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Mr. Britling Sees It Through

H. G. Wells (1866-1946)

1. Mr. Direck Visits Mr. Britling (sections 1-6)
2. Mr. Direck Visits Mr. Britling (sections 7-12)
3. Mr. Britling Continues His Exposition (sections 1-6)
4. Mr. Britling Continues His Exposition (sections 7-9)
5. Mr. Britling Continues His Exposition (sections 10-11)
6. The Entertainment of Mr. Direck Reaches a Climax (sections 1-4)
7. The Entertainment of Mr. Direck Reaches a Climax (sections 5-8)
8. Mr. Britling in Soliloquy (sections 1-3)
9. Mr. Britling in Soliloquy (sections 4-5)
10. Mr. Britling in Soliloquy (sections 6-8)
11. The Coming of The Day (sections 1-4)
12. The Coming of The Day (sections 5-7)
13. The Coming of The Day (sections 8-9)
14. The Coming of The Day (sections 10-11)
15. The Coming of The Day (sections 12-15)
16. Onlookers (sections 1-6)
17. Onlookers (sections 7-13)
18. Onlookers (sections 14-18)
19. Taking Part (sections 1-3)
20. Taking Part (sections 4-7)
21. Taking Part (section 8)
22. Taking Part (sections 9-11)
23. Malignity (sections 1-6)
24. Malignity (sections 7-12)
25. In The Web of The Ineffective (sections 1-6)
26. In The Web of The Ineffective (sections 7-11)
27. In The Web of The Ineffective (sections 12-14)
28. In The Web of The Ineffective (section 15)
29. In The Web of The Ineffective (sections 16-20)
30. In The Web of The Ineffective (sections 21-26)
31. Mrs. Teddy Goes For a Walk (sections 1-5)
32. Mrs. Teddy Goes For a Walk (sections 6-10)
33. Mrs. Teddy Goes For a Walk (sections 11-14)
34. Mr. Britling Writes Until Sunrise (sections 1-4)
35. Mr. Britling Writes Until Sunrise (sections 5-12)

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Summary

"Mr. Britling Sees It Through" is H. G. Wells' attempt to make sense of World War I. It begins with a lighthearted account of an American visiting England for the first time, but the outbreak of war changes everything. Day by day and month by month, Wells chronicles the unfolding events and public reaction as witnessed by the inhabitants of one house in rural Essex. Each of the characters tries in a different way to keep their bearings in a world suddenly changed beyond recognition. This book was published in 1916 while the war was still in progress, so no clear resolution was possible. Wells did not know how long the war would last or which side would ultimately win, but he hoped that somehow, something good might eventually come of it.