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The Island of Dr. Moreau

The Island of Dr. Moreau

by H. G. Wells

Society and Class Quotes Page 2

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Quote #4

"Who are you?" said I. [The Leopard Man] tried to meet my gaze.

"No!" he said suddenly, and turning, went bounding away from me through the undergrowth. (9.14-15)

Prendick is terrified of the Leopard Man, but he doesn't understand the society he's fallen into. He actually has more control in this situation than he knows because he saw Leopard Man breaking the Law. It could almost be a perfect setup for a comedy if not for the gut-wrenching terror.

Quote #5

I know both Moreau and Montgomery carried revolvers; […] (11.4)

Both men carry revolvers, but it's the Law that really keeps them in power. Not that the guns aren't helpful.

Quote #6

[Ape Man's] eyes came back to my hands. He held his own hand out, and counted his digits slowly…. (11.15)

Every society has its own ideal image of beauty and perfection. For the Beast Folk, it's hands. Human hands with all five fingers to be exact. Ape Man obsesses over beauty images, so he's like the What Not to Wear team for Beast Folk society.

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