| Quote #4
[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 scientific world is a community, but there are different levels and classes within that community. On one level, there's Cuss (who knows some science but isn't a researcher). On another level, there's Kemp and Griffin (researchers). And on the top are the elite scientists who belong to the Royal Society. Kemp's interest in the Royal Society reminds us that science is also a community.
| Quote #5
Dr. Kemp's scientific pursuits have made him a very observant man (17.10)
Science has some benefits in this book. For instance, practicing science has turned Dr. Kemp into a superhero. Well, not exactly a superhero, but it has improved his observational skills, just like Batman. Come to think of it, have you ever seen Batman and Kemp in the same room?
| Quote #6
"In the books—the books that tramp has hidden—there are marvels, miracles!" (19.22)
Both Griffin and the narrator remark that Griffin's books contain wonders. That's pretty serious language that doesn't have a lot of ambiguity. It reminds us, too, how awe-inspiring science can be, both to scientists and non-scientists alike. We mean, come on, seedless grapes? Amazing!