Published in 1884

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FLATLAND: A Romance of Many Dimensions

Edwin A. Abbott

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second and Revised Edition, 1884. By the editor


Of the Nature of Flatland
Of the Climate and Houses in Flatland
Concerning the Inhabitants of Flatland
Concerning the Women
Of our Methods in Recognizing one another
Of Recognition by Sight
Concerning Irregular Figures
Of the Ancient Practice of Painting
Of the Universal Colour Bill
Of the Suppression of Chromatic Sedition
Concerning our Priests
Of the Doctrine of our Priests


How I had a Vision of Lineland
How I vainly tried to explain the nature of Flatland
Concerning a Stranger from Spaceland
How the Stranger vainly endeavoured to reveal to me in words the mysteries of Spaceland
How the Sphere, having in vain tried words, resorted to deeds
How I came to Spaceland, and what I saw there
How, though the Sphere shewed me other mysteries of Spaceland, I still desired more; and what came of it
How the Sphere encouraged me in a Vision
How I tried to teach the Theory of Three Dimensions to my Grandson, and with what success
How I then tried to diffuse the Theory of Three Dimensions by other means, and of the result