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THE WHEELS OF CHANCE

THE WHEELS OF CHANCE


A BICYCLING IDYLL


BY


H. G. WELLS
Author of "The Time Machine," " The Wonderful Visit," etc.


WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY J. AYTON SYMINGTON




New York
THE MACMILLAN COMPANY
LONDON: MACMILLAN & CO., LTD.
1913

All rights reserved

The wheels of chance frontispiece

Frontispiece.

Copyright, 1896,

By THE MACMILLAN COMPANY.


Set up and electrotyped. Published October, 1896. Reprinted
September, 1897; May, 1906; March, 1913.
Special edition, in paper covers, June, 1905.


Norwood Press
J. S. Cashing & Co.—Berwick & Smith Co
Norwood, Mass., U.S.A.

To

MY DEAR MOTHER

CONTENTS

 
  1. PAGE
  2. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    1
  3. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    17
  4. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    29
  5. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    40
  6. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    59
  7. The Imagingings of Mr. Hoopdriver's Heart
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    69
  8. Omissions
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    76
  9. The Dreams of Mr. Hoopdriver
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    79
  10. How Mr. Hoopdriver went to Haslemere
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    84
  11. How Mr. Hoopdriver reached Midhurst
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    92
  12. An Interlude
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    99
  13. Of the Artificial in Man, and of the Zeitgeist
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    105
  14. The Encounter at Midnight
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    109
  15. The Pursuit
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    127
  16. At Bognor
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    136
    1. The Moonlight Ride
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      157
    2. The Surbiton Interlude
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      167
    3. The Awakening of Mr. Hoopdriver
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      178
    4. The Departure from Chichester
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      185
    5. The Unexpected Anecdote of the Lion
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      197
    6. The Rescue Expedition
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      207
    7. Mr. Hoopdriver, Knight Errant
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      231
    8. The Abasement of Mr. Hoopdriver
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      256
    9. In the New Forest
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      280
    10. At the Rufus Stone
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      297
    11. The Envoy
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      317


The Wheels of Chance: A Bicycling Idyll

By H.G. Wells.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924.


The author died in 1946, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.