Wells,H.G. Mr. Britling Sees It Through
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Mr. Britling Sees it Through is a novel written by H.G. Wells, and deemed as a 'masterpiece' of the wartime experience in England. It was originally published in 1916.
The novel weaves the tale of a well-known writer called Mr. Britling. Britling, is quite clearly a shadow of H.G. Wells himself. Britling lives with family and friends in a fictional village of "Matching's Easy", which is located in Essex to the northeast of London.
The novel is split into three parts. Book the First, called "Matching's Easy At Ease," is set in June–July 1914 and is at first narrated from the point of view of an American, Mr. Direck, who visits Mr. Britling's establishment in Dower House and falls in love with Cissie, the sister of Mr. Britling's secretary's wife. Also in the company are Mr. Britling's son Hugh and a visiting German student, Herr Heinrich, who is forced to leave when war breaks out. Book the Second, "Matching's Easy at War," covers August 1914 to October 1915, when Mr. Britling's son Hugh is killed at the front. In Book the Third, "The Testament of Matching's Easy," Mr. Britling learns that Herr Heinrich has also been killed, and writes a long letter to the dead German soldier's parents.