Unbeknown to me, the version of H.G. Well’s time machine that I read was really an edited version. One which left out this little gem.
“This is the text present in Chapter 11 of H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine as serialized in the New Review. It was cut from the book but later published on its own as a short story, “The Grey Man.” Any changes made in that version are unavailable”
Courtesy of Wikisource.