The Invisible Man | Study Guide

H.G. Wells

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The Invisible Man | Chapter 10 : Mr. Marvel's Visit to Iping | Summary

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The villagers in Iping engage in the Whit Monday festivities, seemingly unconcerned about the events earlier in the day. The narrator says, for them, "It is so much easier not to believe in an invisible man." An injured Jaffers rests in the Coach and Horses parlor, and Mr. Wadgers retreats behind the locked doors of his house. Around four o'clock Marvel enters the village and goes to the Coach and Horses. He climbs the steps, opens the parlor door, and leaves when Mr. Hall tells him the bar is in another room. Marvel walks to the yard "upon which the parlor window opened" in "an oddly furtive manner," and leans against a gatepost and smokes. He then reappears, carrying three books and a bundle tied in a blue cloth.

His odd manner attracts Mr. Huxley's attention. When he sees the strange man go into the yard, he chases after him. Griffin, an unseen force, stops Mr. Huxley. He catches Huxley's shin "in some mysterious fashion" so "he [is] no longer running" but flying through the air, then landing on the ground.

Analysis

The narrator reveals the villagers' unwillingness to embrace new ideas, or those conflicting with their assumptions about the world. They resume their everyday activities and ignore the cognitive dissonance created by their experiences with the Unseen.

Marvel and Griffin make good on recovering Griffin's books and some other items so that Griffin can pursue his plans for his invisibility. Interestingly, they do not try to conceal Griffin's presence. Instead, they talk openly as they enter Iping, showing their confidence in the invincibility of Griffin's invisibility.

Griffin uses force to prevent Marvel's escape, showing his willingness to harm others so he can pursue his goals and his belief that his desires trump others' freedom and well-being.

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