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The War of the Worlds - H. G. Wells

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The War of the Worlds, by H(erbert) G(eorge) Wells [1898]

     But who shall dwell in these worlds if they be
     inhabited? .  .  .  Are we or they Lords of the
     World? .  .  .  And how are all things made for man?--
          KEPLER (quoted in The Anatomy of Melancholy)



                          BOOK ONE


                 THE COMING OF THE MARTIANS



                         CHAPTER ONE


                     THE EVE OF THE WAR


   No one would have believed in the last years of the
nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly
and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as
mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their
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