The Wheels of Chance
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The Wheels of Chance
By H. G. Wells
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A classic novel of bicycles, gallantry, and irrepressible romance. One of H. G. Wells's earliest novels, written before his great successes with The Time Machine and The War of the World, "The Wheels of Chance" is a whimsical romance between a Walter Mitty-like draper's assistant -- one Mr. Hoopdriver -- and the Lady in Grey. The entire story takes place as the characters travel by bicycle through the English countryside, in the brief halcyon era between the invention of the bicycle and the advent of the automobile. The shy Mr. Hoopdriver perceives that the Lady in Grey is being seduced by her supposed protector, and over the course of several days and many miles of cycling, he gallantly comes to her aid. With hilarious descriptions of the early days of cycling, a romping plot of high adventure, and H. G. Wells's long-neglected writing of the finest order, "The Wheels of Chance" will find many happy readers in this automotive age.

Table of Contents
  • THE WHEELS OF CHANCE; A BICYCLING IDYLL
  • 1896
  • I. THE PRINCIPAL CHARACTER IN THE STORY
  • II
  • III
  • IV. THE RIDING FORTH OF MR. HOOPDRIVER
  • V. THE SHAMEFUL EPISODE OF THE YOUNG LADY IN GREY
  • VI. ON THE ROAD TO RIPLEY
  • VII.
  • VIII.
  • IX. HOW MR. HOOPDRIVER WAS HAUNTED
  • X. THE IMAGININGS OF MR. HOOPDRIVER'S HEART
  • XI. OMISSIONS
  • XII. THE DREAMS OF MR. HOOPDRIVER
  • XIII. HOW MR. HOOPDRIVER WENT TO HASLEMERE
  • XIV. HOW MR. HOOPDRIVER REACHED MIDHURST
  • XV. AN INTERLUDE
  • XVI. OF THE ARTIFICIAL IN MAN, AND OF THE ZEITGEIST
  • XVII. THE ENCOUNTER AT MIDHURST
  • XVIII.
  • XIX.
  • XX. THE PURSUIT
  • XXI. AT BOGNOR
  • XXII.
  • XXIII.
  • XXIV. THE MOONLIGHT RIDE
  • XXV.
  • XXVI. THE SURBITON INTERLUDE
  • XXVII. THE AWAKENING OF MR. HOOPDRIVER
  • XXVIII. THE DEPARTURE FROM CHICHESTER
  • XXIX. THE UNEXPECTED ANECDOTE OF THE LION
  • XXX. THE RESCUE EXPEDITION
  • XXXI.
  • XXXII. MR. HOOPDRIVER, KNIGHT ERRANT
  • XXXIII. THE ABASEMENT OF MR. HOOPDRIVER
  • XXXIV.
  • XXXV.
  • XXXVI.
  • XXXVII. IN THE NEW FOREST
  • XXXVIII. AT THE RUFUS STONE
  • XXXIX.
  • XL.
  • XLI. THE ENVOY
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