The Eternal Moment and Other Stories (1928) - short stories
In the preface, Forster himself says that all of the stories in this collection were written before 1914. (I have not read this collection.)
The edition I have as a reference:
Copyright 1928 by Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., copyright 1956 by E. M. Forster; Universal Library Edition (Grosset & Dunlap, New York), 1964 by arrangement with Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc.; hardcover, printed in the USA. (Property of Honnold/Mudd Library of the Claremont Colleges)
The book's dedication:
To T. E.
"The Machine Stops"
Opening line: "Imagine, if you can, a small room, hexagonal in shape, like the cell of a bee. ..."
This story is divided into three parts: 1) The Air-Ship, 2) The Mending Apparatus, and 3) The Homeless.
"The Point of It"
Opening line: "'I don't see the point of it,' said Micky, through much imbecile laughter. ..."
This is also in three parts, but untitled.
Opening line: "The souls of the dead were ascending towards the Judgment Seat and the Gate of Heaven. ..."
Opening line: "'Don't thump,' said Miss Haddon. 'And each run ought to be like a string of pearls. It is not. Why is it not?' ..."
"The Story of the Siren"
Opening line: "Few things have been more beautiful than my notebook on the Deist Controversy as it fell downward through the waters of the Mediterranean. ..."
"The Eternal Moment"
Opening line: "'Do you see that mountain just behind Elizabeth's toque? A young man fell in love with me there so nicely twenty years ago. Bob your head a minute, would you, Elizabeth, kindly.' ..."
This story is also divided into three nameless parts.
Created 19 December 1996. Last modified 27 July 2001,