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Quote #7

But people, sceptics and believers alike, were remarkably sociable all that day. (10.1)

After the Invisible Man scares Iping (but before he tears it up), Iping goes about its regular business of having a party (the Whit Monday festival). Even though there's some difference of opinion about the Invisible Man between skeptics and believers, notice how the community comes together anyway.

Quote #8

[T]he work he was upon would earn him, he hoped, the fellowship of the Royal Society, so highly did he think of it. (15.1)

The Invisible Man's communities may mostly be towns and cities – physical communities. But there are other types of communities in this book, too, like the scientific community, which Kemp hopes to conquer in a major way. This raises some interesting questions: How do you go about joining a community? Do you have to be born in a town or is it enough to live there for a while? How long would the Invisible Man have to live in Iping before he was part of that community?

Quote #9

"And you know the knavish system of the scientific world. I simply would not publish, and let him share my credit." (19.33)

Of course, being part of a community isn't all sunshine and lollipops; communities sometimes demand work from those who belong. In the case of the "scientific world," the custom is that senior researchers get credit for work that junior researchers do. This is a custom that the Invisible Man cannot support.

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