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ELOI (EE-loi)

One of the two post-human races in H. G. Wells' novel The Time Machine
Common clues: “The Time Machine" race; Wellsian race; “The Time Machine” leisure class; Weena's race, in a Wells novel; Race in a Wells novel; Morlock victims
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Very simple was my explanation, and plausible enough---as most wrong theories are!” ~ H.G. Wells, The Time Machine

The Eloi are one of the two post-human races in H. G. Wells' novel The Time Machine. In the year AD 802,701, humanity has evolved into two separate species: the Eloi and the Morlocks. The Eloi are the rich, attractive upper class which lives in luxury on the surface of the earth while the Morlocks live underground, tending machinery and providing food, clothing and infrastructure for the Eloi. Each class evolved (or degenerated) from different social classes as humans, a theme that reflects upon Wells' sociopolitical opinions.

The main difference from their earlier ruler-worker state is that while the Morlocks continue to support the world's infrastructure and serve the Eloi, the Eloi have undergone significant physical and mental deterioration. Having solved all problems which required strength, intelligence or virtue, they have slowly become dissolute, frail idiots. While one initially has the impression that the Eloi live a life of play and toilless abundance, it is revealed that the Morlocks are tending to their needs as a farmer tends to cattle. It seems that Eloi comprise most (if not all) of the Morlock diet and the Eloi are no longer capable of acting in any other role.

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