The Invisible Man
Identity Quotes Page 3
How we cite our quotes:
"The fact is, I'm all here—head, hands, legs, and all the rest of it, but it happens I'm invisible. It's a confounded nuisance, but I am. That's no reason why I should be poked to pieces by every stupid bumpkin in Iping, is it?" (7.50)
The Invisible Man is being attacked by the people of Iping and has just agreed to surrender to the police. (Turns out he's lying, by the way, which also shows us a lot about him.) When he finally reveals his identity, he also takes the opportunity to distance himself even more from the villagers by calling them bumpkins. This guy really doesn't want to make friends.
They appear to have jumped to the impossible conclusion that this was the Invisible Man suddenly become visible, and set off at once along the lane in pursuit. (12.38)
The villagers see a stranger and automatically assume it's the Invisible Man (even though this guy is pretty visible). To them, not having an identity is identity enough – they're probably going to be nervous for a while about anyone who's not one of them.
"Griffin," answered the Voice. "A younger student than you were, almost an albino, six feet high, and broad, with a pink and white face and red eyes, who won the medal for chemistry." (17.39)
When Griffin tries to get Kemp to recognize him, he gives a short description of himself. This is the first time we get an image of what Griffin really looks like (when he's not invisible, that is). There's actually some important info here that gets passed over very quickly. For example, Griffin describes himself as a pretty big guy (which helps explain how much damage he causes – he's strong). We also learn that he's "almost an albino," which will come up again when he dies. And of course, Griffin doesn't forget to mention that he's academically awesome, too.