“As a matter of fact, use and wont still ruled the world, and save for the talk of idle moments and the splendor of the night, nine human beings out of ten were still busy at their common occupations.” (Wells, 45)
I find this part interesting because for all the hype and hysteria surrounding what seems to be a life altering, world altering, event people still carried on with their usual business. With possible death and destruction of the earth, people still lived like it would go on as it always has, even if none of it might matter at all in just a little time. The mathematician earlier said that “Man has lived in vain.” And it seems true with the end of it seeming so close with the star approaching, but I guess in the same way, no person really knows when their life will end, but they know that it will at some point. I guess it doesn’t matter then if that time then seems closer, people will live their lives without death at the forefront of their minds, or else nothing will ever seem like it matters. And maybe nothing does, in the larger scheme of things.
Wells, H.G. “The Star.” The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction. Ed. Arthur B. Evans, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr., Joan Gordon, Veronica Hollinger, Rob Latham, and Carol McGuirk. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2010. 40-49. Print.