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The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

  

by H.G. Wells

The Invisible Man Betrayal Quotes

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Quote #10

He glanced away from the barrel of the revolver and saw the sea far off very blue and dark under the midday sun, the smooth green down, the white cliff of the Head, and the multitudinous town, and suddenly he knew that life was very sweet. His eyes came back to this little metal thing hanging between heaven and earth, six yards away. "What am I to do?" he said sullenly. (27.52)

The Invisible Man has a gun pointed at Adye and is demanding that Adye help him or die. At first, Adye refuses, but then he agrees to help the Invisible Man by betraying Kemp. What motivates that betrayal? Life. There's something more important to Adye than Kemp's life: his own life. Maybe the narrator takes so much time telling us what Adye is thinking so that we don't think of him just as a coward. Instead, we see him as a man making a decision about what's more important to him. In the end, life wins out.

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