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- On the platform from which the midnight train usually starts he learned, after some waiting, that an accident prevented trains from reaching Woking that night.1.14 — Book 1 Chapter 14 — In London (10% in)
- But that night the strangeness of things about me, and my physical wretchedness, prevented me, for I was bruised, weary, wet to the skin, deafened and blinded by the storm.1.10 — Book 1 Chapter 10 — In the Storm (79% in)
- It was the only warship in sight, but far away to the right over the smooth surface of the sea—for that day there was a dead calm—lay a serpent of black smoke to mark the next ironclads of the Channel Fleet, which hovered in an extended line, steam up and ready for action, across the Thames estuary during the course of the Martian conquest, vigilant and yet powerless to prevent it.1.17 — Book 1 Chapter 17 — The "Thunder Child" (44% in)
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