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Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us. He is among the first to discover that the object is an artificial cylinder that opens, disgorging Martians who are “big” and “greyish” with “oily brown skin”, “the size, perhaps, of a bear”, each with “two large dark-coloured eyes”, and lipless “V-shaped mouths” which drip saliva and are surrounded by two “Gorgon groups of tentacles”. The narrator finds them “at once vital, intense, inhuman, crippled and monstrous”. They briefly emerge, have difficulty in coping with the Earth’s atmosphere and gravity, and rapidly retreat into their cylinder. A tense day begins, with much anticipation of military action by the narrator. An army of Martian fighting-machines destroying England.
Woking to return the cart when in the early morning hours, a violent thunderstorm erupts. These tripods have wiped out the army units positioned around the cylinder and attacked and destroyed most of Woking. Woking and Leatherhead, cutting off the narrator from his wife. Martians retreat back to their original crater. This gives the authorities precious hours to form a defence-line covering London. London is given by the authorities, a terrifying and harrowing journey of three days, amongst thousands of similar refugees streaming from London. Elphinstone and her younger sister-in-law, just in time to help them fend off three men who are trying to rob them.
Elphinstone’s husband is missing, the three continue on together. After a terrifying struggle to cross a streaming mass of refugees on the road at Barnet, they head eastward. Two days later, at Chelmsford, their pony is confiscated for food by the local Committee of Public Supply. They press on to Tillingham and the sea.
Essex coast to evacuate refugees. Martians, though this allows the evacuation fleet to escape, including the ship carrying the narrator’s brother and his two travelling companions. Shortly thereafter, all organised resistance has ceased, and the Martians roam the shattered landscape unhindered. At the beginning of Book Two the narrator and the curate are plundering houses in search of food. Martian invaders may have “a purpose other than destruction” for their victims.