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The Island of Dr. Moreau

The Island of Dr. Moreau


by H. G. Wells

The Island of Dr. Moreau Suffering Quotes

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Quote #1

I lay across one of the thwarts for I know not how long, thinking that if I had the strength I would drink sea-water and madden myself to die quickly. (1.6)

It seems rather telling that a trip to Moreau's island begins with suffering. Almost like a foreshadowing kind of thing (psst, it's totally foreshadowing). Still, it beats flying coach on a red-eye.

Quote #2

Fastened by chains to the mainmast were a number of grisly staghounds, who now began leaping and barking at me, and by the mizzen a huge puma was cramped in a little iron cage, far too small even to give it turning-room. (3.8)

Poor puma, it has a pretty rough time in this book. Its entire purpose in the novel seems to be to suffer. Even here. All he wants to do is run around, and such a simple act becomes one of suffering.

Quote #3

Suddenly the puma howled again, this time more painfully, Montgomery swore under his breath. (8.19)

Suffering affects those around it. When the puma suffers, Montgomery suffers. It's contagious, like a disease.

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