There is no difference between time and any of the three dimensions of space except that our consciousness moves along it.
Coming through the bushes by the White Sphinx were the heads and shoulders of men running, One of these emerged in a pathway leading straight to the little lawn upon which I stood with my machine, He was a slight creature--- perhaps four feet high-- clad in a purple tunic, girdled at the waist with a leather belt.
When I tell you that none made the slightest attempt to rescue the weakly crying little thing which was drowning before their eyes. A little rubbing of the limbs soon brought her round, and I had the satisfaction of seeing she was all right before I left her.
Wells employs symbolism of light\dark to represent life and death or god and evil and upper world\underworld for a seeming paradise versus a place of horror.
Socirty must take care lest its "progressive" theories and advances in technology lead ultimately to the degradation rather than the elevation of humankind.