Y'know, as an aside, I think I see "portmanteau" referring to words a lot more often nowadays than the actual original item itself...
"Millie, her lymphatic aid"... y'know, in Christie books, the maids are often described as adenoidal. What is it with the British and their servants and their servants' glands?
So yeah, I guess even those who haven't read the book before will recognize the main character by his bundled-up appearance, in this day in age, due to cultural osmosis. I wonder how plain it would have been to the original reader though, given the name of the book, and adding things together?
What's with his pink, shiny nose? I forget what the explanation of that is... hrm. Also, if he's invisible, what's with the hair? Maybe it's a wig...
Gee, accidents happen in a moment... wonder what you're trying to figure out there, miss innkeeper woman?
In these first few pages, it's hard to tell who's more at fault in the abrupt conversations - "the stranger" is abrupt and rude, but then, Mrs. Hall is a Nosey Parker and not completely tactful. Of course, once he starts snapping at Henfrey it starts to get a bit more obvious... Although Teddy's quick enough to stir up some trouble, after it! Yeah, this seems like one of those books where every human being's a pain in the butt and not someone you'd want to actually know. :p
The 29th of February eh? Wonder if there's some supernatural significance to a leap year at the time, or something? Or if it's just meant to be something out of the ordinary, like the stranger, his luggage, etc. etc.?
And the good old signal of stories - the faithful pet, who instantly takes a dislike to a character and shows that they're not to be trusted.
Also, geez man, lock your door!
Bottles generically marked "Poison"? Really? Really really?
And good grief, the common idea of genetics at this time... piebald, because that's how it works in horses? Oof.
Anyone else flashing back to Jeckyll and Hyde already, what with the rudeness and the frenzied chemistry and all?
And for Wednesday, it's Chapters 4-6.