The Coming Race
I remained in this unconscious state, as I afterwards learned, for many days, even for
some weeks according to our computation of time. When I recovered I was in a strange
room, my host and all his family were gathered round me, and to my utter amaze my
host's daughter accosted me in my own language with a slightly foreign accent.
"How do you feel?" she asked.
It was some moments before I could overcome my surprise enough to falter out, "You
know my language? How? Who and what are you?"
My host smiled and motioned to one of his sons, who then took from a table a number of
thin metallic sheets on which were traced drawings of various figures- a house, a tree, a
bird, a man, &c.
In these designs I recognised my own style of drawing. Under each figure was written the
name of it in my language, and in my writing; and in another handwriting a word strange
to me beneath it.
Said the host, "Thus we began; and my daughter Zee, who belongs to the College of
Sages, has been your instructress and ours too."
Zee then placed before me other metallic sheets, on which, in my writing, words first, and
then sentences, were inscribed. Under each word and each sentence strange characters in
another hand. Rallying my senses, I comprehended that thus a rude dictionary had been
effected. Had it been done while I was dreaming? "That is enough now," said Zee, in a
tone of command. "Repose and take food."