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Pure Selfishness : The brilliant but dangerously obsessive Dr Griffin decides that ‘the end justifies the means’.
Pure Selfishness

From from ‘The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance’ by H. G. Wells.

The stories of H.G. Wells repeatedly warn that scientific research can be dangerously obsessive. In the case of Dr Griffin, however, the obsessive had become the psychopathic, as he revealed when telling an old college acquaintance about his own all-consuming project – to turn a man invisible.

“TO do such a thing would be to transcend magic. And I beheld a magnificent vision of all that invisibility might mean to a man — the mystery, the power, the freedom. Drawbacks I saw none. And I, a shabby, poverty-struck, hemmed-in demonstrator, teaching fools in a provincial college, might suddenly become — this.

“Anyone, I tell you, would have flung himself upon that research. And I worked three years, and every mountain of difficulty I toiled over showed another from its summit. The infinite details! And the exasperation! A professor, a provincial professor, always prying. ‘When are you going to publish this work of yours?’ was his everlasting question. And the students, the cramped means! And after three years of secrecy and exasperation, I found that to complete it was impossible — impossible.”

“How?” asked Kemp.

“Money,” said the Invisible Man, and went again to stare out of the window. He turned around abruptly. “I robbed the old man — robbed my father. The money was not his, and he shot himself.”

From from ‘The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance’ by H. G. Wells.

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This ‘Brocken Spectre’ was captured on the Welsh border a few miles west of Church Stretton in Shropshire. The phenomenon occurs when the sun shines from behind the viewer onto mist or fog, typically on high ground, casting a shadow onto the water droplets hanging in the air. H.G. Wells’s Dr Griffin notes that an Invisible Man would be “like a fainter bubble in a fog, a surface, a greasy glimmer of humanity”.

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