THE two boys started in surprise at the fresh muddy imprints of a pair of bare feet. What was a barefooted man doing on the steps of a house, in the middle of London? And where was the man?

     As they gazed, a remarkable sight met their eyes. A fresh footmark appeared from nowhere!

     Further footprints followed, one after another, descending the steps and progressing down the street. The boys followed, fascinated, until the muddy impressions became fainter and fainter, and at last disappeared altogether.
The lesson "Footprints Without Feet" is an interesting story written by H.G. Wells. The story is about a scientist named Griffin. He discovers the rare chemicals which can make a man invisible, but at the same time, the man can be felt and touched physically. Let's read and find out how he uses or misuses his powers for his own.

The story opens with the narrator stating that two boys started wondering after seeing the fresh muddy impressions of bare feet. On seeing that, they questioned each other as to what the barefoot man was doing on the stairs of a house in the middle of London. They began to wonder about the man, who was nowhere to be seen.

While the two boys were walking and looking down, they found an unbelievable sight. It was nothing but a fresh footprint. Even though there was a footmark, the boys couldn't see to whom the footmark belonged. The two boys then noticed several footprints. The imprints continued one after one down the steps and proceeded to the street. Even though the boys could see the imprints of a barefooted man, the man was still invisible to them. The boys thought the footprint belonged to a man because it might seem big. (One can assume that while comparing the female's feet, the man's feet would be bigger). The two boys then followed the invisible man's footsteps in excitement. They followed it until the footprints vanished.
Muddy footprint

Meanings of the difficult words:
Surprise An unexpected or astonishing event
ImprintA mark or outline made by pressing something onto a softer substance
Bare feetNot wearing any shoes or socks
GazeLook steadily and intently, especially in admiration, surprise, or thought
Remarkable Unusual and surprising
Sight The ability to see
Footmark A footprint
NowhereNot in or to any place; not anywhere
Disappear To no longer exist
National Council of Educational Research and Training (2007). Footprints without Feet - H.G. Wells(pp. 26-31). Published at the Publication Division by the Secretary, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi.