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Re: VMs: One simple question

In message <200409200604.i8K64P9h018328@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Jorge
Stolfi <stolfi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes
>  > [Anthony:] At a rough glance through my copy of "The War of the
>  > Worlds" which is undated but looks to be from about 1905 or
>  > thereabouts, it includes at least two instances of "brothers" in
>  > the plural...
>Strange. Can you tell me the context of those two occurrences?

My apologies for the delay.

Chapter 14 of the edition in question begins "The younger of my brothers
was in London..."

The other is near the end of Chapter 14 "He was now very anxious on
account of his brothers, and disturbed at the evident magnitude of the

>My version of WotW came from the Project Gutemberg archive,
>fetched ca. 1998-11-09. The spelling seems to be modern(ized) one.
>Could it be abridged? (I count 60201 words, excluding punctuation,
>numbers, and a few other things.)

There have been countless editions, official and unofficial, since first
publication as a serial in Pearson's Magazine in 1897. The one I quoted
above is a very cheap one of about 1905 I would guess, possibly from
Boots' Lending Library. I'm not about to count the words, I'm afraid...

An edition of 1910 by Heinemann gives the relevant quotations as "My
younger brother was in London..." and "He was now very anxious on my




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