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THE DOOR
IN THE WALL
And Other Stories
BY
H. G. WELLS
CONTENTS
The Door in the Wall 5
The Star 27
A Dream of Armageddon 43
The Cone 75
A Moonlight Fable 91
The Diamond Maker 99
The Lord of the Dynamos 111
The Country of the Blind 125
THE DOOR IN THE WALL
AND OTHER STORIES
THE DOOR IN THE WALL
I
One confidential evening, not three months ago, Lionel Wallace told
me this story of the Door in the Wall. And at the time I thought
that so far as he was concerned it was a true story.
He told it me with such a direct simplicity of conviction that
I could not do otherwise than believe in him. But in the morning,
in my own flat, I woke to a different atmosphere, and as I lay in
bed and recalled the things he had told me, stripped of the glamour
of his earnest slow voice, denuded of the focussed shaded table
light, the shadowy atmosphere that wrapped about him and the
pleasant bright things, the dessert and glasses and napery of the
dinner we had shared, making them for the time a bright little
world quite cut off from every-day realities, I saw it all as
frankly incredible. "He was mystifying!" I said, and then: "How


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