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Flatland, a Romance of Many Dimensions (1884)
by Edwin Abbott Abbott
613628Flatland, a Romance of Many Dimensions1884Edwin Abbott Abbott


A Romance of Many Dimensions

With Illustrations

by the Author, A SQUARE

"Fie, fie, how franticly I square my talk!'



(Late of 54 Fleet Street)



The Inhabitants of Space in General

And H. C. in Particular

This Work is Dedicated

By a Humble Native of Flatland

In the Hope that

Even as he was Initiated into the Mysteries

Of Three Dimensions

Having been previously conversant

With Only Two

So the Citizens of that Celestial Region

May aspire yet higher and higher

To the Secrets of Four Five or even Six Dimensions

Thereby contributing

To the Enlargement of the Imagination

And the possible Development

Of that most rare and excellent Gift of Modesty

Among the Superior Races

Of Solid Humanity




1 Of the Nature of Flatland
2 Of the Climate and Houses in Flatland
3 Concerning the Inhabitants of Flatland
4 Concerning the Women
5 Of our Methods of Recognizing one another
6 Of Recognition by Sight
7 Concerning Irregular Figures
8 Of the Ancient Practice of Painting
9 Of the Universal Colour Bill
10 Of the Suppression of the Chromatic Sedition
11 Concerning our Priests
12 Of the Doctrine of our Priests



13 How I had a Vision of Lineland
14 How in my Vision I endeavoured to explain the nature of Flatland, but could not
15 Concerning a Stranger from Spaceland
16 How the Stranger vainly endeavoured to reveal to me in words the mysteries of Spaceland
17 How the Sphere, having in vain tried words; resorted to deeds
18 How I came to Spaceland and what I saw there
19 How, though the Sphere showed me other mysteries of Spaceland, I still desired more; and what came of it
20 How the Sphere encouraged me in a Vision
21 How I tried to teach the Theory of Three Dimensions to my Grandson, and with what success
22 How I then tried to diffuse the Theory of Three Dimensions by other means, and of the result

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