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H[. G. Wells--The Invisible Man

H[. G. Wells--The Invisible Man

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THE INVISIBLE MANBY: H.G. WELLSCATEGORY: FICTION -- SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASYThe Invisible ManA Grotesque RomanceBy H.G. WellsCONTENTSI The strange Man's ArrivalII Mr. Teddy Henfrey's first ImpressionsIII The thousand and one BottlesIV Mr. Cuss interviews the StrangerV The Burglary at the VicarageVI The Furniture that went madVII The Unveiling of the StrangerVIII In TransitIX Mr. Thomas MarvelX Mr. Marvel's Visit to IpingXI In the "Coach and Horses"XII The invisible Man loses his TemperXIII Mr. Marvel discusses his ResignationXIV At Port StoweXV The Man who was runningXVI In the "Jolly Cricketers"XVII Dr. Kemp's VisitorXVIII The invisible Man sleepsXIX Certain first PrinciplesXX At the House in Great Portland StreetXXI In Oxford StreetXXII In the EmporiumXXIII In Drury LaneXXIV The Plan that failedXXV The Hunting of the invisible ManXXVI The Wicksteed MurderXXVII The Siege of Kemp's House
XXVIII The Hunter huntedThe EpilogueCHAPTER ITHE STRANGE MAN'S ARRIVALThe stranger came early in February, one wintry day, through abiting wind and a driving snow, the last snowfall of the year, overthe down, walking from Bramblehurst railway station, and carrying alittle black portmanteau in his thickly gloved hand. He was wrappedup from head to foot, and the brim of his soft felt hat hid everyinch of his face but the shiny tip of his nose; the snow had pileditself against his shoulders and chest, and added a white crest tothe burden he carried. He staggered into the "Coach and Horses" moredead than alive, and flung his portmanteau down. "A fire," he cried,"in the name of human charity! A room and a fire!" He stamped andshook the snow from off himself in the bar, and followed Mrs. Hallinto her guest parlour to strike his bargain. And with that muchintroduction, that and a couple of sovereigns flung upon the table,he took up his quarters in the inn.Mrs. Hall lit the fire and left him there while she went to preparehim a meal with her own hands. A guest to stop at Iping in thewintertime was an unheard-of piece of luck, let alone a guest whowas no "haggler," and she was resolved to show herself worthy of hergood fortune. As soon as the bacon was well under way, and Millie,her lymphatic aid, had been brisked up a bit by a few deftly chosenexpressions of contempt, she carried the cloth, plates, and glassesinto the parlour and began to lay them with the utmost eclat.Although the fire was burning up briskly, she was surprised to seethat her visitor still wore his hat and coat, standing with his backto her and staring out of the window at the falling snow in the yard.His gloved hands were clasped behind him, and he seemed to be lostin thought. She noticed that the melting snow that still sprinkledhis shoulders dripped upon her carpet. "Can I take your hat and coat,sir?" she said, "and give them a good dry in the kitchen?""No," he said without turning.She was not sure she had heard him, and was about to repeat herquestion.He turned his head and looked at her over his shoulder. "I prefer to

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