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It was written to serve a purely transitory end and Wells was quite indifferent to its fate once that limited end had been served. His lack of patience with men and institutions was certainly a grave weakness, both in his temperament and his thought. He himself had no illusions about his shortcomings. I am a far less stable creature than she [Jane Wells] was, with a driving quality that holds my instabilities together. I have more 22 An H. G. Wells Companion drive than strength, and little patience; I am hasty and incompetent about much of the detailed business of life because I put too large a proportion of my available will and energy into issues that dominate me.

Little Wars, published in 1913, elaborates a number of ideas for war games played with wooden bricks and toy soldiers. See also The New Machiavelli, Chapter 2, §1. THE. Short story, first published in the Pall Mall Budget, 6 September 1894, and reprinted in SB and CB: a stoker employed at the Camberwell electric railway worships a large dynamo as a deity and kills his superior, Holroyd, in a religious frenzy. LOST INHERITANCE, THE. Short story, first published circa 1896 and reprinted in PS: a rich uncle leaves his will hidden inside the pages of a book, but this is not discovered until years after his death, by which time it is too late to comply with his wishes.

Rather was his work and thought a continual interplay of the two attitudes. In his franker moments he was aware of this contradiction. He rarely confessed as much in his own person, but preferred to express it from the viewpoint of his fictional heroes. 13 * * * * * Wells's Literary Reputation 25 It is significant that as a scientific romancer Wells's reputation is still high, as a novelist his fame (in common with that of Gals worthy and Bennett) has declined very considerably, and as a thinker and social theorist his standing has fallen to almost zero.

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