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When the Sleeper Wakes - H. G. Wells

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WHEN THE SLEEPER WAKES

CHAPTER I


INSOMNIA

One afternoon, at low water, Mr. Isbister, a young
artist lodging at Boscastle, walked from that place to 
the picturesque cove of Pentargen, desiring to examine 
the caves there. Halfway down the precipitous path 
to the Pentargen beach he came suddenly upon a man 
sitting in an attitude of profound distress beneath 
a projecting mass of rock. The hands of this man 
hung limply over his knees, his eyes were red and 
staring before him, and his face was wet with tears.   

He glanced round at Isbister's footfall. Both men 
were disconcerted, Isbister the more so, and, to 
override the awkwardness of his involuntary pause, he 
remarked, with an air of mature conviction, that the 
weather was hot for the time of year.

"Very," answered the stranger shortly, hesitated a 
second, and added in a colourless tone, "I can't sleep." 

Isbister stopped abruptly. "No?" was all he said, 
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