The Invisible Man

by H.G. Wells

Chapter 8

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  • Year Published: 1897
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: England
  • Source: Wells, H.G. (1897). . London, England; Pearsons Magazine.
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 7.5
  • Word Count: 159
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Keywords: duality of man, good vs. evil, science, scientific experimentation
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The eighth chapter is exceedingly brief, and relates that Gibbons, the amateur naturalist of the district, while lying out on the spacious open downs without a soul within a couple of miles of him, as he thought, and almost dozing, heard close to him the sound as of a man coughing, sneezing, and then swearing savagely to himself; and looking, beheld nothing. Yet the voice was indisputable. It continued to swear with that breadth and variety that distinguishes the swearing of a cultivated man. It grew to a climax, diminished again, and died away in the distance, going as it seemed to him in the direction of Adderdean. It lifted to a spasmodic sneeze and ended. Gibbons had heard nothing of the morning's occurrences, but the phenomenon was so striking and disturbing that his philosophical tranquillity vanished; he got up hastily, and hurried down the steepness of the hill towards the village, as fast as he could go.