E.M. Forster’s The Machine Stops (Part I)

THE MACHINE STOPS by E.M. Forster Copyright 1909 I. THE AIR-SHIP Imagine, if you can, a small room, hexagonal in shape, like the cell of a bee. It is lighted neither by window nor by lamp, yet it is filled with a soft radiance. There are no apertures for ventilation, yet the air is fresh. There…

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E.M. Forster’s The Machine Stops (Part II)

The Machine Stops Copyright 1909 E.M. Forster   II.  THE MENDING APPARATUS By a vestibule, by a lift, by a tubular railway, by a platform, by a sliding door – by reversing all the steps of her departure did Vashti arrive at her son”s room, which exactly resembled her own. She might well declare that…

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E.M. Forster’s The Machine Stops (Part III)

THE MACHINE STOPS by E.M. Forster Copyright 1909   III. THE HOMELESS During the years that followed Kuno”s escapade, two important developments took place in the Machine. On the surface they were revolutionary, but in either case men”s minds had been prepared beforehand, and they did but express tendencies that were latent already. The first of…

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