There are no nuptial caresses in this account of the Martian intrusion of England.

The narrator is held aside from their spouse for the majority of of the action, and these Martians are certainly perhaps not the kind that is caressing. Like Rosny’s aliens, these are generally “advanced” creatures, but they’re scarcely passive: these are the model when it comes to rapacious octopoid aliens that abound in later science[…]