The Invisible Man
How we cite our quotes:
Mr. Hall, endeavouring to act on instructions, received a sounding kick in the ribs that disposed of him for a moment, and Mr. Wadgers, seeing the decapitated stranger had rolled over and got the upper side of Jaffers, retreated towards the door, knife in hand, and so collided with Mr. Huxter and the Sidderbridge carter coming to the rescue of law and order. (7.44)
There's an element of comedy in a lot of the violence in this book – a sort of Three Stooges, slapstick kind of comedy (and who doesn't love that?). For example, this first brawl between the Invisible Man and the people of Iping makes it clear that the Iping villagers are really good at getting in their own way. Now, compare this comedic brawl in Iping village with the final brawl in Burdock. There's not much funny to the Invisible Man getting kicked to death. But why should there be any comedy here at all? What is the effect on the tone when violence is combined with comedy?
"Very well," said the Voice, in a tone of relief. "Then I'm going to throw flints at you till you think differently." (9.30)
In order to prove that he's real, the Invisible Man uses – wait for it – violence. It certainly does the job, but it doesn't make the Invisible Man seem like a hero. For more violence against Marvel, check out the Port Stowe section (14.50).
The Invisible Man amused himself for a little while by breaking all the windows in the "Coach and Horses," and then he thrust a street lamp through the parlour window of Mrs. Gribble. (12.50)
Yes, breaking street lamps! Party! Once again, the Invisible Man shows us his character through his incredibly violent actions. For another example of the Invisible Man beating up windows, check out the siege of Kemp's house. (At least that example makes a little more sense because he's trying to get in to kill Kemp. Here he's just breaking the windows to be a jerk.)