The Invisible Man
by H.G. Wells
The Invisible Man Betrayal Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)
"So last January, with the beginning of a snowstorm in the air about me—and if it settled on me it would betray me!—weary, cold, painful, inexpressibly wretched, and still but half convinced of my invisible quality, I began this new life to which I am committed. I had no refuge, no appliances, no human being in the world in whom I could confide." (22.1)
Again, betrayal is connected to isolation. Griffin can't confide in any human being, and now, even the snow could betray him. Seem a little – or a lot – paranoid? Absolutely. That's probably why the movie versions of Griffin tend to show him as clinically insane.
"He has cut himself off from his kind. His blood be upon his own head." (25.18)
Kemp's words here give us his reason for betraying Griffin. Griffin has separated himself from humanity, so it's fine for humanity to treat him inhumanely. Do you agree with the logic?
No doubt he was almost ecstatically exasperated by Kemp's treachery, and though we may be able to understand the motives that led to that deceit, we may still imagine and even sympathise a little with the fury the attempted surprise must have occasioned. (26.2)
What? WHAT? This quote breaks our brains all the time. All of the sudden we sympathize with Griffin? Hmmm – sympathizing with crazy villains isn't really our style. How does this quick comment affect the tone of the story?