MR. CUSS INTERVIEWS
VENUE: ‘Coach and Horses’ inn
1. The strange man(Griffin)
2. Mrs. Hall ( The Landlady)
3. Mr. Hall (Landlord)
4. Mr. Cuss (General practitioner)
5. Bunting (Vicar)
The chapter starts with the words of narrator saying
about the circumstances of the arrival of stranger in
the iping and the impression created by him in the
minds of the readers as well as the villagers.
Mr. Hall didn’t like the stranger and also doubted his
intentions to come in a remote village like Iping. Mrs
hall didn’t like him either but the punctual setting of
the bill makes her to bear his irritating behavior.
The stranger didn’t go to church and made no
difference between Sunday and the other irreligious days.
Some days he would get up very early and remains
continuously busy while on some days he would rise late,
walks deliberately in the room, smoke and sleep in his arm
chair placed by the fire.
He had no communication beyond the village. His
temper was very uncertain; sometimes it may seem that he
is suffering under almost endurable provocation and
sometime he tore, broke and crush things. He seemed
under a chronic irritation of the greatest intensity.
The stranger works diligently in his room until the
end of April with only occasional skirmishes with Mrs.
Hall. Whenever she disapproves of anything he does,
he quiets her with additional payment.
He rarely goes out during the day, but goes out nearly
every night, muffled up regardless of the weather. He
chooses the loneliest paths and those which are
overshadowed by trees and banks. His ghostly
appearance had sometimes frightened the home
He rarely goes out during the day, but goes out
nearly every night, muffled up regardless of the
weather. He chooses the loneliest paths and those
which are overshadowed by trees and banks. His
ghostly appearance had sometimes frightened the
home returning labourers.
The young men begin to mock his bearing; a song
called “Bogey Man” becomes popular and
children follow at a distance calling out “Bogey
The curiosity of a general practitioner named Cuss
is aroused, and he contrives for an interview. Mr. Cuss
had gone for demanding donation for nurse fund
from the stranger.
There he saw many bottles, chemicals, test-tubes
balance etc. there he asked him about his research.
During the interview the stranger
accidentally removes his hand from his pocket.
Cuss is able to see down the empty sleeve to
the elbow. Cuss questions him about “moving
an empty sleeve.” The stranger laughs, then
extends the empty sleeve toward Cuss’s face
and pinches his nose. Cuss leaves in terror and
tells his story to Bunting, the vicar. Bunting
didn’t believe his story.
POINTS TO PONDER OVER
General public wants something to talk about and explain
about. Explain with refrence to the chapter?
Describe the meeting of Mr. Cuss with the stranger?
Describe the meeting of Mr. Cuss with Bunting?
What kind of character Mr. Cuss 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
Mrs. Hall, the owner of the inn, appears a worldly woman. She is a good
host and knows very how to let the customer feel at the home. In spite of
getting many snub by the customer she shows no irritation as she knows
that the customer is minting machine for her. The behaviour of the guest
does upset her but she keeps quiet. she is sympathetic towards the
stranger. Seeing the bandages at his head she thinks that he might have
met an accident. She is ready to help him get settled and comfortable in
the room. She is hard task master also, she knows how to handle her
maid. She gives her a few scoldings for being so slow in her job. Mrs.
Hall knows how to get things done.
Dr. Cuss is a doctor living in the town of Iping. Intrigued by
tales of a bandaged stranger staying at the Coach and Horses Inn,
Dr. Cuss goes to see him under the pretense of asking for a
donation to the nurse's fund. He is the first to realize he
actually see emptiness where there should be flesh and bone.
He also tells an outrageous story to his companions in town
after Griffin terrifies him by pinching his nose with an invisible
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 Restriction
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
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
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
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, whether 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
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 time on.
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)
After reading the story, I think it is
very queer and amazing. At the
beginning, the author doesn’t make the
entire story clear, which make readers
have a lot of questions. Just like how
the invisible man became invisible and
what he wanted to do? All these
questions will make you continue to
read it and yearn for knowing the
result. In this story, the invisible
man wanted to control the world. In
order to realize his dream, he did it
by hook or by crook. Finally he became
lonely and no one wanted to help him
since he was dangerous and ambitious.
The story tells us no one can live
against the world. And you can’t live
without any friends. So how to get
along with others and develop a good
personality which make others like you
is important. By the way, don’t dream
to be an invisible man. It isn’t fun at
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 peers.
"Well's Biography." SFF Net. The Time
Machine. Web. 27 Nov. 2010.
Wells, H. G. Invisible Man. Mineola, NY:
Dover., 1992. Print.
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