The Invisible Man | Study Guide

H.G. Wells

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The Invisible Man | Chapter 8 : In Transit | Summary



Gibbins, an amateur naturalist relaxing in the hills outside the village, hears the sounds of sneezes, coughing, and swearing as Griffin passes, but he does not see him. To Gibbins, the sounds seem to be going in the direction of Adderdean. The sounds disrupt his "philosophical tranquility," and he leaves abruptly to return to the village.


The chapter advances the plot by giving a clue about the direction in which Griffin is heading. It further develops Griffin's character and the exploration of the conflicts between humanity and science. Griffin is no longer a mysterious stranger suspected of being someone other than a scientist. He is now portrayed as sinister, someone who violates the acceptable norms of society. Gibbins describes him "swearing savagely," which Gibbins distinguishes from that of "a cultivated man."

The contrast between how the two men pursue knowledge also reflects the theme of humanity versus science in that Gibbins seeks knowledge to enrich his understanding of nature for its own sake, while Griffin seeks knowledge so he can use it to control others. Gibbins is a moral contemplator of nature, while Griffin is more akin to a mad scientist—someone who seeks power so he can use it in an evil way.

The theme of knowledge is developed by the introduction of a character who is an amateur naturalist. Gibbins is not a true man of science like Griffin, but someone who dabbles in nature and science. He observes science and nature in a mood of "philosophical tranquility," unlike Griffin, who works with impassioned frenzy to accomplish his research goals more akin to the type of scientist who became popular after Darwin introduced the theory of evolution.

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