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The Lost World

Mr. MaloneLoading... is about to propose to the woman he loves

21 minute read, episode 1 of 18.

Mr. Hungerton, her father, really was the most tactless person on earth, — a fluffy, feathery, untidy cockatoo of a man, perfectly good-natured, but absolutely centered on his own silly self. If anything could have driven me from GladysLoading..., it would have been the thought of such a father-in-law. I am convinced that he really believed in his heart that I came around to the Chestnuts three days a week for the pleasure of his company, and very especially to hear his views on bimetallism, a subject upon which he he is seen as an authority.



Mr. MaloneLoading... meets Professor ChallengerLoading..., who is known to be aggressive

17 minute read, episode 2 of 18.

M
y friend's fear or hope was not destined to be realized. When I called on Wednesday there was a letter with the West Kensington postmark on it, and my name scrawled across the envelope in a handwriting which looked like a barbed-wire railing. The contents were as follows: —
“ENMORE PARK, W.

“SIR, — I have duly received your note, in which you claim to endorse my views, although I am not aware that they depend on endorsement either from you or anyone else. You have ventured to use the word 'speculation' with regard to my statement on the subject of Darwinism, and I would call your attention to the fact that such a word in such a connection is offensive to a degree. The context convinces me, however, that you have sinned rather through ignorance and tactlessness than through malice, so I am content to pass the matter by. You quote an isolated sentence from my lecture, and appear to have some difficulty in understanding it. I should have thought that only a sub-human intelligence could have failed to grasp the point, but if it really needs amplification I shall consent to see you at the hour named, though visits and visitors of every sort are exceeding distasteful to me. As to your suggestion that I may modify my opinion, I would have you know that it is not my habit to do so after a deliberate expression of my mature views. You will kindly show the envelope of this letter to my man, Austin, when you call, as he has to take every precaution to shield me from the intrusive rascals who call themselves 'journalists.'

“Yours faithfully,
    “GEORGE EDWARD CHALLENGER.”



Professor ChallengerLoading... tells Mr. MaloneLoading... about the unbelievable things he saw on his last trip to South America

21 minute read, episode 3 of 18.

In the first place,” went on Professor ChallengerLoading..., “you are probably aware that two years ago I made a journey to South America — one which will be classical in the scientific history of the world? The object of my journey was to verify some conclusions of Wallace and of Bates, which could only be done by observing their reported facts under the same conditions in which they had themselves noted them. If my expedition had no other results it would still have been noteworthy, but a curious incident occurred to me while there which opened up an entirely fresh line of inquiry.


An exceedingly turbulent meeting of the Zoological Institute

19 minute read, episode 4 of 18.

M
y day was a busy one, and I had an early dinner at the Savage Club with Tarp Henry, to whom I gave some account of my adventures. He listened with a sceptical smile on his gaunt face, and roared with laughter on hearing that the Professor had convinced me.

“My dear chap, things don't happen like that in real life. People don't stumble onto enormous discoveries and then lose their evidence. Leave that to the novelists. The fellow is as full of tricks as the monkey-house at the Zoo. It's all bosh.”



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