The Time Machine with English-Spanish Dictionary by H. G. (Herbert George) Wells (online free books)

La Machine a explorer le temps con un práctico diccionario inglés-espanol (best ebooks to read)

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 - capítulo, sede, sección

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. 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.

Convenient - conveniente, cómodo

expounding - exponiendo; exponer, explayar, disertar

recondite - recóndito

matter - importa; materia, asunto, cuestión, tema

shone - brilló; brillar

twinkled - parpadeó; titilar, fulgurar, refulgir

pale - pálido

flushed - enjuagado; rubor

animated - animado, animar

burned - quemado; quemar

soft - suave; blando

radiance - resplandor, brillo, fulgor

incandescent - incandescente, candente, reluciente, irradiante, deslumbrante

lilies - lirios; azucena, lirio

silver - plata

caught - atrapado; pega, traba, truco, cuestión

bubbles - burbujas; burbuja, pompa, burbujear

flashed - flasheado; destello

passed - pasó; pasar(por), dejar atrás

patents - patentes; patente

embraced - abrazado; abrazar, abrazo

caressed - Te importa

submitted - sometido; someter, presentar, entregar, cursar

upon - sobre, en, tras

luxurious - lujoso

atmosphere - atmósfera, aire, clima, ambiente

roams - vagar

gracefully - con elegancia; agraciadamente

trammels - tramameles; traba, llares, trabar

precision - exactitud, precisión

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.

marking - Marcando; (mark); Marcos, Evangelio según San Marcos

lean - esbelta; inclinarse

forefinger - índice, dedo índice

lazily - perezosamente

admired - admirado; admirar

earnestness - seriedad

paradox - paradoja, panish: t-needed

'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.'

carefully - con cuidado; cuidadosamente, a conciencia, minuciosamente

shall - sí; panish: ''shall followed by the infinitive is translated using the future tense''

controvert - controvertir

almost - casi, por poco

universally - universalmente

accepted - aceptado; aceptar

geometry - geometría, geometría

instance - caso, ejemplo, ocasión, instancia

founded - Encontrado

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

expect - esperar, checkaguardar

argumentative - argumentativo; discutidor, peleón, polemista, beligerante

'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.'

Accept - aceptas; aceptar

reasonable - razonable, módico

ground - uelo; (grind) uelo

admit - admitir, dar entrada, dejar entrar, reconocer, permitir

mathematical - matemáticas; matemático

thickness - espesor; grosor, espesura, torpeza

nil - nulo; nada, cero

existence - existencia

neither - ninguno de los dos; ninguno, ningún, ni X ni Y, tampoco

mere - simple, mero

abstractions - abstracciones; abstracción

'That is all right,'said the Psychologist.

Psychologist - psicólogo, psicóloga

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

Length - largo, eslora (nautical: length of a ship from bow to stern)

cube - cubo

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

solid - sólido, masivo, macizo, continuo, junto, sólido, cuerpo

exist - existen; existir

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

instantaneous - instantánea; instantáneo

'Don't follow you,'said Filby.

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

Last - el último; último

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. 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.

pensive - pensativo, meditabundo, amohinado, melancólico

Clearly - está claro; claramente, por lo claro

proceeded - procedió; continuar, proceder

extension - extensión

directions - direcciones; dirección

duration - duración

infirmity - enfermedad

flesh - carne, pellejo, descarnar

overlook - mirador, pasar por alto, otear

dimensions - dimensiones; dimensión

tendency - tendencia

unreal - irreal

distinction - distinción

former - antiguo, anterior

consciousness - conciencia

along - a lo largo, a lo largo de, por

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

spasmodic - espasmódico

efforts - esfuerzos; esfuerzo

relight - Volver a encender

cigar - un puro; puro, cigarro

clear - está claro; transparente, claro, despejado, libre

indeed - de verdad; de hecho, realmente, efectivamente, verdaderamente

'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. There is no difference between Time and any of the three dimensions of Space except that our consciousness moves along it.

remarkable - notable, remarcable, destacable

extensively - extensivamente, extensamente

overlooked - pasado por alto; mirador, pasar por alto, otear

continued - continuamos; continuar, seguir

Slight - insignificante, leve, ligero, falta de respeto

accession - adhesión; ascenso

cheerfulness - alegría

Dimension - dimensión

though - ero..; no obstante, de todas formas, de todas maneras

Except - exceptuar, excepto, salvo, exceptuando, menos, salvo que

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 - tonto, necio, imprudente

hold - sostener; tener en las manos, agarrar, asir

side - lado

'I have not,'said the Provincial Mayor.

provincial - provincial, provinciano, paleto

mayor - alcalde, alcaldesa, intendente

'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?-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.

Simply - simplemente, sencillamente

mathematicians - matemáticos; matemático, matemática

definable - definible

reference - referencia, referencia, referenciar

angles - ángulos; anglo

philosophical - filosófica; filosófico

particularly - en particular; particularmente

direction - dirección

construct - construcción, constructo, construir

professor - profesor, profesora

York - York, Yórk

Society - sociedad, comunidad

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 - superficie

represent - representar

figure - figura, cifra, ocurrírsele

similarly - de forma similar; similarmente, igualmente, asimismo

Master - maestro; senor, dueno; senora, duena

perspective - perspectiva

'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 - murmuró; soplo, murmurar

knitting - tejer; punto, labor de punto; (knit); hacer punto, tricotar

brows - cejas; (brow) cejas

lapsed - aducado; lapso, desliz, prescripción

introspective - introspectivo

state - el estado

lips - labios; labio, labro

mystic - místico, mística

transitory - transitorio, pasajero

manner - de qué manera; manera, modo, forma, actitud

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

mind - mente, concentración, opinión, juicio, propósito, voluntad

Curious - tienes curiosidad; curioso; extrano, raro

portrait - retrato

evidently - evidentemente

Representations - representación

Dimensioned - dimensionado; dimensión

fixed - arreglado; arreglar, reparar, componer, fijar, pregar, preparar

'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. Yesterday it was so high, yesterday night it fell, then this morning it rose again, and so gently upward to here.

scientific - científica; científico

pause - receso, checkdescanso, pausar, interrumpir, suspender

required - es necesario; requerir, necesitar

proper - bien; adecuado, conveniente, preciso, propio

assimilation - asimilación

diagram - diagrama

record - récord; constancia (escrita); archivos; registro

trace - rastrear; rastro, huella, vestigio, indicio

finger - dedo; apuntar, senalar, hurgar, dedear

movement - movimiento

barometer - barómetro

rose - Rosa; (rise); Rosa

gently - suavemente; mansamente, suave

upward - hacia arriba

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.'

surely - seguro; seguramente, checksin duda

mercury - mercurio, azogue

generally - en general; generalmente, por lo general

recognized - reconocido; reconocer

Certainly - seguro; ciertamente, sin duda, a todas luces, por supuesto

traced - rastreado; rastro, huella, vestigio, indicio

such - cómo; así, tal, semejante, tan, qué

therefore - por qué; por eso, por consiguiente, por lo tanto, por ende

conclude - concluir

'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?'

medical - médico

coal - carbón, hulla, brasa

regarded - considerado; considerar

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.'

smiled - sonrió; sonrisa, sonreír

freely - libremente

backward - hacia atrás; atrasado, rezagado, subdesarrollado

forward - hacia adelante; hacia delante

Gravitation - gravitación

limits - límites; límite

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

exactly - exactamente, exacto

balloons - globos; globo, vejiga, bomba

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

save - salvar, rescatar, redimir, parar, ahorrar, guardar, reservar

jumping - saltando; saltar

inequalities - desigualdades; desigualdad, inecuación

freedom - libertad

vertical - 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 - todo a su debido tiempo

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

gone wrong - equivocarse; salir mal

getting away - escapar, darse a la fuga

existences - xistencias; existencia

immaterial - inmaterial

passing - pasando; pasajero, excelente, superficial, somero

uniform - uniforme, uniforme

velocity - velocidad

from the cradle to the grave - de la cuna a la tumba

earth's surface - superficie de la tierra

'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 - dificultad

interrupted - interrumpido; interrumpir, interrupción

'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. 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.

germ - gérmenes; germen

discovery - descubrimiento, hallazgo

recalling - recordando; recordar, evocar, retirada

incident - incidente

vividly - ívidamente

instant - instantáneo, inmediato

Occurrence - acontecimiento, ocurrencia, suceso

absent - ausente

minded - te importa; mente, concentración, opinión, juicio, propósito

jump - saltar

savage - salvaje

But a civilized man is better off than the savage in this respect. 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?'

civilized - civilizado; civilizar

respect - respeto, respetar

against - contra, cerca de, frente, en contra, enfrente, en pugna

balloon - globo, vejiga, bomba

ultimately - en última instancia; finalmente, por último

accelerate - acelerar, apresurar

drift - deriva, derrape, ir a la deriva, vagar, derivar, errar

turn about - dar la vuelta

'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.'

argument - argumento

convince - convencer

'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 - es posible; posiblemente

investigations - investigaciones; investigación

vague - vago, impreciso

inkling - un indicio; idea, sospecha

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

travel through time - viajar en el tiempo

exclaimed - exclamó; exclamar

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

indifferently - indiferentemente

determines - determinar

Filby contented himself with laughter.

contented - contento; satisfecho

laughter - risas; risa, risa

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

experimental - experimental

verification - verificación

'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 - otablemente; extraordinariamente

historian - historiador, historiadora

suggested - sugerido; insinuar, sugerir, recomendar

verify - verificar, constatar

account - cuenta

battle - batalla

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

attract attention - atraer la atención

'Our ancestors had no great tolerance for anachronisms.'

ancestors - ancestros; ancestro, antepasado

tolerance - tolerancia

anachronisms - anacronismos; anacronismo, anacronía

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

Greek - griego, griego, griega

Plato - Platón

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

case - caso

plough - arado, Carro Mayor, arar, labrar, barbechar

The German scholars have improved Greek so much.'

German - alemán, alemana, germano, germana

scholars - estudiosos; erudito, especialista, estudioso, docto

'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 - invertir

accumulate - acumular, amontonar, acumularse

hurry - prisa, apuro, apresurarse, apurarse, darse prisa

ahead - al frente de, delante de, adelante

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

discover - descubrir, destapar

erected - rigido; erecto, erguido

strictly - estrictamente, terminantemente

communistic - comunista

basis - base, fundamento

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

wild - salvaje, bravío

extravagant - extravagante

theories - teorías; teoría

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

seemed - parecía; parecer

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

cried - lloró; llorar, gritar, panish: t-needed

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

experiment - experimento, experimentar

brain - cerebro, seso, sesudez

weary - cansado, cansino, cansar

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

anyhow - de todos modos; de todas maneras, de todas formas, comoquiera

humbug - tonterías; farsa, disparate, tontería, bobería, fraude

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.

round - ronda; redondo

smiling - sonriendo; sonriente; (smile); sonrisa, sonreír

deep - profundo, hondo, fondo, ancho, bajo, grave, oscuro

pockets - bolsillos; bolsillo, bolsa, tronera, embolsar

slowly - lentamente, despacio

slippers - zapatillas; zapatilla, pantufla, babucha

shuffling - barajando; (shuffle); barajar, mezclar, barajear, arrastrar

passage - pasaje; pasillo, pasadizo

laboratory - laboratorio

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

wonder - me pregunto; maravilla, milagro, genio, asombro, pasmo

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

trick - truco, artimana, enganifa, treta

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

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

preface - prefacio, introducir

Filby's anecdote collapsed.

anecdote - anécdota, chascarrillo

collapsed - colapsado; derrumbarse, desplomarse, colapsar, colapso, desplome

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. 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. 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.

held - sostenida; tener en las manos, agarrar, asir

glittering - resplandeciente; chispeante; (glitter); brillo, purpurina

metallic - metálico, metalizado

framework - entramado, infraestructura, marco

scarcely - apenas, difícilmente

delicately - con delicadeza; delicadamente

ivory - marfil, ebúrneo

transparent - transparente

crystalline - cristalino

substance - sustancia, enjundia

explicit - explícito

Unless - menos que..; a menos que, a no ser que, salvo

explanation - explicación

absolutely - totalmente, absolutamente

unaccountable - irresponsable; panish: t-needed

octagonal - octogonal; octagonal, octógono

scattered - dispersión; dispersar, esparcir, desviar

mechanism - mecanismo

shaded - sombreado; alosa, sábalo

bright - luminoso, resplandeciente, brillante

Perhaps - acaso, quizá, quizás, tal vez

dozen - docena, decenas

brass - latón

candlesticks - velas; candelero, candelabro

several - varios, varias

sconces - aplique

brilliantly - brillantemente

illuminated - iluminado; iluminar

low - bajo

arm-chair - (arm-chair) sillón

fireplace - chimenea, hogar

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.

profile - perfil, resena, resenar

on the alert - en alerta

Appears - aparecer, comparecer

subtly - sutilmente

conceived - concebido; concebir

adroitly - con destreza

conditions - ondiciones; condición, situación, acondicionar

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.

affair - negocio, asunto, rollo, amorío, aventura

resting - Descansando; (rest) Descansando

elbows - codos; codo, codazo, panish: t-needed

pressing - presionando; apremiante

apparatus - aparato, equipo, aparataje

travel through - viajar a través de

notice - aviso; comunicación, notificación, darse cuenta, advertir

singularly - Singularmente

askew - desviado; torcido, oblicuo

odd - raro; guacho, desparejado, desemparejado, suelto, extrano

twinkling - parpadeando; (twinkle); titilar, fulgurar, refulgir

appearance - aparición, apariencia, hechura, estampa, aire

bar - barra; tableta; barrote, reja

He pointed to the part with his finger. 'Also, here is one little white lever, and here is another.'

lever - palanca

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

peered - miró; par, noble

'It's beautifully made,'he said.

beautifully - bonito; bellamente

'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 - replicó; replicar

imitated - imitado; imitar

pressed - presionado; apretar, presionar

reverses - inversiones; dar marcha atrás

motion - movimiento, moción

saddle - silla de montar; (bici) sillín, silla (de montar)

represents - representar

seat - asiento, seato, sede

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 - prensa; apretar, presionar

vanish - desvanecerse, desaparecer, anularse

pass into - pasar a

disappear - desaparecer

satisfy - satisfacer

trickery - trucos; triquinuela, superchería, trapisonda

waste - residuos; desperdiciar, malgastar

quack - urandero; graznido

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. So that it was the Psychologist himself who sent forth the model Time Machine on its interminable voyage.

forth - adelante

towards - hacia, sobre, para

suddenly - de repente, repentinamente, de pronto, súbitamente

lend - prestar

individual - individuo, individual

interminable - interminable

Voyage - viaje

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. 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.

absolutely certain - absolutamente seguro

breath - respiración, aliento, respiro

wind - viento, aire

flame - flama, llama

jumped - saltó; saltar

candles - velas; vela, candela, cirio

blown out - apagar; soplar; echar; romper con alguien

swung - se balanceó; balancear, mecer, columpiar, oscilar, columpio

indistinct - indistinto

ghost - fantasma, espectro, espíritu, aparecido

eddy - remolino

vanished - desaparecido; desvanecerse, desaparecer, anularse

bare - desnudo, descubierto

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

silent - silencioso, callar, checkcallado

damned - maldito; (damn); maldecir, condenar, reprobar, maldito, puto

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 - recuperado; recuperarse

stupor - estupor

cheerfully - con alegría

reminiscence - recuerdo; reminiscencia

getting up - levantarse, arreciar (sobre el viento)

tobacco - tabaco

jar - jarra; tarro, bote

pipe - pipa; caramillo, flauta ), tubo de órgano, tubería, tubo

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 - mira aquí

earnest - en serio; serio; (earn) en serio; serio

seriously - en serio, seriamente

'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.) '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.'

stooping - inclinarse, agacharse

spill - derrame; derramar, verter

unhinged - desquiciado; desquiciar, trastornar

uncut - sin cortar; panish: t-needed

nearly - casi

indicated - indicado; indicar, senalizar, panish: t-needed

'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.'

Certain - seguro; cierto, cierto, cierta

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

interval - intervalo

inspiration - inspiración

gone into - dedicarse a; explicar; encontrarse; chocar contra

anywhere - en algún sitio; en cualquier parte, dondequiera

'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.'

Since - desde cuándo; desde entonces, desde que, ya que, dado que

travelled through - ha viajado a través de

'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.

serious - en serio; serio

objections - objeciones; objeción, protesta

remarked - remarcado; observación, comentario

impartiality - imparcialidad

'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.'

bit - oco; pedacito; (bite); morder, picar, mordida, mordedura

presentation - presentación, ponencia

threshold - umbral, entrada, límite

diluted - diluido; diluir

'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. 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.

reassured - tranquilizado; tranquilizar, reasegurar

simple - simple, sencillo, simple

psychology - psicología

plain - plano; sencillo; liso; sin ornamentos; llano (persona)

delightfully - Deliciosamente

appreciate - apreciar; agradecer, valorar, comprender, hacerse cargo de

wheel - rueda, pez gordo, llanta, rodar, circunvolar, volar en círculos

spinning - girando; hilatura; (spin) girando; hilatura

bullet - bala

flying through - volando a través de

travelling through - viajar a través de/por

gets through - superar, terminar, comunicarse con, pasar por

impression - impresión

fiftieth - quincuagésimo, cincuentavo

hundredth - entésima; centésimo, centésimo

He passed his hand through the space in which the machine had been. 'You see?'he said, laughing.

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

vacant - vacío; vacante

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 - es plausible; probable, plausible

morrow - manana; manana

sense - sentido, sensación, significado, acepción, significación, sentir

'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. 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.

itself - en sí; se, solo, a si mismo, por si mismo, sí mismo

draughty - Con corrientes de aire

corridor - pasillo, corredor

flickering - parpadeo; vacilar

queer - raro, extrano, trucha, marica, maricón

broad - amplio; ancho

silhouette - silueta

shadows - sombras; sombra

puzzled - rompecabezas, enigma, puzle, acertijo, intrigar, dejar perplejo

incredulous - incrédulo

beheld - ontemplado; contemplar, mirar, observar, he aquí, mirad

edition - edición, tiraje

Parts were of nickel, parts of ivory, parts had certainly been filed or sawn out of rock crystal. 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.

nickel - níquel, niquelar

filed - archivado; fila

sawn - Serrado

rock crystal - Cristal de roca

twisted - retorcido; torcer, sacar punta a, torcerse

bars - bares; barra; tableta; barrote, reja

lay - poner, colocar

unfinished - inacabado, inconcluso

Bench - banco

beside - al lado de, cabe

sheets - sábanas; hoja, folio, pliego, lámina, capa, escota

drawings - Dibujo

Quartz - cuarzo

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

perfectly - perfectamente

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

Christmas - Navidad

'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.'

intend - pretender, planear, intencionar, intentar

explore - explorar

None of us quite knew how to take it.

none - ninguna; ninguno

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

winked - guinó el ojo; guinar el ojo

solemnly - solemnemente

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. 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. 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.

those - esos, esas, aquéllos, aquellas

clever - inteligente; ágil, hábil, listo, talentoso, habiloso

suspected - sospechas; barruntar, sospechar, sospechoso

subtle - sutil

reserve - reserva, reservar

ingenuity - ingenuidad; ingenio

ambush - emboscada, encerrona

lucid - lúcido, lucido, brillante

frankness - franqueza

scepticism - escepticismo

perceived - percibido; percibir, entender

motives - motivos; motivo, móbil

pork - cerdo, puerco

butcher - carnicero; (butch) carnicero

touch - tocar, conmover, toque, toque, tacto, pizca

whim - capricho

among - entre

elements - elementos; elemento

distrusted - desconfiado; desconfianza, recelo, desconfiar

frame - arco; levantar la estructura, armar, enmarcar, concebir

tricks - trucos; truco, artimana, enganifa, treta

easily - fácilmente

deportment - Comportamiento

somehow - de algún modo, de alguna manera, de alguna forma

aware - alerta, consciente, conocedor, sabedor, entendido

trusting - confiado; confianza, crédito, fiar, consorcio, trust

reputations - eputaciones; reputación

judgment - juicio

furnishing - mobiliario; (furnish); amoblar, amueblar, suministrar

nursery - guardería; criadero, casa cuna, semillero, vivero

shell - cascarón; concha, cáscara, vaina, caparazón, casquete, terminal

China - porcelana

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. 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.

potentialities - Potencialidad

doubt - dudas; dudar, duda, incertidumbre

minds - mentes; mente, concentración, opinión, juicio, propósito

plausibility - plausibilidad

practical - práctico

incredibleness - Incredulidad

possibilities - posibilidades; posibilidad

anachronism - anacronismo, anacronía

utter - totalmente; absoluto, total

confusion - confusión

preoccupied - preocupado; preocupar

whom - a quién; quién, quiénes, cuyo, quien

laid - tirado; poner, colocar

considerable - considerable

stress - tensión, estrés, énfasis, tensionar, tensar, estresar, acentuar

blowing out - apagar; soplar; echar; romper con alguien

candle - una vela; vela, candela, cirio

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. 'I suppose we'd better have dinner?'

suppose - supongo; suponer

most constant - el más constante

guests - invitados; huésped, visita, visitante, convidado

assembled - montado; ensamblar, construir, montar, reunir, juntar

sheet - hoja, folio, pliego, lámina, capa, escota

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

Host - anfitrión; anfitriona

'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.'

ve - e

unavoidably - inevitablemente, ineludiblemente

detained - detenido; panish: t-needed

lead - llevar; liderar; guiar, dirigir; provocar; encabezar; principal; plomo

'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.

Seems - te parece; parecer

pity - compasión, piedad, lástima, pena, tener lástima

spoil - expoliar, despojar, danar, arruinar, echar a perder

editor - editor, editora, director, directora, redactor

daily paper - periódico

thereupon - sobre eso; entonces

bell - campana

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. 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.

besides - además; al lado de, cabe

myself - yo mismo; me

attended - asistió; asistir

previous - previo, anterior

blank - en blanco, virgen, de fogueo, espacio en blanco, espacio

aforementioned - ntes mencionado; ya mencionado, antedicho, sobredicho, susodicho

journalist - diarista, periodista, reportero

Shy - tímido, reservado, vergonzoso, lanzar

beard - barba, jotera, pantalla, barbar, provocar, mortificar

observation - observación, vigilancia; observancia, anotación, registro

speculation - especulación

absence - ausencia, falta, ausencia de hierro

jocular - humorístico, jocoso

spirit - espíritu, alma, onda, alcohol, bebida espirituosa

volunteered - voluntario, voluntario

wooden - de madera, acartonado

ingenious - ingenioso

witnessed - testigos; testimonio, testigo, prueba, testificar, probar

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 - en medio; centro

exposition - exposición

noise - ruido, estrépito

Hallo - hola

wider - más ancho; ancho, amplio, lateral

cry - llorar, gritar, panish: t-needed

surprise - sorpresa, sorprender

Good heavens - !Santo Cielo!

What's the matter? - ?Qué pasa?

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 - drama, situación grave

dusty - polvoriento

smeared - untado; manchar, untar, embadurnar, aplicar

sleeves - mangas; manga, funda, enfundar

disordered - desordenado; desorden, disturbio, desenfreno, trastorno

either - cada, tampoco, o , o, ya sea...o

dirt - suciedad, mugor, tierra, mugre, trapos sucios

actually - realmente

faded - desvanecido; apagarse, debilitarse; destenir

ghastly - fantasmal, cadavérico, espantoso, horripilante, malísimo

chin - barbilla, mentón

healed - curado; curar

expression - expresión, frase hecha

haggard - macilento, ojeroso, demacrado

intense - intenso

suffering - sufrido, sufriente, sufrimiento; (suffer); sufrir, penar

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 - vaciló; vacilar, dudar, hesitar

doorway - puerta; entrada

dazzled - deslumbrado; deslumbrar, obnubilar, encandilar, empaparotar

limp - cojea; flojo, flácido, mustio, débil

footsore - dolor de pies

Tramps - vagabundos; vagabundo, vagabunda, golfa, ramera, puta

silence - silencio, silenciar, hacer callar

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. '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.

painfully - dolorosamente

champagne - champán; Champana

pushed - empujado; empujar

drained - drenado; desagüe, drenaje, aliviadero, tubo abierto, sangría

smile - sonrisa, sonreír

flickered - parpadeó; vacilar

earth - tierra, suelo, terreno, madriguera, aterrar

Seem - parecer

disturb - perturbar, molestar

faltering - vacilante; (falter); dudar

articulation - articulación, pronunciación

draught - de barril; dama

'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. 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.'

brighter - más brillante; luminoso, resplandeciente, brillante

faint - desmayarse; débil, tenue

cheeks - mejilla, cacha, cachete, nalga, glúteo, descoco

glance - mirada; ojear, echar un vistazo, mirar, pispear, vistazo

dull - sordo; romo, desafilado, embotado, aburrido, soso

approval - aprobación, venia, beneplácito

comfortable - cómodo, confortable, checkcómodo

mutton - ovino; cordero

I'm starving - Me muero de hambre

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 - raro, poco común

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 - escalera

lameness - Cojera

footfall - pisada; panish: t-needed

tattered - Jirones

blood - ensangrentar

stained - manchado; mancha, lamparón, tacha, mancilla, colorante

socks - calcetines; calcetín

detested - detestado; detestar

fuss - alboroto; fandango, jaleo, escándalo

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 - lana

gathering - reunión; (gather); juntar, recoger, recolectar, acumular

behaviour - Comportamiento

wont - no

headlines - titulares; titular

attention - atención

'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, aficionado, diletante, inadaptado

interpretation - interpretación, apreciación

limping - cojeando; (limp) cojeando

noticed - te has dado cuenta; comunicación, notificación, darse cuenta

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. 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. 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.

recover - recuperarse

completely - completamente, totalmente, rematadamente, de todo punto

servants - sirvientes; sirviente, criado, mozo, doméstico

plate - placa; plato

knife - cuchillo, punal, acuchillar

fork - horquilla; tenedor

grunt - grunido; grunido, currito, machaca, grunir

suit - traje, terno, palo, convenir

resumed - se reanuda; reanudar

exclamatory - exclamativo

gaps - agunas; hueco, espacio, vacío; brecha

wonderment - asombro; maravilla

fervent - fervoroso; ferviente

curiosity - curiosidad

eke - hacer alcanzar, racionar

modest - modesto, humilde, pequeno, moderado; (mod); modesto, humilde

income - ingresos, renta

Crossing - cruzando; cruce, crucero, edestrian; (cross); cruz, aspa

Nebuchadnezzar - Nabucodonosor

phases - fasis

inquired - preguntó; investigar, informarse

assured - asegurado; (assure); asegurar

frankly - francamente

raised - levantado; levantar

dust - polvo, desempolvar, limpiar el polvo, espolvorear

rolling in - se está rodando

resorted - recurrido; recurrir (a)

caricature - caricatura, caricaturizar, caricaturar

Hadn't they any clothes-brushes in the Future? 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. He was dressed in ordinary evening clothes, and nothing save his haggard look remained of the change that had startled me.

brushes - cepillos; pincel, cepillo, escobilla, brocha, cepillado

heaping - un montón; pila, montón, cúmulo, montículo, checkpila, amontonar

ridicule - ridiculizar, poner en ridículo

irreverent - irreverente, irrespetuoso

special correspondent - corresponsal especial

ordinary - pieza, ordinario, del montón

remained - se quedó; resto, restos, quedarse, sobrar, restar, permanecer

startled - sorprendido; sobresaltarse, alarmarse, espantarse, evitar

'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?'

chaps - chaps; tío, tipo

Middle - medio, centro, cintura, central

take for - tomar por

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 - reservado; reserva, reservar

quietly - en silencio; mansamente, despacio

treat - tratar, negociar, rogar, invitar, convidar, sorpresa

stick - palo; clavar

'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 - peptona

arteries - rterias; arteria

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

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

nodding - Asintiendo; (nod); asentir, cabecear, cabezada

'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. 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.

shilling - chelines; chelín; (shill); testaferro, hombre de paja

verbatim - literalmente, textualmente, palabra por palabra

fingernail - una; una

convulsively - convulsivamente

poured - vertido; verter, derramar; chorrear; manar, salir

rest - descansar; descanso, reposo

uncomfortable - incómodo, a disgusto, cohibido

sudden - de repente; repentino, súbito, brusco

rising - subiendo; rebelión, levantamiento, alzamiento, ascensión

dare - te atreves; atraverse, osar

relieve - aliviar, relevar

tension - tensión, tensionar

anecdotes - anécdotas; anécdota, chascarrillo

Potter - alfarero; ceramista

devoted - dedicado; dedicar

displayed - aparece; espectáculo, exposición, monitor, expositor

appetite - apetito, deseo, ganas

tramp - vagabundo, vagabunda, golfa, ramera, puta

smoked - fumado; humo

cigarette - un cigarrillo; cigarrillo, pitillo

eyelashes - pestanas; pestana, abénula

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. 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.

clumsy - patoso, torpe, desmanado, bruto

usual - lo de siempre; usual, habitual

regularity - regularidad, periodicidad

determination - determinación, decisión, resolución, ahínco

sheer - ser puro; puro, absoluto

nervousness - nerviosidad, nerviosismo, intranquilidad

apologize - disculparme; disculparse

Starving - Muerto de hambre; (starve); morir de hambre, hambrear

most amazing - el más asombroso

reached - alcanzado; llegar (a)

smoking - Fumar; (smoke) Fumar

greasy - grasiento, grasoso, resbaloso

plates - placas; plato

led - llevado; led; (lead) llevado; led

adjoining room - la habitación contigua

'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 - raya, guion largo, carrerita, gota, pizca, lanzarse, romper

leaning - Inclinado; (lean) Inclinado

'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 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.

argue - argumentar, debatir, discutir

I don't mind - No me importa.

refrain from - abstenerse de

interruptions - interrupciones; interrupción, paréntesis

badly - malamente

lying - Mentir; (lie) Mentir

human - humano

Then I shall go to bed. But no interruptions! Is it agreed?'

'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. 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! 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.

echoed - resonó; eco, repercutir, repetir, hacer eco

afterwards - después

feel with - Sentirse con

keenness - Ganas

ink - tinta, entintar, firmar, tatuar

express - expresar

quality - calidad, cualidad, de calidad

attentively - con atención; atentamente

speaker - hablante, parlante, altavoz, altoparlante

sincere - sincero

circle - círculo, circunferencia, esfera, curva, grupo, tertulia

intonation - entonación

voice - voz

hearers - Oyente

shadow - sombra

downward - hacia abajo

glanced - mirada; ojear, echar un vistazo, mirar, pispear, vistazo

After a time we ceased to do that, and looked only at the Time Traveller's face.

ceased - esado; cesar, parar, terminar

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. 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. 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.

principles - principios; principio

actual - real, existente, verdadero, efectivo, actual

incomplete - incompleto

workshop - taller

truly - de verdad; verdaderamente, realmente

cracked - roto; rajarse, resquebrajarse

rail - ferrocarril; barra

bent - Doblado; (bend); doblar, curvar, doblarse, agacharse

expected - esperado; esperar, checkaguardar

putting together - reunir; juntar; organizar algo

inch - pulgada

remade - rehecho; (remake) rehecho

tap - golpear; golpecito, palmadita

screws - tornillos; tornillo, tirafondo, hélice, atornillar, enroscar

drop - dejar caer; gota

oil - aceite; petróleo

rod - barra, rodillo, cana, vara, bastón, verga, barra

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. 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!

suicide - suicidio, autolisis, suicida

holds - tiene; tener en las manos, agarrar, asir

pistol - pistola

skull - cráneo; calavera

immediately - inmediatamente, de inmediato, ya, sin demora

reel - carrete, enrollar, titubear

nightmare - pesadilla, mal sueno, tormento, suplicio

sensation - sensación

as before - como antes

intellect - intelecto

tricked - enganado; truco, artimana, enganifa, treta

'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 - agarrado; empunar, agarrar, aferrar, asir

thud - golpe sordo, darse un batacazo

Mrs - Senor

apparently - evidentemente, obviamente, por lo visto, aparentemente

traverse - atravesar, recorrer

shoot - disparar, lanzar

rocket - un cohete; cohete

extreme - extremo

position - posición, puesto, postura

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.

turning out - resultar, aparecer; apagar la luz

fainter - Más débil; (faint) Más débil

eddying - remolinos; remolino

murmur - murmullo; soplo, murmurar

strange - extrano; extrano, raro, anormal, desconocido

dumb - tonto; mudo

confusedness - Confusión

descended - descendió; descender, bajar

'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. 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. The slowest snail that ever crawled dashed by too fast for me.

convey - transmitir; transportar, trasladar, comunicar, expresar

peculiar - particular; peculiar, raro, específico

sensations - sensaciones; sensación

excessively - excesivamente, demasiado, en demasía

unpleasant - desagradable, desapacible

helpless - desamparado; indefenso, incapaz

headlong - de cabeza

horrible - horrible, horrendo

anticipation - previsión, anticipación

imminent - inminente

smash - estrellar, destrozar, golpear, machucar

pace - paso

flapping - leteo; solapa; faldón

Wing - ala, sección, parte, flanco, alero

dim - débil, ténue

suggestion - sugerencia, propuesta, sugestión

hopping - saltando; (hop) saltando

Swiftly - rápido; rápidamente

sky - cielo

leaping - saltando; saltar, brincar

supposed - se supone; suponer

destroyed - destruido; destruir, romper, destrozar, sacrificar

open air - al aire libre

scaffolding - ndamio; (scaffold); andamio, horca, patíbulo, cadalso, andamiar

conscious - consciente

snail - caracol, haragán, holgazán, gandul, tortuga

crawled - se arrastró; avanzar lentamente

dashed - dashed; raya, guion largo, carrerita, gota, pizca, lanzarse

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. 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.

succession - sucesión

painful - doloroso, dolorido, adolorido, panish: t-needed

intermittent - intermitente, esporádico, discontinuo

darknesses - oscuridad, tinieblas

moon - Luna

Glimpse - un vistazo; atisbo, entrever, atisbar, vislumbrar, ojear

circling - dando vueltas; (circle); círculo, circunferencia, esfera, curva

gaining - Ganando; (gain) Ganando

palpitation - palpitaciones; palpitación

merged - fusionado; fusionar

continuous - continuo

greyness - Gris

deepness - profundidad

splendid - espléndido

luminous - luminoso

twilight - crepúsculo, penumbra

jerking - Dando tirones; (jerk) Dando tirones

streak - raya, trazo, sarta, racha, ristra

brilliant - brillante, perla

arch - arco; bóveda

'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. The whole surface of the earth seemed changed-melting and flowing under my eyes.

landscape - paisaje, apaisado, horizontal

misty - niebla; con neblina, neblinoso

Hill - cerro, loma, colina, collado

puffs - inhalaciones; soplo, racha, ráfaga; bocanada

vapour - vapor

spread - extender, dispersar, esparcir, untar, diseminar, difundir

shivered - tembló; temblar, tiritar, estremecerse

huge - enorme, grandote

buildings - Edificio

rise up - levantarse, alzarse, elevarse

fair - justo; rubio, claro, blanco

pass - pasar(por), dejar atrás

dreams - suenos; sueno, ensueno, sonar

melting - fundiendo; fusión, fundición, derretimiento

flowing - fluyendo; fluir

The little hands upon the dials that registered my speed raced round faster and faster. 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.

dials - marcas; marcar

registered - registrado; registro, registro, registrar, registrarse

Speed - velocidad

raced round - correr alrededor

belt - cinturón, cincho, cinturón de seguridad, correa, golpe, golpear

swayed - nfluido; balanceo, influencia, influjo, preponderancia

solstice - solsticio

consequently - por consiguiente; consecuentemente

brief - breve, corto, conciso, sucinto, escueto, resumen, poner al tanto

'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. 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. 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!

poignant - conmovedor; puntiagudo, punzo-cortante, claro, elocuente

exhilaration - alegría; regocijo

swaying - Oscilación; (sway); balanceo, influencia, influjo

unable - incapaz

confused - confundido; confundir, confundirse, mezclar

attend to - participar en

madness - locura

flung - arrojado; arrojar, lanzar

futurity - futuro

scarce - escaso

fresh - fresco

series - eries; serie, serie de televisión

impressions - impresiones; impresión

dread - miedo; temer, pavor, temor

possession - posesión, posesión natural, tenencia, posesión civil, posesiones

developments - desarrollos; desarrollo, desenvolvimiento

humanity - la humanidad; humanidad

advances - avances; avanzar, progresar, avance, progreso, adelanto, avance

rudimentary - rudimentario, rudimental, elemental

civilization - civilización

appear - aparecer, comparecer

elusive - escurridizo; elusivo, impreciso, inexacto, indefinible, ambiguo

raced - corriste; carrera

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. 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.

architecture - arquitectura

more massive - más masivo

glimmer - resplandor; luz tenue, titileo

mist - niebla; neblina

flow - flujo; fluir

remain - resto, restos, quedarse, sobrar, restar, permanecer, continuar

wintry - invernal

intermission - intermisión, intermedio

veil - velo, velar

'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! 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. 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!

lay in - recoger; estar tumbado en

possibility - posibilidad

occupied - ocupado; ocupar

mattered - importaba; materia, asunto, cuestión, tema

slipping - resbalando; resbalar

interstices - intersticios; intersticio

intervening - intervenir, involucrarse, interceder, meterse

substances - sustancias; sustancia, enjundia

Involved - involucrado; elevar, envolver, envolverse con, involucrarse

jamming - interferencias; mermelada, confitura

molecule - molécula

whatever - qué; cualquier, lo que sea que, cualquier cosa que, no importa

atoms - tomos; átomo

intimate - intimo; íntimo

contact - contacto, contactar, entrar en contacto con

obstacle - obstáculo, óbice, traba, estorbo

profound - profundo

chemical - química; químico, producto químico

reaction - reacción

reaching - llegando; llegar (a)

explosion - explosión

blow - soplar; golpe

unknown - ignoto, desconocido, incógnita, desconocido

occurred - ocurrió; ocurrir, acaecer, presentar

unavoidable - inevitable

risks - riesgos; riesgo, checkpeligro, arriesgar, poner en riesgo

Now the risk was inevitable, I no longer saw it in the same cheerful light. 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. Like an impatient fool, I lugged over the lever, and incontinently the thing went reeling over, and I was flung headlong through the air.

Risk - riesgo, checkpeligro, arriesgar, poner en riesgo

inevitable - inevitable

cheerful - alegre; animado

absolute - absoluto, completo, pleno

strangeness - extraneza; rareza, extraneza, extranez

sickly - enfermo; enfermizo, enclenque, calamitoso, enteco

jarring - excitante; discorde; (jar) excitante; discorde

prolonged - prolongado; prolongar

upset - trastornado, perturbado, enfadado, molesto

nerve - nervio, coraje, descaro, frescura, nervios

gust - ráfaga, racha

resolved - resuelto; tomar la decisión de, resolver

forthwith - inmediatamente

impatient - impaciente

fool - idiota; bobo, imbécil, necio, pendejo, bufón, loco

lugged - llevado; arrastrar

incontinently - con incontinencia

'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. 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.

clap - aplaudir

thunder - trueno, estruendo, fragor, tronar

stunned - aturdido; anonadar, aturdir, pasmar, atontar

hail - Granizo, granizar; llamar, saludar

turf - césped, terreno, territorio, tepe, gallón, turba, hipódromo

overset - Sobrepasado

lawn - césped

surrounded - rodeado; circundar, envolver, cercar, rodear

rhododendron - rododendro

bushes - arbustos; arbusto

mauve - malva

blossoms - flores; flor, floración, florecer

dropping in - pasar

beating - golpeando; paliza, latido; (beat) golpeando; paliza, latido

stones - piedras; piedra, roca, gema, piedra preciosa, hueso, cálculo

rebounding - rebote; rebotar

hung - colgado; colgar

cloud - nube; nublar

like smoke - como el humo

wet - húmedo, mojado, húmeda, mojada, mojar, mearse, orinarse, mojarse

skin - piel, máscara, despellejar, desollar

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

hospitality - hospitalidad, hostelería

innumerable - innumerables; innumerable, incontable

'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 - colosal

carved - tallado; cortar, trinchar, tallar, esculpir

stone - piedra, roca, gema, piedra preciosa, hueso, cálculo, lapidar

loomed - se avecinaba; telar

indistinctly - indistintamente

beyond - más allá de

rhododendrons - rododendros; rododendro

downpour - lluvia; chaparrón, aguacero, chubasco

invisible - invisible

'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. 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.

columns - columnas; columna

hail - granizo

distinctly - laramente; distintamente

birch - abedul

touched - tocado; tocar, conmover, toque, toque, tacto, pizca

marble - mármol, canica, balita

shape - forma, estado, modelar, formar

winged - alado; ala, sección, parte, flanco, alero

sphinx - esfinge

wings - alas; ala, sección, parte, flanco, alero

instead - en su lugar; en vez de, en lugar de

vertically - verticalmente

sides - lados; lado

hover - sobrevolar; cerner, dudar, hesitar, vacilar

pedestal - pedestal, peana

appeared - apareció; aparecer, comparecer

bronze - bronce, broncíneo, broncínea, éneo, bronceado, tostado, pavonar

thick - gruesa; grueso, espeso

verdigris - cardenillo

chanced - suerte, by chance: por casualidad

sightless - Invidentes

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. 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.

greatly - en gran medida; grandemente, enormemente, sobremanera

imparted - mpartido; impartir

disease - enfermedad, dolencia

advance - avanzar, progresar, avance, progreso, adelanto, avance

recede - retroceder; alejarse

denser - uaridas

tore - Romper

curtain - cortina, telón

threadbare - deshilachado; raído

lightening - Rayos; (lighten) Rayos

promise - promesa, prometer

'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? What if in this interval the race had lost its manliness and had developed into something inhuman, unsympathetic, and overwhelmingly powerful?

crouching - agacharse, ponerse/estar en cuclillas

temerity - temeridad

altogether - todos juntos; totalmente, completamente, en general, en suma

withdrawn - retirada; retirar(se)

cruelty - crueldad

passion - pasión

race - carrera

manliness - hombría, virilidad, varonilidad

developed - desarrollar

inhuman - inhumano

overwhelmingly - Avasalladoramente

powerful - poderoso

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.

more dreadful - más terrible

disgusting - asqueroso; repugnar, dar asco, asquear, asco, repugnancia

likeness - semejanza; retrato, trasunto

foul - falta; asqueroso, fétido

creature - criatura

slain - muerto; matar

'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. 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. I felt naked in a strange world.

vast - vasta; vasto, enorme

shapes - formas; forma, estado, modelar, formar

intricate - intrincado, complejo

parapets - parapetos; parapeto

wooded - arbolado; madera

dimly - tenuemente

creeping in - Entrar a hurtadillas

lessening - disminuyendo; menoscabar, disminuir, reducir, aminorar

seized with - agarrado, pillado, dominado por

panic - pánico

fear - miedo, temor

strove - se esforzó; esforzarse

readjust - reajustar

shafts - ejes; asta, astil, haz, rayo, vara, barra

smote - golpeado; golpear, cascar

thunderstorm - tormenta, tormenta electrica, tronada

swept - barrido; barrer, peinar

aside - aparte, a un lado, aparte

trailing - recorriendo; seguir, arrastrar, rastro, pista, sendero

garments - prendas de vestir; prenda, prenda de vestir

shreds - trituras; triza, jirón

nothingness - la nada; nada

distinct - distinto

shining - brillante; brillar

picked out - elegido, seleccionado

unmelted - Sin fundir

hailstones - granizo

piled - apilado; montón, pila

naked - desnudo

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

hawk - gavilán; halcón

swoop - en picado; precipitarse, abalanzarse, lanzarse en picada

frenzy - frenesí, manía

breathing - respirando; respiración; (breath); respiración, aliento, respiro

grappled - agarrado; forcejear, luchar

fiercely - con fiereza; fieramente

wrist - muneca; muneca

desperate - desesperado

onset - inicio; arremetida, aparición, ataque

turned over - dar la vuelta, voltear; arrancar

struck - golpeado; tachar, borrar, golpear, pegar, acunar

violently - violentamente

panting - Jadeando; (pant) Jadeando

heavily - pesadamente

attitude - postura, actitud

mount - montar

'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 - recuperación, repunte

prompt - rápido, pronto, puntual, pie, entrada, senal, incitar, apuntar

retreat - retirarse, batirse en retirada

courage - coraje, valor, valentía

curiously - con curiosidad; curiosamente

fearfully - con miedo

remote future - futuro remoto

circular - circular

figures - cifras; figura, cifra, ocurrírsele

clad - vestido; (clothe); vestir

robes - togas; bata, hábito, toga

directed - dirigido; directo, dirigir

'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.

voices - voces; voz

approaching - se acerca; acercarse, aproximarse

emerged - surgió; emerger, aparecer, surgir, aparecer, aflorar

pathway - camino; via, ruta

leading - dirigiendo; (lead) dirigiendo

straight - recto, liso, franco, directo, puro, convencional, hetero

tunic - túnica

girdled - cenido; cinto

waist - cintura

leather belt - Cinturón de cuero

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 - sandalias; sandalia

distinguish - distinguir

noticing - te das cuenta; comunicación, notificación, darse cuenta

'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 - gracia; grácil, gracioso

indescribably - indescriptiblemente

frail - frágil; débil, delicado

reminded - recordado; recordar

more beautiful - más hermoso

consumptive - consumidor; tísico

hectic - agitado; ajetreado, febril, agobiante, frenético

beauty - belleza, hermosura, preciosidad, preciosura

sight - vista, lugar de interés, espectáculo, panorama, visor, mira, ver

regained - recuperado; recobrar

confidence - confianza; certeza, certeza propia, certidumbre, confidencia

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 - frágil

straight up - sinceramente, directamente; justo; vertical, erguido; verdadero, puro

bearing - Rodamiento; (bear) Rodamiento

sign - signo; senal

sweet - dulcemente, dulce, caramelo, chuche, confite

liquid - líquido, líquida

tongue - lengua, tsinhueso, lengüeta

'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. 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.

exquisite - exquisito, bonísimo

creatures - criaturas; criatura

oddly enough - cosa rara

harsh - áspero, duro, severo, despotricar

shook - Sacudido; (shake); agitar, sacudir, checksacudir, sacudida

step forward - dar un paso adelante, pasar al frente

tentacles - tentáculos; tentáculo

alarming - alarmante; alarma, rebato, despertador, alarma, tocar a rebato

inspired - inspirado; inspirar, infundir

gentleness - gentileza; suavidad, dulzura

childlike - infantil

ease - facilidad; aliviar

fancy - te apetece; capricho, antojo

flinging - lanzamiento; arrojar, lanzar

pins - pasadores; alfiler

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 - alertar, avisar, advertir

Happily - afortunadamente, felizmente, alegremente, dichosamente

danger - peligro; (dang); peligro

hitherto - hasta ahora, hasta aquí, hasta este momento, en ese entonces

unscrewed - desatornillado; desatornillar, destornillar, desenroscar

levers - palancas; palanca

Pocket - bolsillo, bolsa, tronera, embolsar

communication - comunicación, comunicado

'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.

features - aracterísticas; característica, atracción, atractivo, reportaje

further - más allá; fomentar, asistir, exhortar, desarrollar

peculiarities - particularidades; peculiaridad

Dresden - Dresde

prettiness - belleza

uniformly - uniformemente

curly - rizado, chino, crespo, rizado

sharp - agudo, afilado, filoso, listo, sostenido, agrio, certero

neck - cuello

cheek - mejilla, cacha, cachete, nalga, glúteo, descoco

faintest - más débil; débil, tenue

chins - barbillas; barbilla, mentón

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 - suave, leve, cálido

fancied - te apetece; capricho, antojo

lack - falta; carecer de

'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. 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.

effort - esfuerzo

communicate - comunicarse; comunicar, compartir, comulgar

cooing - A arrullar; (coo) A arrullar

hesitating - dudando; vacilar, dudar, hesitar

quaintly - Pintorescamente

gesture - gesto, ademán, detalle, atención

astonished - asombrado; asombrar, sorprender, pasmar

imitating - imitando; imitar

'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. 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!

staggered - escalonada; tambalearse

import - importar

abruptly - de repente; abruptamente, precipitadamente

fools - idiotas; bobo, imbécil, necio, pendejo, bufón, loco

hardly - apenas, a duras penas

anticipated - previsto; anticipar, prever

incredibly - increíblemente

knowledge - conocimiento, conocimientos, sabiduría, checkconocimiento

intellectual - intelectual

level - nivelado, al ras, nivel, niveles, llano, piso

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

loose - suelto; flojo

suspended - suspendido; suspender

limbs - miembros; miembro

disappointment - decepción, desilusión, chasco

rushed - apurado; precipitarse, lanzarse, correr, ir rápidamente

in vain - en vano

'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. 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.

nodded - asintió; asentir, cabecear, cabezada

vivid - vívida; vívido, vivo

withdrew - se retiró; retirar(se)

bowed - inclinado; inclinar(se), hacer una reverencia

chain - cadena, encadenar

received - recibido; recibir

melodious - melódico; melodioso

applause - aplausos; aplauso

laughingly - De risa

smothered - asfixiado; asfixiar, ahogar

blossom - flor, floración, florecer

delicate - delicado, delicado (1, 2)

countless - incontables; incontable, innumerable

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. 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.

exhibited - exhibido; exhibir, exponer, prueba documental

smile at - sonreír a alguien

astonishment - asombro, estupefacción, sorpresa, extraneza

edifice - edificio

fretted - inquieto; preocuparse

memory - memoria, recuerdo

confident - confiado, seguro de sí mismo

anticipations - anticipaciones; previsión, anticipación

profoundly - profundamente

grave - tumba

posterity - posteridad

irresistible - irresistible

merriment - alegría, júbilo, regocijo, juguetoneo

'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 - entrada, acceso, recibidor

naturally - naturalmente

occupied with - ocupado con

crowd - gente; multitud, muchedumbre

portals - ortales; portal, portada, vena porta

yawned - bostezó; bostezar, abrirse, bostezo

shadowy - sombra; sombroso, sombreado, sombrío, umbroso

mysterious - misterioso

general - general, general

tangled - enredado; desorden, marana, enredo

neglected - desatendida; descuidar, negligir, desoír, hacer caso omiso

weedless - Sin maleza

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 - picos; clavo, pincho, púa, punta, espiga, clavos

measuring - Medir; (measure); medición, medida, regla, compás, medir

waxen - Encerado; (wax) Encerado

petals - pétalos; pétalo

variegated - Variar

shrubs - arbustos; arbusto

examine - examinar, analizar, auscultar

closely - de cerca; cercanamente

deserted - desierta; abandonar

'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 - observar, seguir, tomar en cuenta

carving - tallar; tallado, escultura; (carve); cortar, trinchar, tallar

suggestions - sugerencias; sugerencia, propuesta, sugestión

Phoenician - fenicia; fenicio, fenicio

decorations - decoración, condecoración

passed through - pasar por, atravesar

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.

entered - entró; entrar

dingy - mugriento; sucio, sórdido

nineteenth - decimonoveno, diecinueveavo

grotesque - grotesco

garlanded - guirnalda, galardón, marco de honor

mass - montón, masa

shining - brillante; espinilla

Speech - habla, discurso

'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. 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.

proportionately - proporcionalmente

hall - pasillo, salón, vestibulo

roof - techo

partially - parte

unglazed - Sin esmaltar

admitted - admitido; admitir, dar entrada, dejar entrar, reconocer

tempered - templado; temperamento, temple, templar, temperar, atemperar

blocks - bloqueos; bloque

metal - metal

slabs - placas; losa

judged - juzgado; juzgar

generations - generaciones; generación, generación, linaje

deeply - profundamente; a fondo

channelled - analizado; canal

frequented - recuentado; frecuente

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

transverse - transversal; transverso

polished - pulido; polaco, polonés, polaco

heaps - montones; pila, montón, cúmulo, montículo, checkpila, amontonar

hypertrophied - hipertrofiado; hipertrofia, hipertrofiarse

raspberry - frambuesa

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

cushions - cojines; cojín, almohadón, colchón, amortiguante, banda

conductors - conductores; director, revisor, guarda, inspector, conductor

seated - sentado; asiento, seato, sede

themselves - se, ellos mismos, ellas mismas

signing - Firmando; (sign) Firmando

likewise - similarmente, igualmente

ceremony - ceremonia

peel - pelar

stalks - tallos; tallo

openings - Abrir

loath - Odiar

surveyed - encuestado; sondeo, encuesta, supervisión, campana topográfica

leisure - ocio, tiempo 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 - deteriorado; deteriorar, derrochar, deteriorarse

geometrical - geométrico

pattern - molde, patrón, modelo, diseno, estampado

broken in - Interrumpido

curtains - cortinas; cortina, telón

lower - más bajo; oscurecerse, encapotarse; (low) más bajo; oscurecerse

corner - ángulo, checkrincón, esquina, acorralar, girar, virar, maniobrar

fractured - fractura, fracturar

nevertheless - a pesar de todo; sin embargo, a pesar de esto, con todo

effect - efecto, efectos, efectos especiales, vigencia, vigor

extremely - extremadamente, sumamente, harto

picturesque - pintoresco

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.

couple - pareja, par, un par de, unos, par de fuerzas, acoplar

dining - cenar; jaleo

silky - sedoso

material - material, significativo, material

'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. 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.

remote - remoto, control remoto

strict - estricto

vegetarians - vegetarianos; vegetariano, vegetariana

spite - rencor

carnal - carnales; carnal, sexual, concupiscente, libidinoso, terrenal

cravings - Ansias

frugivorous - frugívoro

cattle - ganado, ganado bovino

Ichthyosaurus - Ictiosaurio

extinction - extinción

delightful - delicioso

particular - particular

season - temporada; estación

floury - harinoso

sided - de lado; lado

husk - cáscara (cereales), vaina (judías, por ej.)

especially - especialmente, sobre todo, máxime, más

staple - grapa; de primera necesidad

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.

perceive - percibir, entender

'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. 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. 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. 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." 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.

distant - distante, a distancia, hurano, remoto

determined - determinado; determinar

resolute - decidido; resoluto

interrogative - interrogativo, interrogativo

gestures - gestos; gesto, ademán, detalle, atención

conveying - transmitiendo; transportar, trasladar, comunicar, expresar

stare - mirar fijamente

inextinguishable - inextinguible, inapagable

haired - Pelo

grasp - agarrar, asir, comprender, asimiento, comprensión, alcance

intention - intención

chatter - cháchara; chacharear, parlotear

attempts - intentos; intentar, tentativa, intento, ensayo

caused - causado; causa, causar

immense - inmenso

amount - cantidad, monto, montante, importe

amusement - divertimiento, esparcimiento, diversión

amidst - en medio de; en medio

persisted - ersistió; persistir

score - puntuación; tantos

substantives - sustantivos; sustantivo, sustancial

Command - orden, mandato, mando, comando, dominio

demonstrative - demostrativo

pronouns - pronombres; pronombre

verb - verbo

interrogations - interrogatorios; interrogatorio, interrogación

necessity - necesidad, menester

doses - dosis

And very little doses I found they were before long, for I never met people more indolent or more easily fatigued.

before long - En breve

indolent - indolente

fatigued - fatigado; fatiga, fatigar, acosar

'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.

discovered - descubierto; descubrir, destapar

Hosts - anfitriones; anfitrión; anfitriona

eager - ávido, ansioso, deseoso

cries - llorar, gritar, panish: t-needed

examining - examinando; examinar, analizar, auscultar

wander - vagar, divagar, errar, deambular, enganar

toy - juguete, jugar (con), darle vueltas a una idea

conversational - conversacional

beginnings - Comienzo

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 - rápidamente

disregard - desprecio; descuidar, desatender, ignorar

portal - portal, portada, vena porta

sunlit - iluminado por el sol; soleado

hunger - hambre

satisfied - satisfecho; satisfacer

continually - continuadamente, continuamente

distance - distancia, lejanía, distanciarse, alejarse

devices - dispositivos; dispositivo, mecanismo, aparejo

'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 - calmado, sosiego, calma

scene - escena, escenario

glow - resplandor; fulgir, fulgurar, iluminar, brillar

setting sun - Sol poniente; puesta del sol

confusing - confuso; confundir, confundirse, mezclar

entirely different - totalmente diferente

situated - situado; situar

slope - pendiente, cuesta, desnivel, inclinación, ojo chueco, chuequito

Valley - valle

Thames - Támesis

shifted - desplazado; turno, cambio, desviación, deslizamiento

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 - cumbre, cima, cúspide; punto álgido

crest - cornisa, cresta, cimera

view - vista, reproducción, visualización, visitas, visión, mirada, ver

planet - planeta

recorded - grabado; constancia (escrita); archivos; registro

'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. 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. It was evidently the derelict remains of some vast structure, to what end built I could not determine.

condition - stado; condición, situación, acondicionar

ruinous - ruinoso

splendour - esplendor

heap - pila, montón, cúmulo, montículo, checkpila, amontonar

granite - granito, berroquena

bound together - se encuentran unidos

masses - masas; montón, masa

aluminium - aluminio

labyrinth - laberinto, dédalo

precipitous - escarpado, de cabeza, precipitado

crumpled - arrugado; arrugar, colapsar

pagoda - pagoda

nettles - ortigas; ortiga, picar, checkirritar, checkprovocar

wonderfully - maravillosamente, a las mil maravillas

tinted - tintado; tinte, matiz

incapable - incapaz

stinging - Picando; (sting) Picando

derelict - derrelicto; abandonado, derelicto, negligente, paria

remains - resto, restos, quedarse, sobrar, restar, permanecer, continuar

structure - estructura, estructurar

determine - determinar

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.

Experience - experiencia, vivencia, experimentar, vivir

intimation - Insinuación

Stranger - Extrano; (strang) Extrano

'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 - terraza, terrado, bancal, azotea, terraplenar, aterrazar

rested - descansado; descanso, reposo

realized - te has dado cuenta; realizar, darse cuenta, caer en la cuenta

single - solo, único, soltero, sencillo, soltero, soltera

household - hogar, agregado familiar, núcleo familiar, familia, casero

greenery - verde

Palace - palacio

cottage - cabana; chalet

characteristic - característico, característica

disappeared - desapareció; desaparecer

'"Communism," said I to myself.

Communism - comunismo

'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 - tacones; talón

flash - destello

costume - traje, disfraz

hairless - sin pelo; pelado, desvellado, calvo, descuerado

girlish - femenino, de nina

rotundity - Rotundidad

limb - miembro

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 - textura, textura

mark off - demarcar, delimitar

sexes - exos; sexo

alike - igual, semejante, parecido, igualmente

miniatures - miniaturas; miniatura

precocious - precoz

physically - físicamente

abundant - abundante, copioso, cuantioso

'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.

Security - seguridad, confianza, garantía, prenda

resemblance - semejanza, similitud, similaridad, parecido

strength - fuerza, neque, potencia, intensidad, fuerte, fortaleza

softness - suavidad, molicie

Institution - institución

differentiation - diferenciación, diferenciación

occupations - ocupaciones; ocupación

militant - militante

necessities - necesidades; necesidad, menester

physical - físico, revisación

force - fuerza

population - población

balanced - equilibrado; equilibrio, balance, balanza, balancear

childbearing - a maternidad; embarazo

evil - malo, malvado

blessing - bendición; (bless); bendición

state - Estado, declarar, indicar

violence - violencia

rarely - rara vez, poco frecuentemente, raramente

secure - seguro, resguardado, confiable, aplomado

efficient - eficiente, eficaz

specialization - especialización

disappears - desaparecer

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.

remind - recordar

reality - realidad

'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.

musing - reflexiones; pensativo, contemplativo

attracted - atraído; atraer, llamar

cupola - cúpula

oddness - extraneza

existing - xistentes; existir

thread - hilo, hebra, hilaza, tema, argumento, hilazón, subproceso

speculations - especulaciones; especulación

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

top - cima, parte superior, parte de más arriba, cabecera, tapa

powers - poderes; poder, potencia, corriente, electricidad, potenciar

miraculous - milagroso

alone - solo, a solas

adventure - aventura

'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. 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.

recognize - reconoces; reconocer

corroded - corrosión; corroer

places with - Lugar con; colocar con

pinkish - rosadizo, arosado

rust - oxido; óxido

moss - musgo

rests - descansa; descanso, reposo

cast - moldear, elenco, castear, sondar, sondear, lanzar, lanzamiento

griffins - grifos; grifo

sunset - puesta de sol; puesta del sol, ocaso, atardecer

flaming - en llamas; llameante; (flame); flama, llama

gold - oro

horizontal - horizontal

crimson - carmín, carmesí

burnished steel - Acero pulido

I have already spoken of the great palaces dotted about among the variegated greenery, some in ruins and some still occupied. 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.

palaces - palacios; palacio

ruins - ruinas; ruina, desbaratar, arruinar, estropear, dar al traste

silvery - plateado, argénteo, argentino

obelisk - obelisco

hedges - etos; seto

signs - senales; senal

proprietary rights - derechos de propiedad

evidences - pruebas; prueba, prueba, evidencia, evidenciar

agriculture - agricultura

'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.)

shaped - con forma; forma, estado, modelar, formar

truth - verdad

facet - faceta, omatidio

'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 - disminuir; menguar

ruddy - rubicundo

mankind - la humanidad; humanidad, género humano, raza humana

realize - te das cuenta; realizar, darse cuenta, caer en la cuenta

consequence - consecuencia

social - social

engaged - comprometido; atraer, trabar conversación con, trabar batalla

logical - lógico

outcome - resultado, consecuencia, desenlace, objetivos

Premium - premium, premio, recargo, bonificación, prima

feebleness - debilidad

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 - mejorar

civilizing - civilizando; civilizar

process - proceso

steadily - De forma constante

climax - clímax, colofón, orgasmo

triumph - triunfar; triunfo

United - unidos; unir, aunar, juntar, combinar

nature - naturaleza, natura

deliberately - deliberadamente, concienzudamente

harvest - cosecha, cosechar

'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. 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. 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.

sanitation - higiene, checksaneamiento

stage - etapa, fase, estadio, escenario, escena, calesa

attacked - atacado; ataque, atacar

department - sección, departamento

field - campo, agro, cancha, terreno

spreads - difunde; extender, dispersar, esparcir, untar, diseminar

operations - operaciones; operación, operación

persistently - perseverantemente; persistentemente

horticulture - horticultura, jardinería

destroy - destruir, romper, destrozar, sacrificar

weed - mala hierba; (wee) mala hierba

cultivate - cultivar

wholesome - saludable, sano, íntegro

fight out - resolverlo a golpes, pelearla

balance - equilibrio, balance, balanza, balancear, equilibrar

gradually - gradualmente, poco a poco, paulatinamente

selective - selectiva; selectivo

breeding - Cría; (breed); criar, procrear, aparearse, cultivar, engendrar

peach - melocotón

grape - uva

sweeter - más dulce; dulcemente, dulce, caramelo, chuche, confite

more convenient - más conveniente

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. 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.

ideals - ideales; ideal, ideal

tentative - tentativo, provisional, experimental

limited - limitado; (limit); limitado

some day - algún día

organized - organizado; organizar

current - corriente, actual

eddies - torbellinos; remolino

intelligent - inteligente

educated - educado; educar, instruir

operating - operando; operar, obrar, trabajar, influir; controlar

wisely - sabiamente

'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.

adjustment - ajuste, modificación

space of time - espacio del tiempo

leaped - saltó; saltar, brincar

gnats - mosquitos; mosquito

weeds - Maleza; (weed) Maleza

fungi - hongos; (fungus); hongo

everywhere - en todas partes; todos lados, todo lugar, por todas partes

butterflies - mariposas; mariposa

thither - por allí, hacia allá

The ideal of preventive medicine was attained. Diseases had been stamped out. 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.

Ideal - ideal, ideal

preventive - preventivo

Medicine - medicina

attained - lcanzado; lograr, conseguir

diseases - nfermedades; enfermedad, dolencia

stamped out - erradicado, apagado (fuego

evidence - pruebas; prueba, prueba, evidencia, evidenciar

contagious - contagioso, infeccioso, contagiante

processes - procesos; proceso

decay - decadencia; descomposición, deterioración, putrefacción

affected - afectados; afectar

'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 - riunfos; triunfo

effected - afectados; efecto, efectos, efectos especiales, vigencia, vigor

shelters - refugios; refugio, abrigo, amparo, asilo

gloriously - Gloriosamente

clothed - vestido; tela, pedazo de tela, trozo de tela, trapo, pano, facha

as yet - todavía

toil - esfuerzo, labrar, trabajar

Struggle - lucha, forcejeo, brega, luchar, esforzarse con denuedo

advertisement - anuncio, publicidad, reclamo, aviso

commerce - comercio

constitutes - constituye; constituir

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 - el paraíso; paraíso

increasing - aumentando; (increase); aumentar, acrecentar, incrementar, subir

increase - aumentar, acrecentar, incrementar, subir

'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? 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. 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.

inevitably - inevitablemente, indefectiblemente

adaptations - adaptaciones; adaptación

biological - biológico, consanguíneo

errors - errores; error, yerro, checkyerro, panish: t-needed

cause - por qué; causa, causar

intelligence - inteligencia

vigour - vigor, vivacidad, vigor, lozanía, fuerza, energía

hardship - dificultades; sufrimientos, apuro, penalidades

active - activo

survive - sobrevivir

weaker - más débil; débil, feble, flaco, flojo

loyal - leal, fiel

alliance - alianza

capable - capaz

self - yo; uno mismo

restraint - restricción, limitación, reserva, moderación, autocontrol

patience - paciencia, solitario

decision - decisión

emotions - emociones; afecto, emoción

arise - surgir, levantarse, provenir, aparecer

Therein - En eso

fierce - fiero, feroz, enconado

jealousy - celo, celos, envidia

tenderness - ternura

offspring - escendencia; vástago, descendiente, sucesor

parental - padres; parental

devotion - devoción, dedicación, fervor, veneración

justification - justificación

support - apoyo; aguantar, sostener

dangers - peligros; peligro

Now, where are these imminent dangers? 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 - sentimiento

arising - ue surge; (arise); surgir, levantarse, provenir, aparecer

connubial - conyugal

sorts - clases; clase, tipo, género

unnecessary - innecesario

survivals - sobrevivientes; supervivencia

discords - discordias; discordia

refined - refinado; refinar, perfeccionar

pleasant - agradable, placentero

'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 - Levedad

strengthened - fortalecido; fortalecer, animar

belief - creencia

conquest - conquista

energetic - enérgico, energético

vitality - vitalidad

altered - alterado; cambiar, modificar, alterar

'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. 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.

comfort - comodidad, consuelo, confortar

restless - inquieto

energy - energía

weakness - debilidad, flaqueza, punto débil, debilidad por, carino

tendencies - tendencias; tendencia

desires - deseos; desear, deseo, gana

necessary - es necesario; necesario, menester

survival - supervivencia

constant - constante, perseverante, firme, constante

source - fuente, fontana, origen

failure - fallo, fracaso, fiasco, fracasado, avería

hindrances - obstáculos; obstáculo, rémora, traba, impedimento

power - poder, potencia, corriente, electricidad, potenciar

war - guerra, guerrear, hacer la guerra

solitary - solitario

beasts - bestias; bestia, animal, salvaje

wasting - Desperdiciar; (wast) Desperdiciar

require - necesitas; requerir, necesitar

constitution - constitución, constituciones

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. 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.

weak - débil, feble, flaco, flojo

equipped - equipado; equipar, equiparse, preparar, dotar

outlet - salida, desahogo, río que nace en un lago, minorista de marca

surgings - Subiendo

settled - resuelto; instalar, colocar

harmony - armonía, armonía

flourish - florecer, prosperar, ademanes, floritura, floreo, ornamento

peace - paz, sosiego

fate - destino, azar

eroticism - el erotismo; erótica, erotismo

languor - Languidez

'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. 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!

artistic - artístico

adorn - adornar, engalanar

sunlight - la luz del sol; luz del sol

fade in - aparecer gradualmente, ver aparecer

inactivity - ociosidad, inactividad

keen - con ganas; entusiasta

grindstone - muela, afiladora, esmoladera

pain - dolor

hateful - odioso, detestable

'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.

mastered - ominado; senor, dueno; senora, duena

secret - secreto, arcano

devised - deado; concebir, inventar, tramar, maquinar, legar

succeeded - tuvo éxito; suceder, conseguir, tener éxito, heredar

diminished - isminuido; disminuir, diminuir, disminuirse, diminuirse

stationary - estacionaria; estacionario, inamovible

That would account for the abandoned ruins. Very simple was my explanation, and plausible enough-as most wrong theories are!

abandoned - abandonado; abandonar, dejar

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.

full moon - Luna llena

gibbous - giboso

overflow - desbordamiento, aliviadero, escape, rebosar, colmar

Owl - búho, lechuza, tecolote

flitted - evoloteó; revolotear

chill - relajarme; frío

descend - descender, bajar

'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.

looked for - buscar

silver birch - abedul común

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

tangle - desorden, marana, enredo

the pale - pálido; vallado, cercado; reja; límite

chilled - frío

complacency - suficiencia, autocomplacencia

stoutly - con fuerza

'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!

conviction - convicción

'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. 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.

lash - pestanas; pestana

grip - agarre; empunar, agarrar, aferrar, asir

throat - garganta, tráquea, cuello

strides - estridente

stanching - Aguantando; (stanch) Aguantando

jumped up - Saltar arriba

trickle - un chorrito; riachuelo, chorreo, instilar, chorrear, gotear

Nevertheless, I ran with all my might. 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. 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.

certainty - seguridad; certeza

excessive - excesivo

assurance - seguridad; certidumbre, confianza

folly - una locura; capricho

instinctively - instintivamente

removed - eliminado; quitar, remover, detraer

reach - llegar (a)

covered - cubierto; tapa, cubierta, escondrijo, guarida, tapa

cursed - Maldito; (curs) Maldito

aloud - en voz alta, de viva voz

thereby - así, de ese modo

'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.

fears - miedos; miedo, temor

empty space - espacio vacío

furiously - furiosamente

hidden - ocultos; esconder(se), ocultar

clutching - agarrando; agarrar

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.

towered - torreado; torre

mockery - burla; mote, mofa, pitorreo, ludibrio

dismay - espanto, estupefacción, consternación

'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. 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.

consoled - consolado; consolar

shelter - refugio, abrigo, amparo, asilo

dismayed - consternado; espanto, estupefacción, consternación

unsuspected - insospechado

whose - de quién; quién, quien, cuyo, cuya, cuyas

intervention - intervención

invention - invención, invento

produced - producido; producir, realizar, producto, producción, cosecha

exact - exacto, exigir

duplicate - duplicado, duplicar, repetir, duplicado

attachment - apego, carino, afición, atadura, archivo adjunto, ejecución

method - método, forma

prevented - prevenido; impedir, prevenir

tampering - manipulación; (tamper) manipulación

It had moved, and was hid, only in space. But then, where could it be?

hid - Se escondió; (hide) Se escondió

'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.

startling - sorprendente, alarmante; (startle); sobresaltarse, alarmarse

dim light - Luz tenue

deer - ciervo, venado

clenched - apretado; traba

fist - puno

knuckles - nudillos; nudillo

gashed - gashed; raja, hendidura, corte

bleeding - sangrado, hemorragia; (bleed); sangrar, desangrar, purgar

twigs - amitas; ramita

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 - sollozando; sollozo, sollozante; (sob); hdp

anguish of mind - angustia mental

slipped - se resbaló; resbalar

uneven - desigual, desnivel, desnivelado, desuniforme, despatronizado

malachite - malaquita

shin - espinilla

match - coincide; cerilla, fósforo

'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?" 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.

darkness - oscuridad, tinieblas

noises - ruidos; ruido, estrépito

splutter - Chisporrotear

flare - bengala

matches - fósforos; cerilla, fósforo

bawling - Gritando; (bawl); gritar, alarido, grito

laying - colocación; (lay) colocación

shaking - Temblando; (shake); agitar, sacudir, checksacudir, sacudida

sorely - Dolorosamente

frightened - asustado; atemorizar

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

circumstances - circunstancias; circunstancia

revive - revivir

'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. 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.

knocking - Golpeando; (knock); golpe, golpear

blundering - trompicones; (blunder); error

dining-hall - (dining-hall) comedor

moonlight - la luz de la luna; luz de la luna, lunada, pluriemplearse

terror - terror

stumbling - tropezando; tropezón, traspié, desliz, torpeza, tropiezo

crept - se arrastró; reptar, hormigueo, fatiga

unexpected - inesperado, inopinado

Loss - pérdida

maddened - enloquecido; enloquecer

an unknown - un desconocido

raved - eliró; delirar

screaming - gritando; grito, gritar

crying - llorando; llanto; (cry); llorar, gritar, panish: t-needed

God - endiosar, idolatrar, deificar

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. 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.

fatigue - fatiga, fatigar, acosar

despair - desesperar, desesperanzar, desesperación, desesperanza

looking in - mirar dentro; buscar en

impossible - imposible, insoportable, imposible

groping - palpar, tantear, buscar a tientas, manosear, meter mano

touching - Tocando; (touch); tocar, conmover, toque, toque, tacto, pizca

weeping - Llorando; (weep) Llorando

wretchedness - desdicha

misery - miseria, sinvivir, desgracia, desdicha, infortunio

sparrows - gorriones; pasérido, gorrión, pájaro

within - dentro de, adentro

'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. "Suppose the machine altogether lost-perhaps destroyed?

freshness - frescura, frescor

desertion - deserción

fairly - justamente; francamente, abiertamente, bastante

overnight - de la noche a la manana; de un día para otro

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 - le conviene; corresponder, concernir, incumbir

patient - paciente, paciente

materials - materiales; material, significativo, material

tools - herramientas; herramienta, utensilio, instrumento

'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. 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. 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.

ill - enfermo, mareado, mal

hiding-place - (hiding-place) escondite

by force - a la fuerza

cunning - astucia; astuto

scrambled - revuelto; gatear, revolver, arrebato, arrebatina

wondering - Te preguntas; (wonder); maravilla, milagro, genio, asombro

bathe - banarse; banar, lavar

stiff - rígido, duro, tieso, inflexible

soiled - sucio; tierra, suelo

desire - desear, deseo, gana

Equal - igual, igualar, equivaler

exhausted - exhausto; agotar, cansar, tubo de escape, gas de escape

emotion - afecto, emoción

excitement - emoción; entusiasmo

careful - cauto, cuidadoso, tener cuidado

examination - examen, examinación

wasted - desperdiciado; desperdiciar, malgastar

futile - inútil, vano

conveyed - transmitido; transportar, trasladar, comunicar, expresar

failed - falló; fracasar

stolid - sólido; estólido

jest - bromea; broma

laughed at - reírse de alguien

task - tarea

Hands off - fuera la mano

impulse - impulso, capricho

devil - demonio; diablo

begotten - engendrado; engendrar, concebir

blind - ciego, invidente, celosía, persiana, ciega, ciego, cegar

anger - ira, enfado, enojo, rabia

advantage - ventaja, beneficio, provecho

perplexity - perplejidad

The turf gave better counsel. 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. 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. 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.

counsel - consulta, consejo, abogado

groove - surco; ranura, acanaladura, canal, estría

ripped - desgarrado; rasgar, desgarrar

midway - a mitad de camino; medianía

marks - marcas; Marcos, Evangelio según San Marcos

on arrival - al llegar

struggled with - luchar con

overturned - derribado; volcar, derrocar, casar

removal - remoción, eliminación, mudanza

narrow - estrecho

footprints - huellas; pisada, huella, pasos

sloth - pereza, perezoso

block - bloque

highly - altamente

decorated - decorado; decorar

framed - enmarcado; levantar la estructura, armar, enmarcar, concebir

panels - paneles; panel, vineta, entrepano

rapped - rapeado; golpe seco

hollow - hueco

care - te importa; cuidado

frames - marcos; levantar la estructura, armar, enmarcar, concebir

handles - manijas; mango; asa; manilla, pomo(puerta)

keyholes - cerraduras; ojo

infer - inferir, argüir, checkinferir

inside - interior, dentro, adentro, dentro de

'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. 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.

apple-trees - (apple-trees) manzanos

beckoned - llamado; llamar con senas, atraer

wish - deseo, gana, desear

behaved - se comportó; comportarse

oddly - extranamente; extranamente, curiosamente, sorprendentemente

grossly - asquerosamente; groseramente

insult - insultar, insulto, ofensa, improperio

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. 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.

chap - chico; tío, tipo

feel ashamed - sentirse avergonzado

temper - temperamento, temple, templar, temperar

strides - andar a zancadas

robe - túnica; bata, hábito, toga

dragging - arrastrando; llevar a rastras

horror - horror

'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. The delicate little people must have heard me hammering in gusty outbreaks a mile away on either hand, but nothing came of it.

beaten - golpeado; batir, golpear, percutir

banged - golpeado; portazo, golpe estrepitoso

stir - remover, revolver

chuckle - reírse (entre dientes)

pebble - guijarro, canto pelado, canto rodado, china, empedrar

hammered - martillado; martillo, percutor, malleus, martillar

flattened - aplanado; aplanar, achatar, aplanarse, achatarse

coil - bobina; enroscarse

flakes - escamas; copo

hammering - Martilleando; (hammer); martillo, percutor, malleus, martillar

gusty - Ráfagas

outbreaks - rotes; brote, irrupción

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

slopes - cuestas; pendiente, cuesta, desnivel, inclinación, ojo chueco

furtively - furtivamente, a hurtadillas

Occidental - occidental, poniente

vigil - vigilia, víspera

inactive - inactivo

'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. 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.

aimlessly - sin rumbo, sin objeto

wrecking - Destrozando; (wreck); cacharro, trasto, guinapo, choque

puzzle - rompecabezas, enigma, puzle, acertijo, intrigar, dejar perplejo

hopeless - sin esperanza; desesperado

lies - mentiras; mentira

hasty - apresurarse; apresurado, de prisa, arrebatado, atropellado

In the end you will find clues to it all." 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.

clues - pistas; pista, indicio

humour - humor, seguir la corriente

anxiety - zozobra, ansiedad, inquietud

most complicated - el más complicado

most hopeless - el más desesperado; el más incompetente

trap - trampa

although - unque..; aunque, a pesar de

'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. 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. 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.

avoided - evitado; evitar, esquivar

gates - puertas; puerta; verja

avoidance - evitación, anulación, evasión, abstinencia

concern - preocupación, referirse a, ataner, concernir, tocar, preocupar

abstain - abstenerse, retener

pursuit - persecución

progress - progreso

Addition - agregación; adición, anadidura, suma

explorations - exploraciones; exploración

exclusively - exclusivamente

composed - compuesto; componer, constituir, conformar, constar

concrete - concreto, específico, de concreto, de hormigón, hormigón

verbs - verbos; verbo

abstract - resumen, extracto, abstracción, arte abstracto, extraído

terms - condiciones; período, etapa

figurative - en sentido figurado; figurativo, figurado, traslaticio

simplest - más sencillo; simple, sencillo, simple

propositions - propuestas; propuesta, proposición

mystery - misterio, arcano

lead - plomo; llevar, conducir

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

tethered - atado; soga, amarrar, acordonar

arrival - llegada, venida, arribo, arribada

'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. 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. Like the others, it was rimmed with bronze, curiously wrought, and protected by a little cupola from the rain.

exuberant - exuberante

abundance - abundancia

varied - variada; variar

clustering - amontonamiento, agrupamiento, aglomeración, racimo, cúmulo

thickets - matorrales; matorral, bosquecillo

evergreens - perennes; perennifolio

laden - cargado; (lade); cargado

ferns - helechos; helecho, helez

undulating - ondulante; ondear, ondular, ondulado

hills - colinas; cerro, loma, colina, collado

faded - desvanecido; moda, moda pasajera

serenity - sosiego, tranquilidad, serenidad, excelencia

feature - Característica, distintivo; presentar, incluir

presence - presencia

depth - profundidad

lay by - desatender, descuidar; ahorrar

path - camino, sendero

rimmed - con borde; (rueda) llanta; borde, canto

protected - protegido; proteger, defensar

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. 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.

peering - espiando; par, noble

shafted - enganado; asta, astil, haz, rayo, vara, barra

gleam - resplandor; relucir, brillar, destellar

reflection - reflexión, reflejo

engine - motor

flaring - explotando; bengala

steady - estable; firme, liso, fijo

set down - establecer; tomar nota; anotar; dejar

threw - tiró; lanzar, tirar

scrap - chatarra; pedacito, retazo

fluttering - agitación; ondear, aletear

sucked - hupado; chupar, sorber, ser un asco, dar asco, apestar

'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.

connect - conectar

towers - torres; torre

flicker - parpadeo; vacilar

scorched - quemado; chamuscar

extensive - extenso

system - sistema

subterranean - subterráneo

ventilation - ventilación, discusión, intercambio

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 - asociado, companero, asociar, frecuentar, alternar, tratar

sanitary - sanitario

obvious - obvio, evidente

conclusion - conclusión

'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. 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! 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!

drains - esagües; desagüe, drenaje, aliviadero, tubo abierto, sangría

bells - campanas; campana

modes - modos; modo

conveniences - omodidades; conveniencia, comodidad

visions - visiones; vista, visión

Utopias - utopías; utopía

arrangements - arreglos; arreglo, disposición, preparativos, planes, arreglo

obtain - obtener, coger

contained - contenido; contener, dominar

imagination - imaginación, magín

inaccessible - inaccesible

amid - en medio de, entre

realities - realidades; realidad

conceive - concebir

Tale - cuento; historia, relato

negro - negro, negra

central - central

Africa - África

take back - recuperar; retirar; devolver

tribe - tribu

Railway - vía férrea, ferrocarril

movements - movimientos; movimiento

Telegraph - telégrafo, telegrafiar

wires - cables; alambre, hilo, cable

parcels - paquetes; paquete, parcela, hatajo, embalar, parcelar

delivery - entrega, parto, nacimiento

postal - correos postales; postal

And even of what he knew, how much could he make his untravelled friend either apprehend or believe? 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.

untravelled - sin viajar

apprehend - aprender; aprehender, entender, comprender, captar

gap - hueco, espacio, vacío; brecha

wide - ancho, amplio, lateral

sensible - razonable, sensato, sesudo

unseen - No se ve

contributed - ontribuido; contribuir

automatic - automático, automático, semi-automática

organization - organización

'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 - Sepultura

crematoria - crematorios

suggestive - sugerente; sugestivo

tombs - tumbas; tumba

cemeteries - cementerios; cementerio

somewhere - en alguna parte, en algún lugar, en algún sitio, a alguna parte

range - rango; sierra, cordillera, hornillo, estufa, escala, gama

explorings - exploraciones

defeated - derrotado; vencer, derrotar

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 - observación, comentario

infirm - enfermo; enfermizo, endeble, inseguro

'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. 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.

confess - confesar, panish: t-needed

satisfaction - satisfacción, satisfacción

decadent - decadente

endure - soportar; aguantar, perdurar, tolerar, consentir, condescender

difficulties - dificultades; dificultad

explored - explorado; explorar

dining - cenar

halls - pasillos; pasillo, salón, vestibulo

machinery - máquinas, maquinaria, checkmecánica

appliances - aparatos; dispositivo, aparato, enseres, implemento, instrumento

clothed - vestido; vestir

fabrics - telas; tela, tejido, género

renewal - renovación

undecorated - Sin decorar

complex - complicado, complejo, complexo, complejo

specimens - especímenes; espécimen, ejemplar

metalwork - Metalistería

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. 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.

vestige - huella, pisada, vestigio

creative - creativo, creativo, creativa, checkcreativa

workshops - talleres; taller

playful - juguetón, divertido

fashion - moda, manera, modo

'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? 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?

waterless - sin agua

pillars - pilares; pilar

lacked - le faltaba; carecer de

clue - una pista; pista, indicio

inscription - inscripción, dedicatoria

excellent - excelente, sobresaliente, prominente, excelso

interpolated - interpolado; interpolar

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!

third - la tercera; tercero, tercio, tercera

'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. 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. 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.

sort - cómo; clase, tipo, género

shallow - poco profundo, superficial, desinteresante, poco profundo (1

seized - incautado; agarrar, apoderarse de, apresar, aferrar, tomar

cramp - calambre, rampa, acalambrarse, coartar, inmovilizar

drifting - deriva, derrape, ir a la deriva, vagar, derivar, errar

downstream - ío abajo; corriente abajo

strongly - con fuerza; fuertemente

moderate - moderado, comedido, mediocre, moderar

swimmer - nadador, nadadora

deficiency - deficiencia, déficit, deficiencia, checkinsuficiencia

slightest - lo más mínimo; insignificante, leve, ligero, falta de respeto

attempt - intentar, tentativa, intento, ensayo

rescue - salvamento; rescatar, rescate

weakly - débilmente

drowning - ahogándose; ahogamiento; (drown); ahogarse

slipped off - salir a escondidas; quitarse; descalzarse

wading - Vadeando; (wad) Vadeando

mite - ácaro

safe - seguro, salvo, checkseguro, caja fuerte, cofre

rubbing - Frotar; (rub); frotación, frotamiento, frote, frotar

estimate - presupuesto, estimación, estimar

gratitude - gratitud

In that, however, I was wrong.

'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. 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.

exploration - exploración

delight - disfrutar; deleite, regocijo, delicia, placer

garland - guirnalda, galardón, marco de honor

desolate - desierto, desolado, devastado

rate - tasa, índice

display - mostrar; espectáculo, exposición, monitor, expositor

appreciation - apreciación

gift - regalo, obsequio, don, talento, regalar, dar

arbour - Enramada

chiefly - principalmente, sobre todo, particularmente, especialmente

smiles - sonrisas; sonrisa, sonreír

friendliness - amabilidad; amigabilidad

kissed - besado; besar

I did the same to hers. 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 - es apropiado; apropiado, adecuado, aduenarse, designar

friendship - amistad

lasted - duró; último

'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. 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.

heart - corazón

tire - neumático

plaintively - Llamativamente

miniature - miniatura

flirtation - coqueteo

distress - aflicción, angustia, desasosiego, ansiedad

expostulations - expostulación

frantic - frenético

trouble - problemas; marrón, berenjenal, dificultad, problema, molestia

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. 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.

childish - para ninos, infantil, infantiloide, pueril

affection - afecto, carino, apego

cling to - Aferrarse a

inflicted - nfligido; infligir

merely - simplemente; meramente, puramente, solamente, sólo

seeming - Parece; (seem); parecer

fond - carinoso, afectuoso

showing in - mostrar el camino; presentar

cared for - cuidado

doll - muneca

neighbourhood - Vecindario

tiny - pequeno; diminuto, minúsculo, pequenito

'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. 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.

fearless - intrépido, impávido, sin miedo

oddest - más extrano; guacho, desparejado, desemparejado, suelto, extrano

threatening - amenazante; amenazador; (threaten); amenazar

grimaces - hace muecas; mueca, hacer gestos, hacer muecas

dreaded - temido; temer, pavor, temor

dreadful - terrible; espantoso, espantosa

passionate - apasionado

observing - observando; observar, seguir, tomar en cuenta

gathered - reunidos; juntar, recoger, recolectar, acumular, reunir

in droves - en multitud

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. 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.

enter - entrar

tumult - clamor, bullicio, alboroto, tumulto

apprehension - aprehensión; arresto, aprensión

out of doors - en el exterior, al aire libre, fuera

blockhead - cabeza de bloque; idiota

insisted - insistió; insistir

slumbering - dormir; (slumber); adormecimiento, adormilamiento, adormecer

multitudes - multitudes; multitud

'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. 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.

troubled - con problemas; marrón, berenjenal, dificultad, problema

triumphed - triunfó; triunfo

acquaintance - conocido; amistad, conocimiento, junta, relación

pillowed - almohada

slips away - escaparse

awakened - despertado; despertar, despertarse

dawn - amanecer, alba, amanecer, aurora, madrugada

dreaming - Sonando; (dream); sueno, ensueno, sonar

disagreeably - desagradablemente

drowned - hogado; ahogarse

anemones - anémonas; anémona

palps - Palpar

greyish - grisáceo

chamber - cámara, recámara, compartimento

I tried to get to sleep again, but I felt restless and uncomfortable. 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 - reptando; reptar, hormigueo, fatiga

colourless - incoloro

clear cut - caso claro, corte perfecto

flagstones - placas; adoquín, laja

virtue - virtud

sunrise - amanecer, salida del sol, alba, albor

'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. 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.

setting - configuración, ajustes, poniente; (set); configuración, ajustes

dying - Muriendo; (dye) Muriendo

pallor - palidez

mingled - mezclados; mezclar

sombre - sombrío, grave

cheerless - Sin alegría

ghosts - fantasmas; fantasma, espectro, espíritu, aparecido

scanned - escaneado; escrutar, escanear, escandir

ape - simio; mono

leash - correa

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. I doubted my eyes.

hastily - apresuradamente; de prisa, atropelladamente

uncertain - incierto

doubted - dudaba; dudar, duda, incertidumbre

'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. 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.

eastern - oriental, esteno

keenly - con entusiasmo

whence - de dónde; de donde, desde donde, de ahí

notion - noción, ganas, intención

Grant - otorgar, conceder, subvención, beca, patrocinio

amused - divertido; entretener, distraer, divertir

generation - generación, generación, linaje

argued - rgumentado; argumentar, debatir, discutir

last will - última voluntad

overcrowded - Sobrepoblación

theory - teoría

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. 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 - sociados; asociado, companero, asociar, frecuentar, alternar

indefinite - indefinido

search - búsqueda, buscar, inspeccionar, cachear, allanar

substitute - sustituir, substituir, sustituto, substituto, suplente

deadlier - más mortal; mortal, letal, mortífero

'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. 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.

assume - suponer, dar por sentado, asumir

planets - planetas; planeta

fall back - quedarse atrás, retrasarse, retirarse, caerse

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.

catastrophes - atástrofes; catástrofe

occur - ocurren; ocurrir, acaecer, presentar

blaze - arde; llamarada, incendio; resplandor

renewed - renovado; reanudar, renovar, reiniciar, recomenzar

suffered - sufrido; sufrir, penar, empeorar

'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 - buscando; buscar

heat - calor; temperatura

glare - resplandor; mirada fulminante

ruin - ruina, desbaratar, arruinar, estropear, dar al traste

fed - alimentado; (feed) alimentado

clambering - trepando; trepar

masonry - albanilería; albanilería, mampostería

gallery - galería

blocked - bloqueado; bloque, bloque

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 with - contrastar con

impenetrably - Impenetrablemente

blackness - negritud; negror, negrura

spots - puntos; mancha, grano, poquito, poquita, zona, paraje, lámpara

halted - detenido; parar, detener

spellbound - Hechizo

'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. I will admit that my voice was harsh and ill-controlled.

instinctive - instintivo

steadfastly - con firmeza

glaring - deslumbrante; mirada fulminante

eyeballs - ojos; globo ocular

Overcoming - superación; vencer, superar

extent - en qué medida; extensión

advanced - avanzado; avanzar, progresar, avance, progreso, adelanto, avance

step - paso

controlled - controlado; controlar, administración, control, dirección

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. 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.

darted - dardo, flechilla

sideways - de lado

blundered - se equivocó; error

beneath - por debajo; bajo

pile - montón, pila

ruined - arruinado; ruina, desbaratar, arruinar, estropear, dar al traste

'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. 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.

imperfect - imperfecto, imperfecto

whether - si, si , o, ya sea

forearms - antebrazos; antebrazo

heap of ruins - un montón de ruinas

obscurity - obscuridad; oscuridad

pillar - pilar

A sudden thought came to me. Could this Thing have vanished down the shaft? 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. 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.

shaft - eje; asta, astil, haz, rayo, vara, barra

retreated - se retiró; retirarse, batirse en retirada

shudder - temblor; escalofrío

spider - arana; arana

ladder - escalera, escalafón, carrera

fingers - dedos; apuntar, senalar, hurgar, dedear

fell out - caerse; pelearse, discutir, separarse

dropped - se cayó; gota

monster - monstruo, fiera

'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.

Succeed - suceder, conseguir, tener éxito, heredar

persuading - persuadir

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 - amaneció; amanecer, alba, amanecer, aurora, madrugada

species - Especie

differentiated - diferenciado; diferenciar

sole - suela; planta

descendants - descendientes; descendiente

bleached - blanqueado; lejía

obscene - obsceno, procaz, panish: t-needed

nocturnal - nocturno, noctámbulo, trasnochador

heir - heredero, sucesor, checkheredera

'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? 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.

underground - subterráneo, movimiento clandestino, organización clandestina

suspect - barruntar, sospechar, sospechoso

wondered - se preguntaba; maravilla, milagro, genio, asombro, pasmo

Lemur - lémur

scheme - squema; régimen, proyecto, ardid, artimana, maquinación

related - relacionado; identificarse (con)

worlders - mundanos

edge - orilla, borde, lado, arista, ventaja, filo

solution - solución

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.

withal - con todo

amorous - amoroso, carinoso, enamorado

pursued - perseguido; perseguir, apuntar a

female - mujer; femenino, hembra, hembra

'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. 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.

distressed - angustiado; aflicción, angustia, desasosiego, ansiedad

considered - onsiderado; considerar, barajar, sopesar, observar

apertures - aperturas; abertura, apertura

visibly - visiblemente, a ojos vistas

amuse - entretener, distraer, divertir

But my mind was already in revolution; my guesses and impressions were slipping and sliding to a new adjustment. 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.

revolution - revolución, vuelta, giro

sliding - deslizándose; corredizo; (slid) deslizándose; corredizo

ventilating - ventilación; ventilar

hint at - Insinuar, sugerir, dar a entender

vaguely - vagamente

economic - económico

'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.

emergence - surgimiento, emergencia

habit - hábito, costumbre

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. 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.

largely - en gran medida; mayormente

Kentucky - Kentucky

caves - cuevas; cueva, caverna

capacity - capacidad

reflecting - reflexionando; reflejar, recapacitar, reflexionar, cavilar

witness - testimonio, testigo, prueba, testificar, probar, presenciar

last of all - el último de todos; por último

evident - es evidente; evidente, constatable

sunshine - sol, luz del sol

fumbling - buscar/revolver a tientas/torpemente, manejar torpemente

awkward - torpe, desmanado, embarazoso, delicado, incómodo, tímido

carriage - coche, carruaje

reinforced - reforzado; reforzar

sensitiveness - Sensibilidad

retina - retina

'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. 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?

tunnelled - túnel

enormously - enormemente

tunnellings - Túneles

habitat - hábitat

universal - universal

ramifications - amificaciones; ramificación

artificial - artificial

underworld - los bajos fondos; inframundo, más allá, submundo, hampa

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. 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.

splitting - División; (split); fisura, escisión, partir, dividir, escindir

anticipate - anticiparse; anticipar, prever

'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. 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.

clear as daylight - tan claro como la luz del día

gradual - gradual, paulatino

temporary - temporal, provisional

Capitalist - capitalista

Labourer - Trabajador

wildly - alocadamente, salvajemente

utilize - utilizar

ornamental - ornamental

purposes - propósitos; propósito, fin; razón

metropolitan - metrópolis; metropolitano

Electric - eléctrico, electrizante, coche eléctrico

railways - ferrocarriles; vía férrea, ferrocarril

subways - metro, subte, paso subterráneo

multiply - multiplicar

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?

increased - aumentado; aumentar, acrecentar, incrementar, subir

industry - industria

deeper - más profundo; profundo, hondo, fondo, ancho, bajo, grave, oscuro

factories - fábricas; fábrica, planta

practically - prácticamente

'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. 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.

exclusive - exclusivo, panish: t-needed

due - debido; salir de cuentas, mérito

Gulf - golfo

rude - rudo, grosero, descortés, soez

portions - porciones; porción

shut - cerrar

intrusion - intrusión

educational - educativo, educacional

facilities - instalaciones; facilidad, instalación, material

temptations - entaciones; tentación

habits - hábitos; hábito, costumbre

Exchange - intercambio; cambiar

promotion - ascenso, promoción, divulgación, propagación

intermarriage - Matrimonio mixto

retards - retrasados; perecear, retrasado, retrasada

frequent - frecuente

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. 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.

pursuing - Persiguiendo; (pursue); perseguir, apuntar a

pleasure - placer, voluptuosidad, gustar

below ground - bajo tierra

nots - No

Workers - trabajadores; trabajador, obrero, obrera

adapted - adaptar, ajustar, adaptarse, adaptado

labour - trabajo, campesinos, trabajadores, parto, trabajar

rent - alquiler; (rend); rasgar, destrozar, desgajar, romper

caverns - cavernas; caverna

refused - rechazado; negarse (a)

starve - morirse de hambre; morir de hambre, hambrear

suffocated - asfixiado; sofocar, ahogar

arrears - atrasos; deuda vencida

constituted - onstituido; constituir

miserable - miserable

rebellious - rebelde, levantisco, contestatario

permanent - permanente

survivors - sobrevivientes; sobreviviente

'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. 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. 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.

dreamed - sonado; sueno, ensueno, sonar

moral - moral, moraleja

education - educación

operation - operación, operación

aristocracy - aristocracia

industrial - industrial, fabril

fellow - colega; tipo

Utopian - utópico

most plausible - más plausible

supposition - suposición

zenith - el cenit; cenit, apogeo

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. 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.

degeneration - degeneración

dwindling - disminuyendo; disminuir, agotarse, desaparecer, menguar

size - tamano, magnitud

grounders - Golpe en el suelo

modification - modificación

more profound - más profundo

'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. At first she would not understand my questions, and presently she refused to answer them.

troublesome - problemático, prolijo

doubts - dudas; dudar, duda, incertidumbre

masters - maestros; senor, dueno; senora, duena

restore - restablecer, restaurar

Terribly - terriblemente; rematadamente

disappointed - decepcionado; decepcionar, desilusionar, defraudar, quedar mal

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. 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.

unendurable - insoportable

burst - reventar, romper, ráfaga, estallo, reventón

Tears - lágrimas; lágrima

concerned - preocupado; preocupación, referirse a, ataner, concernir, tocar

banishing - destierro; desterrar

inheritance - herencia

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.

manifestly - Manifiestamente

shrinking - ncogiendo; contraerse, encogerse, achicarse, mermar

pallid - pálido

worms - lombrices; gusano, lombriz, alimana, rata

preserved - conservado; mermelada, reserva, reserva natural, coto, terreno

zoological - zoológico

And they were filthily cold to the touch. Probably my shrinking was largely due to the sympathetic influence of the Eloi, whose disgust of the Morlocks I now began to appreciate.

filthily - Asquerosamente

sympathetic - simpático; compasivo, comprensivo, amable

influence - influencia, influir, influenciar

disgust - repugnar, dar asco, asquear, asco, repugnancia

'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. 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. I felt assured that the Time Machine was only to be recovered by boldly penetrating these underground mysteries.

oppressed - primidos; oprimir

definite - definitiva; definido, indudable

pass through - pasar por, atravesar

appearances - apariencias; aparición, apariencia, hechura, estampa, aire

whitened - lanqueado; blanquear

Lemurs - lémures; lémur

vermin - bichos; alimana, bicho, gentuza, sabandija

replaced - reemplazado; reemplazar, sustituir

shirks - se escabulle; esquivar

Duty - deber, obligación, cometido, menester, arancel

boldly - con valentía; audazmente, valientemente

penetrating - penetrante; penetrar

mysteries - misterios; misterio, arcano

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.

companion - companero; companero, companera

horribly - horriblemente

clamber - trepar

appalled - asustado; horrorizar

'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. 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.

restlessness - agitación, desasosiego, desazón, inquietud

exploring - explorando; explorar

expeditions - expediciones; expedición

wood - madera

observed - observado; observar, seguir, tomar en cuenta

character - personaje, característica, carácter

facade - fachada

lustre - brillo

tint - tinte, matiz

bluish - azulado

Chinese - chino, chino, china, comida china

porcelain - porcelana, loza

aspect - aspecto

in use - en uso

push - empujar

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. 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.

tiring - agotador, cansado, cansador, fatigoso; (tire); agotador

circuit - circuito

caresses - caricias; caricia, carantona, acariciar

regarding - con respecto a; considerar

deception - engano; engano, socalina

enable - permitir; habilitar, posibilitar, activar

shirk - esquivar

descent - descendencia; descenso, bajada, ascendencia, origen, abolengo

'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.

strangely - extranamente; extranamente

disconcerted - desconcertado; desconcertar

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

Good-bye - (Good-bye) Adiós

kissing - besando; besar

parapet - parapeto

hooks - ganchos; gancho, garfio, enganchar

feared - Miedo

leak - fuga; gotera, agujero, rotura, vía, pérdida, filtración, gotear

amazement - asombro, sorpresa

piteous - lamentable

pull - tirar, jalar, halar, tirón, ligar

opposition - oposición

nerved - nervioso; nervio, coraje, descaro, frescura, nervios

proceed - continuar, proceder

roughly - a grandes rasgos; aproximadamente

agonized - agonizó; agonizar

reassure - tranquilizar, reasegurar

look down - mirar hacia abajo

unstable - inestable, instable

clung - aferrado; engancharse, adherirse

'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! 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.

cramped - estrecho; calambre, rampa, acalambrarse, coartar, inmovilizar

weight - peso, pesa, pesar, ponderar

Though my arms and back were presently acutely painful, I went on clambering down the sheer descent with as quick a motion as possible. 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.

acutely - agudamente; intensamente

glancing - echando un vistazo; (glance); ojear, echar un vistazo, mirar

aperture - abertura, apertura

disk - disco, disco, disco intervertebral, disco duro

projection - protuberancia, proyección

thudding - golpeando; golpe sordo, darse un batacazo

louder - más fuerte; alto

'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. Swinging myself in, I found it was the aperture of a narrow horizontal tunnel in which I could lie down and rest.

agony - agonía, angustia

discomfort - incomodidad; malestar, desasosiego

relief - alivio

slender - esbelto

loophole - aguna jurídica; arquera, aspillera, ballestera, lancera

swinging - Balanceándose; (swing); balancear, mecer, columpiar, oscilar

tunnel - túnel

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.

ached - te dolía; dolor

unbroken - intacto

distressing - angustiante; aflicción, angustia, desasosiego, ansiedad

throb - palpitar

Hum - tararear, canturrear

pumping - bombeando; bomba

'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 - despertado; despertar

snatched - arrebatado; agarrar, arrebatar, arrancada, arranque

striking - sorprendente; llamativo, imponente

retreating - retirarse, batirse en retirada

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. 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.

impenetrable - impenetrable

abnormally - anormalmente

sensitive - sensible, sensitivo, susceptible

pupils - alumnos; alumno

abysmal - pésimo; abismal, insondable, atroz, desastroso

reflected - reflejado; reflejar, recapacitar, reflexionar, cavilar

apart - aparte, separadamente

fled - huyó; huir, desvanecerse, checkfugarse

vanishing - Desapareciendo; (vanish); desvanecerse, desaparecer, anularse

gutters - canales; arroyo, cuneta, canal, canalón

tunnels - túneles; túnel

glared - miró; mirada fulminante

Strangest - Extrano

'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.

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 - arqueado; bóveda

cavern - caverna

stretched - estirado; estirar, estirarse, dar, extenderse, estirón

burning - quemando; ardiente; (burn) quemando; ardiente

'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. 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.

necessarily - necesariamente

dimness - Opacidad

spectral - espectral

sheltered - refugiado; refugio, abrigo, amparo, asilo

stuffy - mal ventilado, congestionado, taponado, brioso

shed blood - derramar sangre

vista - vista

carnivorous - carnívoro

survived - sobrevivió; sobrevivir

furnish - amoblar, amueblar, suministrar, proporcionar, dotar

joint - en común, comunitario, en conjunto, articulación, coyuntura

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

heavy - pesado

smell - olor, olfato, oler, husmear, oler a

unmeaning - sin sentido

lurking - al acecho; (lurk); acechar, agazaparse, ocultarse, esconderse

stung - picado; aguijón

wriggling - Retorciéndose; (wriggle); retorcer

spot - unto; mancha, grano, poquito, poquita, zona, paraje, lámpara

'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. 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.

absurd - absurdo, absurdo

assumption - asunción, suposición

infinitely - infinitamente

smoke - fumar; humo

frightfully - Asustado

examined - examinado; examinar, analizar, auscultar

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 - armas; arma

endowed - dotar, costear, financiar, ser bendecido, ser dotado

safety - seguridad, seguro

'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. 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. 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.

store - tienda; depósito, almacenar, conservar

economize - economizar, ahorrar

wasted - Desperdiciar

astonishing - asombroso; asombrar, sorprender, pasmar

novelty - novedad

mine - (el) mío, (la) mía, (los) míos, (las) mías

lank - delgado, flaco

odour - olor

beings - seres; ser, criatura, existencia

disengaged - desconectado; desenganchar, desatar, liberar, retirar

plucking - desplumando; herir, desplumar, perseverancia

clothing - ropa, ropaje, indumentaria, indumento; (cloth); tela

realization - comprensión (1), realización (2)

ignorance - ignorancia

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. 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. 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.

shouted - gritó; grito

loudly - en voz alta, ruidosamente

clutched - aferrado; agarrar

discordantly - Discordantemente

alarmed - alarmado; alarma, rebato, despertador, alarma, tocar a rebato

strike - tachar, borrar, golpear, pegar, acunar, hacer la huelga

escape - escapar, liberarse, fugarse, eludir

protection - protección

eking - golpeando; hacer alcanzar, racionar

blown - soplado; golpe

rustling - usurro; (rustle); crujido

pattering - pattering; repiquetear, golpear, corretear

hurried - con prisas; prisa, apuro, apresurarse, apurarse, darse prisa

'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. 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.

haul - empujar, tirar fuerte, llevar

waved - saludó; ola

nauseatingly - nauseabundamente

chinless - Sin barbilla

lidless - Sin tapa

blindness - ceguera

bewilderment - desconcierto, perplejidad

pump - bomba

giddy - vértigo; mareado, vertiginoso, mareador, mareante, frívolo

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. 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.

grasped - comprendido; agarrar, asir, comprender, asimiento, comprensión

tugged - tiró; tirar, halar

kicking - pateando; dar un puntapié, golpear con el pie, dar una patada a

clutches - embragues; agarrar

blinking - parpadeando; parpadear, guinar, destellar, titilar, parpadeo

wretch - desgraciado, miserable

nigh - cerca, cabe, cercano

secured - seguro, resguardado, confiable, aplomado

trophy - trofeo

'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 - mortal, letal, mortífero

nausea - náusea, repulsión, asco, náuseas

frightful - aterrador; temible

against this - contra esto

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 - superar, recuperarse

blinding - cegador; (blind); ciego, invidente, celosía, persiana, ciega

soil - tierra, suelo

smelt - olfato; fundir; (smell); olor, olfato, oler, husmear, oler a

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. 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.

anguish - angustia

sustaining - Sostenible; (sustain); sostener, sustentar

ultimate - el último; último, final, máximo, extremo, mayor

discoveries - descubrimientos; descubrimiento, hallazgo

impeded - impedido; impedir

simplicity - simplicidad, sencillez, llano

forces - fuerzas; fuerza

overcome - vencer, superar

element - elemento

sickening - asqueroso; asqueante, estomagante

Instinctively I loathed them. 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.

loathed - odiado; detestar, repugnar, odiar

pit - hoyo, foso, fosa

beast - bestia, animal, salvaje

enemy - enemigo, enemiga

'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. 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. 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. They still possessed the earth on sufferance: since the Morlocks, subterranean for innumerable generations, had come at last to find the daylit surface intolerable.

new moon - luna nueva

incomprehensible - incomprensible

remarks - observaciones; observación, comentario

degree - título, diploma, grado

villainy - Villanía

hypothesis - hipótesis

favoured - favorecido; favor

mechanical - mecánico

evolution - evolución

relationship - relación, noviazgo

Kings - reyes; rey

decayed - decayó; descomposición, deterioración, putrefacción, podredumbre

futility - inutilidad; futilidad

possessed - poseído; poseer

sufferance - Sufrimiento

intolerable - insoportable; intolerable, de juzgado de guardia

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. 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. 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. 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.

inferred - se deduce; inferir, argüir, checkinferir

maintained - mantenido; mantener, sostener

habitual - habitual

service - servicio

paws - patas; pata, garra (gato), zarpa (león)

killing - matando; mortal, asesinato; (kill) matando; mortal, asesinato

ancient - antiguo

departed - se ha ido; irse, salir, partir, panish:

impressed - impresionado; impresionar, impresión, impresión

organism - organismo

reversed - invertido; dar marcha atrás

Nemesis - Némesis

thrust - estocada, empuje, envión, impulso, énfasis, propulsar, asestar

anew - otra vez; de nuevo, nuevamente

floated - flotó; flotar, carroza

stirred up - provocar, suscitar

meditations - meditaciones; meditación

recall - recordar, evocar, retirada

familiar - te suena; familiar, espíritu familiar

'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. 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.

differently - de otro modo; diferentemente

ripe - maduro

prime - primer, primero

paralyse - paralizar(se)

terrors - terrores; terror

defend - defender

delay - retraso; aplazar, retrasar

refuge - refugio, refugiarse

realizing - te das cuenta; realizar, darse cuenta, caer en la cuenta

by night - de noche

exposed - Exposiciones

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.

shuddered - se estremeció; escalofrío

'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. 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.

wandered - deambuló; vagar, divagar, errar, deambular, enganar

practicable - es factible; realizable, alcanzable, factible, asequible

dexterous - destreza; diestro, hábil, habiloso, habilidoso

climbers - escalador

judge - juez; juzgar

pinnacles - pináculos; cumbre, pináculo, pico, ápice

The distance, I had reckoned, was seven or eight miles, but it must have been nearer eighteen. 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.

reckoned - contó; considerar

moist - húmedo

distances - distancias; distancia, lejanía, distanciarse, alejarse

heel - tacón; talón

nail - un clavo; una

lame - cojo

silhouetted - silueta

pale yellow - amarillo pálido

'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. At least she utilized them for that purpose.

delighted - encantado; deleite, regocijo, delicia, placer

desired - deseado; desear, deseo, gana

Occasionally - ocasionalmente, de vez en cuando, a veces

darting - dardo, flechilla

pick - pico, ganzúa, hurgar, recoger

concluded - concluido; concluir

eccentric - excéntrico

vase - un jarrón; jarrón, florero, vasija

floral - floral

decoration - decoración, condecoración

utilized - utilizado; utilizar

purpose - propósito, fin; razón

And that reminds me! In changing my jacket I found…'

reminds - recuerda; recordar

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 - receso, checkdescanso, pausar, interrumpir, suspender

silently - en silencio; silenciosamente

withered - se marchitó; marchitar(se)

unlike - a diferencia de; diferente

mallows - malvas; malva

narrative - narrativo, narrativa, narración

'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. 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. 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.

Hush - callar, callarse, calmar, acallar, silencio

ant - hormiga

contrived - ingenioso; idear, improvisar

dusk - oscurecer; anochecer, ocaso, crepúsculo

breeze - brisa

expectation - expectativas; expectación, expectativa

empty - vacío, vaciar

darkling - oscuro; (darkle) oscuro

senses - sentidos; sentido, sensación, significado, acepción

preternaturally - Preternaturalmente

sharpened - afilado; afilar

hollowness - Oquedad

see through - ver a través; calar a, apoyar a

hither - aquí, acá, citerior

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?

receive - recibir

invasion - invasión

burrows - adrigueras; madriguera, ratonera, socavar

declaration - declaración

'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. 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.

deepened - rofundizado; ahondar, checkprofundizar

caressed - acariciado; caricia, carantona, acariciar

tightly - con fuerza; herméticamente

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. 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.

waded - vadear; caminar por el agua

opposite side - el lado opuesto

statue - una estatua; estatua

Faun - fauno

minus - menos, negativo

'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.

sore - dolorido; doloroso

lowered - bajado; oscurecerse, encapotarse

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.

hide - esconderse; esconder(se), ocultar

dense - denso, compacto, macizo, espeso, tupido, obscuro

branches - ramas; rama, sucursal, delegación, filial, ramo, ramificar

roots - raíces; raíz

stumble - tropezón, traspié, desliz, torpeza, tropiezo, tropezar

boles - boles; Tronco

'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 - emociones; entusiasmo

pass the night - pasar la noche

'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. 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.

Glad - feliz, alegre, contento

asleep - dormido

wrapped - envuelto; enrollar

moonrise - subida de la luna, salida de la luna

constellations - onstelaciones; constelación

imperceptible - imperceptible

lifetimes - vida, eternidad, toda la vida

rearranged - reorganizado; reorganizar, reacomodar

groupings - agrupaciones; agrupamiento

But the Milky Way, it seemed to me, was still the same tattered streamer of star-dust as of yore. 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.

Milky Way - Vía Láctea

streamer - treamer; serpentina

yore - antano; antano

more splendid - más espléndido

Sirius - Sirio

scintillating - brillante; destellar

kindly - amablemente

'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. 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. 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!

dwarfed - enano, enano

troubles - problemas; marrón, berenjenal, dificultad, problema, molestia

gravities - gravedad

terrestrial - terrestre

unfathomable - incomprensible, insondable

precessional - precesional

cycle - ciclo

pole - pértiga; polo

traversed - travesado; atravesar, recorrer

revolutions - revoluciones; revolución, vuelta, giro

traditions - tradiciones; tradición

organizations - rganizaciones; organización

nations - aciones; nación

literatures - iteraturas; literatura, literatura

aspirations - aspiración

ancestry - ancestros; linaje, ascendencia, abolengo, alcurnia

shiver - tiritando; temblar, tiritar, estremecerse

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

starlike - Estrella

dismissed - despedido; despedir, echar, disipar, rechazar, expulsar

'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. 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.

dozed - dormido; dormitar

wore on - llevar encima; tener puesto algo; poner de los nervios

peaked - llegó a su punto máximo; pico, cumbre

overtaking - adelantamiento; rebasar, sobrepasar, adelantar, alcanzar

overflowing - desbordante; (overflow); desbordamiento, aliviadero, escape

approached - se acercó; acercarse, aproximarse

Indeed, I had seen none upon the hill that night. 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 - no es razonable; irrazonable

swollen - inflamado; hinchar(se), inflar(se)

ankle - tobillo

'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. 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.

dainty - delicado, manoso

bottom - fondo, culo, pasivo

pitied - compasión, piedad, lástima, pena, tener lástima

feeble - débil, endeble, feble, deficiente

rill - arroyito

flood - inundación; avenida, riada, diluvio, inundar

run short - acabarse, quedarse sin

rats - ratas; rata

discriminating - discriminar

monkey - mono, chango

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? 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!

prejudice - prejuicios; prejuicio, perjudicar, prejuiciar

instinct - instinto

cannibal - caníbal

torment - tormento, atormentar

preyed - botín, presa

'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 - mermelada, reserva, reserva natural, coto, terreno, dominio

rigorous - rigoroso; riguroso

punishment - castigo, penitencia, checkpenitencia

selfishness - egoísmo

content - contenido; satisfecho

labours - trabajos; trabajo, campesinos, trabajadores, parto, trabajar

watchword - palabra clave; lema, consigna, contrasena, santo y sena

Excuse - disculpe; excusar, perdonar, panish: t-needed

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 - despreciar, desdenar, menospreciar, rechazar, escarnecer

claim - reclamación, declaración, proposición, afirmación, concesión

sympathy - simpatía; compasión, empatía, compasión

perforce - por fuerza, forzadamente, de juro

sharer - Compartidor

'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. Then I wanted to arrange some contrivance to break open the doors of bronze under the White Sphinx.

pursue - perseguir, apuntar a

place of refuge - lugar de refugio

contrive - inventar; idear, improvisar

immediate - inmediata; inmediato

weapon - arma

torch - antorcha, incendiar

arrange - organizar

contrivance - aparato, artificio, artimana, estratagema, artefacto, artilugio

break open - romper

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

battering - golpeando; banar

ram - RAM, memoria RAM

persuasion - persuasión

schemes - squemas; régimen, proyecto, ardid, artimana, maquinación

dwelling - vivienda; (dwell); habitar, morar

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. 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.

noon - mediodía

ragged - Desgarrado; (rag) Desgarrado

vestiges - vestigios; huella, pisada, vestigio

surprised - sorprendido; sorpresa, sorprender

estuary - estuario, ría

Creek - caleta, arroyo, riachuelo

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.

'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 - probado; probar

foolishly - Tontamente

Interpret - explicar, exponer, interpretar

more human - más humano

'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. 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.

valves - válvulas; válvula, llave

customary - costumbre; acostumbrado, consuetudinario, sólito

tiled - alicatado; teja; baldosa, azulejo

array - atavío, galas, distribución, ristra, gama, vector, arreglo

miscellaneous - varios, misceláneo

shrouded - encubierto; mortaja

covering - Cubriendo; (cover); tapa, cubierta, escondrijo, guarida, tapa

gaunt - enjuto; demacrado, chupado, macilento

lower part - la parte inferior

skeleton - esqueleto

oblique - oblicua; oblicuo

extinct - extinguido; extinto

Megatherium - Megaterio

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. 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.

bones - huesos; hueso

beside it - junto a

barrel - barril, tonel, canón, cano, embarrilar

Brontosaurus - Brontosaurio

confirmed - confirmado; confirmar

sloping - inclinado; derramar(se), verter(se)

shelves - estanterías; estante, balda, anaquel, entrepano, estantería

clearing away - despejando

cases - asos; caso

air-tight - (air-tight) hermético

preservation - preservación

Contents - ontenido; satisfecho

'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 - fósiles; fósil

staved - estabulado; duela, estrofa, pentagrama

bacteria - bacterias; bacteria; (bacterium); bacteria

hundredths - centésimas; centésimo, centésimo

sureness - Seguridad

slowness - lentitud

treasures - tesoros; tesoro, atesorar

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. 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.

traces - rastros; rastro, huella, vestigio, indicio

threaded - enroscado; hilo, hebra, hilaza, tema, argumento, hilazón

strings - cuerdas; cordel, mecate, usic, cadena, cuerda, enhebrar

reeds - lengüetas; junco, cana

instances - instancias; caso, ejemplo, ocasión, instancia

bodily - corporal, corpóreo, corporalmente

deadened - muerto; amortecer, amortiguar, insonorizar

Footsteps - pasos; huella, paso

rolling - rodando; rolar; (roll) rodando; rolar

sea urchin - Erizo de mar

sloping - inclinado; pendiente, cuesta, desnivel, inclinación, ojo chueco

'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 - monumento

receded - retrocedió; alejarse

'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. 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. 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. 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!

deal - trato, acuerdo, pacto

Palaeontology - paleontología; Palenteología

historical - histórico

galleries - galerías; galería

vastly - mucho; inmensamente

spectacle - espectáculo, papelón

oldtime - antigua

geology - geología

transversely - Transversalmente

devoted - Devoto

minerals - minerales; mineral

sulphur - sulfuro; azufre

gunpowder - Pólvora

saltpeter - Salitre

nitrates - nitratos; nitrato

doubtless - indudable, sin duda, indudablemente

deliquesced - delicados; Disolver abosorbiendo humedad

mineralogy - mineralogía

aisle - nave, pasillo, paso

parallel - en paralelo; paralelo, paralelo

natural history - historia natural

shrivelled - arrugado; arrugar

blackened - ennegrecido; ennegrecer, tiznar

stuffed - relleno; cosas, bártulos, cosa, coso, materia, atiborrar

desiccated - desecado; desecar, disecar

mummies - momias; mamá

jars - jarras; tarro, bote

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. 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. 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. 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.

been glad - alegrarse

patent - patente

readjustments - reajustes; reajuste

proportions - proporciones; proporción

angle - ángulo; anglo

intervals - intervalos; intervalo

globes - globos; globo, globo terráqueo

ceiling - techo; (ceil) techo

smashed - aplastado; estrellar, destrozar, golpear, machucar

originally - originalmente, originariamente

artificially - artificialmente

bulks - bultos; masa, corpulencia, grueso, bulto, a granel, masivo

broken down - roto

linger - permanecer, demorar, persistir, perdurar, pervivir

puzzles - puzzles; rompecabezas, enigma, puzle, acertijo, intrigar

vaguest - más vago; vago, impreciso

solve - resolver, solucionar, solventar

'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. 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.

sloped - nclinado; pendiente, cuesta, desnivel, inclinación, ojo chueco

Footnote - una nota a pie de página; nota

slit - ranura, abertura, rendija, fisura, raja

intent - intención, intento, propósito, concentrado, entregado

diminution - disminución

apprehensions - aprehensiones; arresto, aprensión

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.

ran down - agotarse; reducir; leer

be broken - estar roto

revived - evivido; revivir

academic - académico, académico, escolar, checkescolar

'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. 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.

signal - senal; senal, senalar

grasping - agarrando; agarrar, asir, comprender, asimiento, comprensión

whimper - gimoteo, lloriquear

correctly - correctamente

snapped - se rompió; chasquido, crujido, chasquido de dedos, fotografía

strain - tensión; estirar, tensar

rejoined - Reincorporarse

mace - maza

sufficient - suficiente

encounter - encuentro

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! 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.

kill - matar, asesinar

disinclination - desgana; aversión

slake - Saciar

thirst - sed, hambre, ambición, ansias, tener sed, desear

murder - asesinato, asesinar, cepillarse, devorar

suffer - sufrir, penar, empeorar

restrained - retenido; refrenar(se), contenerse

brutes - brutos; animal, bestia

'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. But here and there were warped boards and cracked metallic clasps that told the tale well enough.

military - militar, ejército

chapel - capilla

flags - banderas; bandera

charred - chamuscado; chamuscar, carbonizar

rags - trapos; trapo

decaying - decayendo; descomposición, deterioración, putrefacción

print - imprimir

warped - deformado; deformar; (madera) alabear, combar

boards - tableros; tabla, plancha

clasps - cierres; broche, manija, corchete, hebilla, agarrar

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

literary - literaria; literario

moralized - moralizar

Ambition - ambición

keenest - el más entusiasta; entusiasta

enormous - enorme, ingente

wilderness - salvajes; descampado, jungla, maleza, monte

rotting - pudriéndose; pudrir, podrir, putrefacción, podre

testified - testificó; testificar, atestiguar, aseverar

transactions - transacciones; transacción

optics - óptica; óptico

'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. They were perfectly good. They were not even damp. I turned to Weena. "Dance," I cried to her in her own tongue.

technical - técnica; técnico, artillado

chemistry - química

eagerly - con ganas; ansiosamente

tight - apretado, ajustado, tensado, tensionado, tenso

damp - húmedo, humedad, amortiguar

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. 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.

feared - miedo, temor

carpeting - alfombras; (carpet); alfombra, moqueta, alfombrar, cubrir

performed - realizado; hacer, realizar, efectuar, ejecutar

composite - compuesto, compuesto

whistling - Silbando; (whistle); silbato, pito, chifle, pitido

tail - cola

permitted - permitido; permitir

original - original, original, único

inventive - inventiva; inventivo

'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. 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. 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.

escaped - se escapó; escapar, liberarse, fugarse, eludir

immemorial - inmemorial

most strange - el más extrano

fortunate - afortunado, propicio, favorable, afortunada

unlikelier - más improbable; improbable, improbablemente

camphor - alcanfor

by chance - Por casualidad

hermetically sealed - sellado herméticamente

paraffin - parafina

wax - cera

accordingly - en consecuencia, por consiguiente, consecuentemente

unmistakable - inconfundible

volatile - volátil, inestible

sepia - sepia

fossil - fósil

perished - pereció; perecer

throw - lanzar, tirar

inflammable - inflamable, combustible

explosives - explosivos; explosivo, explosivo

breaking down - estropearse; romper a llorar; deprimirse

As yet my iron crowbar was the most helpful thing I had chanced upon. Nevertheless I left that gallery greatly elated.

iron - hierro; férreo, planchar

crowbar - palanca; pie de cabra, pata de cabra, palanqueta, barreta

most helpful - el más útil

elated - feliz

'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. 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.

rusting - Oxidación; (rust) Oxidación

hatchet - hacha

sword - espada, gladio

of iron - de hierro

promised - prometido; promesa, prometer

guns - armas; arma de fuego; pistola

pistols - pistolas; pistola

rifles - rifles; fusil, rifle

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. 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.

cartridges - cartuchos; cartucho, cartuchera, cartucho de tinta

powder - polvo, reducir a polvo, pulverizar, triturar, espolvorear

rotted - pudriéndose; pudrir, podrir, putrefacción, podre

shattered - destrozado; astillar, estrellar, quebrantar, hacer anicos

another place - otro lugar

idols - ídolos; ídolo

Polynesian - polinesia; polinesio, polinesio

Mexican - mexicano, mejicano, mexicana, mejicana, latino

Grecian - Griego

yielding - Ceder; (yield) Ceder

steatite - Esteatita

'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. Then came a doubt. I hesitated. Then, selecting a little side gallery, I made my essay.

waned - desapareció; menguar

exhibits - exhibiciones; exhibir, exponer, prueba documental

lignite - lignito

fresher - más fresco; estudiante de primer ano

merest - más; simple, mero

accident - accidente

dynamite - dinamita, dinamitar

Eureka - eureka

joy - alegría, júbilo

selecting - seleccionando; selecto, seleccionar

essay - ensayo, redacción

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. 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.

dummies - tontos; silencioso, tonto, maniquí, muerto

chances - oportunidades; suerte, by chance: por casualidad

non - No

'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. 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.

Court - patio, callejón, corte, tribunal, juzgado

turfed - con césped; césped, terreno, territorio, tepe, gallón, turba

fruit-trees - (fruit-trees) Árboles frutales

refreshed - refrescado; refrescar

Consider - considerar, barajar, sopesar, observar

hiding - Escondiéndote; (hid) Escondiéndote

defences - defensas; defensa

In the morning there was the getting of the Time Machine. Towards that, as yet, I had only my iron mace. 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 - se abstuvo; estribillo

forcing - forzando; fuerza

inadequate - inadecuado

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. 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.

horizon - horizonte

ere - Aquí

purposed - propósito, fin; razón

pushing - empujando; empujar

woods - bosques; madera

sticks - bastones; clavar

dried - secado; seco, secarse, enjugar

grass - pasto, hierba, grama, césped

litter - litera, artolas, camada, cama, lecho, detritus, basura

thus - así

loaded - cargado; carga

And I began to suffer from sleepiness too; so that it was full night before we reached the wood. 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.

sleepiness - somnolencia; sueno

shrubby - Arbustivo

fearing - Miedo

singular - singular, único, singular

calamity - calamidad, panish: t-needed

served - servido; servicio, servir, desempenar, fungir, operar, cernir

warning - advertencia, aviso, precaución, cuidado; (warn); alertar

onward - en adelante; hacia adelante, para adelante

feverish - fiebre; febril

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. 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.

scrub - fregar bien, restregar

safe from - a salvo de

insidious - insidiosa; insidioso

approach - enfoque; acercarse, aproximarse

forest - bosque, floresta, selva, foresta, forestar; (fore); bosque

calculated - calculado; calcular

safer - más seguro; seguro, salvo, checkseguro, caja fuerte, cofre

resting-place - (resting-place) un lugar de descanso

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. 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.

abandon - abandonar, dejar

firewood - lena; lena

reluctantly - a reganadientes, de mala gana, con renuencia

amaze - pasmar, sorprender, asombrar

atrocious - atroz, malvado, ofensivo

move for - Moverse para; solicitar

'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 - templado

climate - clima

burn - quemar

focused - enfocado; foco, punto focal, enfoque, enfocar, concentrarse

dewdrops - gotas de rocío; gota de rocío

more tropical - más tropical

districts - distritos; distrito, distrito

lightning - un rayo; relámpago, rayo

blast - ráfaga

blacken - ennegrecer, tiznar

rise - aumentar; subir

widespread - difundido; amplio, común, extendido, extenso

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 - vegetación

smoulder - fuego; arder (sin llama)

fermentation - fermentación

decadence - decadencia

tongues - lenguas; lengua, tsinhueso, lengüeta

'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. 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.

struggles - luchas; lucha, forcejeo, brega, luchar, esforzarse con denuedo

plunged - se hundió; lanzarse, zambullirse, tirarse de cabeza

crowded - abarrotado; multitud, muchedumbre

stems - tallos; CTIM

adjacent - adyacente, colindante, contiguo

curved line - Línea curva

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. Upon my left arm I carried my little one, in my right hand I had my iron bar.

clung to - Aferrarse a

accustomed - acostumbrado; acostumbrarse, habituar

avoid - evitar, esquivar

overhead - sobrecarga; arriba, por encima de la cabeza; aéreo

little one - Pequeno

'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.

rustle - susurro; crujido

vessels - vasos; embarcación, barco, casco, recipiente, receptáculo

grimly - Con tristeza

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 - tirón; tirar, halar

'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. 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.

fumbled - falló; buscar/revolver a tientas/torpemente, manejar torpemente

scratched - rayado; rascar, raspar, aranar, rasgunar, rayar, aranazo

lump - un bulto; bulto, grumo, chichón, cúmulo, agrupación

motionless - inmóvil, inerte, quieto, en reposo

With a sudden fright I stooped to her. She seemed scarcely to breathe. 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!

fright - miedo; susto

stooped - encorvado; inclinarse, agacharse

breathe - respirar

split - fisura, escisión, partir, dividir, escindir, repartir

flared up - estallar; brotar; reavivarse

knelt - de rodillas; arrodillarse

lifted - levantado; levantar, alzar

'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.

fainted - desmayado; débil, tenue

manoeuvring - maniobras; maniobra

I found myself in a cold sweat. 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.

cold sweat - sudor frío

rapidly - rápidamente

encamp - acampar

bole - Tronco

waned - desapareció; pálido, macilento; débil

collecting - coleccionando; coleccionismo; (collect) coleccionando; coleccionismo

carbuncles - los carbuncos; carbunclo, carbúnculo

'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. 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.

blinded - cegado; ciego, invidente, celosía, persiana, ciega, ciego, cegar

grind - moler, triturar, picar

whoop - guau; grito/alarido (de alegría)

bonfire - fogata, hoguera

dry - seco, secarse, enjugar

foliage - follaje

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. 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.

choking - ahogar, asfixiar

dead - muerto

breathed - respiró; respirar

'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. 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.

beat - Golpear; latir

Moreover - además, adicionalmente, otrosí

replenishing - reponiendo; rellenar, reponer

exertion - esfuerzo

slumbrous - Barrios

nod - asentir, cabecear, cabezada

clinging - aferrándose; engancharse, adherirse

gone out - marcharse, salir, apagarse

bitterness - amargo, amargura, amargor, acíbar

Death - muerte, la muerte, el arcano de la muerte

soul - alma, espíritu

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. 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.

pulled down - bajar, demoler, abatir

heaped - montonado; pila, montón, cúmulo, montículo, checkpila, amontonar

monstrous - monstruoso

web - red, alma, membrana

overpowered - potente; dominar, vencer, panish: t-needed

nipping - pellizcos; pellizcar

rolled - rodando; rollo

struggled - luchado; lucha, forcejeo, brega, luchar, esforzarse con denuedo

succulent - suculento, suculenta, planta suculenta

bone - hueso

blows - Golpes; (blow) Golpes

'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. 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. 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.

exultation - exultación

accompany - acompanar; acompanar

fighting - luchando; lucha, guerra; (fight) luchando; lucha, guerra

pitch - plantar, armar, montar

battered - maltratada; banar

incessant - incesante

stream - corriente, flujo, arroyo, fluir, recibir flujo, (2) checkcorrer

reddish - rojizo, rubescente

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.

spark - chispa

roar - rugir, bramar, rugido, bramido

'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 - salir

flames - llamas; flama, llama

explosive - explosivo, explosivo

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!

outflanked - Flanquear

'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 - raro

hillock - cerrito, collado, colina, colineta

tumulus - túmulo

hawthorn - espino albar, espino blanco, majuelo

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. 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.

encircling - Rodeando; (encircle); rodear

fence - valla; cerca, cerramiento, barda, perista

crippling - mutilante; lisiado, lisiado, lisiada

red sky - cielo rojo

moans - gimoteos; gemido, quejido, quejar, gemir

'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 - extrano; inquietante, desconcertante, extrano, siniestro

beat - batir, golpear, percutir

coiling - enrollando; enroscarse

uprush - Subida

streamed - en streaming; corriente, flujo, arroyo, fluir, recibir flujo

tatters - Jirones

canopy - cubierta; dosel, palio, toldo, alero, copa, parabrisas, capota

belonged - pertenecía; pertenecer, ser propiedad (de)

universe - universo

Two or three Morlocks came blundering into me, and I drove them off with blows of my fists, trembling as I did so.

fists - punos; puno

'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.

persuaded - persuadido; persuadir

screamed - gritó; grito, gritar

awake - despierto; despertar(se)

Then I would fall to rubbing my eyes and calling upon God to let me awake. 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.

fall to - tocarle a alguien hacer algo, corresponder a

thrice - tres veces; tres vez

rush - prisa; precipitarse, lanzarse, correr, ir rápidamente

subsiding - disminuyendo; calmarse

streaming - treaming; (stream); corriente, flujo, arroyo, fluir

whitening - blanqueamiento, blanqueo; (whiten); blanquear

blackening - Ennegrecimiento; (blacken); ennegrecer, tiznar

stumps - tocones; tocón, tueco, estaca, poste

diminishing - disminuyendo; (diminish); disminuir, diminuir, disminuirse

'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. 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. 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. 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.

searched - buscado; búsqueda, buscar, inspeccionar, cachear, allanar

relieved - aliviado; aliviar, relevar

awful - asqueroso; horrible, terrible, atroz

massacre - masacre, masacrar

abominations - bominaciones; abominación, repugnancia, aborrecimiento, maldad

haze - niebla; neblina

bearings - Rodamiento

remnant - remanente; resto, restante, reliquia, despojo

souls - almas; alma, espíritu

moaning - gimiendo; gemido, quejido, quejar, gemir

clearer - Más claro; (clear); transparente, claro, despejado, libre

tied - atado; amarrar, atar

limped - cojeaba; flojo, flácido, mustio, débil

ashes - cenizas; ceniza

pulsated - pulsado; latir

internally - internamente, interiormente

intensest - más intenso; intenso

overwhelming - avasallador; agobiar, abrumar, checkagobiar

sorrow - pena; tristeza, aflicción, infelicidad, pesar

dream - sueno; sueno, ensueno, sonar

actual loss - pérdida real

But that morning it left me absolutely lonely again-terribly alone. 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.

lonely - solo; solitario, desolado, desierto

fireside - fuego; alrededor de la chimenea

thoughts - pensamientos; pensamiento

'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 - Pantalón

leaked - filtrado; gotera, agujero, rotura, vía, pérdida, filtración

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. 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.

viewed - visto; vista, reproducción, visualización, visitas, visión

conclusions - conclusiones; conclusión

refrain from laughing - contener risa

bitterly - con amargura; amargamente

magnificent - magnífico, macanudo

fertile - fértil, feraz

gay - gay, homosexual

Some were bathing in exactly the place where I had saved Weena, and that suddenly gave me a keen stab of pain. 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.

saved - salvado; salvar, rescatar, redimir, parar, ahorrar, guardar

stab - apunalar

blots - manchas; mancha, desdoro, emborronar, manchar

cupolas - cúpulas; cúpula

enemies - enemigos; enemigo, enemiga

provided - proporcionado; proveer

'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 - penado; afligirse, acongojarse

committed - comprometido; encomendar, cometer

permanency - permanencia

property - propiedad, posesión, inmueble, bien

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 - prosperidad, riqueza

toiler - Trabajador

unemployed - desempleado, cesante, parado

'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.

law - ley

versatility - versatilidad

compensation - compensación; contrapartida

environment - ambiente, medio, entorno, medioambiente, medio ambiente

appeals - apelaciones; suplicar, rogar

useless - inútil, negado

There is no intelligence where there is no change and no need of change. Only those animals partake of intelligence that have to meet a huge variety of needs and dangers.

partake - participar

variety - variedad

'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. 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.

drifted - deriva, derrape, ir a la deriva, vagar, derivar, errar

perfection - perfección

feeding - alimentación; (feed); alimentación

retained - retenido; retener, detentar

initiative - iniciativa

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 - prohibido; prohibir, vedar, vetar, negar

mortal - mortal

wit - agudeza, ingenio, chispa, gracia

invent - inventar

'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 - fatiga, fatigar, acosar

grief - duelo; pesar, pesadumbre, dolor, sufrimiento

tranquil - tranquilo, apacible

sleepy - tienes sueno; sueno, cansado, adormecido, sonoliento

theorizing - teorizando; teorizar

dozing - Dormir; (doze) Dormir

catching - Atrapando; (catch); pega, traba, truco, cuestión

hint - insinuación; pista, indicio, indirecta, buscapié, toque

refreshing - refrescante; refrescar

'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 - despertó; despertar(se)

sunsetting - puesta de sol; puesta del sol, ocaso, atardecer

being caught - quedar atrapado

napping - siesta

stretching - estirar, estirarse, dar, extenderse, estirón, estiramiento

'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 - lo más inesperado

slid - Se deslizó; (slide); deslizar, resbalar, tobogán, resbaladilla

grooves - ranuras; ranura, acanaladura, canal, estría

'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 - elaborar; profundizar

preparations - preparativos; preparación

siege - sitio, asedio

meek - dócil; modesto, humilde, resignado, sumiso, manso

surrender - entregar, rendir, abandonar, rendirse, capitular

'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. I have suspected since that the Morlocks had even partially taken it to pieces while trying in their dim way to grasp its purpose.

suppressing - suprimiendo; reprimar, contener, ocultar, suprimir

inclination - inclinación

stepped - pisado; estepa

oiled - engrasado; aceite; petróleo

'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.

trapped - atrapado; trampa

chuckled - se rió; reírse (entre dientes)

gleefully - con alegría

'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 - murmullos; (murmur); soplo, murmurar

calmly - con calma; tranquilamente

Fix - arreglar, reparar, componer, fijar, pregar, preparar, amanar

depart - irse, salir, partir, panish:

abominable - abominable, aborrecible

'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. One, indeed, they almost got away from me.

scramble - discutir; gatear, revolver, arrebato, arrebatina

then another - Y luego otro

fight - pelear (se), luchar

persistent - persistente

studs - tachuelas; caballeriza

fitted - encajado; sano, en forma

got away - escapar; hacer una escapada

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 - culo; dar un cabezazo

ring - anillo

'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.

fitted - En forma

pulled - sacado; tirar, jalar, halar, tirón, ligar

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. One dial records days, and another thousands of days, another millions of days, and another thousands of millions.

sickness - enfermedad, dolencia

properly - orrectamente; como es debido, como corresponde, como toca

vibrated - vibró; vibrar

unheeding - desatención

amazed - asombrado; pasmar, sorprender, asombrar

dial - marcar

records - registros; constancia (escrita); archivos; registro

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.

indicators - indicadores; direccional

'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. 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. 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.

palpitating - palpitaciones; palpitar

indicative - indicativo

marked - marcado; Marcos, Evangelio según San Marcos

alternations - alternativas; alternancia, rotación

stretch - estirar, estirarse, dar, extenderse, estirón, estiramiento

brooded - refrescado; cría, polluelo, prole, empollar, proteger

comet - cometa

broader - más amplio; ancho

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. 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. 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.

dome - cúpula, domo

glowing - resplandeciente; fulgir, fulgurar, iluminar, brillar

momentary - momentánea; momentáneo

glowed - brillaba; fulgir, fulgurar, iluminar, brillar

reverted - revertido; revertir

sullen - hosco, hurano, sombrío, lento

slowing down - ralentizar, reducir la velocidad, frenar

tidal - mareas; mareal

drag - arrastrar; llevar a rastras

cautiously - con cautela; precavidamente

reverse - invertir; dar marcha atrás

daily - diariamente; diario

scale - escala

outlines - contornos; contorno, esbozo, resumen, delinear, resumir

'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. 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.

Indian - indio, hindú, indígena, indio, india

scarlet - escarlata, escarlatina

rocks - rocas; roca

intensely - intensamente

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.

lichen - liquen

perpetual - perpetua; perpetuo

'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.

wan - pálido, macilento; débil

breakers - Rompedor

waves - olas; ola

Only a slight oily swell rose and fell like a gentle breathing, and showed that the eternal sea was still moving and living. 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.

oily - grasa; aceitoso

swell - genial; hinchar(se), inflar(se)

gentle - tierno, suave, tranquilo, medido, gradual, amable

eternal - eterno, eternal

margin - margen

incrustation - incrustación

lurid - escabroso; espantoso, chocante, pálido, lívido

oppression - opresión

mountaineering - alpinismo, montanismo; (mountaineer); alpinista, montanista

rarefied - enrarecido; rarificar

'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. 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.

scream - grito, gritar

butterfly - mariposa

slanting - inclinado; inclinación

hillocks - colinas; cerrito, collado, colina, colineta

dismal - lúgubre; mísero, miserable, triste, deprimente

firmly - con firmeza; firmemente

Rock - roca

Crab - cangrejo

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. I could see the many palps of its complicated mouth flickering and feeling as it moved.

yonder - de allá, aquel, aquella

uncertainly - incertidumbre; inciertamente

claws - garras; garra

antennae - antenas

whips - látigos; fusta, látigo, flagelo, panish: t-needed

waving - Saludando; (wave) Saludando

stalked - acosado; tallo

corrugated - corrugado; corrugar

ornamented - ornamentado; ornamento, ornamento musical

ungainly - desgarbado, torpe

bosses - jefes; jefe

greenish - verde; verdoso

blotched - manchado; mancha

complicated - complicado; complicar

'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. 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.

sinister - siniestro, izquierdo

apparition - aparición

crawling - Arrastrándose; (crawl) Arrastrándose

tickling - Cosquillas; (tickle); cosquilla, hacer cosquillas, cosquillear

brush - pincel, cepillo, escobilla, brocha, cepillado, matorral

threadlike - en forma de hilo

qualm - dudas; escrúpulo, escrupulo, naúsea

antenna - antena

alive - vivo, viviente

slime - limo, cieno, lama, légamo, baba

descending - descendente; descender, bajar

In a moment my hand was on the lever, and I had placed a month between myself and these monsters. 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.

monsters - monstruos; monstruo, fiera

dozens - docenas; docena, decenas

foliated - Foliado

'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 - resaca

Dead Sea - El Mar Muerto

poisonous - venenosas; tóxico, venenoso, ponzonoso

hurts - duele; doler, lastimar, hacer dano, herido, dolido

lungs - pulmones; pulmón

appalling - spantoso; terrible; horrible; horroroso; onstandard; (appal) spantoso; terrible; horrible; horroroso; onstandard

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 - más aburrido; romo, desafilado, embotado, aburrido, soso

earthy - terroso

crustacea - Crustáceos

curved - curvado; curva, curvas, curvar, encorvar

'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. 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.

fascination - fascinación

ebb away - desvanecerse, esfumarse, evaporarse

hence - de aquí, por lo tanto, por eso, de ahí

obscure - oscuro; obscuro, esconder, ocultar

tenth part - Décima parte

heavens - cielos; cielo, firmamento, paraíso

multitude - multitud

crabs - cangrejos; cangrejo

livid - lívido

liverworts - hepáticas; hepática

lichens - íquenes; liquen

lifeless - exánime, sin vida, inánime

And now it was flecked with white. A bitter cold assailed me. 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.

flecked - manchado; mota, salpicadura

Bitter - amargo

assailed - asaltado; atacar, asaltar, aturdir

sable - cebellina, marta cibelina, marta, sable

fringes - franjas; orla, extremista, radical, periferia, marginal, orlar

expanse - extensión

Ocean - océano

bloody - Sangriento

unfrozen - Descongelar

'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 - vida animal

sandbank - banco de arena

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 - tumbarse, dejarse caer

deceived - enganado; enganar, decebir

Twinkle - titilar, fulgurar, refulgir

'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.

outline - contorno, esbozo, resumen, delinear, resumir

concavity - concavidad

bay - bahía

curve - curva, curvas, curvar, encorvar

aghast - asustado; espantado, aterrado, horrorizado

eclipse - eclipse, eclipsar

Either the moon or the planet Mercury was passing across the sun's disk. 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 - tránsito, transporte, pasaje, atravesar, girar, transitar

'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. 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.

freshening - Refrescar

gusts - rachas; ráfaga, racha

ripple - ondulación

whisper - susurro, rumor, rastro, susurrar

bleating - alido; (bleat); balido, balar

Insects - insectos; insecto, bicho

background - Fondo

thickened - engrosado; espesar

more intense - más intenso

peaks - picos; pico, cumbre

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. 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.

marrow - médula, tuétano

overcame - uperado; vencer, superar

bow - arco; inclinar(se), hacer una reverencia

return journey - viaje de vuelta

shoal - banco, cardumen

trailed - rastrado; seguir, arrastrar, rastro, pista, sendero

fitfully - con dificultad; irregularmente

Then I felt I was fainting. But a terrible dread of lying helpless in that remote and awful twilight sustained me while I clambered upon the saddle.

Fainting - desmayos; desmayo; (faint) desmayos; desmayo

sustained - sostenido; sostener, sustentar

clambered - trepado; trepar

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. These, too, changed and passed, and others came.

sky blue - azul celeste

breathed - respiró; respiración, aliento, respiro

contours - contornos; contorno

ebbed - disminuyó; reflujo, marea, marea baja, bajamar

flowed - fluyó; fluir

spun - hilado; hacer girar

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.

slackened - flojado; aflojar

flapped - leteó; solapa; faldón

'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 - inversión

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 - se deslizó; deslizar, planear

previously - antes; anteriormente, previamente, con anterioridad

'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 - Temblorosamente

trembled - tembló; tiritar, temblar, temblor, vibración, temblequera

calmer - más tranquilo; calmado, sosiego, calma

'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.

stagnant - estancada; estancado, atascado

Pall - pano mortuorio; cortina, manto

Mall - centro comercial, shopping

Gazette - gaceta

clatter - ruido; trapalear

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 - olfateado; olfatear, esnifar, husmear, checksorber

dined - cenamos; jaleo

'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.'

adventures - Aventuras; (adventure) Aventuras

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?'

lie - mentira

prophecy - profecía

destinies - destinos; destino, sino

hatched - eclosionado; ventanilla

fiction - ficción

assertion - aserción; afirmación, aserto

stroke - ictus; golpe

enhance - mejorar; aumentar, realzar

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. The Medical Man seemed absorbed in the contemplation of our host. The Editor was looking hard at the end of his cigar-the sixth.

nervously - nerviosamente

grate - rejilla

creak - crujido, crujir, chirriar, rechinar

scrape - raspar, aranarse, rasparse, abrasión, rasponazo, pelea, pinada

carpet - alfombra, moqueta, alfombrar, cubrir

audience - audiencia, público

absorbed in - absorbido en

contemplation - contemplación

sixth - sexto, sexto

The Journalist fumbled for his watch. The others, as far as I remember, were motionless.

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 - suspiro; suspirar

What a pity - qué pena

'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 - resoplando; (puff) resoplando

… 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 - silencio; mudo

inquiry - investigación; inquisición, indagatoria, pesquisa

scars - cicatrices; cicatriz

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 - Gineceo

leant - leant; inclinarse

holding out - aguantar, Mantenerse firme

specimen - espécimen, ejemplar

'I'm hanged if it isn't a quarter to one,'said the Journalist.

hanged - Colgado

'How shall we get home?'

'Plenty of cabs at the station,'said the Psychologist.

plenty - bastante; abundancia

cabs - cabinas; 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.

eluded - ludido; eludir

Did I ever make a Time Machine, or a model of a Time Machine? 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 - preciosos; precioso

fit - sano, en forma

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.

sure enough - seguro; como era de esperar, en efecto

squat - sentarse en cuclillas

ugly - feo, callo

ebony - ébano, de ébano

translucent - transparente; translúcido, claro

glimmering - Resplandeciente; (glimmer); luz tenue, titileo

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) tocar para; toque

smears - manchas; manchar, untar, embadurnar, aplicar

bits - bits; pedacito

awry - mal; inadecuadamente, torcido

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 - danado; dano

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 - hesitación, vacilación, dudas, titubeo

overwork - trabajo excesivo

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. 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.

cab - taxi

gaudy - vistoso, llamativo, chillón

credible - creíble

sober - sobrio, sereno, apagado

on easy terms - en condiciones favorables

At that the squat substantial-looking mass swayed like a bough shaken by the wind. 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. 'I'm frightfully busy,'said he, 'with that thing in there.'

substantial - sustancial, is, enjundioso, substancial

bough - rama

shaken - sacudido; agitar, sacudir, checksacudir, sacudida, batido

instability - inestabilidad

meddle - entrometerse, inmiscuirse, injerirse, mangonear

knapsack - mochila; morral

elbow - codo, codazo, panish: t-needed

'But is it not some hoax?'I said. 'Do you really travel through time?'

hoax - broma; engano, fraude, embuste, bulo

'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 - muy mal; asombroso

Prove - probar

hilt - mpunadura; empunadura, mango

forgive - perdonar, disculpar

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?

consented - consintió; consentir, consentimiento, venia, anuencia

comprehending - comprender

slam - cerrar de golpe

Then suddenly I was reminded by an advertisement that I had promised to meet Richardson, the publisher, at two. 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.

publisher - editor, editorial

barely - apenas

engagement - compromiso, conexión, atención, noviazgo

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. 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.

handle - manejar; mango; asa; manilla, pomo(puerta)

exclamation - exclamación

truncated - truncar, truncado

click - clic

ghostly - fantasmal

whirling - Girando; (whirl) Girando

phantasm - fantasma

rubbed - frotado; frotación, frotamiento, frote, frotar

The Time Machine had gone. Save for a subsiding stir of dust, the further end of the laboratory was empty. A pane of the skylight had, apparently, just been blown in.

pane - panel; cristal, vidrio

skylight - tragaluz, claraboya, celaje

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 - sirviente, criado, mozo, doméstico

We looked at each other. Then ideas began to come. 'Has Mr. -- gone out that way?'said I.

Mr - Senor

'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 - decepcionante; decepcionar, desilusionar, defraudar, quedar mal

lifetime - para toda la vida; vida, eternidad, toda la vida


Epilogue - epílogo

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. 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? 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!

hairy - peludo, velludo, lanudo

savages - salvajes; salvaje

Unpolished - Sin pulir

abysses - abismos; abismo, sima

Cretaceous - Cretáceo, Cretácico

saurians - saurios; saurio

reptilian - Reptiliano

Jurassic - Jurásico

wandering - deambulando; errabundo, andariego, errante, peripatético

plesiosaurus - Plesiosaurio

haunted - hechizado; frecuentar, espantar, desasosegar, inquietar

coral reef - arrecife de coral

saline - salino

lakes - lagos; lago

Triassic - triásico, Triásico

riddles - enigmas; adivinanza, acertijo

solved - resuelto; resolver, solucionar, solventar

manhood - humanidad, virilidad, masculinidad, hombría

mutual - mutua; mutuo, recíproco

discord - discordia

culminating - culminando; culminar

I say, for my own part. 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. 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.

cheerlessly - alegremente

advancement - avanzar; ascenso, progreso, avance de herencia

makers - fabricantes; hacedor, fabricante

casual - casual, ocasional, accidental, indiferente, informal

brittle - frágil, quebradizo, friable, crocante

witness - Testigo

End of Project Gutenberg's The Time Machine, by H. G. (Herbert George) Wells

George - Jorge

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