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Hm, sorry, been a bit sleepy-headed today, and didn't get around to this til late. :p


It's just... weird to imagine the Invisible Man prowling around this precursor to a department store or mall, and... pigging out on chocolates and sweets. Eesh.

Geez, violent little cuss when he's discovered, not that this comes as any surprise at all by this point...

Nice little aside... "oh, and incidentally I could, y'know, just rob the place of any money it had. Just as a side issue."

I am enjoying our little voyeur commenting on the costume shop owner's bad table manners, and how there was never such a man for shutting doors, and the like.

I'm not sure if I should be aghast at the guy just knocking the owner over the head with a freaking stool, or giggling over the small detail of gagging him with a Louis XIV vest... Or "if once he saw me he would be able to describe me"... under the circumstances.

Or not to mention "Robbing! Confound it! You'll call me a thief next!" Well, yes... yes... that's usually what that word means. Not to mention that's what you've already admitted you've BEEN DOING all along. Eesh.

I'd say that the whole "I had merely to fling aside my garments and vanish" sense of power thing went way too much to his head, but it sounds like Griffin was always a jerk, even before becoming invisible. I'm sure it didn't help matters, though!

He's also not too bright, confessing to a frigging doctor, old friend or not, that he didn't even care if he killed someone, and still might commit murder on Marvel. Yeah, way to go there, chief.

Ah hah, the three men coming up the hill. Yeah, expected that. And given the chapter title...

"Oh no, I haven't told anyone you're here!" Yeah, wonder if you had your fingers crossed behind your back...

Oh dear heavens, Griffin, are you really that stupid? Just laying out a plan to start killing indiscriminately and causing a Reign of Terror? Good grief!

And yeah, that whole capture thing went really well. Reaaally well. Glad I'm not Kemp, that's all I have to say!


And Friday, we finish up with Chapters 25 all through the Epilogue.

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vizsludraugas
Oct. 25th, 2012 11:40 am (UTC)
Griffin isn't stupid. He's just mad. Mad, I say! So convinced of the cleverness of his crazy schemes that he thinks others will go for them.

Power corrupts, and if you were already corrupted, it takes you on a quick tour to Guano Nuts Promenade.
khedron
Oct. 27th, 2012 03:46 am (UTC)
I want *my* store to be called an Omnium! But wait, didn't they do the whole "sleeping on the bed in the store" in some 80s movie or other? "Mannequin"? "Gremlins"? I don't know.

The Reign of Terror was a "good grief!" moment. On the one hand, OK, you're right, being invisible without confederates is almost completely useless. Being invisible *with* friends might not be so bad, dude! If you have a friend and a house, then you can use the makeup & face paint & turpentine(*) to go out & about in the city as you choose. Your Reign of Terror also depends on having an ally, so why go so extreme?

Well, depression and mania, I suppose. Plus, this is one of those sci-fi stories which Michael Crichton would like, in which the story is told in such a way that the science leads to a bad end. There is a certain logic in saying that assassination is the thing he'd be best at, but there are certainly other alternatives!

(*) Ugh. Wouldn't want that on my face, but I guess that predates gentler solvents?
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