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Consistently throughout his writings recurs his dream of mankind being salvaged by a creative minority of leading men and women-'the vast complex of powerful people, clever people, enterprising people, influential people, amidst whom power is diffused today'Y It has been said of him that he wanted to see the whole world become one gigantic middle class, and it is certainly true that there was little room in his planetary Utopias for the purely manual worker. In fairness it should be said that he made strenuous efforts to understand the character and psychology of the English working man, and certainly had the gift of mingling with all social classes on terms of complete equality.

Short story, first published in the Pall Mall Gazette, 1894. Included in SB. An ostrich is alleged to have swallowed a diamond, but the story is revealed to be a hoax. DESERT DAISY, THE. The Desert Daisy, a reproduction in facsimile of a narrative written by Wells during the period 1878-80, was published by the University of Illinois, USA, in 195 7. DIAMOND MAKER, THE. Short story, first published in the Pall Mall Budget, 1894. Included in SB and DW. The narrator meets a man who claims to know a method of manufacturing artificial diamonds.

7'; 'The Thumb Mark'; 'The Loyalty of Esau Common'; 'Master Anthony and the Zeppelin'; 'The Wild Asses ofthe Devil'; 'The Queer Story of Brownlow's Newspaper'; 'Answer to Prayer'; 'The New Faust'. CONCERNINGACERTAINLADY. FirstpublishedinBlackand White, 29 September 1894, and reprinted in CPM: describes a certain ill-mannered lady in a blue serge suit and a black hat who continually annoys and impedes the narrator. CONCERNING CHESS. First published in the Pall Mall Gazette, 12 February 1895, and reprinted in CPM: criticises the passion for 40 An H.

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