The Invisible Man
Power Quotes Page 2
How we cite our quotes:
"Draw the bolts," said the man with the black beard, "and if he comes—" He showed a revolver in his hand.
"That won't do," said the policeman; "that's murder." (16.17-8)
Here's a traditional symbol of power: the gun. (Actually you could probably write an interesting paper on all the times guns come up in this book, what with this gun, the costume-shop owner's gun, and Kemp's gun that the Invisible Man takes.) But notice that as soon as the man with the black beard claims some power, the policeman shoots him down with yet another form of power: the law (which would declare shooting a man as an act of murder). He (almost) fought the law and the law won.
"And I beheld, unclouded by doubt, a magnificent vision of all that invisibility might mean to a man—the mystery, the power, the freedom. Drawbacks I saw none." (19.38)
Sometimes power is blinding. Period. Well, period plus one other thing. Notice the three benefits he mentions: "the mystery, the power, the freedom." Is he saying that power and freedom go together? What do you think?
"I did not know what he would do, nor even what he had the power to do." (20.39)
Here, the Invisible Man tells Kemp about his experience in London with his landlord. In this part of the never-ending story, the Invisible Man is worried that the landlord might have some power over him. But the (legal) power that the landlord has is very different from the (illegal) power that the IM has (post-invisibility).