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This is a pretty short section!

"I have told..." Hrm, wonder just who the narrator's supposed to be. Not as detached as the normal omniscient voice. I can't remember if he's an actual character that comes into play, or not.

"But he showed his dislike chiefly by concealing it ostentatiously"... well, that'll show him, I'm sure!

Given the temper, and his tenseness, yeah, definitely having flashbacks to Jekyll and Hyde.

"He would go out muffled up invisibly"... nice choice of words, there.

I see they've got, ah, skilled investigators in the village as well. *snort*

I wonder who "the man with the one talent" referred to is?

I wonder why he'd be expected to catch a cold "all wrapped up like that"? One would suspect it would be the other way around...

One also wouldn't expect "the stranger" to have a humorous streak like he apparently does, tweaking the guy's nose with his invisible hand. Although it also seems to have disturbing malice behind it at the same time.

Just a note: even when invisible, it's probably wise not to go a-burglaring when you have a cold!

The specific gravity of their beer eh? In other words, it sounds like they're watering it down, or some such.

Also, looks like Mrs. Hall isn't the only snoop in the family. And while provoked, the stranger isn't exactly the brightest candle on the chandelier, if he wants to be unnoticed and unbothered, and yet decides to put on a nice little poltergeist show.

"You warnt horseshoes for such gentry as he." In other words, sounds kinda like he things the stranger's an elf, or the fair folk, or whatever you'd call it at this time.

He's certainly got chutzpah, though, just strolling around acting as if nothing's happened...


Chapters 7-9 for Friday!

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vizsludraugas
Oct. 11th, 2012 02:36 am (UTC)
In the rural UK at the time, not going to church was going to draw attention..there was still something of the mentality of recusancy alive.

The man with one talent is a reference to a Biblical parable.

I think the fellow thought that the Invisible Man was wrapped up because he had a cold, not that being wrapped up caused it.

The Anglo-Saxon genius for parliamentary government asserted itself; there was a great deal of talk and no decisive action.


That line, almost Dickensian in its humor, made me laugh out loud.
stormfeather
Oct. 12th, 2012 04:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'd thought about commenting on the church thing - I know that in Austen (which is later than this, but more upper-class), even traveling on the Sabbath comes in for a lot of negative commentary from some of the characters, and church and the clergy still make up a large part of the books.
khedron
Oct. 15th, 2012 04:33 am (UTC)
The foreshadowing section! How tolerable will our mysterious stranger be when his money runs out?
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