The Invisible Man
by H.G. Wells
The Invisible Man Wealth Quotes
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As he had approached Mr. Marvel he had heard a sound like the dropping of coins into a pocket. He was struck by the contrast of Mr. Marvel's appearance with this suggestion of opulence. (14.6)
The sailor, looking at Mr. Marvel, notes a contrast between his pockets full of money and his shabby clothes. It's a reminder that money is not usually just money – it's socioeconomic class. Money means a certain lifestyle – one that Marvel clearly doesn't have (no offense, Tom).
And that was a vision of a "fist full of money" (no less) travelling without visible agency, along by the wall at the corner of St. Michael's Lane. (14.70)
This is kind of a funny scene – money traveling through the air like magic. At the same time, it's also a pretty serious: stealing is probably Griffin's most common crime. Notice also how Wells takes an impossible scene (money floating through the air) and gives it a realistic, detailed setting: "the wall at the corner of St. Michael's Lane." Check out our "Writing Style" section for more deets on the deets.