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The Invisible Man by H G Wells Free Audiobook Perfectly Read Aloud Full Book (ST)

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The Time Machine (version 3)by H. G. WellsWelcome to the TAle Teller Club featured free audiobook.auto text via our robotsthis is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit www.librivox.orgtoday's reading by alex foster www.alexfoster dot me dot uk the invisible man by h.g wells chapter one the strange man's arrivalthe stranger came early in february one wintry day through a biting wind and a driving snow the last snowfall of the year over the down walking from bramblehurst railway station and carrying a little black portmanteau in his thickly gloved hand he was wrapped up from head to foot and the brim of his soft felt hat hid every inch of his face but the shiny tip of his nose the snow had piled itself against his shoulders and chest and added a white crest to the burden he carried he staggered into the coaching horses more dead than alive and flung his portmanteau down a fire he cried in the name of human charity a room and a fire he stamped and shook the snow from off himself in the bar and followed mrs hall into her guest parlor to strike his bargain and with that much introduction that and a couple of sovereigns flung upon the table he took up his quarters in the innmrs hall lit the fire and left him there while she went to prepare him a meal with her own hands a guest to stop at hyping in the winter time was an unheard of piece of luck let alone a guest who was no hagler and she resolved to show herself worthy of her good fortune as soon as the bacon was well underway and millie her lymphatic aid had been brisked up a bit by a few deathly chosen expressions of contempt she carried the cloth plates and glasses into the parlor and began to lay them with the utmost igla although the fire was burning up briskly she was surprised to see that her visitor still wore his hat and coat standing with his back to her and staring out of the window at the falling snow in the yard his gloved hands were clasped behind him and he seemed to be lost in thought she noticed that the melting snows that still sprinkled his shoulders dripped upon her carpet can i take your hat and coat sir she said and give them a good try in the kitchen no he said without turning she was not sure she had heard him and was about to repeat her question he turned his head and looked at her over his shoulder i prefer to keep them on he said with emphasis and she noticed that he wore big blue spectacles with side lights and had a bush side whisker over his coat collar that completely hid his cheeks and face very well sir she said as you like in a bit the room will be warmerhe made no answer and had turned his face away from her again and mrs hall feeling that her conversational advances were ill-timed laid the rest of the table things in a quick staccato and whisked out of the room when she returned he was still standing there like a man of stone his back hunched his collar turned up his dripping hat brim turned down hiding his face and ears completely she put down the eggs and bacon with considerable emphasis and called rather than said to him your lunches served her thank you he said at the same time and did not stir until she was closing the door then he swung around and approached the table with a certain ego quicknessas she went behind the bar to the kitchen she heard a sound repeated at regular intervals choke choke choke it went the sound of a spoon being rapidly whisked around a basin that girl she said there i clean forgot it it's her being so long and while she herself finished mixing the mustard she gave millie a few verbal stabs for her excessive slowness she had cooked the ham and eggs laid the table and done everything while millie help indeed had only succeeded in delaying the mustard and him a new guest and wanting to stay then she filled the mustard pot and putting it with a certain stateliness upon a golden black tea tree carried it into the parlorshe wrapped and entered promptly as she did so her visitor moved quickly so that she got but a glimpse of a white object disappearing behind the table it would seem he was picking something from the floor she wrapped down the mustard pot on the table then she noticed the overcoat and hat had been taken off and put over a chair in front of the fire and a pair of wet boots threatened rust to her steel fender she went to these things resolutely i suppose i may have them to dry now she said in a voice that broke no denial leave the hat said her visitor in a muffled voice and turning she saw he had raised his head and was sitting and looking at her for a moment she stood gaping at him too surprised to speak he held a white cloth it was a soviet he had brought with him over the lower part of his face so that his mouth and jaws were completely hidden and that was the reason of his muffled voice but it was not that which startled mrs hall it was the fact that all his forehead above his blue glasses was covered by a white bandage and that another covered his ears leaving not a scrap of his face exposed accepting only his pink peaked nose it was bright pink and shiny just as it had been at first he wore a dark brown velvet jacket with a high black lean-lined collar turned up about his neck the thick black hair escaping as it could below and between the cross bandages projected in curious tales and horns giving him the strangest appearance conceivable this muffled and bandaged head was so unlike what she had anticipated that for a moment she was rigidhe did not remove the serviette but remained holding it as she saw now with a brown gloved hand and regarding her with his inscrutable blue glasses leave the hat he said speaking very distinctly through the white cloth her nerves began to recover from the shock that they had received she placed the hat on the chair again by the fire i i didn't know sir she began that and she stopped embarrassed thank you he said dryly glancing from her to the door then at her again i'll have them nicely dried sir at once she said and carried his clothes out of the room she glanced at his white swathed head and blew goggles again as she was going out of the door but his napkin was still in front of his face she shivered a little as she closed the door behind her and her face was eloquent of her surprise and perplexity i never she whispered there she went quite softly to the kitchen and was too preoccupied to ask millie what she was messing about with now when she got therethe visitor sat and listened to her retreating feet he glanced inquiringly at the window before he removed his serviette and resumed his meal he took a mouthful glanced suspiciously at the window took another mouthful then rose and taking the soviet in his hand walked across the room and pulled the blind down to the top of the white muslin that obscured the lower panes this left the room in a twilight this done he returned with an easier heir to the table and his meal the poor souls had an accident or an operation or something said mrs hall what a turn them bandages did give me to be sure she put on some more coal unfolded the clothes horse and extended the traveller's coat upon this and they goggles why he looked more like a diving helmet than a human man she hung his muffler on the corner of the horse and holding that handkerchief over his mouth all the time talking through it perhaps his mouth was hurt too maybe she turned around as one who suddenly remembers bless my soul alive she said going off at a tangent ain't you done them taters yet milliewhen mrs hall went to clear away the stranger's lunch her idea that his mouth must also have been cut or disfigured in the accident she supposed him to have suffered was confirmed for he was smoking a pipe and all the time that she was in the room he never loosened the silk muffler he had wrapped around the lower part of his face to put the mouthpiece to his lips yet it was not forgetfulness for she saw he glanced at it as it smulded out he sat in the corner with his back to the window blind and spoke now having eaten and drunk and being comfortably warmed through with less aggressive brevity than before the reflection of the fire lent a kind of red animation to his big spectacles that they had lacked hithertoi have some luggage he said at bramblehurst station and he asked her how he could have it sent he bowed his bandaged head quite politely in acknowledgment of her explanation tomorrow he said there is no speedier delivery and seemed quite disappointed when she answered no was she quite sure no man with a trap could go over mrs hall nothing loathe answered his questions and developed a conversation it's a steep road by the down sir she said in answer to the question about a trap and then snatching at an opening said it was there a carriage was upsettled a year ago and more a gentleman killed besides his coachmen accidents happen in a moment don't they but the visitor was not to be drawn so easily they do he said through his muffler eyeing her quietly through his impenetrable glasses but they take long enough to get well don't they there was my sister's son tom just cut his arm with a scythe and tumbled on it in the a field and blessed me he was three months tied up sir you hardly believe it it's regular given a dread of a scythe sir i can quite understand that said the visitor he was afraid one time that he'd have to have an operation he was that bad so the visitor laughed abruptly a bark of a laugh that he seemed to bite and kill in his mouth was he he said he was sir and no laughing matter to them has had for doing for him as i had my sister being took up with her little ones so much there was bandages to do so and bandages to undo so that if i might be so bold as to say so will you get me some matches said the visitor quite abruptly my pipe is outmrs hall was pulled up suddenly it was certainly rude of him after telling him all she had done she

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