The Invisible Man
How we cite our quotes:
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.
"Where did you get the money?" asked Kemp, abruptly. (17.89)
Since Griffin is a thief (stealing from his father, from the costume-shop owner, from the vicar), this is a pretty important question.