The Island of Dr. Moreau
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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.
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.
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.