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It was finally severed by the publication of Boon (1915) in which Wells ridiculed James and all he stood for in a biting parody which James never forgave. Wells apologised profusely for his tactlessness and lack of manners but by then the friendship was definitely at an end. It may be questioned whether they had ever really understood one another. For some years they had maintained a frequent correspondence and never lost an opportunity of meeting, but their thought processes were so dissimilar and their basic outlook so foreign that it is doubtful if any real intellectual intimacy ever existed.

The narrator meets a man who claims to know a method of manufacturing artificial diamonds. DOOR IN THE wALL, THE. Short story, first published in the Daily Chronicle, 14 July 1906. Included in CB and DW. Lionel Wallace, a prominent politician, describes a door he entered as a child and CONE, THE. An H. G. Wells Dictionary 41 which led to an enchanted garden. He is haunted by the garden for the rest of his life and longs to revisit it. The influence of the story upon later writers may be seen, for example, in James Hilton's novel Lost Horizon and in John Fowles's Daniel Martin (see especially the chapter entitled 'The Sacred Combe').

Short story, first published in Black and White, 1901. Included in TD, CB and DW. The narrator meets a solicitor on a train journey who relates a dream of world war in a future age. DUNSTONE'S DEAR LADY. First published in the Pall Mall Gazette, 1894, and reprinted in CPM: a facetious account of a quiet, refined girl who gradually becomes more assertive and finally dominates the life of her husband, Dunstone, who still speaks of her fondly as his 'dainty little lady'. EARLY WRITINGS IN SCIENCE AND SCIENCE FICTION.

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