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The Island of Dr. Moreau

The Island of Dr. Moreau

by H. G. Wells

Identity Quotes

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Quote #7

When I saw their wincing attitudes and the furtive dread in their bright eyes, I wondered that I had ever believed them to be men. (16.56)

When Prendick sees the Beast Folk cower, he decides they're even less human than he previously thought. Because real people don't cry. It's true. We're pretty sure there's even a song about it; it's that true.

Quote #8

It may seem a strange contradiction in me—I cannot explain the fact—but now, seeing the creature there in a perfectly animal attitude, with the light gleaming in its eyes, and its imperfectly human face distorted with terror, I realised again the fact of its humanity. (16.84)

It seems Prendick flip-flopped since quote #7. After killing the Leopard Man, Prendick has had a change of heart. Better late than never, unless you're considering things from the Leopard Man's perspective. Kinda ironic though that it's the Leopard Man's very animality that makes Prendick realize his humanity...

Quote #9

"None escape," I said. "Therefore hear and do as I command." They stood up, looking questioningly at one another. (20.7)

Prendick tries to identify himself as the new ruling member of beast society. No dice. The Beast Folk have already seen him do too many un-Moreau-y things to buy it.

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