Book 2 Chapter 4 The Death of The Curate
Tensions rise between the narrator and the minister as the minister becomes irrational and delusional. The narrator makes a food plan for ten days but has to frequently restrain the minister from hoarding and wasting victuals. All of a sudden, the minister starts shouting whilst looking out of the peephole one day, forcing the narrator to whack him unconscious.
Unfortunately, a Martian has heard this and arrives at the peephole, using a metal tentacle to worm its way in. The narrator dashes for the pantry and hides, observing as it seizes the body of the minister and drags him away. The narrator then hides in the coal cellar as the metal tentacle searches further. It comes close to discovering him, even entering the cellar, but the narrator manages to escape capture.
War of The Worlds
No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own… Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us.
H.G Wells (1898)