The hero of the novel The Time Machine, which a young writer Herbert George Wells published in I895, travels on a mechanical
device into an unfathomable future. There he finds that mankind has split into two species: the Eloi, who are frail and defenseless
aristocrats living in idle gardens and feeding on the fruits of the trees; and the Morlocks, a race of underground proletarians
who, after ages of laboring in darkness, have gone blind, but driven by the force of the past, go on working at their rusted
intricate machinery that produces nothing. Shafts with winding staircases unite the two worlds. On moonless nights, the Morlocks
climb up out of their caverns and feed on the Eloi. The nameless hero, pursued by Morlocks, escapes back into the present.
He brings with him as a solitary token of his adventure an unknown flower that falls into dust and that will not blossom
on earth until thousands and thousands of years.