Quotes or quotations are phrases, sentences, lines, and sometimes paragraphs taken from a literary piece for their representative qualities. These quotes express universal truths, themes, or situations. Quotes from The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells show futuristic outlook of the author. Some of the quotes from The Invisible Man have been analyzed below.
Quotes in The Invisible Man
“Let’s be sure we’d be acting perfectly right in bustin’ that there door open. A door onbust is always open to bustin’, but ye can’t onbust a door once you’ve busted en.”
Mr. Sandy Wadgers speaks these lines to Mr. Huxter to tell him when he comes to fix Griffin’s room door. He means that once a door is busted open, you don’t have to push it again. When they speak, Griffin, who is invisible, opens the door and enters the room. Here, Mr. Wadgers and the others wonder if they can confront Griffin. They also think there is a ghost in the room.
It was the strangest thing in the world to hear that voice coming as if out of empty space, but the Sussex peasants are perhaps the most matter-of-fact people under the sun. Jaffers got up also and produced a pair of handcuffs. Then he stared.
Griffin reveals himself as The Invisible Man when Jaffers comes to arrest the burglar. The farmers in the Sussex region often hear such incidents on a daily basis. However, this was shocking. Bobby Jaffers, who stood up to arrest that person with handcuffs in his hands, couldn’t lay his hands upon Griffin.
Great and strange ideas transcending experience often have less effect upon men and women than smaller, more tangible considerations. Iping was gay with bunting, and everybody was in gala dress.
The above lines are about the people in Iping. After realizing the truth about the Invisible Man, the people of Iping were panicking at the beginning. Eventually, they forget about the incident and enjoy the festival. Here the narrator tries to tell the readers that no matter how serious the issue is, celebrations make us forget them.
“This, this Invisible Man, then?” asked the man with the black beard, with one hand behind him. “I guess it’s about time we saw him.”
The incident occurs when Jolly Cricketers are at a pub. Marvel is running for his life and asks the people in the pub to save him from the Invisible Man. One of the man challenges, the Invisible Man to show himself. They also rescue Marvel.
“I’ll show him,” shouted the man with the black beard, and suddenly a steel barrel shone over the policeman’s shoulder, and five bullets had followed one another into the twilight whence the missile had come.
One of the men in the pub is the black-bearded man. In the beginning Invisible Man seems violent, as he is terrorizing people. However, in the above lines, the readers get the idea that the Invisible Man is not the only person who terrifies the people in the pub. The black-bearded man starts shooting around him without worrying about people. The violence in this situation shows violence in both characters.
In all my great moments I have been alone. ‘One could make an animal — a tissue — transparent! One could make it invisible! All except the pigments — I could be invisible!’
Griffin is telling Kemp that he had realized his loneliness at the best time because of his invisibility. Although he has achieved a feat in scientific progress, his sense of alienation has not ended. His isolation had turned him into a violent and most hated person.
To do such a thing would be to transcend magic. And I beheld, unclouded by doubt, a magnificent vision of all that invisibility might mean to a man — the mystery, the power, the freedom. Drawbacks I saw none.
Griffin continues to talk to Kemp about the impacts of his invisibility. He says that he is witnessing immense benefits. Griffin enjoys a great vision of invincibility by staying invisible to others as a mysterious power. Though he regrets missing good times, he recalls he never thought of any drawbacks at first.
“I did not feel a bit sorry for my father. He seemed to me to be the victim of his own foolish sentimentality. The current can’t require my attendance at his funeral, but it was really not my affair.”
Griffin talks about his father to Dr. Kemp. He recalls attending the funeral but not feeling bad for his death. hometown. He thinks that his father has been a foolish man that he has been waiting for his son and has died waiting for him. The above quote confirms that Griffin was not attached to anyone, hence he was already a sociopath.
No doubt invisibility made it possible to get them, but it made it impossible to enjoy them when they are got.
Griffin believes he is very different from others. He doesn’t feel remorse for killing or hurting people. However, he expresses that he thought invisibility would bring him happiness. However, now he realizes he can’t enjoy simple pleasures like eating in public. This has made him lonely and alienated. His words show that such power does not make people happy.
Why dream of playing a game against the race? How can you hope to gain happiness? Don’t be a lone wolf. Publish your results; take the world — take the nation at least — into your confidence. Think what you might do with a million helpers.”
Here, Dr. Kemp is trying to keep Griffin until people come to take him away. He asks Griffin not to be violent. He questions his choices and his happiness. He asks him to share his research with the government. Here Kemp is only trying to betray him after Griffin shares his plan of becoming a serial killer and stays invisible.