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1. Why does H. G. Wells begin the novel with Griffin's arrival at the Coach and Horses, rather than with Griffin discovering how to make himself invisible?

2. What is the point of having Griffin's notes end up the hands of someone who sees them as a potential source of power, even though he cannot understand them?

3. Many critics of The Invisible Man have complained that it lacks appealing characters. Do you find any of the characters appealing? What about Dr. Kemp, who seems to have a good heart? Would The Invisible Man be better or worse if the characters were more heroic?

4. How frightening is The Invisible Man? How does Wells achieve his scariest effects?

5. Do you agree with Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges's suggestion that Griffin's loneliness and terror reflect every human being's inherent loneliness and fear of life?

6. Why does Griffin play pranks on the villagers...

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