THE STRANGE MAN’S ARRIVAL
VENUE: ‘Coach and Horses’ inn
1. The strange man(Griffin)
2. Mrs. Hall( The Landlady)
3. Millie (maid)
The stranger came early in February, one wintry day
from Bramblehurst railway station with his suitcase in
his thickly gloved hand
Appearance: he was fully wrapped up , only part
visible was his shiny tip of nose. He wore a big blue
spectacle with sidelights and had a bush side-whishker
on his coat collars.later it was revealed that all his
forehead above his glasses was covered with bandages.
After giving Mrs. Hall a couple of gold coins he
took up his quarters in the inn
A guest to stop at Iping in this time of year was a
rare thing.so she wants to exploit the conditions by
serving him well in hope for more money.
She brought him bacon(pig meat) and eggs to eat.
After seeing his forehead bandaged above his glasses
Mrs. Hall believed that he might have undergone a
major accident or operation or something
She left his clothes near the fireplace for drying
He enquired her about the delivery of his baggage
lying on the railway station
She told him that it could only be tomorrow. She
further added that the road is steep at the down and
accidents often occurs there.
She wants to talk to him about his accident so he
tells him that his sister’s son has also undergone a
major accident and always feared that he may
undergo a operation.
She felt that he was sensitive on topic of accidents
and operation but his ignorant manner was very
irritating to her.
He told her that he really not liked anyone coming
to his room again and again
He remained in parlour until 4 o’ clock. For much
time he was sitting quiet smoking his smoking his cigar.
He was heard by many people walking noisly in his room
THE STRANGE MAN’S ARRIVAL
POINTS TO PONDER OVER
Why was Mrs. Hall so soft towards her guest?
Why did stranger want that nobody should visit him time
Do you feel curious to know about the stranger? What
kind of person he appear to be at start?
What kind of character Mrs. Hall appear to be?
He is the main character in this story. He is
described to be an albino college student who
majored in physics and medicine. During his
expirements he came across formulas that
causes himself to turn invisible. He ends up
becoming the burglar in the story.
• This is the first man that Griffin
attempts to make his accomplice. He
is described to be short, fat and un
liked by all. Also the area tramp. He
Used to go to university with Griffin. He is
interested in the bizarre aspects of science.
Griffin comes Dr. Kemp in attempt to make
him his accomplice, and even though Dr. Kemp
acts as though he is agreement with Griffin, he
still betrays him.
• Teddy Henfrey is a clock repairman who Mrs.
Hall uses in attempt to find out more about
Griffin. But because Griffin doesn’t speak
much, Teddy begins rumors about Griffin
stating that he is wanted man.
Tone: Throughout the novel, you get
a sense of mystery, suspense and
often a bit of arrogance when the
author was speaking of Griffin.
Theme: Corruption of Morals in the Absence of Social
For example: For everything that Griffin did, he had
an excuse for it. When he killed his father he
excused it by saying that he was a “sentimental
Throughout the novel many people are trying to
figure out Griffin in a whole. Why isn’t he showing
himself? What does he have to hide? Griffin shows to
have no compassion for anyone in his attempt to
survive invisible without others finding out. His main
conflict is finding an antidote to become visible. The
society’s conflict is finding out who is the burglar
that is breaking in and stealing.
In the first half of the story, it is told through
third person. Giving us the opportunity to meet
and get to know the characters and their inner
The second half Griffin takes over and gives us a
taste of his inner side, and his history. After
chapter 25, the story returns third person.
“He rarely went abroad by daylight, but at twilight he would go out muffled up invisibly,
the weather were cold or not, and he chose the loneliest paths and those most over-
shadowed by trees and banks.”
• This quote reflects the irony that Griffin must
cover up invisibility by becoming invisible and
blending into his surroundings. (Page 21)
This story reflects a strong message. There are decisions often that
need to be made. But when in the process of deciding on your actions
you must weigh the advantages as well as the disadvantages of your
decision. You also must see how it will affect those around you. In the
novel Griffin didn’t think of the consequences of turning himself
invisible not only for himself as well as the society.
Sometimes called the father of modern science fiction, H.G. Wells
was born on September 21, 1866 in Bromley, Kent, England. His
father, a professional cricket player and shopkeeper, and his
mother, a former lady's maid, raised Wells with the idea that he
would find a place in the work world that they were accustomed. He
aspired to a different place in society.
BIOGRAPHY HG WELLS
When he was thirteen, he left school to become a draper's apprentice, a job
his family expected would be proper for a boy of his station. Then H.G. Wells
finally found a job as a teacher's assistant in a grammar school. Education and
academia suited him well. In 1884 he entered college with a scholarship to
study biology. He was able to study under one of the great biology teachers of
the time, Thomas Henry Huxley, and Wells graduated in 1888.
The writings of Jules Verne undoubtedly influenced Wells, and he wrote his
first novel, The Time Machine, partly in response to this new kind of literature
that Verne produced. The story appeared in various forms in magazines from
1888 to 1894 and was released in its current form in 1895. The book was
successful, and Wells did not need to teach or worry about money from that
Wells' early novels continued in the science fiction mode of The Time Machine. The Island of
Dr. Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897) and The War Between the Worlds (1898)
cemented his position within the genre. For many readers, these early novels are the
extent of Wells' writing. He's the "time machine guy" or the "Martian guy." Wells, however,
wrote short stories, mainstream fiction and non-fiction essays his entire life, most of them
espousing in some form or another his views on humanity, society and the direction he saw
the world going. Some of these works were also science fictional in nature.
(The Time Machine)
It was a good read, and exceptionally short. The story depicts
that obsession of just about anything can cause insanity; it
caused a fictional character to kill and rob innocent people
only because he was invisible. The Invisible Man was a good
quality science-fiction book, and I would recommend it to my
"Well's Biography." SFF Net. The Time Machine. Web. 27
Wells, H. G. Invisible Man. Mineola, NY: Dover., 1992. Print.