Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quote #1

It was inevitable that a person of so remarkable an appearance and bearing should form a frequent topic in such a village as Iping. (4.4)

Even before he's revealed as the Invisible Man, the stranger is so strange that he's a source of amazement. Amazement can lead to curiosity and, in this case, gossip. This is an example of people being amazed by relatively regular things – that is, compared to an invisible man, a strange visitor is small potatoes.

Quote #2

His irritability, though it might have been comprehensible to an urban brain-worker, was an amazing thing to these quiet Sussex villagers. (4.8)

What amazes the Iping villagers might be pretty ordinary to most people. So far, amazement has to do with relatively normal things: weird hair, acts like city-folk, you know – the usual.

Quote #3

"There wasn't anything there!" said Cuss, his voice running up into a shriek at the "there." (4.27)

After Wells has spent some time showing us some amazement over relatively normal things, he hits us with this big shock: dude's invisible. Notice that Cuss's amazement starts to look a bit like hysteria at the end there, as he starts to shriek.

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