roulant, (roll) rouler

sea urchin - oursin de mer

sloping - en pente, pente, inclinaison

'And at first I was so much surprised by this ancient monument of an intellectual age, that I gave no thought to the possibilities it presented. Even my preoccupation about the Time Machine receded a little from my mind.

monument - monument, mémorial

receded - a reculé, reculer

'To judge from the size of the place, this Palace of Green Porcelain had a great deal more in it than a Gallery of Palaeontology; possibly historical galleries; it might be, even a library! To me, at least in my present circumstances, these would be vastly more interesting than this spectacle of oldtime geology in decay. Exploring, I found another short gallery running transversely to the first.

Palaeontology - paléontologie

historical - historique

vastly - largement, beaucoup

spectacle - spectacle

oldtime - ancien

geology - la géologie, géologie

transversely - transversalement

This appeared to be devoted to minerals, and the sight of a block of sulphur set my mind running on gunpowder. But I could find no saltpeter; indeed, no nitrates of any kind. Doubtless they had deliquesced ages ago. Yet the sulphur hung in my mind, and set up a train of thinking.

minerals - des minéraux, minéral

sulphur - le soufre, soufre

gunpowder - la poudre a canon

saltpeter - le salpetre

nitrates - nitrates, nitrate, azotate, nitrater

doubtless - sans doute, sans aucun doute, sans nul doute, indubitablement

deliquesced - déliquescent, déliquider

As for the rest of the contents of that gallery, though on the whole they were the best preserved of all I saw, I had little interest. I am no specialist in mineralogy, and I went on down a very ruinous aisle running parallel to the first hall I had entered. Apparently this section had been devoted to natural history, but everything had long since passed out of recognition.

mineralogy - minéralogie

aisle - l'allée, allée, rayon, couloir, côté couloir

parallel - parallele, parallele, parallele a, parallelement

recognition - reconnaissance

A few shrivelled and blackened vestiges of what had once been stuffed animals, desiccated mummies in jars that had once held spirit, a brown dust of departed plants: that was all! I was sorry for that, because I should have been glad to trace the patent readjustments by which the conquest of animated nature had been attained.

shrivelled - ratatiné, se flétrir, se rider

blackened - noirci, noircir, souiller, salir

stuffed - empaillé, truc, substance (1), frachin (2), fr

desiccated - desséché, secher, fr

mummies - des momies, maman

jars - bocaux, pot

been glad - été heureux

patent - brevet

readjustments - des réajustements, réajustement

Then we came to a gallery of simply colossal proportions, but singularly ill-lit, the floor of it running downward at a slight angle from the end at which I entered. At intervals white globes hung from the ceiling-many of them cracked and smashed-which suggested that originally the place had been artificially lit.

proportions - proportions, proportion

intervals - intervalles, intervalle

globes - globes, Terre, globe

ceiling - plafond, (ceil) plafond

smashed - écrasé, smash, fracasser, percuter, écraser

originally - a l'origine

artificially - artificiellement

Here I was more in my element, for rising on either side of me were the huge bulks of big machines, all greatly corroded and many broken down, but some still fairly complete. You know I have a certain weakness for mechanism, and I was inclined to linger among these; the more so as for the most part they had the interest of puzzles, and I could make only the vaguest guesses at what they were for.

bulks - des masses, grosseur, gros, ensemble, vrac

linger - s'attarder, s'installer, stagner, s'incruster, s'éteindre

puzzles - casse-tete, mystere, énigme, puzzle, casse-tete

vaguest - le plus vague, vague

I fancied that if I could solve their puzzles I should find myself in possession of powers that might be of use against the Morlocks.

'Suddenly Weena came very close to my side. So suddenly that she startled me. Had it not been for her I do not think I should have noticed that the floor of the gallery sloped at all. [Footnote: It may be, of course, that the floor did not slope, but that the museum was built into the side of a hill.-ED.] The end I had come in at was quite above ground, and was lit by rare slit-like windows.

sloped - en pente, pente, inclinaison

Footnote - note en bas de page, note de bas de page

slit - fente, vulve

As you went down the length, the ground came up against these windows, until at last there was a pit like the "area" of a London house before each, and only a narrow line of daylight at the top. I went slowly along, puzzling about the machines, and had been too intent upon them to notice the gradual diminution of the light, until Weena's increasing apprehensions drew my attention.

intent - l'intention, intention, résolu, déterminé, buté

Then I saw that the gallery ran down at last into a thick darkness. I hesitated, and then, as I looked round me, I saw that the dust was less abundant and its surface less even. Further away towards the dimness, it appeared to be broken by a number of small narrow footprints. My sense of the immediate presence of the Morlocks revived at that.

I felt that I was wasting my time in the academic examination of machinery. I called to mind that it was already far advanced in the afternoon, and that I had still no weapon, no refuge, and no means of making a fire. And then down in the remote blackness of the gallery I heard a peculiar pattering, and the same odd noises I had heard down the well.

academic - académique, universitaire

'I took Weena's hand. Then, struck with a sudden idea, I left her and turned to a machine from which projected a lever not unlike those in a signal-box. Clambering upon the stand, and grasping this lever in my hands, I put all my weight upon it sideways. Suddenly Weena, deserted in the central aisle, began to whimper.

signal - signal, signaler

grasping - saisir, agripper, comprendre

whimper - gémissement, gémir, pleurnicher

I had judged the strength of the lever pretty correctly, for it snapped after a minute's strain, and I rejoined her with a mace in my hand more than sufficient, I judged, for any Morlock skull I might encounter. And I longed very much to kill a Morlock or so. Very inhuman, you may think, to want to go killing one's own descendants!

snapped - cassé, claquer, claquement de doigts, photographie, photo

strain - souche, accablement

mace - masse, massue

sufficient - suffisante, suffisant

encounter - rencontre

But it was impossible, somehow, to feel any humanity in the things. Only my disinclination to leave Weena, and a persuasion that if I began to slake my thirst for murder my Time Machine might suffer, restrained me from going straight down the gallery and killing the brutes I heard.

disinclination - la réticence, réticence

slake - se faufiler

thirst - soif, avoir soif, désirer

murder - meurtre, homicide, assassinat, occire

suffer - souffrir, souffrir de, pâtir de, endurer, supporter, subir

restrained - retenue, (se) contenir/retenir

brutes - brutes, bete, brutal

'Well, mace in one hand and Weena in the other, I went out of that gallery and into another and still larger one, which at the first glance reminded me of a military chapel hung with tattered flags. The brown and charred rags that hung from the sides of it, I presently recognized as the decaying vestiges of books. They had long since dropped to pieces, and every semblance of print had left them.

military - militaire (1, 2), armée, troupes

chapel - chapelle

flags - drapeaux, drapeau

charred - carbonisé, carboniser

rags - chiffons, chiffon

decaying - en décomposition, décrépitude, déchéance, pourrir

But here and there were warped boards and cracked metallic clasps that told the tale well enough. Had I been a literary man I might, perhaps, have moralized upon the futility of all ambition. But as it was, the thing that struck me with keenest force was the enormous waste of labour to which this sombre wilderness of rotting paper testified.

warped - déformé, gauchir

clasps - fermoirs, fermoir, serrer

literary - littéraire

Ambition - l'ambition, ambition, ambition (1-5)

keenest - le plus enthousiaste, passionné

wilderness - la nature sauvage, désert, naturalité, nature sauvage

rotting - la pourriture, pourrir

testified - a témoigné, témoigner, attester

At the time I will confess that I thought chiefly of the Philosophical Transactions and my own seventeen papers upon physical optics.

'Then, going up a broad staircase, we came to what may once have been a gallery of technical chemistry. And here I had not a little hope of useful discoveries. Except at one end where the roof had collapsed, this gallery was well preserved. I went eagerly to every unbroken case. And at last, in one of the really air-tight cases, I found a box of matches. Very eagerly I tried them.

technical - technique, technical

eagerly - avec empressement, avidement

tight - serré, tendu, ivre, bien

They were perfectly good. They were not even damp. I turned to Weena. "Dance," I cried to her in her own tongue. For now I had a weapon indeed against the horrible creatures we feared. And so, in that derelict museum, upon the thick soft carpeting of dust, to Weena's huge delight, I solemnly performed a kind of composite dance, whistling The Land of the Leal as cheerfully as I could.

damp - humide, moite, mouillé, humidité, grisou, amortir

composite - composé, checkcombiné, composite, composer

whistling - siffler, (whistle), sifflet, sifflement, sifflements

In part it was a modest cancan, in part a step dance, in part a skirt-dance (so far as my tail-coat permitted), and in part original. For I am naturally inventive, as you know.

cancan - cancan

tail - queue

permitted - autorisé, permettre

inventive - inventif

'Now, I still think that for this box of matches to have escaped the wear of time for immemorial years was a most strange, as for me it was a most fortunate thing. Yet, oddly enough, I found a far unlikelier substance, and that was camphor. I found it in a sealed jar, that by chance, I suppose, had been really hermetically sealed.

escaped - s'est échappé, échapper, s'échapper, éviter, tirer

immemorial - immémoriale

most strange - le plus étrange

unlikelier - improbable, peu probable, improbablement

camphor - camphre

hermetically sealed - hermétiquement scellé

I fancied at first that it was paraffin wax, and smashed the glass accordingly. But the odour of camphor was unmistakable. In the universal decay this volatile substance had chanced to survive, perhaps through many thousands of centuries. It reminded me of a sepia painting I had once seen done from the ink of a fossil Belemnite that must have perished and become fossilized millions of years ago.

paraffin - la paraffine, paraffine, paraffiner

wax - la cire, cirons, cirez, cire, cirer, cirent

accordingly - en conséquence, conséquemment

volatile - volatile, volatil

sepia - sépia

perished - a péri, périr

fossilized - fossilisé, fossiliser

I was about to throw it away, but I remembered that it was inflammable and burned with a good bright flame-was, in fact, an excellent candle-and I put it in my pocket. I found no explosives, however, nor any means of breaking down the bronze doors. As yet my iron crowbar was the most helpful thing I had chanced upon. Nevertheless I left that gallery greatly elated.

inflammable - inflammable

explosives - des explosifs, explosif

iron - le fer, fer, repasser

crowbar - pied de biche, pied-de-biche, pince-monseigneur

most helpful - le plus utile

'I cannot tell you all the story of that long afternoon. It would require a great effort of memory to recall my explorations in at all the proper order. I remember a long gallery of rusting stands of arms, and how I hesitated between my crowbar and a hatchet or a sword. I could not carry both, however, and my bar of iron promised best against the bronze gates.

rusting - rouille, (rust) rouille

hatchet - hachette

sword - l'épée, épée, glaive, épéiste

There were numbers of guns, pistols, and rifles. The most were masses of rust, but many were of some new metal, and still fairly sound. But any cartridges or powder there may once have been had rotted into dust. One corner I saw was charred and shattered; perhaps, I thought, by an explosion among the specimens.

pistols - pistolets, pistolet

rifles - fusils, fusil

cartridges - cartouches, cartouche

powder - poudre, réduire en poudre, pulvériser, poudrer

rotted - pourri, pourrir

shattered - brisé, fracasser, réduire en miettes, mettre en pieces, briser

In another place was a vast array of idols-Polynesian, Mexican, Grecian, Phoenician, every country on earth I should think. And here, yielding to an irresistible impulse, I wrote my name upon the nose of a steatite monster from South America that particularly took my fancy.

another place - un autre endroit

idols - idoles, idole

Polynesian - Polynésien, Polynésienne

Mexican - Mexicain, Mexicaine

Grecian - hellénique

yielding - rendant, (yield) rendant

steatite - stéatite

'As the evening drew on, my interest waned. I went through gallery after gallery, dusty, silent, often ruinous, the exhibits sometimes mere heaps of rust and lignite, sometimes fresher. In one place I suddenly found myself near the model of a tin-mine, and then by the merest accident I discovered, in an air-tight case, two dynamite cartridges! I shouted "Eureka!" and smashed the case with joy.

waned - s'est terni, décroître

exhibits - expositions, exposer, exposition, piece a conviction

lignite - lignite

tin - l'étain, étain, conserve, boîte de conserve, moule, gamelle

merest - plus, simple

dynamite - de la dynamite, dynamite, dynamiter

Eureka - eureka, eureka

joy - joie

Then came a doubt. I hesitated. Then, selecting a little side gallery, I made my essay. I never felt such a disappointment as I did in waiting five, ten, fifteen minutes for an explosion that never came. Of course the things were dummies, as I might have guessed from their presence.

selecting - sélectionnant, sélect, choisir, sélectionner

dummies - des mannequins, muet, idiot, idiote, imbécile, mannequin, mort

I really believe that had they not been so, I should have rushed off incontinently and blown Sphinx, bronze doors, and (as it proved) my chances of finding the Time Machine, all together into non-existence.

non - non

'It was after that, I think, that we came to a little open court within the palace. It was turfed, and had three fruit-trees. So we rested and refreshed ourselves. Towards sunset I began to consider our position. Night was creeping upon us, and my inaccessible hiding-place had still to be found. But that troubled me very little now.

Court - la cour, cour, tribunal, court de tennis, court, courtiser

turfed - gazonné, gazon, motte de gazon, hippodrome, champ de courses

fruit-trees - (fruit-trees) des arbres fruitiers

refreshed - rafraîchie, revigorer, rafraîchir

I had in my possession a thing that was, perhaps, the best of all defences against the Morlocks-I had matches! I had the camphor in my pocket, too, if a blaze were needed. It seemed to me that the best thing we could do would be to pass the night in the open, protected by a fire. In the morning there was the getting of the Time Machine. Towards that, as yet, I had only my iron mace.

defences - défenses, défense

But now, with my growing knowledge, I felt very differently towards those bronze doors. Up to this, I had refrained from forcing them, largely because of the mystery on the other side. They had never impressed me as being very strong, and I hoped to find my bar of iron not altogether inadequate for the work.

refrained - s'est abstenu, refrain

forcing - le forçage, force

inadequate - inadéquate, inadéquat

Chapter IX

'We emerged from the palace while the sun was still in part above the horizon. I was determined to reach the White Sphinx early the next morning, and ere the dusk I purposed pushing through the woods that had stopped me on the previous journey. My plan was to go as far as possible that night, and then, building a fire, to sleep in the protection of its glare.

horizon - horizon

ere - ici

Accordingly, as we went along I gathered any sticks or dried grass I saw, and presently had my arms full of such litter. Thus loaded, our progress was slower than I had anticipated, and besides Weena was tired. And I began to suffer from sleepiness too; so that it was full night before we reached the wood.

sticks - bâtons, enfoncer

litter - litiere, litiere, portée, détritus

thus - donc, ainsi, tellement, pour cette raison, également

loaded - chargé, charge, chargement

sleepiness - somnolence

Upon the shrubby hill of its edge Weena would have stopped, fearing the darkness before us; but a singular sense of impending calamity, that should indeed have served me as a warning, drove me onward. I had been without sleep for a night and two days, and I was feverish and irritable. I felt sleep coming upon me, and the Morlocks with it.

shrubby - arbustive

singular - singulier

calamity - calamité

warning - l'avertissement, avertissement, attention, (warn), avertir

onward - plus loin, en avant

feverish - fébrile, fiévreux

irritable - irritable

'While we hesitated, among the black bushes behind us, and dim against their blackness, I saw three crouching figures. There was scrub and long grass all about us, and I did not feel safe from their insidious approach. The forest, I calculated, was rather less than a mile across.

scrub - gommage, lessivage

insidious - insidieux

approach - approche, approchons, abordent, abordez, rapprochons

calculated - calculée, calculer

If we could get through it to the bare hill-side, there, as it seemed to me, was an altogether safer resting-place; I thought that with my matches and my camphor I could contrive to keep my path illuminated through the woods. Yet it was evident that if I was to flourish matches with my hands I should have to abandon my firewood; so, rather reluctantly, I put it down.

resting-place - (resting-place) lieu de repos

abandon - abandonner, renoncer, abandonnent, abandonnons, délaisser

firewood - du bois de chauffage, bois de chauffage

reluctantly - a contrecour

And then it came into my head that I would amaze our friends behind by lighting it. I was to discover the atrocious folly of this proceeding, but it came to my mind as an ingenious move for covering our retreat.

amaze - étonner, stupéfier

atrocious - atroce

move for - se déplacer pour

'I don't know if you have ever thought what a rare thing flame must be in the absence of man and in a temperate climate. The sun's heat is rarely strong enough to burn, even when it is focused by dewdrops, as is sometimes the case in more tropical districts. Lightning may blast and blacken, but it rarely gives rise to widespread fire.

temperate - tempéré

dewdrops - gouttes de rosée, goutte de rosée

more tropical - plus tropical

districts - districts, district, fr

lightning - la foudre, éclair, éloise, foudre

blast - explosion, souffle

blacken - noircir, souiller, salir

widespread - généralisée

Decaying vegetation may occasionally smoulder with the heat of its fermentation, but this rarely results in flame. In this decadence, too, the art of fire-making had been forgotten on the earth. The red tongues that went licking up my heap of wood were an altogether new and strange thing to Weena.

vegetation - la végétation, végétation

smoulder - smoulder, couver

decadence - décadence, décadentisme

tongues - langues, langue, languette

licking - lécher, léchage, (lick) lécher

'She wanted to run to it and play with it. I believe she would have cast herself into it had I not restrained her. But I caught her up, and in spite of her struggles, plunged boldly before me into the wood. For a little way the glare of my fire lit the path.

struggles - des luttes, lutte, lutter, s'efforcer, combattre

plunged - plongé, plonger

Looking back presently, I could see, through the crowded stems, that from my heap of sticks the blaze had spread to some bushes adjacent, and a curved line of fire was creeping up the grass of the hill. I laughed at that, and turned again to the dark trees before me.

adjacent - adjacente

curved line - ligne courbée

It was very black, and Weena clung to me convulsively, but there was still, as my eyes grew accustomed to the darkness, sufficient light for me to avoid the stems. Overhead it was simply black, except where a gap of remote blue sky shone down upon us here and there. I struck none of my matches because I had no hand free.

accustomed - habitué, accoutumer

overhead - des frais généraux, dessus, sur, au dessus, aérien, grippage

Upon my left arm I carried my little one, in my right hand I had my iron bar.

'For some way I heard nothing but the crackling twigs under my feet, the faint rustle of the breeze above, and my own breathing and the throb of the blood-vessels in my ears. Then I seemed to know of a pattering about me. I pushed on grimly. The pattering grew more distinct, and then I caught the same queer sound and voices I had heard in the Under-world.

crackling - crépitement, couenne rissolee, (crackle)

rustle - bruissement, froufrou, froufrouter

vessels - navires, vaisseau, recipient

grimly - sinistre

There were evidently several of the Morlocks, and they were closing in upon me. Indeed, in another minute I felt a tug at my coat, then something at my arm. And Weena shivered violently, and became quite still.

tug - tirer, remorquer, tirement

'It was time for a match. But to get one I must put her down. I did so, and, as I fumbled with my pocket, a struggle began in the darkness about my knees, perfectly silent on her part and with the same peculiar cooing sounds from the Morlocks. Soft little hands, too, were creeping over my coat and back, touching even my neck. Then the match scratched and fizzed.

fumbled - a trébuché, tâtonner

scratched - égratigné, gratter, égratigner, piquer, rayer, biffer

I held it flaring, and saw the white backs of the Morlocks in flight amid the trees. I hastily took a lump of camphor from my pocket, and prepared to light it as soon as the match should wane. Then I looked at Weena. She was lying clutching my feet and quite motionless, with her face to the ground. With a sudden fright I stooped to her. She seemed scarcely to breathe.

lump - lump, masse, tas, protubérance, renflement

motionless - immobile

fright - d'effroi, anxiété, peur, frayeur

stooped - vouté, se baisser

breathe - respirer, inspirer, expirer, reprendre son souffle

I lit the block of camphor and flung it to the ground, and as it split and flared up and drove back the Morlocks and the shadows, I knelt down and lifted her. The wood behind seemed full of the stir and murmur of a great company!

split - divisé, fissure, division, fragment, morceau, grand écart

flared up - Eclater

knelt - a genoux, agenouiller

'She seemed to have fainted. I put her carefully upon my shoulder and rose to push on, and then there came a horrible realization. In manoeuvring with my matches and Weena, I had turned myself about several times, and now I had not the faintest idea in what direction lay my path. For all I knew, I might be facing back towards the Palace of Green Porcelain. I found myself in a cold sweat.

fainted - s'est évanoui, faible, léger

manoeuvring - manouvre

cold sweat - des sueurs froides

I had to think rapidly what to do. I determined to build a fire and encamp where we were. I put Weena, still motionless, down upon a turfy bole, and very hastily, as my first lump of camphor waned, I began collecting sticks and leaves. Here and there out of the darkness round me the Morlocks'eyes shone like carbuncles.

rapidly - rapidement

encamp - camper

bole - bole, tronc

waned - s'est terni, pâle, blafard

carbuncles - des escarboucles, carboucle

'The camphor flickered and went out. I lit a match, and as I did so, two white forms that had been approaching Weena dashed hastily away. One was so blinded by the light that he came straight for me, and I felt his bones grind under the blow of my fist. He gave a whoop of dismay, staggered a little way, and fell down. I lit another piece of camphor, and went on gathering my bonfire.

blinded - aveuglé, aveugle, mal-voyant, mal-voyante, store, blind

grind - broyage, crisser, moudre

whoop - qui, cri

bonfire - feu de joie, bucher

Presently I noticed how dry was some of the foliage above me, for since my arrival on the Time Machine, a matter of a week, no rain had fallen. So, instead of casting about among the trees for fallen twigs, I began leaping up and dragging down branches. Very soon I had a choking smoky fire of green wood and dry sticks, and could economize my camphor.

foliage - le feuillage, feuillage

casting - casting, moulage, (cast), jeter, diriger, lancer, additionner

choking - l'étouffement, suffoquer, étouffer

smoky - enfumé

Then I turned to where Weena lay beside my iron mace. I tried what I could to revive her, but she lay like one dead. I could not even satisfy myself whether or not she breathed.

breathed - respiré, respirer, inspirer, expirer

'Now, the smoke of the fire beat over towards me, and it must have made me heavy of a sudden. Moreover, the vapour of camphor was in the air. My fire would not need replenishing for an hour or so. I felt very weary after my exertion, and sat down. The wood, too, was full of a slumbrous murmur that I did not understand. I seemed just to nod and open my eyes.

Moreover - de plus, en plus, au surplus, en outre

replenishing - de réapprovisionnement, réapprovisionner

exertion - l'effort, effort, dépense

slumbrous - slumbrous

nod - hochement de tete, dodeliner, hocher, hochement

But all was dark, and the Morlocks had their hands upon me. Flinging off their clinging fingers I hastily felt in my pocket for the match-box, and-it had gone! Then they gripped and closed with me again. In a moment I knew what had happened. I had slept, and my fire had gone out, and the bitterness of death came over my soul. The forest seemed full of the smell of burning wood.

clinging - s'accrocher, s'accrocher (a)

bitterness - l'amertume, amertume

soul - âme

I was caught by the neck, by the hair, by the arms, and pulled down. It was indescribably horrible in the darkness to feel all these soft creatures heaped upon me. I felt as if I was in a monstrous spider's web. I was overpowered, and went down. I felt little teeth nipping at my neck. I rolled over, and as I did so my hand came against my iron lever. It gave me strength.

pulled down - tiré vers le bas

heaped - en tas, tas, pile, monceau

monstrous - monstrueux

overpowered - surpuissant, soumettre

nipping - la pince, pincer, donner un coup de dent

rolled - roulé, rouleau

I struggled up, shaking the human rats from me, and, holding the bar short, I thrust where I judged their faces might be. I could feel the succulent giving of flesh and bone under my blows, and for a moment I was free.

succulent - succulent, succulente, gras, grasse

'The strange exultation that so often seems to accompany hard fighting came upon me. I knew that both I and Weena were lost, but I determined to make the Morlocks pay for their meat. I stood with my back to a tree, swinging the iron bar before me. The whole wood was full of the stir and cries of them. A minute passed.

exultation - exultation

accompany - accompagner

Their voices seemed to rise to a higher pitch of excitement, and their movements grew faster. Yet none came within reach. I stood glaring at the blackness. Then suddenly came hope. What if the Morlocks were afraid? And close on the heels of that came a strange thing. The darkness seemed to grow luminous.

pitch - de l'emplacement, dresser

Very dimly I began to see the Morlocks about me-three battered at my feet-and then I recognized, with incredulous surprise, that the others were running, in an incessant stream, as it seemed, from behind me, and away through the wood in front. And their backs seemed no longer white, but reddish.

battered - battu, battre

incessant - incessant

stream - flux, ruisseau, ru, rupt, filet, flot, courant

reddish - rougeâtre

As I stood agape, I saw a little red spark go drifting across a gap of starlight between the branches, and vanish. And at that I understood the smell of burning wood, the slumbrous murmur that was growing now into a gusty roar, the red glow, and the Morlocks'flight.

agape - agape

spark - l'étincelle, flammeche, étincelle

starlight - la lumiere des étoiles, lumiere des étoiles, lumiere d'étoile

roar - rugir, hurler, s'esclaffer, rire aux éclats

'stepping out from behind my tree and looking back, I saw, through the black pillars of the nearer trees, the flames of the burning forest. It was my first fire coming after me. With that I looked for Weena, but she was gone. The hissing and crackling behind me, the explosive thud as each fresh tree burst into flame, left little time for reflection.

stepping out - de sortir

flames - flammes, flamme, polémique

explosive - explosif

My iron bar still gripped, I followed in the Morlocks'path. It was a close race. Once the flames crept forward so swiftly on my right as I ran that I was outflanked and had to strike off to the left. But at last I emerged upon a small open space, and as I did so, a Morlock came blundering towards me, and past me, and went on straight into the fire!

'And now I was to see the most weird and horrible thing, I think, of all that I beheld in that future age. This whole space was as bright as day with the reflection of the fire. In the centre was a hillock or tumulus, surmounted by a scorched hawthorn.

weird - bizarre, étrange

hillock - colline, monticule, tertre, mondrain, mamelon

surmounted - surmonté, surmonter

hawthorn - l'aubépine, aubépine

Beyond this was another arm of the burning forest, with yellow tongues already writhing from it, completely encircling the space with a fence of fire. Upon the hill-side were some thirty or forty Morlocks, dazzled by the light and heat, and blundering hither and thither against each other in their bewilderment.

encircling - encerclant, ceignant, (encircle), encercler

fence - clôture, cloison, recéleur, recéleuse, receleur

At first I did not realize their blindness, and struck furiously at them with my bar, in a frenzy of fear, as they approached me, killing one and crippling several more. But when I had watched the gestures of one of them groping under the hawthorn against the red sky, and heard their moans, I was assured of their absolute helplessness and misery in the glare, and I struck no more of them.

crippling - paralysant, estropié, infirme, estropier, bridé

red sky - un ciel rouge

moans - gémissements, gémissement, se plaindre, geindre, gémir, mugir

'Yet every now and then one would come straight towards me, setting loose a quivering horror that made me quick to elude him. At one time the flames died down somewhat, and I feared the foul creatures would presently be able to see me. I was thinking of beginning the fight by killing some of them before this should happen; but the fire burst out again brightly, and I stayed my hand.

quivering - tremblant, frémir

elude - éluder

somewhat - en quelque sorte, assez, quelque peu

I walked about the hill among them and avoided them, looking for some trace of Weena. But Weena was gone.

'At last I sat down on the summit of the hillock, and watched this strange incredible company of blind things groping to and fro, and making uncanny noises to each other, as the glare of the fire beat on them. The coiling uprush of smoke streamed across the sky, and through the rare tatters of that red canopy, remote as though they belonged to another universe, shone the little stars.

uncanny - déroutant, déroutante, étrange, troublant

coiling - enroulement, enrouler

uprush - la montée en puissance

streamed - en streaming, ruisseau, ru, rupt, filet, flot, courant, torrent

canopy - d'auvent, dais, baldaquin, voute, marquise, canopée

universe - univers

Two or three Morlocks came blundering into me, and I drove them off with blows of my fists, trembling as I did so.

fists - poings, poing

'For the most part of that night I was persuaded it was a nightmare. I bit myself and screamed in a passionate desire to awake. I beat the ground with my hands, and got up and sat down again, and wandered here and there, and again sat down. Then I would fall to rubbing my eyes and calling upon God to let me awake.

persuaded - persuadé, persuader, convaincre

screamed - crié, cri, crier

awake - éveillé, (se) réveiller, (s')éveiller

Thrice I saw Morlocks put their heads down in a kind of agony and rush into the flames. But, at last, above the subsiding red of the fire, above the streaming masses of black smoke and the whitening and blackening tree stumps, and the diminishing numbers of these dim creatures, came the white light of the day.

thrice - trois fois

rush - rush, ruée, affluence, gazer, galoper, bousculer

subsiding - s'affaisser, tomber, calmer

streaming - streaming, (stream), ruisseau, ru, rupt, filet, flot, courant

whitening - blanchissement, blanchiment, (whiten), blanchir

blackening - le noircissement, (blacken), noircir, souiller, salir

stumps - des souches, souche, moignon, estompe

diminishing - en baisse, diminuant, (diminish), réduire, rétrécir, rapetisser

'I searched again for traces of Weena, but there were none. It was plain that they had left her poor little body in the forest. I cannot describe how it relieved me to think that it had escaped the awful fate to which it seemed destined. As I thought of that, I was almost moved to begin a massacre of the helpless abominations about me, but I contained myself.

relieved - soulagé, soulager, relayer, faire ses besoins, se soulager

massacre - massacre, massacrer

abominations - abominations, abomination

The hillock, as I have said, was a kind of island in the forest. From its summit I could now make out through a haze of smoke the Palace of Green Porcelain, and from that I could get my bearings for the White Sphinx.

haze - brume, chicaner, fumées

And so, leaving the remnant of these damned souls still going hither and thither and moaning, as the day grew clearer, I tied some grass about my feet and limped on across smoking ashes and among black stems, that still pulsated internally with fire, towards the hiding-place of the Time Machine.

remnant - vestige, reste

souls - âmes, âme

moaning - gémissements, gémissement, se plaindre, geindre, gémir, mugir

limped - boitait, mou, faible

ashes - des cendres, cendre

internally - en interne

I walked slowly, for I was almost exhausted, as well as lame, and I felt the intensest wretchedness for the horrible death of little Weena. It seemed an overwhelming calamity. Now, in this old familiar room, it is more like the sorrow of a dream than an actual loss. But that morning it left me absolutely lonely again-terribly alone.

intensest - plus intense, intense

overwhelming - écrasante, abreuver, accabler, envahir

sorrow - peine, chagrin

actual loss - la perte réelle

lonely - solitaire, seul, désert, abandonné

I began to think of this house of mine, of this fireside, of some of you, and with such thoughts came a longing that was pain.

thoughts - réflexions, idée, pensée

'But as I walked over the smoking ashes under the bright morning sky, I made a discovery. In my trouser pocket were still some loose matches. The box must have leaked before it was lost.

trouser - pantalon

leaked - fuitée, fuite, voie d'eau, taupe, fuir

Chapter X

'About eight or nine in the morning I came to the same seat of yellow metal from which I had viewed the world upon the evening of my arrival. I thought of my hasty conclusions upon that evening and could not refrain from laughing bitterly at my confidence.

conclusions - conclusions, conclusion, fin

refrain from laughing - se retenir de rire

bitterly - amerement, amerement

Here was the same beautiful scene, the same abundant foliage, the same splendid palaces and magnificent ruins, the same silver river running between its fertile banks. The gay robes of the beautiful people moved hither and thither among the trees. Some were bathing in exactly the place where I had saved Weena, and that suddenly gave me a keen stab of pain.

magnificent - magnifique

fertile - fertile

gay - gay, gai

stab - poignard, piquer

And like blots upon the landscape rose the cupolas above the ways to the Under-world. I understood now what all the beauty of the Over-world people covered. Very pleasant was their day, as pleasant as the day of the cattle in the field. Like the cattle, they knew of no enemies and provided against no needs. And their end was the same.

blots - taches, tache, (ink) pâté, souillure, tacher

cupolas - des coupoles, coupole, dôme

enemies - ennemis, ennemi, ennemie

'I grieved to think how brief the dream of the human intellect had been. It had committed suicide. It had set itself steadfastly towards comfort and ease, a balanced society with security and permanency as its watchword, it had attained its hopes-to come to this at last. Once, life and property must have reached almost absolute safety.

grieved - en deuil, avoir du chagrin

committed - engagé, confier, commettre, remettre, consigner

permanency - la permanence

property - propriété, accessoire

The rich had been assured of his wealth and comfort, the toiler assured of his life and work. No doubt in that perfect world there had been no unemployed problem, no social question left unsolved. And a great quiet had followed.

wealth - la richesse, richesse, profusion, abondance, checkfortune

toiler - tuileur

unemployed - sans emploi

unsolved - non résolue

'It is a law of nature we overlook, that intellectual versatility is the compensation for change, danger, and trouble. An animal perfectly in harmony with its environment is a perfect mechanism. Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no change and no need of change.

versatility - la polyvalence, polyvalence

compensation - compensation, dédommagement, émolument, indemnisation

appeals - des appels, en appeler (a), supplier

useless - inutile, inutilisable, bon a rien

Only those animals partake of intelligence that have to meet a huge variety of needs and dangers.

partake - participer

'So, as I see it, the Upper-world man had drifted towards his feeble prettiness, and the Under-world to mere mechanical industry. But that perfect state had lacked one thing even for mechanical perfection-absolute permanency. Apparently as time went on, the feeding of the Under-world, however it was effected, had become disjointed.

drifted - a la dérive, dérive, dériver, errer, dévier

perfection - la perfection, perfection

Mother Necessity, who had been staved off for a few thousand years, came back again, and she began below. The Under-world being in contact with machinery, which, however perfect, still needs some little thought outside habit, had probably retained perforce rather more initiative, if less of every other human character, than the Upper.

retained - retenue, retenir, conserver, maintenir

initiative - initiative

And when other meat failed them, they turned to what old habit had hitherto forbidden. So I say I saw it in my last view of the world of Eight Hundred and Two Thousand Seven Hundred and One. It may be as wrong an explanation as mortal wit could invent. It is how the thing shaped itself to me, and as that I give it to you.

forbidden - interdites, interdire, nier, dénier

mortal - mortel, mortelle

wit - wit, esprit

'After the fatigues, excitements, and terrors of the past days, and in spite of my grief, this seat and the tranquil view and the warm sunlight were very pleasant. I was very tired and sleepy, and soon my theorizing passed into dozing. Catching myself at that, I took my own hint, and spreading myself out upon the turf I had a long and refreshing sleep.

fatigues - le treillis, fatigue, épuisement, corvée, fatiguer

grief - le chagrin, douleur, peine

tranquil - tranquille

sleepy - somnolent, ensommeillé, ensuqué, endormi

theorizing - la théorisation, théoriser

dozing - s'assoupir, (doze) s'assoupir

hint - indice, indication, soupçon, faire allusion

refreshing - rafraîchissant, revigorer, rafraîchir

'I awoke a little before sunsetting. I now felt safe against being caught napping by the Morlocks, and, stretching myself, I came on down the hill towards the White Sphinx. I had my crowbar in one hand, and the other hand played with the matches in my pocket.

awoke - s'est réveillé, (se) réveiller, (s')éveiller

sunsetting - l'extinction des feux, coucher de soleil, crépuscule

being caught - d'etre pris

napping - la sieste, sieste, petit somme

stretching - l'étirement, étendre, s'étendre, s'étirer, étirement

'And now came a most unexpected thing. As I approached the pedestal of the sphinx I found the bronze valves were open. They had slid down into grooves.

most unexpected - le plus inattendu

slid - glissée, (slide), glisser, déraper, toboggan, glissoire

grooves - sillons, rainure, sillon, routine, groove, puits

'At that I stopped short before them, hesitating to enter.

'Within was a small apartment, and on a raised place in the corner of this was the Time Machine. I had the small levers in my pocket. So here, after all my elaborate preparations for the siege of the White Sphinx, was a meek surrender. I threw my iron bar away, almost sorry not to use it.

elaborate - élaborer, approfondir

preparations - préparations, préparation, concoction

siege - siege, siege

meek - doux, humble, modeste, soumis, faible

surrender - la reddition, capituler, capitulation, reddition

'A sudden thought came into my head as I stooped towards the portal. For once, at least, I grasped the mental operations of the Morlocks. Suppressing a strong inclination to laugh, I stepped through the bronze frame and up to the Time Machine. I was surprised to find it had been carefully oiled and cleaned.

suppressing - supprimer, contenir, fr

inclination - inclinaison, checktendance

I have suspected since that the Morlocks had even partially taken it to pieces while trying in their dim way to grasp its purpose.

'Now as I stood and examined it, finding a pleasure in the mere touch of the contrivance, the thing I had expected happened. The bronze panels suddenly slid up and struck the frame with a clang. I was in the dark-trapped. So the Morlocks thought. At that I chuckled gleefully.

clang - clang, rench: ('of crane') glapissement g, ('of goose') criaillement g

trapped - piégé, piege

chuckled - ricané, glousser

gleefully - avec joie

'I could already hear their murmuring laughter as they came towards me. Very calmly I tried to strike the match. I had only to fix on the levers and depart then like a ghost. But I had overlooked one little thing. The matches were of that abominable kind that light only on the box.

murmuring - murmure, (murmur), rumeur, souffle, murmurer

calmly - calmement, paisiblement

depart - partir, s’en aller, dévier, quitter

abominable - abominable

'You may imagine how all my calm vanished. The little brutes were close upon me. One touched me. I made a sweeping blow in the dark at them with the levers, and began to scramble into the saddle of the machine. Then came one hand upon me and then another. Then I had simply to fight against their persistent fingers for my levers, and at the same time feel for the studs over which these fitted.

sweeping - balayage, a l'emporteiece, radical, complet

scramble - brouiller, faire de l'escalade, bousculade, interception

persistent - persistante, persistant, tenace

studs - des crampons, écurie

One, indeed, they almost got away from me. As it slipped from my hand, I had to butt in the dark with my head-I could hear the Morlock's skull ring-to recover it. It was a nearer thing than the fight in the forest, I think, this last scramble.

butt - de fesses, crosse

ring - anneau, cerne, ring, tinter

'But at last the lever was fitted and pulled over. The clinging hands slipped from me. The darkness presently fell from my eyes. I found myself in the same grey light and tumult I have already described.

Chapter XI

'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.

sickness - maladie

properly - proprement, correctement, convenablement

vibrated - vibré, vibrer

unheeding - sans écoute

amazed - stupéfait, stupéfier

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.

dial - cadran, bouille, tronche, composer, signaler

reversing - l'inversion, reversement, (revers), revers

indicators - des indicateurs, indicateur, aiguille, clignotant, signofile

'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.

palpitating - des palpitations, palpiter

prodigious - prodigieux

indicative - indicative, indicatif

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.

alternations - alternances, alternance

stretch - étendre, s'étendre, s'étirer, étirement

brooded - couvé, couvée, couver, protéger

comet - comete, comete

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.

broader - plus large, large

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.

dome - dôme

glowing - rayonnante, briller, luire, irradier, lueur

momentary - momentanée

glowed - a brillé, briller, luire, irradier, lueur, éclat

reverted - inversé, conversion, retomber, retourner, redevenir, renvoyer

sullen - maussade, morose, morne, lent

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.

tidal - marée, tidal

drag - draguer, transbahuter, traîner

cautiously - avec prudence, précautionneusement

reverse - inverser, verso, inverse

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.

scale - échelle, escaladez, escalader, escaladent, gravir, bareme

outlines - les grandes lignes, contour, silhouette, esquisse, aperçu

'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.

Indian - indien, amérindien, Indienne

scarlet - écarlate

hull - coque, Hull

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.

intensely - intensément

lichen - lichen

perpetual - perpétuel

'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.

wan - wan, pâle, blafard

oily - huileux, onctueux

swell - gonfler, déferlement, se tuméfier

gentle - gentil, doux

eternal - éternelle, éternel

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.

margin - marge

incrustation - travestissement

lurid - lugubre, choquant, choquante, blafard, livide, bleme, jaunâtre

oppression - l'oppression, oppression

mountaineering - l'alpinisme, alpinisme, (mountaineer), montagnard

'Far away up the desolate slope I heard a harsh scream, and saw a thing like a huge white butterfly go slanting and fluttering 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.

scream - cri, crier

butterfly - papillon, pansement papillon

slanting - en biais, biais, connotation, bridé, qualifier

hillocks - des buttes, monticule, tertre, mondrain, mamelon

dismal - lamentable, misérable, morne, lugubre, déprimant

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.

Crab - le crabe, crabe

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, 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, and a greenish incrustation blotched it here and there.

yonder - la-bas, la-bas

uncertainly - incertaine

claws - griffes, griffe

antennae - des antennes

whips - des fouets, fouet, whip, fouetter, flageller, défaire, battre

stalked - traqué, tige

gleaming - étincelante, brillant, (gleam) étincelante

ornamented - orné, ornement, ornement musical

ungainly - disgracieux, gauche

greenish - verdâtre, verdouillard

blotched - tacheté, tache

I could see the many palps of its complicated mouth flickering and feeling as it moved.

complicated - compliqué, compliquer

'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.

sinister - sinistre

apparition - apparition

crawling - a quatre pattes, (crawl) a quatre pattes

tickling - des chatouilles, (tickle), chatouiller

threadlike - comme un fil

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.

qualm - qualm, scrupule

antenna - antenne

algal - algues, algal

slime - de la bave, slime, glaire, bave

descending - descendant, descendre

monsters - des monstres, monstre, bete, monstrueux

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.

dozens - douzaines, douzaine, dizaine

'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.

hung over - La gueule de bois

Dead Sea - La mer Morte

stony - pierreux, froid, sec

poisonous - toxiques

lichenous - lichen

lungs - poumons, poumon

appalling - épouvantable, effroyable, (appal)

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.

duller - plus terne, émoussé, ennuyeux, barbant, mat, terne, sot, obtus

earthy - terreux

crustacea - Crustacés

curved - courbé, courbe, courbes, courber

'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.

ebb away - s'éloigner

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.

obscure - obscure, obscur, sibyllin, obscurcir

tenth part - dixieme partie

heavens - les cieux, ciel, paradis, au-dela, cieux-p

multitude - multitude

crabs - des crabes, crabe

livid - livide, furieux

liverworts - les hépatiques, hépatique

lichens - les lichens, lichen

lifeless - sans vie

flecked - moucheté, tache, flocon, frarticule (1), froucheture, moucheter

Bitter - amere, amer, saumâtre

assailed - assailli, assaillir

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.

sable - zibeline, martre, sable

fringes - les franges, frange, périphérie, radicaux

bloody - sanglante

'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.

animal life - la vie animale

indefinable - indéfinissable

sandbank - banc de sable

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.

flopping - flopping, (s')affaler

deceived - trompé, tromper, leurrer, séduire

Twinkle - twinkle, briller, cligner, virevolter

'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.

outline - les grandes lignes, contour, silhouette, esquisse, aperçu

concavity - concavité

bay - baie

curve - courbe, courbes, courber

aghast - consterné, effaré, stupéfait, épouvanté, paniqué

eclipse - éclipse, éclipser

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.

Transit - transit, transiter

'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.

gusts - des rafales, rafale

ripple - ondulation

whisper - chuchotement, chuchoter, susurrer, murmurer

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.

bleating - belant, (bleat), belement

thickened - épaissie, épaissir, lier, s'épaissir

peaks - pics, pic

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.

'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.

marrow - moelle

overcame - surmonté, vaincre, surmonter, envahir

bow - l'arc, arc

return journey - le retour

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.

shoal - banc (de poissons)

trailed - suivi, pister, suivre, traîner, piste, traces-p, sentier

fitfully - de façon irréguliere

Fainting - l'évanouissement, syncope

But a terrible dread of lying helpless in that remote and awful twilight sustained me while I clambered upon the saddle.

sustained - soutenue, maintenir, subvenir

clambered - escaladé, grimper

Chapter XII

'So I came back. For a long time I must have been insensible upon the machine. The blinking succession of the days and nights was resumed, the sun got golden again, the sky blue. I breathed with greater freedom. The fluctuating contours of the land ebbed and flowed. The hands spun backward upon the dials. At last I saw again the dim shadows of houses, the evidences of decadent humanity.

sky blue - bleu ciel

breathed - respiré, respiration, souffle, haleine

contours - contours, contour, ligne de niveau

ebbed - ebbed, reflux, jusant, refluer, décliner

flowed - s'est écoulée, couler

spun - filé, tournoyer, (faire) tourner

These, too, changed and passed, and others came. Presently, when the million dial was at zero, I slackened speed. I began to recognize our own pretty and familiar architecture, the thousands hand ran back to the starting-point, the night and day flapped slower and slower. Then the old walls of the laboratory came round me. Very gently, now, I slowed the mechanism down.

flapped - battu, pan

'I saw one little thing that seemed odd to me. I think I have told you that when I set out, before my velocity became very high, Mrs. Watchett had walked across the room, travelling, as it seemed to me, like a rocket. As I returned, I passed again across that minute when she traversed the laboratory. But now her every motion appeared to be the exact inversion of her previous ones.

inversion - l'inversion, inversion, renversement

The door at the lower end opened, and she glided quietly up the laboratory, back foremost, and disappeared behind the door by which she had previously entered. Just before that I seemed to see Hillyer for a moment; but he passed like a flash.

glided - glissé, glisser, planer

foremost - avant tout

previously - autrefois, auparavant, antérieurement, précédemment

'Then I stopped the machine, and saw about me again the old familiar laboratory, my tools, my appliances just as I had left them. I got off the thing very shakily, and sat down upon my bench. For several minutes I trembled violently. Then I became calmer. Around me was my old workshop again, exactly as it had been. I might have slept there, and the whole thing have been a dream.

shakily - tremblant

trembled - tremblait, trembler, vibrer, tremblement, vibration

calmer - plus calme, calme, tranquille, calme plat, calmer

'And yet, not exactly! The thing had started from the south-east corner of the laboratory. It had come to rest again in the north-west, against the wall where you saw it. That gives you the exact distance from my little lawn to the pedestal of the White Sphinx, into which the Morlocks had carried my machine.

'For a time my brain went stagnant. Presently I got up and came through the passage here, limping, because my heel was still painful, and feeling sorely begrimed. I saw the Pall Mall Gazette on the table by the door. I found the date was indeed to-day, and looking at the timepiece, saw the hour was almost eight o'clock. I heard your voices and the clatter of plates.

Pall - pall, drap mortuaire, voile

Mall - mail, centre commercial

clatter - claquer, craquer, claquement, craquement, vacarme

I hesitated-I felt so sick and weak. Then I sniffed good wholesome meat, and opened the door on you. You know the rest. I washed, and dined, and now I am telling you the story.

sniffed - reniflé, renifler, sniffer

dined - dîné, vacarme

'I know,'he said, after a pause, 'that all this will be absolutely incredible to you. To me the one incredible thing is that I am here to-night in this old familiar room looking into your friendly faces and telling you these strange adventures.'

He looked at the Medical Man. 'No. I cannot expect you to believe it. Take it as a lie-or a prophecy. Say I dreamed it in the workshop. Consider I have been speculating upon the destinies of our race until I have hatched this fiction. Treat my assertion of its truth as a mere stroke of art to enhance its interest. And taking it as a story, what do you think of it?'

prophecy - prophétie

speculating - des spéculations, spéculer

destinies - destins, destin

hatched - éclos, passe-plats

assertion - assertion

stroke - accident vasculaire cérébral, caresser

enhance - augmenter, accroître, améliorer

He took up his pipe, and began, in his old accustomed manner, to tap with it nervously upon the bars of the grate. There was a momentary stillness. Then chairs began to creak and shoes to scrape upon the carpet. I took my eyes off the Time Traveller's face, and looked round at his audience. They were in the dark, and little spots of colour swam before them.

nervously - nerveusement

grate - grilles, grille, crisser, grincer, râper

creak - grincement, craquement, craquer

scrape - gratter, racler, effleurer

The Medical Man seemed absorbed in the contemplation of our host. The Editor was looking hard at the end of his cigar-the sixth. The Journalist fumbled for his watch. The others, as far as I remember, were motionless.

absorbed in - absorbée

contemplation - contemplation

sixth - sixieme, sixieme ('before the noun'), ('in names of monarchs and popes') six ('after the name') ('abbreviation' VI)

The Editor stood up with a sigh. 'What a pity it is you're not a writer of stories!'he said, putting his hand on the Time Traveller's shoulder.

sigh - soupir

'You don't believe it?'


'I thought not.'

The Time Traveller turned to us. 'Where are the matches?'he said.

He lit one and spoke over his pipe, puffing. 'To tell you the truth

puffing - souffler, (puff) souffler

… I hardly believe it myself…. And yet…'

His eye fell with a mute inquiry upon the withered white flowers upon the little table. Then he turned over the hand holding his pipe, and I saw he was looking at some half-healed scars on his knuckles.

mute - muet

inquiry - demande, enquete

scars - cicatrices, cicatrice

The Medical Man rose, came to the lamp, and examined the flowers. 'The gynaeceum's odd,'he said. The Psychologist leant forward to see, holding out his hand for a specimen.

gynaeceum - gynécée

leant - leant, pencher

specimen - spécimen, exemple

'I'm hanged if it isn't a quarter to one,'said the Journalist.

hanged - pendu

'How shall we get home?'

'Plenty of cabs at the station,'said the Psychologist.

plenty - l'abondance, abondance

cabs - cabs, taxi

'It's a curious thing,'said the Medical Man; 'but I certainly don't know the natural order of these flowers. May I have them?'

The Time Traveller hesitated. Then suddenly: 'Certainly not.'

'Where did you really get them?'said the Medical Man.

The Time Traveller put his hand to his head. He spoke like one who was trying to keep hold of an idea that eluded him. 'They were put into my pocket by Weena, when I travelled into Time.'He stared round the room. 'I'm damned if it isn't all going. This room and you and the atmosphere of every day is too much for my memory. Did I ever make a Time Machine, or a model of a Time Machine?

eluded - éludé, éluder

Or is it all only a dream? They say life is a dream, a precious poor dream at times-but I can't stand another that won't fit. It's madness. And where did the dream come from? … I must look at that machine. If there is one!'

precious - précieux

He caught up the lamp swiftly, and carried it, flaring red, through the door into the corridor. We followed him. There in the flickering light of the lamp was the machine sure enough, squat, ugly, and askew; a thing of brass, ebony, ivory, and translucent glimmering quartz.

squat - squat, s'accroupir

ugly - laid, moche, vilain

ebony - ébene, ébene, bois d'ébene, ébénier

translucent - translucide

glimmering - scintillant, (glimmer), lueur, émettre une lueur

Solid to the touch-for I put out my hand and felt the rail of it-and with brown spots and smears upon the ivory, and bits of grass and moss upon the lower parts, and one rail bent awry.

touch-for - (touch-for) toucher pour

smears - des frottis, badigeonner, couvrir, diffamer, trace, traînée

awry - mal, de travers, de guingois, de traviole

The Time Traveller put the lamp down on the bench, and ran his hand along the damaged rail. 'It's all right now,'he said. 'The story I told you was true. I'm sorry to have brought you out here in the cold.'He took up the lamp, and, in an absolute silence, we returned to the smoking-room.

damaged - endommagé, dégât, dommage, endommager, abîmer

He came into the hall with us and helped the Editor on with his coat. The Medical Man looked into his face and, with a certain hesitation, told him he was suffering from overwork, at which he laughed hugely. I remember him standing in the open doorway, bawling good night.

hesitation - hésitation

overwork - le surmenage, surmenage

I shared a cab with the Editor. He thought the tale a 'gaudy lie.'For my own part I was unable to come to a conclusion. The story was so fantastic and incredible, the telling so credible and sober. I lay awake most of the night thinking about it. I determined to go next day and see the Time Traveller again.

cab - cab, fiacre

gaudy - criardes, criard

credible - crédible

sober - sobre, cuver

I was told he was in the laboratory, and being on easy terms in the house, I went up to him. The laboratory, however, was empty. I stared for a minute at the Time Machine and put out my hand and touched the lever. At that the squat substantial-looking mass swayed like a bough shaken by the wind.

on easy terms - a des conditions favorables

substantial - substantielle, substantiel

bough - rameau, branche

Its instability startled me extremely, and I had a queer reminiscence of the childish days when I used to be forbidden to meddle. I came back through the corridor. The Time Traveller met me in the smoking-room. He was coming from the house. He had a small camera under one arm and a knapsack under the other. He laughed when he saw me, and gave me an elbow to shake.

instability - l'instabilité, instabilité

meddle - s'immiscer, s'ingérer, se meler

knapsack - sac a dos, sac a dos

elbow - coude, coup de coude, jouer des coudes

'I'm frightfully busy,'said he, 'with that thing in there.'

'But is it not some hoax?'I said. 'Do you really travel through time?'

hoax - duper, berner, canular, mystification, intox

'Really and truly I do.'And he looked frankly into my eyes. He hesitated. His eye wandered about the room. 'I only want half an hour,'he said. 'I know why you came, and it's awfully good of you. There's some magazines here. If you'll stop to lunch I'll prove you this time travelling up to the hilt, specimen and all. If you'll forgive my leaving you now?'

awfully - terriblement

Prove - prouver, éprouvent, éprouvons, éprouvez, prouvent

hilt - hilt, poignée

forgive - pardonner

I consented, hardly comprehending then the full import of his words, and he nodded and went on down the corridor. I heard the door of the laboratory slam, seated myself in a chair, and took up a daily paper. What was he going to do before lunch-time? Then suddenly I was reminded by an advertisement that I had promised to meet Richardson, the publisher, at two.

consented - a consenti, consentir, approuver, agréer, consentement

comprehending - comprendre

slam - slam, claquer

publisher - éditeur, maison d’édition

I looked at my watch, and saw that I could barely save that engagement. I got up and went down the passage to tell the Time Traveller.

barely - a peine, a peine

engagement - l'engagement, fiançailles

As I took hold of the handle of the door I heard an exclamation, oddly truncated at the end, and a click and a thud. A gust of air whirled round me as I opened the door, and from within came the sound of broken glass falling on the floor. The Time Traveller was not there.

handle - poignée, crosse, manions, traiter, manient, maniez

exclamation - exclamation

truncated - tronqué, tronquer

click - cliquer, se fermer rapidement, claquer

I seemed to see a ghostly, indistinct figure sitting in a whirling mass of black and brass for a moment-a figure so transparent that the bench behind with its sheets of drawings was absolutely distinct; but this phantasm vanished as I rubbed my eyes. The Time Machine had gone. Save for a subsiding stir of dust, the further end of the laboratory was empty.

ghostly - fantomatique

whirling - tourbillonnant, (whirl), tourbillonner

phantasm - phantasme

rubbed - frotté, friction, hic, frotter, polir

A pane of the skylight had, apparently, just been blown in.

pane - panneau, vitre

skylight - puits de lumiere, fenetre de toit, lucarne, vélux, verriere

I felt an unreasonable amazement. I knew that something strange had happened, and for the moment could not distinguish what the strange thing might be. As I stood staring, the door into the garden opened, and the man-servant appeared.

servant - serviteur, domestique, servante, checkserviteur

We looked at each other. Then ideas began to come. 'Has Mr. -- gone out that way?'said I.

'No, sir. No one has come out this way. I was expecting to find him here.'

At that I understood. At the risk of disappointing Richardson I stayed on, waiting for the Time Traveller; waiting for the second, perhaps still stranger story, and the specimens and photographs he would bring with him. But I am beginning now to fear that I must wait a lifetime. The Time Traveller vanished three years ago. And, as everybody knows now, he has never returned.

disappointing - décevante, décevoir, désappointer

lifetime - a vie, durée de vie (objects), vie (persons), éternité


Epilogue - epilogue, épilogue

One cannot choose but wonder. Will he ever return? It may be that he swept back into the past, and fell among the blood-drinking, hairy savages of the Age of Unpolished Stone; into the abysses of the Cretaceous Sea; or among the grotesque saurians, the huge reptilian brutes of the Jurassic times.

hairy - poilu

savages - sauvages, barbare, féroce, sauvage

abysses - des abîmes, abîme, précipice, abysse, gouffre

Cretaceous - Crétacé

saurians - les sauriens, saurien

reptilian - reptilien

Jurassic - jurassique

He may even now-if I may use the phrase-be wandering on some plesiosaurus-haunted Oolitic coral reef, or beside the lonely saline lakes of the Triassic Age. Or did he go forward, into one of the nearer ages, in which men are still men, but with the riddles of our own time answered and its wearisome problems solved?

wandering - l'errance, errement, errance, divagation, (wander), errer

plesiosaurus - plésiosaure

haunted - hanté, hanter, demeurer, point de rencontre

coral reef - récif corallien

saline - saline, salin

Triassic - Trias

riddles - des énigmes, devinette

Into the manhood of the race: for I, for my own part, cannot think that these latter days of weak experiment, fragmentary theory, and mutual discord are indeed man's culminating time! I say, for my own part.

manhood - la virilité, humanité, virilité, masculinité

mutual - mutuelle, mutuel

discord - discorde, désaccord

culminating - le point culminant, aboutir a, conduire a, déboucher sur

He, I know-for the question had been discussed among us long before the Time Machine was made-thought but cheerlessly of the Advancement of Mankind, and saw in the growing pile of civilization only a foolish heaping that must inevitably fall back upon and destroy its makers in the end. If that is so, it remains for us to live as though it were not so.

cheerlessly - sans joie

advancement - l'avancement, progres, avancement d'hoirie

makers - les faiseurs, faiseur, fabricant, créateur

But to me the future is still black and blank-is a vast ignorance, lit at a few casual places by the memory of his story. And I have by me, for my comfort, two strange white flowers-shrivelled now, and brown and flat and brittle-to witness that even when mind and strength had gone, gratitude and a mutual tenderness still lived on in the heart of man.

casual - fortuit, accidentel, de hasard, occasionnel, désinvolte, sport

brittle - fragile, cassant, croquant

witness - témoin

End of Project Gutenberg's The Time Machine, by H. G. (Herbert George) Wells

George - george, Georges, Jorioz

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