as a contrast to the fantastical nature of the story about to be told, and in part to highlight the comfort of
the upper classes from which man's future evolution begins. The Time Traveller journeys to the future
not in a safari suit and pith-helmet, but in a tail-coat. And he goes ill-equipped, surmising that "the men
of the Future would certainly be infinitely ahead of ourselves in all their appliances. I had come without
arms, without medicine, without anything to smoke... If only I had thought of a Kodak!" Respectability,
along with progress, goes up in a puff of a paradox.