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The Time Machine “This little affair,” said the Time Traveler, resting his elbow upon the table and pressing his hands together above the apparatus, “is only a model. It is my plan for a machine to travel through time. You will notice that it looks singularly askew, and that there is an odd twinkling appearance about this bar, as though it was in some way unreal.” He pointed to the part with his finger. “Also, here is one little white lever, and here is another.” The Medical Man got up out of his chair and peered into the thing. “It’s beautifully made,” he said. “It took two years to make,” retorted the Time Traveler. Then, when we had all imitated the action of the Medical Man, he said, “Now I want you clearly to understand that this lever, being pressed over, sends the machine gliding into the future, and this other reverses the motion. This saddle represents the seat of a time traveler. Presently I am going to press the lever, and off the machine will go. It will vanish, pass into future time, and disappear. Have a good look at the thing. Look at the table too, and satisfy yourselves there is no trickery. I don’t want to waste this model, and then be told I’m a quack.” There was a minute’s pause perhaps. The psychologist seemed about to speak to me, but changed his mind. Then the Time Traveler put forth his finger towards the lever. “No,” he said suddenly. “Lend me your hand.” And turning to the Psychologist, he took that individual’s hand in his own and told him to put out his forefinger. So that it was the Psychologist himself who sent forth the model Time machine on its voyage. We all saw the lever turn. I am absolutely certain there was no trickery. There was a breath of wind, and the lamp flame jumped. One of the candles on the mantel was blown out, and the little machine suddenly swung round, became indistinct, was seen as a ghost for a second perhaps, as an eddy of faintly glittering brass and ivory; and it was gone—vanished! Save for the lamp the table was bare
he took that individual’s hand in his own and told him to put out his forefinger. So that it was the Psychologist himself who sent forth the model Time machine on its voyage. We all saw the lever turn
Basically he made him do it so he saw it for himself and because he was the one who done it. So no one would believe he was a quack (a mental person or crazy/insane)
Thats just my assumption.
Why does the Time Traveler make the Psychologist press the lever? He wants his visitors to believe him. He is too afraid to press it himself. He can tell that the Psychologist wants to do it.
Ask yourself when you read it again: Does he have something to prove? Does it say hes afraid or give any indicators? Does it say anything about him knowing he wants to do it? What do you know for sure?