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The Island of Doctor Moreau A Possibility By H. Wells New York Stone esT Kimball MDCCCXCVI . G.

COPYRIGHT BY STONE AND KIMBALL MDCCCXCVI .

Contents INTRODUCTION IN THE DINGEY OF THE vii I "LADY 9 VAIN" II THE MAN WHO WAS NOWHERE GOING 15 ai 31 III THE STRANGE FACE TO GO IV AT THE SCHOONER'S RAIL V THE MAN WHO HAD NOWHERE 37 THE EVIL-LOOKING BOATMEN VII THE LOCKED DOOR VIII THE CRYING OF THE PUMA IX THE THING IN THE FOREST X THE CRYING OF THE MAN XI THE HUNTING OF THE MAN XII THE SAYERS OF THE LAW XIII THE PARLEY XIV DOCTOR MOREAU EXPLAINS VI 45 54 63 69 86 93 103 118 XV XVI XVII XVIII CONCERNING THE BEAST FOLK How THE BEAST FOLK TASTE 127 147 157 180 A BLOOD CATASTROPHE FINDING OF THE MOREAU XIX XX XXII MONTGOMERY'S BANK HOLIDAY ALONE WITH THE BEAST FOLK REVERSION OF THE BEAST 189 197 211 221 XXI THE FOLK THE MAN ALONE 243 .

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February the First. Edward Prendick. mind was a that his he alleged quently blank from the moment of his escape from His case was discussed the Lady Vain. Subsehe was supposed demented. W. the ^ aify Vain was lost by collision with a derelict when about the latitude i S.INTRODUCTION. 1888 eleven months and four days after my uncle. a private gentleman. and longitude 107 W. was picked up in latitude in a small and longitude 101 name the was boat of which open illegible. 1887. who certainly went aboard the Lady On Vain at Callao. but which is supposed to have belonged to He the missing schooner Ipecacuanha. and who had been considered drowned. that is January the Fifth. among psychologists at the time as a curious instance of the lapse of memory v that . gave such a strange account of himself 5 3' S.

M. hogs and rabbits. A party of sailors 1891 by then landed. It was visited in H. There is at least my S. his nephew by any definite to exist in the uncle was picked up is my a small volcanic islet and The Noble's only island known region in which Isle. In some way he must And it have lived during the interval. this out of in the much in its behalf: my uncle passed human knowledge about latitude 5 and longitude 105 E. uninhabited. some rats. S. but found nothing living thereon except certain curious white moths. did vi . as I believe. with uncle's intentions. With that understood. The following narrative was found among his papers heir. Scorpion. seems that a schooner called the Ipecacuanha with a drunken captain.. there seems no harm in putting this strange story before the public in accordance. and some rather peculiar So that this narrative is without confirmation in its most essential particular. and reappeared same part of the ocean after a space of eleven months. and by the undersigned.Introduction consequent upon physical and mental stress. but unaccompanied request for publication. John Davies.

a date that tallies entirely with my in the uncle's story. CHARLES EDWARD PRENDICK. 1887. sailing to its unknown fate from Bayna in December. 1887.Introduction start from Africa with a puma and certain other animals aboard in January. VII . and that it finally disappeared from those seas (with a considerable amount of copra aboard). that the vessel was well known at several ports South Pacific.

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was picked up eighteen days H. 9 . but this is incorrect. has hitherto been supposed that the four men who were in the I have dingey perished. gunboat "Myrtle.The (The Island of Doctor Story written by Moreau. Edward Prendick." and the their terrible by as story of quite privations has become well case. of the after crew. she when ten days out from with seven Callao.) I. IN THE DINGEY OF THE T * DO not propose to add anything to what has already been written concerning the loss of the "Lady Vain. M." The collided with a derelict As every one knows. possibly as horIt of the rible "Lady Vain" and far stranger. known But as the far more horrible "Medusa " I have to add to the published story another. long-boat.

would be better provisioned (though it seems they were not). so sudden had been the alarm. But in the never first place I must state that there in were four men three. some small rope caught his heel as he let go. but he never came up. and the next drizzle morning when the 1 cleared. : the best of evidence for this assertion I was one of the four men. and we tried to hail them. so unprepared the ship for any We thought the people on the launch disaster. the dingey. for we had only a small breaker of water and some soddenrecfc ship's biscuits with us. They could not have heard us. and struck a block or spar floating in the We pulled towards him." luckily and for us unluckily for himself did not reach us. I say luckily for us I he did not reach us.The Island of Doctor Moreau. 1887. the number was Constans. for a moment head downward. 17. who was " seen * by the captain to jump into the gig. and he then hung fell and water. and might almost say luckily for himself. which Daily News. March IO . He came down out of the tangle of ropes under the stays of the smashed bowsprit.

reader to imagine those eight days. to after our water intoler- had come an end." was not until past midday. the sixth before Helmar gave voice to the thing ii . and less. luckily for himself. with eyes that grew larger and more haggard every day. the misery and weakness gaining upon our companions. The sun became pitiThe water ended on the fourth day. tormented by an able thirst. After the second day the sea subsided slowly to a glassy It is quite impossible for the ordinary calm.In the Dingey of the " Lady Vain. because of the pitching of the boat. and. After the first day memory we said in to one another. for eight days altogether. a like passenger myself. and a seaman whose a name I don't know. and lay in our places the boat and stared at the horizon. we were already thinking strange things and but it was. I think. so far with We The two other men who had escaped me were a man named Helmar. or watched. look about us. We drifted famishing. with a stammer. saying them with our eyes . He has not. we could see could not stand up to nothing of them. short sturdy man. anything in his to imagine little with.

stood up. gether among when Helmar accepted the sharks that followed us said that if but his proposal was we should have drink. remember our all been thinking. lots would not draw and night the sailor whispered to again. and we handed halfpence to find the odd man. was to- rather for scuttling the boat and perishing . remember laughing 12 that. though I doubt if I had the to fight . and . it. the sailor came round I to him. and the two upon the gunwale and rolled overboard I together. They at sank like stones. The lot fell upon the sailor . but he was the strongest of us and would to not abide by hands. I voices were dry and thin. Helmar by grasping the sailor's but the sailor stumbled with the swaying fell of the boat. I sat in the however^ and in the Helmar again and bows with my clasp- knife in stuff in my me hand. and in the morning I agreed Helmar' s proposal. I stood out against it with all my might. and attacked Helmar with his They grappled together and almost I crawled along the boat to them. so that we bent towards one another and spared our words. intending to help leg .The we had Island of Doctor Moreau.

interest than if had been a pic- My I come up towards me over the skymind must have been wandering. And even as I lay there it with no more ture. schoonerrigged fore and aft) come up fro in a out of the sea. lay across one of the thwarts for I know not I how long. a sail line. remember I seas. I the lay with my head on the thwart watching schooner (she was a little ship. and I do not remember anything '3 . as it seemed to me. She kept tacking to and pass. but I also remember as distinctly that I had a persuasion that I it was dead. attract dis- never entered my head to attempt to attention. The laugh caught me I suddenly like a thing from without.In the Dingey of the " Lady Vain." wondering why I laughed. It for she was sailing widening comdead into the wind. would drink sea-water and madden myself to die quickly. thinking that if I had the strength I saw. and that I thought what a jest was that they should come too late by such a little to catch me in my body. all and yet with the above it that happened. quite distinctly. For an endless period. remember how head swayed and the horizon with the sail my danced up and down .

close to mine.The tinctly Island of Doctor Moreau. after the sight of her side until I found aft. myself in a little cabin There 's a dim half-memory of being lifted up to the gangway. and of a big red countenance covered with freckles and surrounded with red hair I also staring at me over the bulwarks. until I met it again. but that I thought I fancy was a nightmare. I recollect some stuff being poured in between my teeth . and that is all. had a discon- nected impression of a dark face. . with extraordinary eyes.

question.II. He watery grey eyes. face. oddly void of expression. a bristly straw-coloured moustache. starving. Then just overhead came a sound like an iron bedstead being knocked about. and the low At the angry growling of some large animal. " How do you I feel now ? " all I think recollect said I felt right. for He must have voice seen the question in inaccessible to my my was me. He repeated his same time the man spoke. I could not how I had got there. HTHE * cabin in which I found myself was small and rather untidy. the boat " You were The name on was the ' Lady Vain." . A lip. and a dropping nether was sit- and holding my wrist. youngish man with ting flaxen hair.' and there were spots of blood on the gunwale. THE MAN WHO WAS GOING NOWHERE. For a minute we had stared at each other without speaking. picked up in a boat.

thin so that looked like a dirty skin-purse full of loose bones. is " What from ship this?" I said slowly. she certainly acts according. "to get picked up by a ship with a medical man aboard. in the begin- I never asked where she came from ning. named Davies." he." the noise (Then overhead began 16 again." said he. iced. a ass I'm silly passenger myself. " Have some of a dose of and gave me some scarlet stuff. a little "It's trader from Arica and Callao. a . silly. calls lost You know ' the kind of man. her. out of the land of born fools. and in made me said feel stronger. It tasted like blood. The or who owns he he's captain too. 's from Arica. hoarse my long silence." He spoke with a slobbering articulation. I guess. "You were luck.' of all though when there's much of a sea without any wind. with the ghost of a lisp.The At Island of Doctor Moreau. something. his certificate. the thing the infernal names. Ipecacuanha. and all the business of the boat came back to me. the same time it my eye caught my hand. this.

" my inter- It was a very near thing." "But. '. ) said nearly dead. " Thanks the mutton is to me." ." I thought slowly. going Nowhere. some " Heaven-forsaken " You were locutor. said. indeed." he " Even now "I could eat boiling." came to / said " you know " howling I 'm dying he with a momentary hesitation. " Yes. 's Notice 've your arm sore ? Injections. (I was distracted now " the yelping of a number of dogs.' to desist. my 7 ears were mistaken. But I *ve put some stuff into you now. You been insensible for nearly thirty hours.The Man who was snarling growl together." I said with assurance some mutton. ended in blows. He to suddenly left the cabin.) eligible for solid food ? by I Am " I asked. who seemed response it me to talk gibberish in The matter sounded as though but in that I thought 2 I to him. a and the voice of another idiot ' ' human being telling Then voice. and I heard him in violent controversy with some one. to hear of how you be alone in that boat. . Damn that I thought I detected a certain sus- picion in his eyes.

for I felt He with the frankness I told in concise sentences horribly weak . 18 . and returned "Well?" were I told said he in the doorway. He seemed interested in this. Edward Prendick. " Is CapWhat a shop that was ' ' ! He had evidently been a very ordinary medical student. me closely about TottenGower Street. University College. and when it was finished he reverted at once to the topic of Natural History and his He began to question ham Court Road and latzi still flourishing ? own biological studies. and how had taken to Natural History as a relief from the dulness of my comfortable indepenI dence. and drifted incontinently to the topic of the music halls." satisfied was evidently of my story. earthworm and the radula of the that." him my name. But go on go on! me about the boat. " Yc just beginning to tell me. the all did my Biology getting out the ovary of snail. which enough. I "I 've done at some science myself.The Then he the cabin. at the shouted dogs. Island of Doctor Moreau. ! and Lord tell ! It 's ten years ago. He told me some anecdotes.

excited He came it back so and I was by the appetising smell of that I forgot the noise of the beast that had troubled me.The Man who was "Left jolly ass it it all. he said. played myself out before I was I daresay it's all different now. ten years ago. They were rather loose for me. name of the flaxen-haired the that was gomery man asked came in again as I stood there. He told me casually that . The him. twenty-one." growling overhead was renewed. After a day of alternate sleep and feeding I was so far recovered as to be able to get from my bunk to to the scuttle. ! " How all used to be But I made a young of myself. He me some duck things of his own. lent and I him for some clothes. again with the boiled mutton. for those I had worn in the boat had been thrown overboard. seas trying keep pace with I judged the Montschooner was running before the wind. so sudand with so much savage anger that it denly "What's that?" I called after startled me. and see the green us. for he was large and long in his limbs. but the door had closed. and see what he 's done to your mutton.*' going Nowhere. But I must look up that ass of a cook.

He stared at me with his nether lip and looked it so wilfully stupid of a dropping. sudden that to avoid came into my I head that he desired my questions. Hawaii.The the captain cabin. the began askto ing him some the ship. was I three-parts drunk in his I own As assumed the clothes. So far as I hasn't got a name. . questions about the destination of said it He ship was bound him first." know. where I live. had the discretion to ask no more. but that had to land "Where?" "It's an it said I. island. Island of Doctor Moreau.

a hairy neck. short. as big mouth showed and the huge half-open white teeth as I had ever 21 . coarse. VX7E left the cabin and found a man at the us. was dressed liarly and had pecuI thick. with a crooked back. black hair. THE STRANGE FACE. standing on the ladder with his back to He was and and clumsy. It was a singularly deformed one. He in dark-blue serge. gestive forming something dimly sug- of a muzzle. a misshapen man. was. a head sunk between his shoulders. broad. I could see. In some indefinable way the black face thus upon me shocked me profoundly. and forthwith he ducked back. The facial part projected. with animal swiftness.III. heard the unseen dogs growl furiously. peerHe ing over the combing of the hatchway. companion obstructing our way. coming into contact with the hand I He 'turned flashed put out to fend him off from myself.

place is forward. faced astonished beyond measure at the grotesque ugliness of this black- creature. still way. His eyes were bloodshot at the edges. you know." The black-faced man cowered. seen in a human mouth. him instinctively as I did so. " thing further." he said in a " Your deliberate tone.The Island of Doctor Moreau. then looked up at me suddenly and followed I me up the ladder. stayed at the foot for a Montgomery moment. with scarcely a rim of white round the hazel pupils. I had never beheld such a 22 . "They won't have me forward. with a queer. get "Why way?" The word. at the devil don't you out of the black-faced I man started aside without a staring went on up the companion. There was face." He ! spoke slowly. hoarse quality in his voice. ' ' " Won* t have said Montyou forward gomery. " You have no business here. a curious glow of excitement in his " " Confound you ! said Montgomery. to in a go " ! He was But I tell you menacing on the brink of saying somevoice. had paused half way through the hatchlooking back.

shreds indescribable filth. and by the mizzen a huge puma was cramped little iron cage far too small even to give turning room. occurred to as I me that probably I had seen him that scarcely satisfied acquaintance.The repulsive Strange Face. Certainly I never It was littered with beheld a deck so dirty. who now in a it began leaping and barking at me. scraps of green stuff. Farther under the starboard bulwark were some big hutches containing a 23 . face and extraordinary before. leased Montgomery's movement to follow me remy attention. of carrot. passed my imagination. was already half prepared by the sounds I had heard for what I saw. and yet . I and yet if the contradiction is credible expe- rienced at the same time an odd feeling that in some way Afterwards I the features and gestures that it bad already encountered exactly now amazed me. a of my suspicion previous Yet how one could have set lifted was aboard eyes on so singular a face and yet have forgotten the precise occasion. and I turned and looked about I me at the flush deck of the little schooner. and Fastened by chains to the mainmast were a number of grisly staghounds.

and saw the water come long waves. Merchandise. to ' "What curios sell ? are these beasts for? Does the captain think he is going them somewhere in the South Seas ? ' looks like it. sun midway down the western sky capped by the breeze with froth. and up aloft the little ship The seemed carrying every clear. The dogs were muzzled by leather straps. Moreau. were running with us. llama was and a solitary mere box of a cage forward. Suddenly we heard a yelp and a volley of blasphemy from the companion hatchand the deformed man with the black way. "It doesn't it?" said Mont- gomery. and turned towards the wake again. said I. patched and dirty spankers were tense before the wind. foaming under the stern and the bubbles go I turned dancing and vanishing in her wake. furious 24 . and surveyed the unsavoury length of the *' Is this an ocean menagerie like it. "Looks Montgomery. The only human being on deck was a gaunt and squeezed in a silent sailor at the wheel. The sky was . the sail she had." said ? " ship. We went past the steersman to the taffrail.The number of Island of Doctor rabbits.

furiously excited. did brutes The to him. cap. who had became all tired of barking at me by this time. A couple of sailors appeared on the forecastle. The red-haired man gave a as yawp it of exultation to and stood staggering. Montgomery had on there ! "Steady " he cried. The black hesitated before them. The black-faced man. The poor devil went down like a felled ox. upon So soon as the second started man had forward. howling and leaping against their chains. howling in a singular voice. that they were muzzled. in a tone of remonstrance. face came up hurriedly.The Strange Face. No rolled about under the feet of the dogs. one attempted help their best to worry him. and this gave the red-haired man time to come up with him and deliver a tremendous blow between the shoulder-blades. appeared. He was immediately followed by a heavy red-haired man in a white At the sight of the former the staghounds. and seemed serious danger of either going backwards me in down his the companion hatchway or forwards victim. butting 25 their muzzles . and rolled in It among was lucky for him the dirt the furiously excited dogs.

over his shoulder at the dogs.The at Island of Doctor Moreau." said Mont- 26 . Montgomery gave an angry exclamation. "Look here. and regarded him with the and solemn eyes of a drunken man. as though was admirable sport. and went striding down the The black-faced deck. man scrambled up and staggered forward. " Wha' won't do ? " he said. with his lisp a little accentuated. "this won't do!" I stood behind Montgomery. Montgomery's Sawbones " ! face for a minute. a sudden movement he shook his arm and after two ineffectual attempts stuck his freckled fists into his side pockets." said Montgomery. The captain came half round. a quick him. a "That man's passenger. where he remained. Captain. and I followed him. it The sailors forward shouted. panting and glaring The red-haired man laughed a satisfied laugh. going and leaning over the bulwark by the main shrouds. prostrate figure. There was dance of their lithe grey-figured bodies over the clumsy. and added. after looking dull sleepily into " Blasted With free. gripping the elbows of the red-haired man.

" perhaps officiously. Captain. pertinacious tempers that will warm day cool after to day to a white heat. said.The gomery. see that I could Montgomery had one of those slow. "I'd advise you to keep your hands him." ! " Go to hell " He suddenly turned " Do what I side." tain all For a minute. alcoholic fumes kept the cap"Blasted Sawbones!" was speechless." he left I think Montgomery might have was drunk ." an ugly twist to Montgomery gave lip. he considered necessary. said I. off Strange Face. you here. " you '11 dropping do no good. and staggered towards the like on my own ship. he said man of mine is not to be ill-treated. " Look 1 ' . him then. and I saw too that quarrel had been some time growing. and followed the captain to the bulwarks. "that He has been hazed ever since he came aboard. said the captain. his "He's 27 always drunk. seeing the brute but he only turned a shade paler. loudly. and never again this forgiveness . " The man's drunk. Do .

"was a clean ship." just ! "That's what he is he's a devil! an ugly devil can't stand him. that man of yours . Look at it now " It was cer! tainly anything but clean." he said. assaulting his excuses his " passengers "My ship. "clean.The you think ? Island of Doctor that Moreau. / None of us can't stand him. He 's a lunatic Do you think you ?" damned sailors ship belongs to " Your as soon as began to haze the poor devil he came aboard. that man alone. infernal What like the devil ? want that beasts for on an island Then. anyhow." " I wish I 'd never set eyes on your island. He But the captain meant to quarrel now. "If he comes this end of the raised his voice. nodding his head as Nor you either ! he spoke. My " men can't stand him. " You leave Montgomery turned away. understood he was a man. respectable crew. and he hadn't no business the whole aft." began the captain." "You agreed to take the beasts. " Crew. 28 .'' con- tinued the captain. waving his hand unsteadily towards the cages.

I ! you. to me what Pm I tain of this ship. I was glad to avert what was uncommonly near a scuffle. never mind what he called Montgomery. turning on him sharply. I 'm captain tell you. tell cut his insides out. 29 ." said I. The captain began some abuse even fouler than the last. you I 'm capand owner. though I have frequented eccentric company enough.The ship again I '11 Strange Face. for I face. the law and the to ? do prophets. However. had seen danger in With that I brought the Montgomery's white downpour on myself. the law here. and bring back some animals. and intersilly mad and a " posed. even at the price of the captain's drunken ill-will. " Shut up " I said. I bargained to take a man and his attendant to and from Arica. I found some of it hard to endure. I saw the latter take a step forward. though I am a mild-tempered man . Cut out tell his blasted insides Who I tell are you. devil I never bargained to carry a Sawbones. I have ever heard quite so I do not think vile much language come in a continuous stream from any man's lips before. a Well. "He's ! drunk.

vigour . or speculative enterprise. was merely a bit of from my resources and my unpaid a mere casual dependant on the bounty. fare that I human cut off . .The J ' Island of Doctor Moreau. certainly. but. when I told the captain to " shut up with I had forgotten flotsam. of the He reminded me of it with considerable ship. but at any rate I prevented a fight.

taciturn individual we had seen wheel. Montgomery It intimated that was his destination. after a He took not the slightest We few dined with him in ineffectual efforts on my part to talk.IV. notice of either of us. dim blue almost An vertical The smoke went up from it into the sky. practically assumed the command. Apparently he was in an temper with Montgomery. and I understand he went to The mate sleep on the floor of his own cabin. a sulky silence. and the schooner hove to. far was too then the to see any details . it seemed to me in simply a low-lying patch of uncertain blue-grey streak of sea. captain was not on deck when it was sighted. He evil was the at the gaunt. After he had vented his wrath on me he had staggered below. It struck me too that the men regarded my companion and 31 his animals in a . PHAT night land was sighted after sundown.

all kinds of questions about changes that had taken place. night was very now and The puma lay then. and about his destination . produced some cigars. All the time the there. I found Mont- about his purpose with gomery these creatures. where in the dimness his it little This man. a black Montgomery heap in the corner of its cage. strangeness of him was shaping at itself in my mind . and as I talked I peered light his odd. I did not press him. had come out of 32 . pallid face in the dim of the binnacle lantern behind looked out at me. seemed to was hidden. Then I the island darkling sea. and very reticent though I was sensible of a growing curiosity as to both. He talked to me of London asking in a tone of half-painful reminiscence.The Island of Doctor Moreau. me. singularly unfriendly manner. the sky was thick with Except for an occasional sound in the yellow-lit forecastle and a movement of the animals still. watching us with shining eyes. the crouched together. loved his life He spoke like a man who had and had been suddenly and I gossiped as well cut off from it. irrevocably as I could of this and that. until We remained talking on the quarter deck stars.

and mystery imagi- They laid hold of my hampered my tongue. starlit sea. too. bizarre quality which had impressed me profoundly. "you 3 have saved my life. "If I may say it. found myself repeating the captain's question. and I It was the atmosphere sentiment. To-morrow Immensity merely to save my life." said I. Even had it it been under commonplace circumstances. began upon my gratitude. he would drop over the side. What did he want with the beasts ? Wny. . nation." 33 . and coupled with I that the extraordinary nature of his luggage. a haze of These circumstances threw round the man. talk Towards midnight our away. after a time. was a again. and the of London died we bulwarks stood side by side leaning over and staring dreamily over the silent. and vanish again out of my trifle existence. had he pretended they were not remarked about them at first ? in his personal attendant his when I had there Then.At the Schooner's Rail. each pursuing his for own thoughts. would have made first me on a thoughtful but in the place living was the this singularity of an educated man unknown little island.

my mood tell a little." silence. . my thanks to the accessible agent. or hadn't liked your would have been now " ! it's a curious question where you This damped rate. "There's something tongue. well If I'd been jaded that day. all. was bored." " Thank no much as I You had and the need." I began. prefer to make one." "Chance. "At any " It 's "as asses chance." said I.** he answered. I is it ! everything in a you. all the pleasures of Lonenjoying instead I my He stopped. laughed. man's life. We relapsed Presently in this he starass. face. and I had the knowledge I injected and fed you I might have collected a specimen." he interrupted. Only the I here won't see Why am now. an outcast from happy man don ? Simply because eleven years ago lost of being a civilisation. "That's head for ten " Yes ? " into minutes on a foggy night.The "I Island of Doctor Moreau. light that loosens one's I'm an you." and yet somehow I would like to tell 34 . and wanted something to do. "Just chance.

you may if that's it.At the Schooner's Rail. doubtfully. It looked over its gomery' s strange attendant. and I saw that the eyes that 35 . watching the stars. what might have driven a young out of London. shook his head. it is better to keep your secret. but it a sudden blow to me. may seem came like a little thing to you. shoulder quickly with my movement. The only light near us was a lantern at the wheel. of indiscretion . "Don't. relief if I If I don't I felt I well ? " He grunted undecidedly. Over the taffrail leant a silent It was Montblack figure. then looked away It again. The creature's face was turned for one brief instant out of the dimness of the stern towards this illumination. I have an I shrugged my shoulders and turned away. little There's nothing gained but a respect your confidence." rely upon myself was on the point of beginning. had him at a disadvantage. After "It is all the same to all. and then said I. " Whatever my He keeping to you tell me." me. perhaps. had caught him in the mood and to tell the truth I was not curious to learn medical student imagination.

" We went answered him incongruously. and made an ominous shape on the planking by my bunk. Island of Doctor Moreau. man. then. my mind. at me shone with a pale-green light. That night I had some very unpleasant dreams. across Its light struck a beam my cabin. and moment the forgotten horrors of childhood came back as it had come. below. came to me as stark inhumanity. I thinking of turning in. I thing black know then that a reddish luminosity. starlight.The glanced did not least. and began howling and baying ." said "if you've had enough of this. the a figure of taffrail against the hung over and I found Montgomery was speaking to me. The waning moon ghostly white rose late. and he wished me good-night at the door of my cabin. "I'm he. at is not uncommon in human The eyes. so that I dreamt fitfully. . Then the effect passed An uncouth black figure of a no particular import. That figure with its eyes of fire struck down all through for a my to adult thoughts and feelings. and scarcely slept until the approach of dawn. Then the staghounds woke.

I jumped into my clothes and went on deck.V. awoke through dreams of sensi- an avenue of tumultuous dreams. a violent I heard creaking and the rattling of chains. I rubbed my doubtful eyes and lay listening to the noise. IN ing the early morning (it after was the second mornand I my recovery. Then came a sudden pattering of bare feet. and a foamy yellow-green wave flew across the little round window and left it streaming. I believe the fourth after I was picked up). ble of a hoarse shouting above and became me. guns and howling mobs. the sound of heavy objects being thrown about. THE MAN WHO HAD NOWHERE TO GO. for a little while of my whereabouts. the swish of the water as the ship was suddenly brought round. As I flushed came up the ladder I saw against the the for the sun was just rising sky 37 .

with 'em!" bawled the cap'11 "Overboard with 'em! stood in We have a clean ship soon of the whole bilin' of 'em. He came and staggered back a few round with a start. who had apparently just come aboard. Montgomery haired stood talking to a massive greyin man dirty-blue flannels. The " Overboard tain. and then with it's a light coming into his eyes. " Pendick up. to tell that the man was still drunk. broad back and red hair of the captain. and crouched in the bottom of its little cage. but I He certainly did not expect his next move. " Hullo " ! said he. so that I had perforce come on deck." He my to tap his shoulder to way. and over his shoulder the puma spinning from a tackle rigged on to the mizzen spanker-boom. ter "Why. 38 . It needed no expert eye paces to stare at me. poor brute seemed horribly scared. held out his hand to the gangway by which that 's your name.The Island of Doctor Moreau. stupidly ." said I." It was no good answering the brute . be damned " ! said he. Mis- Mister?" "Prendick. " Shut- Mister Shut-up.

began. " Can't have you. Mister Blasted Shut-up " roared the captain. ! " That way. Mister Shut- and sharp We 're " ! cleaning the ship cleaning the whole blessed ship out. it and overboard you go I stared at him that lost Then it occurred to me was exactly the thing I wanted.The Man who had Nowhere to Go." said Montgomery's com- panion. what up. out. 39 . turning to the "Overboard!" ship aint for beasts said the captain. dumfounded. " You can't have me " ! said I. "This and cannibals and worse Overboard you go. mean ! Overboard. than beasts. way ! that Montgomery and he spoke. passenger with this to prospect of a journey as sole quarrelsome sot was not one mourn I turned towards Montgomery. Mister ! Blasted Shut-up." I "Look captain. his companion turned ? as " What that 's do you mean I " I said. He had the squarest and most set eyes resolute face I ever upon. "That way. here. aghast. concisely. any more. The over.

I even bawled said entreaties to the sailors. you go with blessed your of it." the Then began cation. first to the greyhaired man to let me land. " You 're only shook tell head. at nothing. amen ! I've had enough "But. " I '11 captain.The Island of Doctor Moreau. He side distorted his at lower the and nodded his head hopelessly grey-haired man be- him. I captain's refrain. friends. to indicate his powerlessness to help see to said me. going overboard. anyhow. " Law last I you." was the ! be damned of a I'm voice king here. If they can't have you. presently. you." At felt must confess my suddenly threat. lip. Montgomery. goes overboard. But. broke in the middle I vigorous a gust of hysterical petulance. a curious three-cornered alter- I appealed to one and another of the three men. you Mister Shut-up. and then to the Alternately drunken captain to keep me aboard. Montgomery his never a word. I've done with this island for evermore." I appealed. and went aft and stared dismally 40 .

and into this the strange were swung. standing lugs. from the island that were receiving the packages. I could not resist an I impulse to laugh at my miserable quandary. for the hull of the launch was hidden from me assortment of goods I did not then see the hands by the side of the schooner. take all Hunger and a lack of blood-corpuscles I perceived the manhood from a man. or his to force myself upon Montgomery and waited passively upon companion. but busied themselves in and directing the four or unloading the goods. Once twice as I stood waiting there for things to accomplish themselves. what the captain chose So I pretty clearly that I had not the stamina either to resist to do to expel me. lay under the lea of the schooner . felt all the wretcheder for the lack of a breakfast. sailors progressed rapidly with the task of unshipping the packages and A large launch. was or alternately despairful and desperate. with two caged animals. . five sailors who were went I for- The captain ward interfering rather than assisting.The Man who Meanwhile the had Nowhere to Go. Neither Montslightest assisting gomery nor his companion took the notice of me.

the launch and then the the captain. and was shoved broadening gap of green water appeared under me. they swung me into her by a rope (for they had no stern ladder). and was quite unvictualled. ran me aft the stern.The fate . In a kind of stupor I from the schooner. had The no to oars. Island of Doctor Moreau. A The hands and I in heard shouted derisively. and the work of transferring Montgomery's possessions to the launch went on as if I did not exist. in the launch but the now fully laden. enough. and then came a struggle. I refused go aboard her. Even then I noticed men who . to the oddness of the brown faces of the was hauled. and one of towards seamen helping him. In the end. were with Montgomery launch was off hastily. it was half full of water. " " dingey of the Lady Vain had been towing behind . 42 . Montgomery curse at them . resisting weakly the gangway. Presently that work was I finished. the mate. and I pushed back with all my strength to avoid falling headlong. and flung myself full length on the deck. I drifted slowly and then they cut me adrift.

from my in the boat . in that oily sea. I crouched in the bottom of the dingey. 43 . stunned. and then bellied out as the wind came into them. a little had never done since was child. I was empty and very I I should have had more heart. and then she passed out of my range of view. ing smaller as she approached the clear to Abruptly the cruelty of this desertion became me. I did not turn my head to follow her. you must remember.The Man who had Nowhere to Go. and slowly but surely she came round to the wind . Then I realized that I was little hell of mine again. and looking back over the gunwale. and turning towards the island saw the launch growbeach. watched all hands take to the rigging. the sails fluttered. and staring blankly at the vacant. I stared at her weather-beaten side heeling steeply towards me . now half swamped . But as as I it was suddenly began to sob I and weep. with mocking at the red-haired me over the taffrail. At first I could scarcely believe what had happened. I was still exposure faint. I had no means of reaching the drift land unless I should chance to there. I saw the schooner standing captain away from me. or weak.

The The Island of Doctor Moreau. I prayed aloud for God to let me die. In a passion of the water in tears ran down my face. and kicked savagely at the gunwale. despair I struck with my fists at the bottom of the boat. 44 .

She was heavily laden. . at whom the staghounds were snarling savagely. The black-faced cripple in was glaring at me as fixedly bows near the puma. three strange brutish-looking fellows. seeing that I was really took pity on me. and I could make out as she haired. and rising. slowly approaching the island slantingly relief. . brought the boat Montgomery. who by me. was steering. tiller caught and fastened my 45 painter to the to tow me. THE EVIL-LOOKING BOATMEN. islanders. for there was no room aboard. I drifted very the to eastward. OUT the *-* adrift. with hysterical come round and return towards me. fixedly me the without moving speaking. the launch and presently I saw. There were three other men besides. drew nearer Montgomery's white- companion sitting cramped up with the dogs and several packingThis individual stared or at broad-shouldered cases in the stern sheets.VI.

The
I

Island of Doctor

Moreau.
by

had recovered from

my

hysterical phase
as

this time,

and answered his hail,
I

he approached,

bravely enough.
nearly
I

told

him

the dingey

was

swamped, and he reached me

a piggin.

the boats.
It

was jerked back as the rope tightened between For some time I was busy baling.

was not
was

until

I

had got the water under
;

(for the water in the dingey had been shipped

the boat

perfectly sound) that I

had

leisure

to look at the people in the launch again.

man I found was still reme steadfastly, but with an expression, When as I now fancied, of some perplexity. my eyes met his, he looked down at the stagwhite-haired
garding

The

hound

that

sat

between

his

knees.

He
;

was

a

powerfully-built man,
fine forehead

as

I

have said, with a
features

and rather heavy
often
his

but his

eyes had that odd drooping
the lids

of the skin above

which
fall

and the

of

comes with advancing years, heavy mouth at the corners

gave him an expression of pugnacious resolution. He talked to Montgomery in a tone too low
for

me

to hear.

From him my eyes travelled to his men ; and a strange crew they were.
46

three
I

saw

The
only their
their faces

Evil-looking Boatmen.
yet there

faces,
I

was something in
that gave

knew not what

me

a queer spasm of disgust.

I looked steadily at
pass,

them, and the impression did not
failed
to

though I

see

what had
then to be

occasioned

it.

They

seemed

to

me

brown men

;

but their

limbs were oddly swathed in some thin, dirty, white stuff down even to the fingers and feet :
I

have never seen

men

so

wrapped up

before,

and

women

so

turbans too,
elfin faces at

only in the East. They wore and thereunder peered out their

faces with protruding lowerme, and bright eyes. jaws They had lank black almost like hair, horsehair, and seemed as they
sat to

exceed

in stature

any race of men
I

I

have

seen.
a

The white-haired man, who

knew was

good six feet in height, sat a head below any I found afterwards that really one of the three.
none were
taller

than myself; but their bodies

were abnormally long, and the thigh-part of At any the leg short and curiously twisted. an were rate, they amazingly ugly gang, and
over the heads of them under the forward lug

peered the black face of the were luminous in the dark.

man whose
As
I

eyes
at

stared

47

The

Island of Doctor

Moreau.

them, they met my gaze ; and then first one and then another turned away from my direct
stare,

and looked
It

at

me
I

in an odd, furtive

man-

ner.

occurred to

me

that I

was perhaps
attention to

annoying them, and
the
It

turned

my

island

we were
a

approaching.

was low, and covered with

tion,

to

me.

thick vegetakind of that was new chiefly palm, From one point a thin white thread of

vapour rose slantingly to an immense height, and then frayed out like a down feather.

We

were now within the embrace of a broad bay flanked on either hand by a low promontory.

The beach was
steeply
feet

of dull-grey sand, and sloped perhaps sixty or seventy

up

to a ridge,

above

the

sea-level,

and

irregularly

set

with trees and

undergrowth.

Half way up
stone,

was

a square enclosure of
I

some greyish

which
coral

found subsequently was built partly of and partly of pumiceous lava. Two

A

thatched roofs peeped from within this enclosure. man stood awaiting us at the water's edge.

I fancied

while

we were

still

far off that I

saw

some other and very grotesque-looking creatures
scuttle into

the bushes

upon the slope

;

but I

48

The
man was

Evil-looking Boatmen.
as

saw nothing of these
negroid face.

we drew nearer.
size,

This
a black

of a moderate

and with

He

had a

large, almost lipless,

mouth, extraordinary lank arms, long thin feet, and bow-legs, and stood with his heavy face
thrust forward
like

staring at us.

He was

dressed

Montgomery and his white-haired companAs ion, in jacket and trousers of blue serge.

we came

this individual began to on the beach, making the most grotesque movements. At a word of command from Montgomery,
still

nearer,

run to and

fro

the four

men

in the launch sprang up,

and with
the
lugs.

singularly

awkward

gestures

struck

Montgomery steered us round and into a narrow little dock excavated in the beach. Then
the

man on

the beach hastened
it,

towards

us.

This dock,
just

as I call

was

really a

mere ditch

long enough at
I

this

take the longboat.

phase of the tide to heard the bows ground in

the

sand,

staved the dingey off the rudder of

the big boat with
painter, landed.

my
The

piggin,

three muffled

and freeing the men, with

the clumsiest movements,

scrambled out upon

the sand, and forthwith set to landing the cargo,

4

49

The
assisted

Island of Doctor

Moreau.

especially

by the man on the beach. I was struck by the curious movements of the legs

not

of the three swathed and bandaged boatmen, stiff they were, but distorted in some odd
as if they

way, almost
place.
at their

were jointed

in the

wrong

The dogs were still snarling, and strained
chains after these

men,

as

the whitethree big
guttural

haired

man

landed with them.

The
odd

fellows spoke to one another in
tones,

and the man

who had

waited for us on

the beach began chattering to

them excitedly
as

a foreign language, as I fancied

they laid
stern.

hands

on

some
I

bales

piled

near

the

Somewhere
and
I

had heard such
not think

a voice before,

could

where.

The

white-

haired
dogs,

man
and

stood,

holding in a tumult of six
orders

bawling
having

over

their

din.

Montgomery,
ing.

unshipped
to

the
at

rudder,

landed likewise, and
I

all set

work

unloadlong
fast

was too

faint,

what with

my

and the sun beating down on
offer

my

bare head, to

any

assistance.

Presently the white-haired
recollect

man seemed
to

to

my

presence, and came up

me.

"You

look," said he,
5

"as though you had

"When you will be able to get away. on rollers. least. I can't say. you know." manHis busily ner. "As is happens. We're off the track to anywhere. with a it more respect in his Mr. We me see a ship once in a twelve- month or so.The Evil-looking Boatmen. Now you are our guest. Prendick . alters the case a little. Montgomery says you are an educated man. says you know something of science. Then. Mr. His little scarcely breakfasted. trifle " That said." eye rested on the men and in white who were at hauling the puma. "I Montgomery. towards the walled yard. Prendick." left He abruptly. and had done some researches in biology under Huxley. we are biologists here. we must make you comfortable. He raised his eye- brows he slightly at that." He looked " keenly into my face." brilliant eyes were a black under his heavy brows. though you are uninvited. "I must apologise for that. May I ask what that signifies ' ' ? I told him I had spent some years at the Royal College of Science." he added. and went up the beach . This a biological station of a sort.

His procedure with the rabbits was singular. if I He hesitated. watch my goings carefully. me "I'm glad.The Island of Doctor Moreau. and coming back to hand. and seemed what was on his lips. and I think entered the enclos- The other two men were with Mont- gomery. ure. "for silly ass." "that saved me an "That depends. three men laid hold of the truck and began shoving the ton-weight or so upon left it after the puma. the staghounds were still lashed to the thwarts." said I. were you." again. I promise you. I waded in with him. "It was you. You '11 find this island I 'd infernally rum place." he said. past this group. to alter his He " mind about "I wish you'd help me with these rabbits." said he. and helped him lug one of the hutches ashore. all The pile of things completed. He d have made ' you. erecting a pile of smaller packages on a low-wheeled truck. Presently Montgomery held out his them. The llama was still on the launch with the rabbit hutches . That captain was a things lively for my own part. No sooner was that 52 .

"Something to go on with." said Replenish the island. it." As haired I man watched them disappearing. 53 . Hith- a certain lack of meat here. "Increase and multiply. howfor I went up to the house with the puma. its and tilting living contents They fell in a struggling He clapped heap one on the top of the other. in a far more familiar tone I made no ado. erto Montgomery. on the biscuits at once. Prendick. fifteen or twenty of them should think. helped Montgomery to release about a score of the rabbits. done than he opened the door of the thing on one end turned out on the ground.The Evil-looking Boatmen. we 've had " my friends. his hands. The brandy I did not touch. and forthwith they went off with that hopping run of I theirs. Three big hutches. have been an abstainer from my birth." said he. up the beach. while the white-haired man more ever. but set to work than before. the whitereturned with a brandy-flask and some biscuits.

that I had no discernment of the relative strangeness of this or that thing. THE LOCKED DOOR/ THE and first reader will perhaps understand that at everything was so strange about me. " I *m itching to get to work again with 54 . " And now comes the problem of this uninWhat are we to do with him ? " vited guest. run out again. I turned and saw that the launch had now been unloaded. He addressed Montgomery. who asked me not enter the stone enclosure. and was being beached. " He knows something of science. I overtaken to followed the llama up the beach.VII. and was by Montgomery. I noticed then pile that the puma in its cage and the of packto this ages had been placed outside the entrance quadrangle." said Montgomery. and the white-haired man was walking towards us. position my was the outcome of such unex- pected adventures.

looking Montgomery and three of us went towards the enclosure." in "I'm idea of I had no your hands." said the elder ." said I. what he meant by " over there. all " That's at it. nodHis eyes grew in new stuff. to a sane man but just now. " I 'm sorry to Mr. is a kind of make a mystery. in dreadful." 55 . promptly. "I " daresay you are/* said Montgomery. spare the time to build him a new shanty and certainly can't take him into our confi- dence just yet. but you'll Our little establishremember you 're uninvited. brighter. and anything but a cordial tone. really." towards said the white-haired ding the enclosure. with the outer door " "There's my room man. we don't know you said I. Blue-Beard's chamber. ment here contains a secret or so. as fact." man. We we can't send him over there." take offence at "I should be a fool to any want of confidence. we can't ." "I've been thinking of the same things. Prendick." Montgomery answered."The Locked this Door. " "Decidedly. Nothing very .

man produced a bundle of keys from the pocket of his greasy bluejacket. His keys. and found myself in a small apartment. plainly but not uncomfortably furnished. 56 . twisted his heavy mouth into a faint smile.The He Island of Doctor Moreau. door Montgomery at once closed. This the white-haired man told me was to be my fear apartment and the inner door. and with its inner door. and the elaborate locking-up of the place even while it was white-haired still The under his eye. entrance to the enclosure gate. corner we came to a small doorway had not previously observed. This inner A hammock was slung across the darker corner of the room. and entered. he would lock on the . which was slightly ajar. I followed him. we passed it was a heavy wooden and I at the framed in iron and locked. opening into a paved courtyard. he was one of those saturnine people who smile with the corners of the mouth down. his acknowledgment of my com- The main . with the cargo of the launch piled outside it. which " for of accidents. and bowed plaisance. struck me as peculiar. opened this door. and a small unglazed window defended by an iron bar looked out towards the sea." he said.

me. Then while I noise of the staghounds. to out the ate that still remained appetite. that heard through the locked door the had now been 57 . . works and editions of (languages I cannot the Latin and Greek classics read with any comfort). as if in doubt." inward. it and as moment do not think Then the I handled the books on the shelf : came up in consciousness name of Moreau took before Where had I heard I sat down before ? biscuits the window. surgical an array of old books. and the other. usually have our meals in here. was Door. I found. window- frame hid him. "We after call. opening the inner one again. on a shelf near the hammock. and chiefly. as if to avoid He left the room by the outer door." said Montgomery. for the went out "Moreau!" I I heard him I noticed. and turned little heard a key inserted After a in the lock behind me. my to limit He called my the attention to a convenient deck-chair before window. then. lugging a packingPresently the I case along the beach. and ! them with an excellent Moreau the Through unaccountable window I saw one of those men in white."The Locked other side.

endowed with very What was wrong with them ? uncanny voices. quite unlike the In- frank stare of your unsophisticated savage. fashion. seemed remarkably taciturn. They were not and but sniffing growling in a curious barking. ungainly attendant. all deed. and when they did speak. brought up from the beach. they had Then Just I recalled the eyes of Montgomery's in. never saw such a pulled at the box. such odd motions as he I recalled that none of these men had spoken me. I could hear the rapid patter of their and Montgomery's voice soothing them. From I my of thoughts went the to the indefinable queer- ness deformed gait. and for some time I was thinking of that and of the unaccountable familiarity of secrecy of these the name of Moreau in . though most of them I had found looking at me at one time or another to in a peculiarly furtive manner. but so odd is the human memory known name that that I could not then recall that wellits proper connection. feet. as I was thinking of him he came . man on the beach. I was very much impressed by the elaborate two men regarding the contents of the place.The Island of Doctor Moreau.

"The Moreau Hollows" Moreau was it? "The my memory back The Moreau Horrors!" "The years. stared his answer him. astonishment paralysed me. I followed him out with so. bending amiably. there came surging eyes . by some odd tion." and carried a dressed in white. and as I did trick of unconscious cerebra- my into my head the phrase. covered with a fine " Your I breakfast. The man had brown fur ! pointed ears. and Then placed the tray before me on the table. regarding me oddly over his shoulder. for a mind in loose drifted moment." at he said. Under his stringy black locks I saw his ear . read I which made one shiver and creep. distinctly all Then remembered about it. That long-forgotten to startling vividness pamphlet came back with 59 . my phrase It " Ah! sent ten and then I saw it in red lettering to on a little buff-coloured pamphlet. tray with some coffee and boiled vegeta- bles thereon. sair. He face without attempting to turned and went towards the door."The Locked He was now little Door. it jumped upon me suddenly close to my face. I could hardly repress a shuddering recoil as he came.

about fifty.The my mind. 60 may be that he . I suppose. Then had suddenly his career was England. Island of Doctor I Moreau. this Was lished the same Moreau ? He had pubconnection some very astonishing to facts in with the transfusion of blood. lad then. escaped from Moreau' s house. and a a cousin of the time that conscience has turned against the methods of research. was in the silly sea- prominent temporary laboratory-assistant. son. his On the day of was an gruesome pamphlet became notoits publication a wretched dog. a had been a mere and prominent and masterful physiologist. flayed and otherwise It mutilated. accident). with the deliberate ist He to leave A intention of making sensational exposures it . journalobtained access to his laboratory in the capacity of laboratory-assistant. circles for his extraordinary imagina- tion and his brutal directness in discussion. The doctor was simply It howled out of the country. and in addition was known be doing valuable work on mor- bid growths. closed. appealed to the conscience of the nation. well-known in scientific Moreau was. and by the help of a shocking accident (if rious. It was not the first editor.

his investigations peace but he appar- ently preferred the latter. Yet surely. as most men would who spell have once of research. suddenly into the forefront of background of my came forward It my thoughts. heard the puma growling through the wall. and had indeed nothing but his own interest to consider. and especially 61 to another scien- . by the were wantonly his social cruel. by the great body of scientific workers was Yet some of his experiments. were destined the halitus and a curious of something familiar. animals other Everything pointed to to it. I felt convinced that this must be the same man. and one it of the dogs yelped as though had been struck. Door. was the I antiseptic odour of the dissecting-room. journalist's account. an odour that had been in the consciousness hitherto. luggage enclosure behind the faint house odour. fallen He under the overmastering was unmarried." think that the tepid but I still support of his fellow-investigators and his desertion a shameful thing."The Locked deserved to be . He might perhaps have by abandoning purchased . It dawned upon me what end into the puma and the other which had now been brought with the .

frothing Montgomery's attendant came back again before me with the sharpest I stared before me out at the green under a freshening breeze. sea. a notorious vivisector. ? and these crippled and distorted men 62 . section as to account for this secrecy and by some odd leap in my of thoughts the pointed ears and luminous eyes definition. and let these and other strange memories of the last few days chase one another through my mind.The tific Island of Doctor Moreau. What could it all mean ? A locked enclosure on a lonely island. in vivi- man. there was nothing so horrible .

I Pm an abstainer. restless eyes. THE CRYING OF THE PUMA. " I thanks. his and found him watch- ing me with said queer. a jug of water. a flask of whiskey. JV/l * ONTGOMERY interrupted a tray bearing bread. my tangle of mystification and suspicion about one o'clock.VIII. and his grotesque attendant followed * him with and three some herbs and other eatables." ! " What an I ass I was to mention it it you ! might have thought. no use locking 63 ." it *s wish 'd been. Anyhow. Mont- he would lunch with me. mysteries. " The devil you do ! " I know " to said he. I glanced askance at this strange creature. that name. " Moreau " said I. will give ? you an inkling of our ' ' Whiskey But "No. glasses and knives. but that gomery Moreau was too preoccupied with some work to come.

"I there was something the matter with his ears." as "I saw them that coffee you time sent to he stooped by me to put me on the table." " suddenly. outer door closed. and as . And his eyes shine in the dark. as the why has your man pointed ears?" "Damn!" of food. calmly with a catch in a fine black fur at the edges " ? my breath " and He sion great deliberation. . with a certain accentuation of his flavouring of lisp. " Pointed ears ? "Little points to them.The Island of Doctor is Moreau. " I. "Montgomery. thought myself in luck at the time. was that which led to my I coming here. then repeated. offered to get and a foggy night. "that surprise of my question. . It the door after the steed infernal stuff that." he said deliberately. over his first mouthful He stared at me for a moment. me off." said as possible. helped himself to whiskey and water with ' I was under the impresthat his hair covered his ears." By the this Montgomery had recovered from always thought. It's queer when Moreau " said I. stolen. he said.

I saw Mont- gomery wince. Can't rememHalf-witted. "Yes?" he said. " There 's someme fanciful. I could hardly ignorance was a pretence. but thing about him gives don't think little me a nasty sensation. when he comes near me." I said " rather small and man furry." A sharp. It 's a touch of the diabolical." I said. depth and volume testified to the puma. hoarse cry of animal Its pain came from the enclosure behind us. pick up the creature ? " I He's an ugly brute. a tightening of my muscles. you know. you know. admit. tell the man that . covered them. ' ' We both are. But the whole one of the strangest beings I ever set eyes on.The from the Crying of the Puma. " Where did you "San Francisco. is distinctly furry. "Pointed. in fact." eating while I told Montgomery had stopped 5 65 . him. How does he strike you ? " He 's it unnatural. I thought him a liar. But I 'm used to ber where he came from. way he What were they like?" I was persuaded from his manner that this Still.

" and masticated. He seemed anxious I to lay stress to him. I said the ani- no more. sion about alcohol. his meal. " /can't see it. sharp race are they "Your men on the beach. this time painfully. vent to a series of short. Montgomery swore under his I breath. . had half a mind to attack him about the beach. You saw the cap- tain?" more the Suddenly the puma howled again." the a He he resumed said. I on the fact that owed my 66 life answered him distractedly. "what " ? " Excellent fellows.The him this. his He looked at me with dull grey eyes. knitting his brows mal yelled out sharply. men on gave Then the poor brute within cries. " Rum " ! he said. aren't they ?" said he. and then took some more He tried to draw me into a discuswhiskey. schooner must have Made dead set at the poor devil. " I had no idea of it." said I . There was another outcry worse than the former. felt it " The crew of the same. professing to have saved my life with it. Island of Doctor Moreau. as absent-mindedly.

I noticed turned the corner of the wall. grew at last to such an exquisite expression of suffering that I could stand that it in longer.The Crying of the Puma. with Presently I fingers. wore on. stopping my ears my The emotional appeal of those yells grew upon me steadily. the mis- shapen monster with the pointed ears cleared the remains away. I irritating. and began to fists. They were painful but their constant resurgence at last alto- gether upset my I I flung aside a crib of Horace clench my had been reading. found myself that the cries were singularly and they grew in depth and intensity as the afternoon at first. stepped out of the door into the slumberous heat of the late confined room no I afternoon. came to Presently our meal an end . and to pace the got to room. to bite my lips. and walking past the main entrance locked again. balance. . odd want of nerve. and Montgomery left me alone in the room again. and left me to the obvious application. All the time he had irritation at the been in a state of ill-concealed noise of the vivisected of his He had spoken puma.

light our nerves quivering that this pity comes But in spite of the brilliant sun- the soothing sea-breeze. fusion. as if all the was pain in the world had found I a voice. and had I have thought since been dumb. crying sounded even louder out of doors.The The It Island of Doctor Moreau. I could have stood well enough. of the 68 . until I was out of earshot house in the chequered wall. Yet had known it such pain was in I believe it the next room. and the green fans of the trees waving in the world was a conblurred with drifting black and red phantasms. It is when suffering finds a voice and sets troubling us.

deadened any sound that might be coming from the enclosure. and so presently found myself some way on the other side of the ridge.IX. and sat down in the edge of the shade. The distance I had come. T * STRODE through the undergrowth that clothed the ridge behind the house. scarcely- heeding whither I went . The rivulet was hidden by the banks save gular at luxuriant vegetation of the I caught a trian- one point. scampering up the slope before me. and went I hesitated. Then with a rustle a rabbit emerged. The air was still. On the farther side I saw through a bluish haze a tangle . and listened. THE THING IN THE FOREST. The place was a pleasant one. where of its patch glittering water. and descending towards a streamlet that ran through I paused a narrow valley. passed on through the shadow of a thick cluster of straight-stemmed trees beyond it. or the intervening masses of thicket.

Here and there a of white or crimson marked the blooming splash of some trailing epiphyte. For a moment nothing but the waving summits of the ferns and reeds. and then began to turn over in liarities my mind again the strange pecu- of Montgomery* 8 man. going on allwas clothed in bluish a and was of a copper. and above these again the luminous blue of the sky. round head I to the water. I let my eyes wander over this scene for a while.coloured hue. But it was too fell hot to think elaborately. 70 . From this how long.The of trees Island of Doctor Moreau. and creepers. after I waking. beast. and presently I a tranquil state into midway between dozing and was aroused. It seemed that grotesque ugliness was an invariable character of these islanders. it and began to Then saw was fours like a cloth. I could hear the suck of the water at his lips as he drank. by could see I know not a rustling amidst the greenery on I the other side of the stream. with black hair. He man. bank of the first Then suddenly upon the stream appeared Something at I could not distinguish what it was. It its bowed drink.

So. went up guiltily.The Thing I in the Forest. just seen 7* . Then. Forthwith he scrambled to his feet. staring one another out of countenance. His were scarcely half the length of his body. quillity I was startled by a noise behind me. had Then I thought that the man had been clothed in bluish cloth. his eyes met mine. half-bestial creature stillness afternoon had suddenly populated the I looked for me. and stood wiping his clumsy and hand legs across his mouth and regarding me. to look back once or twice. and a pat- piece of lava. My drowsy tranhad gone. and turning suddenly saw the flapping white tail of a rabbit vanishing up the slope. The of the apparition of grotesque. we he remained for perhaps the space of a minute. see leant forward to him better. stopping slunk off among the bushes to the right of me. detached by tering down the slope. and regretted that around I I me rather nervously. Long after he had disappeared. my He looked hand. I this jumped to my feet. was unarmed. faint and I heard the swish of the fronds grow and die away. I remained sitting up staring in in the distance the direction of his retreat.

and going up to it found it to be a peculiar fungus. Yet I I was greatly disturbed at the apparition. but deliquescing and then in the shadow . I stopped aghast at the sight of 72 . walked to the left along the slope. let startled by a great patch of vivid scaron the ground. branched and corru- was into slime at the touch gated like a foliaceous lichen. but still warm and with the head torn off.The Island of Doctor Moreau. and peering way and among lips ? the straight stems of the trees. I turned a direction diametrically heard in opposite to the sound. and taking about and walked animal wailing to be the puma. across which and pushed my way I up through the undergrowth beyond. a savage would have and I tried to persuade myself from that all that he was after probably a peaceful character. turning this my that head about. This led I stepped me down to the stream. the dead body of a rabbit covered with shining flies. as had not been naked been fact . all-fours Why his should a man go on I it and drink with an Presently again. that the dull ferocity of his counte- nance belied him. of some luxuriant ferns I came upon an unpleasant thing.

I resolved to go back to the watching me. no as traces of other violence about It though it had been suddenly snatched up and killed . than a shadow. made by up 73 to a fall . anxious to get a clear space about I me again. the difficulty of how the thing had been The since I at vague dread that had been in my mind had seen the inhuman face of the man there. I suddenly turned enclosure on the beach. the dense growth . at least ! Here was one looked disposed of There were it. of glade in the forest. visitor to the island in the Forest. thicket about me became altered to my imagination. possibly even through the bushes. rustle Every shadow became something more became an ambush . stream grew distincter as I stood I began to realise the hardihood of my the The expedition among these unknown people. away and frantically. starting struggle for the and beyond. seedlings were already vacant space . stopped just in time to prevent myself It was a kind emerging upon an open space. every Invisible things seemed became a threat. and as I stared at the little furry body came done. thrust myself violently.The Thing the scattered blood.

They swayed their heads and shoulders from side to side. The speaker's words came thick and sloppy. cloth about the middle and their skins of a dull pinkish-drab colour. save for swathings of scarlet . and to three had been too closely interested heed the rustling of my approach. such as I had seen in no savages before. were three grotesque human evidently a female . Presently his articulation became shriller. men was talking to the or at least one of the all other two. I never saw such bestial-looking creatures. be reciting some complicated gibberish. chinless faces. also rising to 74 . retreating foreheads.The Island of Doctor Moreau. and spreadAt that the ing his hands he rose to his feet. were They were naked. heavy. They were talking. of stems and twining vines and splashes of fungus and flowers closed in again. Before me. and though I could hear them distinctly I could not He seemed to me to distinguish what he said. squatting together fallen tree upon the fungoid ruins of a huge and still unaware of my approach. figures. bristly hair and a scant upon their heads. the other One was two were men. They had fat. others began to gibber in unison.

Suddenly. its rag of clothing. began slowly to circle round. Saliva dripped from their mouths. as I watched their grotesque and unaccountable gestures. Their eyes began to sparkle. clumsy feet. inconsistent and and conflicting impressions of utter strangeness yet strangest familiarity. raising and stamping their feet and waving their arms . I noticed then the abnormal legs." it sounded frain. strangest air about them of some Each of these creatures. despite its human form. in the Forest. into the expression of countenance. spreading their hands and swaying in bodies rhythm with their chant. " or Balloola.The Thing their their feet. had woven into it into its its move- ments. and a re" Aloola. and yet human beings with the familiar animal. The three creatures engaged in this mysterious rite were human in shape. with an expression of strange lipless pleasure. a kind of tune crept into their rhythmic recitation. like. and their ugly faces to brighten. and the rough humanity of its bodily form. 75 . shortness of their All three and their lank. I perceived clearly for the first time what it was the that what had given me of the two had offended me.

Then one slipped. a swinish taint. I legs saw with an unpleasthe trees. first my mind. to recover. the unmis- takable mark of the beast. But that transitory gleam of the true animalism of these monsters was enough. rigid and be- coming every now and then with the fear of being discovered.The into its Island of Doctor Moreau. overcome by this amazing realisation . and for a all-fours. moment was on forthwith. It was long before I grew bolder. My only idea for the moment was to get away from these foul beings. and dared to move freely. and perhaps thirty yards my away from me. I pushed back into the bushes. walk- ant start two clumsy among ing with noiseless footsteps parallel with course. The head and upper part of the body were . irresistible whole presence some now suggestion of a hog. and I scarcely faint noticed that I had emerged trees. I turned as noiselessly as possible. indeed. whooping and grunting. and then the most horrible questionings came I stood rushing into the air. upon a suddenly pathway amidst the little Then traversing a glade. as a branch cracked or a leaf rustled. They began leaping in one and then the other.

The Thing hidden in the Forest. Setting my teeth straight walked towards him. pushed through a tangle 77 . would Flight At any hard. I rate the the courage to Thing. the through the interlacing network head and body of the brute I had seen drinking. He moved flash in his head. hoping the creature did not see me. stopped abruptly. whatever it was. but I felt that I could not he had stopped and was watching me again. What did he want with me ? not even a stick. I was anxious not to ing show the fear that seemed chillI my backbone. I by a tangle of creeper. So nervous was I that I controlled an impulse to headlong flight with the utmost I distinguished difficulty. see him. had vanished behind some bushes. He was motionless for a moment. Then looking hard. man I or beast ? had no weapon. a half-luminous colour that vanished as he turned his head again. The feet stopped as I did. There was an emerald his eyes as he glanced at me from the shadow of the trees. What on earth was he. lacked attack me. and then with a noiseless tread began running through In another moment he the green confusion. be madness.

and walked steadily He turned again. The sun had set some minutes since. into the dusk. For the first time I realised how the lateness of the hour might affect me. and a my head. the swift dusk of the tropics was already fading out of the eastern pioneer moth fluttered silently by Unless I sky. would spend the night among the unknown dangers of the mysterious forest. my only chance was bluff. The thought of a return to that pain-haunted refuge was extremely disagreeable. I advanced a step or his eyes. and that was all. I must hasten back to the enclosure.The of tall Island of Doctor Moreau. me and turning went bounding away Then he through the undergrowth. two. Once more I thought I caught the glint of his eyes. my gaze. looking steadfastly into " Who are He from tried you ? to meet " said I. at turned and stared me again. My heart was in my mouth . "No!" he said suddenly. and vanished towards him. white-flowered bushes. but still more so was 78 . looking over his shoulder at me and hesitating. His eyes shone but I felt brightly out of the dusk under the trees. and saw him twenty paces beyond.

The Thing
ness and
all

in the

Forest.

the idea of being overtaken in the open
that

by dark-

I might more one look into the blue shadows that gave had swallowed up this odd creature, and then retraced my way down the slope towards the

darkness

conceal.

stream, going as I judged in the direction from

which
I

I

had come.
eagerly,

walked
things,

my mind

confused with
in a

many
less

and presently found myself
scattered trees.

level place

among
that
;

The

colour-

clearness

comes

after

the sunset flush

was darkling
tarily

the blue sky above

grew momen-

deeper, and the little stars one by one pierced the attenuated light ; the interspaces of
the trees, the gaps in the further vegetation, that

had been hazy blue in the daylight, grew black The colour and mysterious. I pushed on.
vanished from the world.

The

tree-tops rose

against the luminous blue sky in inky silhouette,

and

all

below

that outline

melted into one form-

less blackness.

Presently the trees grew thinner,

Then

and the shrubby undergrowth more abundant. there was a desolate space covered with a
white sand, and then another expanse of tangled I did not remember crossing the sandbushes.

79

The

Island of Doctor Moreau.
I

opening before.
faint

began

to

be tormented by a
I
I

rustling
it

at first

upon my right hand. was fancy, for whenever

thought
stopped
breeze

there

was

silence, save for the evening

in the tree-tops.

Then when
to

I turned to

hurry

on again there was an echo I turned away from the
the

my

footsteps.

thickets,

keeping to

more open ground, and endeavouring by

sudden turns

now and

then to surprise someI

thing in the act of creeping upon me.

saw

nothing, and nevertheless

my
to

sense of another

presence grew steadily.

I increased
a

my

pace,
ridge,
it

and

after
it,

some time came
from the further

slight

crossed

and turned sharply,
side.

regarding
It

steadfastly

came out
;

black and clear-cut against the

darkling sky

and presently a shapeless lump heaved up momentarily against the sky-line and vanished again.
I felt assured
nist

now

that

my

was

stalking

me once more

tawny-faced antagoand coupled ;
realisation,

with that was
that I

another

unpleasant

way. For a time I hurried on hopelessly perplexed, and pursued by that stealthy approach. Whatever
it

had

lost

my

was, the Thing either lacked the courage

80

The Thing

in the Forest.

to attack me, or it was waiting to take me at some disadvantage. I kept studiously to the I At times would turn and listen ; and open.

presently I had half persuaded myself that

my

pursuer

had abandoned the
of

chase,

or

was a

mere

creation

my

disordered
sea.

imagination.
I

Then

I heard the

sound of the

quickened

my footsteps almost into a run, and immediately there was a stumble in my rear.
I turned suddenly,
trees

and stared
black

at the

uncertain
to

behind me.

One

shadow seemed

leap into another.

I listened, rigid,

and heard

I thought that
that

nothing but the creep of the blood in my ears. my nerves were unstrung, and

my imagination

was

tricking

me, and turned

resolutely towards the sound of the sea again. In a minute or so the trees grew thinner, and
I

out into the sombre

emerged upon a bare, low headland running water. The night was
clear,

calm and

and the
stars

reflection of the

growing

multitude of the

shivered in the tranquil

Some way out, the wash heaving of the sea. upon an irregular band of reef shone with a
pallid
light

of

its

own.
81

Westward

I

saw the

zodiacal

light mingling with the yellow

6

The
me

Island of Doctor

Moreau.
coast
it

liance of the evening star.

The

fell

away

from

to the east,

and westward

was hidden

Then I recalled by the shoulder of the cape. the fact that Moreau' s beach lay to the west.

A

rustle.

twig snapped behind me, and there was a I turned, and stood facing the dark trees.
or else I could see too
its

I could see nothing

much.
ominous

Every dark form in the dimness had
quality,
its

peculiar suggestion of

alert

watchfulness.

So

I stood for

perhaps a minute,

and then, with an eye to the trees still, turned westward to cross the headland ; and as I

moved, one among the lurking shadows moved to follow me.
heart beat quickly. Presently the broad became visible, of a to the westward sweep bay

My
I

and

halted

again.

The

noiseless

shadow

point of light shone on the further bend of the curve, and the grey sweep of the sandy beach lay feint

halted a dozen yards from

me.

A

little

under the

starlight.

was

that little point

Perhaps two miles away of light. To get to the

beach I should have to go through the trees where the shadows lurked, and down a bushy
slope'.

82

The Thing
I could see the

in the Forest.

now.

It

At

that I

Thing rather more distinctly was no animal, for it stood erect. opened my mouth to speak, and found
I
tried

phlegm choked my voice. and shouted, "Who is there?" again, was no answer. I advanced a step.
a hoarse

There

The
itself

Thing

did

not

move,

only

gathered

together.

My

foot struck a stone.

That gave
eyes off the

me
up

an idea.

Without taking
before
I

my

black form
this

Thing
ness.

me, stooped and picked of rock but at my motion the ; lump turned abruptly as a dog might have
I

done, and slunk obliquely into the further dark-

Then

recalled a schoolboy expedient

against big dogs,

and twisted the rock into

my

handkerchief, and gave this a turn round
wrist.
I

my

heard a movement further off among

the shadows, as if the

Thing was

in retreat.

Then

suddenly

my

tense excitement gave

way
fell

;

I broke into a profuse perspiration and

a-

trembling, with

my

adversary routed and this

weapon
It

in

my
to

hand.
I

was some time before
go

could

summon

through the trees and bushes upon the flank of the headland to the
resolution

down

83

for I was quite out of training nearer and nearer. I gave a wild cry. Island of last I Doctor Moreau. came the I felt pursuing feet. light. I shall remember the terror I ran near the water's edge. So long as I live. and I felt a pain like a my side. my . I perceived the Thing would reached the come up with me long before I enclosure. desperate and sobbing for my breath. black things about three or four times the size of rabbits went running or hopping up from the beach towards the bushes as I passed. it At did at a run . fear. struck with all my me. breath going. heard every that gained now and upon me. At and my head with Forthwith there began running along the sand. still. was the yellow was black and All the night about us Splash. it whooped knife at as I drew it. came out of the sling of The stone to . came the swift patter of soft feet in pursuit. Some dim. splash.The beach. then the splash of the feet Far away. and. I wheeled round upon it and struck at it as it came up strength. and as I emerged from the thicket upon the sand. I heard some other body come crashing that I completely lost after me. and of that chase. hopelessly far. and redoubled my pace.

and the missile skull fell fair on its temple. and went staggering past me to fall headlong upon the sand with water . I its face in the black could not bring myself to approach that I left it there. the sound that had nally driven island. the yellow glow of the house and presently. . Thing. the all-fours. came the moaning of the puma. The rang loud. and began running again towards the I thought I heard a voice calling me. it. origi- me out to explore this mysterious At that. though I was faint and horall ribly fatigued. I gathered together my strength. pitiful with a positive effect of relief. and the animal-man blundered into me. light. As I turned. and givtowards ing it a wide berth pursued my way .The Thing in the Forest. the handkerchief as I did so. thrust me back with its hands. and there it lay still. rippling round under the still stars. which had been running on rose to left its feet. with the water heap.

X.

THE CRYING OF THE MAN.

A S

I

drew near

the house I

saw

shone from the open door of my room ; and then I heard coming from out of the darkness at the side of that orange oblong of light,

**

that the light

the

voice
I

dick!"
heard

of Montgomery shouting, " Prencontinued running. Presently I
again.
I

him

replied

by

a

feeble
stag-

"Hullo!" and
gered up to him.

in another

moment had

" " Where have you been ?

said he, holding

me

at arm's length, so that the light
fell

from the

door

on

my

face.

" We have

both been
half an

so busy that

hour ago."

we forgot you until about He led me into the room
deck chair.

and

set

me down
would

in the

For awhile I was
did not think you

blinded by the light.
start to

" We

explore out telling us," he said;
afraid

this island

of ours with-

But

what

and then, '' Hullo
!

"I

was

86

The

Crying of the Man.

My
and

last

my

head

remaining strength slipped from me, fell forward on my chest. I

think he found a certain satisfaction in giving

me

brandy.

" For God's sake," said I," fasten that door." "You've been meeting some of our curiosities,

eh

"
?

said he.

no questions, but gave me some more brandy and water and pressed me to eat. He said someI was in a state of collapse.
thing vague

He He asked me

locked the door and turned to

me

again.

and asked

me

about his forgetting to warn me, and briefly when I left the house

what
I

I

had

seen.
as

answered him

briefly,

in
it

fragmentary
all

sentences.

"Tell me what
on
so

means,"

said I, in a state bordering

hysterics.

"It's nothing

very dreadful," said he.

" But

I

think you have had about enough for

one day."
yell of pain.

The puma
At
that

suddenly gave a sharp he swore under his
said

breath.

"I'm

damned,"

he,

"if

this
its

place
cats."

is

not as bad as

Gower
I,

Street,

with

"Montgomery,"

said

"what was

that

87

The
thing that

Island of Doctor Moreau.

came

after

me

?

Was

it

a beast or

was

it

a

man? "
sleep

"If you don't

to-night/'

he

said,

"you'll be off your head to-morrow." " What was I stood up in front of him.
that thing that

came

after

me?"

I

asked.

He

looked

me
a

squarely in

the

eyes,

and

twisted his

mouth askew.

His eyes, which had
dull.

seemed animated

minute before, went

"From
ing
I
it

your
a

account," said he,

"I'm

think-

was

a bogle."

felt

gust

of intense
it

irritation,
I

which

passed as quickly as
into the chair again,

came.

flung myself

and pressed

my

hands on

my

forehead.

The puma began

once more.

Montgomery came round behind me and " Look here, put his hand on my shoulder.
Prendick," he
said,

"I

had no business

to let

you
it 's

drift

out into this

silly island of ours. feel,

But

not so bad as you

man.

Your nerves
you someThat will
get

are

worked

to rags.

Let

me

give

thing that will

make you

sleep.

keep on for hours yet.
to sleep, or I I did

You must simply
for it."

won't answer
I

not reply.

bowed forward, and

88

The

Crying of the Man.

covered my face with my hands. Presently he returned with a small measure containing a dark
liquid.

This he gave me.

I took

it

unresist-

ingly, and he helped

me

into the

hammock.
For a

When
little

I

awoke,

it

was broad day.
at

while

I lay flat, staring
rafters, I

the roof above

me.

The

observed, were

made
turned

out

of the timbers of a ship.

Then
I

I

my

head, and saw a meal prepared for
table.

me

on the

I perceived
to

that

prepared

clamber

out

was hungry, and of the hammock,

which, very politely anticipating my intention, twisted round and deposited me upon all-fours on the floor.
I I got up and sat down before the food. had a heavy feeling in my head, and only the vaguest memory at first of the things that had

The morning breeze happened over night. blew very pleasantly through the unglazed window, and that and the food contributed to
the
sense

of animal

comfort

which

I

expe-

rienced.

the Presently the door behind me enclosure of the the door inward towards yard

opened.
face.

I

turned and saw Montgomery's

89

The
"All

Island of Doctor Moreau.
said

right/'

he.

"I'm

frightfully

And he shut the door. busy." Afterwards I discovered that he forgot to
lock
face
it.

re-

Then

I recalled

the expression of his

the

previous
all I

night,

and with that the

memory of
itself

had experienced reconstructed before me. Even as that fear came back
a cry

to
it

me came

from within
a

;

but

this

time
the
lis-

was not the cry of
Silence,

puma.

I put

down
and

mouthful that hesitated upon
tened.

my

lips,

save for
I

the whisper of the

morning breeze. deceived me.

began to think

my

ears

had

After a long pause I resumed

my

meal, but

with

my

ears

still

vigilant.
faint

Presently I heard
I sat as if
faint
all

something
frozen in

else,

very

and low.
it

my attitude.

Though

was

and
that

low,
I

it

moved me more profoundly than
There was no mistake
the
this

had hitherto heard of the abominations behind
time in
;

the wall.

the quality of

dim, broken

sounds
it

no

doubt

at all

of their source.

For

was groan-

ing, broken

by sobs and gasps of anguish. It was no brute this time ; it was a human being
in torment!

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child. and intensity of his Then I heard the key in turn in the lock. I saw. the face of old Moreau. the floor. red. in the shadow. Then through an open dim light of the doorway beyond. 9* . and Montgomery's voice a lifetime. had twisted me feet." I expostulation. brown. and then blotting this out appeared terrible. A startled deerhound yelped and snarled. hand and flung me headlong back He lifted me as though room.The As Crying of the Man. seized the handle of the door into the yard. and I smelt the peculiar smell of carbolic acid. There was blood. and flung it " Prendick. scarred. " cried Mont! gomery. man ! Stop open before me. I fell at full length into I my my own a little off was the door upon slammed and shut out the passionate face. and bandaged . and in three steps I realised this I rose. " Ruin Moreau the work of heard say. in the sink. and some scarlet. intervening. had crossed the room. white and In a moment he a had gripped me by the shoulder with that was smeared red. I saw something bound painfully upon a framework.

up and stood trembling. "I can't spare the time yet. that such a thing as the vivisection of men was carried on here shot like ? The question lightning across a tumultuous sky ." said rest I The did not hear.The " He Island of Doctor Moreau. most horrible misgivings. 92 . ' does not understand. I thought. my picked myself mind a chaos of the it I Could be possible. and other things were inaudible.' that said Montgomery. and suddenly the clouded horror of my mind condensed into a vivid realisation of my own danger. Moreau.

These sickening scoundrels had merely to intended keep me back. of his work on the transfusion of blood recurred to me. TT * came before able my mind with an unreason- my hope of escape that the outer door of room was still open to me. me off a lost soul. 93 . to fool me with to fall their display of confidence. and presently torture upon me with a fate . All the time since I had heard his name. THE HUNTING OF THE MAN. absolutely assured. These creatures I had seen were the victims of some hideous experi- ment. more was horrible than death. The memory and now I thought I saw it all. I had been trying to link in my mind in some way the grotesque animalism of the islanders with his abominations . to the rest of their Comus rout. with torture and it after the most hideous degradation to send possible to conceive. I was con- vinced now. that Moreau had been vivisecting a human being.XI. a beast.

my foot rail. and inconweapon. after behind the corner. I heard him run "Prendick!" me. and projecting. and he would have had me locked in. I went running headlong up the beach. Once. round the corner of the house. I went northeastward in a direction at right angles to my previous expedition. He meant to I raised this nailed stick lock the outer door ! of mine and cut back. tinently flung open the door and found Mont- gomery within a yard of it. Then he began he ran. nfViino Then with an deck chair. and as ready as a hospital rabbit for my for fate. He to emerged shout. shouting things as This time run- ning blindly. the side that a gave a touch of danger to an otherwise petty I heard a step outside. I Nothing. man !" a silly ass. on the It and away happened came away with the wood. thought I. I " Prendick. "don't be Another minute. fled at I hesitated a but he sprang then turned and moment. his face . put tore nail inspiration turned over the side of it.The I looked Island of Doctor Morcau. glanced over my shoulder and saw his attendas I 94 . man " ! heard his astonished cry. round for some weapon.

island As I interpreted then. The even to plan a course of wild scene about me lay sleeping silently under the sun. far away to the north. my my ears. and lay down in the shelter of a canebrake. I doubled sharply back towards the beach as I judged. heart beating in my chest straining. was in- habited only by these two vivisectors and their Some of these no doubt animalised victims. slope. they could press into their service against me if I knew both Moreau and Montneed arose. and then hearing nothing of Montgomery or his man. 95 . and the only sound near me was the thin hum of some small gnats that had discovered me. over I ran furiously up the it. too fearful fearful to move. the soughing of the sea upon the beach.The Hunting ant with him. and feeling upon the verge of exhaustion. and indeed too action. then turning eastward along a rocky valley fringed on either side with jungle I ran for per- haps a mile altogether. There I remained for a long time. heard Montgomery After about an hour I shouting my me name. That set thinking of it my this plan of action. of the Man. Presently I became aware of a drowsy breathing sound.

to discover was too ignorant of botany of root or any resort . I still was unarmed. In turn I recalled each one I had seen. save for a feeble nail. At last in the desperation of my I my mind turned to the animal I men had encountered. and. tried to find some hope in what I remembered of them. .The gomery Island of Doctor Moreau. food and drink hopelessness of I and at that thought the real to my position came home me. prospect over. position. until I . Then suddenly I heard a stag-hound bay. I took time to think. with spines that stabbed like penI emerged bleeding and with torn knives. the bar of deal spiked with a small merest mockery So of a mace. began to think of I lay there. little and at that realised a new danger. I knew no way of fruit getting anything to eat. or they would have caught me then. and tried to draw some augury of assistance from my memory. hiding-place I towards a the remember growth of thorny plants. rushed headlong from my sound of the sea. but snatching up my nailed stick. carried revolvers . that might lie about me I had no means of trapping the few rabbits upon the It grew blanker the more I turned the island.

I rememone bered that were too hard pressed at least path of escape from torment still lay open to me. passed the limit I felt of terror and despair. By this was no longer very much I had. were. and presently began to think I had escaped. northward.The Hunting clothes of the Man. upon the lip of a long creek opening I went straight into the water the without a minute's hesitation. now that my life was me and practically lost. Then and yelp when it came I heard no more. The minutes passed . certain as wish I to encounter Moreau face to face . the silence lengthened out. wading up creek. and with loudly in my heart beating my ears. 7 I had half a mind to drown 97 . and at last after an hour of security my time courage began I to return to me. and that persuasion made I had even a capable of daring anything. crept into a tangle of ferns I to await the issue. nearer. westward bank. as it terrified or very miserable. they could not very well prevent my drowning myself. had waded if I into the water. heard the dog (there was only one) draw to the thorns. a little and presently finding myself kneedeep in I scrambled out at last on the stream.

you. then." I said. he said. it. and in another moment was holding the fronds apart and staring curiously at me. adventure out. and stared around me at the trees . impersonal. restless eyes . He was clinging to the oblique I gripped my stick. you. From "Oh! " he said. at least as much of a man for Montgomery's attendant. sore out of the green tracery about upon a black face watching me. I could distinguish was all "You. restrained me." at first. spectacular interest in myself. his bright. Suddenly he dropped from the tree. and stem of a palm-tree. man. stood up facing him. a " You. a queer." the ship. I stretched and painful from the pricks of my the spiny plants. but an odd wish to see the whole myself then . my saw eyes that lit I it was the simian creature who had met the launch upon the beach. " I came and in the boat. "in the boat. so suddenly that it seemed to jump limbs. he could " Yes." He was as talk.The Island of Doctor Moreau. He began chattering. I did not feel the this creature which I same repugnance towards had experienced in my encounters with the other Beast Men. and.

eigh ?" I did not grasp his meaning then afterwards I was to find that a great proportion of these Beast People had malformed hands. He . of reply. 99 . to coat. grinned with Then again his swift roving glance went round he made a swift movement I and vanished. and stood facing me. of the Man. held his own hand out and counted his slowly. thing. and was him swinging cheerfully by one lank arm from a rope of creeper that looped down from the foliage overhead. His back was to me. two. He seemed puzzled some- His eyes came back to my hands.The Hunting travelled over carried. The fern fronds together- he had stood between came swishing astonished to find pushed out of the brake after him. five . hands. four. "Hullo!" said I. He came down with a twisting jump. lacking sometimes even three digits. I did the same thing by way immense satisfaction. to the tattered places in my and the cuts and scratches I had received at from the thorns. He digits " One. to the stick I me. to my my feet. three. But guessing this was in some way a greeting.

and set off at a All his motions were curiously walk. " Eat Man's food. he and some more of these Beast People I might perhaps find them friendly. to see the adventure out.The "I Island of Doctor Moreau. quick "I J m At that rapid. "At the huts. he held up three fingers. you know. find of. 100 . I "Come went with him along. wondered what memory he might have in him. ape-like his companion I trotted along by his my jaw you with hands hanging down and thrust forward. say." are the huts ? " But where " "Oh!" new." said he." to the And his eye went back swing of ropes. not far they had forgotten their My side. now. I guessed the huts were some rough shelter where lived. . some I did handle in their minds to take hold know how human heritage. been on this island?" said "How I. I." said eat ? "where thing to " can I get some- " Eat! " he said. long have " How long ? " he asked and after having the question repeated." he swung round.

path coiled' down abruptly into a narrow ravine between two tumbled and knotty masses On The of blackish It scorise. others quite parrot-like. two he suddenly left my side and went ing at some fruit that hung from a tree. Some few were so intent appropriate. creature I tried to was little better than an idiot. 101 this passage. was extremely dark. all charred we came smoke. after the . Into this we plunged. over a shoulder drifting. of bare rock. I saw the level blue of the sea. across which a drifting to trees. I was upon these peculiarities that I scarcely noticed the path we followed. for here at least was a hint for questions. a satisfaction. Pres- and brown. went our right. ently and so to a bare place covered with a yellowwhite incrustation. make out what he meant by that. prompt responses were as often as not quite at cross purposes with my question. pungent in whiffs to nose and eyes. feeding. I tried him with some other but his chattering.The Hunting The it of the Man. and After another question leap- seems I bored him. or pulled He down went on with handful of prickly husks and I noted this eating the contents.

my eyes. and chasm that stopped I stood in a floor of a was at first absolutely dark to me. My conductor "Home!" said he. drifted across suddenly. Blotches of green and crimson each other. thrust I heard the knuckles of I some strange noises. blinding sunlight reflected from the sulphurous Its walls grew steep. became aware of a disagreeable odor.The Island of Doctor Moreau. like that yond. and my left hand into my Be- eyes. of a monkey's cage ill-cleaned. slope the light smote down through narrow ways into the central gloom. 102 . the rock opened again upon a gradual and either hand on of sunlit greenery. and approached ground.

looking more a flayed child than anything else in the world. '"THEN something cold touched my like hand. palmand reeds leaning against the rock formed rough and impenetrably dark dens.XII. and was disfigured 103 . and on either side interwoven heaps of sea-mat. I started violently. THE SAYERS OF THE LAW. The winding way up the ravine between these was by scarcely three yards wide. the same low forehead and slow gestures. My conductor had vanished. As the first shock of the change of distinctly. The place was a narrow passage of lava. and saw close to me a dim pinkish creature thing. I little saw about me more The staring sloth-like creature was standing and at me. The had exactly the mild but repulsive features of a sloth. light passed. fans. a crack in between high walls the knotted rock.

It was a semi-circular space.The Island of Doctor Moreau. I hesitated. lumps of decaying fruit-pulp and other refu which accounted for the disagreeable stench the place. and one on There was no fire. The little pink sloth-creature was still ing at me when my Ape-man reappeared blinkat the aperture of the nearest of these dens. and beckoned me in. cocoa-nuts among a others. star- ing at me. Some rough about the vessels of lava and wood stood stool. rough In the darkest corner of that the hut sat a shapeless mass of darkness grunted "Hey!" as I came in. and then. having half a mind to bolt the way I had come . that formed the inner side of it was a pile of variegated fruits. As he did so. I gripped my about the middle and crawled into the evil-smelling lean-to after my conductor. and my Ape- man stood in the dim light of the doorway and 104 . further up strange street. and stood up in featureless silhouette against the bright green beyond. shaped like the half of a bee-hive and against the rocky wall . a slouching monster this wriggled out of one of the places. determined to go through nailed stick little with the adventure. floor.

but the English accent was strangely good. as serenely took it. but could distinguish nothing. as me it. and began gnawing possible. I crawled I as into the other corner and squatted down. said the voice from gnawed my cocoa-nut amid an impressive stillness. I peered hard into the blackness. "It comes It is a man. with something in a kind of whistling overtone me as peculiar . The pink sloth-creature stood in the aperture of the hut. " " came Hey ! out of the a lump of mystery conductor. like me. "It a a is man." with the voice repeated. The Ape-man looked at me as though he expected something." gabbled "It is man.The held out a split Sayers of the cocoa-nut to Law. I perceived the pause was 105 . I " my "a man. "He it to live us?" that struck was a thick voice. a five-man. in spite of a certain trepidation and the nearly intolerable closeness of the little den. "Shut up!*' and grunted. opposite. man." the' dark. and something else with a drab face and bright eyes came staring over its shoulder.

" interrogative. the in was puzzled. with a threat in the tone of their I realised that I had to repeat this idiotic formula . hand tightened on my stick. with you. the "Say repeating. The it." the said Ape-man. and beat their hands their knees . this. they swayed from side to side in upon I oddest way. My The tone. words." I go on all-fours." to I "Say it had missed its last remark. He must learn the Law. thing in the dark repeated in a louder the words. a vague outline of a hunched-up figure. that is the repeated in a kind of sing-song. and I followed their example. Then I noticed the opening of the place was darkened by two more black heads. line by and I and the rest to repeat As they the did so. "Not Law. "It I is a man. could have imagined I was already dead and 1 06 ." began to distinguish now a deeper blackness in the black. "He comes to live I said. doorway and figures the echoed voices.The Island of Doctor Moreau. the dark began intoning a line. and then began the insanest ceremony. voice in mad litany.

Are we not Men ? " Not to chase other Men j is the Law. these gro- in another world. We ran through a long list of pro- 107 . A kind of rhythmic fervour fell on all of us . of these brutes was upon me.The Sayers of the Law. we and gabbled and swayed faster this faster. Law. so from the prohibition of these acts of on to the prohibition of what I thought then were the maddest. and in unison and chanting. and most indecent things one could well imagine. hut. but deep down within me the laughter and disgust struggled together. Law. repeating Superficially the contagion amazing Law. by a of them swaying " Not to go on all-fours j that Are we not Men ? " Not to suck up Drink j that Are we not Men ? " Not to eat Fish or Flesh $ that Are we not Men ? is the Law. most impossible. the is the is the "Not to claw the Bark of Trees that j that is Law. That dark tesque dim figures. just flecked all here and there glimmer of light. Are we not Men " ? And folly.

is is is the the the His His " Hand that makes. had in- fected their dwarfed brains with a kind of deification of himself." salt we sang. Hand that wounds." I At man* s that song ended. men. 108 . I could hai And fancied it was a dream. whoever he might be. me " His are the last stars in the sky. Hand that heals. but never before have heard chanting in a dream.The hibitions. " His is is the lightning flash." so on for another long series. I was too keenly aware of white teeth and strong claws about to stop my chanting on that account." A horrible after fancy came into animalising these my head that Moreau. face shining with perspiration saw the Apeand my 5 I eyes being now accustomed to the darkness. mostly gibberish to me about incomprehensible quite Him. is " His " His *< the House of Pain. However. and then the chant swung round to a new formula. " His the deep. Island of Doctor Moreau. sea.

with three shadowy over-archings to mark the eyes and mouth. a five-man. "He like is a five-man. a five-man me/' said the Ape-man. What was What were rounded by maniacs it is they all Imagine yourself surthe most horrible cripples and all ? possible to conceive. Are we not Men ?" fingers. 109 . a was the size of a dull grey it ? man. in distinctly the corner from which the voice came. understand a little of my feelings and you may with these grotesque caricatures of humanity about me. I held out my hands. I could have yelled with surprise and pain. he said. " Not He the to run on all-fours . and like I saw with a quivering disgust that was the face of neither man nor beast. but it seemed covered with hair almost like a Skye-terrier. His face came forward and peered at my nails. came forward into the light of the opening of the hut it . that is the Law. but a mere shock of grey hair.The saw more Sayers of the the figure It Law. The grey creature in the corner leant forward. put out a strangely distorted talon and gripped my The thing was almost into like hoof of a deer produced claws.

it is His will. no . ! I did a thing. "Eat the and herbs. is good!" " None escape. None escape. Law. branded in the hand. none. the Sayer of the all "I am figure." " None escape." instinctively He threw my hand down." "It is even so. None could understand." that said the gr "Here come I sit be new to learn the Law. little " none wrong escape.The " He Island of little Doctor Morcau. in the darkness and say the Law.'* said one of the beasts in the doorway. " None. " It is well. thing. and I gripped my roots stick. " Evil break the are the punishments of those who Law." He is great. has nails. glan- cing furtively at one another." said the Ape-man. I stopped talking. a I jabbered." said this grisly creatu in his hairy beard." said Ape-man. am burnt. See once. He said the grey creature in the corner. jabbered." said the Beast Folk.

People." said the grey Sayer of the tearing with teeth to go and hands into the roots of It is Law. "Some want things. bite and wait and spring to and deep and ' rich. . some none giving occasion some love uncleanness. "What shall you will want we do not know want slink we know. sucking the blood. to kill watch and bite. scratch- in ." said a dappled brute stand- ing in the doorway. . Are we that is Men ? Law. snuffing into the earth.'* said the grey Sayer of the Law." the Beast looking askance at one another. to eat Flesh or Fish the Are we not Men ?' " " None escape. escape. "Some go clawing trees. bad. ing at the graves of the dead some go some go scratchfighting bite with foreheads or suddenly. is Not chase other not Men Not .The "None Sayers of the said Law. that the Law. escape." " None ing his calf. " For every one the want that is bad. . ." said the men in the door. It is bad. "For every one the want is bad. move." said the Ape-man." " None escape. feet or claws. to Some to follow things that .

Island of Doctor Moreau. Incontinently . aperture I heard the yelp of a 112 . that is the Law. who I think was one of the two Swine Men I had seen. and again I and all these litany creatures began singing and swaying. those at the opening of the hut vanished my it Ape-man rushed was out . Therefore Law. and I was left alone. " Not to go on all-fours . something that I did not catch. the thing that had sat in (I only observed that the dark followed him big and clumsy." incontinently he began again the strange of the Law. and covered with silvery Then before I hair). thrust his head over the little pink sloth-creature and shouted something excitedly. head And My reeled with this jabbering and the close stench of the place . trusting to find presently some chance of a new development. escape.The " None creature. until some one." said the little pink sic " Punishment learn the is sharp and sure. Say the words. reached the staghound. Are we not Men ? " We were making such a noise that I noticed nothing of a tumult outside. but I kept on.

The In another hovel. Looking in the I saw coming through the haze under the trees beyond the end of the passage of dens the dark figure and awful white face of Moreau. He was holding the leaping staghound back. and close behind him came Montgomery revolver in hand. that. right of me and a half-dozen yards in front of me narrow gap in the wall of rock through which a ray of light slanted into the shadows. Sayers of the I Law. clumsy backs of perhaps a score of these Beast People. citedly. moment was standing outside the my chair-rail in quivering. first " Hold him " one face turned towards At me and 8 113 . For a moment I stood horror-struck. every me were the muscle shoulder-blades. their misshapen heads half hidden by their of me Before my hand. advancing I looked round and saw to the towards me. with a huge grey face and twinkling little eyes. a " this. " Stop ! cried Moreau as I ! strode towards and then. They were gesticulating ex- Other half-animal faces glared inter- rogation out of the hovels. direction in which they faced. turned I and saw the passage behind me blocked by another heavy brute.

then others. for the narrow chimney. thick undergrowth that 114 . through which I pushed into a dark. I Their bestial minds were haj into dashed my shoulder monster who was turning to see a clumsy what Moreau felt I meant. and came to a low-lying stretch of tall reeds. and cries of " Catch him!" creature "Hold him!" appeared behind and the grey-faced huge bulk into the cleft. over the white space and down a steep I ran slope. That gap was altogether fortunate for me. in the rock and came out upon the sulphur on the westward side of the village of the Beast me and jammed his "Go on! go on!" Men. and flung him forward into another. slanting obliquely upward. clutching at me and missing me. at The I little pink sloth-creature its dashed me. out of the ravine. his hands fly round. through a scattered growth of trees. heard a howl behind me. slow. and nail in gashed stick. down ugly face with the ute my and in another min- was scrambling up a steep side pathway.The Island of Doctor Moreau. a I kind of sloping chimney. must have impeded the nearer pursuers. I clambered up the narrow cleft they howled.

tall and so came to a winding path among pursuers passed canes. bolted before my footsteps. knee-deep. This pathway ran up hill. then the crashing of the reeds. foot. and plunged into a canebrake again. about the size of cats. The left. even then that I heard Montgomery shouting for me to run for my life. pink. The I heard Moreau and Montgomery shouting in the same direction. Presently the . my foremost pursuers emerged from the gap. of threatening I heard the tumult of my pursuers in the gap up the slope. was black and succulent under As I plunged into the reeds. behind me and about me was soon full cries. now and Some of then the the crea- tures roared like excited beasts staghound yelped to the left. of prey. and every crackling crash of a branch. hopping animals. "5 . under my feet ground gave rich and oozy but I was desperate and went struggled through headlong into it.The Sayers of the Law. I broke my way through The air this undergrowth for some minutes. I turned It seemed to me sharply to the right. across another open space covered with white incrustaThen tion. noise of my away to my In one place three strange.

and with a narrow streamlet from which I this mist came meandering at this thin down the centre. drown I myself. rocky and thorny. for the water was almost boiling. turned with an unexpected abruptness. and so have right. and I never saw this drop until I was on flying headlong through the air. iau. full of a hazy mist which drifted about me in wisps. It was only grew found that had dropped Presently my nailed stick in the ravine narrower for a space. I noticed too there was a thin sulphurous scum drifting upon its coiling water. hoping in that direction. turned parallel with the edge of a steep-walled gap. like the ha-ha of an English park.The suddenly it Island of Doctor Moreau. was astonished . Almost immediately came 116 a turn in the . I turned to my to down-stream. I fell my forearms and head. and rose with a torn ear and bleeding I had fallen into a precipitous ravine. face. I was still running with all my might. and carelessly I stepped into the stream. to come later I to the sea my way my open fall. I jumped out again pretty quickly. among thorns. fog in the full blaze of daylight but I had no time to stand wondering then. which came without warning.

I felt more than a touch of exulta- tion too. It was not myself come. noise receded up the stream and For a while the chase was over . but I knew now how much hope of help for me lay in the Beast People. at having distanced my pursuers.The ravine. 117 . my face and running pleasantly through my veins. then fainter The faded away. Save for the hum of the gnats and the chirp of some small insects that hopped still. The and the indistinct blue horizon. They grew louder. again. among the thorns. nearer sea was flashing the sun from a myriad facets. and a and gibbering. I saw my death before hot and panting. very faint. in me I yet. and voices. with the out on me but I was warm blood oozing . the snap of a whip. Sayers of the Law. the air was absolutely Then came chattering the yelp of a dog. then to go out stared back the and drown way I had I listened.

in which an abundance of crabs and long-bodied. and I went on down to- found the hot stream broadened out to a shallow. and then I felt I was safe. in 118 and then with . as I say. head that there was one chance before me While Moreau and Montgomery and beach flank until I their bestial rabble chased me a through the island. cut like a smoking gash. full of excitement and though those it) who have never known danger may doubt die. arms akimbo. weedy sand. I walked to the very edge of the salt water. into which the steamy ravine But. many-legged creatures started from my footfall. A PARLEY. T * TURNED wards the again sea. fact. might I not go round the came to their enclosure. too desperate to Then it came into my yet. I was too (a true saying. make march upon them. at the thick green behind me. I turned and stared.XIII.

pistol. and two others. far in front of me. from the bushes. with his grey hound. inland. and turning seaward walked straight into the 119 . that I stopped. lugged out of their loosely-built wall.A a rock Parley. also. dog. then Montgomery. running wards me. undergrowth. came running forward to the from Montgomery came. my Then saw first suddenly. I one and then several figures emerging stag- Moreau. and the sun came round upon hand. So I turned to the westward and walked along by the water's edge. smash in the lock of the smaller door and see what I could find (knife. At They saw me. or re- what not) turned ? to fight them with when they any rate It was at something to try. The setting sun my fell eyes. I stood gesticulating and cut The two me Beast off Men watching them approach. perhaps. and began advancing. but straight tothe Moreau followed slower with I At last roused myself from my inaction. The gende southright was running in with a Presently the shore away ward. flashed his blinding heat into slight Pacific tide ripple.

man " ? cried Mont- I turned. Montgomery stood panting at the margin of the water. and his dropping nether lip showed his Moreau was just coming up. was thirty yards out before the waves reached to my creatures darting Dimly I could see the away from my feet. His face was bright-red with exertion." I told you so. and the dog at his hand barked at me. his long flaxen hair blown about his head. The water was waist. and low tone." said Moreau said something in a I " What makes you think asked Moreau. *au. are you doing. very shallow at first. and firm. intertidal " What gomery. irregular teeth.The water. Both men had heavy whips. and stared at them. standing waist deep. Farther up the beach stared the Beast Men." said I. at each "Why?" is " " Because that better than being tortured by you. " shall torture you ? I2O . I Island of Doctor Moreau. Montgomery. his face pale "What am I doing? I am going to drown myself. Moreau looked asked Moreau. Montgomery and other.

I said." ! Parley. Montgomery's attendant. and behind him some ' ' other figures. and held up his hand. " Who ing to are these creatures raising ? said I." cried Montgomery. You who still listen Do you ? not see these ? men fear you. like " They were men whom you still men. "They were men: are they now ? I at least will not be them." said I. you have enslaved. I saw. will not." I cried. pointing now to Moreau and shouting past ! to the Beast Men." looked past I my interlocutors. " stop that. " "For God's sake. Prendick " ! 121 . You who f' listen." said "And those " Hush " "I what like Moreau. bestial whom infected with some taint. and whom him fear. go in dread of you then.A "What yonder. saw my dim little Ape-man. men yourselves. I Farther up. and one of the white-swathed brutes from the boat. in the shadow of the trees. point- them and it my voice more and you have more that might reach them. do you fear them You are many Why. Up the beach were M'ling.

as I fancied. thought. in the dark rags. Prendick ! then shouted : " Latin. that what. as drown staring my voice . thought. to I understand me. babemus A . said "Listen to me a moment. last for me the better." steady voice of Moreau " and then say what you will. their deformed hands hanging down. I I put into the heads of saw the green-eyed man the even- who had met me on to ing of trees. if to They both shouted together. animalia qui nos Hi non 122 sunt homines. . I paused. bad Latin. past. and behind them lowered the of the Beast Men. want of breath for . Prendick " ! cried Moreau. be trying I to They seemed. killed. sunt vivisected. wondering. I scarcely remember Moreau and Montgomery could be that they were not to be feared : that was the burden of what the Beast People. He coughed.The " Island of Doctor Moreau. come out from among hear the and others followed him." "Well?" said I. schoolboy Latin but try and understand. something of their human went on shouting. to remember. their shoulders faces hunched up. my At arrival.

"Short and Presently." said he. now your panic is over and you can think 123 . and dropped will object loaded revolver.A humanising ashore. " That 's a " Montgomery here feet. I process. " A pretty story." " of Wait a minute. In the next. not beasts. do the same. ' ' said I. In the place. beach you are satisfied the distance Then come and take the revolvers. we should import men." sharp. is It's likely I'll come ashore." "They build houses. had in we wanted the work you any mischief. They were men. I laughed. we had you to drugged last night." "The deep water just beyond where you stand and full of sharks. "That's my way. until Now we are going up the is safe. If we vivisected men." "Not you." pocket the that He his took something out his flashed at back the sun. Come said I. I never asked you to come upon this island. will explain.'* Parley. Prendick. and first next." I ! You have a third between " I want you first to think over things. talk.

is Island of Doctor Moreau. with 124 ." your hands up. and added. It your good. after thinking. and take these revolvers. I mused. " holding do that. "you 're a silly ass! Come out of the water talk." seemed just possible." " " in the enclosure " That was the puma. again. ." said Montgomery. "But saw. Besides. for we drew away Then I I from the scent. and I will confess that then. and bringing out of danger. Prendick. remembered something said I." said " Can't Montgomery. " Go up the beach. I We can't do anything more than we could do now. why should we want offered to shoot you when you have just drown yourself?" did you set in the " Why your people onto me when I was " We felt you hut?" Afterwards sure of catching you." said I." and indeed always. to island is full of inimical phenomena. character for Montgomery here quite up to the you give him ? We have chased you Because this your good.The a little. distrusted and dreaded Moreau a but Mont- gomery was man I felt I understood." "Look here.

at Montgomery cracked all his whip them. Moreau." "It's a damned silly ceremony. shadows. without " As of best part my you have wasted the day with your confounded it 125 . "That's affectation. "Go up to the trees." said is. I hesitated for a moment. and picked up and satisfy examined revolvers. casting six or seven gro- who stood there in the sunlight." said "as said you please. and when Montjudged gomery and Moreau were sufficient." Montgomery." said I. an explanatory nod over his shoulder. and forthwith they turned and fled helter-skelter into the trees. moving. To against the subtlest trickery. and had the satisfaction seeing the stone pulverised and the beach splashed with lead. " UnI. then. Both turned and faced the tesque creatures. and with "I '11 take the risk. at last.A dignified. I discharged myself one at of a round lump of Still lava. I at a distance I waded the ashore. a revolver in each hand I walked up the beach towards them. and yet so in- credibly unreal." Parley. better. solid.

stood back among the trees. but retreated again his One started to follow me. still wondering. imagination. The rest stood They may before once have been animals watching. but I never saw an animal trying to think.The Island of Doctor Moreau. when Montgomery cracked silent . I passed them as serenely as possible. whip. 126 . he and Montgomery turned and went on in silence before me." And which humiliated with a touch of contempt me. The knot of Beast Men.

it. you called after all. Prendick. so soon we had that eaten and drunk. " A ND now. of the swinging lamp fell on his white he stared through the little window out at the starlight. Montgomery was room. I sha'n't do. this I warn you that the last I shall do to next thing you threaten to commit suicide about. ** are the I will explain. dexterous-looking fingers. "I is must confess you most dictatorial guest I ever entertained. I to hand. I sat as far away from him as poslight The hair . a cigar half con- in his white." He sumed sat in my deck chair. is. DOCTOR MOREAU EXPLAINS. the table between us and the revolvers not present. sible. did not care to be with the two of them in such a little "You as admit that the vivisected human being.XIV. The some personal inconvenience. only the puma?" 127 .' * said as Doctor Moreau. even at oblige you.

human- triumphs of vivisection. there was a touch of sarcasm in his voice.The said Island of Doctor Moreau. the "For things my own I 'm puzzled why 128 have done here have not been done before. beginning in the tone of a man supremely bored. Moreau. while I you. spare me those youthful horrors. had They were animals. and Now then and convincing. is the puma. Of all vile may " never see "Never mind that." I said Moreau. living flesh again. The creatures I never been men. at Presently I found myself hot with shame our mutual positions. the He inner had made room." my And forthwith. and mutilated as I pray " It so cut " I still alive. had seen were not men. You admit the same. Now be quiet. to me visit that horror in of its assure myself but inhumanity. be used to just gomery that it is the puma. ised animals." said Moreau. things." I said. . very simple a little. " You do with forget all that a skilled vivisector can living part. but presently warming reel off physiological lecture to He was he explained his work to me. "at Montleast.

for matethe also possible. alterations in the secretion of fatty tissue. Small efforts. perhaps. excisions. "But he. "I am only beginning. have been made. modifications of the passions. pigmentary disturbances. This is a kind of new position of part of an animal freshly obtained is Grafting of upon itself. these creatures of yours in good time. of course. as There of a cases building up well as breaking down and changing. common of skin is surgical operation resorted to in where the nose cut from has been destroyed : a flap the forehead. rial from another animal case of teeth. Those are trivial cases of alteration. and the grafting in a new position. example. Of course you know a squint may be induced or cured by surgery ? Then in the case of excisions you have all kinds of secondary changes.Doctor Moreau explains." said waving his me." said J ' I. You have heard. heals in turned down on the nose. tongue-cutting. I ? have no doubt you have heard of these things " foul "Of "All hand at course. amputation. Surgery can do is better things than that. The grafting of skin : and bone 9 is done to facilitate healing the sur- 129 .

geon places in the middle of the wound pieces of skin snipped from another animal.The Island of Doctor Moreau. Then " you mean to tell me " Yes. These creatures you have seen are ! animals carven and wrought into new shapes. gaining in to anatomy years ago. and allowing it to heal in that position. and yet I am telling you nothIt all lay in the surface of practical ing new. you look horrified. my life has been devoted." " Monsters manufactured " said I. and the rhinoceros slip of the Algerian zouaves are also to be thought monsters manufactured by transferring a from the tail of an ordinary rat to its snout. or fragments Hunter's of bone from a victim freshly killed. may also tion. possibly you have heard of that cock-spur flourished rats of. ology. but no one had the temerity touch it. of living I have studied I see knowledge as I go. It's not simply the outward form The physiof an animal which I can change. be made to undergo an enduring modificaof which vaccination and other methods of inoculation with living or dead matter are 130 . on the bull's neck . to the study of the plasticity forms. for years. the chemical rhythm of the creature. To that.

to modify the articulations of it limbs . and systematically. are far all These familiar cases. Victor Hugo gives an account of them in 'L'Homme it is qui Rit. A similar operation is the with which subject. so. indeed. you. to alter its chemical reactions and methods of growth its . and. no doubt. or from one animal to another . were the operations who made dwarfs and beggar-cripples. yet this extraordinary branch of knowl- " And edge has never been sought as an end. You begin to see that a possible thing to transplant tissue from one part of an animal to another. by . be familiar to transfusion of I began. in the last resort of surgery most of the kindred evidence that will recur to your mind has been demonstrated as it were by accident. Less and probably of those mediaeval practitioners more extensive. blood. it up ! by modern investigators until I took Some of such things have been hit upon . examples that will. some vesart of whose still in remain the tiges preliminary manipulation of the young mountebank or contortionist. show-monsters.' But perhaps my meaning grows plain now. indeed.Doctor Moreau explains. to change in its most intimate structure.

The Island of Doctor Moreau. artificial modification and perversion of 132 . is we call moral education. and with a really scienYet tific knowledge of the laws of growth. A is pig may be less educated. tyrants. by all kinds of untrained clumsy-handed men working for their own immediate ends. I was the first man to take up this question armed with antiseptic surgery. one would imagine it must have been practised in secret before. " these He said that was so. upon or replacing Very much indeed he said." things these animals had a touch of scientific " But. Such creatures as the Siamese Twins And at in the vaults of the Inquisition. by criminals." tmt** said I. In our grow- ing science of hypnotism we find the promise of a possibility of superseding old inherent instincts by new of what such an suggestions. The mental structure even determinate than the bodily. artistic No doubt their chief aim was least torture. by the breeders of horses and dogs. and proceeded to point out that the possibility of vivisection does not stop at a mere physical metamorphosis. grafting the inherited fixed ideas. but some of the inquisitors must have curiosity.

in the in the to larynx. still him why he had taken the human There seemed to me then. He to confessed that he had chosen that form "I might just as well have worked form sheep into llamas and llamas into sheep. In this to agree with him. He repeated that the thing was and continued his account of his work. I asked as form a model. but with a clined to notice certain incivility he de- my so. a strange for that choice. I suppose there is something in the human form by chance. he incapacity frame deli- cately different sound-symbols by which thought I failed could be sustained. for a minute perhaps.Doctor Moreau explains. instinct. twice " He was years! silent.. objection. And here I have wasted a day saving your 133 . and suppressed sexuality into gious emotion. that appeals to the artistic turn than more powerfully animal But I Ve not can. pugnacity is trained into courageous reli- self-sacrifice. any shape Once or confined myself to man-making. "These How they have slipped by] life. And the great is difference be- tween man and monkey continued. seems to and there wickedness me now.

It to teach must a little may be that save in this invisible little planet." I began hotly. my- am now wasting an hour explaining self!" "But. less you." "I am " this not a materialist. For it is just as question of pain that parts us. see that gave an impatient shrug at such sophistry. you are an animal. but it is such a little thing mind ! A truly opened to it is what science has thing. in In my my view. long before the nearest star could be it attained. You view are a materialist. Where is your justification for inflicting all this pain ? section to The only thing that could excuse me would be some application constituted." said he. I tell so long. So long . you are on see. that nowhere else . this speck of cosmic dust.The and Island of Doctor Moreau. differently We "But. sick so long your own pains drive you so long as pain underlies your propositions about sin. I say. vivi- " am "Precisely. " pain I " Oh. "I still do not understand. may be. visible or audible pain turns as you . I different platforms." said I. thinking a little This obscurely what an animal feels.

the his chair so that I could see his thigh. and moved Then. . But what is does it show little ? The capacity for pain it is not needed in the muscle. choosing the place deliberately. just you merely of the flashes of light. If you see wound nerve the optic nerve. There s no tint of pain. " No doubt. ical all a spot capable of Pain is simply our intrinsic med- adviser to living flesh all warn is us and stimulate us. nor the our ears. needed in the skin." he before.Doctor Moreau explains. and is but not placed there. real pain. opened the smaller blade. "you have seen that not hurt a pin-prick. in the sensations of the optic nerve. lower animals. It does said. But the laws we is feel our way towards Why. what pain a there ?" As he spoke he drew little penknife from his pocket. does this thing called pain occur. Not painful nor J is all nerve. as disease merely means a humming in Plants do not feel pain. even on this earth. and only here is and there over the thigh feeling pain. he drove blade into his leg and withdrew it. not even sensory nerve. it's possible that such animals auditory '35 . even among living things.

and the less they will need the goad to keep them out of danger. they are wriggle in the dust.The as Island of Doctor Moreau. I understand. existence by evolution pain gets Did you? And needless. Pleasure and pain bah ! What your theologian's ecstasy but Mahomet's houri in the dark ? This store which men and is women the set on pleasure and pain. which they came for us beast the ! mark of Pain. while you. have seen more of the ways of this world's Maker than you. Then with men. is mark of the the beast from upon them. " Then every sane that I I am a religious man. become. as be. It may Prendick. my way. man must be. I never yet heard of a useless thing that was not ground out of sooner or later. Prendick. all my life. I fancy. have been collecting butterflies. I went on with this research just 136 . pleasure and pain have nothing to do with in heaven or hell. only so long we " You see. for I have sought his laws. And I tell you. the more after their more intelligent intelligently they they will see own welfare. pain as and pleasure. feel the starfish and crayfish do not the pain at all.

study of Nature makes a less " The remorse- man at last as gone on. what an ! intellectual grows upon him You delight imagine of these intellectual desires! the strange. and as Nature. I have the material has It is dripped into the huts yonder. That is the only I way I ever heard of true research going. " the thing is an abomina- tion" "To this day I have never troubled about the ethics of the matter. I and Montgomery and Kanakas. all a Sympathetic pain. question.1 f used to from years ago. remember . the way it led me. and got a fresh question. not heeding anything but the question I was pursuing ." he continued." "But.creature. problem it ! a fellow. colourless The thing before you but is no longer an animal. one thing I wanted I wanted it was the extreme to find out the limit of plasticity in a living shape. really eleven years since six we came I here. devised asked a some method of obtaining an answer. as I know of suffer I remember a thing . possible or that possible ? Was this You cannot imagine what cannot this means passion to an investigator." said I.Doctor Moreau explains.

until misery. they are no good man-making.The Island of Doctor Moreau. I took a gorilla I infinite " Then had . and it had no more than the wits of a sheep. remembered me. at put the monster out of its These animals without courage. diffi- working with care and mastering culty after difficulty. All . "The were landed and the house was founded some huts near The Kanakas I the ravine. and upon that. agreeable things happened at after a made of the scalpel. I made 138 my first man. place seemed waiting for stores me. these fear-haunted. without a spark of pugnacious energy to face for torment. a sheep. the green stillness of the island and the empty ocean about us. but when I went to it I was to heal. The built. It was terrified I looked at last I it the clumsier it seemed. went to had brought with me. pain-driven things. and beyond imagination . The more discontented with it. and left it bound looked quite human to me when up I had finished it . and killed slip it work here upon what I There were some disfirst. a thing of pain and fear and It I began with and a half by a day I took another sheep. as though it was yesterday.

much him I a fair specimen of the had finished him. I did n't at first. the With him moulding changed. altogether I I taught him the rudiments of English ing . mentally He began with a clean sheet. had no memories left in his mind of . the Kanakas too. But at that he was slow. . had realised something of They were scared out of their wits by the I got Montgomery over to me sight of me. and so we lost the yacht. much had I thought to be added. but I and he had the hardest job to prevent the Kanakas deserting. take him completely into my confidence And it. him for three or four months. Finally they I spent many had days educating the brute. He had heard It some of the cries as the thing grew human. in a way . . week. bound. gave him ideas of counteven made the thing read the alphabet. and lay bandaged. did . negroid type when was only when his life was assured that I left him and came into this room again. I moulded him.Doctor Moreau explains. and found Montgomery much as you are. cries like those that disturbed you so. night and day. it was chiefly the brain that needed . and he motionless before me. though I 've met with idiots slower.

and he ful When his scars and stiff. I took to the him yonder and introduced him as Kanakas an interesting stowaway. that after a time they received him and took his education in He was quick to learn. for I somehow. and gave him ideas some rudimentary desirable. of morality . which offended me rather.The Island of Doctor Moreau. it seemed to me. him. was conceited about him . There was one among the boys a bit of a missionary. " They were horribly afraid of him at first. very imitative hand. or at least to and he taught the thing to read. but his ways seemed so mild. and he was so abject. were quite what he had been. but that it is seems the beast's habits were not all "I whole rested from work for some days after this. than their own shanties. creature squatting Then I came upon the up in a tree and gibbering at two of the Kanakas who I threatened had been teasing him. and was in a mind affair to write an account of the to wake up English physiology. pick out letters. and adaptive. was no longer anything but painand able to converse a little. told 140 . healed. and built himself a hovel rather better.

plant-juice. killed. But somehow the things drift back again : the stubborn beast-flesh grows day by day back again. went on much and then " you are disposed to "What I. The other one them. I and I suppose and hope was killed. still. after I had made a number a of human creatures I made Thing. became of the other one?" said sharply. have been doing better.Doctor Moreau explains. and one died of a wounded heel that he poisoned in some way with in the yacht. Three went away Well." He "Yes. I But I mean to do better things This puma conquer that." 141 . the story. All the Kanaka boys are dead now one fell overboard of the launch." "It was said I. him the inhumanity of such aroused resolved his a proceeding. fact is. were drowned. and came I home work to do better before I took my back to England. " the other Kanaka who was killed?" " The hesitated. have replaced as Montgomery do at first. sense of shame. mean to " But that J s .

The "I mean eral Island of Doctor Moreau. I sat in silence watching his face. understand. and in for it that writhed along the ground in a serpentine fashion. It was immensely It strong. accident It was It n't finished. It killed sev- other things that caught. until we hunted it . infuriating pain. We chased it It only got loose by couple of days. ' ' don't to say "do you " It for a killed the Kanakas it yes." He became silent. and it. Montgomery shot the thing. " So 142 . was purely an experiment. lurked in the woods some days." said I. and when body was found. his The man had a rifle. It was a limbless thing. with a horrible face. After that I stuck to the ideal of humanity except for little things. for twenty years altogether counting nine years in England I have been going on . one of the barrels was curved into the shape of an S and very nearly bitten through. I never meant it to get away. and then wriggled into the northern part of the island. we divided the party to close in upon Montgomery insisted upon coming with me.

hate. unAnd least satisfactory of all is expected gaps. The human shape I can get now. with unaccountable blank ends. you so soon as you began to observe them to me. or thick and strong . painful things.Doctor Moreau explains. sometimes I fall below it . It J s afterwards. Sometimes I rise above and there is still my I level. that I dare not shape too freely. challenges me to further effort. as First I observe them. instincts. they seem indisputably to be human beings. The intelligence is often oddly low. or fear. almost with ease. makes me dissatisfied. desires that a strange harm humanity. just after I make them. so that it but is lithe and graceful. hidden reservoir to burst forth suddenly and inundate the whole being of the creature with anger. often there is trouble with the hands and the claws. Cravings. somewhere in the seat of the cannot determine where emotions. but always fall short of the things I dream. creatures of These but mine seemed strange and uncanny to . I something that I cannot touch. 143 . that the persuasion fades. But it is in the subtle grafting and reshaping one must needs do to the brain that my trouble lies. something in everything I do that defeats me.

this time I will make yet After all. He *s ashamed of but I believe he half It's his some of those beasts. my own what is ten years ? Men have been a hundred He thought darkly. Moreau. he interferes in their or He likes has trained one two of them it. " They to feel I turn them out when I begin the beast in them. to our service. and stares out at then another." a rational creature of * ! " But I puma them of mine am drawing " As soon near the fastness. 144 . not mine. I say. for affairs. creeps to the me. my hand taken from the beast begins to creep back. This After as a silence. But I will conquer Each time I dip a living creature into the ! bath of burning pain. They a kind all dread this house and There over there.The one animal surface Island of Doctor trait. is wander me. said I." Another long silence. " Then you those take the things you make into dens?" go. thousand in the making. ' This time I will burn out all the animal . is "And they revert. of travesty of humanity Montgomery knows about it. and presently they there. sense They I only sicken me with a of failure. begins to assert itself again. business.

white-haired man. anger beasts. beasts and the lusts to live and gratify themselves. standing up after a long gap of silence. see into their very and see there nothing but the souls of that perish. Yet they 're odd . part waste curiosity. Save for I looked at his serenity. build hymns about their thine. think? Are you in fear of me still?" him. during which we had each " what do you pursued our own thoughts.' They themselves dens. It brain "And now. kind of upward striving in them. like everything else alive. But I can see through it all. the I fancy they follow the lines Kanaka a marked of a out. and have kind ! missionary of mockery ' rational life. with calm eyes. the touch almost of beauty that his set tranquillity resulted from and his magnifi- 10 145 . and saw but a white-faced. part vanity. poor beasts There Sing s some- thing they call 'all the Law. take no in interest in them. gather fruit. There is a complex. part waste sexual emotion. souls. I have some hope of that only mocks me." said he. and pull herbs marry even. I have worked hard at her head and puma.Doctor Moreau explains.

" You have had two eventful and smiled. that I could not think beyond the point at which he had left me. immediately turned the key in the outer I sat down again . and physically. I one. then went out by the inner door. and snatched at a yawn. stared at me for a moment. The At got black window stared at me like an eye. I'm glad it's clear. Then shivered. days.The Island of Doctor Moreau." He thought me over for a moment. last with an the effort I into hammock. He stood up." said he. he might have passed muster a among to his hundred other comfortable I old gentlemen. emotionally. mentally. 146 . cent build. Good-night. put out the light and Very soon I was asleep. I handed him a revolver with either hand. "Keep them. sat for a time in a kind of stagnant mood. By way of answer second question. "I all should advise some sleep." he said. so weary.

T WOKE before early. bringing in. CONCERNING THE BEAST FOLK. sair. That man-like creatures were truth only bestial monsters. and opened to him. from moment of my awakening. . and I heard the glutinous accents of M'ling speaking. in addition to the customary herb-breakfast. filled me with a vague uncertainty of their possibilities definite fear.XV. "Good-morning. Montgomery followed him. an ill-cooked rabbit. which was far worse than any A tapping came at the door. eted one of the revolvers I pock(keeping one hand upon it)." he said. my mind. mere grotesque travesties of men. the the window-bar. these and found it firmly in fixed. clear and Moreau's explanation stood definite. I got out of the hammock and went to the door to assure Then I tried myself that the key was turned.

148 . He explained to me that the comparative safety of Moreau and himself was due mental scope of these monsters. They were that hypnotised had been told certain things certain things were not were impossible. at however.The Island of Doctor Moreau. to the limited In spite of their increased intelligence and the tendency of their animal instincts to reawaken. but his I talked with Montin gomery the to clear my ideas of the way which I Beast Folk lived. His roving eye caught the position of and he smiled askew. was urgent to know how inhuman monsters were kept from falling upon Moreau and Montgomery and from rending one another. which absolutely really bounded their . The puma was resting to heal that day Moreau. In these particular. did not join us. imaginations. my arm . who was singularly solitary in habits. Certain instinct matters. and that to be done. and these possibility of disobedi- prohibitions their were woven into the texture of minds beyond any ence or dispute. in which old was war with Moreau' s convenience. they had certain fixed ideas implanted by Moreau in their minds.

Law only furtively and after dark in the daylight there its was a general atmosphere of respect for hibitions. on earlier these But arrival. were in a less stable condition. A series of pro- the Law (I had already heard positions called them recited) battled in their minds with the deep-seated. and ever breaking. I This Law they were Both found. repeating. especially among the feline Beast People. when to they would dare things they never seemed dream about by day. days of during my my stay they broke the . then the animal was at its strongest . Moreau and displayed particular Montgomery solicitude to keep them ignorant of the taste of blood. that spirit became oddly weakened about nightfall . The which was of 149 irregular outline and . To that I owed my the night of stalking by the Leopard-man. that a of adventure sprang up in them at the dusk. ever-rebellious cravings of their ever animal natures. Montgomery told suggestions me that the Law. they feared the inevitable of that flavour. island.Concerning the Beast Folk. multifarious pro- And facts here perhaps I may give a few general about the island and the Beast People.

and was now fringed on three sides by coral reefs . volcanic in origin. . rather Montgomery informed me. made nearly a hundred and twenty like the but many had died. but that these generally died. of seven or eight square miles. now numbered more than sixty of these strange creations art. of Moreau' s strosities not counting the smaller monlived in the which undergrowth and Altogether he had . p. 1 There was no evidence of the This description corresponds c. a faint quiver of earthquake would be spire and sometimes the ascent of the smoke would be rendered tumultuous by gusts of steam but that was all. total low upon the wide had a area. some fumaroles to the northward. told me had come by question. island. and others writhing Footless Thing of which he had violent ends. In answer to that my Mont- gomery said they actually bore offspring. E. and a hot spring. When they lived.The lay Island of Doctor sea. The population of the . Now of and then sensible. I 1 It was suppose. were without human form. Moreau took them and stamped the human form upon them. in every respect to Noble's Isle. Moreau. were the only vestiges of the forces that had long since originated it.

inheritance teristics.Concerning the Beast Folk. Most striking. of their acquired human charac- The females were less numerous than the males. at Few of them were conspicuously hairy. prognathous. in their general appearance was the disproportion between the legs of these creatures and the length of their bodies grace . me to describe these Beast People in detail my eye has had no training in details. and liable to in spite of the It much the furtive persecution monogamy would be impossible for . next most obvious deformity was in their almost all of which were faces. The . Another point was the forward carriage of the head. and yet so relative is our idea of to their my eye became even habituated fell forms. and unhappily I cannot sketch. Law enjoined. perhaps. least until my time upon the island. Even the Ape-man lacked that in- ward the sinuous curve of the back figure so graceful. at short forearms hung weakly the end of their sides. which makes their their human Most had and shoulders hunched clumsily. and at suasion that last I in with their per- my own long thighs were ungainly. and the clumsy and inhuman curvature of the spine.

or other animal or animals. the ox. very furry or very bristly hair. Then came the silvery-hairy-man. a mare-rhinoc- eros-creature. malformed about the ears. each species preserved : of particular the human mark distorted but did not hide the leopard. ingly. most formidable Animal Men were finger-nails. and often strangely-coloured or strangely-placed eyes. The two my Leopard-man and a creature made of hyena and swine. almost all were definumber of the digits. though the Ape-man had a chattering characters their Beyond heads had little the quality titter. or the sow. these general in its common .The Island of Doctor Moreau. from which the creature had been moulded. None could laugh. M'ling. with large and protuberant noses. who was also the Sayer of the Law. and a satyr-like creature of ape and goat. varied exceed- The hands were always malformed their . and though some surprised pected cient in the me by unex- human appearance. Larger than these were the three bull-creatures who pulled in the boat. There were three Swine-men and a Swine-woman. too. The voices. clumsy about the and lacking any tactile sensibility. and several other females whose 152 .

Only once in a year or so did he go to Arica to deal with Moreau's agent. impossible past to him. unnaturally . Smaller creatures were certain dappled youths and my little sloth-creature. seemed at as the The men first aboard-ship. His London days seemed a glorious. I have already described the Ape-man. There were several and a Saint-Bernard- man.Concerning the Beast Folk. a trader in animals finest there. but insensibly I became a little habituated to the idea of them. a particularly hateful and there was smelling) old whom said (and evilof vixen and bear. wolf-creatures. sources I did not ascertain. just as strange to him Beast Men seemed to me. had been with them so long that he had come to regard them as almost normal human beings. he told me. He hardly met the type of mankind in that seafaring village of Spanish mongrels. a bear-bull. still all too keenly that they were brutes . But enough of this catalogue. She was woman made to be a passionate votary of the Law. I hated from the beginning. and moreover I was affected He by Montgomery's attitude towards them. At felt first I had a shivering horror of the brutes.

and Montgomery had trained it to prepare food. and indeed to discharge all the trivial domestic offices that were required. Sometimes he would notice it. a vicious sympathy with some of their ways. the forehead. pat it. bear. he thought. but was scarcely so far more docile. and one of the most elaborately made of all his creatures. suspicious. tainted with dog and ox. Montgomery's attendant. but that he attempted to veil it from me at first. because I fancied for he had saved my life. hearted.The Island of Doctor flat Moreau. the first of the Beast Folk I had encountered. It treated Montgomery with a strange tenderness and devotion. fact. even then that he had a sneaking kindness some of these metamorphosed brutes. dangerous. It was a a complex trophy of Moreau' s horrible skill. in the face. the black. and cold- In he to did not men : his heart had warmed me. and the most human-looking of all the Beast Folk . call it half-mocking. but in a small kennel at the back of the enclosure. intelligent as the The creature Ape-man. half-jocular names. prominent in like long in the leg. M'ling.faced man. did not live with the others across the island. .

An . strangely human I speculative cunning. pelting it at the whiskey. treading heavily through the undergrowth. trying recall. it whether he treated nothing so I say I well or ill. how or I he differed from some really human cal yokel trudging . home from his mechaniFox-bear labours would meet the woman's in its vulpine. beating But with stones or lighted fusees. became habituated that a thousand things which had seemed un- natural and repulsive speedily became natural I suppose everything in and ordinary to me. and even imagine had met it before in some city byway. to the Beast People. it loved much as to be near him. kicking it. and so make it caper with extraordinary delight . well general impressions of humanity the see one of bovine-creatures I would clumsy who worked hard to the launch. Montgomery and Moreau were too peculiar and individual to keep my defined. and find myself asking. shifty face. Yet every flash out now and then the upon me beyond doubt or *$$ beast would denial. sometimes he would ill-treat it. existence takes its colour from the average hue of our surroundings.Concerning the Beast Folk. especially after he had been it.

I would suddenly had see (with a spasmodic or glan- revulsion) that she slit-like pupils. showing with startling suddenness scissor- edged incisors and sabre-like canines. curious thing. keen and brilliant as knives. glancing with a transitory daring into the eyes of some lithe. that these weird creatures the females. decorum of extensive costume. ugly-looking man.The Island of Doctor Moreau. would stretch his arms and yawn. Or in some narrow pathway. cing down note the curving nail with which she It is held her shapeless wrap about her. a hunch-backed to all human savage appearance. by the bye. '56 . white-swathed female figure. for a which I am quite unable to account. I mean had in the earlier days of repul- my sive stay an instinctive sense of their own and displayed in consequence a more than human regard for the decency and clumsiness. squatting in the aperture of one of the dens.

but a 157 . that Moreau had invented. had fancied they might serve for meat. but we heard no more . and presently we went on our way. and the incident dropped out of our minds. While going through thither. After I had breakfasted with Montgomery. Both of us carried Whips and loaded revolvers. that went leaping He told me they through the undergrowth.XVI. were creatures made of the offspring of the He Beast People. HOW THE BEAST FOLK TASTE BLOOD. a leafy jungle on our road we heard a rabbit squealing. MY took inexperience as a writer betrays me. he and me across the island to see the fiimarole the source of the hot spring into whose scalding waters I had blundered on the previous day. and I wander from the thread of my story. We stopped and listened. called Montlittle gomery my attention to certain pink animals with long hind-legs.

to bite . I think. and was very cleanly in its habits." he J ' " Much some of them after this. rabbit-like habit of devouring their young had had already encountered some of these creatures. one hopping to avoid us leapt into the hole caused by the uprooting of a wind-blown tree . I should imagine it might prove a convenient substitute for the commdn rabbit in gentlemen's parks. before it. that care for it ! It was we met was a the Satyr and the Ape-man. and once during my pursuit by Moreau on the previous day. By chance. claw bark of trees. its scratched and kicked vigorously with legs.The Island of Doctor Moreau. " Not said. once during my defeated this intention. called Montgomery to my attention to this. it could extricate itself we managed to catch It spat like a cat. The Satyr gleam of classical 158 . but its were too pinch. that is the Law. hindteeth and made an attempt feeble to inflict It . We barked also in long saw on our way the trunk of a tree strips and splintered deeply. creature more than a painless little it seemed to me rather a pretty stated and as Montgomery that never destroyed the turf by burrowing. I moonlight flight from the Leopard-man.

taking my arm . Master does not bleed or weep. at said the "He said he was made." looked curiously The Satyr-man me. he into the sea." said Montgomery. and I went on with him. He like fruit as he passed was gnawing the husk of Both of them us. "Yesterday he bled and wept." Montgomery. he is a five-man like said the Ape-man. his voice a harsh nether extremities a Satanic. like the coarser bleat.How in the Beast Folk taste Blood. the part of memory on Moreau. pod- saluted Whip Montgomery." whip." said they. "Hail. weep. Prendick." " He has a thin long said " Ollendorffian beggar '11 " ! " you bleed and weep if Montgomery. "Come along. walks "The Third with the Whip." said mind!" Ape-man." said the " You never bleed nor The Satyr. "Was he "So you'd not made?" he said better Whip now. Hebrew type ." has five fingers. "to the Other with the " ! There 's a Third with a Montgomery. 159 . " you don't look out ! said "He me. has a thin that weeping white face. his his face ovine expression.

" he said slowly. " I don't like this. and picking up some of the crushed vertebrae to examine them more closely. It was on our way back that the dead rabbit. "Good God!" mean ?" he repeated." said the Ape-man. little we came upon of the ribs The red body of the wretched beast was rent to pieces." I said after a pause. and the backbone indisputably gnawed. said he. bone has been bitten through. stood watchto Satyr and the Ape-man other and making remarks each He says nothing." " Yesterday he asked me of things to eat." and I Then spoke inaudible things. " Men have voices." " This back- He lip stood staring. At that Montgomery stopped. "what can this "Some carnivore of yours has remembered its old habits." said the Satyr. many stripped white. with his face white and his pulled askew. they "He did not know. stooping '' Good God " ! down.The The ing us other. heard the Satyr laughing. 160 . te Island of Doctor Moreau.

" here here. that is brutes care for the Law. went out pletely in the evening." " Sucking Yes. eh ? when s not about " ! " It was the brute who chased me." day I came here. was the brute like?" he continued. said I. " And what is picion.' " Not Much the Moreau J to suck your drink . ? " The day you came " The day I came growth at " In the under- the back of the enclosure. carnivores. you know." said Montgomery " it 's just ." ' his drink?" the Law. the way with It 's drink. I more. "the first saw something of the same kind." " Of course.How " I the Beast Folk taste Blood. you know. have an idea which of your brutes did the thing." devil ! The "A rabbit What was it ? " you did with its head twisted off. when I The head was com- wrung off. It 's only a susBefore I came on the rabbit saw one of your monsters drinking in the stream. What ii kill. they of blood. I low whistle." He gave a long. taste After a the 161 .

never brought the things here. his eyes roving again ? He glanced about us." he said. took out his revolver." I should have gone on. me. standing astride over the mess of dead among that the shadows and screens of greenery. As it was. the lurking-places and amin. think I should know the brute again. almost in a whisper." " But then we the rabbit. He ought to have a handsome bruise on the forehead of him. buscades of the forest bounded us "The He of blood. I went to such a dis- tance that the rabbit's remains were hidden. "I said." I "I stunned him. but he stayed there thinking over the mangled rabbit in a puzzle- headed way. examined the taste it cart- ridges in and replaced it. Then he began to pull at his dropping lip. "Come on!" I said." said have to prove that he killed "I wish I'd Montgomery. tasted blood If against eating some brute has by any accident 162 " ." he said again. Presently he woke up and came towards "You see. " they are all supposed to have a fixed idea anything that runs on land. ' ' " Would you know him rabbit.The Island of Doctor Moreau.

your taste for meat and gone without these exciting novelties. "We must "I *ve no doubt make an example." to this." "I was a silly ass. Moreau took the matter even more seriously than Montgomery. Then I We tell must put must Moreau. and I need scarcely say that I was affected by their evident consternation. in my own mind that the sinner. through it. " But the thing s done now and you said I J ." said Montgomery.How He went Then." said Moreau. That to servant of mine I showed him how It's It skin and cook a his rabbit. Leopard-man was the prove it ? But how can we I wish. We may find ourselves in a mess yet." He could think of nothing else on our home- ward journey. the Beast Folk taste Blood." must see to the thing "We at once. on some way a pause in silence. you had kept in hand. " I wonder did a foolish what can have happened. again : " I thing the other day. might have them. Montgomery. odd I saw him to licking hands : never occurred a stop me. you know." he after said to himself." said .

We had a huge cowherd's will see horn slung over his shoulder. myand M'ling went across the island to the self. the sea glittered. Moreau. " You sight!" a gathering of the is Beast pretty People. white-fringed face was grimly set. powdery yellow substance which I believe was Above the shoulder of a weedy bank sulphur. "I think I ought to know him." said Montgomery. M'ling carried the little hatchet he used in chopMoreau ping firewood. huts in the ravine. but the expression of his heavy." In the afternoon. " up." said Montgomery. and some coils of wire. We ing crossed the ravine down which smoked the stream of hot water. and here the four of us 164 . "I suppose if anything should turn Moreau. three were armed. M'ling can take care of himself? " I 'm not so sure of M'ling. "It a Moreau said not a word on the way. We came to a kind of shallow natural amphitheatre. and followed the wind- pathway through the canebrakes until we reached a wide area covered over with a thick. Montgomery.The Island of Doctor Moreau.

him from the brake came rhi- monstrous lout. and. the horn. as I perceived first one and then another trot out from the trees or reeds and dust. a thing of horse it and . letting the curved to his side again. "Ah!" instrument said fall Moreau. and a sound of voices from the dense green jungle I that marked the morass through which Then at had run on the previous day. calmly enough them. I could not help a creeping horror.How halted. The hooting note rose and rose amidst its echoes. Immediately there was a crashing through the yellow canes. chewing a straw as came then ap- 165 . three or four points on the edge of the sulphurous area appeared the grotesque forms of the Beast People hurrying towards us. and after- Then Moreau sounded broke the sleeping stillness of the tropical He must have had strong lungs. to at last an ear-penetrating intensity. perforce. noon. I stuck beside First to arrive for all that he cast a was the Satyr. the Beast Folk taste Blood. But come shambling along over the hot Moreau and Montgomery stood . strangely unreal shadow and tossed the dust After with a his hoofs. noceros.

" and so As soon approached within a distance of perhaps thirty yards they halted. is quite regardless of one another. and then others. face. all began to cringe As they came forward they towards Moreau and chant. . His the as "His Hand that they had heals. and. fragments of the latter is half of the litany of the the Hand that wounds forth. and surrounded by this circle of crouching and gesticulating monstrosities. with her red eyes in her peaked red hurrying eagerly.The Island of Doctor Moreau. save in their subtle expression like cripples. the reedy lines of a canebrake in one direction. Law. We three Imagine the scene if you can! men. with our misshapen black-faced attendant. and bowing on knees and elbows began flinging their the white dust upon heads. some as to some so strangely distorted resemble nothing but the denizens of our wildest dreams . some almost human and gestures. then the Fox-bear witch. peared the Swine-woman and two Wolf-women . standing in a wide expanse of sunlit blue-clad yellow dust under the blazing blue sky. separating us from the 166 . beyond. a dense tangle of palm-trees on the other.

great not see the Leopard-man. The little last of the Beast People to arrive was the Ape-man." Presently Moreau sounded the horn again. stooping near the ground and trying to join the dust-throwing circle behind Moreau' s back. "There " I do are four more. "Sixty-two. slinking out of the canebrake. Say the words Forthwith all in the kneeling assembly. hot and weary with their grovelling. Then. loud and the Beast People sat back upon their hams and rested from their worshipping. ! " Cease . shot vicious glances at him.How the Beast Folk taste Blood. " voice "Where is the Sayer of the Law?" said Moreau. sixty-three. and the hairy-grey monster bowed face in the dust. and at the sound of it all the Beast People writhed and grovelled in the dust. The earlier animals. in his firm." counted Moreau. his " said Moreau. swaying from side to side and dashing up the sulphur ! " with their hands. said Moreau." said I. and to the north the hazy horizon of the Pacific Ocean. came the Leopard- man. ravine with the huts. first the right hand and .

Moreau stopped. I think they all knew and dreaded what was round at their strange faces. so too did the Leopard-man.The a puff Island of Doctor left. peated the kneeling circle of Beast People. and there fell silence hand. faceless creature "None escape. 1 68 . I wondered that had ever believed them to be ! men. and then the more to chant their strange litany. began once of dust. that is Law. absolute upon them I looked all. When I I saw their wincing attitudes and the fur- tive dread in their bright eyes. who cringed towards him with torment. and looked "Who round I fancracking his whip. "Not to eat Flesh or Fowl. is he?" cried Moreau." Moreau held up his lank white " Stop !" he cried. in a voice of thunder. Hyena-swine looked dejected." chanted the Sayer of the Law. ' ' " That Law has been broken " None escape. When they the reached. cied the this creature. the memory and dread " Who is he ? " of infinite repeated Moreau. " Evil is he who breaks the Law." from the with the silvery said Moreau. coming." rehair. feeing at their faces. Moreau.

as though the idea was sweet him. goes the O " Back House to the House of gabbled ' ' Pain. into the eyes of the Leopardand seemed to be dragging the very soul man. clamoured. out of the creature. released from Moreau's eye. leapt towards his tormentor." the to Ape-man. I am madness of unendurable this convinced that only the fear could have prompted circle us. taking his eyes off his victim. and now. The whole rise of threescore I monsters seemed to revolver. Moreau looked "Who wards us breaks the Law me " said Moreau. " Goes back to " Master " ! House of Pain. "my friend Hullo!" For the Leopard-man. attack. had risen straight from his knees. about drew I my saw The two reeling back figures collided." they all back to the House of Pain. turning back to the criminal. Moreau from the Leopard-man's 169 . back to the of Pain. " Do you hear ? said Moreau.How the Beast Folk taste Blood. (it seemed to and turning tothere was a touch of exultation in his voice). with eyes aflame and his huge feline tusks flashing out from under his curling lips.

ran Wolf-women folk in great leaping strides. I heard the crack of Moreau' s across to pistol. fugitive. about us. That is all I can strike tell definitely. with M'ling close in pursuit. one of a tumultuous shouting crowd. all Island of Doctor Moreau. and saw the pink flash dart the tumult. glared at me over the Hyena. Behind. close in pursuit of the long. The Swine followed. in pursuit of the In escaping Leopard-man. squealing with excitement. and the two Bull-men in their 170 .The blow.swine's hunched shoulders. For a moment I thought it was a general revolt. and I too was swung round by the magnetism of the movement. and then everything spun about me until I was running headM'ling was ahead. There was a furious yelling and The furious face of the Leopard-man flashed by I saw the mine. too. their tongues already lolling the out. I saw the Leopard-man Moreau. of the Hyena-swine blazing with yellow eyes excitement. his attitude as solved to attack me. The whole crowd seemed direction of the glint swing round in the of fire. if he were half re- The Satyr. another second I was running. howling Every one was moving rapidly.

the Wolf-bear. keeping pace with me and glancing furtively at me out of his feline eyes. now just ahead of me. ropy creepers catching us under the chin or gripping our ankles. laugh- "None ing into escape. straw hat blown his lank Then came Moreau in a of the Beast People.How cluster the Beast Folk taste Blood. 171 ." panted Moreau. his wide-brimmed off. and the behind others came pattering and shouting his us. fronds flicking into our faces. The chase lay the brake for perhaps a quarter of a thicket. and then plunged into a dense our movements exceedingly. which sprang back as he passed." face said my with the exultation of hunting. his revolver in hand. reached the brake. We others in the rear found a trampled path for us when we through mile. and rattled in M'ling's face. "He has gone on all-fours through this. and white hair streaming out. though we went through it in a crowd together. which retarded thorny plants hooking into and tearing cloth and flesh together. swathings of white. The Hyena- swine ran beside me. The Leopard-man went bursting way through the long canes.

tumbling against rocks. but Montgomery had seen the So.The Island of Doctor Moreau. saw we traversed the open a col- that the pursuit was now spreading from umn into a line. . and was hidden. Most of the chase. watching me as it ran. M'ling was halfway across the space. had doubled in the undergrowth . It leapt over some thorny yellow-flowering bushes. every now its and then puckering laugh. At its that the Wolf Folk howled with was was still delight. but the carriage of its four limbs and the furtive droop of its shoulder was distinctly that of a hunted animal. We burst out again among and saw the quarry ahead running lightly on all-fours and snarling at us over his shoulder. and turned him again. and at a distance seemed human feline. im- 172 . The Thing face still clothed. panting. realising that he was making jecting cape upon which he had stalked me on the night of my arrival. close to The Hyena-swine still ran me. us now I had lost the first speed and had fallen as into a longer and steadier stride. torn by brambles. muzzle with a snarling for the pro- At the edge of the rocks the Leopard- man. manoeuvre. rocks.

Hyena-swine ran. shalled us all into an irregular line. and savagely. " steady ! as the ends of the line crept round the tangle of " Steady " " ! undergrowth and hemmed ! the brute in. " Ware a rush " came the voice of Mont- gomery from beyond the thicket. We had pinned the wretched brute into a corner of the island. and yet not daring should be left of the chase lest I alone with this horrible fatigue I staggered on in spite of infinite companion. the bushes through we which I had run from him during that midnight pursuit. ferns the Leopard-man and reeds.How peded by the the Beast Folk taste Blood. laughing side. by my my I staggered on. Mont173 . I helped to pursue who had broken the Law. tired almost to lose sight to death. whip in hand. shouting to one another as advanced and tightening the cordon about our He lurked noiseless and invisible in victim. marand we ad- vanced now slowly. heart beating against my head reeling and my ribs. Moreau. I was on the slope above the bushes . cried Moreau. and the dense heat of the tropical after- noon. At last the fury of the hunt slackened.

The Island of Doctor Moreau. the House of House of Pain " yelped the voice of Ape-man. with the light gleaming in its eyes and its imperfectly realised human again face distorted with terror. gomery and Moreau beat along the beach beneath. 174 . was silent. eyes smallest It may seem a strange contradiction in me. He was crouched together into the possible compass. but now. moment it other of pursuers would and would be overpowered and captured. ! When all I heard that. in the half darkness under the luxuriant right. the the to the House of Pain. I forgave the the fear he had inspired in me. I saw the creature we were hunting. Then growth. In see another it. seeing the creature there in a perfectly animal attitude. I the fact of its its humanity. " Back Pain. I halted. poor wretch I heard the twigs snap and the boughs swish aside before the heavy tread of the Horse-rhinoceros upon my suddenly through a polygon of green. his luminous green turned over his shoulder regarding me. I cannot explain the fact. Slowly we pushed in among the fretted The quarry network of branches and leaves. some twenty yards to the right.

"Don't " Don't ferns. Prendick!" Moreau. in their me to get a nearer view." sorry. The hairy-grey Thing came sniffing at the corpse under my arm. from the still quivering body. kill ! Prendick I " ! cried Moreau. Beast People came One it. and particularly M'ling. All about me the green masses of the thicket were as the swaying and cracking rushing together.swine with the handle of his whip. revolver. "I'm though I was not. and flung itself upon it with an eager cry." said I. animal ardour. '75 . "I wanted him. as kill it " and saw him stooping he pushed through under the fronds of the big In another moment he had beaten off the Hyena. and fired. jostled The other animals. thrusting thirsty teeth into its neck. and he and Montgomery were keeping away the excited carnivorous Beast People. face and then another appeared. the Hyena-swine saw the Thing. Abruptly I slipped out my aimed between its terror-struck eyes. said "Confound you. experience once more the horrible tortures of the enclosure. As I did so.How to the Beast Folk taste Blood.

and across the the wave my mind came the beach the realisation of the un- speakable aimlessness of things upon the island. intensely excited. the impulse of the moment. carried like a black evening sky. and other of the Beast People. the Hyena-swine. and all They were . sniffing and growling at it in a thick as the Bull-men to the dragged headland against it down the beach. they weighted dead body out to sea . standing about Montgomery and Moreau. all still overflowing with noisy expressions of their loyalty to the felt an absolute assurance in Law yet I mind that own my 176 . Turning. The Beast People manifested a quite human it curiosity about the dead body." I felt I with exertion and excitement.The "It was sick Island of Doctor Moreau. Under the shouted directions of Moreau I heard the three white-swathed Bull-men begin dragging the victim down towards the water. Upon eral among the rocks beneath me sev- were the Ape-man. and followed knot. It was easy now for me to be alone. pushed my way out of the crowding Beast People and went on alone up the slope towards the higher part of the headland. the as I went and watched Bull-men.

the whole interplay of instinct. I had shivered only at the actual torment in the enclosure. A was implicated in the rabbitstrange persuasion came upon me. the Hyena-swine killing. lived in a fear that never died. Poor brute! go under that was all the differ- Poor brutes! I began to see the viler aspect of Moreau's cruelty. Before. the gro- that. But now that seemed to been me the lesser part. was one long interbegun nal struggle. save for the grossness tesqueness of the forms.How the Beast Folk taste Blood. one long dread of Moreau and for what? me. and happy as living things may be. in . and fate in its simplest form. of the line. reason. Now their mock-human an agony. I had not thought before of the pain and trouble that came to these poor victims after they had passed from Moreau's days of hands. fretted by a law they could not understand existence. their instincts fitly adapted to their surroundings. I had here before me the whole balance of human life in miniature. they had beasts. to The Leopard-man had : happened ence. they stumbled in the shackles of humanity. 12 It was the wantonness of it that stirred j .

I could Had Moreau had any intelligible have sympathised at least a little with him. to struggle and blunder and last to and at die painfully. They were wretched animal hate moved them the in to trouble one another Law held them back from a brief hot struggle and a decisive end to their natural animosities. which has left perindeed into a state. aimless investigations. object. deep and enduring. sponsible. In those days went the way of I fell my fear of my personal morbid the Beast People fear for Moreau. the . mad. I am not so squeamish about pain as that. . manent saw scars upon my mind. and alien to fear.The Island of Doctor Moreau. his But he was so ! so utterly careless His curiosity. had his irre- motive been only hate. Moreau (by his passion for research). seemed to cut and shape the his fabric of existence and I. drove him on. themselves the old . I could have forgiven him a little even. a vast pitiless Mechanism. A blind Fate. . I must confess world when that I lost faith in the sanity of the I it suffering the painful disorder of this island. or so. Montgomery (by passion for drink). and the Things were thrown out to live a year suffer.

179 . were torn and crushed. this condition did not come pate a all at little once I think indeed that I anticiit in speaking of now.How Beast restrictions. the Beast Folk taste Blood. amid the infinite complexity of its But : incessant wheels. their instincts People with and mental inevitably. ruthlessly.

My fellow-creatures. looking for some liberating that never appeared. A CATASTROPHE.XVII. His long from his secret vice of separation humanity. began to assume idyllic virtue beauty in my memory. drunkenness. Several times intercourse with him go alone among them. from whom I was thus and separated. his evident Beast People. My ble caricatures of one idea was to get away from these horrimy Maker's image. back to the sweet and wholesome intercourse of men. I spent an increasing proportion of my time upon sail fell the beach. My first friendship with Montgomery did not increase. I avoided them in every possible way. tainted I let him to sympathy with the me. OCARCELY o lost weeks passed before I every feeling but dislike and abhorsix rence for this infamous experiment of Moreau's. until 1 one day there upon 80 .

Moreau presently came round the corner of the enclosure and greeted me. sharp cry behind me. abomination of the place. Then not know what. though It not troubled to keep account of the time. happened the early I morning had risen and breakfasted I should think about early. and enter his I heard He passed by him behind me unlock and So indurated was I at laboratory. almost exactly like that of an angry virago. and stood there smoking a cigarette and enjoying the freshness of the early morning. a and turning saw an 181 . this catastrophe occurred. I heard a short. rather more. having been aroused by the noise of three Beast carrying Men wood into the enclosure. was about seven weeks after I my had landing. which put an or eight altogether upon my strange surroundings.A different aspect It Catastrophe. us an appalling disaster. to this day. that I heard without a touch of emotion the puma that time to the victim begin another day of torture. After breakfast I went to the open gateway of the enclosure. when in six. me. I think. It met its persecutor with a shriek. fall. I do suddenly something happened.

broken arm. him at every stride. I threw up my myself from the blow that flung me headlong with a broken forearm . but rushed off once in pursuit of the puma. his my Then Moreau all massive white face the more his terrible for the blood that trickled from forehead. The muffled figure front great striding leaps along the beach. he too vanished in the green confusion. animal. fired and missed as she disappeared. and Moreau followed her. red drops starting out upon it. leapt over me and passed. not awful face rushing upon me. I tried the other in arm and ran in sat up.The Island of Doctor Moreau. but hellish. 182 . brown. He carried a revolver in one hand. swathed in lint and with red- arm to defend stained bandages fluttering about it. and the lidless eyes ablaze. tried to up. and Moreau. at He scarcely glanced at me. seamed with red branching scars. I saw her plunge into them. then doubling She gained upon abruptly made for the bushes. and the great monster. She turned her head and saw him. I rolled over sit and over down the beach. running slantingly to intercept Then her. not human. and collapsed upon appeared.

Montgomery appeared ! way. and rolled He arm about pocketed his weapon. Prendick " he said." he said. and with his revolver in his hand. He came forward and took said he. with gasps of pain between exactly I told how it and then. said." J ' ' said I." flannel. my arm. stood back and looked at me." he happened I had seen. dressed. and with a groan I staggered to in the door- my feet. and then the pain in I stared after them. He was absent some 183 . He slung it from my shoulder. " You '11 do. " Great God.A Catastrophe. seeing my arm. "Tell what happened ? him what them. and very dexterously and swiftly he bound my arm meanwhile. told him in broken sentences. " Blood back the felt on the sleeve. and led me inside. my me " " Your arm is broken. And now ? " out and locked He time. my arm flamed up. painfully. not noticing that I was hurt. " What s the matter ? "I was standing in the doorway. Then he went the gates of the enclosure. thought. "that brute's ! loose! Tore the seen fetter out of the wall Have you I gripped them?" Then sharply.

" the simply wrenched its out of the to He went him. a restless contagion in the air. "There's you." He obtained the weapon. " I can neither see nor hear anything "I 've been thinking he may him. I did not sit long after he left. "I shall go he said. down deck chair. anxious somehow. and I must admit swore heartily dull feeling of injury in The first my arm had already given way to a burning pain when Montgomery pale. the island." He stared at me with his "That was a strong expressionless eyes. " It wall. want my help." he said. His face was rather his and he showed more of lower gums than ever." fetter he said. and there turned after me.The I Island of Doctor Moreau. then to door. but took the revolver in hand and went to the doorway." I feel to the window. leaving . and put it ready to my hand on the table then went out. Tl incident seemed merely one I sat more of many in the at horrible things. 184 . was chiefly concerned about my arm. brute. another revolver I can leave with tell To you the truth. reappeared.

half-feverish state. the second time that morning. and began pacing to and fro like a sentinel upon duty. Then I went this stillness to the corner at of the enclosure and stared inland the green bush that had swallowed Moreau and Montgomery. as still The morning was whisper of wind was In as death. and the tune died away. got feverish and I thirsty. " My arm became I but very hot. whistle. My shadow figure grew it shorter. voice Once of I was arrested by the distant "Coo-ee less painful. never return some stranded Then from far away behind 185 the enclosure I . the beach desolate. Not a stirring the sea was like polished glass. strolled back to the doorway. my half-excited. Mor-eau ! Montgomery bawling. of things oppressed me. a little When up would they the beach and how ? Then far away up grey Beast Man appeared. ran down to I the water's edge and began splashing about. then to the corner so again. watched again. I tried to I swore again. the sky empty.A Catastrophe. ? the distant until went away Would Moreau and Montgomery Three sea-birds began fighting for treasure. return. .

I went to the corner. Where some brandy ? " before you. and then came another. They're rushing about mad.The Island of Doctor Moreau. His face expressed profound consternaBeast Behind him slouched the Man. "No. ing said I." man was panting. and unfortunate another dismal gap of silence. his hair disordered. face scarlet. takall ? ! The "Go back in." he my arm. A long silence. I 's tell comes. just outside the I got M'ling flung doorway and began panting like a dog. and the knee of torn. Then imagination set to work to torment me. He sat staring of him at nothing. recovering his breath. 186 After . and round stains. heard a pistol-shot. his trousers his and saw Montgomery. M'ling. when my breath Montgomery limped and sat me into the room himself down down in the deck chair. My suddenly a shot close by. Then a yelling cry nearer. "They're mad. M' ling's said jaws were some queer dark " Has he come ' ' ?" Montgomery. I don't What '11 can have happened know. startled. tion. Montgomery in front some brandy-and-water. said. "Moreau?" " My God almost sobbing.

A Catastrophe. and heard him catling. He had followed their track for some way. to him carrying a light M'ling had seen nothing of the puma had been felling wood. Growing more alarmed every minute. They went on Two and Beast Men came shouting together. affair . He found the ravine deserted. He and after wandering some time undecided way. westward shouting Moreau's name. however. white rags torn from the puma's bandages. determined to visit the huts. alarmed Montgomery He hailed them. to tell some minutes he began me what had happened. he began to retrace his steps. with a furtive carriage that by their strangeness. It was plain enough at first on account of the crushed and broken bushes. Then it was he . He lost the track. and went wandering aimlessly Then M'ling had come hatchet. and occasional smears of blood on the leaves of the shrubs and under- growth. crouching and peering at gestures them through the undergrowth. on the stony ground beyond the stream where I had seen the Beast Man drinking. guiltily. and stopped shouting after farther in an they fled that.

and forthwith they rushed at him. and Montgomery shot that too as it struggled in M'ling's grip. the encountered two Swine-men I had seen dancing on the night of my arrival . and intensely excited. bloodstained they were about the mouth. mean ? " said I. and lame This brute had through a wound in the foot. Thence M'ling to come on they had hurried back the way.The Island of Doctor Moreau. M'ling had suddenly rushed into a thicket and driven out an under- me. and stopped with fierce faces He before had a Beast Man dared to do that. Montgomery I thought it all with a certain wan- had shot him. One he shot through the head . " What does He shook his the brandy. On sized Ocelot-man. when they saw cracked his whip in some trepidaNever tion. and the two rolled grappling. They came crashing through the ferns. and tonness. him. M'ling got its his brute under and with his teeth in throat. run a little way and then turned savagely at bay. He had some with to difficulty in inducing him. M' ling flung himself upon the other. also blood-stained. and turned once more to 1 88 . head.

Montgomery and at last all raised some feeble objec- agreed. It is possibly due to the tension of my mind at the time. on this side of the . He I fuddled. tions. upon myself to was already more than half told him that some serious thing must have happened to Moreau by this time. way and then on He was unarmed his axe he had dropped Swine-man. We had some food. stillness but even now that start into the hot is of the tropical afternoon a singularly vivid impression. and that it behoved us to ascertain what that catastrophe was. der hunched. I took interfere. his M'ling went first. when he encountered the Teeth were bis weapons. \ 17 HEN * I saw Montgomery swallow it a third ^ dose of brandy. and then three of us started. THE FINDING OF MOREAU. or he would have returned before this.XVIII. when it 189 . his shoulstrange black head moving with first quick starts as he peered that.

there!" "Hul-lo. 190 . we saw. his face downcast . gered into him. Montgomery followed with hands in his pockets. going northwestward . he was in a of muddled sullenness with My left on account of the brandy. and then half-a-dozen faces appeared. then a crashing first among strange the interlacing vegetation. Soon and I carried my revolver in my right.The came Island of Doctor Moreau. arm was in a sling (it was lucky it was me my left). is is not dead "We " saw. to fighting. he is not dead. " He " He another. then there. narrow path through the wild luxuriance of the island. here.." said several voices. vibrating voice. "Confound you!" said I. listening intently. and became with watchfulness. his state stumbling footsteps. and then stopped too. traced a we and presently M'ling stopped. . suddenly shouted Montgomery. we heard coming through the trees the sound of voices and footsteps approachdead. Montgomery almost rigid stag- Then." said a deep. There was a silence. and gripped my Hul-\Q \ " pistol." jabbered ing us.

"Beyond. with grey hair streaming down its cheeks. a heavy. horribly crooked creature who said the Law. Ape-man : had indeed already voice. and grey locks its pouring off from a central parting upon ing forehead. They seemed awe- and puzzled. " Who he was dead?" The monster. " Is there a Law now " asked ? the Monkey - 191 ." There was nothing threatening about at this detachment. heavy grey eyebrows. and two of the white-swathed brownfeatured creatures I had seen in Montgomery's With these were the two dappled brutes boat. " Where is he ? " said Montgomery. by a I M'ling made a I recognised the identified his growling noise in his throat. Then Montsaid gomery hiccoughed. lit Finding of Moreau. stricken any rate. Monkey-man looked guiltily at the hairy -grey Thing." said this "They saw." and the grey creature pointed. faceless slop- thing. "He is dead. strange light. with from strange red eyes.The faces. For a space no one spoke. and that grey. looking at us curiously amidst the green.

still " Is it to be this and that ? Is he dead indeed?" ''Is there a Law?" repeated the man in white. he has changed body. he man. they stood watching us. " He his M'ling turned his sharp eyes on has changed his shape ." me. You cannot see him.The man. turning his " He *s dead. peering fearfully the Apeupward among the dense good. thou Other with the Whip?" "He And is dead. Fear Law!" looked is at them squarely. " Is there a Law. " He trees. I suddenly stepped in front of Mont: gomery and lifted up my voice "Children of the Law." I not dead ' ' ! said." all said the hairy-grey Thing. "he is me. had been standing behind him during I this colloquy. but he can see you. "For is a time I you will not him. the I you. Island of Doctor Moreau. He there. evidently." said Montgomery. is They said flinched." 192 . great. began to see how things lay with them. dull eyes to I "Prendick." see I went on." " where he can watch pointed upward.

" this "It way. die. that bled. death." understand But Montgomery was still sober enough to my motive in denying Moreau's "He is not dead. we went through the tumult of ferns and creepers and tree-stems towards the northwest. have broken the died. And with these six creatures guiding us. and ran screaming said the grey that dead too." he said slowly." they will said I." Thing. and a 13 pink homunculus rushed by us 193 . "The Thing and sobbing. Then came a yelling. a crashing little among the branches. " That *s well. still regarding me. the away is because he had no more need of it." "Some. Some have body Law: Show us body he now where cast his old lies. was dead. " not dead at all." grunted Montgomery. Man who walked in the Sea. "The Other with the Whip " began grey Thing. the other Thing is ? " I demanded.The And Finding of Moreau. No " more dead than I am. the "Well?" " Said he said I." said the grey Thing.

M'ling. passed me." the said I. and holding him. Man beside him. he. his feet. and the man. "is the Law not This came of breaking Law. into its ugly its I saw features vanish in a flash: face was driven in. in "He his sends the Fire that kills. . 194 . Immediately after appeared a feral monster in headlong pursuit. pointing to the alive ? dead brute. bowed arm. He scrambled to Then I saw the grey Thing return- ing cautiously through the trees. fell headlong beside him and pulled it Yet him sprawling upon I found itself in its death-agony." said deep voice. fired its again. the dead prostrate brute. with a aside. still came on face.The shrieking. "See. I fired. who was amongst us almost before he could stop his career. snarl. raised himself slowly and stared in Beast Montgomery a muddled It way at the shattered more than half sobered him. threw up his and the Thing and missed. and turned to run. point-blank. gripped Montgomery. The grey Thing leapt aside. flew at fired and was struck Montgomery his head. myself alone with M'ling. it." peered at the He body. blood-bedabbled. Island of Doctor Moreau.

The Finding of Moreau. creatures Twice we heard unseen little little howling and shrieking past our once the pink sloth-creature appeared and stared at us. and with the help of the seven Beast People (for he was a heavy man). At the gates of the enclosure our company of Beast People left us. We came upon the gnawed and mutilated body of the puma. His head had been battered by the fetters of the puma. M'ling going with the rest. and But we were not attacked again. At last we drew near the westward extremity of the island. The others gathrepeating part of the Ritual. not find. we carried Moreau back to the enclosure. The night was darkling. His revolver we could over. and vanished again. band. locked We . Montgomery turned him Resting at intervals. downward in a trampled space in a One hand was almost severed at the his silvery hair and was dabbled in in blood. Moreau canebrake. bullet. ered round and stared for a space. The broken canes beneath him were smeared with blood. wrist. its shoulder-bone smashed by a lay face farther found at last and perhaps twenty yards what we sought.

Then we went to all into the labora- tory and put an end there. and then took Moreau' s mangled it body into the yard and laid upon a pile of brushwood. ourselves in.The Island of Doctor Moreau. we found living .

muddle all is it *s I have n't had any I wonder when going being bullied by nurses and schoolmasters at their own sweet will . Sixteen years 197 .XIX. was then near but greatly He was almost sober. Montgomery and I went my little room and first seriously discussed It our position for the midnight. to begin. answered my questions crookedly. I He do not think it had ever occurred to him that Moreau could die. MONTGOMERY'S "BANK HOLIDAY. wandered " This a into general questions. and we had eaten. He talked vaguely. shabby lodgings. bad food. time. This disaster was the sudden collapse of the habits that had become part of his nature in the ten or more monotonous years he had spent on the island. "what life. five in London grinding hard at medicine." he said ! . ass silly it of a world." "117 HEN * this ^ washed and into was accomplished. had been strangely under the influence of Moreau's personality : disturbed in his mind.

As it is And besides. Ten ? years here ! What 's Prendick Are we bubbles blown by deal a baby?" It was hard to with such " The thing we have to think of now." "What's the good of getting away? I 'm an outcast. clothes. it all for. a blunder. burn his body will and happen those other with the Beast Folk " " /don't made of the lot know." 198 . " is how to get away from this island. Where am / to join on ? It 's all Poor old Moreau! very well for you. make silly asses themselves sooner or We can't massacre can we? I suppose that 's ? what your '11 humanity would suggest But they change.The shabby didn't Island of Doctor Moreau. and hustled off to better. what will become of the decent part of the Beast Folk ? " "Well. I suppose those that were of beasts of prey will later. They are sure to change. I 've been thinking we might make Then what ? that brush- wood into a pyre and things.'* said I. Prendick. "that will do to-morrow. We picked." said I. know any / shabby vice. can't leave him here to have his bones ravings. this beastly island.

"You're He takes his liquor like a Christian. logic-chopping. People and of M'ling. the beast. can't hole than you are for the brandy. staggering to his bottle. And suddenly an idea came to him. and went " he said Drink! returning." said I." said I." He felt talked thus inconclusively until at last I my " Damnation lance of temper going.Montgomery's " Bank Holiday. And "you atheist. chalky-faced saint of an drink ! " Not face I. into a maudlin defence of the Beast M'ling. ' ' ! Come out of the way. ? " you see I 'm worse " " he got up. he said. "I'm damned!" feet and clutching the brandy flash By some ! of intuition I knew what it was he intended. and facing him. the only was thing that had ever really cared for him. and sat under the yellow paraffine flare. " I that beast " You rising don't give drink to said. 199 . said he. ' ' he exclaimed ! at some petuin a mine " . I wandered He have a memory of infinite tedium. as grimly watching his he drank himself into a garrulous misery. "Beast!" said he. Prendick "For God's sake.

and stood half me between the yellow lamp-light and flung the to the beasts the pallid glare of the moon . the other it. and way!" suddenly whipped out his revolver.The " Get Island of Doctor out of the Moreau. old friend! " Three dim creatures in the silvery light came along the edge of the wan beach. and I fancying. a silly fearing things. M'ling. "You've made yourself. 200 . M'ling!" he cried " ." said I. but deterred by the thought of a beast of my useless arm. as Then I saw M'ling' s hunched shoulders he came round the corner of the house. Prendick." He turned " and went out into the moonlight." doorway open. "Very well. two blotches of black- ness following They halted. I 'm going have damned Bank Holiday to-night. his eye-sockets his stubbly eye- were blotches of black under brows. He facing you may go. to We 're cut a 'm bound to my throat to-morrow. one a white- wrapped creature. staring. half- minded upon to fall upon him as he put his hand the latch. ass ! "You're a solemn You 're always on the edge of prig. he roared. and stood aside.

you Drink and be men! Damme. last Moreau forgot this this is the touch. Drink. shout. yelping insults at me.Montgomery's " Bank Holiday. "Sing!" "sing all 's I heard Montgomery again. black group broke up into five separate and wound slowly away from me along the band of shining beach. I They were already indistinct in the mist of the moonlight before halted. "Right turn!" and they passed with their shouts and howls into the 201 . at his Each went howling sweet will. 'Confound old Prendick!' That right now Confound old Prendick!'" The figures. the cleverest. I'm . Montgomery saw him administer a dose of the raw brandy to M'ling. or giving whatever other vent this new inspiration of brandy demanded. ." " Drink!" brutes! cried Montgomery. who I went to the doorway. and saw the five figures melt into one vague patch. together. "drink. M'ling ranging himbetween him and the three dim creatures followed. I tell you " ! And waving the bottle in his hand he started off at a kind of self quick trot to the westward. Presently I heard Mont- own gomery's voice shouting.

dark and mys- terious and between the sea and the shadow the grey sands (of volcanic glass and crystals) flashed and shone like a beach of diamonds. The peaceful splendour of the night healed again. locked it. would gather some provisions 202 . and went into the enclosure latest victims. I sat staring at the down upon the edge of the sink. a yard wide sky. and with the hard eyes open. and very bright riding through the empty blue The shadow of the wall lay. Behind ruddy. was a featureless grey. dead white moon above. past the meridian It was at its full. me I the paraffine lamp flared hot and Then shut the door. and some other wretched with his massive face calm even after his terrible death. very into receded silence. and of inky blackness.The Island of Doctor Moreau. The east- ward sea . ghastly pile of silvery light my eyes upon that and ominous shadows In the morning in the dingey. blackness of the landward trees. where Moreau lay beside his the staghounds and the llama brutes. at my feet. began to turn over I my plans. and with . they slowly. and travelling The moon was now down the west. Slowly.

and opened one. a and turned sharply. but it did not and fell . Behind me black-andlay the yard. Montgomery was no help I ing. The riot rose heard heavy blows and the splintering smash of wood. and went into a shed to look at there. and excited shrieks that seemed to come to a stop near the water* s edge." pyre before me. unfitted for human I sat kindred. push high sea once there after setting fire to the out into the desolation of the more. tents some kegs Then of some I became interested in the con- biscuit-tins. vividly 203 . tail I saw something out of the red figure. tumult of exultant down towards the beach. schem- must have been an hour or Then my planning was interrupted by the return of to Montgomery cries passing my yelling from many throats. that he was. I trouble me then. I felt that for . do not know It how long there so. My escape. A discordant chanting began. thoughts went back to my I means of had seen I got up. a I heard a neighbourhood. brought the lamp. half akin to these Beast Folk.Montgomery's and u Bank Holiday. whoop- ing and howling. of my eye. in truth.

black as night. white in the moonlight. and the time passed quickly. They seemed to be gripping one another in one last revengeful grapple. The chanting died down. the cause of my phantom. a reflection of my flickering lamp.The Island of Doctor Moreau. as well as a one-armed thing man that. My movements were Insensibly slow. could. and the blood that had dripped lay in black Then I saw. and turned again to the stores in the shed. I went on rummaging among them. a understanding. to a began again. I went out into the yard and listened. and the pile of wood and faggots on which Moreau and his mutilated victims lay. without patches upon the sand. The it quality of the sounds changed so greatly that arrested my attention. I heard cries of. ruddy glow that came and danced and went upon the wall fancied it was opposite. giving place . Then cutting 204 . I misinterpreted this. and a sudden wild shriek. "More! then it clamour more! " a sound like quarrelling. the daylight crept upon me. and suddenly broke into a tumult. His wounds gaped. finding this convenient and to-morrow's and putting them aside for launch. one over another.

Montgomery's

" Bank Holiday."
came the crack
to the

like a knife across the confusion

of a revolver.
I rushed
little

at

once through

my room

doorway.

As

I

did so I heard some of

me go sliding down and smash together with a clatter of glass on the floor of the shed. But I did not heed these.
the packing-cases behind
I flung the

door open and looked out.

Up

the beach

by the boathouse

a bonfire

was

burning, raining up sparks into the indistinctness of the dawn. Around this struggled a mass of
black figures.
I

heard Montgomery

call

my

name.

began to run at once towards this fire, I saw the pink tongue of revolver in hand.
I

Montgomery's
ground.

pistol lick out once, close to the

He
cry,

was down.

I shouted
air.

with
I

all

my

strength and fired into the

heard

some one

"The

Master!"

The

knotted
fire

black struggle broke into scattering units, the

The crowd of Beast leapt and sank down. fled in sudden panic before me, up the People
beach.

In

my
as

excitement

I

fired

at

their

retreating backs

bushes.

Then

I

they disappeared among the turned to the black heaps

upon the ground.
205

The

Island of Doctor

Moreau.
with the hairyhis

Montgomery
grey

lay

on

his back,

Beast-man
brute

sprawling

across

body.

The

was dead, but
its

still

gripping

Mont-

gomery's throat with

curving claws.

Near

by lay M'ling on his face and quite still, his neck bitten open and the upper part of the smashed
other figures brandy-bottle in his hand. the one near the the other fire, motionless, lay

Two

groaning
its

fitfully,

every

now and
it

then raising

head slowly, then dropping
I caught hold of the grey
his

again.

man and

pulled

him

off

Montgomery's body

;

claws drew

down

him away. and scarcely I splashed sea-water on his face and breathing. his head on my rolled-up coat. M'ling pillowed
the torn coat reluctantly as I dragged

Montgomery was dark

in the face

was dead.
it

The wounded
with the

creature

by the
of

fire

was

a Wolf-brute with a bearded grey face
fore part
its

lay, I found,

body
I

upon
thing

the

still

glowing timber.

The wretched
mercy

was
its

injured so dreadfully that in

blew

brains out at once.

The

other brute

was one of the Bull-men swathed
too

in white.

He

was dead.

The

rest

of the Beast People

had vanished from the beach.

206

Montgomery's
I

u Bank Holiday."
again and knelt beside

went
beside

to

Montgomery

The ignorance of medicine. had sunk down, and only charred beams of timber glowing at the central ends and
him, cursing

my

fire

me

mixed with
I

a grey ash

of brushwood remained.

wondered
wood.

casually

his
us.

Then

I

where Montgomery had got saw that the dawn was upon

The

sky had

grown
pale

brighter, the setting

and opaque in the The sky to the eastluminous blue of the day. ward was rimmed with red.
Suddenly
I

moon was becoming

me, and, looking round, sprang

heard a thud and a hissing behind to my feet with

a cry of horror. Against the warm dawn great tumultuous masses of black smoke were boiling

up out of the
darkness
flame.

enclosure,

shot

flickering

and through their stormy threads of blood-red
I

Then

the thatched roof caught.

saw

the curving charge of the flames across the slop-

ing

straw.

A

spurt of

fire

jetted from

the

window of my room. I knew at once what had happened.
remembered
the crash I had heard.
to

I

When

I

had rushed out
I

Montgomery's 207

assistance,

had overturned the lamp.

The
The
tents

Island of Doctor

Moreau.

hopelessness of saving any of the con-

of the enclosure stared

me
to

in the face.

My
and
the

mind came back
turning
swiftly
lay

to

my

plan

of
see

flight,

I

looked

where

two

boats

upon the
axes
lay

beach.

They

upon the sands beside me ; chips and splinters were scattered broadcast, and the ashes of the bonfire were the dawn. blackening and smoking under
gone!

were

Two

Montgomery had burnt
himself upon

the boats to revenge

me

and prevent our return to
I

mankind

!

A
as

was almost

sudden convulsion of rage shook me. moved to batter his foolish head

in,

he lay there helpless at my feet. denly his hand moved, so feebly,

Then

sud-

so pitifully,

that

my

wrath

vanished.

He

groaned, and
I

opened
beside

his eyes for a minute.
raised his head.

knelt

down

him and

eyes

again, staring silently at

the

opened his dawn, and then

He

The lids fell. they met mine. he said "Sorry," presently, with an

effort.

He

seemed trying to think.
the
last

"The
silly

last,"

he

" murmured,
What
a mess

of

this

universe.

"
208

Montgomery's
I listened.
side.

" Bank Holiday."
fell

His head

helplessly to one

some drink might revive him ; but there was neither drink nor vessel in which
I thought
to bring drink at

hand.

He

seemed suddenly
I bent

heavier.

My
He

heart

went

cold.

down

to his face, put

blouse.
line

my hand through the rent in his was dead ; and even as he died a

of white heat, the limb of the sun, rose

eastward

beyond the projection of the bay, radiance across the sky and turning splashing
its

the dark sea into a weltering tumult of dazzling
light.

It

fell

like

a

glory

upon

his

death-

shrunken
I
let

face.

his

head

fall

gently
for

upon the rough
and stood up.

pillow Before
sea, the

I

had made

him,

me was

the glittering desolation of the

suffered so

awful solitude upon which I had already much ; behind me the island, hushed
its

under the dawn,
seen.

Beast People silent and unall its

The

enclosure, with
noisily,

provisions and

with sudden gusts of flame, a fitful crackling, and now and then a The heavy smoke drove up the beach crash.

ammunition, burnt

away from me,
14

rolling

low over the

distant

tree-tops towards the huts in the ravine.

Be-

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unfriendly with hunched shoulders. misshapen hands awkwardly held. 210 . eyes. and inquisitive. and advanced to- wards me with hesitating gestures. heads. Then out of the bushes came three Beast protruding People.The side Island of Doctor Moreau. the charred vestiges of the boats me were and these four dead bodies.

for I had a broken arm. and advanced upon them. then the other two. They " Salute stopped and stared at me. I looked There was nothing sters. and cracked it. picked up the blood-stained whip that lay beneath the body of the Wolf-man. the chips scattered about the beach lay that tide two axes had been used The was creeping for it in chop up the behind me. ! " ! said I. T * FACED these people. literally single- my pocket was a revolver with two empty chambers. One knelt. and their quiver- ing investigated the bodies that lay beyond me on the beach.XX. but courage. I took half-a-dozen steps. One my command. Bow down " bent his knees. 211 . with my heart in my mouth. single-handed now. ALONE WITH THE BEAST FOLK. I They repeated hesitated. to Among the boats. facing my In fate in them. squarely into the faces of the advancing mon- They nostrils avoided my eyes. handed.

standing up again and " take him. I turned and walked towards the dead bodies. questioningly at one another. evidently still afraid of 212 . very much broke the an actor passing up said I." my on the Sayer of the Law. slain. They stood up. turned loaded in Montgomery over ." said I. "Stand there. found half-a-dozen pocket. "Therefore hear command. even the Law! Come and see.The Island of Doctor Moreau." escape." said one of them. "They foot Law. carry him out and cast him into the sea. and pointing with the whip . advancing " None "None and do looking as and peering. picked up his revolver still two chambers. in his "Take him. and bending down to cartridges rummage. putting the stage faces the audience. Law is . " They have been the Other with the even the Sayer of the Great Whip." said I I." They came forward. keeping Beast my face towards as the three kneeling Men." I picked their heads up from the the hatchets and sling of swung them by my arm . escape." said I.

with a break in my voice . hesitation. Montgomery." said I. and the body of Montgomery vanished with a splash. turning At the water's edge they and glaring into the sea as arise though they presently expected Montgomery to therefrom and exact vengeance. "on! They went regarding me." said I. but instead." and stood "Let go. pointing to the other They took care not to approach the place into the where they had thrown Montgomery water. these. and they came back. and they lifted him gingerly. carried him down to the beach. and went splashing into the dazzling welter of the sea. "Now bodies. to the margin of the water. but red still more after afraid of my cracking some fumbling and whip-lash.Alone with the Beast Folk. carried the four dead Beast People slantingly along the beach for perhaps a 213 . " Good! " said I. leaving long wakes of black in the silver. hurrying and fearful. some whip-cracking and shouting. stopped. Something seemed to tighten across my chest. in up to their armpits Carry him far. " On! " said I.

for I meant to left kill this brute. "Who drew Perhaps a little too spasmodically I my 214 . the most formidable of any island. I heard a light footfall behind me. his eyes a averted. at the first excuse. was perhaps a dozen seconds collecting Then cried I. His head was bent down. His continued was I knew a threat against mine. cast hundred yards before they waded out and them away. upon me. I self. For a moment we stood eye to eye.The Island of Doctor Moreau. now upon the It may seem I treacherous. but so I was resolved. He I stopped in this crouchlittle ing attitude when turned. was far more afraid of him than of any other two of the life Beast Folk. and turning quickly saw the big Hyenaswine perhaps a dozen yards away. " Salute! me ' ' Bow down! " my- His teeth flashed upon are you that I should in a snarl. I dropped the whip and snatched at the pistol in my pocket. close his his bright eyes were fixed stumpy hands clenched and held by his side. As I watched them disposing of the mangled remains of M'ling.

aimed quickly and fired. A dreadful thing that I that was only beginning to realise was. brown blood- were absorbed and hidden. revolver. and went up the beach into the thickets. I was anxious tion in to I be alone. Every now thumb for the next shot. I dismissed my three serfs with a wave of the hand. after For some time I I stood staring him. fire Then went back by and kicked the sand stains the where the bodies had until all the fallen. jumping from side to side. at me over his shoul- He went slanting along the beach.Alone with the Beast Folk. turned to my three to obedient Beast Folk again and signalled them I drop the to body they the place still carried. and clicked back the cock with my But he was already running headlong. and vanished beneath the driving masses of dense smoke that were still pouring out from the burning enclosure. to think out the posi- which was now placed. with the hatchets in the sling of my whip thrust my arm. I heard him yelp. over all this island there was now no safe 215 . knew I had missed. and then he looked back der. I carried my pistol in my hand. saw him run sideways and turn. and I dared not risk another miss.

sand ran out towards the Here I could down and think. my back to the sea and my face against any surprise. I could be alone where I and secure to rest or sleep." it And said? Moreau. down under any great ought to cross the island and establish myself with the Beast People." Then I came round to the 216 . on knees. what was that Moreau had The stubborn beast-flesh grows day by day back again. I began turning over in of Montgomery's despair. but was difficult to clear the thing of emotion. f< "they are sure to change.The place Island of Doctor Moreau. But I went back heart failed me. but I was still inclined to be nervous and to break stress. plotting how I could live on against the hour of my rescue (if ever rescue came). chin down upon my head and unspeakable dread in my mind. and make myself secure in their confidence. the sun beating And there I sat. since my had recovered strength amazingly landing. my mind " the reason They will change." he said. my I felt that I made sit and turning eastward past the burning enclosure. for a point where a shallow spit of coral reef. to the beach. the I tried to review it whole situation as calmly as I could.

he would me. Perhaps half a mile along the beach I became aware of one of my three Beast Folk advancing 217 . Sayer of the Law was dead: worse They knew now that we of the Whips could be killed killed. I knew what that object was. Hyena-swine. My imagination into a morass of My sea-birds hurrying towards thoughts were disturbed by a crying of some black object that had been stranded by the waves on the beach near the enclosure. even as they themselves were they peering masses of ferns at Were me already out of the green and palms over yonder. The luck. with- out traversing the possible ambuscades of the thickets. kill I felt sure that kill if I did not that brute. beach in the opposite direction. designing to come round and so the eastward corner of the island approach the ravine of the huts. their watching until I came within spring ? Were they plotting against me ? What was the Hyena-swine telling them? was running away with me unsubstantial fears.Alone with the Beast Folk. but I had not the heart to go back and I began walking along the drive them off.

my whip. and with that threat drove the creature away. and hiding came round by the ravine of among the weeds and reeds that separated this crevice from the sea I watched such of them as appeared. away There was something very ! "Go " he approached. So in solitude I the Beast People. " Do not come near " May I not "No." I insisted. the of creature to disarm failed gestures pitiatory me. and snapped Then putting my whip in my teeth. at me " Go away. I stooped for a stone. very like a dog being sent imploringly home. come near you ? " it said.The now Island of Doctor Moreau. of a It suggestive dog in the cringing attitude of the creature. go away. little retreated a way." said I. and stopped." me. He hesitated as cried I. so nervous with was my own imaginings that I Even the proimmediately drew my revolver. trying to judge the death of from their gestures and appearance how Moreau and Montgomery and the destruction of the House of Pain had 218 affected . I out of the landward bushes towards me. looking with canine brown eyes.

The impeover hunger and thirst prevailed my dread. and looking away from into passed them. ' ' to insist. hand. I People. and then the others. among my Towards noon rious voices of certain of them came and squatted basking in the hot sand. a Wolf-woman. One. said I. drowsily. None attempted to rise or salute too faint and weary pass. " There me. Had I kept my courage up it to the level of the to dawn.Alone with the Beast Folk. revolver in came out of the bushes. I know now the folly of my cowardice. . I is food in the huts. them. almost apologetically. I I felt let her head and stared at me. walked down towards these I seated figures. turned me. and went down the shadow and odours of the almost deserted 219 ravine. and the moment " I want food. had I not allowed ebb away in soli- might have grasped the vacant of Moreau and ruled over the Beast sceptre tary thought. As it was I lost the opportunity. and drawing near. and sank to the position of a mere leader fellows. and." said an Ox- boar-man.

the exhaustion of the its hours claimed own. and it placed myself with my face towards and my into my revolver. In an empty hut I feasted on some specked and half-decayed fruit . 220 . and I fell a light slumber. I hoping had erected would cause that the flimsy barricade sufficient noise in its removal to save me from surprise.The Island of Doctor Moreau. and then after I had propped some branches and hand upon last thirty sticks about the opening.

I heard something breathing. it was dark about me. wonder- where might be. I held my see it It was. I I sat up.XXI. Then revolver I saw that my my barricade had gone. stifled in A cry of alarm began and was my throat. TN * this way I became one among the Beast People in the Island of Doctor Moreau. My arm ached ing at first in its bandages. interminably. When I awoke. All my muscles contracted. saw something crouched together close beside me. what breath. trying to began to move soft slowly. Then I just realised what on had happened the revolver. snatched my hand away. THE REVERSION OF THE BEAST FOLK. I heard coarse voices talking outside. and that the opening of the hut stood clear. sufficiently to stay my fingers 221 . My was still in hand. Then across I and warm and moist passed something my hand.

Master. say. no House of There is an end. are the others " ? I asked. they are fools." said the " Even now They they ' talk together is there. began ence meant. you?" is say there no Master now. The Master is The Other with That Other who walked in the Whip is dead. Master. well. for " It is might have fallen upon me as I slept. love Pain. Master. and the tide of to realise what pres- my courage flowed. We Law. but there is no 222 . the revolver pointed. any more. are. beyond dead. that still ? " I said in a hoarse whisper. no Whips. said. met on " I it " The same. sea.The " Who / Island of Doctor is Moreau. I I carried the bodies into the O Walker in the Sea ! the bodies of those you slew. But I I know. and will keep it ." The Thing was evidently faithful enough." I extending I my hand for another its licking kiss. " Where Dog-man. the Sea as we We the have no Master." the beach ? " Are you asked. am your the one I slave." are "Who "They know. " They are mad .

say to you." I answered. no Master. So But I know.' Pain. and patted the Dogman's head. that their may grow. "But one kill. every one of them shall be slain. "And ripe. after certain "I will slay them come you to pass." said I is I." said the Dog-man. Master. days and certain things have Every one of them save those spare.' see that you upon and And now I will go to the men women who are assembled together." that I I said." him. That he." I said again. " all." said the Dog- man. " It is well. "Presently you will slay them all." they say. Presently. has sinned." said the Dog-man with sins a certain satisfac- tion in his voice. For a moment the opening of the hut was 223 ." the Master " What the Master wishes to kill. no Whips for ever again. is " let them Master. kills. live in their folly until their time Let them not know is am the " Master's will "The sweet.The Reversion of the Beast Folk. I felt in the darkness. with will the ready tact of his canine blood. I know. "Him When fall I I whenever ' may meet him.

all the miasmatic ravine and was it now night. side " Walk by me. None about the fire Most of them disregarded me. ostentatiously. by little taking at heed of the dim Things that peered attempted to salute me. . me was sunlit black slope. staring into the ing to one another. fringed above with the black lace of the upper branches. instead of a saw a red fire. darkness. grotesque figures moved to and Farther were the thick trees. perhaps twenty of the fire Beast Folk squatted. but he was Altogether. not there. The moon was just riding like up on the edge of the ravine. and across for its a bar face drove the spire of vapour that was ever streaming from the fumaroles of the island.The Island of Doctor Moreau. nerving myself. and side we walked down the narrow way. a bank of fro. I looked round for the Hyena-swine. Then blackened by the exit of the Dog-man." said I. I had heard I been had when spot where But Moreau and his staghound pursuing me. us out of the huts. or talk- 224 . almost in the exact I followed and stood up. I and beyond. before which hunched. about green.

The Master you listens cannot see yet even now he ! " True. "Even now regarded me." said the Dog-man." said I. right no House of Pain " ! "He This is not dead." I said. " The Man with the Bandaged Arm speaks a strange thing. is "He ' ' ! dead. They were staggered at my assurance. With an affectation of indifference I began to chop idly at the ground in front of me with my hatchet. in a loud voice. but it takes a real man to tell a lie. An may be ferocious and cunning enough. at the deep 15 225 . I noticed. and the House of Pain will come again." said one of the Beast Folk. made in the turf. come again. startled Twenty is pairs of eyes " The House will of Pain gone. " It ." said I. animal true " among you. he watches us!" them. he is dead! the Master is dead said the voice of the Ape-man to the " The House of Pain there is of me. Woe "I tell be to him who breaks the Law ' ' ! They looked curiously at one another. " The Master you it is so.The Reversion of the Beast Folk. cuts I They looked.

there 226 . him. Then the Satyr raised a doubt. knowing with several of them than with one darkness. dreading the silence and I went with them. due to the intensity of my excitement. discussion sprang I and an animated fire. In the course of about an hour I really convinced several of the Beast Folk of the truth of my assertions. one by one the the oddest . now without the catching in my breath. Every now and then a suspicious movement would grew rapidly. I kept a sharp eye for my enemy the Hyena-swine. was safer alone. that had troubled me had at first. but as the my confidence crept Then moon down from began to the zenith. up round the Every moment began to feel I more contalked vinced of my present security. sojourn In this manner began the longer part of my upon this Island of Doctor Moreau. and I.The Island of Doctor Moreau. startle me. and talked most of the others into a dubious state. I answered Then one of the dappled things objected. but he never appeared. until But from that night the end came. listeners yawn (showing teeth in the light of the sinking fire) and first one and then another retired towards the dens in the ravine .

would cheerfully give my right hand to forget but they do not help the telling of the story. to ten only one cardinal incident of the months I spent as an intimate of these halfis humanised brutes. and the I So that that gap prefer to make no chronicle tell for of time. hope something or two. how In the retrospect it is strange to remember soon I fell in with these monsters' ways. things that .The Reversion of the Beast Folk. I without that I held say vanity. I had my quarrels with them of course. and gained my confidence again. bore me a grudge . but they soon gained a wholesome respect for throwing stones and for the bite of my my trick of hatchet. but 227 . and could show some of their teeth-marks still . to tell was but one thing happened save a series of innumerable small unpleasant details fretting of an incessant uneasiness. like whom pre-eminence among them. I found their simple scale of honour was based mainly on the capacity for Indeed. in I There much that sticks my memory that I could write. I may inflicting trenchant wounds. And my nite service to Saint-Bernard-man's loyalty was of infime. One in a rare access of high spirits I had scarred rather badly.

month or so the Beast Folk. and took to following me 228 . were human enough. Dog-man hated and dreaded him intensely. Once I tried to induce the Beast Folk to hunt him. back. The little affection for pink sloth-creature displayed an odd me. The Dog-man In the scarcely dared to leave first my side.The it Island of Doctor behind Moreau. com- pared with their latter condition. approach his den and come upon him but always he was too acute for me. Again and again I tried to unaware . that the former It was soon evident to me monster had tasted blood. He formed soli- somewhere and became tary. and gone the a lair way of the Leopard-man. in grimaces. in the forest. and saw or winded me and got away. to He too made every forest pathway dangerous lurking my ally with his me and ambuscades. I The Hyena-swine avoided me. but I lacked the authority to make them co-operate for one end. and at vented itself chiefly my a safe distance from my missiles. and for one or two besides my canine friend I even conceived a friendly tolerance. and was inseparable always on the alert for him. I really believe that was at the root of the brute's My attachment to me.

that he was my equal. he would very much. ask it it me go to say it again. and was for ever jabbering at me. I think now . that he was the silliest creature I ever met he had develthe distinctive oped in the most wonderful way silliness of man without losing one jot of the natural folly of a monkey. learn by heart. to all the milder of the Beast People. He use had an idea. that gabble about names that meant nothing was the proper Thinks " of speech. it. and off repeating with a word wrong here or there. he assumed. about. The Monkey-man bored me. I say.The Reversion of the Beast Folk. however . was in the earlier weeks of my solitude among these brutes. on the strength of his five digits. He thought nothing of what was plain and comprehensible. me a new to words. it He called it " Big to distinguish from "Little Thinks. the sane every-day interests of If ever I made praise a remark he did not understand. I invented some very curious "Big Thinks" for his especial use. little : jabbering thing about the most arrant non- One him I entertained he had a fantastic trick of coining believe. During that time 229 . sense." life. This.

They by held things more feeding clumsily . Once I found another rabbit torn to pieces. every now and then I would come upon one or another running on toes and finger-tips. a growing coarseness of articulation. My Monkey-man's jabber multiplied in volume. once clear- cut and exact. I am assured. and quite unable to recover the vertical attitude. a growing to talk. ised I real- more keenly than ever what Moreau had 230 . but grew less and less comprehensible. and behaved with general decorum.The Island of Doctor the Moreau. though they time. by gnawing. by the they respected usage established Law. drinking suction. Some of the others seemed altogether slipping their hold upon speech. Though they evidently felt ashamed of themselves. still understood what I said to them at that (Can you imagine language. softening and guttering. more and more simian. was all. by the Hyena-swine. It was about May when tinctly perceived a but that I first dis- growing difference in disinclination their speech and carriage. becoming mere limps of sound again ?) And they walked erect with an in- creasing difficulty. grew commoner every day. losing shape and import.

I nosurprise.'* They were reverting.The told Reversion of the Beast Folk. became so loathit. As the carelessness and disorganisation in- creased from day to day. transition hairy. me about the "stubborn beast-flesh. clearly losing its force. still made that place the safest from the Beast Folk. scarcely noticed right the from the companion on my hand to the lurching dog at my side. the lane of dwellingplaces. I cannot pursue this disagreeable subject. Some of them ticed with the pioneers in this. at some that I left no time very sweet. Some memory of pain. and going across the island made myself a hovel of boughs amid the black ruins of Moreau's enclosure. It would be impossible 231 to detail every step of . some were all females began to disregard the injunction of decency. and reverting very rapidly. I quadrupedal. My Dog-man . imperceptibly slipped back to the dog again day by day he became dumb. Others even deliberately for the most part. attempted public outrages upon the institution of The tradition of the Law was monogamy. I found.

the My Saint-Bernard-brute followed me to enclosure every night. the human semblance left how. The shock.The the Island of Doctor Moreau. day by day. and his vigilance like enabled peace. me to sleep at times in something The little pink sloth-thing became natural shy life and me. for me it came without any definite I still went among them in safety. them 3 how abandoned they gave up bandagings and wrappings. because no jolt in the downward glide had re- leased the increasing charge of explosive animal- ism that ousted the human day by day. to crawl back to its once more among the tree-branches. how . the hair began to spread over the exposed limbs how their foreheads fell away and their faces projected how the quasi-human intimacy I . them and For change was slow and inevitable. But I to fear that soon now that shock must began come. to tell lapsing of these monsters. left We cages were in just the state of equilibrium that would remain in one of those "Happy 232 Family " which . at last every stitch of clothing . had permitted myself with some of them in the first month of my loneliness became a shuddering horror to recall.

bovine chiefly creatures. whose rents showed the tanned skin. swine. these creatures did not decline into such beasts as the reader has seen in zoological into ordinary bears. attempt to walk erect. exhibit. tigers. I too must have undergone strange changes. and apes. wolves.The Reversion of the Beast Folk. a momenan una pitiful tary recrudescence of speech perhaps. the dwindling shreds of the humanity startled And still me every now and of the then. another . One perhaps was ursine chiefly. and became matted together. another feline chiefly. There was still someoxen. but each was tainted with other a kind of generalised animalism ap- pearing through the specific dispositions. thing strange blended this animal with that. Of course gardens. through hair grew long. 233 . My My clothes I am At told that even now my eyes have a strange brightness. on the hoping I spent the daylight hours for southward beach watching a ship. if animal-tamers leave it the tamer were to for ever. a swift alertness of first movement. in each Moreau had each about . hung about me as yellow rags. expected dexterity fore-feet.

By that time my at arm had healed. but island no doubt the volcanic reputation of the was taken to account for that. I . and with my litter of scientific way education I could not devise any of making them so. I counted on the Ipecacuanha but she never came. been burnt. but nothing ever touched always had a bonfire ready. looking pieces of metal that nails might prove of 2 34 Now and then some Beast-creature would watch . and could hit on nothing wherewith to make ropes . my helplessness appalling. had never done any carpentry or such-like work I spent my life. and day after day in experimental chopping I had no ropes. It was only about September or October began to think that I of making a raft. for a ' ' and praying ship. sails. returning as the year wore on . none of the abundant creepers seemed all limber or strong enough. Five times I saw and thrice smoke the island. I At in first.The " Island of Doctor Moreau. I spent more than a fortnight grubbing among for the black ruins of the enclosure and on the beach where the boats had and other stray service. and both my I hands found were my service again. and binding among the trees.

But with a certain lack of practical sense my bane.The Reversion of the Beast Folk. for was with fraught increasing day danger from the Beast People. and starting round found the little pink sloth- creature blinking into since lost speech my 235 face. and an incident occurred that warned me unmistakably of the each folly fresh of letting the days pass so. however. I and the water thought of death. and go leaping off when I called to it. I had . There came a season of thunder-storms and heavy rain. did not. Per- haps ing it it is as well that I was saved from launch- . I was lying in the shade of the enclosure wall. He had long and active movement. me. I was delighted with it. staring out to sea. when I was startled by something cold touching the skin of my heel. but at the time my misery I at my failure was so acute that for some days stared at simply moped and on the beach. but at last the raft was completed. mean to die. and the . made I which has always been it a mile or more from had dragged it the sea and before down to the beach the thing had fallen to pieces. which greatly retarded my work.

the taint had vanished. moaning noise when he saw he had his attracted my attention. their swinging creepers on the suddenly in a trampled space I Saint. At him first I did not understand.The Island of Doctor Moreau. the monster lifted to mine. but its 236 . went a little way towards it the bushes and looked back at me. gripping the its quivering flesh with it. and near his And My body crouched ing at the Hyena-swine. stopped. and It growled menacingly. slowly. last was not afraid vestige of the human and not ashamed. its and snarling with approached. misshapen claws. gnawdelight. for the day was hot. I advanced a step farther. creature lay on the ground. me that he wished me to follow and this I did at last. we for reached the trees he he could travel better than among ground. dead . The brute made no sign of retreat . and pulled out my revolver. lank hair of the day and made a little brute grew thicker every He stumpy claws more askew. its As I glaring eyes its lips went trembling back from it red-stained teeth. When clambered into them. At last I had him face to face.Bernardcame upon a ghastly group. but presently occurred to .

I crawled out had died even as it leapt. was only the of the series of relapses that must bodies come. The Beast death was only a question of People by that time had. aimed between the eyes and at As It I did so. clutched at me its crippled hand.The ears Reversion of the Beast Folk. up That danger at least first was over but this. hair bristled. staring at quivering body. fired. and the island might have seemed deserted to a new-comer. . I burnt both of the . over me. and I was knocked over ninepin. its from under unclean weight and stood its trembling. most of them slept. left the made themselves lairs according to the thickets of the island. had half a mind to make a 237 . among but at night the air was hideous with their calls I and howling. and struck carried it me in the face. on a pyre of brushwood left but after that I saw that unless I the island my time. Few prowled by day. I and its body crouched together. the Thing with rose straight like a me in a leap. I knew. its went back. I fell Its spring of its it and under the hind part I had but hit as I meant. ravine and their taste with one or two exceptions. luckily body .

I rebuilt my den in the walls of the enclosure. I should not killing. The only insurmountable obstacle was that I had no vessel to contain the water I should need if I floated forth 238 . but most of the requirements of a raft I met at last in some clumsy. this After the death of poor dog of mine. with such a narrow opening that any- thing attempting to enter a considerable noise. to hammering together stakes and branches to form a raft for my escape. to build traps. almost passionately now. I found a thousand I am an extremely unhandy man (my schooling was over before the days of Slojd) . must necessarily make of it. circuitous way or other. and recovered once more. left have hesitated to begin the scarcely a score . There could now be of the dangerous carnivores the braver of these were already dead. The creatures had lost their fear the art of I turned fire too. I too adopted to some extent the practice of slumbering in the daytime in order to be on my guard at night.The Island of Doctor Moreau. Had I possessed sufficient cart- ridges. my last friend. difficulties. and this time I took care of the strength. them massacre of them . or fight with my knife.

and the eyes of the Beasts shone out of the In the dawn the sail was darkness. sailed strangely. and went away. and the to came and glared at me. and peered and 239 . and seemed It was still distant wonder. a wonderful I like I lit day. I could think of nothing. and all night I toiled to keep my blaze bright and high. watching. but the island contained no clay. saw a that sail to the little southwest. Sometimes I would give way to wild outbursts of rage. upon these untravelled I I would have even tried pottery. and forthwith a great pile of brushwood. day I watched so that that sail. Beasts my head reeled. trying used to go moping about the island. I My eyes were weary with watching. and hack and splinter some But unlucky tree in my intolerable vexation. and stood by it in the heat of it. And which then came small a day. nearer. with all my might to solve this one last difficulty. a sail of a schooner. marvelling. I spent in ecstasy. and I saw But it it was the dirty lug-sail of a small boat.The Reversion of the Beast Folk. seas. when night came and swallowed it up . All and the heat of the midday sun. eating or drinking nothing.

The head was not kept to the wind fell yawed and away. would have swum out kept but something a cold. and sat down on the headland and rested stared. were the boat. the last rag of my jacket to sat them began waving but they did not notice me. In the afternoon the tide stranded left it a the boat. course. vague fear me back. and the boat kept on her aimless bay. and neither of the noticed it. and then came sweeping outspread. it making slowly. believe not them. There was no response. slowly. sitting low down. and I still. and gesticulated and shouted. of the boat. went to the lowest point of the low headland. The 240 . the day As grew brighter. and hundred yards or so to the westward of the ruins of the enclosure. at it one by the bows. I . Two men the . to it. facing each other. very slowly. I the boat drove past towards the west. the other rudder. my chin on my hands Slowly. for the Suddenly a great white bird flew up out men stirred nor circled round.The could in Island of Doctor Moreau. overhead with its strong wings Then and I stopped shouting.

however. I back upon them. filled round to the stream and aboard with water. and came nostrils forward with quivering the third and glittering was the horrible nondescript of I bear and bull. turned my myself to look behind me.'* cap lay dirty of the boat. 16 241 . between the reef and the island that night. and the next morning went the empty keg such patience with Then. three of the Beasts came out of the of bushes and sniffing towards me. Two eyes . hair. like the One had a shock of red " captain of the Ipecacuin a bottom and white the anha. heard them snarling at one another and caught the gleam of their teeth.The men they side Reversion of the Beast Folk. I lay. were dead. a frantic horror succeeded my repulsion. As I stood beside slinking the boat. One my spasms of I thrust the little boat disgust came upon me. When saw them approaching those wretched remains. had been dead so long that when I tilted the boat on its in it fell to pieces and dragged them out. struck the lug and I could not bring began paddling out to sea. down the beach and clambered on board her. of the brutes were Wolf-beasts.

While this I left the boat moored to was doing an inward projecI tion of the reefj for fear of the Beast People. quantity of command. I collected a killed and waylaid and three two rabbits with my last cartridges. 242 . Island of Doctor Moreau.The as I could fruit.

silent. then to see men not desiring very greatly One unclean rag was again. The ocean rose up around me. and the lank and the island grew smaller spire of smoke dwin- dled to a finer and finer line against the hot sunset. the trailing glory of the sun. dark patch from my eyes. 243 . hiding that The daylight. THE MAN ALONE. and smaller. low. and saw The sea was the floating hosts of the stars. I was alone with the night and silence. steadily. and at last I looked into the blue gulf of immensity which the sunshine hides. was drawn aside like some luminous curtain. to me. went streaming out of the sky. the sky was silent. and meditating upon all that had happened about me.XXII. and drove out to sea before a gentle wind from the southwest. eating and drinking sparingly. tangle a : my hair a black no doubt my discoverers thought me madman. TN * the evening I started. So I drifted for three days. slowly.

unnatural as seems. tude and danger had made me mad and fear- ing their opinion might be that of others. judging that soli. I refrained from telling my adventure further. I was almost as queer to to the Beast People. instead of that confidence and sympathy I had expected. with my return to man- kind came. mate would believe my story. memory of the Law. men as I had been I may 244 . And on day I was picked up by a brig from Apia to Neither the captain nor the San Francisco. of in the canebrake. strange. haunted it sailors. and. when to act was picked up the space of a year.The It is Island of Doctor Moreau. a strange enhancement of the uncertainty and dread I had experienced during my stay would believe me . No one upon the island. of the two dead of the ambuscades of the darkness. and professed to recall nothing that had happened to me between the time the loss of the I "Lady Vain" and again. I was only glad be quit of the the third foulness of the Beast People. body me . I had with the utmost circumspection to save My the myself from the suspicion of insanity. but I felt no desire to return to to mankind.

insincere. dull or dangerous others. and . eral years and anyhow I can witness that for sevnow a restless fear has dwelt in my restless fear as a such a mind. a memory. though I do not expect that the terror of that island will ever altogether leave me. and he has helped me a mental specialist. and seemed half to credit my story . strangely able mightily. and a faint dislittle trust but there are times it when the spreads until I look about fear. distant cloud. Then I go in I see faces. keen and bright others. human and that they to revert.The Man Alone. would presently begin to show first this bestial mark and then that. unsteady. animals half wrought into the outward image of souls. my whole sky. They say that terror is a disease. I could not persuade myself that the men and women I met were not also another Beast People. obscures the at me . have caught something of the natural wildness of my companions. cloud mere . At most times a it lies far in the back of my mind. 245 . half-tamed lion My trouble took the strangest form. But I have confided my case to a a man who had known man. fellow -men . cub may feel. Moreau.

and prowling furtive. that these seeming me are women full indeed for ever.The Island of Doctor Moreau. When : I lived in London the horror was well- away from their voices came through windows . and long to be away from them and For that reason I live near the broad free downshadow land. none that have the calm authority of a reasonable soul. under the wind-swept sky. ance. I feel as though the animal was surging up through them . emancipated from instinct and the slaves of no fantastic Law. from and assistalone. craving men glance jealously at me . beings altogether different from the Beast Folk. I know this is an illumen and women about men and men and women. sion . Yet I shrink their curious glances. desires of human and tender solicitude. I could not get go out into the streets to fight with my delusion. 246 . women would mew after me . over my soul . nigh insupportable. men I would locked doors were flimsy safeguards. perfectly reasonable creatures. that presently the degradation of the Islanders will be played over again on a larger scale. and can escape thither is when this and very sweet is the empty downland then. their inquiries from them.

but only an animal tormented with in its brain which sent like a sheep stricken This is a mood. and spend my days surrounded by 247 . and done . more rarely. they seemed no more bodies would travel unless I my fellow-creatures than dead that I be. seemed that the Big Thinks. some strange disorder it to wander alone. it such was my disturbance. Particunauseous were the blank. I thank God. so did not dare to was assured of being that I too alone. And even it seemed was not a reasonable creature. old people. larly expressionless faces of people in trains and omnibuses . I of gibing children. Then would turn aside into some chapel. Ape-man there " the intent faces over the books seemed but patient creatures waiting for prey. however. pale workers go coughing by me with and eager paces. like wounded deer dripping blood ." even as the preacher gibbered had or into some library. that comes to me now. I have withdrawn myself from the confusion of cities and multitudes.The Man Alone. and even there. all unheeding. with gid. pass murmuring a ragged tail to themselves and. bent . tired eyes weary. and dull.

strangers. My chemistry. that whatever is more than animal within us must find its solace and its hope. I There is is though there is do not know how there or why a sense of infinite peace glittering and protection in the hosts of heaven. 248 . or I could not live. lit windows of I see few by the shining souls of men. EDWARD PRENDICK. my story ends. and I spend days I devote to reading and to experiments in many of the clear nights in the study of astronomy. in the vast and eternal laws of matter. in this life wise books. ours. in hope and solitude. and not in the daily cares and sins and troubles of men. And so.The Island of Doctor bright Moreau. I hope. I think. There it must be. and have but a small household.

" which t the essential idea of the story.NOTE. appeared as a middle article in the Saturday Review " in January. 249 . 1895. This is the only portion of this story that has been pre- viously published. to and it has been entirely recast adapt it to the narrative form. The substance of the chapter entitled contains " Doctor Moreau explains.

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