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.
expounding - exponiendo; exponer, explayar, disertar
recondite - recóndito
twinkled - parpadeó; titilar, fulgurar, refulgir
flushed - enjuagado; rubor
animated - animado, animar
radiance - resplandor, brillo, fulgor
incandescent - incandescente, candente, reluciente, irradiante, deslumbrante
lilies - lirios; azucena, lirio
flashed - flasheado; destello
patents - patentes; patente
embraced - abrazado; abrazar, abrazo
caressed - Te importa
submitted - sometido; someter, presentar, entregar, cursar
luxurious - lujoso
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.
lean - esbelta; inclinarse
forefinger - índice, dedo índice
lazily - perezosamente
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.'
controvert - controvertir
universally - universalmente
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.
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.'
reasonable - razonable, módico
mathematical - matemáticas; matemático
thickness - espesor; grosor, espesura, torpeza
nil - nulo; nada, cero
existence - existencia
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.'
cube - cubo
'There I object,'said Filby. 'Of course a solid body may exist. All real things-'
'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?'
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
proceeded - procedió; continuar, proceder
extension - extensión
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
'That,'said a very young man, making spasmodic efforts to relight his cigar over the lamp; 'that … very clear indeed.'
spasmodic - espasmódico
relight - Volver a encender
cigar - un puro; puro, cigarro
'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
Slight - insignificante, leve, ligero, falta de respeto
accession - adhesión; ascenso
cheerfulness - alegría
Dimension - dimensión
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
'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.
mathematicians - matemáticos; matemático, matemática
definable - definible
angles - ángulos; anglo
philosophical - filosófica; filosófico
construct - construcción, constructo, construir
York - York, Yórk
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?'
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
mystic - místico, mística
transitory - transitorio, pasajero
'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.
Curious - tienes curiosidad; curioso; extrano, raro
evidently - evidentemente
Representations - representación
Dimensioned - dimensionado; dimensión
'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.
pause - receso, checkdescanso, pausar, interrumpir, suspender
assimilation - asimilación
trace - rastrear; rastro, huella, vestigio, indicio
barometer - barómetro
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.'
mercury - mercurio, azogue
traced - rastreado; rastro, huella, vestigio, indicio
'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?'
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.'
freely - libremente
backward - hacia atrás; atrasado, rezagado, subdesarrollado
Gravitation - gravitación
'Not exactly,'said the Medical Man. 'There are balloons.'
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.'
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.'
'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.'
existences - xistencias; existencia
immaterial - inmaterial
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.'
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
recalling - recordando; recordar, evocar, retirada
incident - incidente
vividly - ívidamente
instant - instantáneo, inmediato
Occurrence - acontecimiento, ocurrencia, suceso
absent - ausente
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
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.'
'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-'
investigations - investigaciones; investigación
vague - vago, impreciso
inkling - un indicio; idea, sospecha
'To travel through Time!'exclaimed the Very Young Man.
exclaimed - exclamó; exclamar
'That shall travel indifferently in any direction of Space and Time, as the driver determines.'
indifferently - indiferentemente
Filby contented himself with laughter.
contented - contento; satisfecho
'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
verify - verificar, constatar
'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.
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!'
accumulate - acumular, amontonar, acumularse
'To discover a society,'said I, 'erected on a strictly communistic basis.'
erected - rigido; erecto, erguido
strictly - estrictamente, terminantemente
communistic - comunista
'Of all the wild extravagant theories!'began the Psychologist.
extravagant - extravagante
'Yes, so it seemed to me, and so I never talked of it until-'
'Experimental verification!'cried I. 'You are going to verify that?'
'The experiment!'cried Filby, who was getting brain-weary.
weary - 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.
slippers - zapatillas; zapatilla, pantufla, babucha
shuffling - barajando; (shuffle); barajar, mezclar, barajear, arrastrar
passage - pasaje; pasillo, pasadizo
The Psychologist looked at us. 'I wonder what he's got?'
'Some sleight-of-hand trick or other,'said the Medical Man, and
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.
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
explicit - explícito
unaccountable - irresponsable; panish: t-needed
octagonal - octogonal; octagonal, octógono
scattered - dispersión; dispersar, esparcir, desviar
mechanism - mecanismo
shaded - sombreado; alosa, sábalo
dozen - docena, decenas
brass - latón
candlesticks - velas; candelero, candelabro
sconces - aplique
brilliantly - brillantemente
illuminated - iluminado; iluminar
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.
alert - alerta; despierto, vivo
subtly - sutilmente
conceived - concebido; concebir
adroitly - con destreza
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
elbows - codos; codo, codazo, panish: t-needed
apparatus - aparato, equipo, aparataje
singularly - Singularmente
askew - desviado; torcido, oblicuo
twinkling - parpadeando; (twinkle); titilar, fulgurar, refulgir
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
reverses - inversiones; dar marcha atrás
motion - movimiento, moción
saddle - silla de montar; (bici) sillín, silla (de montar)
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.'
vanish - desvanecerse, desaparecer, anularse
pass into - pasar a
satisfy - satisfacer
trickery - trucos; triquinuela, superchería, trapisonda
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
interminable - interminable
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
wind - viento, aire
flame - flama, llama
candles - velas; vela, candela, cirio
swung - se balanceó; balancear, mecer, columpiar, oscilar, columpio
indistinct - indistinto
eddy - remolino
vanished - desaparecido; desvanecerse, desaparecer, anularse
bare - desnudo, descubierto
Everyone was silent for a minute. Then Filby said he was damned.
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
tobacco - tabaco
jar - jarra; tarro, bote
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?'
'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
'You mean to say that that machine has travelled into the future?'said Filby.
'Into the future or the past-I don't, for certain, know which.'
After an interval the Psychologist had an inspiration. 'It must have gone into the past if it has gone anywhere,'he said.
interval - intervalo
inspiration - inspiración
'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.'
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.
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.'
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
psychology - psicología
plain - plano; sencillo; liso; sin ornamentos; llano (persona)
delightfully - Deliciosamente
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
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
'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.
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
sawn - Serrado
rock crystal - Cristal de roca
twisted - retorcido; torcer, sacar punta a, torcerse
unfinished - inacabado, inconcluso
Bench - banco
beside - al lado de, cabe
drawings - Dibujo
Quartz - cuarzo
'Look here,'said the Medical Man, 'are you perfectly serious?
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.'
None of us quite knew how to take it.
I caught Filby's eye over the shoulder of the Medical Man, and he winked at me solemnly.
winked - guinó el ojo; guinar el ojo
solemnly - solemnemente
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.
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
whim - capricho
distrusted - desconfiado; desconfianza, recelo, desconfiar
deportment - Comportamiento
somehow - de algún modo, de alguna manera, de alguna forma
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
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
plausibility - plausibilidad
incredibleness - Incredulidad
anachronism - anacronismo, anacronía
utter - totalmente; absoluto, total
confusion - confusión
preoccupied - preocupado; preocupar
considerable - considerable
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?'
most constant - el más constante
assembled - montado; ensamblar, construir, montar, reunir, juntar
'Where's--?'said I, naming our host.
'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
'It seems a pity to let the dinner spoil,'said the Editor of a well-known daily paper; and thereupon the Doctor rang the bell.
pity - compasión, piedad, lástima, pena, tener lástima
spoil - expoliar, despojar, danar, arruinar, echar a perder
daily paper - periódico
thereupon - sobre eso; entonces
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
aforementioned - ntes mencionado; ya mencionado, antedicho, sobredicho, susodicho
beard - barba, jotera, pantalla, barbar, provocar, mortificar
observation - observación, vigilancia; observancia, anotación, registro
speculation - especulación
absence - ausencia, falta, ausencia de hierro
jocular - humorístico, jocoso
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
Hallo - hola
Good heavens - !Santo Cielo!
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
faded - desvanecido; apagarse, debilitarse; destenir
ghastly - fantasmal, cadavérico, espantoso, horripilante, malísimo
chin - barbilla, mentón
healed - curado; curar
haggard - macilento, ojeroso, demacrado
intense - intenso
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
drained - drenado; desagüe, drenaje, aliviadero, tubo abierto, sangría
flickered - parpadeó; vacilar
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.'
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
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.'
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
stained - manchado; mancha, lamparón, tacha, mancilla, colorante
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.
wont - no
'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
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
grunt - grunido; grunido, currito, machaca, grunir
resumed - se reanuda; reanudar
exclamatory - exclamativo
wonderment - asombro; maravilla
fervent - fervoroso; ferviente
curiosity - curiosidad
eke - hacer alcanzar, racionar
modest - modesto, humilde, pequeno, moderado; (mod); modesto, humilde
income - ingresos, renta
Nebuchadnezzar - Nabucodonosor
phases - fasis
inquired - preguntó; investigar, informarse
assured - asegurado; (assure); asegurar
frankly - francamente
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.
heaping - un montón; pila, montón, cúmulo, montículo, checkpila, amontonar
ridicule - ridiculizar, poner en ridículo
irreverent - irreverente, irrespetuoso
special correspondent - corresponsal especial
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
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
'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
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
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
regularity - regularidad, periodicidad
determination - determinación, decisión, resolución, ahínco
sheer - ser puro; puro, absoluto
nervousness - nerviosidad, nerviosismo, intranquilidad
Starving - Muerto de hambre; (starve); morir de hambre, hambrear
greasy - grasiento, grasoso, resbaloso
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.
I don't mind - No me importa.
refrain - estribillo
interruptions - interrupciones; interrupción, paréntesis
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
attentively - con atención; atentamente
sincere - sincero
intonation - entonación
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
'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
inch - pulgada
remade - rehecho; (remake) rehecho
tap - golpear; golpecito, palmadita
screws - tornillos; tornillo, tirafondo, hélice, atornillar, enroscar
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
pistol - pistola
skull - cráneo; calavera
reel - carrete, enrollar, titubear
nightmare - pesadilla, mal sueno, tormento, suplicio
sensation - sensación
intellect - intelecto
'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
apparently - evidentemente, obviamente, por lo visto, aparentemente
traverse - atravesar, recorrer
rocket - un cohete; cohete
The night came like the turning out of a lamp, and in another moment came to-morrow. The laboratory grew faint and hazy, then fainter and ever fainter. To-morrow night came black, then day again, night again, day again, faster and faster still. An eddying murmur filled my ears, and a strange, dumb confusedness descended on my mind.
fainter - Más débil; (faint) Más débil
eddying - remolinos; remolino
murmur - murmullo; soplo, murmurar
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
helpless - desamparado; indefenso, incapaz
headlong - de cabeza
anticipation - previsión, anticipación
imminent - inminente
smash - estrellar, destrozar, golpear, machucar
pace - paso
flapping - leteo; solapa; faldón
dim - débil, ténue
hopping - saltando; (hop) saltando
Swiftly - rápido; rápidamente
leaping - saltando; saltar, brincar
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
intermittent - intermitente, esporádico, discontinuo
darknesses - oscuridad, tinieblas
Glimpse - un vistazo; atisbo, entrever, atisbar, vislumbrar, ojear
gaining - Ganando; (gain) Ganando
palpitation - palpitaciones; palpitación
merged - fusionado; fusionar
greyness - Gris
deepness - profundidad
splendid - espléndido
luminous - luminoso
twilight - crepúsculo, penumbra
jerking - Dando tirones; (jerk) Dando tirones
streak - raya, trazo, sarta, racha, ristra
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
puffs - inhalaciones; soplo, racha, ráfaga; bocanada
vapour - vapor
shivered - tembló; temblar, tiritar, estremecerse
buildings - Edificio
melting - fundiendo; fusión, fundición, derretimiento
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
raced round - correr alrededor
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
madness - locura
flung - arrojado; arrojar, lanzar
futurity - futuro
scarce - escaso
dread - miedo; temer, pavor, temor
humanity - la humanidad; humanidad
advances - avances; avanzar, progresar, avance, progreso, adelanto, avance
rudimentary - rudimentario, rudimental, elemental
civilization - civilización
elusive - escurridizo; elusivo, impreciso, inexacto, indefinible, ambiguo
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.
more massive - más masivo
glimmer - resplandor; luz tenue, titileo
mist - niebla; neblina
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!
occupied - ocupado; ocupar
slipping - resbalando; resbalar
interstices - intersticios; intersticio
intervening - intervenir, involucrarse, interceder, meterse
molecule - molécula
atoms - tomos; átomo
intimate - intimo; íntimo
obstacle - obstáculo, óbice, traba, estorbo
profound - profundo
unknown - ignoto, desconocido, incógnita, desconocido
unavoidable - inevitable
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.
inevitable - inevitable
absolute - absoluto, completo, pleno
strangeness - extraneza; rareza, extraneza, extranez
sickly - enfermo; enfermizo, enclenque, calamitoso, enteco
jarring - excitante; discorde; (jar) excitante; discorde
prolonged - prolongado; prolongar
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
rebounding - rebote; rebotar
like smoke - como el humo
"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
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.
hail - granizo
distinctly - laramente; distintamente
birch - abedul
marble - mármol, canica, balita
sphinx - esfinge
vertically - verticalmente
hover - sobrevolar; cerner, dudar, hesitar, vacilar
pedestal - pedestal, peana
bronze - bronce, broncíneo, broncínea, éneo, bronceado, tostado, pavonar
verdigris - cardenillo
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
advance - avanzar, progresar, avance, progreso, adelanto, avance
recede - retroceder; alejarse
denser - uaridas
tore - Romper
threadbare - deshilachado; raído
lightening - Rayos; (lighten) Rayos
'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
manliness - hombría, virilidad, varonilidad
inhuman - inhumano
overwhelmingly - Avasalladoramente
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
intricate - intrincado, complejo
parapets - parapetos; parapeto
dimly - tenuemente
creeping in - Entrar a hurtadillas
lessening - disminuyendo; menoscabar, disminuir, reducir, aminorar
seized with - agarrado, pillado, dominado por
panic - pánico
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
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
grappled - agarrado; forcejear, luchar
fiercely - con fiereza; fieramente
wrist - muneca; muneca
desperate - desesperado
onset - inicio; arremetida, aparición, ataque
struck - golpeado; tachar, borrar, golpear, pegar, acunar
violently - violentamente
panting - Jadeando; (pant) Jadeando
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
robes - togas; bata, hábito, toga
'Then I heard voices approaching me. Coming through the bushes by the White Sphinx were the heads and shoulders of men running. One of these emerged in a pathway leading straight to the little lawn upon which I stood with my machine. He was a slight creature-perhaps four feet high-clad in a purple tunic, girdled at the waist with a leather belt.
approaching - se acerca; acercarse, aproximarse
emerged - surgió; emerger, aparecer, surgir, aparecer, aflorar
pathway - camino; via, ruta
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
'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
consumptive - consumidor; tísico
hectic - agitado; ajetreado, febril, agobiante, frenético
regained - recuperado; recobrar
confidence - confianza; certeza, certeza propia, certidumbre, confidencia
'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
'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 - extranamente; extranamente, curiosamente, sorprendentemente
harsh - áspero, duro, severo, despotricar
tentacles - tentáculos; tentáculo
inspired - inspirado; inspirar, infundir
gentleness - gentileza; suavidad, dulzura
childlike - infantil
ease - facilidad; aliviar
flinging - lanzamiento; arrojar, lanzar
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.
hitherto - hasta ahora, hasta aquí, hasta este momento, en ese entonces
unscrewed - desatornillado; desatornillar, destornillar, desenroscar
levers - palancas; palanca
'And then, looking more nearly into their features, I saw some further peculiarities in their Dresden-china type of prettiness. Their hair, which was uniformly curly, came to a sharp end at the neck and cheek; there was not the faintest suggestion of it on the face, and their ears were singularly minute. The mouths were small, with bright red, rather thin lips, and the little chins ran to a point.
peculiarities - particularidades; peculiaridad
Dresden - Dresde
prettiness - belleza
uniformly - uniformemente
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.
'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.
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
abruptly - de repente; abruptamente, precipitadamente
fools - idiotas; bobo, imbécil, necio, pendejo, bufón, loco
anticipated - previsto; anticipar, prever
intellectual - intelectual
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
vain - vanidoso, vano, vacuo
'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
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
astonishment - asombro, estupefacción, sorpresa, extraneza
edifice - edificio
fretted - inquieto; preocuparse
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.
occupied with - ocupado con
portals - ortales; portal, portada, vena porta
yawned - bostezó; bostezar, abrirse, bostezo
shadowy - sombra; sombroso, sombreado, sombrío, umbroso
mysterious - misterioso
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
waxen - Encerado; (wax) Encerado
petals - pétalos; pétalo
variegated - Variar
shrubs - arbustos; arbusto
closely - de cerca; cercanamente
'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
Phoenician - fenicia; fenicio, fenicio
decorations - decoración, condecoración
Several more brightly clad people met me in the doorway, and so we entered, I, dressed in dingy nineteenth-century garments, looking grotesque enough, garlanded with flowers, and surrounded by an eddying mass of bright, soft-colored robes and shining white limbs, in a melodious whirl of laughter and laughing speech.
dingy - mugriento; sucio, sórdido
nineteenth - decimonoveno, diecinueveavo
grotesque - grotesco
garlanded - guirnalda, galardón, marco de honor
mass - montón, masa
'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
partially - parte
unglazed - Sin esmaltar
tempered - templado; temperamento, temple, templar, temperar, atemperar
slabs - placas; losa
deeply - profundamente; a fondo
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
likewise - similarmente, igualmente
peel - pelar
stalks - tallos; tallo
openings - Abrir
loath - Odiar
'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
fractured - fractura, fracturar
nevertheless - a pesar de todo; sin embargo, a pesar de esto, con todo
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.
dining - cenar; jaleo
silky - sedoso
'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.
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
floury - harinoso
husk - cáscara (cereales), vaina (judías, por ej.)
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
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
chatter - cháchara; chacharear, parlotear
attempts - intentos; intentar, tentativa, intento, ensayo
immense - inmenso
amusement - divertimiento, esparcimiento, diversión
amidst - en medio de; en medio
persisted - ersistió; persistir
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.
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.
eager - ávido, ansioso, deseoso
wander - vagar, divagar, errar, deambular, enganar
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
'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.
glow - resplandor; fulgir, fulgurar, iluminar, brillar
setting sun - Sol poniente; puesta del sol
situated - situado; situar
slope - pendiente, cuesta, desnivel, inclinación, ojo chueco, chuequito
Thames - Támesis
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
'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.
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
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.
intimation - Insinuación
'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
household - hogar, agregado familiar, núcleo familiar, familia, casero
greenery - verde
characteristic - característico, característica
'"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
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
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.
resemblance - semejanza, similitud, similaridad, parecido
softness - suavidad, molicie
Institution - institución
differentiation - diferenciación, diferenciación
occupations - ocupaciones; ocupación
militant - militante
necessities - necesidades; necesidad, menester
childbearing - a maternidad; embarazo
evil - malo, malvado
blessing - bendición; (bless); bendición
violence - violencia
secure - seguro, resguardado, confiable, aplomado
efficient - eficiente, eficaz
specialization - especialización
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.
'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
cupola - cúpula
oddness - extraneza
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.
miraculous - milagroso
'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.
corroded - corrosión; corroer
pinkish - rosadizo, arosado
rust - oxido; óxido
moss - musgo
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
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.
ruins - ruinas; ruina, desbaratar, arruinar, estropear, dar al traste
silvery - plateado, argénteo, argentino
obelisk - obelisco
hedges - etos; seto
proprietary rights - derechos de propiedad
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.)
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
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
steadily - De forma constante
climax - clímax, colofón, orgasmo
triumph - triunfar; triunfo
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
persistently - perseverantemente; persistentemente
horticulture - horticultura, jardinería
weed - mala hierba; (wee) mala hierba
cultivate - cultivar
wholesome - saludable, sano, íntegro
fight out - resolverlo a golpes, pelearla
gradually - gradualmente, poco a poco, paulatinamente
selective - selectiva; selectivo
breeding - Cría; (breed); criar, procrear, aparearse, cultivar, engendrar
peach - melocotón
grape - uva
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.
tentative - tentativo, provisional, experimental
eddies - torbellinos; remolino
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
leaped - saltó; saltar, brincar
gnats - mosquitos; mosquito
weeds - Maleza; (weed) Maleza
fungi - hongos; (fungus); hongo
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.
preventive - preventivo
attained - lcanzado; lograr, conseguir
stamped out - erradicado, apagado (fuego
contagious - contagioso, infeccioso, contagiante
decay - decadencia; descomposición, deterioración, putrefacción
'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
shelters - refugios; refugio, abrigo, amparo, asilo
gloriously - Gloriosamente
toil - esfuerzo, labrar, trabajar
Struggle - lucha, forcejeo, brega, luchar, esforzarse con denuedo
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
'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
vigour - vigor, vivacidad, vigor, lozanía, fuerza, energía
hardship - dificultades; sufrimientos, apuro, penalidades
loyal - leal, fiel
alliance - alianza
capable - capaz
self - yo; uno mismo
restraint - restricción, limitación, reserva, moderación, autocontrol
patience - paciencia, solitario
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
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
survivals - sobrevivientes; supervivencia
discords - discordias; discordia
refined - refinado; refinar, perfeccionar
'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
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
weakness - debilidad, flaqueza, punto débil, debilidad por, carino
tendencies - tendencias; tendencia
desires - deseos; desear, deseo, gana
survival - supervivencia
constant - constante, perseverante, firme, constante
failure - fallo, fracaso, fiasco, fracasado, avería
hindrances - obstáculos; obstáculo, rémora, traba, impedimento
solitary - solitario
beasts - bestias; bestia, animal, salvaje
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.
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
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
grindstone - muela, afiladora, esmoladera
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
devised - deado; concebir, inventar, tramar, maquinar, legar
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
'As I stood there musing over this too perfect triumph of man, the full moon, yellow and gibbous, came up out of an overflow of silver light in the north-east. The bright little figures ceased to move about below, a noiseless owl flitted by, and I shivered with the chill of the night. I determined to descend and find where I could sleep.
gibbous - 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.
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
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
strides - estridente
stanching - Aguantando; (stanch) Aguantando
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
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.
furiously - furiosamente
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.
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
intervention - intervención
duplicate - duplicado, duplicar, repetir, duplicado
attachment - apego, carino, afición, atadura, archivo adjunto, ejecución
tampering - manipulación; (tamper) manipulación
It had moved, and was hid, only in space. But then, where could it be?
'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
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
'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
splutter - Chisporrotear
flare - bengala
bawling - Gritando; (bawl); gritar, alarido, grito
sorely - Dolorosamente
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.
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
maddened - enloquecido; enloquecer
raved - eliró; delirar
screaming - gritando; grito, gritar
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
groping - palpar, tantear, buscar a tientas, manosear, meter mano
weeping - Llorando; (weep) Llorando
wretchedness - desdicha
misery - miseria, sinvivir, desgracia, desdicha, infortunio
sparrows - gorriones; pasérido, gorrión, pájaro
'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
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
'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.
cunning - astucia; astuto
scrambled - revuelto; gatear, revolver, arrebato, arrebatina
bathe - banarse; banar, lavar
stiff - rígido, duro, tieso, inflexible
desire - desear, deseo, gana
exhausted - exhausto; agotar, cansar, tubo de escape, gas de escape
examination - examen, examinación
futile - inútil, vano
conveyed - transmitido; transportar, trasladar, comunicar, expresar
stolid - sólido; estólido
jest - bromea; broma
impulse - impulso, capricho
devil - demonio; diablo
begotten - engendrado; engendrar, concebir
blind - ciego, invidente, celosía, persiana, ciega, ciego, cegar
anger - ira, enfado, enojo, rabia
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
on arrival - al llegar
struggled - luchado; lucha, forcejeo, brega, luchar, esforzarse con denuedo
overturned - derribado; volcar, derrocar, casar
removal - remoción, eliminación, mudanza
footprints - huellas; pisada, huella, pasos
sloth - pereza, perezoso
panels - paneles; panel, vineta, entrepano
rapped - rapeado; golpe seco
hollow - hueco
handles - manijas; mango; asa; manilla, pomo(puerta)
keyholes - cerraduras; ojo
infer - inferir, argüir, checkinferir
'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
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
'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.
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
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.
humour - humor, seguir la corriente
anxiety - zozobra, ansiedad, inquietud
most complicated - el más complicado
most hopeless - el más desesperado; el más incompetente
trap - trampa
'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.
avoidance - evitación, anulación, evasión, abstinencia
concern - preocupación, referirse a, ataner, concernir, tocar, preocupar
abstain - abstenerse, retener
pursuit - persecución
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
figurative - en sentido figurado; figurativo, figurado, traslaticio
propositions - propuestas; propuesta, proposición
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
'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
faded - desvanecido; moda, moda pasajera
serenity - sosiego, tranquilidad, serenidad, excelencia
presence - presencia
depth - profundidad
lay by - desatender, descuidar; ahorrar
rimmed - con borde; (rueda) llanta; borde, canto
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
flaring - explotando; bengala
steady - estable; firme, liso, fijo
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.
flicker - parpadeo; vacilar
scorched - quemado; chamuscar
extensive - extenso
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
'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
modes - modos; modo
conveniences - omodidades; conveniencia, comodidad
visions - visiones; vista, visión
Utopias - utopías; utopía
obtain - obtener, coger
imagination - imaginación, magín
inaccessible - inaccesible
amid - en medio de, entre
conceive - concebir
Tale - cuento; historia, relato
negro - negro, negra
Africa - África
tribe - tribu
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
unseen - No se ve
contributed - ontribuido; contribuir
automatic - automático, automático, semi-automática
'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
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
dining - cenar
machinery - máquinas, maquinaria, checkmecánica
appliances - aparatos; dispositivo, aparato, enseres, implemento, instrumento
fabrics - telas; tela, tejido, género
renewal - renovación
undecorated - Sin decorar
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
workshops - talleres; taller
playful - juguetón, divertido
'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
inscription - inscripción, dedicatoria
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!
'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.
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
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
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
display - mostrar; espectáculo, exposición, monitor, expositor
appreciation - apreciación
arbour - Enramada
chiefly - principalmente, sobre todo, particularmente, especialmente
friendliness - amabilidad; amigabilidad
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
'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.
tire - neumático
plaintively - Llamativamente
miniature - miniatura
flirtation - coqueteo
distress - aflicción, angustia, desasosiego, ansiedad
expostulations - expostulación
frantic - frenético
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 - aferrarse; engancharse, adherirse
inflicted - nfligido; infligir
merely - simplemente; meramente, puramente, solamente, sólo
fond - carinoso, afectuoso
showing in - mostrar el camino; presentar
doll - muneca
'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
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
droves - Conducir
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.
tumult - clamor, bullicio, alboroto, tumulto
apprehension - aprehensión; arresto, aprensión
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.
triumphed - triunfó; triunfo
acquaintance - conocido; amistad, conocimiento, junta, relación
pillowed - almohada
slips away - escaparse
awakened - despertado; despertar, despertarse
dawn - amanecer, alba, amanecer, aurora, madrugada
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.
dying - Muriendo; (dye) Muriendo
pallor - palidez
mingled - mezclados; mezclar
sombre - sombrío, grave
cheerless - Sin alegría
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
'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.
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
last will - última voluntad
overcrowded - Sobrepoblación
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
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
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
blaze - arde; llamarada, incendio; resplandor
renewed - renovado; reanudar, renovar, reiniciar, recomenzar
'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
glare - resplandor; mirada fulminante
ruin - ruina, desbaratar, arruinar, estropear, dar al traste
clambering - trepando; trepar
masonry - albanilería; albanilería, mampostería
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.
impenetrably - Impenetrablemente
blackness - negritud; negror, negrura
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
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
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
ladder - escalera, escalafón, carrera
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.
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.
suspect - barruntar, sospechar, sospechoso
Lemur - lémur
scheme - squema; régimen, proyecto, ardid, artimana, maquinación
worlders - mundanos
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
'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
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 - insinuación; pista, indicio, indirecta, buscapié, toque
vaguely - vagamente
'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
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
witness - testimonio, testigo, prueba, testificar, probar, presenciar
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
metropolitan - metrópolis; metropolitano
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?
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
Gulf - golfo
portions - porciones; porción
intrusion - intrusión
facilities - instalaciones; facilidad, instalación, material
temptations - entaciones; tentación
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
below ground - bajo tierra
nots - No
Workers - trabajadores; trabajador, obrero, obrera
adapted - adaptar, ajustar, adaptarse, adaptado
labour - trabajo, campesinos, trabajadores, parto, trabajar
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.
moral - moral, moraleja
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
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
masters - maestros; senor, dueno; senora, duena
restore - restablecer, restaurar
Terribly - terriblemente; rematadamente
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
concerned - preocupado; preocupación, referirse a, ataner, concernir, tocar
banishing - destierro; desterrar
inheritance - herencia
'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
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
whitened - lanqueado; blanquear
Lemurs - lémures; lémur
vermin - bichos; alimana, bicho, gentuza, sabandija
shirks - se escabulle; esquivar
boldly - con valentía; audazmente, valientemente
penetrating - penetrante; penetrar
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
observed - observado; observar, seguir, tomar en cuenta
facade - fachada
lustre - brillo
tint - tinte, matiz
bluish - azulado
porcelain - porcelana, loza
aspect - aspecto
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
parapet - parapeto
hooks - ganchos; gancho, garfio, enganchar
leak - fuga; gotera, agujero, rotura, vía, pérdida, filtración, gotear
amazement - asombro, sorpresa
piteous - lamentable
opposition - oposición
nerved - nervioso; nervio, coraje, descaro, frescura, nervios
proceed - continuar, proceder
roughly - a grandes rasgos; aproximadamente
agonized - agonizó; agonizar
reassure - tranquilizar, reasegurar
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
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
'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
fled - huyó; huir, desvanecerse, checkfugarse
vanishing - Desapareciendo; (vanish); desvanecerse, desaparecer, anularse
gutters - canales; arroyo, cuneta, canal, canalón
tunnels - túneles; túnel
glared - miró; mirada fulminante
'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
'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.
dimness - Opacidad
spectral - espectral
sheltered - refugiado; refugio, abrigo, amparo, asilo
stuffy - mal ventilado, congestionado, taponado, brioso
shed blood - derramar sangre
vista - vista
carnivorous - carnívoro
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.
unmeaning - sin sentido
lurking - al acecho; (lurk); acechar, agazaparse, ocultarse, esconderse
stung - picado; aguijón
wriggling - Retorciéndose; (wriggle); retorcer
'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
frightfully - Asustado
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.
endowed - dotar, costear, financiar, ser bendecido, ser dotado
'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.
economize - economizar, ahorrar
astonishing - asombroso; asombrar, sorprender, pasmar
novelty - novedad
lank - delgado, flaco
odour - olor
beings - seres; ser, criatura, existencia
disengaged - desconectado; desenganchar, desatar, liberar, retirar
plucking - desplumando; herir, desplumar, perseverancia
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.
clutched - aferrado; agarrar
discordantly - Discordantemente
strike - tachar, borrar, golpear, pegar, acunar, hacer la huelga
protection - protección
eking - golpeando; hacer alcanzar, racionar
rustling - usurro; (rustle); crujido
pattering - pattering; repiquetear, golpear, corretear
'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
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
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
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.
blinding - cegador; (blind); ciego, invidente, celosía, persiana, ciega
insensible - insensible
'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
impeded - impedido; impedir
simplicity - simplicidad, sencillez, llano
overcome - vencer, superar
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
'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.
incomprehensible - incomprensible
remarks - observaciones; observación, comentario
villainy - Villanía
hypothesis - hipótesis
mechanical - mecánico
evolution - evolución
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
paws - patas; pata, garra (gato), zarpa (león)
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 - agitado; remover, revolver
meditations - meditaciones; meditación
recall - recordar, evocar, retirada
'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.
ripe - maduro
prime - primer, primero
paralyse - paralizar(se)
terrors - terrores; terror
defend - defender
delay - retraso; aplazar, retrasar
refuge - refugio, refugiarse
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
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
heel - tacón; talón
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
eccentric - excéntrico
vase - un jarrón; jarrón, florero, vasija
floral - floral
decoration - decoración, condecoración
utilized - utilizado; utilizar
And that reminds me! In changing my jacket I found…'
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)
mallows - malvas; malva
'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
darkling - oscuro; (darkle) oscuro
preternaturally - Preternaturalmente
sharpened - afilado; afilar
hollowness - Oquedad
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?
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
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.
dense - denso, compacto, macizo, espeso, tupido, obscuro
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.
'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.
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 - lechoso
streamer - treamer; serpentina
yore - antano; antano
more splendid - más espléndido
Sirius - Sirio
scintillating - brillante; destellar
'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
gravities - gravedad
terrestrial - terrestre
unfathomable - incomprensible, insondable
precessional - precesional
pole - pértiga; polo
traversed - travesado; atravesar, recorrer
revolutions - revoluciones; revolución, vuelta, giro
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
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)
'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
pitied - compasión, piedad, lástima, pena, tener lástima
feeble - débil, endeble, feble, deficiente
rill - arroyito
run short - acabarse, quedarse sin
rats - ratas; rata
discriminating - discriminar
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
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
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
contrive - inventar; idear, improvisar
torch - antorcha, incendiar
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
'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
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.
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
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.
barrel - barril, tonel, canón, cano, embarrilar
Brontosaurus - Brontosaurio
sloping - inclinado; derramar(se), verter(se)
clearing away - despejando
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
reeds - lengüetas; junco, cana
instances - instancias; caso, ejemplo, ocasión, instancia
bodily - corporal, corpóreo, corporalmente
deadened - muerto; amortecer, amortiguar, insonorizar
Footsteps - pasos; huella, paso
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!
Palaeontology - paleontología; Palenteología
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
shrivelled - arrugado; arrugar
blackened - ennegrecido; ennegrecer, tiznar
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
smashed - aplastado; estrellar, destrozar, golpear, machucar
artificially - artificialmente
bulks - bultos; masa, corpulencia, grueso, bulto, a granel, masivo
linger - permanecer, demorar, persistir, perdurar, pervivir
puzzles - puzzles; rompecabezas, enigma, puzle, acertijo, intrigar
vaguest - más vago; vago, impreciso
'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.
revived - evivido; revivir
'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.
grasping - agarrando; agarrar, asir, comprender, asimiento, comprensión
whimper - gimoteo, lloriquear
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.
disinclination - desgana; aversión
slake - Saciar
thirst - sed, hambre, ambición, ansias, tener sed, desear
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
charred - chamuscado; chamuscar, carbonizar
rags - trapos; trapo
decaying - decayendo; descomposición, deterioración, putrefacción
warped - deformado; deformar; (madera) alabear, combar
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
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.
eagerly - con ganas; ansiosamente
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.
composite - compuesto, compuesto
whistling - Silbando; (whistle); silbato, pito, chifle, pitido
permitted - permitido; permitir
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.
immemorial - inmemorial
most strange - el más extrano
fortunate - afortunado, propicio, favorable, afortunada
camphor - alcanfor
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
inflammable - inflamable, combustible
explosives - explosivos; explosivo, explosivo
As yet my iron crowbar was the most helpful thing I had chanced upon. Nevertheless I left that gallery greatly elated.
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
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
rotted - pudriéndose; pudrir, podrir, putrefacción, podre
shattered - destrozado; astillar, estrellar, quebrantar, hacer anicos
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
merest - más; simple, mero
dynamite - dinamita, dinamitar
Eureka - eureka
joy - alegría, júbilo
selecting - seleccionando; selecto, seleccionar
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
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.
turfed - con césped; césped, terreno, territorio, tepe, gallón, turba
fruit-trees - (fruit-trees) Árboles frutales
refreshed - refrescado; refrescar
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
inadequate - inadecuado
'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
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
singular - singular, único, singular
calamity - calamidad, panish: t-needed
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
insidious - insidiosa; insidioso
approach - enfoque; acercarse, aproximarse
calculated - calculado; calcular
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
'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
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
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
'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
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.
accustomed - acostumbrado; acostumbrarse, habituar
overhead - sobrecarga; arriba, por encima de la cabeza; aéreo
'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
split - fisura, escisión, partir, dividir, escindir, repartir
flared up - estallar; brotar; reavivarse
knelt - de rodillas; arrodillarse
'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
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
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
'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.
Moreover - además, adicionalmente, otrosí
replenishing - reponiendo; rellenar, reponer
exertion - esfuerzo
slumbrous - Barrios
nod - asentir, cabecear, cabezada
clinging - aferrándose; engancharse, adherirse
bitterness - amargo, amargura, amargor, acíbar
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.
heaped - montonado; pila, montón, cúmulo, montículo, checkpila, amontonar
monstrous - monstruoso
overpowered - potente; dominar, vencer, panish: t-needed
nipping - pellizcos; pellizcar
succulent - suculento, suculenta, planta suculenta
'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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
relieved - aliviado; aliviar, relevar
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
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
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.
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
'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.
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.
stab - apunalar
blots - manchas; mancha, desdoro, emborronar, manchar
cupolas - cúpulas; cúpula
'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
permanency - permanencia
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
'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.
versatility - versatilidad
compensation - compensación; contrapartida
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
'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
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
'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
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
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
'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
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
persistent - persistente
studs - tachuelas; caballeriza
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.
'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
vibrated - vibró; vibrar
unheeding - desatención
dial - marcar
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
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
tidal - mareas; mareal
drag - arrastrar; llevar a rastras
cautiously - con cautela; precavidamente
reverse - invertir; dar marcha atrás
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
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
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)
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
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
stalked - acosado; tallo
corrugated - corrugado; corrugar
ornamented - ornamentado; ornamento, ornamento musical
ungainly - desgarbado, torpe
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
threadlike - en forma de hilo
qualm - dudas; escrúpulo, escrupulo, naúsea
antenna - antena
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.
Dead Sea - El Mar Muerto
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
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
thickened - engrosado; espesar
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
'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
contours - contornos; contorno
ebbed - disminuyó; reflujo, marea, marea baja, bajamar
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
'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
'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
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.'
He looked at the Medical Man. 'No. I cannot expect you to believe it. Take it as a lie-or a prophecy. Say I dreamed it in the workshop. Consider I have been speculating upon the destinies of our race until I have hatched this fiction. Treat my assertion of its truth as a mere stroke of art to enhance its interest. And taking it as a story, what do you think of it?'
prophecy - profecía
destinies - destinos; destino, sino
hatched - eclosionado; ventanilla
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
absorbed - absorbido; absorber
contemplation - contemplación
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
'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
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.
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
He caught up the lamp swiftly, and carried it, flaring red, through the door into the corridor. We followed him. There in the flickering light of the lamp was the machine sure enough, squat, ugly, and askew; a thing of brass, ebony, ivory, and translucent glimmering quartz.
squat - sentarse en cuclillas
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
We looked at each other. Then ideas began to come. 'Has Mr. -- gone out that way?'said I.
'No, sir. No one has come out this way. I was expecting to find him here.'
At that I understood. At the risk of disappointing Richardson I stayed on, waiting for the Time Traveller; waiting for the second, perhaps still stranger story, and the specimens and photographs he would bring with him. But I am beginning now to fear that I must wait a lifetime. The Time Traveller vanished three years ago. And, as everybody knows now, he has never returned.
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
Triassic - triásico, Triásico
riddles - enigmas; adivinanza, acertijo
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