History Headscratchers / TheTimeMachine

7th Feb '18 9:36:52 AM Sharlee
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** They might also eat some of that fruit that the Eloi are fond of eating. Besides which, we don't know if the Time Traveller has visited the only 'pen' that the Morlocks keep Eloi farmed in; they could be all over the place. It's a big world, and really the Time Traveller only sees a small corner of it.

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** They might also eat some of that fruit that the Eloi are fond of eating. Besides which, we don't know if the Time Traveller has visited the only 'pen' that the Morlocks keep Eloi farmed in; they could be all over the place. It's a big world, and really the Time Traveller only sees a small corner of it.it.
** In the novel, the TT speculates that the Morlocks' ancestors started out eating rats, worms, and other subterranean vermin that lived in the same tunnels they labored in. It's possible that they farm ''those'' creatures underground as a mainstay, and only go up to the surface to take Eloi (who'd be awfully slow-breeding for livestock) for banquets and the like.
7th Feb '18 9:33:05 AM Sharlee
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** He mentions that he picked up a few words of the Eloi language, so presumably he finally got one of them - probably Weena - to make a direct reference to the hairy underground flesh-eaters and picked up that that was the word for them

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** He mentions that he picked up a few words of the Eloi language, so presumably he finally got one of them - probably Weena - to make a direct reference to the hairy underground flesh-eaters and picked up that that was the word for themthem.
** The Eloi don't acknowledge what the Morlocks do ''to them''. It's possible that they do use the word in other contexts, like to tell young Eloi to keep clear of the feeding hall when the Morlocks are dropping off more fruits and vegetables.
7th Feb '18 9:25:10 AM Sharlee
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** It's likely that the Eloi have adapted to an all-vegetarian diet over the millennia, and the food provided to them by the Morlocks is lacking in B vitamins, zinc, magnesium and iron as well as protein. The Time Traveller still needs these for good health, and a body that's truly ''desperate'' for nutrients will welcome whatever source is available, even if this violates their usual habits or preferences.
5th Feb '18 7:01:57 AM DoctorNemesis
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** To quote Professor Arturo from ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', "my stomach has no political preferences." The Time Traveller clearly isn't a vegetarian by routine, and so is used to having meat in his diet. He has also subsisted for a week (from his perspective) on nothing but fruit. He's probably starving for the taste of meat. Also, his exact words indicate at the time would seem to suggest that the food he's survived on so far hasn't given him much in the way of protein, and meat is probably the closest thing available to fill that particular need. Plus, to be fair to him, him chowing down on a bit of mutton isn't exactly the same as the Morlocks resorting to cannibalism, since it's a different species[[note]]And if we want to be technical, the Morlocks have arguably evolved into a different species that the Eloi anyway, albeit both species being derived from humanity[[/note]]. Presumably the Time Traveller simply has a strong stomach / constitution.

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** To quote Professor Arturo from ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', "my stomach has no political preferences." The Time Traveller clearly isn't a vegetarian by routine, and so is used to having meat in his diet. He has also subsisted for a week (from his perspective) on nothing but fruit. He's probably starving for the taste of meat. Also, his exact words indicate at the time would seem to suggest that the food he's survived on so far hasn't given him much in the way of protein, and meat is probably the closest thing available to fill that particular need. Plus, to be fair to him, him chowing down on a bit of mutton isn't exactly the same as the Morlocks resorting to cannibalism, since it's a different species[[note]]And if we want to be technical, the Morlocks have arguably evolved into a different species that the Eloi anyway, albeit both species being derived from humanity[[/note]]. Presumably the Time Traveller simply has a strong stomach / constitution.
5th Feb '18 7:01:20 AM DoctorNemesis
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** To quote Professor Arturo from ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', "my stomach has no political preferences." The Time Traveller clearly isn't a vegetarian yet routine, and so is used to having meat in his diet. He has also subsisted for a week (from his perspective) on nothing but fruit. He's probably starving for the taste of meat. Also, his exact words indicate at the time would seem to suggest that the food he's survived on so far hasn't given him much in the way of protein, and meat is probably the closest thing available to fill that particular need. Plus, to be fair to him, him chowing down on a bit of mutton isn't exactly the same as the Morlocks resorting to cannibalism, since it's a different species[[note]]And if we want to be technical, the Morlocks have arguably evolved into a different species that the Eloi anyway, albeit both species being derived from humanity[[/note]]. Presumably the Time Traveller simply has a strong stomach / constitution.

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** To quote Professor Arturo from ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', "my stomach has no political preferences." The Time Traveller clearly isn't a vegetarian yet by routine, and so is used to having meat in his diet. He has also subsisted for a week (from his perspective) on nothing but fruit. He's probably starving for the taste of meat. Also, his exact words indicate at the time would seem to suggest that the food he's survived on so far hasn't given him much in the way of protein, and meat is probably the closest thing available to fill that particular need. Plus, to be fair to him, him chowing down on a bit of mutton isn't exactly the same as the Morlocks resorting to cannibalism, since it's a different species[[note]]And if we want to be technical, the Morlocks have arguably evolved into a different species that the Eloi anyway, albeit both species being derived from humanity[[/note]]. Presumably the Time Traveller simply has a strong stomach / constitution.
22nd May '17 8:25:04 PM DoctorNemesis
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** They might also eat some of that fruit that the Eloi are fond of eating. Besides which, we don't know if the Time Traveller has visited the only 'pen' that the Morlocks keep Eloi farmed in; they could be all over the place.

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** They might also eat some of that fruit that the Eloi are fond of eating. Besides which, we don't know if the Time Traveller has visited the only 'pen' that the Morlocks keep Eloi farmed in; they could be all over the place. It's a big world, and really the Time Traveller only sees a small corner of it.
8th May '17 2:29:24 AM DoctorNemesis
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* What do the Morlocks eat, other than Eloi? It seems unlikely that the Eloi are numerous enough to be their sole food source.

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* What do the Morlocks eat, other than Eloi? It seems unlikely that the Eloi are numerous enough to be their sole food source.source.
** They might also eat some of that fruit that the Eloi are fond of eating. Besides which, we don't know if the Time Traveller has visited the only 'pen' that the Morlocks keep Eloi farmed in; they could be all over the place.
14th Apr '17 9:02:08 AM DoctorNemesis
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** Or alternatively: we've got a bit of UnreliableNarrator going on, the Time Traveller doesn't actually ''know'' what they're really called, and is just giving both groups a name which seems appropriate. Since, as mentioned above, it's not like anyone can challenge him on it anyway.

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** Or alternatively: we've got a bit of UnreliableNarrator going on, the Time Traveller doesn't actually ''know'' what they're really called, and is just giving both groups a name which to him seems appropriate. Since, as mentioned above, it's not like anyone can challenge him on it anyway.
10th Apr '17 11:35:10 PM DoctorNemesis
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** Or alternatively: we've got a bit of UnreliableNarrator going on, the Time Traveller doesn't actually ''know'' what they're really called, and is just giving both groups a name which seems appropriate. Since, as mentioned above, it's not like anyone can challenge him on it anyway.
10th Apr '17 7:54:56 PM DoctorNemesis
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** Worth noting that the Time Traveller at several points admits that he's got no real certainty of whether or not his many speculations and hypotheses about the future society are actually accurate, but is just drawing the best conclusions he can based on his observations. Presumably he can't be 100% certain that the name he's associated with the Morlocks and the Eloi is actually the correct name used for them, but is simply calling them both that because (a) he's heard those words used around them and is assuming they apply, (b) he needs to call them ''something'' for purposes of clarity and conciseness, and (c) it's not like either his audience or the entities in question are in a position to challenge or correct him anyway.

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** Worth noting that the Time Traveller at several points admits that he's got no real certainty of whether or not his many speculations and hypotheses about the future society are actually accurate, but is just drawing the best conclusions he can based on his observations. Presumably he can't be 100% certain that the name he's associated with the Morlocks and the Eloi is actually the correct name used for them, that they actually are identified or identify themselves with, but is simply calling them both that because (a) he's heard those words words[=/=]noises used around them and is assuming they apply, (b) he needs to call them ''something'' for purposes of clarity and conciseness, and (c) it's not like either his audience or the entities in question are in a position to challenge or correct him anyway.



** To quote Professor Arturo from ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', "my stomach has no political preferences." The Time Traveller clearly isn't a vegetarian yet routine, and so is used to having meat in his diet. He has also subsisted for a week (from his perspective) on nothing but fruit. He's probably starving for the taste of meat. Also, his exact words indicate at the time would seem to suggest that the food he's survived on so far hasn't given him much in the way of protein, and meat is probably the closest thing available to fill that particular need. Plus, to be fair to him, him chowing down on a bit of mutton isn't exactly the same as the Morlocks resorting to cannibalism.

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** To quote Professor Arturo from ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', "my stomach has no political preferences." The Time Traveller clearly isn't a vegetarian yet routine, and so is used to having meat in his diet. He has also subsisted for a week (from his perspective) on nothing but fruit. He's probably starving for the taste of meat. Also, his exact words indicate at the time would seem to suggest that the food he's survived on so far hasn't given him much in the way of protein, and meat is probably the closest thing available to fill that particular need. Plus, to be fair to him, him chowing down on a bit of mutton isn't exactly the same as the Morlocks resorting to cannibalism.cannibalism, since it's a different species[[note]]And if we want to be technical, the Morlocks have arguably evolved into a different species that the Eloi anyway, albeit both species being derived from humanity[[/note]]. Presumably the Time Traveller simply has a strong stomach / constitution.
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