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With The Eyes Shut

Edward Bellamy

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I confess I had not the nerve to light the gas to investigate till I had indued my more essential garments. Of course I found no lady in the room, but only a clock. I had not particularly noticed it on going to bed, because it looked like any other clock, and so now it continued to behave until the hands pointed to three. Then, instead of leaving me to infer the time from the arbitrary symbolism of three strokes on a bell, the same voice which had before electrified me informed me, in tones which would have lent a charm to the driest of statistical details, what the hour was. I had never before been impressed with any particular interest attaching to the hour of three in the morning, but as I heard it announced in those low, rich, thrilling contralto tones, it appeared fairly to coruscate with previously latent suggestions of romance and poetry, which, if somewhat vague, were very pleasing. Turning out the gas that I might the more easily imagine the bewitching presence w. . . Read More

Community Reviews

✔️ Published in 1898.

“Fun and imaginative” is what best describes this short quasi-Utopian-type story.

This tale, told in the first person, is told by a train traveller, wherein he opines that train “rides are naturally tiresome to persons who cannot read on the cars, and . . . I resigned myself, on

Way before radio this is a story that reminds me of using Audible.

It is a short story of around 45 pages. This means that you can easily read this in one evening.

The story is a really fast read, but it is still very interesting at the same time. This book is old originally published in the late nineteenth century but, but it is still a timeless classic because it