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The Invisible Man
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PREFACE FROM THE EDITOR .......................................................................................... 1
CHAPTER I THE STRANGE MAN'S ARRIVAL..................................................................... 3
CHAPTER II MR. TEDDY HENFREY'S FIRST IMPRESSIONS ............................................. 9
CHAPTER III THE THOUSAND AND ONE BOTTLES........................................................ 15
CHAPTER IV MR. CUSS INTERVIEWS THE STRANGER .................................................. 21
CHAPTER V THE BURGLARY AT THE VICARAGE........................................................... 29
CHAPTER VI THE FURNITURE THAT WENT MAD .......................................................... 33
CHAPTER VII THE UNVEILING OF THE STRANGER ....................................................... 37
CHAPTER VIII IN TRANSIT ............................................................................................. 47
CHAPTER IX MR. THOMAS MARVEL.............................................................................. 49
CHAPTER X MR. MARVEL'S VISIT TO IPING .................................................................. 57
CHAPTER XI IN THE "COACH AND HORSES"................................................................. 61
CHAPTER XII THE INVISIBLE MAN LOSES HIS TEMPER ............................................... 65
CHAPTER XIII MR. MARVEL DISCUSSES HIS RESIGNATION ......................................... 71
CHAPTER XIV AT PORT STOWE..................................................................................... 75
CHAPTER XV THE MAN WHO WAS RUNNING ................................................................ 83
CHAPTER XVI IN THE "JOLLY CRICKETERS"................................................................. 87
CHAPTER XVII DR. KEMP'S VISITOR ............................................................................ 93
CHAPTER XVIII THE INVISIBLE MAN SLEEPS.............................................................. 103
CHAPTER XIX CERTAIN FIRST PRINCIPLES................................................................. 109
CHAPTER XX AT THE HOUSE IN GREAT PORTLAND STREET ..................................... 115
CHAPTER XXI IN OXFORD STREET ............................................................................. 125
CHAPTER XXII IN THE EMPORIUM.............................................................................. 131
CHAPTER XXIII IN DRURY LANE.................................................................................. 137
CHAPTER XXIV THE PLAN THAT FAILED..................................................................... 147
CHAPTER XXV THE HUNTING OF THE INVISIBLE MAN............................................... 153
CHAPTER XXVI THE WICKSTEED MURDER ................................................................ 157
CHAPTER XXVII THE SIEGE OF KEMP'S HOUSE ......................................................... 163
CHAPTER XXVIII THE HUNTER HUNTED..................................................................... 173
THE EPILOGUE ............................................................................................................ 179
GLOSSARY ................................................................................................................... 183
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The stranger came early in February, one wintry day, through a biting wind
and a driving snow, the last snowfall of the year, over the down, walking from
Bramblehurst railway station, and carrying a little black portmanteau in his
thickly gloved hand. He was wrapped up from head to foot, and the brim of
his soft felt hat hid every inch of his face but the shiny tip of his nose; the snow
had piled itself against his shoulders and chest, and added a white crest to the
burden he carried. He staggered into the "Coach and Horses" more dead than
alive, and flung his portmanteau down. "A fire," he cried, "in the name of human
charity! A room and a fire!" He stamped and shook the snow from off himself in
the bar, and followed Mrs. Hall into her guest parlour to strike his bargain. And
with that much introduction, that and a couple of sovereigns flung upon the
table, he took up his quarters in the inn.
Mrs. Hall lit the fire and left him there while she went to prepare him a meal
with her own hands. A guest to stop at Iping in the wintertime was an unheard-
of piece of luck, let alone a guest who was no "haggler," and she was resolved to
show herself worthy of her good fortune. As soon as the bacon was well under
way, and Millie, her lymphatic aid, had been brisked up a bit by a few deftly

brim: (n) rim, periphery, verge, edge, snowfall: (n) blizzard, flurry, unknown, wonderful, unlikely,
lip, hem, rand, margin, perimeter, whiteout, snowstorm, Charles Percy unimaginable, uncanny, outlandish,
brink, limit. snow, cocaine, c, cocain, coke, unaccountable, obscure, nameless,
carried: (adj) conveyed, imported. downfall, precipitation. inconceivable.
lymphatic: (adj) aqueous, hydrous, sovereigns: (n) crowned heads, royals, wintertime: (n) winter, season, time of
torpid, listless, lymphoid, aquatic, royalty. year, cold.
fluid, lymphangial, watery; (n) thickly: (adv) deeply, heavily, thick, wintry: (adj, v) frosty, glacial, freezing,
lymph. viscously, thicksetly, solidly, dully, icy; (adj) arctic, frigid, wintery,
portmanteau: (n) valise, Gladstone, dumbly, compactly, closely, turbidly. frozen, chilly, chill, hibernal.
portmanteau word, blend, Gladstone ANTONYMS: (adv) thinly, finely, ANTONYMS: (adj) mild, summery,
bag, word, suitcase, box, blending, slightly, sparsely, loosely, distinctly. hot, vernal, autumnal, balmy,
grip, portmantle. unheard-of: (adj) extraordinary, tropical, warm.
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chosen expressions of contempt, she carried the cloth, plates, and glasses into the
parlour and began to lay them with the utmost clat. Although the fire was
burning up briskly, she was surprised to see that her visitor still wore his hat and
coat, standing with his back to her and staring out of the window at the falling
snow in the yard. His gloved hands were clasped behind him, and he seemed to
be lost in thought. She noticed that the melting snow that still sprinkled his
shoulders dripped upon her carpet. "Can I take your hat and coat, sir?" she said,
"and give them a good dry in the kitchen?"
"No," he said without turning.%
She was not sure she had heard him, and was about to repeat her question.
He turned his head and looked at her over his shoulder. "I prefer to keep
them on," he said with emphasis, and she noticed that he wore big blue
spectacles with sidelights, and had a bush side-whisker over his coat-collar that
completely hid his cheeks and face.
"Very well, sir," she said." "As you like. In a bit the room will be warmer."
He made no answer, and had turned his face away from her again, and Mrs.
Hall, feeling that her conversational advances were ill-timed, laid the rest of the
table things in a quick staccato and whisked out of the room. When she returned
he was still standing there, like a man of stone, his back hunched, his collar
turned up, his dripping hat-brim turned down, hiding his face and ears
completely. She put down the eggs and bacon with considerable emphasis, and
called rather than said to him, "Your lunch is served, sir."
"Thank you," he said at the same time, and did not stir until she was closing
the door. Then he swung round and approached the table with a certain eager
As she went behind the bar to the kitchen she heard a sound repeated at
regular intervals. Chirk, chirk, chirk, it went, the sound of a spoon being rapidly
whisked round a basin. "That girl!" she said. "There! I clean forgot it. It's her
being so long!" And while she herself finished mixing the mustard, she gave
Millie a few verbal stabs for her excessive slowness. She had cooked the ham

chirk: (v) sound, voice, vocalize. inadmissible, disadvantageous. awkwardness, deliberation, dullness,
dripping: (adj) wet, damp, drenched, parlour: (n) living room, parlor, sitting sluggishness, stupidity, indolence;
sodden, soaked, soggy; (adj, adv) room, front room, livingroom, room (adj, n) delay. ANTONYMS: (n) haste,
sopping, soaking; (adj, v) reeking; (n) to meet guests, parlours, parlors, quickness, rapidity, intelligence,
dribble, a drop. ANTONYM: (adj) salon, reception room, room. cleverness, nimbleness, speediness,
lacking. quickness: (n) celerity, expedition, promptness, punctuality, vigor.
hunched: (adj) crooked, bent, convex, promptness, alacrity, agility, speed, sprinkled: (adj) scattered, speckled,
curved, arched, stooping, corrupt, dispatch, dexterity, fleetness, hurry, wet, dotted.
gibbous, deformed, hooked, readiness. ANTONYMS: (n) staccato: (adj) disconnected, split,
asymmetrical. awkwardness, delay, ineptness. confused, disjointed, disordered,
ill-timed: (adj) untimely, inopportune, slowness: (n) dilatoriness, lethargy, disunited, fragmented, garbled,
undue, inappropriate, inept, lateness, backwardness, illogical; (adv) legato, affettuoso.
H.G. Wells 5

and eggs, laid the table, and done everything, while Millie (help indeed!) had
only succeeded in delaying the mustard. And him a new guest and wanting to
stay! Then she filled the mustard pot, and, putting it with a certain stateliness
upon a gold and black tea-tray, carried it into the parlour.%
She rapped and entered promptly. As she did so her visitor moved quickly,
so that she got but a glimpse of a white object disappearing behind the table. It
would seem he was picking something from the floor. She rapped down the
mustard pot on the table, and then she noticed the overcoat and hat had been
taken off and put over a chair in front of the fire, and a pair of wet boots
threatened rust to her steel fender. She went to these things resolutely. "I
suppose I may have them to dry now," she said in a voice that brooked no denial.
"Leave the hat," said her visitor, in a muffled voice, and turning she saw he
had raised his head and was sitting and looking at her.
For a moment she stood gaping at him, too surprised to speak.
He held a white cloth--it was a serviette he had brought with him--over the
lower part of his face, so that his mouth and jaws were completely hidden, and
that was the reason of his muffled voice. But it was not that which startled Mrs.
Hall. It was the fact that all his forehead above his blue glasses was covered by a
white bandage, and that another covered his ears, leaving not a scrap of his face
exposed excepting only his pink, peaked nose. It was bright, pink, and shiny
just as it had been at first. He wore a dark-brown velvet jacket with a high, black,
linen-lined collar turned up about his neck. The thick black hair, escaping as it
could below and between the cross bandages, projected in curious tails and
horns, giving him the strangest appearance conceivable. This muffled and
bandaged head was so unlike what she had anticipated, that for a moment she
was rigid.
He did not remove the serviette, but remained holding it, as she saw now,
with a brown gloved hand, and regarding her with his inscrutable blue glasses.
"Leave the hat," he said, speaking very distinctly through the white cloth.

bandage: (v) bind, wrap, dress, excluding, with the exception of; (v) expressive, clear, straightforward.
envelop; (adj, n) truss, tie; (n) swathe, saving. ANTONYM: (prep) including. peaked: (adj) pointed, sharp, spiky,
binding, roller, gauze; (adj) string. gaping: (adj, n) agape; (adj) vast, ensiform, peaky, poorly, salient,
ANTONYM: (v) undress. yawning, cavernous, discontinuous, unwell, gaunt, wan, emaciated.
bandaged: (adj) articled, apprenticed. wide, ajar, drowsy, hollow, wide serviette: (n) table napkin, bib, diaper,
delaying: (adj) dilatory, lingering, open; (adj, v) oscitant. ANTONYMS: dinner napkin, napery, nappy,
protractive, backward, behindhand, (adj) cramped, narrow. protect clothing, paper napkin.
continuing, flagging, hesitant, slow; inscrutable: (adj) inexplicable, stateliness: (n) loftiness, magnificence,
(n) hesitation, dalliance. incomprehensible, mysterious, weird, dignity, nobility, splendor, grandeur,
excepting: (conj, prep) but, bar; (n, prep) cryptic, cryptical, deep, enigmatic, greatness, grandness, starched
except for, exclusive of; (prep) aside uncanny, hidden, arcane. stateliness, impressiveness, decorum.
from, besides, apart from, barring, ANTONYMS: (adj) transparent, ANTONYM: (n) simplicity.
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Her nerves began to recover from the shock they had received. She placed
the hat on the chair again by the fire. "I didn't know, sir," she began, "that--" and
she stopped embarrassed.%
"Thank you," he said dryly, glancing from her to the door and then at her
"I'll have them nicely dried, sir, at once," she said, and carried his clothes out
of the room. She glanced at his white-swathed head and blue goggles again as
she was going out of the door; but his napkin was still in front of his face. She
shivered a little as she closed the door behind her, and her face was eloquent of
her surprise and perplexity. "I never," she whispered. "There!" She went quite
softly to the kitchen, and was too preoccupied to ask Millie what she was
messing about with now, when she got there.
The visitor sat and listened to her retreating feet. He glanced inquiringly at
the window before he removed his serviette, and resumed his meal. He took a
mouthful, glanced suspiciously at the window, took another mouthful, then rose
and, taking the serviette in his hand, walked across the room and pulled the
blind down to the top of the white muslin that obscured the lower panes. This
left the room in a twilight. This done, he returned with an easier air to the table
and his meal.
"The poor soul's had an accident or an op'ration or somethin'," said Mrs. Hall.
"What a turn them bandages did give me, to be sure!"
She put on some more coal, unfolded the clothes-horse, and extended the
traveller's coat upon this. "And they goggles! Why, he looked more like a divin'
helmet than a human man!" She hung his muffler on a corner of the horse. "And
holding that handkerchief over his mouth all the time. Talkin' through it! ...
Perhaps his mouth was hurt too--maybe."
She turned round, as one who suddenly remembers. "Bless my soul alive!"
she said, going off at a tangent; "ain't you done them taters yet , Millie?"
When Mrs. Hall went to clear away the stranger's lunch, her idea that his
mouth must also have been cut or disfigured in the accident she supposed him

disfigured: (adj) crooked, ugly, spoil, goggles, face mask, eyeglass. panes: (n) Fauni.
damage, deform, shabby, hurt, inquiringly: (adv) enquiringly, perplexity: (n) confusion, dilemma,
shapeless, dishonest, stained, inquisitively, nosily, curiously, bewilderment, maze, labyrinth,
blemished. pryingly, interestedly, searchingly, embarrassment, quandary,
dryly: (adv) coldly, sternly, sourly, inquiring, quizzically, intrusively. complication, enigma; (adj, n)
sarcastically, laconically, huskily. muffler: (n) kerchief, damper, difficulty, distress. ANTONYM: (n)
ANTONYMS: (adv) interestingly, neckerchief, shawl, comforter, scarf, understanding.
warmly. acoustic device, cape, kirtle, tippet, retreating: (n) flight; (adj) moving
glancing: (adj) passing. plaid. back.
goggles: (n) eyeglasses, spectacles, muslin: (v) linen, cloth; (n) tangent: (n) digression, aside, tan,
barnacles, specs, bifocals, monocle, mousseline, organdy, cambric, crash, grade, departure, burn, tack, suntan,
safety glasses, goggle, swimming fabric, nainsook, organdie. sunburn, straight line.
H.G. Wells 7

to have suffered, was confirmed, for he was smoking a pipe, and all the time that
she was in the room he never loosened the silk muffler he had wrapped round
the lower part of his face to put the mouthpiece to his lips. Yet it was not
forgetfulness, for she saw he glanced at it as it smouldered out. He sat in the
corner with his back to the window-blind and spoke now, having eaten and
drunk and being comfortably warmed through, with less aggressive brevity than
before. The reflection of the fire lent a kind of red animation to his big spectacles
they had lacked hitherto.%
"I have some luggage," he said, "at Bramblehurst station," and he asked her
how he could have it sent. He bowed his bandaged head quite politely in
acknowledgment of her explanation. "To-morrow?" he said. "There is no
speedier delivery?" and seemed quite disappointed when she answered, "No."
Was she quite sure? No man with a trap who would go over?
Mrs. Hall, nothing loath, answered his questions and developed a
conversation. "It's a steep road by the down, sir," she said in answer to the
question about a trap; and then, snatching at an opening, said, "It was there a
carriage was upsettled, a year ago and more. A gentleman killed, besides his
coachman. Accidents, sir, happen in a moment, don't they?"
But the visitor was not to be drawn so easily. "They do," he said through his
muffler, eyeing her quietly through his impenetrable glasses.
"But they take long enough to get well, don't they? ... There was my sister's
son, Tom, jest cut his arm with a scythe, tumbled on it in the 'ayfield, and, bless
me! he was three months tied up sir. You'd hardly believe it. It's regular given
me a dread of a scythe, sir."
"I can quite understand that," said the visitor.
"He was afraid, one time, that he'd have to have an op'ration--he was that bad,
The visitor laughed abruptly, a bark of a laugh that he seemed to bite and kill
in his mouth. " Was he?" he said.

acknowledgment: (n) admission, ANTONYMS: (n) lengthiness, length. remembering, attention.
acknowledgement, acceptance, coachman: (n) teamster, cabman, jest: (n) gag, gibe, quip, game; (n, v)
confession, greeting, credit, charioteer, carter, carman, Jehu, jape; (v) banter, jeer, deride, gird,
allowance, declaration, agreement, postboy, drayman, wagoner, sneer, clown.
thanks, gratitude. ANTONYMS: (n) postilion; (v) whip. loath: (adj) unwilling, disinclined,
rejection, ungratefulness, oversight, don't: (adv) not; (n) taboo, prohibition. reluctant, loth, indisposed, backward,
snub, ignoring, invoice, blame, forgetfulness: (n) neglect, amnesia, hesitant, antipathetic, antipathetical,
defiance. obliviousness, inattention, memory loathe, shy of. ANTONYMS: (adj)
brevity: (n) briefness, shortness, loss, omission, unknowingness, eager, willing, disposed, keen.
succinctness, transience, terseness, unawareness, Lethe, carelessness, scythe: (n) crotch, crutch, crane,
abruptness, crispness, duration, loss of memory. ANTONYMS: (n) elbow, ankle, fluke, groin, knee,
economy, length, brevities. awareness, concentration, zigzag; (n, v) sithe; (v) reap.
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"He was, sir. And no laughing matter to them as had the doing for him, as I
had--my sister being took up with her little ones so much. There was bandages
to do, sir, and bandages to undo. So that if I may make so bold as to say it, sir--"
"Will you get me some matches?" said the visitor, quite abruptly. "My pipe is
Mrs. Hall was pulled up suddenly. It was certainly rude of him, after telling
him all she had done. She gasped at him for a moment, and remembered the two
sovereigns. She went for the matches.%
"Thanks," he said concisely, as she put them down, and turned his shoulder
upon her and stared out of the window again. It was altogether too
discouraging. Evidently he was sensitive on the topic of operations and
bandages. She did not "make so bold as to say," however, after all. But his
snubbing way had irritated her, and Millie had a hot time of it that afternoon.
The visitor remained in the parlour until four o'clock, without giving the
ghost of an excuse for an intrusion. For the most part he was quite still during
that time; it would seem he sat in the growing darkness smoking in the firelight--
perhaps dozing.
Once or twice a curious listener might have heard him at the coals, and for
the space of five minutes he was audible pacing the room. He seemed to be
talking to himself. Then the armchair creaked as he sat down again.

audible: (adj) plain, hearable, distinct, discouraging: (adj) discouragingly, invasion, violation, incursion,
detectable, sounding, sharp, sonic, chill, disappointing, disheartening, disruption, entry.
definite, discernible, perceptible, bad, bleak, gloomy, sad, pacing: (n) accelerando, andante,
sensory. ANTONYMS: (adj) demoralizing, daunting, dispiriting. allegro, allegretto, pace, walk, tempo,
inaudible, unintelligible, ANTONYMS: (adj) encouraging, musical time, maneuvering alongside
undetectable, silent, faint. uplifting, inspiring, heartening, another vessel, cardiac pacing.
coals: (n) ashes, fire, residue, embers. comfortable, hopeful. undo: (v) loosen, open, annul, cancel,
concisely: (adv) shortly, pithily, dozing: (adj) drowsy, dozy, nodding, separate, disentangle, untie, unfold,
tersely, succinctly, curtly, laconically, napping, asleep, sleepy, tired. reverse, disconnect, nullify.
summarily, compendiously, intrusion: (n) infringement, ANTONYMS: (v) attach, close, do,
condensedly, compactly, encroachment, disturbance, wrap, tangle, validate, knot, lock,
epigrammatically. interruption, inroad, trespass, permit, unite, approve.
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At four o'clock, when it was fairly dark and Mrs. Hall was screwing up her
courage to go in and ask her visitor if he would take some tea, Teddy Henfrey,
the clock-jobber, came into the bar. "My sakes! Mrs. Hall," said he, "but this is
terrible weather for thin boots!" The snow outside was falling faster.%
Mrs. Hall agreed, and then noticed he had his bag with him. "Now you're
here, Mr. Teddy," said she, "I'd be glad if you'd give th' old clock in the parlour a
bit of a look. 'Tis going, and it strikes well and hearty; but the hour-hand won't
do nuthin' but point at six."
And leading the way, she went across to the parlour door and rapped and
Her visitor, she saw as she opened the door, was seated in the armchair
before the fire, dozing it would seem, with his bandaged head drooping on one
side. The only light in the room was the red glow from the fire--which lit his
eyes like adverse railway signals, but left his downcast face in darkness--and the
scanty vestiges of the day that came in through the open door. Everything was
ruddy, shadowy, and indistinct to her, the more so since she had just been
lighting the bar lamp, and her eyes were dazzled. But for a second it seemed to

dazzled: (adj) confused, dazzle, languid, floppy, lax, tired; (n) droop. clear, slight, separate, certain, precise,
bewildered, blind, blinder, ANTONYMS: (adj) taut, firm. audible, strong, definite.
fascinated, unsighted. hearty: (adj) heartfelt, healthy, genial, scanty: (adj) insufficient, few,
downcast: (adj) depressed, dejected, sturdy, cheering, fervent, inadequate, bare, deficient, poor,
dispirited, blue, desolate, wholehearted, lusty, enthusiastic, narrow, scant, light; (adj, v) spare,
disconsolate, gloomy, low, sad, convivial; (adj, n) well. ANTONYMS: lean. ANTONYMS: (adj) generous,
downhearted, discouraged. (adj) unhealthy, frail, old, weak, abundant, ample, strong.
ANTONYMS: (adj) cheerful, sluggish, unwholesome, meager. teddy: (n) teddies, shift, shimmy,
vivacious, cheery, elated, joyous, up, indistinct: (adj) indefinite, inarticulate, chemise, slip, toy, cutting, miscue,
positive. faint, dull, fuzzy, indeterminate, duty period, pillow slip, parapraxis.
drooping: (adj) flabby, pendulous, hazy, neutral; (adj, n) confused, vestiges: (n) leftovers, relics, ruins,
limp, flaccid, cernuous, flagging, cloudy, dark. ANTONYMS: (adj) remnants, remainder.
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her that the man she looked at had an enormous mouth wide open--a vast and
incredible mouth that swallowed the whole of the lower portion of his face. It
was the sensation of a moment: the white-bound head, the monstrous goggle
eyes, and this huge yawn below it. Then he stirred, started up in his chair, put
up his hand. She opened the door wide, so that the room was lighter, and she
saw him more clearly, with the muffler held up to his face just as she had seen
him hold the serviette before. The shadows, she fancied, had tricked her.%
"Would you mind, sir, this man a-coming to look at the clock, sir?" she said,
recovering from the momentary shock.
"Look at the clock?" he said, staring round in a drowsy manner, and speaking
over his hand, and then, getting more fully awake, "certainly."
Mrs. Hall went away to get a lamp, and he rose and stretched himself. Then
came the light, and Mr. Teddy Henfrey, entering, was confronted by this
bandaged person. He was, he says, "taken aback."
"Good afternoon," said the stranger, regarding him--as Mr. Henfrey says,
with a vivid sense of the dark spectacles--"like a lobster."
"I hope," said Mr. Henfrey, "that it's no intrusion."
"None whatever," said the stranger. "Though, I understand," he said turning
to Mrs. Hall, "that this room is really to be mine for my own private use."
"I thought, sir," said Mrs. Hall, "you'd prefer the clock--"
"Certainly," said the stranger, "certainly--but, as a rule, I like to be alone and
"But I'm really glad to have the clock seen to," he said, seeing a certain
hesitation in Mr. Henfrey's manner. "Very glad." Mr. Henfrey had intended to
apologise and withdraw, but this anticipation reassured him. The stranger
turned round with his back to the fireplace and put his hands behind his back.
"And presently," he said, "when the clock-mending is over, I think I should like
to have some tea. But not till the clock-mending is over."

drowsy: (adj, n) sleepy; (adj) lazy, look, leer. lovely, attractive.
comatose, somnolent, slow, lethargic, momentary: (adj) brief, fugitive, reassured: (adj) hopeful, reinsured,
sluggish, dull, indolent, soporific, transient, short, instantaneous, secure, confident.
listless. ANTONYMS: (adj) energetic, ephemeral, passing, momentaneous, undisturbed: (adj) peaceful, quiet,
awake, lively, vigorous, vivacious, temporary, impermanent, temporal. tranquil, serene, placid, still, easy,
refreshed. ANTONYMS: (adj) lasting, lengthy, smooth, uninterrupted, untroubled,
fancied: (adj) unreal, chimerical, long. composed. ANTONYMS: (adj) tense,
fictional, fanciful, fictitious, monstrous: (adj) huge, atrocious, anxious, agitated, bothered,
fabricated, preferred, assumed, heinous, monster, immense, gigantic, disordered, disturbed, noisy, scared.
illusory, imagined, ideal. grievous, ugly, flagitious, dreadful; yawn: (v) open, ope, yaw, look
goggle: (v) gawk, stare, gawp, gaze, (adj, v) grotesque. ANTONYMS: (adj) stupidly, breathe; (n) yawning, nod,
peer, goggles, marvel, echo, plash, tiny, minute, beautiful, good, small, get sleep, tedium, bore, boredom.
H.G. Wells 11

Mrs. Hall was about to leave the room--she made no conversational advances
this time, because she did not want to be snubbed in front of Mr. Henfrey--when
her visitor asked her if she had made any arrangements about his boxes at
Bramblehurst. She told him she had mentioned the matter to the postman, and
that the carrier could bring them over on the morrow. "You are certain that is the
earliest?" he said.%
She was certain, with a marked coldness.
"I should explain," he added, "what I was really too cold and fatigued to do
before, that I am an experimental investigator."
"Indeed, sir," said Mrs. Hall, much impressed.
"And my baggage contains apparatus and appliances."
"Very useful things indeed they are, sir," said Mrs. Hall.
"And I'm very naturally anxious to get on with my inquiries."
"Of course, sir."
"My reason for coming to Iping," he proceeded, with a certain deliberation of
manner, "was ... a desire for solitude. I do not wish to be disturbed in my work.
In addition to my work, an accident--"
"I thought as much," said Mrs. Hall to herself.
"--necessitates a certain retirement. My eyes--are sometimes so weak and
painful that I have to shut myself up in the dark for hours together. Lock myself
up. Sometimes--now and then. Not at present, certainly. At such times the
slightest disturbance, the entry of a stranger into the room, is a source of
excruciating annoyance to me--it is well these things should be understood."
"Certainly, sir," said Mrs. Hall. "And if I might make so bold as to ask--"
"That I think, is all," said the stranger, with that quietly irresistible air of
finality he could assume at will. Mrs. Hall reserved her question and sympathy
for a better occasion.
After Mrs. Hall had left the room, he remained standing in front of the fire,
glaring, so Mr. Henfrey puts it, at the clock-mending. Mr. Henfrey not only took

coldness: (n) chilliness, coolness, thoughtlessness, carelessness, ANTONYMS: (adj) refreshed, alert,
indifference, distance, apathy, iciness, impetuosity, distraction, rashness. lively, energized, energetic.
reserve, frost, frigidity, unconcern; excruciating: (adj) agonizing, finality: (n) determination, decision,
(adj, n) cold. ANTONYMS: (n) harrowing, painful, sharp, definiteness, decisiveness,
friendliness, sympathy, sensitivity, intolerable, acute, violent, conclusiveness, limit, final, ultimate,
hotness, heat, responsiveness, insupportable, intense, torturing; (v) eventually, settlement, assuredness.
concern, brightness, kindness. cutting. ANTONYMS: (adj) bearable, ANTONYMS: (n) indecision,
deliberation: (n) cogitation, counsel, painless, pleasant, pleasing, soothing, uncertainty, doubt, indecisiveness.
debate, caution, thought, advisement, wonderful, dull. morrow: (n) morning, future, mean
attention, contemplation, fatigued: (adj) tired, weary, beat, solar day, day.
consultation; (adj, n) calculation, worn, tired out, jaded, spent, worn snubbed: (adj) upset, hurt, affronted,
circumspection. ANTONYMS: (n) out, done in, fagged, run-down. offended, slighted.
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off the hands of the clock, and the face, but extracted the works; and he tried to
work in as slow and quiet and unassuming a manner as possible. He worked
with the lamp close to him, and the green shade threw a brilliant light upon his
hands, and upon the frame and wheels, and left the rest of the room shadowy.
When he looked up, coloured patches swam in his eyes. Being constitutionally
of a curious nature, he had removed the works--a quite unnecessary proceeding--
with the idea of delaying his departure and perhaps falling into conversation
with the stranger. But the stranger stood there, perfectly silent and still. So still,
it got on Henfrey's nerves. He felt alone in the room and looked up, and there,
grey and dim, was the bandaged head and huge blue lenses staring fixedly, with
a mist of green spots drifting in front of them. It was so uncanny to Henfrey that
for a minute they remained staring blankly at one another. Then Henfrey
looked down again. Very uncomfortable position! One would like to say
something. Should he remark that the weather was very cold for the time of
He looked up as if to take aim with that introductory shot. "The weather--"
he began.%
"Why don't you finish and go?" said the rigid figure, evidently in a state of
painfully suppressed rage. "All you've got to do is to fix the hour-hand on its
axle. You're simply humbugging--"
"Certainly, sir--one minute more. I overlooked--" and Mr. Henfrey finished
and went.
But he went feeling excessively annoyed. "Damn it!" said Mr. Henfrey to
himself, trudging down the village through the thawing snow; "a man must do a
clock at times, sure-ly."
And again "Can't a man look at you?--Ugly!"
And yet again, "Seemingly not. If the police was wanting you you couldn't
be more wrapped and bandaged."
At Gleeson's corner he saw Hall, who had recently married the stranger's
hostess at the "Coach and Horses," and who now drove the Iping conveyance,

axle: (n) pole, arbor, hinge, shaft, integrally, intrinsically, essentially, unobtrusive, lowly, quiet, diffident,
pivot, bobbin, mandrel, swivel, constituently. unpretentious, meek, simple,
axletree, spindle, journal. extracted: (v) descended, extraught. inconspicuous, unaffected.
blankly: (adj, adv) inanely, vacuously, fixedly: (adv) steadily, steadfastly, ANTONYMS: (adj) conspicuous,
expressionlessly; (adv) emptily, regularly, intently, stably, setly, elaborate, bold, confident,
hollowly, voidly, cleanly, permanently, rigidly, unwaveringly, presumptuous, pretentious, brash,
impassively, stupidly, whitely, surely, resolutely. wild.
inexpressively. ANTONYM: (adv) thawing: (n) thaw, melt, heating, uncanny: (adj) weird, eerie, strange,
brightly. atmospheric condition, phase change, ghostly, unearthly, unnatural,
constitutionally: (adv) legally, phase transition, state change, eldritch, mysterious, odd, frightful,
organically, naturally, innately, warming; (adj) thawy. hideous. ANTONYMS: (adj) normal,
lawfully, inbornly, inherently, unassuming: (adj) humble, retiring, common, ordinary.
H.G. Wells 13

when occasional people required it, to Sidderbridge Junction, coming towards

him on his return from that place. Hall had evidently been "stopping a bit" at
Sidderbridge, to judge by his driving. "'Ow do, Teddy?" he said, passing.%
"You got a rum un up home!" said Teddy.
Hall very sociably pulled up. "What's that?" he asked.
"Rum-looking customer stopping at the 'Coach and Horses,'" said Teddy.
"My sakes!"
And he proceeded to give Hall a vivid description of his grotesque guest.
"Looks a bit like a disguise, don't it? I'd like to see a man's face if I had him
stopping in my place," said Henfrey. "But women are that trustful--where
strangers are concerned. He's took your rooms and he ain't even given a name,
"You don't say so!" said Hall, who was a man of sluggish apprehension.
"Yes," said Teddy. "By the week. Whatever he is, you can't get rid of him
under the week. And he's got a lot of luggage coming to-morrow, so he says.
Let's hope it won't be stones in boxes, Hall."
He told Hall how his aunt at Hastings had been swindled by a stranger with
empty portmanteaux. Altogether he left Hall vaguely suspicious. "Get up, old
girl," said Hall. "I s'pose I must see 'bout this."
Teddy trudged on his way with his mind considerably relieved.
Instead of "seeing 'bout it," however, Hall on his return was severely rated by
his wife on the length of time he had spent in Sidderbridge, and his mild
inquiries were answered snappishly and in a manner not to the point. But the
seed of suspicion Teddy had sown germinated in the mind of Mr. Hall in spite of
these discouragements. "You wim' don't know everything," said Mr. Hall,
resolved to ascertain more about the personality of his guest at the earliest
possible opportunity. And after the stranger had gone to bed, which he did
about half-past nine, Mr. Hall went very aggressively into the parlour and
looked very hard at his wife's furniture, just to show that the stranger wasn't
master there, and scrutinised closely and a little contemptuously a sheet of
aggressively: (adv) hostilely, contumeliously, sardonically. (adv) verbosely.
bellicosely, militantly, energetically, ANTONYM: (adv) approvingly. sociably: (adv) socially, pleasantly,
pushily, dynamically, contentiously, sluggish: (adj) inert, indolent, inactive, warmly, kindly, entertainingly,
actively, belligerently, combatively, idle, slow, torpid, slack, languid; (adj, enjoyably, cordially, companionably,
warlikely. ANTONYMS: (adv) n) lazy, drowsy, heavy. convivially. ANTONYMS: (adv)
passively, inertly, calmly, ANTONYMS: (adj) energetic, fast, shyly, unsociably, inhospitably.
submissively. brisk, lively, alert, speedy, spite: (n) malice, grudge, hatred,
contemptuously: (adv) scornfully, industrious. malevolence, rancour, venom, rancor,
sneeringly, insultingly, snappishly: (adv) abruptly, brusquely, maliciousness, ill will, animosity; (n,
disparagingly, superciliously, petulantly, snappily, grumpily, v) pique. ANTONYMS: (v) please; (n)
derisively, condescendingly, fretfully, waspishly, testily, shortly, benevolence, goodwill, love,
disrespectfully, haughtily, fractiously, crustily. ANTONYM: affection, harmony.
14 The Invisible Man

mathematical computations the stranger had left. When retiring for the night he
instructed Mrs. Hall to look very closely at the stranger's luggage when it came
next day.%
"You mind you own business, Hall," said Mrs. Hall, "and I'll mind mine."
She was all the more inclined to snap at Hall because the stranger was
undoubtedly an unusually strange sort of stranger, and she was by no means
assured about him in her own mind. In the middle of the night she woke up
dreaming of huge white heads like turnips, that came trailing after her, at the
end of interminable necks, and with vast black eyes. But being a sensible
woman, she subdued her terrors and turned over and went to sleep again.

dreaming: (n) reverie, ambition, ANTONYMS: (adj) temporary, finite, restrained, muted, tame, faint,
nightmare, conception, castle in the intermittent, sporadic, concise. repressed, low, meek; (adj, v)
air; (adj) absent-minded, asleep, luggage: (n) baggage, bag, gear, grip, resigned. ANTONYMS: (adj)
visionary, vacant, wistful, rapt. thing, goods, stuff, things, trunk, enthusiastic, lively, uninhibited,
instructed: (adj) taught, tutored, suitcase, pack. unsubdued, rebellious, noisy, bright,
enlightened, intelligent, arranged, retiring: (adj) humble, diffident, elaborate, frivolous, upbeat.
instruct, experienced, qualified; (v) bashful, reserved, unassuming, trailing: (n) tracking, drift, pursuit,
erudite, lettered, leaned. unobtrusive, timid, coy, shy, streaminess, hunt, heeling; (adj)
interminable: (adj) endless, eternal, sheepish, meek. ANTONYMS: (adj) following, rambling, sprawling,
incessant, infinite, illimitable, assertive, bold, outgoing, forward, prone, procumbent.
immeasurable, unending, ceaseless, incoming, arrogant, brash, sociable. turnips: (n) root crop, brassica, genus
timeless, continual, unlimited. subdued: (adj) quiet, muffled, dull, brassica, cauliflowers, potatoes.
H.G. Wells 15



So it was that on the twenty-ninth day of February, at the beginning of the

thaw, this singular person fell out of infinity into Iping village. Next day his
luggage arrived through the slush--and very remarkable luggage it was. There
were a couple of trunks indeed, such as a rational man might need, but in
addition there were a box of books--big, fat books, of which some were just in an
incomprehensible handwriting--and a dozen or more crates, boxes, and cases,
containing objects packed in straw, as it seemed to Hall, tugging with a casual
curiosity at the straw--glass bottles. The stranger, muffled in hat, coat, gloves,
and wrapper, came out impatiently to meet Fearenside's cart, while Hall was
having a word or so of gossip preparatory to helping being them in. Out he
came, not noticing Fearenside's dog, who was sniffing in a dilettante spirit at
Hall's legs. "Come along with those boxes," he said. "I've been waiting long
And he came down the steps towards the tail of the cart as if to lay hands on
the smaller crate.
No sooner had Fearenside's dog caught sight of him, however, than it began
to bristle and growl savagely, and when he rushed down the steps it gave an
undecided hop, and then sprang straight at his hand. "Whup!" cried Hall,
bristle: (n) fiber, hair, whisker; (v) (adj) accomplished, skilled, gifted, ANTONYMS: (v) cool, chill, congeal.
teem, burn, seethe, rage, arise, fume, finicky, expertly; (n) master, expert. undecided: (adj) uncertain, doubtful,
blow up; (n, v) brustle. ANTONYM: growl: (adj, n, v) snarl; (n, v) roar, bark, dubious, unresolved, pending,
(v) calm. howl, yap, moan, thunder; (v) gnarl, indecisive, irresolute, hesitant,
crate: (n, v) box; (n) case, cage, basket, mutter, complain, croak. debatable, indefinite; (adj, v)
container, crateful, hamper, brancard, savagely: (adv) brutally, ferociously, undetermined. ANTONYMS: (adj)
stretcher, hurdle; (v) encase. barbarously, wildly, barbarianly, certain, determined, sure, settled,
dilettante: (n) dabbler, sciolist, viciously, uncivilizedly, violently, definite, decisive.
virtuoso, connoisseur, trifler, layman, felly, untamedly, roughly. wrapper: (n) cover, wrap, cloak,
smatterer; (adj) amateurish, green, thaw: (v) fuse, dissolve, warm, peignoir, housecoat, neglige,
unversed; (adj, n) rookie. unfreeze, soften, liquefy, defrost, run, envelope, wrapping, covering, dust
ANTONYMS: (adj, n) professional; liquify; (n) melting, thawing. cover, mantle.
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jumping back, for he was no hero with dogs, and Fearenside howled, "Lie
down!" and snatched his whip.%
They saw the dog's teeth had slipped the hand, heard a kick, saw the dog
execute a flanking jump and get home on the stranger's leg, and heard the rip of
his trousering. Then the finer end of Fearenside's whip reached his property,
and the dog, yelping with dismay, retreated under the wheels of the wagon. It
was all the business of a swift half-minute. No one spoke, everyone shouted.
The stranger glanced swiftly at his torn glove and at his leg, made as if he would
stoop to the latter, then turned and rushed swiftly up the steps into the inn.
They heard him go headlong across the passage and up the uncarpeted stairs to
his bedroom.
"You brute, you!" said Fearenside, climbing off the wagon with his whip in
his hand, while the dog watched him through the wheel. "Come here," said
Fearenside--"You'd better."
Hall had stood gaping. "He wuz bit," said Hall. "I'd better go and see to en,"
and he trotted after the stranger. He met Mrs. Hall in the passage. "Carrier's
darg," he said "bit en."
He went straight upstairs, and the stranger's door being ajar, he pushed it
open and was entering without any ceremony, being of a naturally sympathetic
turn of mind.
The blind was down and the room dim. He caught a glimpse of a most
singular thing, what seemed a handless arm waving towards him, and a face of
three huge indeterminate spots on white, very like the face of a pale pansy. Then
he was struck violently in the chest, hurled back, and the door slammed in his
face and locked. It was so rapid that it gave him no time to observe. A waving
of indecipherable shapes, a blow, and a concussion. There he stood on the dark
little landing, wondering what it might be that he had seen.
A couple of minutes after, he rejoined the little group that had formed
outside the "Coach and Horses." There was Fearenside telling about it all over
again for the second time; there was Mrs. Hall saying his dog didn't have no

ajar: (v) dissentient, unclosed, neighboring; (prep) beside. pansy: (n) fag, fairy, fagot, faggot,
unstopped, wide open, out of tune; ANTONYM: (adj) distant. queer, pouf, queen, poof, poove,
(adj) open, gaping, partly open, not handless: (adj) bumbling, bungling, pantywaist, milquetoast.
closed. clumsy, maladroit, fumbling. retreated: (adj) withdrawn, people.
concussion: (n) shock, collision, blow, indecipherable: (adj) slammed: (adj) tight.
impact, shake, shudder, bump, jolt, incomprehensible, inexplicable, stoop: (v) crouch, bend, deign,
percussion, crash, vibrate. unreadable, unfathomable, condescend, descend, squat, couch,
finer: (adj) superior, advanced, bigger, inscrutable, impenetrable, cringe, lean, lower oneself; (n) porch.
higher, more, greater. undecipherable, enigmatic, ANTONYM: (v) straighten.
flanking: (adj) side, skirting, lateral, unintelligible, cramped, inarticulate. trousering: (n) textile, fabric, material,
adjoining, adjacent, bordering, ANTONYMS: (adj) clear, heaving, cloth.
closest, contiguous, nearby, straightforward. yelping: (n) cry, wapping.
H.G. Wells 17

business to bite her guests; there was Huxter, the general dealer from over the
road, interrogative; and Sandy Wadgers from the forge, judicial; besides women
and children, all of them saying fatuities: "Wouldn't let en bite me, I knows";
"'Tasn't right have such dargs"; "Whad 'e bite 'n for, than?" and so forth.%
Mr. Hall, staring at them from the steps and listening, found it incredible that
he had seen anything so very remarkable happen upstairs. Besides, his
vocabulary was altogether too limited to express his impressions.
"He don't want no help, he says," he said in answer to his wife's inquiry.
"We'd better be a-takin' of his luggage in."
"He ought to have it cauterised at once," said Mr. Huxter; "especially if it's at
all inflamed."
"I'd shoot en, that's what I'd do," said a lady in the group.
Suddenly the dog began growling again.
"Come along," cried an angry voice in the doorway, and there stood the
muffled stranger with his collar turned up, and his hat-brim bent down. "The
sooner you get those things in the better I'll be pleased." It is stated by an
anonymous bystander that his trousers and gloves had been changed.
"Was you hurt, sir?" said Fearenside. "I'm rare sorry the darg--"
"Not a bit," said the stranger. "Never broke the skin. Hurry up with those
He then swore to himself, so Mr. Hall asserts.
Directly the first crate was, in accordance with his directions, carried into the
parlour, the stranger flung himself upon it with extraordinary eagerness, and
began to unpack it, scattering the straw with an utter disregard of Mrs. Hall's
carpet. And from it he began to produce bottles--little fat bottles containing
powders, small and slender bottles containing coloured and white fluids, fluted
blue bottles labelled Poison, bottles with round bodies and slender necks, large
green-glass bottles, large white-glass bottles, bottles with glass stoppers and
frosted labels, bottles with fine corks, bottles with bungs, bottles with wooden

accordance: (n) harmony, agreement, ANTONYMS: (n) indifference, husky, peevish; (n) scowling,
conformity, unison, concordance, unwillingness, aloofness, disinterest, glowering.
coincidence, accordancy, admission, lethargy, listlessness, patience, interrogative: (adj) interrogatory,
fitness, consensus, concent. gloom, reluctance. asking, inquiring; (n) question,
bystander: (n) spectator, witness, fluted: (adj) corrugated, grooved, doubt, modality, mode, mood,
eyewitness, observer, beholder, gadrooned, canaliculated; (v) ribbed, enquiry, problem; (v) zetetic.
looker-on, viewer, watcher, passer sulcated. labelled: (adj) tagged.
by, outsider, looker. frosted: (adj) rimy, frozen, nacreous, unpack: (v) undo, unbind, discharge,
eagerness: (n, v) desire, aspiration; (n) opaque, iced, icy, white, pearly, get out, take out, remove, unbox,
enthusiasm, avidity, cupidity, milky, frigid, crisp. unchain, unload, unloose, take away.
readiness, passion, keenness, growling: (adj) grunting, doggish, ANTONYMS: (v) fill, load, pack,
ambition, fervor, avidness. churlish, brutal, guttural, hoarse, wrap.
18 The Invisible Man

caps, wine bottles, salad-oil bottles--putting them in rows on the chiffonnier, on

the mantel, on the table under the window, round the floor, on the bookshelf--
everywhere. The chemist's shop in Bramblehurst could not boast half so many.
Quite a sight it was. Crate after crate yielded bottles, until all six were empty
and the table high with straw; the only things that came out of these crates
besides the bottles were a number of test-tubes and a carefully packed balance.%
And directly the crates were unpacked, the stranger went to the window and
set to work, not troubling in the least about the litter of straw, the fire which had
gone out, the box of books outside, nor for the trunks and other luggage that had
gone upstairs.
When Mrs. Hall took his dinner in to him, he was already so absorbed in his
work, pouring little drops out of the bottles into test-tubes, that he did not hear
her until she had swept away the bulk of the straw and put the tray on the table,
with some little emphasis perhaps, seeing the state that the floor was in. Then he
half turned his head and immediately turned it away again. But she saw he had
removed his glasses; they were beside him on the table, and it seemed to her that
his eye sockets were extraordinarily hollow. He put on his spectacles again, and
then turned and faced her. She was about to complain of the straw on the floor
when he anticipated her.
"I wish you wouldn't come in without knocking," he said in the tone of
abnormal exasperation that seemed so characteristic of him.
"I knocked, but seemingly--"
"Perhaps you did. But in my investigations--my really very urgent and
necessary investigations--the slightest disturbance, the jar of a door--I must ask
"Certainly, sir. You can turn the lock if you're like that, you know. Any
"A very good idea," said the stranger.
"This stror, sir, if I might make so bold as to remark--"

boast: (v) bluster, brag, blow, crow, exasperation: (adj, n) exacerbation; (n) instrument, shades.
gasconade, show off, rodomontade, wrath, annoyance, anger, resentment, troubling: (adj) worrying, disquieting,
exult; (n, v) vaunt, pride; (n) rage, irritation, ire, indignation, heat, distressing, distressful, disconcerting,
arrogance. ANTONYMS: (n) displeasure. ANTONYMS: (n) alarming, perturbing, bad, annoying,
deprecation; (v) downplay, lack. delight, calmness, satisfaction. sad, worrisome. ANTONYM: (adj)
caps: (n) brevier, bourgeois, pica mantel: (n) mantelpiece, mantlepiece, reassuring.
boldface. chimneypiece, lintel, mantelshelf, trunks: (n) short pants, pants, luggage,
chiffonnier: (n) muckworm, sans mantle piece, mantleshelf, shelf, Jockey shorts, Jamaica shorts,
culotte, mudlark, beggar, outcast of drapery, drape, curtain. Bermuda shorts, bathing trunks,
society, ragamuffin, pariah, spectacles: (n) glasses, specs, spectacle, bathing suit, costume, drawers,
panhandler, vagabond, tramp, eyeglass, goggles, lorgnette, monocle, swimming trunks.
sundowner. bifocals, dark glasses, optical yielded: (v) yold, yolden.
H.G. Wells 19

"Don't. If the straw makes trouble put it down in the bill." And he mumbled
at her--words suspiciously like curses.%
He was so odd, standing there, so aggressive and explosive, bottle in one
hand and test-tube in the other, that Mrs. Hall was quite alarmed. But she was a
resolute woman. "In which case, I should like to know, sir, what you consider--"
"A shilling--put down a shilling. Surely a shilling's enough?"
"So be it," said Mrs. Hall, taking up the table-cloth and beginning to spread it
over the table. "If you're satisfied, of course--"
He turned and sat down, with his coat-collar toward her.
All the afternoon he worked with the door locked and, as Mrs. Hall testifies,
for the most part in silence. But once there was a concussion and a sound of
bottles ringing together as though the table had been hit, and the smash of a
bottle flung violently down, and then a rapid pacing athwart the room. Fearing
"something was the matter," she went to the door and listened, not caring to
"I can't go on," he was raving. "I can't go on. Three hundred thousand, four
hundred thousand! The huge multitude! Cheated! All my life it may take me! ...
Patience! Patience indeed! ... Fool! fool!"
There was a noise of hobnails on the bricks in the bar, and Mrs. Hall had very
reluctantly to leave the rest of his soliloquy. When she returned the room was
silent again, save for the faint crepitation of his chair and the occasional clink of
a bottle. It was all over; the stranger had resumed work.
When she took in his tea she saw broken glass in the corner of the room
under the concave mirror, and a golden stain that had been carelessly wiped.
She called attention to it.
"Put it down in the bill," snapped her visitor. "For God's sake don't worry me.
If there's damage done, put it down in the bill," and he went on ticking a list in
the exercise book before him.

athwart: (adj, adv, n, prep) across; (adv, ANTONYM: (adj) curved. uncommitted, timid, fickle, feeble,
prep) aslant, cross; (adj, adv, prep) crepitation: (n) crackle, crackle China, indecisive, flexible, flippant, hesitant,
thwart; (adj, adv) crosswise; (adv) crackleware; (v) decrepitation. undecided.
sideways, obliquely, transversely, raving: (adj, v) wild; (adj) frantic, soliloquy: (n) language, oral
traverse, overthwart, crossways. delirious, furious, mad, insane; (adj, communication, apostrophe.
clink: (n, v) clank, jingle, chink, ring, n) madness, distraction, rage; (n)
rattle; (v) tinkle, sound; (n) clang, jail, rabid, delirium.
clash, click. resolute: (adj, n) constant, firm, fixed,
concave: (n) indentation, depression, steady; (adj, v) determined; (adj)
concavity; (adj) cavernous, biconcave, inflexible, brave, adamant, dogged,
cupped, dipped, arched, indented; unbending, courageous.
(adj, n) crescent; (v) stove in. ANTONYMS: (adj) weak, uncertain,
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"I'll tell you something," said Fearenside, mysteriously. It was late in the
afternoon, and they were in the little beer-shop of Iping Hanger.%
"Well?" said Teddy Henfrey.
"This chap you're speaking of, what my dog bit. Well--he's black. Leastways,
his legs are. I seed through the tear of his trousers and the tear of his glove.
You'd have expected a sort of pinky to show, wouldn't you? Well--there wasn't
none. Just blackness. I tell you, he's as black as my hat."
"My sakes!" said Henfrey. "It's a rummy case altogether. Why, his nose is as
pink as paint!"
"That's true," said Fearenside. "I knows that. And I tell 'ee what I'm thinking.
That marn's a piebald, Teddy. Black here and white there--in patches. And he's
ashamed of it. He's a kind of half-breed, and the colour's come off patchy
instead of mixing. I've heard of such things before. And it's the common way
with horses, as any one can see."

blackness: (n) black, darkness, sable, strangely, obscurely, secretly, multicolor, brindled, multicoloured,
gloom, nigritude, night, inkiness, uncannily, mystically, darkly, particoloured, variegated, speckled.
dark, murk, murkiness, obscurity. puzzlingly, weirdly, abstrusely, pinky: (n) pinkie, little finger, finger,
glove: (n) boxing glove, gloves, mitt, occultly. ANTONYM: (adv) normally. pink.
mitten, baseball mitt, baseball glove, patchy: (adj) uneven, spotty, erratic, rummy: (adj) queer, funny, odd,
handwear, wristband, sleeve, random, scrappy, fitful, varying, peculiar, curious, strange, singular;
mittens, batting glove. speckled, haphazard, rough, (n) drunkard, inebriate, drunk,
mixing: (n) mix, commixture, sporadic. ANTONYMS: (adj) boozer.
admixture, mixed, compounding, consistent, regular, uniform, tear: (n, v) rip, break, split, rupture,
combination, amalgamation, mixture, continuous, entire, level. crack, run, slit; (v) pull, rend, lacerate;
mingling, hybrid, intermixture. piebald: (adj, v) pied; (adj) motley, (adj, v) rush. ANTONYMS: (v) wait,
mysteriously: (adv) enigmatically, dappled, mottled, spotted, mend, idle, fix, amble, dawdle.
H.G. Wells 21



I have told the circumstances of the stranger's arrival in Iping with a certain
fullness of detail, in order that the curious impression he created may be
understood by the reader. But excepting two odd incidents, the circumstances of
his stay until the extraordinary day of the club festival may be passed over very
cursorily. There were a number of skirmishes with Mrs. Hall on matters of
domestic discipline, but in every case until late April, when the first signs of
penury began, he over-rode her by the easy expedient of an extra payment. Hall
did not like him, and whenever he dared he talked of the advisability of getting
rid of him; but he showed his dislike chiefly by concealing it ostentatiously, and
avoiding his visitor as much as possible. "Wait till the summer," said Mrs. Hall
sagely, "when the artisks are beginning to come. Then we'll see. He may be a bit
overbearing, but bills settled punctual is bills settled punctual, whatever you'd
like to say."
The stranger did not go to church, and indeed made no difference between
Sunday and the irreligious days, even in costume. He worked, as Mrs. Hall
thought, very fitfully. Some days he would come down early and be
continuously busy. On others he would rise late, pace his room, fretting audibly
for hours together, smoke, sleep in the armchair by the fire. Communication

advisability: (n) suitability, fitness, cuss: (v) blaspheme, swear, imprecate; overbearing: (adj) dictatorial,
wiseness, advisableness, desirability, (n) malediction, blighter, chap, domineering, arrogant, imperious,
wisdom, soundness, appropriateness, expletive, oath, bloke, lad, fellow. oppressive, despotic, authoritarian,
propriety, advantage, adventure. fretting: (adj) irritable, dissatisfied, supercilious, dogmatic, disdainful,
ANTONYMS: (n) foolishness, peevish; (n) festering, friction, lordly. ANTONYMS: (adj) meek,
unsuitability. exulceration. straightforward, modest, reasonable,
cursorily: (adv) rapidly, quickly, irreligious: (adj) blasphemous, subservient, weak.
hastily, shallowly, speedily, sketchily, heathen, wicked, profane, ungodly, penury: (n, v) need, destitution, lack,
casually, fleetingly, carelessly, godless, irreverent, unholy, want, deficiency; (n) poverty,
passingly, perfunctorily. unreligious, unbelieving, pagan. distress, beggary, pauperism, dearth,
ANTONYMS: (adv) slowly, ANTONYMS: (adj) pious, religious, scarcity. ANTONYMS: (n) wealth,
thoroughly. spiritual, devout, reverent. affluence, luxury.
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with the world beyond the village he had none. His temper continued very
uncertain; for the most part his manner was that of a man suffering under almost
unendurable provocation, and once or twice things were snapped, torn, crushed,
or broken in spasmodic gusts of violence. He seemed under a chronic irritation
of the greatest intensity. His habit of talking to himself in a low voice grew
steadily upon him, but though Mrs. Hall listened conscientiously she could make
neither head nor tail of what she heard.%
He rarely went abroad by daylight, but at twilight he would go out muffled
up invisibly, whether the weather were cold or not, and he chose the loneliest
paths and those most overshadowed by trees and banks. His goggling spectacles
and ghastly bandaged face under the penthouse of his hat, came with a
disagreeable suddenness out of the darkness upon one or two home-going
labourers, and Teddy Henfrey, tumbling out of the "Scarlet Coat" one night, at
half-past nine, was scared shamefully by the stranger's skull-like head (he was
walking hat in hand) lit by the sudden light of the opened inn door. Such
children as saw him at nightfall dreamt of bogies, and it seemed doubtful
whether he disliked boys more than they disliked him, or the reverse; but there
was certainly a vivid enough dislike on either side.
It was inevitable that a person of so remarkable an appearance and bearing
should form a frequent topic in such a village as Iping. Opinion was greatly
divided about his occupation. Mrs. Hall was sensitive on the point. When
questioned, she explained very carefully that he was an "experimental
investigator," going gingerly over the syllables as one who dreads pitfalls. When
asked what an experimental investigator was, she would say with a touch of
superiority that most educated people knew such things as that, and would thus
explain that he "discovered things." Her visitor had had an accident, she said,
which temporarily discoloured his face and hands, and being of a sensitive
disposition, he was averse to any public notice of the fact.
Out of her hearing there was a view largely entertained that he was a
criminal trying to escape from justice by wrapping himself up so as to conceal
himself altogether from the eye of the police. This idea sprang from the brain of

discoloured: (adj) faded. discreditably, basely, outrageously; precipitateness, sudden, craggedness,
invisibly: (adv) unvisibly, (adv, v) dishonorably, foully, nastily. surprise, precipitousness,
indiscernibly, latently, untraceably, ANTONYMS: (adv) commendably, brusqueness, curtness.
unnoticeably, barely. ANTONYMS: compassionately, nobly. unendurable: (adj) intolerable,
(adv) obviously, noticeably, spasmodic: (adj) spastic, convulsive, insufferable, insupportable,
conspicuously. intermittent, erratic, broken, excruciating, impossible,
penthouse: (n) awning, apartment, irregular, sporadic, desultory, unsupportable, uneasy, teasing,
canopy, outhouse, hovel, pentice, sudden, discontinuous; (v) passionate, not patient, intolerant.
penthouse apartment. inconsonant. ANTONYM: (adj) ANTONYM: (adj) bearable.
shamefully: (adv) ignominiously, continuous. wrapping: (n) covering, wrapper,
ingloriously, scandalously, suddenness: (n) steepness, hastiness, envelope, bandage, wrap, swathe,
infamously, shockingly, precipitance, precipitancy, case, packaging, plaster, film, lint.
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Mr. Teddy Henfrey. No crime of any magnitude dating from the middle or end
of February was known to have occurred. Elaborated in the imagination of Mr.
Gould, the probationary assistant in the National School, this theory took the
form that the stranger was an Anarchist in disguise, preparing explosives, and he
resolved to undertake such detective operations as his time permitted. These
consisted for the most part in looking very hard at the stranger whenever they
met, or in asking people who had never seen the stranger, leading questions
about him. But he detected nothing.%
Another school of opinion followed Mr. Fearenside, and either accepted the
piebald view or some modification of it; as, for instance, Silas Durgan, who was
heard to assert that "if he choses to show enself at fairs he'd make his fortune in
no time," and being a bit of a theologian, compared the stranger to the man with
the one talent. Yet another view explained the entire matter by regarding the
stranger as a harmless lunatic. That had the advantage of accounting for
everything straight away.
Between these main groups there were waverers and compromisers. Sussex
folk have few superstitions, and it was only after the events of early April that
the thought of the supernatural was first whispered in the village. Even then it
was only credited among the women folk.
But whatever they thought of him, people in Iping, on the whole, agreed in
disliking him. His irritability, though it might have been comprehensible to an
urban brain-worker, was an amazing thing to these quiet Sussex villagers. The
frantic gesticulations they surprised now and then, the headlong pace after
nightfall that swept him upon them round quiet corners, the inhuman
bludgeoning of all tentative advances of curiosity, the taste for twilight that led
to the closing of doors, the pulling down of blinds, the extinction of candles and
lamps--who could agree with such goings on? They drew aside as he passed
down the village, and when he had gone by, young humourists would up with
coat-collars and down with hat-brims, and go pacing nervously after him in
imitation of his occult bearing. There was a song popular at that time called "The
Bogey Man". Miss Statchell sang it at the schoolroom concert (in aid of the

credited: (adj) accredited, accepted. irritation, peevishness, pettishness, ANTONYMS: (n) daybreak, sunrise.
ANTONYM: (adj) unofficial. testiness; (adj, n) petulance. probationary: (adj) experimental, trial,
disliking: (adj) averse, disinclined; (n) ANTONYMS: (n) cheerfulness, probative, probatory, probational,
aversion, disfavor, dissatisfaction, equanimity, cheeriness. conditional, doubtful, provisionary,
disinclination, displeasure, distaste. lunatic: (n) madman, maniac, provisional; (adj, v) tentative; (v)
inhuman: (adj) heartless, cruel, bedlamite; (adj) insane, foolish, empirical.
atrocious, brutal, cold, harsh, moonstruck, mad, mental, deranged, schoolroom: (n) nursery, class, lecture
ferocious, remorseless, barbarous, idiotic; (adj, n) madcap. ANTONYM: room, room.
relentless, barbaric. ANTONYMS: (adj) sensible. theologian: (adj) divine, clergyman,
(adj) sympathetic, kind, humane. nightfall: (n) dusk, evening, twilight, divine songs, holy, divine worship;
irritability: (n) irascibility, tetchiness, sunset, gloaming, evenfall, dark, (n) theologue, preterist, theologizer,
choler, touchiness, temper, anger, eventide, sundown, darkness, fall. Calvin, bellarmine, Bede.
24 The Invisible Man

church lamps), and thereafter whenever one or two of the villagers were
gathered together and the stranger appeared, a bar or so of this tune, more or less
sharp or flat, was whistled in the midst of them. Also belated little children
would call "Bogey Man!" after him, and make off tremulously elated.%
Cuss, the general practitioner, was devoured by curiosity. The bandages
excited his professional interest, the report of the thousand and one bottles
aroused his jealous regard. All through April and May he coveted an
opportunity of talking to the stranger, and at last, towards Whitsuntide, he could
stand it no longer, but hit upon the subscription-list for a village nurse as an
excuse. He was surprised to find that Mr. Hall did not know his guest's name.
"He give a name," said Mrs. Hall--an assertion which was quite unfounded--"but
I didn't rightly hear it." She thought it seemed so silly not to know the man's
Cuss rapped at the parlour door and entered. There was a fairly audible
imprecation from within. "Pardon my intrusion," said Cuss, and then the door
closed and cut Mrs. Hall off from the rest of the conversation.
She could hear the murmur of voices for the next ten minutes, then a cry of
surprise, a stirring of feet, a chair flung aside, a bark of laughter, quick steps to
the door, and Cuss appeared, his face white, his eyes staring over his shoulder.
He left the door open behind him, and without looking at her strode across the
hall and went down the steps, and she heard his feet hurrying along the road.
He carried his hat in his hand. She stood behind the door, looking at the open
door of the parlour. Then she heard the stranger laughing quietly, and then his
footsteps came across the room. She could not see his face where she stood. The
parlour door slammed, and the place was silent again.
Cuss went straight up the village to Bunting the vicar. "Am I mad?" Cuss
began abruptly, as he entered the shabby little study. "Do I look like an insane
"What's happened?" said the vicar, putting the ammonite on the loose sheets
of his forth-coming sermon.

ammonite: (n) snakestone, fossil, hurrying: (n) hastening, speed, murmur: (n, v) grumble, mumble,
ammonoid. quickening, rushing, early, speeding, hum, whisper, mutter, whine, babble,
belated: (adj) late, tardy, behindhand, speeding up, stepping up, drone; (v) complain, bubble, breathe.
slow, overdue, benighted, delayed, amphetamine, forward, eager. sermon: (n) discourse, oration, speech,
posthumous, too late, untimely; (adj, imprecation: (n) curse, anathema, address, homily, preachment,
adv) behind. ANTONYMS: (adj) execration, cuss, blasphemy, bane, harangue, preaching, exhortation,
prompt, early, punctual, timely, ban, oath, prayer, malison, predication; (n, v) lecture.
premature. denunciation. sheets: (n) rain, bed linen.
coveted: (adj) sought after, desirable, insane: (adj) foolish, daft, demented, tremulously: (adv) fearfully,
in demand. ANTONYM: (adj) mad, delirious, lunatic, fool, shiveringly, tremblingly, shakingly,
unpopular. moonstruck, frantic, idiotic, nutty. quiveringly, quaveringly, fidgetily,
devoured: (adj) eaten up. ANTONYM: (adj) sensible. vibratingly.
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"That chap at the inn--"

"Give me something to drink," said Cuss, and he sat down.%
When his nerves had been steadied by a glass of cheap sherry--the only drink
the good vicar had available--he told him of the interview he had just had.
"Went in," he gasped, "and began to demand a subscription for that Nurse Fund.
He'd stuck his hands in his pockets as I came in, and he sat down lumpily in his
chair. Sniffed. I told him I'd heard he took an interest in scientific things. He
said yes. Sniffed again. Kept on sniffing all the time; evidently recently caught
an infernal cold. No wonder, wrapped up like that! I developed the nurse idea,
and all the while kept my eyes open. Bottles--chemicals--everywhere. Balance,
test-tubes in stands, and a smell of--evening primrose. Would he subscribe? Said
he'd consider it. Asked him, point-blank, was he researching. Said he was. A
long research? Got quite cross. 'A damnable long research,' said he, blowing the
cork out, so to speak. 'Oh,' said I. And out came the grievance. The man was
just on the boil, and my question boiled him over. He had been given a
prescription, most valuable prescription--what for he wouldn't say. Was it
medical? 'Damn you! What are you fishing after?' I apologised. Dignified sniff
and cough. He resumed. He'd read it. Five ingredients. Put it down; turned his
head. Draught of air from window lifted the paper. Swish, rustle. He was
working in a room with an open fireplace, he said. Saw a flicker, and there was
the prescription burning and lifting chimneyward. Rushed towards it just as it
whisked up the chimney. So! Just at that point, to illustrate his story, out came
his arm."
"No hand--just an empty sleeve. Lord! I thought, that's a deformity! Got a
cork arm, I suppose, and has taken it off. Then, I thought, there's something odd
in that. What the devil keeps that sleeve up and open, if there's nothing in it?
There was nothing in it, I tell you. Nothing down it, right down to the joint. I
could see right down it to the elbow, and there was a glimmer of light shining

damnable: (adj) cursed, damned, v) gleam, shimmer, flash, sparkle, diabolic, satanic.
abominable, hateful, accursed, beam, glow, shine; (v) blink; (n) point-blank: (adj, adv) straight; (adj)
devilish, infernal, disgusting, sinful, gleaming. direct, outspoken, ingenuous, candid,
deplorable, offensive. ANTONYMS: grievance: (n) injustice, wrong, straightforward; (adv) smack.
(adj) commendable, laudable, grudge, affliction, protest, objection, primrose: (n) auricula, polyanthus,
praiseworthy. disaffection, discontentment, primula, oxlip, paigle, primerole,
deformity: (n) malformation, dissatisfaction; (adj) annoyance; (adj, herbaceous plant, herb; (adj)
disfigurement, defect, blemish, n) distress. ANTONYMS: (n) justice, sensuous.
disfiguration, defacement, disability, praise. researching: (n) studies.
abnormality, distortion, clubfoot; (adj, infernal: (adj) devilish, fiendish, rustle: (n, v) whisper; (v) lift, buzz,
n) irregularity. diabolical, demonic, damned, cursed, steal, pilfer, whiz, pinch, abstract,
glimmer: (adj, n, v) flicker, twinkle; (n, blasted, unholy, wicked; (adj, v) thieve, purloin; (n) rustling.
26 The Invisible Man

through a tear of the cloth. 'Good God!' I said. Then he stopped. Stared at me
with those black goggles of his, and then at his sleeve."
"That's all. He never said a word; just glared, and put his sleeve back in his
pocket quickly. 'I was saying,' said he, 'that there was the prescription burning,
wasn't I?' Interrogative cough. 'How the devil,' said I, 'can you move an empty
sleeve like that?' 'Empty sleeve?' 'Yes,' said I, 'an empty sleeve.'
"'It's an empty sleeve, is it? You saw it was an empty sleeve?' He stood up
right away. I stood up too. He came towards me in three very slow steps, and
stood quite close. Sniffed venomously. I didn't flinch, though I'm hanged if that
bandaged knob of his, and those blinkers, aren't enough to unnerve any one,
coming quietly up to you.%
"'You said it was an empty sleeve?' he said. 'Certainly,' I said. At staring and
saying nothing a barefaced man, unspectacled, starts scratch. Then very quietly
he pulled his sleeve out of his pocket again, and raised his arm towards me as
though he would show it to me again. He did it very, very slowly. I looked at it.
Seemed an age. 'Well?' said I, clearing my throat, 'there's nothing in it.'
"Had to say something. I was beginning to feel frightened. I could see right
down it. He extended it straight towards me, slowly, slowly--just like that--until
the cuff was six inches from my face. Queer thing to see an empty sleeve come
at you like that! And then--"
"Something--exactly like a finger and thumb it felt--nipped my nose."
Bunting began to laugh.
"There wasn't anything there!" said Cuss, his voice running up into a shriek
at the "there." "It's all very well for you to laugh, but I tell you I was so startled, I
hit his cuff hard, and turned around, and cut out of the room--I left him--"
Cuss stopped. There was no mistaking the sincerity of his panic. He turned
round in a helpless way and took a second glass of the excellent vicar's very

barefaced: (adj) insolent, brassy, open, box, buffet, beat. caterwaul, shrill. ANTONYM: (v)
bold, bald, audacious, blatant, flinch: (v) cower, quail, recoil, recede, sigh.
impudent, overt, presumptuous, blench, shrink; (n, v) cringe, start, unnerve: (adj) unman, unbrace; (v)
unconcealed. ANTONYMS: (adj) retreat, jump, jerk. enfeeble, unsettle, discourage, upset,
shamed, reserved, respectful, furtive, mistaking: (n) misunderstanding, shake, disconcert, faze, disturb,
discreet, prudish, veiled, ashamed. mistake, imbroglio, untune. ANTONYMS: (v) strengthen,
began: (v) Gan. misinterpretation, misconstruction, encourage, reassure, comfort, soothe.
bunting: (n) banner, buntlin, cloth, misapprehension, misconstrual, venomously: (adv) spitefully,
fabric, material, textile, buntine, interpretation, misreading; (adj) maliciously, viciously, rancorously,
standard, ensign, flag, finch. mistaken, misleading. noxiously, virulently, meanly,
cuff: (n, v) hit, knock, clout, punch, shriek: (n, v) screech, cry, shout, call, bitterly, caustically, causticly,
slap, whack, manacle, handcuff; (v) howl, yell, yowl, screak; (v) bellow, toxically. ANTONYM: (adv) friendly.
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inferior sherry. "When I hit his cuff," said Cuss, "I tell you, it felt exactly like
hitting an arm. And there wasn't an arm! There wasn't the ghost of an arm!"%
Mr. Bunting thought it over. He looked suspiciously at Cuss. "It's a most
remarkable story," he said. He looked very wise and grave indeed. "It's really,"
said Mr. Bunting with judicial emphasis, "a most remarkable story."

ghost: (n, v) apparition, specter; (n) contact, contusion, drumming; (adj) judicious, discriminative.
shade, spirit, demon, soul, spook, convincing. ANTONYM: (n) victory. sherry: (v) rye, schnapps, highball,
spectre, goblin, appearance, monster. inferior: (adj) secondary, bad, humble, peg, rum, whisky, xeres, sling,
grave: (adj) solemn, serious, critical, poor, junior, petty, lesser, cheap, usquebaugh; (n) sherris, manzanilla.
earnest, dangerous, sedate, sad, base, feeble, vulgar. ANTONYMS: suspiciously: (adj, adv) doubtfully,
grand; (adj, v) severe, acute; (v) (adj) better, choice, excellent, skeptically, hesitantly, unbelievingly;
engrave. ANTONYMS: (adj) premium, adscript, perfect, higher, (adv) mistrustfully, warily,
frivolous, funny, cheerful, carefree, quality, senior; (adj, n) superscript; uncertainly, shadily, dubiously,
slight, nonchalant, trivial, stable, (n) boss. watchfully, questioningly.
minor, insignificant, favorable. judicial: (adj) legal, judiciary, ANTONYMS: (adv) carelessly,
hitting: (n) striking, collision, header, judicatory, critical, dispassionate, gullibly, thoughtlessly, certainly,
grounder, smash, beating, thrashing, lawful, juridical, judicially, juridic, confidently.
H.G. Wells 29



The facts of the burglary at the vicarage came to us chiefly through the
medium of the vicar and his wife. It occurred in the small hours of Whit Monday,
the day devoted in Iping to the Club festivities. Mrs. Bunting, it seems, woke up
suddenly in the stillness that comes before the dawn, with the strong impression
that the door of their bedroom had opened and closed. She did not arouse her
husband at first, but sat up in bed listening. She then distinctly heard the pad,
pad, pad of bare feet coming out of the adjoining dressing-room and walking
along the passage towards the staircase. As soon as she felt assured of this, she
aroused the Rev. Mr. Bunting as quietly as possible. He did not strike a light,
but putting on his spectacles, her dressing-gown and his bath slippers, he went
out on the landing to listen. He heard quite distinctly a fumbling going on at his
study desk down-stairs, and then a violent sneeze.
At that he returned to his bedroom, armed himself with the most obvious
weapon, the poker, and descended the staircase as noiselessly as possible. Mrs.
Bunting came out on the landing.
The hour was about four, and the ultimate darkness of the night was past.
There was a faint shimmer of light in the hall, but the study doorway yawned
impenetrably black. Everything was still except the faint creaking of the stairs
arouse: (v) wake, stir, agitate, excite, bunglesome, clunky, cumbersome, tongs, trivet, rake.
awaken, stimulate, anger, kindle, incompetent, left-handed, unskilled. shimmer: (n, v) shine, flash, gleam,
provoke, raise; (n, v) rouse. impenetrably: (adv) hermetically, sparkle, glitter, glimmer, beam,
ANTONYMS: (v) calm, dampen, hermeticly, unintelligibly, luster, sheen; (v) flicker, twinkle.
stifle, sedate, quiet, pacify, bore, unfathomably. sneeze: (n) sneezing, physiological
allay, lull, quench, suppress. noiselessly: (adv) silently, soundlessly, reaction, reflex; (v) arrest, despise,
creaking: (adj, v) creaky; (adj) stilly, softly, mutely, delicately, loathe, act involuntarily, Neese, act
squeaking, harsh, screaky, noisy, wordlessly, gently, speechlessly; (adj, reflexively.
arthritic; (v) rickety; (n) screak. adv) stealthily; (adj) noiseless. vicarage: (n) parsonage, manse,
descended: (v) extraught. ANTONYMS: (adv) heavily, audibly. residence, domicile, home, glebe
fumbling: (adj) clumsy, fumble, poker: (n) draw, lotto, nap, fire hook, house, church house, glebe, dwelling
butterfingered, awkward, bumbling, monte, reversis, shovel, squeezers, house, abode, dwelling.
30 The Invisible Man

under Mr. Bunting's tread, and the slight movements in the study. Then
something snapped, the drawer was opened, and there was a rustle of papers.
Then came an imprecation, and a match was struck and the study was flooded
with yellow light. Mr. Bunting was now in the hall, and through the crack of the
door he could see the desk and the open drawer and a candle burning on the
desk. But the robber he could not see. He stood there in the hall undecided
what to do, and Mrs. Bunting, her face white and intent, crept slowly downstairs
after him. One thing kept Mr. Bunting's courage; the persuasion that this
burglar was a resident in the village.%
They heard the chink of money, and realised that the robber had found the
housekeeping reserve of gold--two pounds ten in half sovereigns altogether. At
that sound Mr. Bunting was nerved to abrupt action. Gripping the poker firmly,
he rushed into the room, closely followed by Mrs. Bunting. "Surrender!" cried
Mr. Bunting, fiercely, and then stooped amazed. Apparently the room was
perfectly empty.
Yet their conviction that they had, that very moment, heard somebody
moving in the room had amounted to a certainty. For half a minute, perhaps,
they stood gaping, then Mrs. Bunting went across the room and looked behind
the screen, while Mr. Bunting, by a kindred impulse, peered under the desk.
Then Mrs. Bunting turned back the window-curtains, and Mr. Bunting looked up
the chimney and probed it with the poker. Then Mrs. Bunting scrutinised the
waste-paper basket and Mr. Bunting opened the lid of the coal-scuttle. Then they
came to a stop and stood with eyes interrogating each other.
"I could have sworn--" said Mr. Bunting.
"The candle!" said Mr. Bunting. "Who lit the candle?"
"The drawer!" said Mrs. Bunting. "And the money's gone!"
She went hastily to the doorway.
"Of all the strange occurrences--"

abrupt: (adj) sudden, brusque, sharp, crevice, Chinaman, aperture, hiatus, punishment, dissuasion.
precipitous, steep, instantaneous, scissure, blunt; (n, v) clink, break. robber: (n) highwayman, bandit,
unexpected, swift, instant, hasty; (n) housekeeping: (n) housewifery, mugger, outlaw, plunderer, pillager,
bold. ANTONYMS: (adj) gentle, household, domestic science. burglar, pirate, crook, filcher, spoiler.
gradual, rambling, gracious, interrogating: (n) interrogation. snapped: (adj) torn.
courteous, polite, anticipated, kind, kindred: (adj) cognate, akin, similar, stooped: (adj) hunched, stoop,
calm, protracted, deliberate. allied, related; (n) kin, consanguinity, stooping, crooked, bended, not
burglar: (n) thief, picklock, cracksman, relation, folk, folks, kin group. straight, inclined, not erect, arched,
bandit, housebreaker, prowler, persuasion: (n) belief, opinion, faith, asymmetrical, droopy.
plunderer, burglary, burglarer, inducement, creed, idea, exhortation, tread: (n, v) pace, walk, rate, march,
burglars, impostor. enticement, view, sentiment; (adj, n) tramp; (n) gait, stride, footstep,
chink: (v) jingle, tinkle; (n) cleft, conviction. ANTONYMS: (n) force, footfall, track; (v) trample.
H.G. Wells 31

There was a violent sneeze in the passage. They rushed out, and as they did
so the kitchen door slammed. "Bring the candle," said Mr. Bunting, and led the
way. They both heard a sound of bolts being hastily shot back.%
As he opened the kitchen door he saw through the scullery that the back
door was just opening, and the faint light of early dawn displayed the dark
masses of the garden beyond. He is certain that nothing went out of the door. It
opened, stood open for a moment, and then closed with a slam. As it did so, the
candle Mrs. Bunting was carrying from the study flickered and flared. It was a
minute or more before they entered the kitchen.
The place was empty. They refastened the back door, examined the kitchen,
pantry, and scullery thoroughly, and at last went down into the cellar. There
was not a soul to be found in the house, search as they would.
Daylight found the vicar and his wife, a quaintly-costumed little couple, still
marvelling about on their own ground floor by the unnecessary light of a
guttering candle.

candle: (n) candela, light, taper, imprudently, speedily. ANTONYMS: quick, speedy. ANTONYMS: (adj)
bougie, CD, candlepower, lamp, wax (adv) carefully, unhurriedly, unhurried, slow, considered, gradual.
light, Standard candle; (v) examine, industriously, sensibly, prudently, scullery: (n) basement, kitchen, room,
illuminate. late, calmly, thoroughly, patiently, offices.
cellar: (n) basement, cellarage, wine gradually, cautiously. slam: (n, v) knock, slap, smash, hit,
cellar, godown, warehouse, winery, pantry: (n) buttery, store, basement, bat; (n) sweep, crash, clap, shot, gibe;
silo, pit, excavation, story, storey. kitchen, stowage, scullery, store (v) shut. ANTONYMS: (v) open,
flared: (adj) aflare, increasing. cupboard, covey, storeroom, commend.
guttering: (adj) guttering out. stomach, stillroom. vicar: (n) minister, priest, clergyman,
hastily: (adv) hurriedly, rapidly, rushed: (adj) hurried, rush, precipitate, parson, pastor, rector, delegate,
quickly, rashly, promptly, suddenly, rapid, unexpected, hassled, regent, preacher, substitute,
thoughtlessly, impetuously, swiftly, immediate, instant, instantaneous, representative.
H.G. Wells 33



Now it happened that in the early hours of Whit Monday, before Millie was
hunted out for the day, Mr. Hall and Mrs. Hall both rose and went noiselessly
down into the cellar. Their business there was of a private nature, and had
something to do with the specific gravity of their beer. They had hardly entered
the cellar when Mrs. Hall found she had forgotten to bring down a bottle of
sarsaparilla from their joint-room. As she was the expert and principal operator
in this affair, Hall very properly went upstairs for it.%
On the landing he was surprised to see that the stranger's door was ajar. He
went on into his own room and found the bottle as he had been directed.
But returning with the bottle, he noticed that the bolts of the front door had
been shot back, that the door was in fact simply on the latch. And with a flash of
inspiration he connected this with the stranger's room upstairs and the
suggestions of Mr. Teddy Henfrey. He distinctly remembered holding the
candle while Mrs. Hall shot these bolts overnight. At the sight he stopped,
gaping, then with the bottle still in his hand went upstairs again. He rapped at
the stranger's door. There was no answer. He rapped again; then pushed the
door wide open and entered.

distinctly: (adv) clearly, particularly, gravity: (n) solemnity, earnestness, revelation, breath, inhalation, notion;
evidently, expressly, obviously, gravitation, graveness, gravitational (n, v) illumination, infusion; (adj, n)
markedly, definitely, precisely, attraction, weight, seriousness, genius.
manifestly, separately, decidedly. significance, severity, sedateness; (n, latch: (v) bar, fasten, grab; (n, v) bolt;
ANTONYMS: (adv) inaudibly, v) poise. ANTONYMS: (n) (adj, n, v) lock; (n) hasp, clasp, door
faintly, vaguely, silently, insignificance, lightheartedness, latch, hook; (adj) link, yoke.
imperceptibly, poorly. triviality, cheerfulness, levity. noticed: (adj) noted.
flash: (n, v) flicker, blaze, shimmer, hunted: (adj) coursed, afraid, wanted, overnight: (n, v) travel; (adj) nocturnal,
glitter, gleam, glimmer, blink, flame; required, sought, sought after; (n) temporary, meteoric; (n) voyage, trip,
(adj, n, v) twinkle; (n) instant; (v) victim. tour. ANTONYM: (adv) gradually.
coruscate. ANTONYMS: (adj) inspiration: (n) afflatus, sarsaparilla: (n) rough bindweed,
tasteful; (n) age; (v) dawdle. encouragement, idea, incentive, sarsa, sarsaparilla plant.
34 The Invisible Man

It was as he expected. The bed, the room also, was empty. And what was
stranger, even to his heavy intelligence, on the bedroom chair and along the rail
of the bed were scattered the garments, the only garments so far as he knew, and
the bandages of their guest. His big slouch hat even was cocked jauntily over
the bed-post.%
As Hall stood there he heard his wife's voice coming out of the depth of the
cellar, with that rapid telescoping of the syllables and interrogative cocking up
of the final words to a high note, by which the West Sussex villager is wont to
indicate a brisk impatience. "George! You gart whad a wand?"
At that he turned and hurried down to her. "Janny," he said, over the rail of
the cellar steps, "'tas the truth what Henfrey sez. 'E's not in uz room, 'e en't. And
the front door's onbolted."
At first Mrs. Hall did not understand, and as soon as she did she resolved to
see the empty room for herself. Hall, still holding the bottle, went first. "If 'e en't
there," he said, "'is close are. And what's 'e doin' 'ithout 'is close, then? 'Tas a
most curious business."
As they came up the cellar steps they both, it was afterwards ascertained,
fancied they heard the front door open and shut, but seeing it closed and nothing
there, neither said a word to the other about it at the time. Mrs. Hall passed her
husband in the passage and ran on first upstairs. Someone sneezed on the
staircase. Hall, following six steps behind, thought that he heard her sneeze. She,
going on first, was under the impression that Hall was sneezing. She flung open
the door and stood regarding the room. "Of all the curious!" she said.
She heard a sniff close behind her head as it seemed, and turning, was
surprised to see Hall a dozen feet off on the topmost stair. But in another
moment he was beside her. She bent forward and put her hand on the pillow
and then under the clothes.
"Cold," she said. "He's been up this hour or more."
As she did so, a most extraordinary thing happened. The bed-clothes
gathered themselves together, leapt up suddenly into a sort of peak, and then

ascertained: (adj) discovered, slouch: (v) droop, slump, sprawl; (adj, telescoping: (n) telescoping of
determined; (v) absolute, recognized, v) lag; (adj) crouch, dawdle, hang vehicles.
received, noted, notorious, decisive, back, drawl, droil; (n) lazybones, topmost: (adj) highest, upmost, upper,
unmistakable, unequivocal, positive. stoop. maximum, uppermost, head,
cocked: (adj) erect, upright, vertical. sneezing: (n) sternutation, reflex, supreme, utmost, crowning, apical,
dozen: (adj, n) XII; (n) dozens, boxcars. physiological reaction, neesing. uttermost. ANTONYM: (adj) bottom.
heard: (n) hearing. sniff: (v) nose, inhale, smell, breathe, villager: (n) denizen, dweller,
jauntily: (adv) cheerfully, airily, breathe in, sniffle, smoke, smell out, inhabitant.
brightly, sprucely, smartly, merrily, despise; (n, v) snuff, whiff. wont: (adj, n) use, custom, usage; (n)
dashingly, nattily, buoyantly, stair: (n) stage, degree, footstep, rank, practice, tradition, cleanliness,
breezily, lightly. stairway, staircase, corbiestep, assuetude, assuefaction, convention,
leapt: (adj) sprung. ladder, pace, steps, support. rut; (v) practise.
H.G. Wells 35

jumped headlong over the bottom rail. It was exactly as if a hand had clutched
them in the centre and flung them aside. Immediately after, the stranger's hat
hopped off the bed-post, described a whirling flight in the air through the better
part of a circle, and then dashed straight at Mrs. Hall's face. Then as swiftly came
the sponge from the washstand; and then the chair, flinging the stranger's coat
and trousers carelessly aside, and laughing drily in a voice singularly like the
stranger's, turned itself up with its four legs at Mrs. Hall, seemed to take aim at
her for a moment, and charged at her. She screamed and turned, and then the
chair legs came gently but firmly against her back and impelled her and Hall out
of the room. The door slammed violently and was locked. The chair and bed
seemed to be executing a dance of triumph for a moment, and then abruptly
everything was still.%
Mrs. Hall was left almost in a fainting condition in Mr. Hall's arms on the
landing. It was with the greatest difficulty that Mr. Hall and Millie, who had
been roused by her scream of alarm, succeeded in getting her downstairs, and
applying the restoratives customary in such cases.
"'Tas sperits," said Mrs. Hall. "I know 'tas sperits. I've read in papers of en.
Tables and chairs leaping and dancing..."
"Take a drop more, Janny," said Hall. "'Twill steady ye."
"Lock him out," said Mrs. Hall. "Don't let him come in again. I half guessed--
I might ha' known. With them goggling eyes and bandaged head, and never
going to church of a Sunday. And all they bottles--more'n it's right for any one to
have. He's put the sperits into the furniture.... My good old furniture! 'Twas in
that very chair my poor dear mother used to sit when I was a little girl. To think
it should rise up against me now!"
"Just a drop more, Janny," said Hall. "Your nerves is all upset."
They sent Millie across the street through the golden five o'clock sunshine to
rouse up Mr. Sandy Wadgers, the blacksmith. Mr. Hall's compliments and the
furniture upstairs was behaving most extraordinary. Would Mr. Wadgers come
round? He was a knowing man, was Mr. Wadgers, and very resourceful. He

executing: (n) performing, execution, resourceful: (adj) inventive, clever, unusually, curiously, rarely,
decapitation, capital punishment, imaginative, creative, witty, quick, uncommonly, oddly, solely,
electrocution, death penalty, nimble, smart, capable, original, exceptionally, individually; (adj, adv)
crucifixion, implementation, corporal adroit. ANTONYMS: (adj) unoriginal, remarkably.
punishment; (v) perform, execute. incompetent, limited. washstand: (n) basin, sink, washbasin,
fainting: (n) swoon, syncope, rouse: (v) provoke, excite, arouse, washbowl, bathroom, toilet, article of
deliquium, lipothymy, prostration, kindle, awaken, instigate, actuate, furniture, basinful, can, furniture,
stupor; (adj) lipothymic. disturb, move, agitate, incite. handbasin.
flinging: (n) casting, cast. ANTONYMS: (v) dampen, whirling: (adj) rotary, revolving,
impelled: (adj) prompted, provoked, dishearten, suppress, douse, inhibit, dizzy, giddy, lightheaded, rotating,
determined, compulsive, encouraged, stifle, quench. vortical; (n) rotation, gyration,
goaded, motivated, bound. singularly: (adv) peculiarly, uniquely, revolution; (adj, n) swirling.
36 The Invisible Man

took quite a grave view of the case. "Arm darmed if thet ent witchcraft," was the
view of Mr. Sandy Wadgers. "You warnt horseshoes for such gentry as he."
He came round greatly concerned. They wanted him to lead the way
upstairs to the room, but he didn't seem to be in any hurry. He preferred to talk
in the passage. Over the way Huxter's apprentice came out and began taking
down the shutters of the tobacco window. He was called over to join the
discussion. Mr. Huxter naturally followed over in the course of a few minutes.
The Anglo-Saxon genius for parliamentary government asserted itself; there was
a great deal of talk and no decisive action. "Let's have the facts first," insisted Mr.
Sandy Wadgers. "Let's be sure we'd be acting perfectly right in bustin' that there
door open. A door onbust is always open to bustin', but ye can't onbust a door
once you've busted en."
And suddenly and most wonderfully the door of the room upstairs opened of
its own accord, and as they looked up in amazement, they saw descending the
stairs the muffled figure of the stranger staring more blackly and blankly than
ever with those unreasonably large blue glass eyes of his. He came down stiffly
and slowly, staring all the time; he walked across the passage staring, then
"Look there!" he said, and their eyes followed the direction of his gloved
finger and saw a bottle of sarsaparilla hard by the cellar door. Then he entered
the parlour, and suddenly, swiftly, viciously, slammed the door in their faces.
Not a word was spoken until the last echoes of the slam had died away.
They stared at one another. "Well, if that don't lick everything!" said Mr.
Wadgers, and left the alternative unsaid.
"I'd go in and ask'n 'bout it," said Wadgers, to Mr. Hall. "I'd d'mand an
It took some time to bring the landlady's husband up to that pitch. At last he
rapped, opened the door, and got as far as, "Excuse me--"
"Go to the devil!" said the stranger in a tremendous voice, and "Shut that door
after you." So that brief interview terminated.

blackly: (adv) darkly, threateningly, ANTONYMS: (adj) clear, distinct, understood, unexpressed, wordless,
somberly, dismally, murkily, bleakly, audible, slight. untold, unwritten, unverbalized; (v)
shamefully, obscurely, dingily, unreasonably: (adv) absurdly, unsung, untalked of. ANTONYMS:
wickedly, sinisterly. irrationally, immoderately, unfairly, (adj) stated, explicit, expressed,
busted: (v) broke, out of commission; unscientifically, unjustly, spoken.
(adj) broken down, damaged, burst, undeservedly, unsuitably, without viciously: (adv) wickedly, wildly,
ruined, not working, destitute, need, pointlessly; (adj) excessively. savagely, maliciously, evilly,
disrepair, had it, impaired. ANTONYMS: (adv) sensibly, wrongly, nastily, cruelly, fiercely,
horseshoes: (n) horseshoe pitching. reasonably, acceptably, sanely, spitefully, badly. ANTONYMS: (adv)
muffled: (adj) hushed, muted, hollow, appropriately, fairly, logically, gently, harmoniously, peacefully,
inarticulate, faint, soft, subdued, low, rationally. genially, tamely.
quiet; (v) allusive, covert. unsaid: (adj) implicit, unvoiced, tacit, walked: (adj) exempt; (v) yode.
H.G. Wells 37



The stranger went into the little parlour of the "Coach and Horses" about
half-past five in the morning, and there he remained until near midday, the
blinds down, the door shut, and none, after Hall's repulse, venturing near him.%
All that time he must have fasted. Thrice he rang his bell, the third time
furiously and continuously, but no one answered him. "Him and his 'go to the
devil' indeed!" said Mrs. Hall. Presently came an imperfect rumour of the
burglary at the vicarage, and two and two were put together. Hall, assisted by
Wadgers, went off to find Mr. Shuckleforth, the magistrate, and take his advice.
No one ventured upstairs. How the stranger occupied himself is unknown.
Now and then he would stride violently up and down, and twice came an
outburst of curses, a tearing of paper, and a violent smashing of bottles.
The little group of scared but curious people increased. Mrs. Huxter came
over; some gay young fellows resplendent in black ready-made jackets and
pique paper ties--for it was Whit Monday--joined the group with confused
interrogations. Young Archie Harker distinguished himself by going up the yard
and trying to peep under the window-blinds. He could see nothing, but gave
reason for supposing that he did, and others of the Iping youth presently joined
curses: (n) abuse. glint, squeal; (n) glimpse, cheep; (v) ANTONYMS: (v) attract, accept,
imperfect: (adj) faulty, deficient, chirp, peer, pry. ANTONYMS: (v) delight, yield, please; (n, v) welcome.
defective, unfinished, incomplete, stare, gaze; (n) examination. resplendent: (adj, n) bright, lucid; (adj)
poor, flawed, partial, inadequate, pique: (v) nettle, insult, outrage, radiant, luminous, illustrious,
broken, fallible. ANTONYMS: (adj) irritate, fret; (n) grudge, annoyance, splendid, flamboyant, glorious,
perfect, whole, unblemished, umbrage, irritation; (n, v) anger, magnificent, gorgeous, effulgent.
adequate, complete, sound, spite. ANTONYM: (adj) dull.
boundless, capable, flawless. ready-made: (adj) reach-me-down, supposing: (adv) admitting,
outburst: (n) explosion, spurt, trite. conditionally, in case; (n)
eruption, fit, burst, flash, effusion, repulse: (n, v) rebuff, defeat; (v) repel, supposition, conjecture, thought,
gush, ebullition, blast, rage. nauseate, disgust, drive back, revolt, theory, assumption; (conj) although,
peep: (n, v) glance, peek, look, gaze, reject, refuse, beat back; (n) refusal. what if; (v) suppose.
38 The Invisible Man

It was the finest of all possible Whit Mondays, and down the village street
stood a row of nearly a dozen booths, a shooting gallery, and on the grass by the
forge were three yellow and chocolate wagons and some picturesque strangers of
both sexes putting up a cocoanut shy. The gentlemen wore blue jerseys, the
ladies white aprons and quite fashionable hats with heavy plumes. Woodyer, of
the "Purple Fawn," and Mr. Jaggers, the cobbler, who also sold old second-hand
ordinary bicycles, were stretching a string of union-jacks and royal ensigns
(which had originally celebrated the first Victorian Jubilee) across the road.%
And inside, in the artificial darkness of the parlour, into which only one thin
jet of sunlight penetrated, the stranger, hungry we must suppose, and fearful,
hidden in his uncomfortable hot wrappings, pored through his dark glasses
upon his paper or chinked his dirty little bottles, and occasionally swore
savagely at the boys, audible if invisible, outside the windows. In the corner by
the fireplace lay the fragments of half a dozen smashed bottles, and a pungent
twang of chlorine tainted the air. So much we know from what was heard at the
time and from what was subsequently seen in the room.
About noon he suddenly opened his parlour door and stood glaring fixedly
at the three or four people in the bar. "Mrs. Hall," he said. Somebody went
sheepishly and called for Mrs. Hall.
Mrs. Hall appeared after an interval, a little short of breath, but all the fiercer
for that. Hall was still out. She had deliberated over this scene, and she came
holding a little tray with an unsettled bill upon it. "Is it your bill you're wanting,
sir?" she said.
"Why wasn't my breakfast laid? Why haven't you prepared my meals and
answered my bell? Do you think I live without eating?"
"Why isn't my bill paid?" said Mrs. Hall. "That's what I want to know."
"I told you three days ago I was awaiting a remittance--"
"I told you two days ago I wasn't going to await no remittances. You can't
grumble if your breakfast waits a bit, if my bill's been waiting these five days,
can you?"

chlorine: (n) Cl, chlorines, gas, ANTONYMS: (n, v) praise; (v) twang: (n, v) flavor; (n) accent, tang,
element, centilitre, atomic number, compliment, rejoice. strong taste; (v) jar, strum, play,
centiliter, chemical element. penetrated: (adj) perforated, entered. smack, taste, smatch, savor.
cobbler: (n) bootmaker, shoemaker, sheepishly: (adv) timidly, shily, unsettled: (adj) changeable,
cordwainer, hosier, highball, hatter, nervously, skittishly, retiringly, undecided, doubtful, uneasy,
maker, shaper, pie, vamper; (v) embarrassedly, diffidently, bashfully, outstanding, variable, unpaid,
tinker. abashedly, ashamedly, uncertainly. unresolved; (adj, v) unfixed,
cocoanut: (n) coco, cocoa-nut, coconut tainted: (adj, v) rotten, rancid, bad, indefinite, undetermined.
palm, coco palm, cocoa palm. musty, reasty, vitiated; (adj) rank, ANTONYMS: (adj) confident,
grumble: (n, v) mutter, gripe, growl, contaminated, faulty, putrid, dirty. definite, decided, well, sure, happy,
moan, rumble, mumble, groan, roar; ANTONYMS: (adj) unadulterated, constant, conclusive, certain, calmed,
(v) complain, grouch; (n) complaint. unchanged, untarnished, clean. calm.
H.G. Wells 39

The stranger swore briefly but vividly.%

"Nar, nar!" from the bar.
"And I'd thank you kindly, sir, if you'd keep your swearing to yourself, sir,"
said Mrs. Hall.
The stranger stood looking more like an angry diving-helmet than ever. It
was universally felt in the bar that Mrs. Hall had the better of him. His next
words showed as much.
"Look here, my good woman--" he began.
"Don't 'good woman' me," said Mrs. Hall.
"I've told you my remittance hasn't come."
"Remittance indeed!" said Mrs. Hall.
"Still, I daresay in my pocket--"
"You told me three days ago that you hadn't anything but a sovereign's worth
of silver upon you."
"Well, I've found some more--"
"'Ul-lo!" from the bar.
"I wonder where you found it," said Mrs. Hall.
That seemed to annoy the stranger very much. He stamped his foot. "What
do you mean?" he said.
"That I wonder where you found it," said Mrs. Hall. "And before I take any
bills or get any breakfasts, or do any such things whatsoever, you got to tell me
one or two things I don't understand, and what nobody don't understand, and
what everybody is very anxious to understand. I want to know what you been
doing t'my chair upstairs, and I want to know how 'tis your room was empty,
and how you got in again. Them as stops in this house comes in by the doors--
that's the rule of the house, and that you didn't do, and what I want to know is
how you did come in. And I want to know--"

annoy: (v) pester, displease, anger, benevolent. ANTONYMS: (adv) profanity, oath, abuse, blasphemy,
harass, bother, vex, aggravate, grate, harshly, nastily, callously, cruelly, swearword, execration, adjuration,
molest; (n) annoyance; (n, v) afflict. sharply, disagreeably, grumpily, asseveration; (v) swear.
ANTONYMS: (v) pacify, soothe, malevolently; (adj) upsetting, universally: (adv) commonly, globally,
gratify, placate, comfort, encourage, unfeeling, sour. ally, everywhere, totally, Catholicly,
delight. remittance: (n) remission, allowance, cosmically, ubiquitously, prevalently,
bills: (n) currency, folding money. fee, pay, remitment, remittal, remit, regularly, usually. ANTONYMS:
daresay: (v) assume, deem. toll, compensation, repayment, (adv) narrowly, locally.
kindly: (adj) kind, amiable, genial, transfer. whatsoever: (adj) any, at all, possible;
charitable; (adv) sympathetically, stamped: (adj) beaten, marked, (pron) what, anything, no matter
benevolently, tenderly; (adj, n) pressed, printed; (v) fixed, engraved. what, partly, somewhat, anything
benign, gentle, sympathetic, swearing: (n) curse, expletive, that, whatso.
40 The Invisible Man

Suddenly the stranger raised his gloved hands clenched, stamped his foot,
and said, "Stop!" with such extraordinary violence that he silenced her
"You don't understand," he said, "who I am or what I am. I'll show you. By
Heaven! I'll show you." Then he put his open palm over his face and withdrew it.
The centre of his face became a black cavity. "Here," he said. He stepped
forward and handed Mrs. Hall something which she, staring at his
metamorphosed face, accepted automatically. Then, when she saw what it was,
she screamed loudly, dropped it, and staggered back. The nose--it was the
stranger's nose! pink and shining--rolled on the floor.
Then he removed his spectacles, and everyone in the bar gasped. He took off
his hat, and with a violent gesture tore at his whiskers and bandages. For a
moment they resisted him. A flash of horrible anticipation passed through the
bar. "Oh, my Gard!" said some one. Then off they came.
It was worse than anything. Mrs. Hall, standing open-mouthed and horror-
struck, shrieked at what she saw, and made for the door of the house. Everyone
began to move. They were prepared for scars, disfigurements, tangible horrors,
but nothing! The bandages and false hair flew across the passage into the bar,
making a hobbledehoy jump to avoid them. Everyone tumbled on everyone
else down the steps. For the man who stood there shouting some incoherent
explanation, was a solid gesticulating figure up to the coat-collar of him, and
then--nothingness, no visible thing at all!
People down the village heard shouts and shrieks, and looking up the street
saw the "Coach and Horses" violently firing out its humanity. They saw Mrs.
Hall fall down and Mr. Teddy Henfrey jump to avoid tumbling over her, and
then they heard the frightful screams of Millie, who, emerging suddenly from
the kitchen at the noise of the tumult, had come upon the headless stranger from
behind. These increased suddenly.
Forthwith everyone all down the street, the sweet stuff seller, cocoanut shy
proprietor and his assistant, the swing man, little boys and girls, rustic dandies,
smart wenches, smocked elders and aproned gipsies--began running towards the
frightful: (adj, v) fearful; (adj) whippersnapper, youngun, stripling, silenced: (adj) mute, muffled,
formidable, awful, fearsome, whiffet, schoolboy. disabled.
appalling, gruesome, horrible, incoherent: (adj) disjointed, tumbled: (adj) disordered.
terrible, dread, frightening, grim. disconnected, delirious, rambling, tumult: (adj, n, v) hubbub, disturbance;
ANTONYMS: (adj) wonderful, confused, disordered, incompatible, (n) stir, commotion, bustle, din, fuss,
calming, soothing, pleasant, lovely, wandering, muddled, inconsistent, excitement; (n, v) clamor, disorder,
fair. contradictory. ANTONYMS: (adj) brawl. ANTONYMS: (n) peace, push,
gesticulating: (adj) communicative. clear, articulate, eloquent, intelligible, serenity, order, calm.
headless: (adj) acephalous, brainless, lucid, sound, concise, consistent. whiskers: (n) fuzz, goatee, hair,
beheaded, foolish. open-mouthed: (adj) spellbound. imperial, face fungus, beaver,
hobbledehoy: (n) lad, boy, youngster, scars: (n) seams. mustache, moustache, sideburns,
younker, callant, whipster, shouts: (n) cries. facial hair, sideboards.
H.G. Wells 41

inn, and in a miraculously short space of time a crowd of perhaps forty people,
and rapidly increasing, swayed and hooted and inquired and exclaimed and
suggested, in front of Mrs. Hall's establishment. Everyone seemed eager to talk
at once, and the result was Babel. A small group supported Mrs. Hall, who was
picked up in a state of collapse. There was a conference, and the incredible
evidence of a vociferous eye-witness. "O Bogey!" "What's he been doin', then?"
"Ain't hurt the girl, 'as 'e?" "Run at en with a knife, I believe." "No 'ed, I tell ye. I
don't mean no manner of speaking. I mean marn 'ithout a 'ed!" "Narnsense! 'tis
some conjuring trick." "Fetched off 'is wrapping, 'e did--"
In its struggles to see in through the open door, the crowd formed itself into a
straggling wedge, with the more adventurous apex nearest the inn. "He stood
for a moment, I heerd the gal scream, and he turned. I saw her skirts whisk, and
he went after her. Didn't take ten seconds. Back he comes with a knife in uz
hand and a loaf; stood just as if he was staring. Not a moment ago. Went in that
there door. I tell 'e, 'e ain't gart no 'ed at all. You just missed en--"
There was a disturbance behind, and the speaker stopped to step aside for a
little procession that was marching very resolutely towards the house; first Mr.
Hall, very red and determined, then Mr. Bobby Jaffers, the village constable, and
then the wary Mr. Wadgers. They had come now armed with a warrant.%
People shouted conflicting information of the recent circumstances. "'Ed or
no 'ed," said Jaffers, "I got to 'rest en, and 'rest en I will."
Mr. Hall marched up the steps, marched straight to the door of the parlour
and flung it open. "Constable," he said, "do your duty."
Jaffers marched in. Hall next, Wadgers last. They saw in the dim light the
headless figure facing them, with a gnawed crust of bread in one gloved hand
and a chunk of cheese in the other.
"That's him!" said Hall.
"What the devil's this?" came in a tone of angry expostulation from above the
collar of the figure.

conjuring: (n) magic, hocus-pocus, stupendously, supernaturally, straggling: (adj) rambling, straggly,
incantation, sorcery, witchcraft, astonishingly, staggeringly, spread, few, trailing, untidy,
sleight of hand, adjuration, figgum, wondrously, startlingly, vagabond, sprawly, sprawled.
conjury, evocation; (adj) magical. phenomenally. ANTONYM: (adj) compact.
expostulation: (n) dissuasion, resolutely: (adv) determinedly, vociferous: (adj) loud, clamorous,
deprecation, objection, admonition, decidedly, steadfastly, decisively, blatant, boisterous, clamant, strident,
reprehension, dehortation, unfalteringly, boldly, steadily, obstreperous, vocal, tumultuous,
increpation, reprobation, rebuke, stubbornly, definitely, resolvedly, turbulent, blustering. ANTONYMS:
reproach, reproof. unwaveringly. ANTONYMS: (adv) (adj) silent, tranquil, shy, gentle, soft.
gnawed: (v) gnow, eroded. irresolutely, indecisively, uncertainly, whisk: (n, v) brush; (v) shake, fly, beat,
miraculously: (adv) astoundingly, feebly, hesitantly, aimlessly. stir, jerk, race, flourish, flap, blow; (n)
marvelously, strangely, remarkably, shouted: (adj) screamed, loud. broom.
42 The Invisible Man

"You're a damned rum customer, mister," said Mr. Jaffers. "But 'ed or no 'ed,
the warrant says 'body,' and duty's duty--"
"Keep off!" said the figure, starting back.%
Abruptly he whipped down the bread and cheese, and Mr. Hall just grasped
the knife on the table in time to save it. Off came the stranger's left glove and
was slapped in Jaffers' face. In another moment Jaffers, cutting short some
statement concerning a warrant, had gripped him by the handless wrist and
caught his invisible throat. He got a sounding kick on the shin that made him
shout, but he kept his grip. Hall sent the knife sliding along the table to Wadgers,
who acted as goal-keeper for the offensive, so to speak, and then stepped
forward as Jaffers and the stranger swayed and staggered towards him,
clutching and hitting in. A chair stood in the way, and went aside with a crash
as they came down together.
"Get the feet," said Jaffers between his teeth.
Mr. Hall, endeavouring to act on instructions, received a sounding kick in the
ribs that disposed of him for a moment, and Mr. Wadgers, seeing the
decapitated stranger had rolled over and got the upper side of Jaffers, retreated
towards the door, knife in hand, and so collided with Mr. Huxter and the
Sidderbridge carter coming to the rescue of law and order. At the same moment
down came three or four bottles from the chiffonnier and shot a web of
pungency into the air of the room.
"I'll surrender," cried the stranger, though he had Jaffers down, and in
another moment he stood up panting, a strange figure, headless and handless--
for he had pulled off his right glove now as well as his left. "It's no good," he said,
as if sobbing for breath.
It was the strangest thing in the world to hear that voice coming as if out of
empty space, but the Sussex peasants are perhaps the most matter-of-fact people
under the sun. Jaffers got up also and produced a pair of handcuffs. Then he

decapitated: (adj) decollated, headless. ordinary, regular, pragmatic, trivial, unintelligible, abrade, bark, beat; (n)
disposed: (adj) prone, apt, ready, realistic. tibia, shinbone, leg, alphabetic
subject, prepared, liable, game, panting: (adj) gasping, breathless, character, body part.
inclined, fain, likely, minded. blown, winded, puffed; (v) slapped: (adj) mistreated.
ANTONYMS: (adj) ailing, palpitation; (n) heaving, gasp, sobbing: (adj) crying, weeping, weepy,
indisposed, unlikely, disinclined, asthma, heave, puff. tearful; (n) lamentation, shortness of
reluctant, impervious. pungency: (n) acridity, poignancy, breath, shit, prick, motherfucker, tear,
handcuffs: (n) fetters, cuffs, cuff, bitterness, acrimony, bite, acuity, lament.
chains, handcuff, manacles, manacle, bitter, keenness, sharpness, piquancy, swayed: (adj) persuaded, susceptible,
bonds, bond, darbies, iron. odor. ANTONYM: (n) blandness. touched, convinced. ANTONYM:
matter-of-fact: (adj) prosaic, practical, ribs: (n) dinner, chest, bosom. (adj) doubtful.
dry, commonplace, common, normal, shin: (v) clamber, shinny, make whipped: (v) whipt.
H.G. Wells 43

"I say!" said Jaffers, brought up short by a dim realization of the incongruity
of the whole business, "Darn it! Can't use 'em as I can see."
The stranger ran his arm down his waistcoat, and as if by a miracle the
buttons to which his empty sleeve pointed became undone. Then he said
something about his shin, and stooped down. He seemed to be fumbling with
his shoes and socks.%
"Why!" said Huxter, suddenly, "that's not a man at all. It's just empty clothes.
Look! You can see down his collar and the linings of his clothes. I could put my
He extended his hand; it seemed to meet something in mid-air, and he drew
it back with a sharp exclamation. "I wish you'd keep your fingers out of my
eye," said the aerial voice, in a tone of savage expostulation. "The fact is, I'm all
here--head, hands, legs, and all the rest of it, but it happens I'm invisible. It's a
confounded nuisance, but I am. That's no reason why I should be poked to
pieces by every stupid bumpkin in Iping, is it?"
The suit of clothes, now all unbuttoned and hanging loosely upon its unseen
supports, stood up, arms akimbo.
Several other of the men folks had now entered the room, so that it was
closely crowded. "Invisible, eh?" said Huxter, ignoring the stranger's abuse.
"Who ever heard the likes of that?"
"It's strange, perhaps, but it's not a crime. Why am I assaulted by a
policeman in this fashion?"
"Ah! that's a different matter," said Jaffers. "No doubt you are a bit difficult to
see in this light, but I got a warrant and it's all correct. What I'm after ain't no
invisibility,--it's burglary. There's a house been broke into and money took."
"And circumstances certainly point--"
"Stuff and nonsense!" said the Invisible Man.
"I hope so, sir; but I've got my instructions."

akimbo: (adj) geniculated, knock exclamation: (n) clamor, ejaculation, untrammeled, unchecked,
kneed, crinkled; (n) knuckle, fluke, exclaiming, utterance, whoop, unconfined, unprevented,
kimbo, crane, groin, crotch, knee, interjection, shout, expletive, deuce, unhindered, uncaught, unrestrained,
zigzag. Dickens, ecphonesis. unlaced, unfastened, unconstrained.
bumpkin: (n) boor, yokel, rustic, hick, incongruity: (n) disharmony, undone: (adj) ruined, unfinished,
clown, rube, bumkin, lout, contradiction, disagreement, sunk, done for, finished, behindhand,
countryman, clod, chawbacon. incongruence, disparity, discrepancy, decayed; (adj, v) doomed; (v)
buttons: (n) bellboy, peyote. discord, unconformity, accursed, to be pitied, devoted.
confounded: (adj) bemused, accursed, disproportion, absurdity, paradox. waistcoat: (n) CHUDDER, barbe,
execrable, baffled, cursed, befuddled, ANTONYMS: (n) congruity, garment, jerkin, jubbah, oilskins,
confused, puzzled, aghast, perplexed; normality, agreement. pilot jacket, pajamas, cardigan,
(adj, v) abashed. unbuttoned: (adj) unobstructed, singlet, talma jacket.
44 The Invisible Man

"Well," said the stranger, "I'll come. I'll come. But no handcuffs."
"It's the regular thing," said Jaffers.
"No handcuffs," stipulated the stranger.%
"Pardon me," said Jaffers.
Abruptly the figure sat down, and before any one could realise what was
being done, the slippers, socks, and trousers had been kicked off under the table.
Then he sprang up again and flung off his coat.
"Here, stop that," said Jaffers, suddenly realising what was happening. He
gripped at the waistcoat; it struggled, and the shirt slipped out of it and left it
limply and empty in his hand. "Hold him!" said Jaffers, loudly. "Once he gets
the things off--"
"Hold him!" cried everyone, and there was a rush at the fluttering white shirt
which was now all that was visible of the stranger.
The shirt-sleeve planted a shrewd blow in Hall's face that stopped his open-
armed advance, and sent him backward into old Toothsome the sexton, and in
another moment the garment was lifted up and became convulsed and vacantly
flapping about the arms, even as a shirt that is being thrust over a man's head.
Jaffers clutched at it, and only helped to pull it off; he was struck in the mouth
out of the air, and incontinently threw his truncheon and smote Teddy Henfrey
savagely upon the crown of his head.
"Look out!" said everybody, fencing at random and hitting at nothing. "Hold
him! Shut the door! Don't let him loose! I got something! Here he is!" A perfect
Babel of noises they made. Everybody, it seemed, was being hit all at once, and
Sandy Wadgers, knowing as ever and his wits sharpened by a frightful blow in
the nose, reopened the door and led the rout. The others, following incontinently,
were jammed for a moment in the corner by the doorway. The hitting continued.
Phipps, the Unitarian, had a front tooth broken, and Henfrey was injured in the
cartilage of his ear. Jaffers was struck under the jaw, and, turning, caught at
something that intervened between him and Huxter in the melee, and prevented

cartilage: (n, v) gristle; (adj, n, v) bone; droopily, weakly, indolently, inertly, sexton: (n) beadle, verger, almoner,
(n) arytenoid, meniscus, arytaenoid, flabbily. ANTONYMS: (adv) Anne sexton, Suisse, gravedigger,
fibrocartilage, arytenoid cartilage, animatedly, energetically. church officer, caretaker.
animal tissue. melee: (adj, n) fight, brawl, uproar, smote: (v) smite.
flapping: (adj) loose, detached, baggy, fracas, row; (n) battle royal, fray, truncheon: (n) stick, cudgel, Billy,
streaming, flying, slack; (n) fluttering, scrimmage; (adj) disturbance; (v) nightstick, baton, mace, bludgeon,
flutter, flaps, dither, disturbance. brabble, brigue. staff, bat, switch, billystick.
incontinently: (adv) directly, at once, rout: (adj, n, v) defeat; (n, v) vacantly: (adj, adv) vacuously,
immediately, helter-skelter, pell-mell, discomfiture, overthrow, discomfit; expressionlessly, inanely; (adv)
incontinent, rakishly, meretriciously. (v) conquer, overpower, overcome, voidly, emptily, unoccupiedly,
limply: (adv) softly, loosely, flaccidly, crush, beat, overwhelm; (n) flight. hollowly, unemployedly,
languidly, flimsily, floppily, ANTONYMS: (v) lose, surrender. thoughtlessly, freely, barely.
H.G. Wells 45

their coming together. He felt a muscular chest, and in another moment the
whole mass of struggling, excited men shot out into the crowded hall.
"I got him!" shouted Jaffers, choking and reeling through them all, and
wrestling with purple face and swelling veins against his unseen enemy.%
Men staggered right and left as the extraordinary conflict swayed swiftly
towards the house door, and went spinning down the half-dozen steps of the inn.
Jaffers cried in a strangled voice--holding tight, nevertheless, and making play
with his knee--spun around, and fell heavily undermost with his head on the
gravel. Only then did his fingers relax.
There were excited cries of "Hold him!" "Invisible!" and so forth, and a young
fellow, a stranger in the place whose name did not come to light, rushed in at
once, caught something, missed his hold, and fell over the constable's prostrate
body. Half-way across the road a woman screamed as something pushed by her;
a dog, kicked apparently, yelped and ran howling into Huxter's yard, and with
that the transit of the Invisible Man was accomplished. For a space people stood
amazed and gesticulating, and then came panic, and scattered them abroad
through the village as a gust scatters dead leaves.
But Jaffers lay quite still, face upward and knees bent, at the foot of the steps
of the inn.

choking: (n) strangulation, throttling, prostrate: (adj, v) prone, exhaust, level, undermost: (adj) nethermost, lowest,
slugging, asphyxiation; (adj) fatigue; (v) fell, overwhelm, under, lower.
suffocative, suffocating, smothering, overcome, floor, overthrow; (adj) unseen: (adj, v) unknown; (adj)
breathless, clogging, bitter, blinding. deject, knock down. ANTONYM: invisible, concealed, hidden,
gust: (n) eruption, flurry, blow, blast, (adj) upright. unobserved, secret, veiled, latent; (v)
puff, flare, explosion, gale, storm, reeling: (adj) giddy, intoxicated, tipsy, unheeded, unperceived; (n) spiritual
breeze; (adj, n) whiff. queer, lightheaded, groggy, fuddled, world. ANTONYMS: (adj) seen,
howling: (n) howl, cry; (adj) fierce, bewildered; (n) titubation, rotary visible, open, famous, noticeable.
fantastic, gross, glaring, marvelous, straightening. wrestling: (n) grapple, grappling,
wonderful, wondrous; (adj, n) strangled: (adj) smothered, completely rassling, bout, event, clamshell,
weeping, sniveling. covered, muffled, suppressed; (v) athletics, boxing, braving, pugilism;
knees: (n) knee. bowstringed. (adj) fighting.
H.G. Wells 47



The eighth chapter is exceedingly brief, and relates that Gibbons, the amateur
naturalist of the district, while lying out on the spacious open downs without a
soul within a couple of miles of him, as he thought, and almost dozing, heard
close to him the sound as of a man coughing, sneezing, and then swearing
savagely to himself; and looking, beheld nothing. Yet the voice was indisputable.
It continued to swear with that breadth and variety that distinguishes the
swearing of a cultivated man. It grew to a climax, diminished again, and died
away in the distance, going as it seemed to him in the direction of Adderdean. It
lifted to a spasmodic sneeze and ended. Gibbons had heard nothing of the
morning's occurrences, but the phenomenon was so striking and disturbing that
his philosophical tranquillity vanished; he got up hastily, and hurried down the
steepness of the hill towards the village, as fast as he could go.
H.G. Wells 49



You must picture Mr. Thomas Marvel as a person of copious, flexible visage,
a nose of cylindrical protrusion, a liquorish, ample, fluctuating mouth, and a
beard of bristling eccentricity. His figure inclined to embonpoint; his short
limbs accentuated this inclination. He wore a furry silk hat, and the frequent
substitution of twine and shoe-laces for buttons, apparent at critical points of his
costume, marked a man essentially bachelor.%
Mr. Thomas Marvel was sitting with his feet in a ditch by the roadside over
the down towards Adderdean, about a mile and a half out of Iping. His feet,
save for socks of irregular open-work, were bare, his big toes were broad, and
pricked like the ears of a watchful dog. In a leisurely manner--he did everything
in a leisurely manner--he was contemplating trying on a pair of boots. They
were the soundest boots he had come across for a long time, but too large for
him; whereas the ones he had were, in dry weather, a very comfortable fit, but
too thin-soled for damp. Mr. Thomas Marvel hated roomy shoes, but then he
hated damp. He had never properly thought out which he hated most, and it
was a pleasant day, and there was nothing better to do. So he put the four shoes
in a graceful group on the turf and looked at them. And seeing them there
among the grass and springing agrimony, it suddenly occurred to him that both

agrimony: (n) agrimonia, herb. inconstant, irresolute, mutable, voluminous, expansive, big, rangy,
bristling: (n) brisling; (adj) thorny, unsteady, irregular, fickle; (v) comprehensive. ANTONYMS: (adj)
muricated, pectinated, studded, fluctuate. ANTONYMS: (adj) small, narrow, airless, tiny, tight.
thistly, bristled, bushy, teeming, constant, fixed. twine: (n, v) coil; (n) string, rope, cord;
horrid, horrent. protrusion: (n) bulge, protuberance, (v) lace, entwine, enlace, meander,
ears: (n) antenna. prominence, bump, hump, gibbosity, weave, intertwine, twist.
embonpoint: (adj) chubby, buxom, knob, extrusion, swelling, ANTONYMS: (v) untwine,
lustihood, flesh and blood, plump, excrescence, jut. straighten, unwind.
busty, curvaceous, curvy; (n) obesity, roadside: (n) verge, shoulder, border, visage: (n) face, look, mug,
fleshiness, corporation. edge, margin. physiognomy, expression, kisser,
fluctuating: (adj) variable, roomy: (adj, n) capacious; (adj) broad, appearance, aspect, brow, smiler,
unpredictable, unstable, erratic, extensive, large, commodious, ample, forehead.
50 The Invisible Man

pairs were exceedingly ugly to see. He was not at all startled by a voice behind
"They're boots, anyhow," said the Voice.
"They are--charity boots," said Mr. Thomas Marvel, with his head on one side
regarding them distastefully; "and which is the ugliest pair in the whole blessed
universe, I'm darned if I know!"
"H'm," said the Voice.
"I've worn worse--in fact, I've worn none. But none so owdacious ugly--if
you'll allow the expression. I've been cadging boots--in particular--for days.
Because I was sick of them. They're sound enough, of course. But a gentleman
on tramp sees such a thundering lot of his boots. And if you'll believe me, I've
raised nothing in the whole blessed country, try as I would, but them. Look at
'em! And a good country for boots, too, in a general way. But it's just my
promiscuous luck. I've got my boots in this country ten years or more. And
then they treat you like this."
"It's a beast of a country," said the Voice. "And pigs for people."
"Ain't it?" said Mr. Thomas Marvel. "Lord! But them boots! It beats it."
He turned his head over his shoulder to the right, to look at the boots of his
interlocutor with a view to comparisons, and lo! where the boots of his
interlocutor should have been were neither legs nor boots. He was irradiated by
the dawn of a great amazement. "Where are yer?" said Mr. Thomas Marvel over
his shoulder and coming on all fours. He saw a stretch of empty downs with the
wind swaying the remote green-pointed furze bushes.
"Am I drunk?" said Mr. Marvel. "Have I had visions? Was I talking to
myself? What the--"
"Don't be alarmed," said a Voice.
"None of your ventriloquising me," said Mr. Thomas Marvel, rising sharply
to his feet. "Where are yer? Alarmed, indeed!"
"Don't be alarmed," repeated the Voice.

darned: (adj) blasted, deuced, damn, bush, bramble, dyeweed. (adj) mixed, random, confused, loose,
cursed, goddamned, aeonian, interlocutor: (n) conversational wanton, disorderly, licentious, light,
goddamn, irritating, infernal, ageless, partner, middleman, contact; (v) easy, heterogeneous. ANTONYMS:
annoying. prolocutor. (adj) moral, pure, chaste.
distastefully: (adv) offensively, irradiated: (adj) bright, exposed, swaying: (adj) swinging, convincing,
unpleasantly, nastily, obnoxiously, irradiate. oscillating, influential, persuasive,
loathsomely, repulsively, revoltingly, marvel: (n, v) wonder; (n) prodigy, moving, lilting, groggy; (n) floating,
repugnantly, sickeningly, unsavorily, curiosity, phenomenon, amazement, manipulation.
repellently. ANTONYMS: (adv) miracle, portent, marl, surprise, thundering: (adj) thumping,
lovingly, attractively. admiration; (v) admire. ANTONYMS: whopping, lumpish, gaunt, hulky,
furze: (n) gorse, Irish gorse, Ulex (v) disregard; (n) nightmare. lubberly, spanking, big, loud, striking
europaeus, Needle furze, shrub, promiscuous: (adj, v) miscellaneous; terror; (n) thunder.
H.G. Wells 51

"You'll be alarmed in a minute, you silly fool," said Mr. Thomas Marvel.
"Where are yer? Lemme get my mark on yer...%
"Are yer buried?" said Mr. Thomas Marvel, after an interval.
There was no answer. Mr. Thomas Marvel stood bootless and amazed, his
jacket nearly thrown off.
"Peewit," said a peewit, very remote.
"Peewit, indeed!" said Mr. Thomas Marvel. "This ain't no time for foolery."
The down was desolate, east and west, north and south; the road with its
shallow ditches and white bordering stakes, ran smooth and empty north and
south, and, save for that peewit, the blue sky was empty too. "So help me," said
Mr. Thomas Marvel, shuffling his coat on to his shoulders again. "It's the drink! I
might ha' known."
"It's not the drink," said the Voice. "You keep your nerves steady."
"Ow!" said Mr. Marvel, and his face grew white amidst its patches. "It's the
drink!" his lips repeated noiselessly. He remained staring about him, rotating
slowly backwards. "I could have swore I heard a voice," he whispered.
"Of course you did."
"It's there again," said Mr. Marvel, closing his eyes and clasping his hand on
his brow with a tragic gesture. He was suddenly taken by the collar and shaken
violently, and left more dazed than ever. "Don't be a fool," said the Voice.
"I'm--off--my--blooming--chump," said Mr. Marvel. "It's no good. It's fretting
about them blarsted boots. I'm off my blessed blooming chump. Or it's spirits."
"Neither one thing nor the other," said the Voice. "Listen!"
"Chump," said Mr. Marvel.
"One minute," said the Voice, penetratingly, tremulous with self-control.
"Well?" said Mr. Thomas Marvel, with a strange feeling of having been dug in
the chest by a finger.
"You think I'm just imagination? Just imagination?"

amidst: (adv, prep) among; (adv) conscious. shrilly, harshly; (adv) pointedly,
amongst; (prep) between, midst, into. desolate: (adj, v) desert, forlorn; (adj) acutely, penetratively, bitingly,
bootless: (adj) futile, useless, vain, idle, bare, barren, alone, bleak, deserted, discerningly, bitterly, poignantly,
inefficacious, inutile, unavailing, cheerless, disconsolate; (v) devastate, astutely.
sleeveless, abortive, ineffective, destroy. ANTONYMS: (adj) cheerful, stakes: (n) stake, ante, wager, kitty,
feckless. inhabited, happy, sheltered, mobbed, jackpot, pool, pot, gamble, prize,
clasping: (adj) tendril. overcrowded, ecstatic, hopeful; (v) interest, fence.
dazed: (adj) bewildered, stunned, create, construct, build. tremulous: (adj) shaky, trembling,
dumbfounded, muzzy, stupefied, peewit: (n) green plover, peewee, shaking, fearful, apprehensive,
dizzy, stupid, groggy, amazed, pewit, plover, pewee, flycatcher, quavering, fidgety, shivering; (n)
astounded, bleary. ANTONYMS: wood pewee. nervous, diffident, coy. ANTONYMS:
(adj) indifferent, unimpressed, penetratingly: (adj, adv) sharply, (adj) stable, confident, steady.
52 The Invisible Man

"What else can you be?" said Mr. Thomas Marvel, rubbing the back of his
"Very well," said the Voice, in a tone of relief. "Then I'm going to throw flints
at you till you think differently."
"But where are yer?"
The Voice made no answer. Whizz came a flint, apparently out of the air,
and missed Mr. Marvel's shoulder by a hair's-breadth. Mr. Marvel, turning, saw
a flint jerk up into the air, trace a complicated path, hang for a moment, and then
fling at his feet with almost invisible rapidity. He was too amazed to dodge.
Whizz it came, and ricocheted from a bare toe into the ditch. Mr. Thomas Marvel
jumped a foot and howled aloud. Then he started to run, tripped over an unseen
obstacle, and came head over heels into a sitting position.
"Now," said the Voice, as a third stone curved upward and hung in the air
above the tramp. "Am I imagination?"
Mr. Marvel by way of reply struggled to his feet, and was immediately rolled
over again. He lay quiet for a moment. "If you struggle any more," said the
Voice, "I shall throw the flint at your head."
"It's a fair do," said Mr. Thomas Marvel, sitting up, taking his wounded toe in
hand and fixing his eye on the third missile. "I don't understand it. Stones
flinging themselves. Stones talking. Put yourself down. Rot away. I'm done."
The third flint fell.
"It's very simple," said the Voice. "I'm an invisible man."
"Tell us something I don't know," said Mr. Marvel, gasping with pain.
"Where you've hid--how you do it--I don't know. I'm beat."
"That's all," said the Voice. "I'm invisible. That's what I want you to
"Anyone could see that. There is no need for you to be so confounded
impatient, mister. Now then. Give us a notion. How are you hid?"

came: (v) arrive, come. discard; (n) crack. ANTONYM: (v) squire, gent, esquire, gentlemanly,
dodge: (n, v) stratagem, maneuver; (v) collect. sir, husband, adult male.
avoid, evade, escape, elude, duck, flint: (adj) stone, pebble, fossil, granite, rapidity: (n) expedition, quickness,
fudge; (n) contrivance, cheat, scheme. marble; (n) quartz, silica, flint river, promptness, dispatch, celerity, haste,
ANTONYMS: (v) confront, gunflint, crystal, crag. velocity, pace, fleetness,
encounter, meet, accept. gasping: (adj) panting, winded, blown, promptitude, speed. ANTONYM: (n)
fixing: (n) fixation, fix, adjustment, out of breath, thirsty, pursy; (v) tardiness.
repair, mending, altering, spavined, touched in the wind. tramp: (n) bum, hobo, beggar; (n, v)
emasculation, castration, furniture, jerk: (n, v) jump, yank, shake, twitch, walk, trudge, vagabond, ramble,
fastener, fitting. jar, tug, bump, heave, pull; (v) fling, march; (v) roam, range, plod.
fling: (n, v) toss, throw, pitch, slam, flip. ANTONYM: (v) ease. ANTONYMS: (n, v) loyalist; (n)
hurl; (v) chuck, shoot, dash, rush, mister: (n) sahib, Mr, man, lord, resident.
H.G. Wells 53

"I'm invisible. That's the great point. And what I want you to understand is
"But whereabouts?" interrupted Mr. Marvel.%
"Here! Six yards in front of you."
"Oh, come! I ain't blind. You'll be telling me next you're just thin air. I'm not
one of your ignorant tramps--"
"Yes, I am--thin air. You're looking through me."
"What! Ain't there any stuff to you. Vox et--what is it?--jabber. Is it that?"
"I am just a human being--solid, needing food and drink, needing covering
too--But I'm invisible. You see? Invisible. Simple idea. Invisible."
"What, real like?"
"Yes, real."
"Let's have a hand of you," said Marvel, "if you are real. It won't be so darn
out-of-the-way like, then--Lord!" he said, "how you made me jump!--gripping me
like that!"
He felt the hand that had closed round his wrist with his disengaged fingers,
and his fingers went timorously up the arm, patted a muscular chest, and
explored a bearded face. Marvel's face was astonishment.
"I'm dashed!" he said. "If this don't beat cock-fighting! Most remarkable!--
And there I can see a rabbit clean through you, 'arf a mile away! Not a bit of you
He scrutinised the apparently empty space keenly. "You 'aven't been eatin'
bread and cheese?" he asked, holding the invisible arm.
"You're quite right, and it's not quite assimilated into the system."
"Ah!" said Mr. Marvel. "Sort of ghostly, though."
"Of course, all this isn't half so wonderful as you think."
"It's quite wonderful enough for my modest wants," said Mr. Thomas Marvel.
"Howjer manage it! How the dooce is it done?"

bearded: (adj) barbate, awny, ghostly: (adj) uncanny, eerie, weird, passively, halfheartedly, vaguely.
whiskered, hairy, aristate, coniform, spiritual, spectral, ghostlike, needing: (adj) lacking, short.
calamiform, gladiate, pilous, supernatural, macabre, phantasmal; out-of-the-way: (adj) strange, singular,
shagged, echinate. (adj, adv) ghastly; (adv) spectrally. remote, devious, secluded, outlying,
darn: (n, v) mend, damn, repair; (v) ANTONYMS: (adj) tangible, natural. distant, obscure, unusual, peculiar,
stitch, restore, patch, fix; (n) darning, keenly: (adv) eagerly, zealously, far.
worthlessness, euphemism; (adj) piercingly, acutely, cuttingly, timorously: (adv) fearfully, afraidly,
damned. ardently, strongly, lively, anxiously, shily, bashfully, timidly,
disengaged: (adj) vacant, unemployed, penetratingly, fervently, avidly. diffidently, shyly, trepidly,
disentangled, free, freed, ANTONYMS: (adv) apprehensively, hesitantly.
untrammelled, devoid, unreserved, unenthusiastically, apathetically, went: (v) walked, proceeded.
detached, liberated, loosened. faintly, reluctantly, patiently,
54 The Invisible Man

"It's too long a story. And besides--"

"I tell you, the whole business fairly beats me," said Mr. Marvel.%
"What I want to say at present is this: I need help. I have come to that--I came
upon you suddenly. I was wandering, mad with rage, naked, impotent. I could
have murdered. And I saw you--"
"Lord!" said Mr. Marvel.
"I came up behind you--hesitated--went on--"
Mr. Marvel's expression was eloquent.
"--then stopped. 'Here,' I said, 'is an outcast like myself. This is the man for
me.' So I turned back and came to you--you. And--"
"Lord!" said Mr. Marvel. "But I'm all in a tizzy. May I ask--How is it? And
what you may be requiring in the way of help?--Invisible!"
"I want you to help me get clothes--and shelter--and then, with other things.
I've left them long enough. If you won't--well! But you will--must."
"Look here," said Mr. Marvel. "I'm too flabbergasted. Don't knock me about
any more. And leave me go. I must get steady a bit. And you've pretty near
broken my toe. It's all so unreasonable. Empty downs, empty sky. Nothing
visible for miles except the bosom of Nature. And then comes a voice. A voice
out of heaven! And stones! And a fist--Lord!"
"Pull yourself together," said the Voice, "for you have to do the job I've chosen
for you."
Mr. Marvel blew out his cheeks, and his eyes were round.
"I've chosen you," said the Voice. "You are the only man except some of those
fools down there, who knows there is such a thing as an invisible man. You have
to be my helper. Help me--and I will do great things for you. An invisible man
is a man of power." He stopped for a moment to sneeze violently.
"But if you betray me," he said, "if you fail to do as I direct you--" He paused
and tapped Mr. Marvel's shoulder smartly. Mr. Marvel gave a yelp of terror at
the touch. "I don't want to betray you," said Mr. Marvel, edging away from the

betray: (v) deceive, bewray, sell, grass, flabbergasted: (adj) dumbfounded, slack, ineffective, incapable, unable.
dupe, reveal, mislead, disclose, thunderstruck, amazed, astounded, ANTONYMS: (adj) able, powerful.
accuse, befool, bamboozle. stunned, bewildered, dumfounded, outcast: (n) exile, castaway, leper,
ANTONYMS: (v) protect, undeceive, surprised, staggered, baffled, expatriate, outlaw, vagabond, lown,
hide, defend, withhold. breathless. loon, refugee; (adj, n) derelict; (adj)
bosom: (n) heart, interior, boob, helper: (n, v) assistant, aid, assistance; homeless. ANTONYM: (n) native.
thorax, chest, bust, tit; (n, v) embrace; (n) acolyte, attendant, ally, associate, tizzy: (n) dither, pother, fuss,
(v) cherish, hug; (adj) intimate. supporter, colleague, auxiliary, commotion, bickering, state, tiff, ado,
ANTONYMS: (n) outside, exteriority. coadjutor. ANTONYMS: (n) agitation, bicker, bother.
edging: (n) border, edge, brim, brink, detractor, enemy. yelp: (n, v) bark, cry, yell, scream,
lace, trimming, boundary, galloon, impotent: (adj) helpless, feeble, frail, whine, squeal, screech, shriek; (v)
hem, list, frame. fragile, inadequate, weak, barren, howl, yip, bellow.
H.G. Wells 55

direction of the fingers. "Don't you go a-thinking that, whatever you do. All I
want to do is to help you--just tell me what I got to do. (Lord!) Whatever you
want done, that I'm most willing to do."%

direction: (n, v) conduct, charge, relate, reveal, recount, divulge, spontaneous, voluntary, ready,
management; (n) bearing, guidance, explain, communicate; (adj, v) amenable, inclined, prepared,
command, course, instruction, rule, declare, express. ANTONYMS: (v) enthusiastic, unforced, obliging; (adj,
control, address. request, misunderstand, estimate, v) consenting. ANTONYMS: (adj)
help: (n, v) assist, assistance, support, listen, figure, guess, withhold, unwilling, reluctant, compulsory,
benefit, favor, avail, cure, assistant; conceal, suppress, confuse. disagreeable, unprepared, forced,
(v) facilitate, ease, alleviate. whatever: (adj, pron) whatsoever; unenthusiastic, unhelpful.
ANTONYMS: (n) hindrance, (pron) what, partly, whatso; (adv) no
detriment, interference, damage, matter what, anyway, anyhow,
disadvantage, disservice, manager; regardless, in any case; (n) aught,
(v) worsen, aggravate, halt, hurt. anything.
tell: (n, v) disclose, impart, count; (v) willing: (adj, adv) disposed; (adj)
H.G. Wells 57



After the first gusty panic had spent itself Iping became argumentative.
Scepticism suddenly reared its head--rather nervous scepticism, not at all
assured of its back, but scepticism nevertheless. It is so much easier not to
believe in an invisible man; and those who had actually seen him dissolve into
air, or felt the strength of his arm, could be counted on the fingers of two hands.
And of these witnesses Mr. Wadgers was presently missing, having retired
impregnably behind the bolts and bars of his own house, and Jaffers was lying
stunned in the parlour of the "Coach and Horses." Great and strange ideas
transcending experience often have less effect upon men and women than
smaller, more tangible considerations. Iping was gay with bunting, and
everybody was in gala dress. Whit Monday had been looked forward to for a
month or more. By the afternoon even those who believed in the Unseen were
beginning to resume their little amusements in a tentative fashion, on the
supposition that he had quite gone away, and with the sceptics he was already a
jest. But people, sceptics and believers alike, were remarkably sociable all that
Haysman's meadow was gay with a tent, in which Mrs. Bunting and other
ladies were preparing tea, while, without, the Sunday-school children ran races

argumentative: (adj) quarrelsome, continue, integrate, materialize, open, reserved, lonely, introvert,
litigious, controversial, cantankerous, start. discourteous, frosty, hostile,
combative, forensic, hostile, polemic, gusty: (adj) blustery, stormy, windy, inhospitable, disagreeable, shy,
disputative, contrary, ratiocinative. blowy, tempestuous, squally, dirty, inaccessible.
ANTONYMS: (adj) amiable, friendly, blustering, blusterous, airy, supposition: (n, v) conjecture; (n)
agreeable, conciliatory, passive, inclement. ANTONYMS: (adj) calm, assumption, hypothesis,
gentle. airless. presumption, premise, speculation,
dissolve: (v) break up, disperse, sociable: (adj) outgoing, affable, surmise, guess, supposal, thought,
dissipate, evaporate, fuse, melt, amicable, genial, congenial, cordial, imagination. ANTONYMS: (n) fact,
disband, fade, vanish, resolve, dispel. companionable, amiable, gracious, knowledge, proof, reality, practice.
ANTONYMS: (v) solidify, appear, agreeable; (adj, n) social. transcending: (adj) exquisite.
harden, thicken, coagulate, congeal, ANTONYMS: (adj) unfriendly, witnesses: (n) audience.
58 The Invisible Man

and played games under the noisy guidance of the curate and the Misses Cuss
and Sackbut. No doubt there was a slight uneasiness in the air, but people for
the most part had the sense to conceal whatever imaginative qualms they
experienced. On the village green an inclined strong, down which, clinging the
while to a pulley-swung handle, one could be hurled violently against a sack at
the other end, came in for considerable favour among the adolescent, as also did
the swings and the cocoanut shies. There was also promenading, and the steam
organ attached to a small roundabout filled the air with a pungent flavour of oil
and with equally pungent music. Members of the club, who had attended
church in the morning, were splendid in badges of pink and green, and some of
the gayer-minded had also adorned their bowler hats with brilliant-coloured
favours of ribbon. Old Fletcher, whose conceptions of holiday-making were
severe, was visible through the jasmine about his window or through the open
door (whichever way you chose to look), poised delicately on a plank supported
on two chairs, and whitewashing the ceiling of his front room.%
About four o'clock a stranger entered the village from the direction of the
downs. He was a short, stout person in an extraordinarily shabby top hat, and
he appeared to be very much out of breath. His cheeks were alternately limp
and tightly puffed. His mottled face was apprehensive, and he moved with a
sort of reluctant alacrity. He turned the corner of the church, and directed his
way to the "Coach and Horses." Among others old Fletcher remembers seeing
him, and indeed the old gentleman was so struck by his peculiar agitation that he
inadvertently allowed a quantity of whitewash to run down the brush into the
sleeve of his coat while regarding him.
This stranger, to the perceptions of the proprietor of the cocoanut shy,
appeared to be talking to himself, and Mr. Huxter remarked the same thing. He
stopped at the foot of the "Coach and Horses" steps, and, according to Mr.
Huxter, appeared to undergo a severe internal struggle before he could induce
himself to enter the house. Finally he marched up the steps, and was seen by Mr.
Huxter to turn to the left and open the door of the parlour. Mr. Huxter heard
voices from within the room and from the bar apprising the man of his error.

according: (adj) pursuant, consonant, delay. inquietude, anxiety, unease, malaise,
equal, agreeable, harmonious, bowler: (n) bowler hat, boller, player, disquietude, apprehension, unrest,
conformable, consistent, participant, lid, cricketer, hat, impatience; (n, v) agitation.
corresponding, respondent; (adv) chapeau, batsman, plug hat. ANTONYMS: (n) peace, calm,
correspondingly, accordingly. jasmine: (n) jessamine, Jasminum, East confidence.
alacrity: (n) rapidity, speed, Indian rose-bay, shrub, bush, whitewash: (adj, v) blanch, bleach; (n)
promptness, activity, preparedness, Oleaceae, common jasmine, ash, olive clear; (v) absolve, gild, varnish,
velocity, haste, swiftness, quickness, family, family Oleaceae. polish, exculpate; (n, v) exonerate,
expedition; (adj) life. ANTONYMS: qualms: (n) nausea, doubts, excuse; (adj) etiolate. ANTONYMS:
(n) aversion, reservation, reluctance, unwillingness. ANTONYM: (n) (v) expose, reveal, lose.
indifference, hesitance, dullness, willingness. whitewashing: (n) defeat, justification;
disinclination, apathy, tardiness, uneasiness: (n) disquiet, discomfort, (adj) extenuating.
H.G. Wells 59

"That room's private!" said Hall, and the stranger shut the door clumsily and
went into the bar.%
In the course of a few minutes he reappeared, wiping his lips with the back of
his hand with an air of quiet satisfaction that somehow impressed Mr. Huxter as
assumed. He stood looking about him for some moments, and then Mr. Huxter
saw him walk in an oddly furtive manner towards the gates of the yard, upon
which the parlour window opened. The stranger, after some hesitation, leant
against one of the gate-posts, produced a short clay pipe, and prepared to fill it.
His fingers trembled while doing so. He lit it clumsily, and folding his arms
began to smoke in a languid attitude, an attitude which his occasional glances up
the yard altogether belied.
All this Mr. Huxter saw over the canisters of the tobacco window, and the
singularity of the man's behaviour prompted him to maintain his observation.
Presently the stranger stood up abruptly and put his pipe in his pocket. Then
he vanished into the yard. Forthwith Mr. Huxter, conceiving he was witness of
some petty larceny, leapt round his counter and ran out into the road to intercept
the thief. As he did so, Mr. Marvel reappeared, his hat askew, a big bundle in a
blue table-cloth in one hand, and three books tied together--as it proved
afterwards with the Vicar's braces--in the other. Directly he saw Huxter he gave
a sort of gasp, and turning sharply to the left, began to run. "Stop, thief!" cried
Huxter, and set off after him. Mr. Huxter's sensations were vivid but brief. He
saw the man just before him and spurting briskly for the church corner and the
hill road. He saw the village flags and festivities beyond, and a face or so turned
towards him. He bawled, "Stop!" again. He had hardly gone ten strides before
his shin was caught in some mysterious fashion, and he was no longer running,
but flying with inconceivable rapidity through the air. He saw the ground
suddenly close to his face. The world seemed to splash into a million whirling
specks of light, and subsequent proceedings interested him no more.

askew: (adj) lopsided, cockeyed, gracefully, carefully, expertly, sluggish, faint, torpid, inert,
crooked, oblique, askant, competently, tactfully, urbanely. apathetic. ANTONYMS: (adj) active,
catawampus; (adj, adv) wrong, conceiving: (n) fantasy, daydream; lively, exciting, vigorous.
crookedly; (adj, v) wry; (adv) skew, (adj) imaginant, original. larceny: (n) stealing, embezzlement,
agley. ANTONYMS: (adj) level, furtive: (adj) covert, stealthy, robbery, burglary, shoplifting,
plumb, true, centered, aligned, even. surreptitious, secretive, concealed, thieving, thievery, defalcation,
clumsily: (adv) awkwardly, ineptly, latent, cryptic, sneaky, backstairs, abstraction, petty theft; (v) petty
crudely, ungracefully, maladroitly, secret, underhanded. ANTONYMS: larceny.
gawkily, inelegantly, gauchely, (adj) blatant, aboveboard, obvious, leant: (adj) inclined.
inexpertly, unwieldily, roughly. overt, honest. spurting: (adj) spouting, squirting,
ANTONYMS: (adv) skillfully, languid: (adj) lazy, dull, indolent, spurt, gushes, gush, gushing,
cleverly, coherently, deftly, elegantly, feeble, lethargic, lackadaisical, running.
H.G. Wells 61



Now in order clearly to understand what had happened in the inn, it is

necessary to go back to the moment when Mr. Marvel first came into view of Mr.
Huxter's window.%
At that precise moment Mr. Cuss and Mr. Bunting were in the parlour. They
were seriously investigating the strange occurrences of the morning, and were,
with Mr. Hall's permission, making a thorough examination of the Invisible
Man's belongings. Jaffers had partially recovered from his fall and had gone
home in the charge of his sympathetic friends. The stranger's scattered garments
had been removed by Mrs. Hall and the room tidied up. And on the table under
the window where the stranger had been wont to work, Cuss had hit almost at
once on three big books in manuscript labelled "Diary."
"Diary!" said Cuss, putting the three books on the table. "Now, at any rate,
we shall learn something." The Vicar stood with his hands on the table.
"Diary," repeated Cuss, sitting down, putting two volumes to support the
third, and opening it. "H'm--no name on the fly-leaf. Bother!--cypher. And
The vicar came round to look over his shoulder.

belongings: (n) property, luggage, reckoning, tabulation, detecting, fully.
baggage, wealth, assets, gear, testing, surveillance. scattered: (adj) dissipated, thin,
chattels, personal property, manuscript: (n, v) writing; (n) book, disordered, disconnected, confused,
possessions, possession, equipment. handwriting, record, copy, text, sparse, sporadic, distributed, rare,
books: (n) notebook, account, ledger, document, Ms, holograph, transcript, diffuse; (v) disperse.
literature, accountancy. palimpsest. thorough: (adj) complete, full,
garments: (n) attire, clothing, dress, partially: (adv) incompletely, in part, profound, exhaustive, absolute, good,
apparel, raiment, outfit, costume, unfairly, part, halfway, sectionally, comprehensive, detailed, extensive,
garb, array, gear, anything worthless. imperfectly, unjustly, prejudicedly, sweeping, careful. ANTONYMS: (adj)
investigating: (n) detection, discriminatorily; (adj, adv) half. partial, sketchy, careless, slack,
enumeration, calibration, ANTONYMS: (adv) wholly, totally, imperfect, sloppy, rushed, restricted,
examination, analysis, counting, wholeheartedly, mainly, fairly; (adj) inadequate, halfhearted, dense.
62 The Invisible Man

Cuss turned the pages over with a face suddenly disappointed. "I'm--dear
me! It's all cypher, Bunting."
"There are no diagrams?" asked Mr. Bunting. "No illustrations throwing
"See for yourself," said Mr. Cuss. "Some of it's mathematical and some of it's
Russian or some such language (to judge by the letters), and some of it's Greek.
Now the Greek I thought you--"
"Of course," said Mr. Bunting, taking out and wiping his spectacles and
feeling suddenly very uncomfortable--for he had no Greek left in his mind worth
talking about; "yes--the Greek, of course, may furnish a clue."
"I'll find you a place."
"I'd rather glance through the volumes first," said Mr. Bunting, still wiping.
"A general impression first, Cuss, and then, you know, we can go looking for
He coughed, put on his glasses, arranged them fastidiously, coughed again,
and wished something would happen to avert the seemingly inevitable exposure.
Then he took the volume Cuss handed him in a leisurely manner. And then
something did happen.%
The door opened suddenly.
Both gentlemen started violently, looked round, and were relieved to see a
sporadically rosy face beneath a furry silk hat. "Tap?" asked the face, and stood
"No," said both gentlemen at once.
"Over the other side, my man," said Mr. Bunting. And "Please shut that
door," said Mr. Cuss, irritably.
"All right," said the intruder, as it seemed in a low voice curiously different
from the huskiness of its first inquiry. "Right you are," said the intruder in the
former voice. "Stand clear!" and he vanished and closed the door.

avert: (v) avoid, ward off, turn away, daintily, fussily, strictly, accurately. strength, croakiness, toughness,
repulse, elude, prevent, deflect, furnish: (v) afford, provide, stridency, ruggedness, roughness,
obviate, shunt, preclude, stop. contribute, render, offer, brusqueness, curtness, formidability.
ANTONYMS: (v) exacerbate, cause, accommodate, supply, outfit, yield, ANTONYM: (n) smoothness.
focus, encourage, attract, permit. decorate; (n, v) give. ANTONYM: (v) sporadically: (adv) intermittently,
cypher: (n, v) cipher; (v) compute, divest. occasionally, fitfully, rarely,
code, calculate, figure; (n) furry: (adj) furred, hirsute, soft, infrequently, uncommonly,
cryptograph, nil, nought, null, velvety, downy, shaggy, bushy, periodically, sparsely, scatteredly,
nonentity, nothing. fuzzy, smooth, like velvet, covered isolatedly, restlessly. ANTONYMS:
fastidiously: (adv) nicely, with hair. ANTONYM: (adj) rough. (adv) incessantly, ceaselessly,
meticulously, finically, finickily, gentlemen: (n) sirs, messieurs. frequently, regularly, continuously,
squeamishly, carefully, precisely, huskiness: (n) gruffness, harshness, peacefully, recurrently.
H.G. Wells 63

"A sailor, I should judge," said Mr. Bunting. "Amusing fellows, they are.
Stand clear! indeed. A nautical term, referring to his getting back out of the
room, I suppose."
"I daresay so," said Cuss. "My nerves are all loose to-day. It quite made me
jump--the door opening like that."
Mr. Bunting smiled as if he had not jumped. "And now," he said with a sigh,
"these books."
Someone sniffed as he did so.%
"One thing is indisputable," said Bunting, drawing up a chair next to that of
Cuss. "There certainly have been very strange things happen in Iping during the
last few days--very strange. I cannot of course believe in this absurd invisibility
"It's incredible," said Cuss--"incredible. But the fact remains that I saw--I
certainly saw right down his sleeve--"
"But did you--are you sure? Suppose a mirror, for instance-- hallucinations
are so easily produced. I don't know if you have ever seen a really good
"I won't argue again," said Cuss. "We've thrashed that out, Bunting. And just
now there's these books--Ah! here's some of what I take to be Greek! Greek
letters certainly."
He pointed to the middle of the page. Mr. Bunting flushed slightly and
brought his face nearer, apparently finding some difficulty with his glasses.
Suddenly he became aware of a strange feeling at the nape of his neck. He tried
to raise his head, and encountered an immovable resistance. The feeling was a
curious pressure, the grip of a heavy, firm hand, and it bore his chin irresistibly
to the table. "Don't move, little men," whispered a voice, "or I'll brain you both!"
He looked into the face of Cuss, close to his own, and each saw a horrified
reflection of his own sickly astonishment.
"I'm sorry to handle you so roughly," said the Voice, "but it's unavoidable."

astonishment: (n) admiration, acquiescent, temporary, irresolute. nautical: (adj) maritime, aquatic,
wonder, wonderment, surprise, invisibility: (n) darkness, oceangoing, yachting, naval, marine
marvel, stupefaction, confusion, nonappearance, inconspicuousness, Shells, nautic; (v) seafaring; (n) sea,
consternation, awe, alarm, startle. imperceptibility. ANTONYM: (n) shipping.
ANTONYMS: (n) calmness, belief, visibility. sailor: (n) seaman, seafarer, tar,
contempt. irresistibly: (adv) charmingly, bluejacket, gob, boatman, navigator,
immovable: (adj, v) firm, fixed; (adj) necessarily, overwhelmingly, navy man, lascar, Panama, leghorn.
adamant, steadfast, motionless, charismatically, fiercely, temptingly, sickly: (adj, adv) poorly; (n) invalid;
unyielding, unmovable, set, overpoweringly, appealingly, (adj) sick, ailing, pale, sallow,
imperturbable, inflexible; (v) fast. beguilingly. indisposed, morbid, diseased; (adj, n,
ANTONYMS: (adj) loose, moving, nape: (n) nucha, scruff, occiput, rear, v) infirm; (adj, v) faint. ANTONYMS:
mobile, flexible, movable, back end, backside, chine. (adj) healthy, bitter, robust.
64 The Invisible Man

"Since when did you learn to pry into an investigator's private memoranda,"
said the Voice; and two chins struck the table simultaneously, and two sets of
teeth rattled.%
"Since when did you learn to invade the private rooms of a man in
misfortune?" and the concussion was repeated.
"Where have they put my clothes?"
"Listen," said the Voice. "The windows are fastened and I've taken the key
out of the door. I am a fairly strong man, and I have the poker handy--besides
being invisible. There's not the slightest doubt that I could kill you both and get
away quite easily if I wanted to--do you understand? Very well. If I let you go
will you promise not to try any nonsense and do what I tell you?"
The vicar and the doctor looked at one another, and the doctor pulled a face.
"Yes," said Mr. Bunting, and the doctor repeated it. Then the pressure on the
necks relaxed, and the doctor and the vicar sat up, both very red in the face and
wriggling their heads.
"Please keep sitting where you are," said the Invisible Man. "Here's the poker,
you see."
"When I came into this room," continued the Invisible Man, after presenting
the poker to the tip of the nose of each of his visitors, "I did not expect to find it
occupied, and I expected to find, in addition to my books of memoranda, an
outfit of clothing. Where is it? No--don't rise. I can see it's gone. Now, just at
present, though the days are quite warm enough for an invisible man to run
about stark, the evenings are quite chilly. I want clothing--and other
accommodation; and I must also have those three books."

chilly: (adj, adv) unfriendly; (adv) (adj) unfastened, unbuttoned. amount.
coolly, frigidly; (adj) cool, bleak, invade: (v) infringe, intrude, occupy, stark: (adj) severe, plain, bare, bleak,
algid, freezing, frozen, icy, frosty; overrun, impinge, encroach upon, desolate, mere, simple, bald, positive,
(adj, n) cold. ANTONYMS: (adj) hot, raid, infest; (n, v) assail, attack, pure, barren. ANTONYMS: (adj)
tropical, responsive, mild, assault. ANTONYMS: (v) withdraw, disguised, ornate, fuzzy, indistinct,
welcoming, friendly, balmy, torrid. surrender. soft, romantic, fussy, hidden, dim,
clothing: (n) attire, threads, outfit, memoranda: (n) memorandum, note. abundant, mild.
gear, dress, cloth, duds, habit, wear; outfit: (n, v) dress, gear, garb, attire, visitors: (n) visitation.
(n, v) apparel, vesture. apparel; (n) kit, costume, company, wriggling: (adj) squirming, writhing,
fastened: (adj) tied, fast, buttoned, ensemble; (v) furnish, equip. twisting, wiggly, wriggle, moving,
closed, tight, secure, pinned, binding, presenting: (adj) featuring. flexible, frisky, pliant, wriggly,
empight, steady, firm. ANTONYMS: slightest: (adj) minimal, first, smallest winding.
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It is unavoidable that at this point the narrative should break off again, for a
certain very painful reason that will presently be apparent. While these things
were going on in the parlour, and while Mr. Huxter was watching Mr. Marvel
smoking his pipe against the gate, not a dozen yards away were Mr. Hall and
Teddy Henfrey discussing in a state of cloudy puzzlement the one Iping topic.%
Suddenly there came a violent thud against the door of the parlour, a sharp
cry, and then--silence.
"Hul-lo!" said Teddy Henfrey.
"Hul-lo!" from the Tap.
Mr. Hall took things in slowly but surely. "That ain't right," he said, and
came round from behind the bar towards the parlour door.
He and Teddy approached the door together, with intent faces. Their eyes
considered. "Summat wrong," said Hall, and Henfrey nodded agreement.
Whiffs of an unpleasant chemical odour met them, and there was a muffled
sound of conversation, very rapid and subdued.
"You all right thur?" asked Hall, rapping.

cloudy: (adj) dull, gloomy, nebulous, anecdote. mystification, befuddlement, wonder,
murky, dark, turbid, foggy, muddy, odour: (n) flavour, smell, odor, aroma, quandary. ANTONYM: (n) order.
misty, sunless, vaporous. scent, bouquet, savour, nose, flavor, thud: (n) crash, clunk, clump; (n, v)
ANTONYMS: (adj) clear, bright, smack, redolence. bang, beat, rap, knock, pulse; (v)
sunny, cloudless. presently: (adv) instantly, directly, bump, hit, crump.
intent: (n) idea, intention, design, currently, before long, shortly, soon, unavoidable: (adj) necessary,
spirit, meaning, import, goal, now, at present, readily, just, inescapable, ineluctable, irresistible,
purpose; (adj, n) attentive; (adj) actually. ANTONYMS: (adv) later, obligatory, certain, indispensable,
absorbed, engrossed. now, formerly. essential, sure, required, avoidless.
narrative: (n, v) history, tale; (n) puzzlement: (n) confusion, ANTONYMS: (adj) escapable,
account, story, chronicle, legend, obfuscation, perplexity, bafflement, unpredictable, optional, unlikely,
yarn, recital, relation, report, maze, disarray, bemusement, uncertain.
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The muttered conversation ceased abruptly, for a moment silence, then the
conversation was resumed, in hissing whispers, then a sharp cry of "No! no, you
don't!" There came a sudden motion and the oversetting of a chair, a brief
struggle. Silence again.%
"What the dooce?" exclaimed Henfrey, sotto voce.
"You--all--right thur?" asked Mr. Hall, sharply, again.
The Vicar's voice answered with a curious jerking intonation: "Quite ri-right.
Please don't--interrupt."
"Odd!" said Mr. Henfrey.
"Odd!" said Mr. Hall.
"Says, 'Don't interrupt,'" said Henfrey.
"I heerd'n," said Hall.
"And a sniff," said Henfrey.
They remained listening. The conversation was rapid and subdued. "I can't,"
said Mr. Bunting, his voice rising; "I tell you, sir, I will not."
"What was that?" asked Henfrey.
"Says he wi' nart," said Hall. "Warn't speaking to us, wuz he?"
"Disgraceful!" said Mr. Bunting, within.
"'Disgraceful,'" said Mr. Henfrey. "I heard it--distinct."
"Who's that speaking now?" asked Henfrey.
"Mr. Cuss, I s'pose," said Hall. "Can you hear--anything?"
Silence. The sounds within indistinct and perplexing.
"Sounds like throwing the table-cloth about," said Hall.
Mrs. Hall appeared behind the bar. Hall made gestures of silence and
invitation. This aroused Mrs. Hall's wifely opposition. "What yer listenin' there
for, Hall?" she asked. "Ain't you nothin' better to do--busy day like this?"

abruptly: (adv) precipitously, rudely, emotional, elated. arrhythmical, jerky, unsteady; (n)
brusquely, curtly, gruffly, shortly, ceased: (adj) finished. movement, jolt, dork, jar.
sharply, bluntly, hastily, hissing: (adj) sibilant, sibilous, perplexing: (adj) enigmatic, puzzling,
unexpectedly, steeply. ANTONYMS: sibilatory; (n) whistling, heckling, embarrassing, intricate, complex,
(adv) gradually, civilly, attentively, scoffing, sibilance, taunts, sibilation, baffling, complicated, bewildering,
kindly, politely, verbosely, white noise; (v) fizzle. ANTONYM: knotty, troublesome; (adj, n) difficult.
eventually, pleasantly, slowly, (n) applause. ANTONYMS: (adj) simple,
indirectly. intonation: (n) inflection, tone, enlightening, soothing,
appeared: (n) appearing. expression, cadence, timbre, understandable, explicable.
aroused: (adj) ablaze, aflame, chanting, drone, prosody, vocalizing, wifely: (adj) womanly, ladylike,
passionate, hot, agitated, inflamed, singing, sound. uxorial, matronly, feminine,
susceptible, tense, fascinated, jerking: (adj) arrhythmic, maidenly, domestic.
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Hall tried to convey everything by grimaces and dumb show, but Mrs. Hall
was obdurate. She raised her voice. So Hall and Henfrey, rather crestfallen,
tiptoed back to the bar, gesticulating to explain to her.%
At first she refused to see anything in what they had heard at all. Then she
insisted on Hall keeping silence, while Henfrey told her his story. She was
inclined to think the whole business nonsense--perhaps they were just moving
the furniture about. "I heerd'n say 'disgraceful'; that I did," said Hall.
"I heerd that, Mrs. Hall," said Henfrey.
"Like as not--" began Mrs. Hall.
"Hsh!" said Mr. Teddy Henfrey. "Didn't I hear the window?"
"What window?" asked Mrs. Hall.
"Parlour window," said Henfrey.
Everyone stood listening intently. Mrs. Hall's eyes, directed straight before
her, saw without seeing the brilliant oblong of the inn door, the road white and
vivid, and Huxter's shop-front blistering in the June sun. Abruptly Huxter's
door opened and Huxter appeared, eyes staring with excitement, arms
gesticulating. "Yap!" cried Huxter. "Stop thief!" and he ran obliquely across the
oblong towards the yard gates, and vanished.
Simultaneously came a tumult from the parlour, and a sound of windows
being closed.
Hall, Henfrey, and the human contents of the tap rushed out at once pell-
mell into the street. They saw someone whisk round the corner towards the road,
and Mr. Huxter executing a complicated leap in the air that ended on his face
and shoulder. Down the street people were standing astonished or running
towards them.
Mr. Huxter was stunned. Henfrey stopped to discover this, but Hall and the
two labourers from the Tap rushed at once to the corner, shouting incoherent
things, and saw Mr. Marvel vanishing by the corner of the church wall. They
appear to have jumped to the impossible conclusion that this was the Invisible

blistering: (adj) burning, boiling, obdurate: (adj) inflexible, stony, oblong: (adj) oval, elliptical,
vitriolic, caustic, scorching, acid, obstinate, callous, firm, stubborn, rectangular, rounded; (v)
acrid, blazing, bitter, torrid, acerb. headstrong, flinty, mulish, longitudinal; (n) block, quadrangle.
ANTONYM: (adj) cold. impenitent, rigid. ANTONYMS: (adj) pell-mell: (adv) helter-skelter, blindly;
crestfallen: (adj) dejected, gloomy, compliant, amenable, (adj, adv) posthaste.
depressed, disconsolate, discouraged, accommodating, easygoing, caring, vanishing: (n) disappearance,
dispirited, downcast, chopfallen, irresolute, soft, acquiescent. vanishment, dissipation; (adj) dying,
downhearted, low, despondent. obliquely: (adj, adv) athwart, fleeting, momentary, breaking up,
ANTONYMS: (adj) up, cheered, transversely, askew; (adv) aslant, declining, diminishing, dissolving,
cheerful, elated, happy, euphoric, indirectly, slopingly, slantingly, evanescent. ANTONYMS: (adj)
inspirited, idealistic, enthusiastic. sideways, sidelong, skewly, askance. thriving, increasing.
gates: (n) bill Gates. ANTONYM: (adv) straight.
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Man suddenly become visible, and set off at once along the lane in pursuit. But
Hall had hardly run a dozen yards before he gave a loud shout of astonishment
and went flying headlong sideways, clutching one of the labourers and bringing
him to the ground. He had been charged just as one charges a man at football.
The second labourer came round in a circle, stared, and conceiving that Hall had
tumbled over of his own accord, turned to resume the pursuit, only to be tripped
by the ankle just as Huxter had been. Then, as the first labourer struggled to his
feet, he was kicked sideways by a blow that might have felled an ox.%
As he went down, the rush from the direction of the village green came
round the corner. The first to appear was the proprietor of the cocoanut shy, a
burly man in a blue jersey. He was astonished to see the lane empty save for
three men sprawling absurdly on the ground. And then something happened to
his rear-most foot, and he went headlong and rolled sideways just in time to
graze the feet of his brother and partner, following headlong. The two were then
kicked, knelt on, fallen over, and cursed by quite a number of over-hasty people.
Now when Hall and Henfrey and the labourers ran out of the house, Mrs.
Hall, who had been disciplined by years of experience, remained in the bar next
the till. And suddenly the parlour door was opened, and Mr. Cuss appeared,
and without glancing at her rushed at once down the steps toward the corner.
"Hold him!" he cried. "Don't let him drop that parcel."
He knew nothing of the existence of Marvel. For the Invisible Man had
handed over the books and bundle in the yard. The face of Mr. Cuss was angry
and resolute, but his costume was defective, a sort of limp white kilt that could
only have passed muster in Greece. "Hold him!" he bawled. "He's got my
trousers! And every stitch of the Vicar's clothes!"
"'Tend to him in a minute!" he cried to Henfrey as he passed the prostrate
Huxter, and, coming round the corner to join the tumult, was promptly knocked
off his feet into an indecorous sprawl. Somebody in full flight trod heavily on
his finger. He yelled, struggled to regain his feet, was knocked against and
thrown on all fours again, and became aware that he was involved not in a
capture, but a rout. Everyone was running back to the village. He rose again

absurdly: (adv) ridiculously, foolishly, delicate, weak. kilt: (n) skirt, farthingale, panier,
ludicrously, nonsensically, graze: (n, v) browse, scrape, touch; (v) pinafore, filibeg, jupe, apron, bustle,
idiotically, silly, stupidly, rub, chafe, eat, shave, brush, crop, crinoline.
inconsistently, comically, illogically, crease; (n) cut. ANTONYM: (v) sprawl: (v) loll, lounge, straggle,
irrationally. ANTONYMS: (adv) smooth. spread, recline, slouch, trail, flop,
solemnly, impressively, rationally, indecorous: (adj) indecent, scramble; (n) sprawling; (adj, v)
harmoniously. unbecoming, impolite, unseemly, stretch out. ANTONYM: (v) stand.
burly: (adj) rugged, beefy, brawny, coarse, indelicate, inappropriate, sprawling: (adj) sprawled, roomy,
strapping, hefty, muscular, husky, untoward, immodest, unsuitable, sizeable, untidy, straggling,
stout, strong; (adv) beefily, sturdily. tasteless. ANTONYMS: (adj) polite, expansive, sprawly, wide, extensive;
ANTONYMS: (adj) slight, skinny, decorous, proper, dignified, correct, (adv) asprawl; (n) attitude.
thin, slim, small, anorexic, feeble, decent. ANTONYM: (adj) narrow.
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and was hit severely behind the ear. He staggered and set off back to the "Coach
and Horses" forthwith, leaping over the deserted Huxter, who was now sitting
up, on his way.%
Behind him as he was halfway up the inn steps he heard a sudden yell of
rage, rising sharply out of the confusion of cries, and a sounding smack in
someone's face. He recognised the voice as that of the Invisible Man, and the
note was that of a man suddenly infuriated by a painful blow.
In another moment Mr. Cuss was back in the parlour. "He's coming back,
Bunting!" he said, rushing in. "Save yourself!"
Mr. Bunting was standing in the window engaged in an attempt to clothe
himself in the hearth-rug and a West Surrey Gazette. "Who's coming?" he said,
so startled that his costume narrowly escaped disintegration.
"Invisible Man," said Cuss, and rushed on to the window. "We'd better clear
out from here! He's fighting mad! Mad!"
In another moment he was out in the yard.
"Good heavens!" said Mr. Bunting, hesitating between two horrible
alternatives. He heard a frightful struggle in the passage of the inn, and his
decision was made. He clambered out of the window, adjusted his costume
hastily, and fled up the village as fast as his fat little legs would carry him.
From the moment when the Invisible Man screamed with rage and Mr.
Bunting made his memorable flight up the village, it became impossible to give a
consecutive account of affairs in Iping. Possibly the Invisible Man's original
intention was simply to cover Marvel's retreat with the clothes and books. But
his temper, at no time very good, seems to have gone completely at some chance
blow, and forthwith he set to smiting and overthrowing, for the mere satisfaction
of hurting.
You must figure the street full of running figures, of doors slamming and
fights for hiding-places. You must figure the tumult suddenly striking on the
unstable equilibrium of old Fletcher's planks and two chairs--with cataclysmic
results. You must figure an appalled couple caught dismally in a swing. And

cataclysmic: (adj) calamitous, ruinous, depressingly, cheerlessly, grimly. furious, incensed, angered, mad,
destructive, disastrous, tragic, fatal, ANTONYMS: (adv) brightly, smartly. exasperated, provoked, boiling, livid,
terrible, shocking, appalling, forthwith: (adv) directly, immediately, wrathful, annoyed. ANTONYM: (adj)
shattering, harmful. ANTONYM: at once, now, instantly, straight, pleased.
(adj) wonderful. presently, straightaway, overthrowing: (adj) defeating,
clothe: (v) dress, cover, garb, apparel, incontinently; (adj, adv) quickly; (adj) subversive; (n) oppression.
clad, vest, arrange, deck, invest, immediate. smack: (adv, n, v) slap, bang; (n, v)
wrap; (n, v) attire. ANTONYMS: (v) hesitating: (adj) indecisive, irresolute, savor, knock, kiss, hit, buss, wallop;
reveal, strip, uncover. undecided, doubtful, hesitate, (n) flavor, blow; (adj, n) dash.
dismally: (adv) gloomily, sadly, reluctant, faltering, unwilling, yell: (n, v) cry, roar, scream, howl, call,
unhappily, murkily, dolefully, hesitancy, backward, hesitatingly. bellow, whoop, shriek, outcry; (v)
forbiddingly, darkly, somberly, infuriated: (adj, v) enraged; (adj) bawl, holler.
70 The Invisible Man

then the whole tumultuous rush has passed and the Iping street with its gauds
and flags is deserted save for the still raging unseen, and littered with cocoanuts,
overthrown canvas screens, and the scattered stock in trade of a sweetstuff stall.
Everywhere there is a sound of closing shutters and shoving bolts, and the only
visible humanity is an occasional flitting eye under a raised eyebrow in the
corner of a window pane.%
The Invisible Man amused himself for a little while by breaking all the
windows in the "Coach and Horses," and then he thrust a street lamp through
the parlour window of Mrs. Gribble. He it must have been who cut the telegraph
wire to Adderdean just beyond Higgins' cottage on the Adderdean road. And
after that, as his peculiar qualities allowed, he passed out of human perceptions
altogether, and he was neither heard, seen, nor felt in Iping any more. He
vanished absolutely.
But it was the best part of two hours before any human being ventured out
again into the desolation of Iping street.

amused: (adj) amusing, smiling, forehead, strap line, hair. wild, infuriated, enraged, vehement,
tickled pink, pleased, diverted. flitting: (adj) fleeting, fugitive, heated; (adj, n) mad, rabid.
desolation: (n) devastation, misery, momentary, transient, ephemeral; (v) ANTONYMS: (adj) calm, mild,
destruction, depression, grief, migration. contained.
wretchedness, bleakness, loneliness, littered: (adj) untidy, under attack, shoving: (n) thrusting.
waste, ruin; (adj, n) desertion. beleaguered, beset, besieged, messy, tumultuous: (adj, n) boisterous,
ANTONYMS: (n) ecstasy, joy, plagued, topsy-turvy, tormented. tempestuous; (adj) disorderly,
productiveness, fertileness, overthrown: (adj) overcome, riotous, turbulent, noisy, furious,
fecundity, cheer, fruitfulness, conquered, battered, overpowered, loud, troubled, disturbed; (adj, v)
preservation, hopefulness, dejected, cast down, dissolute, tumultuary. ANTONYMS: (adj)
cheerfulness. doomed, flooded, discomfit, mat. peaceful, calm.
eyebrow: (n) supercilium, eyebrows, raging: (adj) hot, angry, fierce, irate,
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When the dusk was gathering and Iping was just beginning to peep
timorously forth again upon the shattered wreckage of its Bank Holiday, a short,
thick-set man in a shabby silk hat was marching painfully through the twilight
behind the beechwoods on the road to Bramblehurst. He carried three books
bound together by some sort of ornamental elastic ligature, and a bundle
wrapped in a blue table-cloth. His rubicund face expressed consternation and
fatigue; he appeared to be in a spasmodic sort of hurry. He was accompanied by
a voice other than his own, and ever and again he winced under the touch of
unseen hands.%
"If you give me the slip again," said the Voice, "if you attempt to give me the
slip again--"
"Lord!" said Mr. Marvel. "That shoulder's a mass of bruises as it is."
"On my honour," said the Voice, "I will kill you."
"I didn't try to give you the slip," said Marvel, in a voice that was not far
remote from tears. "I swear I didn't. I didn't know the blessed turning, that was
all! How the devil was I to know the blessed turning? As it is, I've been knocked

consternation: (n) alarm, shock, fear, intolerant, firm, hard, unyielding. rubicund: (adj, n) red; (adj) sanguine,
apprehension, astonishment, fright, ligature: (n, v) tie, knot; (n) binder, ruddy, cherry, crimson, florid,
confusion; (adj, n) terror, awe, dread, ligation, ligament, bandage, link, reddish, glowing, healthy, flushed;
horror. ANTONYMS: (n) band, fascia; (v) bind, fastening. (n) rubiform.
peacefulness, composure, happiness, marching: (n) walking, mar, drill; (adj) twilight: (n) nightfall, night, sunset,
tranquility, hopefulness, comfort, ongoing, moving. gloaming, evening, sundown,
equanimity. ornamental: (adj) fancy, florid, eventide, fall, decline, evenfall; (adj)
elastic: (adj) flexible, springy, soft, cosmetic, extravagant, elaborate, aurora. ANTONYMS: (n) daybreak,
pliable, resilient, limber, pliant, showy, enhancing, delicate, sunrise.
yielding, ductile, buoyant; (n) rubber beautifying; (n) decoration, wreckage: (n) ruin, debris, remains,
band. ANTONYMS: (adj) rigid, stiff, adornment. ANTONYMS: (adj) plain, shipwreck, wreck, devastation,
inflexible, inelastic, unadaptable, unadorned. sabotage, waste, jetsam, ligan, lagan.
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"You'll get knocked about a great deal more if you don't mind," said the Voice,
and Mr. Marvel abruptly became silent. He blew out his cheeks, and his eyes
were eloquent of despair.%
"It's bad enough to let these floundering yokels explode my little secret,
without your cutting off with my books. It's lucky for some of them they cut and
ran when they did! Here am I ... No one knew I was invisible! And now what
am I to do?"
"What am I to do?" asked Marvel, sotto voce.
"It's all about. It will be in the papers! Everybody will be looking for me;
everyone on their guard--" The Voice broke off into vivid curses and ceased.
The despair of Mr. Marvel's face deepened, and his pace slackened.
"Go on!" said the Voice.
Mr. Marvel's face assumed a greyish tint between the ruddier patches.
"Don't drop those books, stupid," said the Voice, sharply--overtaking him.
"The fact is," said the Voice, "I shall have to make use of you.... You're a poor
tool, but I must."
"I'm a miserable tool," said Marvel.
"You are," said the Voice.
"I'm the worst possible tool you could have," said Marvel.
"I'm not strong," he said after a discouraging silence.
"I'm not over strong," he repeated.
"And my heart's weak. That little business--I pulled it through, of course--but
bless you! I could have dropped."
"I haven't the nerve and strength for the sort of thing you want."
"I'll stimulate you."

bless: (v) consecrate, celebrate, incoherent, innocent, slackened: (adj) leisurely.
sanctify, anoint, eulogize, sign, straightforward, weak. stimulate: (adj, v) quicken, excite,
praise, keep, grant, glorify; (n) explode: (v) erupt, detonate, incite, hasten; (v) encourage, arouse,
blessing. ANTONYMS: (v) curse, discharge, blow up, crack, fulminate, inspire, provoke, enliven, prompt,
condemn, disapprove, damn, break, burst forth, disprove, blast; (n, awaken. ANTONYMS: (v)
disallow, deny. v) burst. ANTONYMS: (v) implode, discourage, dampen, bore, suppress,
deepened: (adj) concentrated, fizzle, confirm, defuse, collapse. quench, sedate, stifle, inhibit, calm,
gathered. floundering: (adj) awkward, kill, douse.
eloquent: (adj) glib, fluent, persuasive, maladroit, purposeless. tint: (n, v) color, tinge, hue, stain, dye,
expressive, meaningful, significant, greyish: (adj) grayish, gray, hoar, tinct; (n) shade, tincture, tone, cast;
graphic, vivid, speaking, forcible, grizzly, livid, dull, achromatic. (v) paint. ANTONYMS: (n) white,
moving. ANTONYMS: (adj) knew: (adj) known; (v) recognize, wist. pallor; (v) whiten, pale.
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"I wish you wouldn't. I wouldn't like to mess up your plans, you know. But I
might--out of sheer funk and misery."
"You'd better not," said the Voice, with quiet emphasis.%
"I wish I was dead," said Marvel.
"It ain't justice," he said; "you must admit.... It seems to me I've a perfect
"Get on!" said the Voice.
Mr. Marvel mended his pace, and for a time they went in silence again.
"It's devilish hard," said Mr. Marvel.
This was quite ineffectual. He tried another tack.
"What do I make by it?" he began again in a tone of unendurable wrong.
"Oh! shut up!" said the Voice, with sudden amazing vigour. "I'll see to you
all right. You do what you're told. You'll do it all right. You're a fool and all that,
but you'll do--"
"I tell you, sir, I'm not the man for it. Respectfully--but it is so--"
"If you don't shut up I shall twist your wrist again," said the Invisible Man. "I
want to think."
Presently two oblongs of yellow light appeared through the trees, and the
square tower of a church loomed through the gloaming. "I shall keep my hand
on your shoulder," said the Voice, "all through the village. Go straight through
and try no foolery. It will be the worse for you if you do."
"I know that," sighed Mr. Marvel, "I know all that."
The unhappy-looking figure in the obsolete silk hat passed up the street of
the little village with his burdens, and vanished into the gathering darkness
beyond the lights of the windows.

devilish: (adj, v) diabolic, satanic, depression; (v) cringe, flinch, cower, antique, outdated, extinct, old-
infernal, mephistophelian, quail, recoil, shrink. fashioned, disused, outmoded, dated,
demoniacal; (adj) demonic, wicked, gloaming: (n) evenfall, twilight, old. ANTONYMS: (adj) current,
diabolical, terrific; (v) Stygian; (adv) nightfall, night, dewy eve, fall, hour, contemporary, modern, trendy, new.
devilishly. ANTONYMS: (adj) sunset, evening, gloam, autumn. tack: (v) affix, attach, fasten, veer; (n, v)
cherubic, godlike, good, saintly, ineffectual: (adj) ineffective, futile, baste, shift, turn; (n) pin, tache, brad;
virtuous. useless, feeble, abortive, powerless, (adj, v) sew. ANTONYMS: (v)
foolery: (n) folly, tomfoolery, idle, weak, unable, void, vain. separate, detach.
foolishness, buffoonery, clowning, ANTONYMS: (adj) strong, effectual, trees: (n) foliage.
inanity, romp, gambol, frolic, effective, useful, viable, competent, vigour: (n) force, strength, vigor,
imbecility, lunacy. invulnerable, helpful, decisive. energy, power, potency, vim, vitality,
funk: (n) coward, horror, fear, dread, obsolete: (adj) dead, archaic, ancient, athleticism, verve, intensity.
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Ten o'clock the next morning found Mr. Marvel, unshaven, dirty, and travel-
stained, sitting with the books beside him and his hands deep in his pockets,
looking very weary, nervous, and uncomfortable, and inflating his cheeks at
infrequent intervals, on the bench outside a little inn on the outskirts of Port
Stowe. Beside him were the books, but now they were tied with string. The
bundle had been abandoned in the pine-woods beyond Bramblehurst, in
accordance with a charge in the plans of the Invisible Man. Mr. Marvel sat on the
bench, and although no one took the slightest notice of him, his agitation
remained at fever heat. His hands would go ever and again to his various
pockets with a curious nervous fumbling.%
When he had been sitting for the best part of an hour, however, an elderly
mariner, carrying a newspaper, came out of the inn and sat down beside him.
"Pleasant day," said the mariner.
Mr. Marvel glanced about him with something very like terror. "Very," he
"Just seasonable weather for the time of year," said the mariner, taking no

agitation: (n) disturbance, excitement, Bilious typhoid fever, Levant fever, environs, border, fringe, boundary,
tumult, stirring, convulsion, stir, Hectic infantile fever, Typhoid fever. rim, skirt, precincts, frontier.
commotion, emotion, unrest, shake, infrequent: (adj) few, rare, scarce, ANTONYM: (n) middle.
turmoil. ANTONYMS: (n) serenity, seldom, exceptional, occasional, seasonable: (adj) timely, fit, well
calm, equanimity, rest, peace, unwonted, sparse, sporadic, unusual, timed, favorable, timeful; (adj, n, v)
deterrent. deficient. ANTONYMS: (adj) appropriate; (adj, v) convenient; (adj,
bundle: (n, v) pack, cluster, clump, common, regular, usual. adv) early; (n) fit adapted, in loco, a
wad; (n) sheaf, pile, batch, stack, mariner: (n) sailor, gob, seafarer, tar, propos. ANTONYMS: (adj) untimely,
package, group, heap. ANTONYMS: warrener, bosun, bargee, bargeman, unseasonable.
(v) scatter, separate, disperse, divide. boatswain, lighterman, sea dog. unshaven: (adj) unshaved, bearded,
fever: (n) malaria, delirium, pyrexia, o'clock: (n) period, hours. rough, not shaved, hairy, bristly,
heat, frenzy, feverishness, febricity, outskirts: (n) edge, periphery, margin, stubbly.
76 The Invisible Man

"Quite," said Mr. Marvel.%

The mariner produced a toothpick, and (saving his regard) was engrossed
thereby for some minutes. His eyes meanwhile were at liberty to examine Mr.
Marvel's dusty figure, and the books beside him. As he had approached Mr.
Marvel he had heard a sound like the dropping of coins into a pocket. He was
struck by the contrast of Mr. Marvel's appearance with this suggestion of
opulence. Thence his mind wandered back again to a topic that had taken a
curiously firm hold of his imagination.
"Books?" he said suddenly, noisily finishing with the toothpick.
Mr. Marvel started and looked at them. "Oh, yes," he said. "Yes, they're
"There's some ex-traordinary things in books," said the mariner.
"I believe you," said Mr. Marvel.
"And some extra-ordinary things out of 'em," said the mariner.
"True likewise," said Mr. Marvel. He eyed his interlocutor, and then glanced
about him.
"There's some extra-ordinary things in newspapers, for example," said the
"There are."
"In this newspaper," said the mariner.
"Ah!" said Mr. Marvel.
"There's a story," said the mariner, fixing Mr. Marvel with an eye that was
firm and deliberate; "there's a story about an Invisible Man, for instance."
Mr. Marvel pulled his mouth askew and scratched his cheek and felt his ears
glowing. "What will they be writing next?" he asked faintly. "Ostria, or
"Neither," said the mariner. "Here."
"Lord!" said Mr. Marvel, starting.

dusty: (adj) dirty, sandy, mealy, dry, inattentive, carefree. ANTONYMS: (adv) noiselessly,
unclean, pulverulent, branny, glowing: (adj, n) enthusiastic, cordial, silently, calmly, peacefully, softly.
uninteresting, vague, psammous; passionate; (adj) burning, fervent, opulence: (n) fortune, wealth, luxury,
(adj, v) sooty. ANTONYMS: (adj) blazing, flaming, fiery, dazzling; (adj, exuberance, comfort, luxuriousness,
dusted, clean. v) warm; (adj, adv) aglow. prosperity, wealthiness, plenty; (adj,
engrossed: (adj) rapt, engaged, intent, ANTONYMS: (adj) pale, wan, n) riches, affluence. ANTONYMS: (n)
occupied, preoccupied, busy, unhappy, unenthusiastic, derogatory, poverty, paucity, shabbiness,
fascinated, obsessed, thoughtful, dispassionate, unwell. austerity.
hooked; (adj, v) immersed. noisily: (adv) clamorously, scratched: (adj) hurt, abraded,
ANTONYMS: (adj) disinterested, boisterously, vociferously, riotously, sgraffito, raw, dented, spoiled,
bored, distracted, indifferent, raucously, uproariously, loudly, damaged, injured.
unconcerned, uninterested, blatantly, rowdily, stridently, vocally. toothpick: (n) strip, pick, picktooth.
H.G. Wells 77

"When I say here," said the mariner, to Mr. Marvel's intense relief, "I don't of
course mean here in this place, I mean hereabouts."
"An Invisible Man!" said Mr. Marvel. "And what's he been up to?"
"Everything," said the mariner, controlling Marvel with his eye, and then
amplifying, "every--blessed--thing."
"I ain't seen a paper these four days," said Marvel.%
"Iping's the place he started at," said the mariner.
"In-deed!" said Mr. Marvel.
"He started there. And where he came from, nobody don't seem to know.
Here it is: 'Pe-culiar Story from Iping.' And it says in this paper that the evidence
is extra-ordinary strong--extra-ordinary."
"Lord!" said Mr. Marvel.
"But then, it's an extra-ordinary story. There is a clergyman and a medical
gent witnesses--saw 'im all right and proper--or leastways didn't see 'im. He
was staying, it says, at the 'Coach an' Horses,' and no one don't seem to have
been aware of his misfortune, it says, aware of his misfortune, until in an
Altercation in the inn, it says, his bandages on his head was torn off. It was then
ob-served that his head was invisible. Attempts were At Once made to secure
him, but casting off his garments, it says, he succeeded in escaping, but not until
after a desperate struggle, in which he had inflicted serious injuries, it says, on
our worthy and able constable, Mr. J. A. Jaffers. Pretty straight story, eh?
Names and everything."
"Lord!" said Mr. Marvel, looking nervously about him, trying to count the
money in his pockets by his unaided sense of touch, and full of a strange and
novel idea. "It sounds most astonishing."
"Don't it? Extra-ordinary, I call it. Never heard tell of Invisible Men before, I
haven't, but nowadays one hears such a lot of extra-ordinary things--that--"
"That all he did?" asked Marvel, trying to seem at his ease.
"It's enough, ain't it?" said the mariner.

casting: (n) cast, hurl, pouring, gendarme, tipstaff, peon, patrolman. misfortune: (n) accident, hardship,
molding, teeming, block, Malleable escaping: (n) evasion, getaway, break, misadventure, disaster, calamity,
castings, fling, to throw something a breakout, running away, running off, mischance, catastrophe, mishap, bad
long distance, flinging, pelt. run-around; (adj) fugitive. luck, misery, affliction. ANTONYMS:
clergyman: (n) minister, chaplain, gent: (n) chap, fellow, male, blighter, (n) joy, bonus, opportunity, privilege,
priest, pastor, churchman, preacher, fella, bourgeois gentilhomme, success, happiness.
parson, rector, dominie, vicar; (adj) mushroom, man, Mister; (adj, n) unaided: (adj) naked, unassisted,
divine. ANTONYMS: (n) layman, snob; (adj) cad. defenseless, nude, bare, independent,
layperson. hears: (v) hear. unaccompanied, open; (adj, adv)
constable: (n) police officer, leastways: (adv) leastwise, at any rate, alone, on your own; (adv) single-
policeman, alderman, burgomaster, anyhow, anyway, in any case, at the handed. ANTONYM: (adv) jointly.
Petty constable, portreeve, alguazil, least, in any event.
78 The Invisible Man

"Didn't go Back by any chance?" asked Marvel. "Just escaped and that's all,
"All!" said the mariner. "Why!--ain't it enough?"
"Quite enough," said Marvel.%
"I should think it was enough," said the mariner. "I should think it was
"He didn't have any pals--it don't say he had any pals, does it?" asked Mr.
Marvel, anxious.
"Ain't one of a sort enough for you?" asked the mariner. "No, thank Heaven,
as one might say, he didn't."
He nodded his head slowly. "It makes me regular uncomfortable, the bare
thought of that chap running about the country! He is at present At Large, and
from certain evidence it is supposed that he has--taken--took, I suppose they
mean--the road to Port Stowe. You see we're right in it! None of your American
wonders, this time. And just think of the things he might do! Where'd you be, if
he took a drop over and above, and had a fancy to go for you? Suppose he wants
to rob--who can prevent him? He can trespass, he can burgle, he could walk
through a cordon of policemen as easy as me or you could give the slip to a blind
man! Easier! For these here blind chaps hear uncommon sharp, I'm told. And
wherever there was liquor he fancied--"
"He's got a tremendous advantage, certainly," said Mr. Marvel. "And--well..."
"You're right," said the mariner. "He has."
All this time Mr. Marvel had been glancing about him intently, listening for
faint footfalls, trying to detect imperceptible movements. He seemed on the
point of some great resolution. He coughed behind his hand.
He looked about him again, listened, bent towards the mariner, and lowered
his voice: "The fact of it is--I happen--to know just a thing or two about this
Invisible Man. From private sources."
"Oh!" said the mariner, interested. " You?"

burgle: (v) rob, steal, burglarise, break overwhelming, clear, visible, trespass: (adj, v) offend; (n, v) sin,
in, break into, rifle, pillage, sack, perceptible, heavy, noticeable, breach; (n) offense, invasion,
ransack, plunder, mug. definite, considerable, conspicuous, infringement, encroachment; (v)
chaps: (n) chops, fauces, crack. strong. encroach, infringe, intrude, invade.
cordon: (n) zone, band, ribbon, Littoral intently: (adv) fixedly, attentively, uncommon: (adj) extraordinary,
cordon, insignia, chain, blockade, seriously, raptly, intensely, closely, peculiar, scarce, singular, strange,
obstacle, bays, hurdle, circle. steadily, eagerly, absorbedly, hard, special, exceptional, infrequent, odd,
imperceptible: (adj) invisible, steadfastly. ANTONYM: (adv) unusual, unaccustomed.
intangible, insensible, faint, absently. ANTONYMS: (adj) typical, usual,
evanescent, inaudible, negligible, liquor: (n) fluid, broth, alcohol, booze, normal, familiar, poor, ordinary, bad,
indiscernible, unseen, unnoticeable, brew, brandy, arrack, spirits, imperfect, customary, accustomed,
gentle. ANTONYMS: (adj) obvious, schnapps; (n, v) drink; (adj, n) liquid. frequent.
H.G. Wells 79

"Yes," said Mr. Marvel. "Me."

"Indeed!" said the mariner. "And may I ask--"
"You'll be astonished," said Mr. Marvel behind his hand. "It's tremendous."
"Indeed!" said the mariner.%
"The fact is," began Mr. Marvel eagerly in a confidential undertone.
Suddenly his expression changed marvellously. "Ow!" he said. He rose stiffly
in his seat. His face was eloquent of physical suffering. "Wow!" he said.
"What's up?" said the mariner, concerned.
"Toothache," said Mr. Marvel, and put his hand to his ear. He caught hold of
his books. "I must be getting on, I think," he said. He edged in a curious way
along the seat away from his interlocutor. "But you was just a-going to tell me
about this here Invisible Man!" protested the mariner. Mr. Marvel seemed to
consult with himself. "Hoax," said a Voice. "It's a hoax," said Mr. Marvel.
"But it's in the paper," said the mariner.
"Hoax all the same," said Marvel. "I know the chap that started the lie. There
ain't no Invisible Man whatsoever--Blimey."
"But how 'bout this paper? D'you mean to say--?"
"Not a word of it," said Marvel, stoutly.
The mariner stared, paper in hand. Mr. Marvel jerkily faced about. "Wait a
bit," said the mariner, rising and speaking slowly, "D'you mean to say--?"
"I do," said Mr. Marvel.
"Then why did you let me go on and tell you all this blarsted stuff, then?
What d'yer mean by letting a man make a fool of himself like that for? Eh?"
Mr. Marvel blew out his cheeks. The mariner was suddenly very red indeed;
he clenched his hands. "I been talking here this ten minutes," he said; "and you,
you little pot-bellied, leathery-faced son of an old boot, couldn't have the
elementary manners--"
"Don't you come bandying words with me," said Mr. Marvel.

clenched: (adj) tight, clinched. deceit; (n, v) humbug, swindle, trick. unbendingly, difficultly, woodenly,
edged: (adj) cutting, sharp, bordered, ANTONYM: (adj) real. strongly, formally, stringently,
pointed, bounded, keen, penetrating, jerkily: (adv) spasmodically, clumsily, strictly. ANTONYM: (adv)
sharper, stinging, unkind, bleak. irregularly, unsteadily, roughly, loosely.
elementary: (adj) simple, primary, haltingly, by fits and starts, stoutly: (adv) sturdily, robustly,
fundamental, primitive, basal, easy, falteringly, in fits and starts, shakily. strongly, solidly, lustily, vigorously,
elemental, introductory, essential, marvellously: (adv) wondrously, toughly, resolutely, stockily, portly,
main, original. ANTONYMS: (adj) wonderfully, terrifically, superbly, obstinately. ANTONYM: (adv) feebly.
secondary, complex, hard, fantastically, miraculously, terrificly, undertone: (n) undercurrent, murmur,
complicated, difficult, final. phenomenally, gloriously, tinge, nuance, whisper, suggestion,
hoax: (adj, n) fake; (v) dupe, defraud, tremendously, tally. implication, connotation, overtone,
gull, kid, bamboozle; (n) fraud, stiffly: (adv) firmly, stiff, awkwardly, association, hint.
80 The Invisible Man

"Bandying words! I'm a jolly good mind--"

"Come up," said a Voice, and Mr. Marvel was suddenly whirled about and
started marching off in a curious spasmodic manner. "You'd better move on,"
said the mariner. "Who's moving on?" said Mr. Marvel. He was receding
obliquely with a curious hurrying gait, with occasional violent jerks forward.
Some way along the road he began a muttered monologue, protests and
"Silly devil!" said the mariner, legs wide apart, elbows akimbo, watching the
receding figure. "I'll show you, you silly ass-- hoaxing me! It's here--on the
Mr. Marvel retorted incoherently and, receding, was hidden by a bend in the
road, but the mariner still stood magnificent in the midst of the way, until the
approach of a butcher's cart dislodged him. Then he turned himself towards
Port Stowe. "Full of extra-ordinary asses," he said softly to himself. "Just to take
me down a bit--that was his silly game--It's on the paper!"
And there was another extraordinary thing he was presently to hear, that had
happened quite close to him. And that was a vision of a "fist full of money" (no
less) travelling without visible agency, along by the wall at the corner of St.
Michael's Lane. A brother mariner had seen this wonderful sight that very
morning. He had snatched at the money forthwith and had been knocked
headlong, and when he had got to his feet the butterfly money had vanished.
Our mariner was in the mood to believe anything, he declared, but that was a bit
too stiff. Afterwards, however, he began to think things over.
The story of the flying money was true. And all about that neighbourhood,
even from the august London and Country Banking Company, from the tills of
shops and inns--doors standing that sunny weather entirely open--money had
been quietly and dexterously making off that day in handfuls and rouleaux,
floating quietly along by walls and shady places, dodging quickly from the
approaching eyes of men. And it had, though no man had traced it, invariably
ended its mysterious flight in the pocket of that agitated gentleman in the
obsolete silk hat, sitting outside the little inn on the outskirts of Port Stowe.
dexterously: (adv) adroitly, skillfully, movement, velocity. inarticulately, deliriously,
expertly, craftily, skilfully, headlong: (adj, adv) headfirst; (adv) disorderedly, incongruously,
dextrously, handily, cleverly, directly, hastily, precipitately; (adj) wanderingly. ANTONYM: (adv)
proficiently, aptly; (adj, adv) readily. rash, hurried, desperate, precipitous, clearly.
ANTONYMS: (adv) ineptly, impetuous, sudden, precipitate. monologue: (n) soliloquy, speech,
incompetently, awkwardly. ANTONYMS: (adj) cautiously, words, apostrophe, discourse,
dodging: (n) dodge, evasion, escape, considered; (adv) carefully. language.
circumvention, selective shading, hoaxing: (n) fixing, cheat, deception, receding: (n) disappearance, fadeout,
shirking, evading, elusion, shunning, fraud, cheating. recession, niche; (adj) moving back,
pastime; (adj) shifty. incoherently: (adv) unconnectedly, low, hairless, balding, going out,
gait: (n, v) pace, step, tread, footstep, disconnectedly, disjointedly, loosely, recessive, retiring.
rate, stride, action; (n) walk, carriage, confusedly, ramblingly, traced: (adj) graphic.
H.G. Wells 81

It was ten days after--and indeed only when the Burdock story was already
old--that the mariner collated these facts and began to understand how near he
had been to the wonderful Invisible Man.%

facts: (n) reality, details, proof, familiar, adjoining, approximate; (adj, ANTONYMS: (v) misinterpret,
grounds, premises, praecognita, adv, prep) about; (adj, adv) almost; misconstrue, misunderstand,
truth, testimony, particulars, physical (adj) imminent. ANTONYMS: (adj) disbelieve, mistake, reject, deny,
constraints, reasonableness. distant, far, further, actual, exact; (v) Miss.
indeed: (adv) certainly, exactly, in leave. wonderful: (adj, n) marvelous,
reality, surely, of course, assuredly, story: (n, v) history, tale, narrative; (n) astonishing, incredible; (adj)
as a matter of fact, admittedly; (adj, recital, narration, report, account, excellent, remarkable, phenomenal,
adv) really, much; (n) yes. level, legend, novel, stage. amazing, fantastic, great, grand,
ANTONYMS: (adv) possibly, ANTONYM: (n) fact. super. ANTONYMS: (adj) terrible,
doubtfully. understand: (v) interpret, hear, see, unpleasant, dreadful, poor, rotten,
near: (adj, adv, v) close, at hand; (adv, catch, learn, translate, grasp, abysmal, mundane, devastating,
prep) by, around, towards; (adj, v) construe, gather; (adj, v) realize, take. lousy, dire, ordinary.
H.G. Wells 83



In the early evening time Dr. Kemp was sitting in his study in the belvedere
on the hill overlooking Burdock. It was a pleasant little room, with three
windows--north, west, and south--and bookshelves covered with books and
scientific publications, and a broad writing-table, and, under the north window,
a microscope, glass slips, minute instruments, some cultures, and scattered
bottles of reagents. Dr. Kemp's solar lamp was lit, albeit the sky was still bright
with the sunset light, and his blinds were up because there was no offence of
peering outsiders to require them pulled down. Dr. Kemp was a tall and
slender young man, with flaxen hair and a moustache almost white, and the
work he was upon would earn him, he hoped, the fellowship of the Royal
Society, so highly did he think of it.
And his eye, presently wandering from his work, caught the sunset blazing
at the back of the hill that is over against his own. For a minute perhaps he sat,
pen in mouth, admiring the rich golden colour above the crest, and then his
attention was attracted by the little figure of a man, inky black, running over the
hill-brow towards him. He was a shortish little man, and he wore a high hat,
and he was running so fast that his legs verily twinkled.

admiring: (adj) admire, admiringly, blazing: (adj) flaming, afire, burning, legs: (v) pegs, trotters, pins; (n)
loving, respectful, glowing, ardent, aflame, glaring, bright, patience, pedestal, stamina.
affectionate, amatory, appreciative, blatant, alight, passionate; (n) blaze. microscope: (n) micrometer,
enthusiastic, flattering, approving. ANTONYMS: (adj) freezing, quiet. megascope, light microscope,
ANTONYMS: (adj) defamatory, bookshelves: (n) bookcase. electron microscope, magnifier.
critical, disdainful, disapproving, flaxen: (adj) flaxy, fair, blond, light, peering: (adj) nosy, prying, snoopy.
disrespectful, uncomplimentary. pale, golden, arenaceous, sandy, shortish: (adj) short.
belvedere: (n) Kochia scoparia, Bassia farinaceous; (n) blonde. slips: (n) pad.
scoparia, summerhouse, bush, inky: (adj) black, ebon, sable, verily: (adj, adv) really; (adv) indeed, in
watchtower, shrub, summer cypress, atramentous, jetty, dusky, gloomy, reality, genuinely, quitely, actually,
loophole, burning bush, firebush, murky, pitchy, atramental, selfly, truely, identically, exactly;
lookout. atramentous spots. (adv, int) in truth.
84 The Invisible Man

"Another of those fools," said Dr. Kemp. "Like that ass who ran into me this
morning round a corner, with the ''Visible Man a-coming, sir!' I can't imagine
what possess people. One might think we were in the thirteenth century."
He got up, went to the window, and stared at the dusky hillside, and the
dark little figure tearing down it. "He seems in a confounded hurry," said Dr.
Kemp, "but he doesn't seem to be getting on. If his pockets were full of lead, he
couldn't run heavier."
"Spurted, sir," said Dr. Kemp.%
In another moment the higher of the villas that had clambered up the hill
from Burdock had occulted the running figure. He was visible again for a
moment, and again, and then again, three times between the three detached
houses that came next, and then the terrace hid him.
"Asses!" said Dr. Kemp, swinging round on his heel and walking back to his
But those who saw the fugitive nearer, and perceived the abject terror on his
perspiring face, being themselves in the open roadway, did not share in the
doctor's contempt. By the man pounded, and as he ran he chinked like a well-
filled purse that is tossed to and fro. He looked neither to the right nor the left,
but his dilated eyes stared straight downhill to where the lamps were being lit,
and the people were crowded in the street. And his ill-shaped mouth fell apart,
and a glairy foam lay on his lips, and his breath came hoarse and noisy. All he
passed stopped and began staring up the road and down, and interrogating one
another with an inkling of discomfort for the reason of his haste.
And then presently, far up the hill, a dog playing in the road yelped and ran
under a gate, and as they still wondered something--a wind--a pad, pad, pad,--a
sound like a panting breathing, rushed by.
People screamed. People sprang off the pavement: It passed in shouts, it
passed by instinct down the hill. They were shouting in the street before Marvel
was halfway there. They were bolting into houses and slamming the doors
behind them, with the news. He heard it and made one last desperate spurt.

abject: (adj) contemptible, pitiful, low, dingy, sooty, somber. ANTONYMS: certainty.
wretched, despicable, sordid, base, (adj) light, bright, sunny, radiant, perspiring: (adj) sweaty, sweating,
mean, vile; (n) ignominious, dirty. clear. wet, warm, activity, sudatory,
ANTONYMS: (adj) honorable, foam: (n, v) froth, bubble, spume; (adj, perspirable, emitting perspiration,
hopeful, magnificent, esteemed, v) boil, seethe; (v) effervesce, suds, body process, bodily process, bodily
proud, dignified, commendable, fizz, ferment; (n) lather, bubbles. function.
noble, exalted, worthy, happy. glairy: (adj) glaireous, slimy, glareous. pounded: (adj) beaten, ground,
bolting: (n) sifting. ill-shaped: (adj) clumsy. crushed, pulverized, minced, broken
dilated: (adj) wide, inflated, inkling: (n, v) hint, suggestion; (n) up, milled.
ampulliform. clue, allusion, idea, glimpse, notion, spurt: (n, v) jet, spirt, race, run, flow,
dusky: (adj) dark, cloudy, gloomy, indication, cue, intimation, squirt, stream, dash; (n) burst; (v)
black, swarthy, dull, murky, obscure, implication. ANTONYMS: (n) trust, gush, erupt.
H.G. Wells 85

Fear came striding by, rushed ahead of him, and in a moment had seized the
"The Invisible Man is coming! The Invisible Man!"

ahead: (adv) in advance, formerly, imminent, future, impending; (adj, v) quick, speedy. ANTONYMS: (adj)
beforehand, previously, along, instant. ANTONYMS: (n) departure, unhurried, slow, considered, gradual.
onward, beyond, in the van; (adj) exit, leaving, departing; (adj) distant, seized: (adj) confiscate, appropriated,
front; (adj, adv) forward; (v) precede. retreating, past. condemned, apprehended, grasped,
ANTONYMS: (adj, adv) late; (adv) moment: (n, v) consequence, weight; taken, held, seised, detained,
subsequently, following, back, (adj, n) instant; (n) flash, jiffy, minute, obtained, arraught.
before, after, ago, backward, losing, import, second, time, bit, hour.
later; (adj) behindhand. ANTONYMS: (n) inconsequence, age,
came: (v) arrive, come. triviality.
coming: (n) advent, approach, rushed: (adj) hurried, rush, precipitate,
appearance, arrival, return; (adj, n) rapid, unexpected, hassled,
approaching; (adj) forthcoming, immediate, instant, instantaneous,
H.G. Wells 87



The "Jolly Cricketers" is just at the bottom of the hill, where the tram-lines
begin. The barman leant his fat red arms on the counter and talked of horses
with an anaemic cabman, while a black-bearded man in grey snapped up biscuit
and cheese, drank Burton, and conversed in American with a policeman off
"What's the shouting about!" said the anaemic cabman, going off at a tangent,
trying to see up the hill over the dirty yellow blind in the low window of the inn.
Somebody ran by outside. "Fire, perhaps," said the barman.
Footsteps approached, running heavily, the door was pushed open violently,
and Marvel, weeping and dishevelled, his hat gone, the neck of his coat torn
open, rushed in, made a convulsive turn, and attempted to shut the door. It was
held half open by a strap.
"Coming!" he bawled, his voice shrieking with terror. "He's coming. The
'Visible Man! After me! For Gawd's sake! 'Elp! 'Elp! 'Elp!"
"Shut the doors," said the policeman. "Who's coming? What's the row?" He
went to the door, released the strap, and it slammed. The American closed the
other door.

anaemic: (adj) pale, exsanguineous, convulsive: (adj) spastic, galvanic, screech, scream, belly laugh, shright,
weak. fitful, paroxysmal, violent, choreic, howler, riot; (adj) sharp.
attempted: (adj) unsuccessful. unsteady, hysterical; (v) unquiet, strap: (n, v) lash, whip; (n) strop, leash,
barman: (n) bartender, barkeeper, restless, saltatory. rein, shoulder strap, band, bar; (v)
barkeep, publican, tapster, dishevelled: (adj) untidy, tousled, bind, flog; (adj, n) tie. ANTONYM: (v)
mixologist. messy, blowzy, rough, frowsy, untie.
biscuit: (n) rusk, hardtack, cooky, frowzy, unkempt, sloppy, slovenly; weeping: (adj) tearful, lachrymose,
cookie, bisque, tea biscuit, almond (v) bedraggled. dolourous, dolorous; (n, v) lament,
cookie, wafer, tan, sea bread, oreo. drank: (v) absorb. lamentation; (v) wailing; (n) sobbing,
cabman: (n) cabdriver, cabby, taximan, footsteps: (n) road, footprints, way, tears, cry; (adj, n) howling.
carman, coachman, driver, taxi trail, path, track, footpath. ANTONYM: (n) celebration.
driver, hackdriver, taxidriver. shrieking: (n) shriek, screeching,
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"Lemme go inside," said Marvel, staggering and weeping, but still clutching
the books. "Lemme go inside. Lock me in--somewhere. I tell you he's after me.
I give him the slip. He said he'd kill me and he will."
"You're safe," said the man with the black beard. "The door's shut. What's it
all about?"
"Lemme go inside," said Marvel, and shrieked aloud as a blow suddenly
made the fastened door shiver and was followed by a hurried rapping and a
shouting outside. "Hullo," cried the policeman, "who's there?" Mr. Marvel began
to make frantic dives at panels that looked like doors. "He'll kill me--he's got a
knife or something. For Gawd's sake--!"
"Here you are," said the barman. "Come in here." And he held up the flap of
the bar.%
Mr. Marvel rushed behind the bar as the summons outside was repeated.
"Don't open the door," he screamed. " Please don't open the door. Where shall I
"This, this Invisible Man, then?" asked the man with the black beard, with one
hand behind him. "I guess it's about time we saw him."
The window of the inn was suddenly smashed in, and there was a screaming
and running to and fro in the street. The policeman had been standing on the
settee staring out, craning to see who was at the door. He got down with raised
eyebrows. "It's that," he said. The barman stood in front of the bar-parlour door
which was now locked on Mr. Marvel, stared at the smashed window, and came
round to the two other men.
Everything was suddenly quiet. "I wish I had my truncheon," said the
policeman, going irresolutely to the door. "Once we open, in he comes. There's
no stopping him."
"Don't you be in too much hurry about that door," said the anaemic cabman,
"Draw the bolts," said the man with the black beard, "and if he comes--" He
showed a revolver in his hand.
clutching: (n) locking. composed. settle, chair, form, stall, davenport,
dives: (n) Lazarus, Croesus, dive, irresolutely: (adv) waveringly, chesterfield, squab.
Timon of Athens, diving, dived, undecidedly, indecisively, hesitantly, shiver: (n, v) shake, tremble, shudder,
capitalist, Idas, millionaire, nabob, uncertainly, hesitatingly, weakly, fragment, thrill, splinter, tingle; (v)
Plutus. infirmly, spinelessly, unsteadily, quake, shatter, palpitate; (adj, v)
flap: (v) flop, wave, beat, brandish, unsettledly. ANTONYMS: (adv) break.
shake; (n, v) fuss, flutter, pother; (n) decisively, firmly. staggering: (adj) astounding, amazing,
slap, disturbance, valve. revolver: (n) gun, pistol, colt, incredible, inconceivable, prodigious,
frantic: (adj) desperate, crazy, excited, handgun, firearm, shooter, rod, marvelous, startling, ghastly,
distraught, frenetic, distracted; (adj, Saturday night special, revolving shocking, remarkable, extraordinary.
v) frenzied, furious, wild, raging; (n) door, repeater. ANTONYMS: (adj) unremarkable,
maniac. ANTONYMS: (adj) mellow, settee: (n) sofa, bench, lounge, divan, normal, lovely, comforting.
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"That won't do," said the policeman; "that's murder."

"I know what country I'm in," said the man with the beard. "I'm going to let
off at his legs. Draw the bolts."
"Not with that blinking thing going off behind me," said the barman, craning
over the blind.%
"Very well," said the man with the black beard, and stooping down, revolver
ready, drew them himself. Barman, cabman, and policeman faced about.
"Come in," said the bearded man in an undertone, standing back and facing
the unbolted doors with his pistol behind him. No one came in, the door
remained closed. Five minutes afterwards when a second cabman pushed his
head in cautiously, they were still waiting, and an anxious face peered out of the
bar-parlour and supplied information. "Are all the doors of the house shut?"
asked Marvel. "He's going round--prowling round. He's as artful as the devil."
"Good Lord!" said the burly barman. "There's the back! Just watch them
doors! I say--!" He looked about him helplessly. The bar-parlour door slammed
and they heard the key turn. "There's the yard door and the private door. The
yard door--"
He rushed out of the bar.
In a minute he reappeared with a carving-knife in his hand. "The yard door
was open!" he said, and his fat underlip dropped. "He may be in the house
now!" said the first cabman.
"He's not in the kitchen," said the barman. "There's two women there, and
I've stabbed every inch of it with this little beef slicer. And they don't think he's
come in. They haven't noticed--"
"Have you fastened it?" asked the first cabman.
"I'm out of frocks," said the barman.
The man with the beard replaced his revolver. And even as he did so the flap
of the bar was shut down and the bolt clicked, and then with a tremendous thud
the catch of the door snapped and the bar-parlour door burst open. They heard

artful: (adj) crafty, cunning, scheming, charily, discreetly, vigilantly, timidly, ANTONYM: (adv) powerfully.
wily, shrewd, insidious, designing, attentively, watchfully, sparingly. pistol: (n) firearm, gun, gat, revolver,
sly, adroit, subtle, disingenuous. ANTONYMS: (adv) openly, rod, Captain Bobadil, derringer,
ANTONYMS: (adj) artless, unskillful, irresponsibly, imprudently, bravely, spray gun, shooter, drawcansir,
inept, ingenuous, unskilled, open, recklessly, incautiously, Thraso.
straight. thoughtlessly, wastefully, tactlessly, slicer: (n) beater, grater, machine,
blinking: (adj) flickering, bally, rashly, liberally. slicing machine, shredder, knife.
blooming; (adj, n) winking; (n) helplessly: (adv) weakly, powerlessly, stooping: (adj) hunched, crooked,
shimmer, blink, wink, twinkling, lostly, destitutely, shiftlessly, asymmetrical, not erect, not straight,
nictation, blink of an eye, nictitation. defenselessly, unprotectedly, corrupt; (n) patronage.
cautiously: (adv) guardedly, ineffectively, wretchedly, unbolted: (adj) loose, open, unlatched,
prudently, warily, circumspectly, incompetently, disabledly. unlocked, unsecured.
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Marvel squeal like a caught leveret, and forthwith they were clambering over the
bar to his rescue. The bearded man's revolver cracked and the looking-glass at
the back of the parlour starred and came smashing and tinkling down.%
As the barman entered the room he saw Marvel, curiously crumpled up and
struggling against the door that led to the yard and kitchen. The door flew open
while the barman hesitated, and Marvel was dragged into the kitchen. There
was a scream and a clatter of pans. Marvel, head down, and lugging back
obstinately, was forced to the kitchen door, and the bolts were drawn.
Then the policeman, who had been trying to pass the barman, rushed in,
followed by one of the cabmen, gripped the wrist of the invisible hand that
collared Marvel, was hit in the face and went reeling back. The door opened,
and Marvel made a frantic effort to obtain a lodgement behind it. Then the
cabman collared something. "I got him," said the cabman. The barman's red
hands came clawing at the unseen. "Here he is!" said the barman.
Mr. Marvel, released, suddenly dropped to the ground and made an attempt
to crawl behind the legs of the fighting men. The struggle blundered round the
edge of the door. The voice of the Invisible Man was heard for the first time,
yelling out sharply, as the policeman trod on his foot. Then he cried out
passionately and his fists flew round like flails. The cabman suddenly whooped
and doubled up, kicked under the diaphragm. The door into the bar-parlour
from the kitchen slammed and covered Mr. Marvel's retreat. The men in the
kitchen found themselves clutching at and struggling with empty air.
"Where's he gone?" cried the man with the beard. "Out?"
"This way," said the policeman, stepping into the yard and stopping.
A piece of tile whizzed by his head and smashed among the crockery on the
kitchen table.
"I'll show him," shouted the man with the black beard, and suddenly a steel
barrel shone over the policeman's shoulder, and five bullets had followed one
another into the twilight whence the missile had come. As he fired, the man

clatter: (n, v) rattle, jingle, bang, clank, lodgement: (n) lodgment, secureness, squall, confess, betray.
clang, roll, clink; (v) clash, chatter; (n) housing, fastness, fixedness, fixity, starred: (adj) marked.
noise, racket. ANTONYM: (n) quiet. living accommodations, Standage, tinkling: (adj) clinking, tinkly,
crockery: (n) chinaware, dishes, sump, complaint, allegation. tintinnabulary, reverberant; (n) ting.
porcelain, earthenware, bowls, lugging: (n) food. whence: (adv) wherefrom, hence,
dishware, ovenware, plates, obstinately: (adv) obdurately, because, for, why, wherefore, how,
tableware; (v) ceramics, pottery. mulishly, persistently, perversely, then, then thence so, how comes it,
diaphragm: (n) midriff, membrane, doggedly, refractorily, unyieldingly, how happens it.
partition, pessary, iris, stop, septum, willfully, pigheadedly, waywardly, yelling: (adj) crying, howling,
contraceptive diaphragm, firmly. ANTONYM: (adv) helpfully. fantastic, noisy, marvelous,
contraceptive, mesophragma, squeal: (n, v) yell, shout, scream, marvellous, instant, insistent, rank;
musculature. screech, cry; (v) howl, squeak, inform, (n) screaming, noise.
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with the beard moved his hand in a horizontal curve, so that his shots radiated
out into the narrow yard like spokes from a wheel.%
A silence followed. "Five cartridges," said the man with the black beard.
"That's the best of all. Four aces and a joker. Get a lantern, someone, and come
and feel about for his body."

aces: (adj) peerless, worthy, perfect, horizontal: (adj) flat, level, straight, lime light, lanthorn.
fine, fabulous, great, personable; (n) direct, prostrate, smooth, recumbent, moved: (adj) affected, excited, touched,
pick. flush, clear; (adj, n) plane; (n) disordered, enthused, gone, tense,
beard: (v) defy, dare; (adj, v) brave; orientation. ANTONYMS: (adj) inspired, stimulated, overcome,
(adj, n) hair; (n) whiskers, moustache, sloping, perpendicular, inclined, interested. ANTONYM: (adj)
sloven, facial hair; (n, v) camouflage, standing. uninspired.
disguise, mask. ANTONYM: (n) joker: (n) comic, comedian, wit, clown, radiated: (adj) radial, stellular,
shaven. buffoon, trickster, zany, tease, wild stelliform, penciled, diffuse.
curve: (n, v) crook, bow, turn, curl, arc, card; (v) humorist; (n, v) wag. yard: (n) court, courtyard, garden,
hook, kink, round; (n) curvature; (v) lantern: (n) beacon, light, dormer, backyard, barnyard, grounds,
arch, wind. ANTONYMS: (v) tube, lighting fitting, bedside light, farmyard, quadrangle, close,
untwisting, straighten. street light, street lamp, oil lamp, enclosure, junkyard.
H.G. Wells 93



Dr. Kemp had continued writing in his study until the shots aroused him.
Crack, crack, crack, they came one after the other.%
"Hullo!" said Dr. Kemp, putting his pen into his mouth again and listening.
"Who's letting off revolvers in Burdock? What are the asses at now?"
He went to the south window, threw it up, and leaning out stared down on
the network of windows, beaded gas-lamps and shops, with its black interstices
of roof and yard that made up the town at night. "Looks like a crowd down the
hill," he said, "by 'The Cricketers,'" and remained watching. Thence his eyes
wandered over the town to far away where the ships' lights shone, and the pier
glowed--a little illuminated, facetted pavilion like a gem of yellow light. The
moon in its first quarter hung over the westward hill, and the stars were clear
and almost tropically bright.
After five minutes, during which his mind had travelled into a remote
speculation of social conditions of the future, and lost itself at last over the time
dimension, Dr. Kemp roused himself with a sigh, pulled down the window
again, and returned to his writing desk.

asses: (n) equidae. irradiate. roused: (adj) excited, awake,
beaded: (adj) beady, bejeweled, leaning: (adj, n) bent, disposition, susceptible, emotional, elated,
bejewelled, bespangled, covered, partiality; (n) propensity, bias, interested.
decorated, jeweled, sequined, tendency, incline, lean; (adj) tilted, sigh: (n, v) groan, suspire, murmur; (v)
spangled, spangly, gemmed. canted, inclined. ANTONYMS: (n) breathe, languish, pine; (n) breath,
dimension: (n) breadth, magnitude, antipathy, dislike; (adj) upright. wail, whimper, whine, suspiration.
bulk, size, length, range, attribute, pavilion: (n) marquee, kiosk, tent, travelled: (adj) cosmopolitan.
proportion, quantum, dimensions, porch, pergola, gazebo, hall, canopy, tropically: (adv) torridly,
bigness. booth, place, rus in urbe. metaphorically, hotly, steamily.
illuminated: (adj) lit, lighted, pier: (n) breakwater, dock, jetty, westward: (adv) west, westwards; (adj,
luminous, enlightened, clear, light, harbour, pillar, quay, mole, column, adv) westerly; (adj) westbound,
shining, irradiated, lighter, Lighty, landing-stage, levee, harbor. western; (v) to the west.
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It must have been about an hour after this that the front-door bell rang. He
had been writing slackly, and with intervals of abstraction, since the shots. He
sat listening. He heard the servant answer the door, and waited for her feet on
the staircase, but she did not come. "Wonder what that was," said Dr. Kemp.%
He tried to resume his work, failed, got up, went downstairs from his study
to the landing, rang, and called over the balustrade to the housemaid as she
appeared in the hall below. "Was that a letter?" he asked.
"Only a runaway ring, sir," she answered.
"I'm restless to-night," he said to himself. He went back to his study, and this
time attacked his work resolutely. In a little while he was hard at work again,
and the only sounds in the room were the ticking of the clock and the subdued
shrillness of his quill, hurrying in the very centre of the circle of light his
lampshade threw on his table.
It was two o'clock before Dr. Kemp had finished his work for the night. He
rose, yawned, and went downstairs to bed. He had already removed his coat
and vest, when he noticed that he was thirsty. He took a candle and went down
to the dining-room in search of a syphon and whiskey.
Dr. Kemp's scientific pursuits have made him a very observant man, and as
he recrossed the hall, he noticed a dark spot on the linoleum near the mat at the
foot of the stairs. He went on upstairs, and then it suddenly occurred to him to
ask himself what the spot on the linoleum might be. Apparently some
subconscious element was at work. At any rate, he turned with his burden, went
back to the hall, put down the syphon and whiskey, and bending down, touched
the spot. Without any great surprise he found it had the stickiness and colour of
drying blood.
He took up his burden again, and returned upstairs, looking about him and
trying to account for the blood-spot. On the landing he saw something and
stopped astonished. The door-handle of his own room was blood-stained.
He looked at his own hand. It was quite clean, and then he remembered that
the door of his room had been open when he came down from his study, and

balustrade: (n) fence, banisters, alert, cautious, circumspect, careful, slackly: (adv) slowly, laxly, sluggishly,
banister, bannister, barrier, handrail, aware, heedful, vigilant, awake, keen. limply, softly, slothfully, tardily,
pale, balusters, guardrail, ANTONYMS: (adj) unobservant, relaxedly, dully, weakly, listlessly.
circumvallation, ring fence. dreaming, insensitive, unprepared, ANTONYM: (adv) tightly.
housemaid: (n) amah, maid, oblivious. stickiness: (n) adhesion, adherence,
handmaiden, handmaid, quill: (n, v) pen; (n) feather, pinion, grasp, bond, grip, humidity,
maidservant, cleaning woman, girl, prick, calamus, thorn, shaft, quill viscidity, tenacity, viscousness,
ayah, charwoman, biddy, maiden. feather, plumage, quill pen, spine. gumminess, viscosity. ANTONYM:
lampshade: (n) shade, lamp shade. shrillness: (n) timbre, timber, acumen, (n) smoothness.
linoleum: (n) oilcloth, covering acuteness, sharpness, keenness, syphon: (v) siphon off; (n) tubing.
material. stridency, stridence, high pitch, ticking: (n) tick, cloth, fabric, ticken;
observant: (adj) mindful, watchful, sensitiveness, quality. (adj) living.
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that consequently he had not touched the handle at all. He went straight into his
room, his face quite calm--perhaps a trifle more resolute than usual. His glance,
wandering inquisitively, fell on the bed. On the counterpane was a mess of
blood, and the sheet had been torn. He had not noticed this before because he
had walked straight to the dressing-table. On the further side the bedclothes
were depressed as if someone had been recently sitting there.%
Then he had an odd impression that he had heard a low voice say, "Good
Heavens!--Kemp!" But Dr. Kemp was no believer in voices.
He stood staring at the tumbled sheets. Was that really a voice? He looked
about again, but noticed nothing further than the disordered and blood-stained
bed. Then he distinctly heard a movement across the room, near the wash-hand
stand. All men, however highly educated, retain some superstitious inklings.
The feeling that is called "eerie" came upon him. He closed the door of the room,
came forward to the dressing-table, and put down his burdens. Suddenly, with a
start, he perceived a coiled and blood-stained bandage of linen rag hanging in
mid-air, between him and the wash-hand stand.
He stared at this in amazement. It was an empty bandage, a bandage
properly tied but quite empty. He would have advanced to grasp it, but a touch
arrested him, and a voice speaking quite close to him.
"Kemp!" said the Voice.
"Eh?" said Kemp, with his mouth open.
"Keep your nerve," said the Voice. "I'm an Invisible Man."
Kemp made no answer for a space, simply stared at the bandage. "Invisible
Man," he said.
"I am an Invisible Man," repeated the Voice.
The story he had been active to ridicule only that morning rushed through
Kemp's brain. He does not appear to have been either very much frightened or
very greatly surprised at the moment. Realisation came later.

bedclothes: (n) bedspread, cover, disorganized, broken, incoherent, insult, taunt, scorn, scoff; (n) derision,
linen, bed linen, bed clothing, litter, deranged, messy, disjointed, mockery; (adj, n) irony; (v) jeer.
clothes, throw, spread, quilt, puff. disconnected, ill. ANTONYMS: (adj) ANTONYMS: (n, v) praise, respect;
coiled: (adj) curled, curved, twined, neat, ordered, organized, arranged, (v) approve; (n) approval,
coiling, twisted, convoluted, rolled, quiet, regulated, systematic, admiration.
wavy, bent, round; (adj, v) spiral. systematized, straightforward, tidy. superstitious: (adj) superstition, false,
ANTONYM: (adj) uncoiled. inquisitively: (adv) pryingly, nosily, groundless, eerie, irrational,
counterpane: (n) bedspread, coverlet, inquiringly, questioningly, fallacious.
bedcover, blanket, spread, bed meddlesomely, speculatively, trifle: (n, v) play; (adj, n, v) trinket; (v)
covering, bed cover, tarpaulin, searchingly, meddlingly, dally, fiddle, flirt, fool, frivol; (n)
drugget, rug, sheet. interestedly, interrogatively, eagerly. nothing, triviality, detail; (adj, n)
disordered: (adj) chaotic, upset, sick, ridicule: (n, v) laugh at, deride, banter, bagatelle.
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"I thought it was all a lie," he said. The thought uppermost in his mind was
the reiterated arguments of the morning. "Have you a bandage on?" he asked.%
"Yes," said the Invisible Man.
"Oh!" said Kemp, and then roused himself. "I say!" he said. "But this is
nonsense. It's some trick." He stepped forward suddenly, and his hand,
extended towards the bandage, met invisible fingers.
He recoiled at the touch and his colour changed.
"Keep steady, Kemp, for God's sake! I want help badly. Stop!"
The hand gripped his arm. He struck at it.
"Kemp!" cried the Voice. "Kemp! Keep steady!" and the grip tightened.
A frantic desire to free himself took possession of Kemp. The hand of the
bandaged arm gripped his shoulder, and he was suddenly tripped and flung
backwards upon the bed. He opened his mouth to shout, and the corner of the
sheet was thrust between his teeth. The Invisible Man had him down grimly, but
his arms were free and he struck and tried to kick savagely.
"Listen to reason, will you?" said the Invisible Man, sticking to him in spite of
a pounding in the ribs. "By Heaven! you'll madden me in a minute!
"Lie still, you fool!" bawled the Invisible Man in Kemp's ear.
Kemp struggled for another moment and then lay still.
"If you shout, I'll smash your face," said the Invisible Man, relieving his
"I'm an Invisible Man. It's no foolishness, and no magic. I really am an
Invisible Man. And I want your help. I don't want to hurt you, but if you behave
like a frantic rustic, I must. Don't you remember me, Kemp? Griffin, of
University College?"
"Let me get up," said Kemp. "I'll stop where I am. And let me sit quiet for a
He sat up and felt his neck.

foolishness: (n) folly, fatuity, pounding: (n) beat, throb, pound, urbane, cultured, city, sophisticated.
craziness, nonsense, stupidity, hammering, pulsation, beating, smash: (n, v) crash, hit, bang, clash,
indiscretion, ineptitude, mistake, throbbing, buffeting, hammer, knock; (v) shatter, crush, mash, break,
fatuousness, irrationality; (adj, n) thrashing, whipping. defeat, ruin. ANTONYMS: (v) mend,
silliness. ANTONYMS: (n) prudence, reiterated: (adj) repeated, monotonous, preserve; (n) flop.
sense, sensibleness, understanding, frequent. stepped: (v) advanced, gone, stopen.
forethought, responsibility. relieving: (adj) pertinent, comforting, tightened: (adj) secure, securer, firm.
griffin: (n) griffon, gryfon. applicable; (n) encouragement. uppermost: (adj) top, upmost, upper,
madden: (adj, v) exasperate, aggravate, rustic: (n) countryman, peasant; (adj) highest, chief, maximum, supreme,
exacerbate; (v) enrage, incense, rural, pastoral, boorish, country, greatest, major, outermost; (n) main.
irritate, craze, derange, annoy, anger, bucolic, provincial, hick, agrestic, ANTONYMS: (adj) bottom, lowest,
inflame. ANTONYM: (v) pacify. countrified. ANTONYMS: (adj) town, trivial, lower.
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"I am Griffin, of University College, and I have made myself invisible. I am

just an ordinary man--a man you have known--made invisible."
"Griffin?" said Kemp.%
"Griffin," answered the Voice. A younger student than you were, almost an
albino, six feet high, and broad, with a pink and white face and red eyes, who
won the medal for chemistry."
"I am confused," said Kemp. "My brain is rioting. What has this to do with
"I am Griffin."
Kemp thought. "It's horrible," he said. "But what devilry must happen to
make a man invisible?"
"It's no devilry. It's a process, sane and intelligible enough--"
"It's horrible!" said Kemp. "How on earth--?"
"It's horrible enough. But I'm wounded and in pain, and tired ... Great God!
Kemp, you are a man. Take it steady. Give me some food and drink, and let me
sit down here."
Kemp stared at the bandage as it moved across the room, then saw a basket
chair dragged across the floor and come to rest near the bed. It creaked, and the
seat was depressed the quarter of an inch or so. He rubbed his eyes and felt his
neck again. "This beats ghosts," he said, and laughed stupidly.
"That's better. Thank Heaven, you're getting sensible!"
"Or silly," said Kemp, and knuckled his eyes.
"Give me some whiskey. I'm near dead."
"It didn't feel so. Where are you? If I get up shall I run into you? There! all
right. Whiskey? Here. Where shall I give it to you?"
The chair creaked and Kemp felt the glass drawn away from him. He let go
by an effort; his instinct was all against it. It came to rest poised twenty inches
above the front edge of the seat of the chair. He stared at it in infinite perplexity.
"This is--this must be--hypnotism. You have suggested you are invisible."
albino: (n) albinism, blonde; (v) apprehensible, graspable, simple, unbalanced, insane, crazed, delirious,
blinkard. lucid, definite, distinct, perspicuous. unreasonable, irrational, foolish.
beats: (n) beat, beatniks, Beat ANTONYMS: (adj) difficult, illegible. stupidly: (adv) dully, thickly, obtusely,
Generation. rioting: (n) disorder, tumult, howler, senselessly, fatuously, slowly,
devilry: (n) mischief, devilment, evil, insubordination, orgy, public insanely, unwisely, doltishly, crassly,
atrocity, roguery, rascality, blaze, violence, reveling, grassation, densely. ANTONYMS: (adv)
brutality, heartless, ruthless, agitation, drunken revelry; (adj) shrewdly, brightly, sensibly, wisely,
ferocious. rebellious. sensitively, prudently, carefully.
feet: (v) legs, pegs, pins, trotters; (n) sane: (adj, n) reasonable, lucid; (adj) whiskey: (n) liquor, rye, blended
foots, ft, fete, meter, rescue. rational, judicious, right, sensible, whiskey, blended whisky, bourbon,
intelligible: (adj) clear, normal, wise, wholesome, sound, corn, corn whiskey, corn whisky,
understandable, articulate, luminous, prudent. ANTONYMS: (adj) Irish, malt whisky, rye whiskey.
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"Nonsense," said the Voice.%

"It's frantic."
"Listen to me."
"I demonstrated conclusively this morning," began Kemp, "that invisibility--"
"Never mind what you've demonstrated!--I'm starving," said the Voice, "and
the night is chilly to a man without clothes."
"Food?" said Kemp.
The tumbler of whiskey tilted itself. "Yes," said the Invisible Man rapping it
down. "Have you a dressing-gown?"
Kemp made some exclamation in an undertone. He walked to a wardrobe
and produced a robe of dingy scarlet. "This do?" he asked. It was taken from
him. It hung limp for a moment in mid-air, fluttered weirdly, stood full and
decorous buttoning itself, and sat down in his chair. "Drawers, socks, slippers
would be a comfort," said the Unseen, curtly. "And food."
"Anything. But this is the insanest thing I ever was in, in my life!"
He turned out his drawers for the articles, and then went downstairs to
ransack his larder. He came back with some cold cutlets and bread, pulled up a
light table, and placed them before his guest. "Never mind knives," said his
visitor, and a cutlet hung in mid-air, with a sound of gnawing.
"Invisible!" said Kemp, and sat down on a bedroom chair.
"I always like to get something about me before I eat," said the Invisible Man,
with a full mouth, eating greedily. "Queer fancy!"
"I suppose that wrist is all right," said Kemp.
"Trust me," said the Invisible Man.
"Of all the strange and wonderful--"
"Exactly. But it's odd I should blunder into your house to get my bandaging.
My first stroke of luck! Anyhow I meant to sleep in this house to-night. You
must stand that! It's a filthy nuisance, my blood showing, isn't it? Quite a clot

bandaging: (n) back, binding, prim, proper; (adj, v) becoming, ANTONYM: (adv) sparingly.
deligation. seemly, comely. ANTONYMS: (adj) hung: (n) hanging; (v) Heng; (adj)
clot: (n, v) clod; (n) coagulum, gob, impolite, improper, misbehaving, fatigued, puzzled, decorated.
mass; (v) congeal, clog, coagulate, unsuitable, unrefined, relaxed, ransack: (v) loot, pillage, seek, despoil,
clabber, cake, set, solidify. inappropriate, rowdy, undignified, comb, rifle, rake, raid, sack, pry,
ANTONYMS: (v) loose, thin, flow, defiant, unseemly. foray.
homogenize, soften; (n) opening. gnawing: (v) corroding, biting; (n) weirdly: (adv) strangely, curiously,
cutlet: (n) collop, schnitzel, piece, arrosion. peculiarly, quaintly, uncannily,
escalope, slice, scollop, scallop, greedily: (adv) covetously, avidly, eccentrically, unusually,
escallop, crenelle, crenel, crenation. voraciously, ravenously, rapaciously, mysteriously, queerly, bizarrely,
decorous: (adj) decent, appropriate, acquisitively, gluttonously, hungrily, supernaturally. ANTONYM: (adv)
conventional, sedate, correct, modest, graspingly, eagerly, enviously. ordinarily.
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over there. Gets visible as it coagulates, I see. It's only the living tissue I've
changed, and only for as long as I'm alive.... I've been in the house three hours."
"But how's it done?" began Kemp, in a tone of exasperation. "Confound it!
The whole business--it's unreasonable from beginning to end."
"Quite reasonable," said the Invisible Man. "Perfectly reasonable."
He reached over and secured the whiskey bottle. Kemp stared at the
devouring dressing gown. A ray of candle-light penetrating a torn patch in the
right shoulder, made a triangle of light under the left ribs. "What were the
shots?" he asked. "How did the shooting begin?"
"There was a real fool of a man--a sort of confederate of mine--curse him!--
who tried to steal my money. Has done so."
"Is he invisible too?"
"Can't I have some more to eat before I tell you all that? I'm hungry--in pain.
And you want me to tell stories!"
Kemp got up. " You didn't do any shooting?" he asked.%
"Not me," said his visitor. "Some fool I'd never seen fired at random. A lot of
them got scared. They all got scared at me. Curse them!--I say--I want more to
eat than this, Kemp."
"I'll see what there is to eat downstairs," said Kemp. "Not much, I'm afraid."
After he had done eating, and he made a heavy meal, the Invisible Man
demanded a cigar. He bit the end savagely before Kemp could find a knife, and
cursed when the outer leaf loosened. It was strange to see him smoking; his
mouth, and throat, pharynx and nares, became visible as a sort of whirling
smoke cast.
"This blessed gift of smoking!" he said, and puffed vigorously. "I'm lucky to
have fallen upon you, Kemp. You must help me. Fancy tumbling on you just

confederate: (n) accomplice, accessory, devouring: (adv) devouringly; (adj) pharynx: (n) throat, Eurypharynx,
partner, collaborator, colleague, esurient, edacious, avid, greedy, Saccopharynx, mouth.
assistant; (n, v) ally, auxiliary; (adj) voraginous, ravenous; (n) fire. puffed: (adj) puff, bloated, distended,
allied; (v) league, conspire. loosened: (adj) disentangled, loose, puffy, tumid, turgid, swell,
ANTONYMS: (n) opponent, foe, freed, disengaged, extricated, breathless, bepuffed, overflowing,
enemy, adversary. unsnarled. out of breath.
cursed: (adj) damned, doomed, penetrating: (adj) astute, sharp, tumbling: (adj) falling, billowing,
execrable, cussed, wretched, unlucky, cutting, discerning, incisive, piercing, dropping, rolled; (adj, adv) plunging;
accursed, blamed, blasted, perceptive, discriminating, trenchant; (n) gymnastics, acrobatics, stunting,
confounded; (v) accurst. (adj, v) biting, acute. ANTONYMS: stunt flying, rumbling; (adv)
ANTONYMS: (adj) commendable, (adj) mild, soft, mellow, low, gentle, headfirst.
honorable, nice, sweet, kine. dull, dense.
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now! I'm in a devilish scrape--I've been mad, I think. The things I have been
through! But we will do things yet. Let me tell you--"
He helped himself to more whiskey and soda. Kemp got up, looked about
him, and fetched a glass from his spare room. "It's wild--but I suppose I may
"You haven't changed much, Kemp, these dozen years. You fair men don't.
Cool and methodical--after the first collapse. I must tell you. We will work
"But how was it all done?" said Kemp, "and how did you get like this?"
"For God's sake, let me smoke in peace for a little while! And then I will begin
to tell you."
But the story was not told that night. The Invisible Man's wrist was growing
painful; he was feverish, exhausted, and his mind came round to brood upon his
chase down the hill and the struggle about the inn. He spoke in fragments of
Marvel, he smoked faster, his voice grew angry. Kemp tried to gather what he
"He was afraid of me, I could see that he was afraid of me," said the Invisible
Man many times over. "He meant to give me the slip--he was always casting
about! What a fool I was!"
"The cur!
"I should have killed him!"
"Where did you get the money?" asked Kemp, abruptly.
The Invisible Man was silent for a space. "I can't tell you to-night," he said.
He groaned suddenly and leant forward, supporting his invisible head on
invisible hands. "Kemp," he said, "I've had no sleep for near three days, except a
couple of dozes of an hour or so. I must sleep soon."
"Well, have my room--have this room."
"But how can I sleep? If I sleep--he will get away. Ugh! What does it matter?"
"What's the shot wound?" asked Kemp, abruptly.
brood: (n, v) breed; (v) sulk, think, ANTONYMS: (adj) fresh, refreshed, concealed, impalpable, occult,
incubate; (n) offspring, issue, strong, restored, vigorous, indiscernible, inappreciable, unseen.
progeny, young, posterity, family; unexhausted, replenished, remaining, ANTONYMS: (adj) obvious,
(adj, n) herd. ANTONYMS: (v) energized, invigorated, restocked. conspicuous, noticeable, palpable.
reassure, delight, console. feverish: (adj) febrile, feverous, fiery, soda: (n) soda pop, soda water,
chase: (v) pursue, trail, follow, track, frenzied, fevered, excited, sick, sodium carbonate, sal soda, Leblanc
stalk, expel, banish, go after; (n, v) fanatical; (adj, v) hot, flushed; (adj, n) process, sodium oxide, carbonated
hunt, search; (n) game. ANTONYMS: hysterical. ANTONYMS: (adj) calm, water, sodium bicarbonate, seltzer,
(v) escape, lead, find, precede. afebrile, collected, composed, cold drink, restorative.
exhausted: (adj) fatigued, tired, spent, mellow. wrist: (n) wrist joint, radiocarpal joint,
dry, empty, depleted, jaded, invisible: (adj) obscure, hidden, neaf, gliding joint, fist, articulatio
enervated, faint; (adj, v) gone, weak. inconspicuous, intangible, sightless, Plana, neif; (v) paw, hand, finger.
H.G. Wells 101

"Nothing--scratch and blood. Oh, God! How I want sleep!"

"Why not?"
The Invisible Man appeared to be regarding Kemp. "Because I've a particular
objection to being caught by my fellow-men," he said slowly.%
Kemp started.
"Fool that I am!" said the Invisible Man, striking the table smartly. "I've put
the idea into your head."

caught: (adj) fixed, guilty, expostulation, disapproval, criticism. unattractively, tastelessly, stupidly,
accomplished, wedged, trapped, ANTONYMS: (n) approval, messily, ineptly, slowly.
interested, exposed, defenseless, agreement, praise, acceptance. striking: (adj) outstanding, dramatic,
culpable; (v) seize, get. ANTONYM: regarding: (prep) about, as regards, for, spectacular, salient, imposing,
(adj) loose. on, towards, apropos; (adj, prep) with conspicuous, vivid, remarkable,
fool: (n) blockhead, dunce, clown, regard to, with reference to; (adj) as notable, astonishing; (n) strike.
idiot, ass, booby, buffoon; (v) deceive, to, in regard to, in relation to. ANTONYMS: (adj) ugly, ordinary,
bamboozle; (n, v) joke, gull. smartly: (adv) cleverly, quickly, unimpressive, unremarkable,
ANTONYM: (n) savant. sprucely, nattily, astutely, shrewdly, inconspicuous, unattractive,
objection: (n) dissent, complaint, chicly, stylishly, trendily, wittily, uninteresting, plain, insignificant,
grievance, exception, gripe, modishly. ANTONYMS: (adv) humble, obscure.
disagreement, outcry, difficulty, scruffily, clumsily, untidily,
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Exhausted and wounded as the Invisible Man was, he refused to accept

Kemp's word that his freedom should be respected. He examined the two
windows of the bedroom, drew up the blinds and opened the sashes, to confirm
Kemp's statement that a retreat by them would be possible. Outside the night
was very quiet and still, and the new moon was setting over the down. Then he
examined the keys of the bedroom and the two dressing-room doors, to satisfy
himself that these also could be made an assurance of freedom. Finally he
expressed himself satisfied. He stood on the hearth rug and Kemp heard the
sound of a yawn.%
"I'm sorry," said the Invisible Man, "if I cannot tell you all that I have done to-
night. But I am worn out. It's grotesque, no doubt. It's horrible! But believe me,
Kemp, in spite of your arguments of this morning, it is quit a possible thing. I
have made a discovery. I meant to keep it to myself. I can't. I must have a
partner. And you.... We can do such things ... But to-morrow. Now, Kemp, I
feel as though I must sleep or perish."
Kemp stood in the middle of the room staring at the headless garment. "I
suppose I must leave you," he said. "It's-- incredible. Three things happening

garment: (n, v) garb, apparel; (n) moonshine, satellite, moonlight, luck, ordinary, unreliable, weak.
habiliment, habit, gown, vest, things, lunar month, GHURRY, epoch, orb of retreat: (v) retire, withdraw, depart; (n)
guise; (v) clothe, tog, raiment. night; (v) daydream. refuge, departure, asylum, den, lair,
grotesque: (adj) fantastic, bizarre, quit: (adj, n, v) leave; (v) go, drop, retirement; (n, v) resort, return.
funny, antic, absurd, droll, strange, break, cease, give up, depart, end, ANTONYMS: (n) raid, development,
baroque, weird, ugly, hideous. discontinue; (adj, v) discharge; (n, v) extension, arrival, company; (v)
ANTONYMS: (adj) lovely, normal, part. ANTONYMS: (v) stay, occupy, progress, remain.
commonplace, attractive. enter, maintain, start, come, arrive. wounded: (adj, v) hurt; (n) casualty,
hearth: (n) fire, oven, fireside, stove, respected: (adj) illustrious, respectable, maimed; (adj) bruised, injured,
chimney, focus, furnace, dwelling, honored, appreciated, dear, revered, bloody, aggrieved, saddened; (v)
kiln, home, abode. valued, redoubtable, celebrated, stricken, wound, struck. ANTONYM:
moon: (adj) lunar; (n) month, glorious, famous. ANTONYMS: (adj) (adj) unaffected.
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like this, overturning all my preconceptions--would make me insane. But it's

real! Is there anything more that I can get you?"
"Only bid me good-night," said Griffin.%
"Good-night," said Kemp, and shook an invisible hand. He walked sideways
to the door. Suddenly the dressing-gown walked quickly towards him.
"Understand me!" said the dressing-gown. "No attempts to hamper me, or
capture me! Or--"
Kemp's face changed a little. "I thought I gave you my word," he said.
Kemp closed the door softly behind him, and the key was turned upon him
forthwith. Then, as he stood with an expression of passive amazement on his
face, the rapid feet came to the door of the dressing-room and that too was
locked. Kemp slapped his brow with his hand. "Am I dreaming? Has the world
gone mad--or have I?"
He laughed, and put his hand to the locked door. "Barred out of my own
bedroom, by a flagrant absurdity!" he said.
He walked to the head of the staircase, turned, and stared at the locked doors.
"It's fact," he said. He put his fingers to his slightly bruised neck. "Undeniable
He shook his head hopelessly, turned, and went downstairs.
He lit the dining-room lamp, got out a cigar, and began pacing the room,
ejaculating. Now and then he would argue with himself.
"Invisible!" he said.
"Is there such a thing as an invisible animal? ... In the sea, yes. Thousands--
millions. All the larvae, all the little nauplii and tornarias, all the microscopic
things, the jelly-fish. In the sea there are more things invisible than visible! I
never thought of that before. And in the ponds too! All those little pond-life
things--specks of colourless translucent jelly! But in air? No!
"It can't be.

bruised: (adj) wounded, hurt, raw, crying, glaring, atrocious, obvious, subatomic, microscopical, teeny,
sore, livid, tender, sensitive, rotten, rank, gross, heinous, flagitious, open. corpuscular, negligible.
surbet, sore to the touch, painful. ANTONYMS: (adj) unobtrusive, ANTONYMS: (adj) gigantic, huge,
cigar: (n) cheroot, cigars, smoke, slight, ashamed, doubtful, veiled. macroscopic, immeasurable.
cigarette, corona, panatela, panetella, hamper: (v) clog, fetter, hinder, block, overturning: (n) reverse, about-face,
segar, cigarillo. curb, interfere, delay, handicap, abolition.
colourless: (adj) colorless, drab, pale, debar; (n, v) cramp; (n) disadvantage. translucent: (adj) clear, lucid,
neutral, wan, pallid, ashen, clear, ANTONYMS: (v) help, broaden, transparent, semitransparent, limpid,
white, washy, bloodless. encourage, assist. pellucid, bright, thin, tralucent,
ANTONYM: (adj) colorful. larvae: (n) larva. gauzy, crystal. ANTONYMS: (adj)
dining-room: (n) canteen, restaurant. microscopic: (adj) minute, little, opaque, thick, blocked, tough,
flagrant: (adj) blatant, conspicuous, atomic, tiny, small, diminutive, cloudy, dull.
H.G. Wells 105

"But after all--why not?

"If a man was made of glass he would still be visible."
His meditation became profound. The bulk of three cigars had passed into
the invisible or diffused as a white ash over the carpet before he spoke again.
Then it was merely an exclamation. He turned aside, walked out of the room,
and went into his little consulting-room and lit the gas there. It was a little room,
because Dr. Kemp did not live by practice, and in it were the day's newspapers.
The morning's paper lay carelessly opened and thrown aside. He caught it up,
turned it over, and read the account of a "Strange Story from Iping" that the
mariner at Port Stowe had spelt over so painfully to Mr. Marvel. Kemp read it
"Wrapped up!" said Kemp. "Disguised! Hiding it! 'No one seems to have
been aware of his misfortune.' What the devil is his game?"
He dropped the paper, and his eye went seeking. "Ah!" he said, and caught
up the St. James' Gazette, lying folded up as it arrived. "Now we shall get at the
truth," said Dr. Kemp. He rent the paper open; a couple of columns confronted
him. "An Entire Village in Sussex goes Mad" was the heading.
"Good Heavens!" said Kemp, reading eagerly an incredulous account of the
events in Iping, of the previous afternoon, that have already been described.
Over the leaf the report in the morning paper had been reprinted.
He re-read it. "Ran through the streets striking right and left. Jaffers
insensible. Mr. Huxter in great pain--still unable to describe what he saw.
Painful humiliation--vicar. Woman ill with terror! Windows smashed. This
extraordinary story probably a fabrication. Too good not to print--cum grano!"
He dropped the paper and stared blankly in front of him. "Probably a
He caught up the paper again, and re-read the whole business. "But when
does the Tramp come in? Why the deuce was he chasing a tramp?"
He sat down abruptly on the surgical bench. "He's not only invisible," he said,
"but he's mad! Homicidal!"
carelessly: (adv) incautiously, hastily, deuce: (n) devil, couple, two, dyad, suspicious, unbelieving, faithless,
recklessly, heedlessly, casually, demon, duo, duet, Twain, Dickens, skeptical, doubting, lacking faith,
sloppily, imprudently, brace, craps. questioning, cynical, mistrustful.
inconsiderately, rashly, negligently, diffused: (adj) spread, dispersed, dim, ANTONYM: (adj) convinced.
unwarily. ANTONYMS: (adv) distributed, softened. insensible: (adj) imperceptible, numb,
thoroughly, diligently, carefully, fabrication: (n) construction, fiction, unconscious, callous, dull, unaware,
warily, laboriously, thoughtfully, fable, assembly, creation, formation, apathetic, impassive, indiscernible,
attentively, daintily, methodically, falsehood, production, lie; (n, v) comatose, impassible. ANTONYMS:
discreetly, economically. invention, forgery. ANTONYMS: (n) (adj) sensible, conscious, sensitive,
chasing: (n) chase, engraving; (v) honesty, fact, correction, dismantling, awake, alive, compassionate,
follow, pursue. dismantlement. concerned, aware.
cigars: (n) cigar. incredulous: (adj) dubious, doubtful, streets: (n) street.
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When dawn came to mingle its pallor with the lamp-light and cigar smoke of
the dining-room, Kemp was still pacing up and down, trying to grasp the
He was altogether too excited to sleep. His servants, descending sleepily,
discovered him, and were inclined to think that over-study had worked this ill
on him. He gave them extraordinary but quite explicit instructions to lay
breakfast for two in the belvedere study--and then to confine themselves to the
basement and ground-floor. Then he continued to pace the dining-room until
the morning's paper came. That had much to say and little to tell, beyond the
confirmation of the evening before, and a very badly written account of another
remarkable tale from Port Burdock. This gave Kemp the essence of the
happenings at the "Jolly Cricketers," and the name of Marvel. "He has made me
keep with him twenty-four hours," Marvel testified. Certain minor facts were
added to the Iping story, notably the cutting of the village telegraph-wire. But
there was nothing to throw light on the connexion between the Invisible Man
and the Tramp; for Mr. Marvel had supplied no information about the three
books, or the money with which he was lined. The incredulous tone had
vanished and a shoal of reporters and inquirers were already at work
elaborating the matter.
Kemp read every scrap of the report and sent his housemaid out to get
everyone of the morning papers she could. These also he devoured.
"He is invisible!" he said. "And it reads like rage growing to mania! The
things he may do! The things he may do! And he's upstairs free as the air. What
on earth ought I to do?"
"For instance, would it be a breach of faith if--? No."
He went to a little untidy desk in the corner, and began a note. He tore this
up half written, and wrote another. He read it over and considered it. Then he
took an envelope and addressed it to "Colonel Adye, Port Burdock."
The Invisible Man awoke even as Kemp was doing this. He awoke in an evil
temper, and Kemp, alert for every sound, heard his pattering feet rush suddenly

awoke: (adj) awakened. fad, fury, enthusiasm, rage, reporters: (n) the media, press.
confine: (n, v) bound, border, limit; (v) obsession; (adj, n) insanity, lunacy, servants: (n) staff, suite.
bind, restrain, circumscribe, tie, madness. shoal: (n) school, shelf, swarm,
incarcerate, hold; (n) boundary, mingle: (v) compound, combine, multitude, sandbar, bar, horde,
bounds. ANTONYMS: (v) release, merge, amalgamate, intermix, mix, drove, covey, sandbank; (adj)
free, liberate, broaden. commingle, associate, confuse, join, superficial.
connexion: (n) conjunction, connector, intermingle. ANTONYM: (v) part. sleepily: (adv) drowsily, slowly,
connective, connection, association, pallor: (n) pallidness, wanness, somnolently, lethargically, lazily,
bond, concatenation, join, linkage, complexion, achromasia, lividity, sluggishly, dreamily, tiredly,
link, junction. lividness, luridness, pale, skin color, indolently, torpidly, languorously.
happenings: (n) actions, activities. whiteness, sallowness. ANTONYMS: ANTONYM: (adv) vigorously.
mania: (n) passion, craze, delirium, (n) rosiness, coloration, bloom. tore: (v) tare; (n) moulding, molding.
H.G. Wells 107

across the bedroom overhead. Then a chair was flung over and the wash-hand
stand tumbler smashed. Kemp hurried upstairs and rapped eagerly.%

bedroom: (n) bedchamber, dormitory, leisurely, considered, patient, mime, roller, buffoon, tumbler
sleeping room, apartment, assembly, meticulous, thorough. switch, cup, bowl, flute; (v) glass.
berth, boudoir, master bedroom; (adj) overhead: (adv) aloft, on high, over, upstairs: (adj) upstair; (adv) on a
sexy. up, high up; (n) expense, ceiling, higher floor, in the mind, in the head,
chair: (n, v) chairman; (n) bench, budget items, command processing up the stairs, over; (n) heaven,
president, chairperson, throne, couch, overhead, operating cost; (adj) upper. administration, authority, board,
armchair, electric chair, chairwoman; ANTONYM: (adj) surface. eternity. ANTONYMS: (adj, adv)
(v) moderate, lead. smashed: (adj) drunk, inebriated, downstairs.
hurried: (adj) fast, sudden, speedy, intoxicated, broken, sloshed,
rapid, quick, swift, headlong, abrupt, plastered, crushed, tipsy, blotto,
cursory, precipitate, prompt. besotted, tight.
ANTONYMS: (adj) unhurried, tumbler: (n) acrobat, beaker, turner,
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"What's the matter?" asked Kemp, when the Invisible Man admitted him.%
"Nothing," was the answer.
"But, confound it! The smash?"
"Fit of temper," said the Invisible Man. "Forgot this arm; and it's sore."
"You're rather liable to that sort of thing."
"I am."
Kemp walked across the room and picked up the fragments of broken glass.
"All the facts are out about you," said Kemp, standing up with the glass in his
hand; "all that happened in Iping, and down the hill. The world has become
aware of its invisible citizen. But no one knows you are here."
The Invisible Man swore.
"The secret's out. I gather it was a secret. I don't know what your plans are,
but of course I'm anxious to help you."
The Invisible Man sat down on the bed.

anxious: (adj) uneasy, alarmed, foreigner, immigrant, tourist, alien, gather: (n, v) fold, tuck; (v) convene,
thoughtful, fearful, apprehensive, stranger. garner, congregate, compile,
agitated, keen; (adj, v) nervous, tense, confound: (v) bewilder, baffle, assemble, accumulate, collect, meet,
solicitous, jumpy. ANTONYMS: (adj) nonplus, perplex, astonish, puzzle, flock. ANTONYMS: (v) disperse,
relaxed, carefree, confident, rational, amaze, astound, mistake; (adj, v) scatter, spread, distribute, disband,
unconcerned, undisturbed, confuse, stupefy. ANTONYMS: (v) decrease, part, smooth.
untroubled, assured, comfortable, explain, clarify, comfort, lose, liable: (adj) answerable, accountable,
cool, apathetic. distinguish; (n) understanding. disposed, apt, responsible, inclined,
citizen: (n) national, inhabitant, fragments: (n) chips, rubble, exposed, likely, subject, culpable,
denizen, resident, burgher, the wreckage, atoms, finders, dust, vulnerable. ANTONYMS: (adj)
people, subject, freeman, native, flinders, remains, Smither, unwilling, innocent, unlikely,
nationality, voter. ANTONYMS: (n) smithereens, trash. disinclined, impervious.
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"There's breakfast upstairs," said Kemp, speaking as easily as possible, and he

was delighted to find his strange guest rose willingly. Kemp led the way up the
narrow staircase to the belvedere.%
"Before we can do anything else," said Kemp, "I must understand a little more
about this invisibility of yours." He had sat down, after one nervous glance out of
the window, with the air of a man who has talking to do. His doubts of the
sanity of the entire business flashed and vanished again as he looked across to
where Griffin sat at the breakfast-table--a headless, handless dressing-gown,
wiping unseen lips on a miraculously held serviette.
"It's simple enough--and credible enough," said Griffin, putting the serviette
aside and leaning the invisible head on an invisible hand.
"No doubt, to you, but--" Kemp laughed.
"Well, yes; to me it seemed wonderful at first, no doubt. But now, great
God! ... But we will do great things yet! I came on the stuff first at Chesilstowe."
"I went there after I left London. You know I dropped medicine and took up
physics? No; well, I did. Light fascinated me."
"Optical density! The whole subject is a network of riddles--a network with
solutions glimmering elusively through. And being but two-and-twenty and
full of enthusiasm, I said, 'I will devote my life to this. This is worth while.' You
know what fools we are at two-and-twenty?"
"Fools then or fools now," said Kemp.
"As though knowing could be any satisfaction to a man!
"But I went to work--like a slave. And I had hardly worked and thought
about the matter six months before light came through one of the meshes
suddenly--blindingly! I found a general principle of pigments and refraction--a
formula, a geometrical expression involving four dimensions. Fools, common
men, even common mathematicians, do not know anything of what some

credible: (adj) convincing, likely, fleetingly, shiftily. health, reasonableness, rationality,
plausible, reasonable, faithful, geometrical: (adj) nonrepresentational, soundness, mental health, lucidity,
specious, conceivable, persuasive, mathematical. common sense, prudence.
possible, probable; (adj, n) authentic. glimmering: (n) inkling, ghost, ANTONYMS: (n) insanity, madness.
ANTONYMS: (adj) unbelievable, luminosity, light, hint, apparition, willingly: (adv) readily, voluntarily,
incredible, unconvincing, unlikely, radiance; (adj) glittering, glimmery, cheerfully, spontaneously, helpfully,
impossible, doubtful, inaccurate, crepusculous, sciolism. disposedly, actively, openly,
unrealistic. meshes: (n) cobweb, mouse trap, toils, obligingly, eagerly; (adj, adv) freely.
doubts: (adj) doubting. maze; (adj) awkwardness, knot, ANTONYMS: (adv) grudgingly,
elusively: (adv) slipperily, evasively, Gordian knot, delicacy, ticklish card reluctantly, uncooperatively,
equivocally, insidiously, faintly, to play. unenthusiastically.
merely, slightly, fugitively, finely, sanity: (n) reason, saneness, mind, worked: (adj) elaborated, beaten.
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general expression may mean to the student of molecular physics. In the books--
the books that tramp has hidden--there are marvels, miracles! But this was not a
method, it was an idea, that might lead to a method by which it would be
possible, without changing any other property of matter--except, in some
instances colours--to lower the refractive index of a substance, solid or liquid, to
that of air--so far as all practical purposes are concerned."%
"Phew!" said Kemp. "That's odd! But still I don't see quite ... I can
understand that thereby you could spoil a valuable stone, but personal
invisibility is a far cry."
"Precisely," said Griffin. "But consider, visibility depends on the action of the
visible bodies on light. Either a body absorbs light, or it reflects or refracts it, or
does all these things. If it neither reflects nor refracts nor absorbs light, it cannot
of itself be visible. You see an opaque red box, for instance, because the colour
absorbs some of the light and reflects the rest, all the red part of the light, to you.
If it did not absorb any particular part of the light, but reflected it all, then it
would be a shining white box. Silver! A diamond box would neither absorb
much of the light nor reflect much from the general surface, but just here and
there where the surfaces were favourable the light would be reflected and
refracted, so that you would get a brilliant appearance of flashing reflections and
translucencies--a sort of skeleton of light. A glass box would not be so brilliant,
not so clearly visible, as a diamond box, because there would be less refraction
and reflection. See that? From certain points of view you would see quite clearly
through it. Some kinds of glass would be more visible than others, a box of flint
glass would be brighter than a box of ordinary window glass. A box of very thin
common glass would be hard to see in a bad light, because it would absorb
hardly any light and refract and reflect very little. And if you put a sheet of
common white glass in water, still more if you put it in some denser liquid than
water, it would vanish almost altogether, because light passing from water to
glass is only slightly refracted or reflected or indeed affected in any way. It is
almost as invisible as a jet of coal gas or hydrogen is in air. And for precisely the
same reason!"

bodies: (n) people, public. refraction: (n) deflexion, deflection, correct, respect, clean.
flashing: (adj) bright, sparkling, deviation, aberration, diversion; (v) thereby: (adv) whereby, hereby.
blinking, meteoric, scintillating, light, obliquation, virtual image, spectrum, vanish: (n, v) disappear; (adj, v) fade;
brilliant, dazzling, gleaming; (n) flare, warp; (adj) reflection, refractive. (v) disperse, pass, go, die, dissipate,
flashes. refractive: (adj) deflective, refracting, evaporate, depart, flee, melt away.
opaque: (adj) dense, muddy, obscure, refringent, refraction, dioptrical, ANTONYMS: (v) come, arrive, wax,
cloudy, hazy, murky, thick, crooked. stay.
unintelligible, milky, misty, vague. spoil: (n, v) ruin; (v) rot, corrupt, mar, visibility: (n, v) sight; (n) visibleness,
ANTONYM: (adj) transparent. deface, sack; (adj, v) impair, damage, conspicuousness, perceptibility, high
refract: (v) break, subject, refracting, injure, harm, indulge. ANTONYMS: visibility; (v) view, opinion, open
unsay, determine, find out, find, (v) improve, conserve, enliven, help, view, mental view, judgment,
ascertain. abuse, beautify, deny, neglect, inspection.
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"Yes," said Kemp, "that is pretty plain sailing."

"And here is another fact you will know to be true. If a sheet of glass is
smashed, Kemp, and beaten into a powder, it becomes much more visible while
it is in the air; it becomes at last an opaque white powder. This is because the
powdering multiplies the surfaces of the glass at which refraction and reflection
occur. In the sheet of glass there are only two surfaces; in the powder the light is
reflected or refracted by each grain it passes through, and very little gets right
through the powder. But if the white powdered glass is put into water, it
forthwith vanishes. The powdered glass and water have much the same
refractive index; that is, the light undergoes very little refraction or reflection in
passing from one to the other.%
"You make the glass invisible by putting it into a liquid of nearly the same
refractive index; a transparent thing becomes invisible if it is put in any medium
of almost the same refractive index. And if you will consider only a second, you
will see also that the powder of glass might be made to vanish in air, if its
refractive index could be made the same as that of air; for then there would be no
refraction or reflection as the light passed from glass to air."
"Yes, yes," said Kemp. "But a man's not powdered glass!"
"No," said Griffin. "He's more transparent!"
"That from a doctor! How one forgets! Have you already forgotten your
physics, in ten years? Just think of all the things that are transparent and seem
not to be so. Paper, for instance, is made up of transparent fibres, and it is white
and opaque only for the same reason that a powder of glass is white and opaque.
Oil white paper, fill up the interstices between the particles with oil so that there
is no longer refraction or reflection except at the surfaces, and it becomes as
transparent as glass. And not only paper, but cotton fibre, linen fibre, wool fibre,
woody fibre, and bone, Kemp, flesh, Kemp, hair, Kemp, nails and nerves, Kemp,
in fact the whole fabric of a man except the red of his blood and the black
pigment of hair, are all made up of transparent, colourless tissue. So little

fibre: (n) fiber, character, string, fibril, coloring, colorant, stain, hemosiderin, pargeting, paneling, graining.
filament, strand, coir, byssus, bristle, alizarin, bole, alizarine, phycocyanin, transparent: (adj) diaphanous,
bassine, beard. phycoerythrin. obvious, plain, limpid, sheer, filmy,
linen: (n) fabric, flax, lingerie, doily, powder: (n, v) dust; (v) grind, crush, gauzy, pellucid; (adj, n) lucid,
doyley, doyly, cambric, underwear, pound, comminute, pulverize, luminous, bright. ANTONYMS: (adj)
underclothes, hemp; (v) muslin. sprinkle, pulverise; (n) gunpowder, solid, unclear, cloudy, thick, vague,
nerves: (n) nervousness, jitters, pollen, explosive. subtle, questionable, hidden, robust,
jumpiness, jitteriness, restlessness, powdered: (adj) powdery, fine, heavy, furtive.
tension, strain, screaming meemies, crushed, milled, ground, broken up, woody: (adj) arboreous, ligneous,
apprehension, edginess, extreme finer, minced, pulverised; (n) wooden, forested, woodsy,
nervousness. ANTONYM: (n) calm. punctated, milk. arboraceous, arboreal, harder, hard,
pigment: (n, v) color; (n) paint, powdering: (n) pattern, diaper, lignified, nemorous.
H.G. Wells 113

suffices to make us visible one to the other. For the most part the fibres of a
living creature are no more opaque than water."
"Great Heavens!" cried Kemp. "Of course, of course! I was thinking only last
night of the sea larvae and all jelly-fish!"
"Now you have me! And all that I knew and had in mind a year after I left
London--six years ago. But I kept it to myself. I had to do my work under
frightful disadvantages. Oliver, my professor, was a scientific bounder, a
journalist by instinct, a thief of ideas--he was always prying! And you know the
knavish system of the scientific world. I simply would not publish, and let him
share my credit. I went on working; I got nearer and nearer making my formula
into an experiment, a reality. I told no living soul, because I meant to flash my
work upon the world with crushing effect and become famous at a blow. I took
up the question of pigments to fill up certain gaps. And suddenly, not by design
but by accident, I made a discovery in physiology."
"You know the red colouring matter of blood; it can be made white--
colourless--and remain with all the functions it has now!"
Kemp gave a cry of incredulous amazement.%
The Invisible Man rose and began pacing the little study. "You may well
exclaim. I remember that night. It was late at night--in the daytime one was
bothered with the gaping, silly students--and I worked then sometimes till dawn.
It came suddenly, splendid and complete in my mind. I was alone; the
laboratory was still, with the tall lights burning brightly and silently. In all my
great moments I have been alone. 'One could make an animal--a tissue--
transparent! One could make it invisible! All except the pigments--I could be
invisible!' I said, suddenly realising what it meant to be an albino with such
knowledge. It was overwhelming. I left the filtering I was doing, and went and
stared out of the great window at the stars. 'I could be invisible!' I repeated.
"To do such a thing would be to transcend magic. And I beheld, unclouded
by doubt, a magnificent vision of all that invisibility might mean to a man--the

beheld: (adj) visual. shatter; (adv) crushingly. busy, snoopy; (n) nosiness, curiosity;
bounder: (n) blackguard, leaper, ANTONYMS: (adj) mild, wonderful. (adj, n) meddling. ANTONYMS: (adj)
villain, scoundrel, jumper, heel, exclaim: (v) call out, call, shout, cry apathetic; (n) apathy.
perisher, hound, andiron, dog. out, ejaculate, clamor, outcry, scream, stars: (n) heavenly bodies, fate.
colouring: (n) coloration, painting, shout out, speak, vociferate. took: (adj) taken; (v) receive.
colour, coloring, color, tincture, tint, filtering: (n) filtration, straining, transcend: (adj, v) exceed, excel; (v)
hue, colouration, dyeing, exterior refinement; (v) to filter. surpass, pass, outdo, top, outstrip,
condition. knavish: (adj) tricky, dishonest, crafty, overstep, surmount, better, go past.
crushing: (adj) overpowering, sly, roguish, guileful, foxy, dodgy, ANTONYMS: (v) lose, trail.
overwhelming, destructive; (n) cunning, false, corrupt. unclouded: (adj) light, bright,
grinding, quelling, stifling, prying: (adj) inquisitive, meddlesome, cloudless, serene, fair, clean, pure, in
suppression, flattening, pressure; (v) nosy, inquiring, nosey, intrusive, full, loose, blank; (adj, v) unobscured.
114 The Invisible Man

mystery, the power, the freedom. Drawbacks I saw none. You have only to
think! And I, a shabby, poverty-struck, hemmed-in demonstrator, teaching fools
in a provincial college, might suddenly become--this. I ask you, Kemp if you--
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! Three years
I had of it--
"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."

cramped: (adj) cramp, limited, close, perpetual, immortal, deathless, shabby: (adj) poor, abject, mean,
constrained, contracted, crowded, ageless, aeonian; (adj, n) lasting. mangy, low, sorry, decrepit, worn,
narrow, poky, restricted, small, tight. ANTONYMS: (adj) finite, ephemeral, sordid, ragged; (adj, v) frayed.
ANTONYMS: (adj) roomy, open, fleeting, mortal, ending, terminating, ANTONYMS: (adj) pristine, elegant,
uncrowded, vast, liberated. inconstant, fragile, perishable. opulent, honorable, decent, new,
demonstrator: (n) protester, instructor, robbed: (adj) plundered, rubato, neat, comfortable, tasteful, strong,
salesperson, reformist, teacher, fleeced, borrowed, bereft. respectful.
dissenter, marcher, meliorist, secrecy: (adj, n, v) privacy; (n) stare: (n, v) gaze, look; (v) gape, glare,
reformer, demonstrationist, sales concealment, silence, confidentiality, peer, squint, goggle, see, outface; (n)
demonstrator. darkness, seclusion, retirement, regard, contemplation. ANTONYM:
everlasting: (adj) eternal, ceaseless, mystery, secretiveness, privateness, (v) glance.
endless, constant, continual, mum.
H.G. Wells 115




For a moment Kemp sat in silence, staring at the back of the headless figure at
the window. Then he started, struck by a thought, rose, took the Invisible Man's
arm, and turned him away from the outlook.%
"You are tired," he said, "and while I sit, you walk about. Have my chair."
He placed himself between Griffin and the nearest window.
For a space Griffin sat silent, and then he resumed abruptly:
"I had left the Chesilstowe cottage already," he said, "when that happened. It
was last December. I had taken a room in London, a large unfurnished room in
a big ill-managed lodging-house in a slum near Great Portland Street. The room
was soon full of the appliances I had bought with his money; the work was
going on steadily, successfully, drawing near an end. I was like a man emerging
from a thicket, and suddenly coming on some unmeaning tragedy. I went to
bury him. My mind was still on this research, and I did not lift a finger to save
his character. I remember the funeral, the cheap hearse, the scant ceremony, the
windy frost-bitten hillside, and the old college friend of his who read the service
over him--a shabby, black, bent old man with a snivelling cold.

appliances: (n) equipment, rig, district, dump, hovel, rookery, unmeaning: (adj) insignificant,
hardware, rigging, outfit, tackle, quarter, shantytown, slum area; (adj) meaningless, senseless, nonsensical,
tackling. slummy, sordid. irrational, expressionless, gibberish,
hearse: (n) catafalque, coffin, entomb, thicket: (n) brake, coppice, brush, foolish, peanut, weetless,
urn, shell, sarcophagus, pall, cinerary grove, spinney, bush, brushwood, undistinguished.
urn, auto, car, automobile. cluster, underbrush, undergrowth, windy: (adj) gusty, verbose, blowy,
scant: (adj) insufficient, scanty, underwood. flatulent, wordy, breezy,
skimpy, poor, few, inadequate, unfurnished: (v) unprovided; (adj) tempestuous, empty, airy, prolix,
narrow, little; (adj, v) meager, bare; unarranged, unbegun, unequipped, bombastic. ANTONYMS: (adj) calm,
(v) skimp. ANTONYMS: (adj) untrimmed, unoccupied, vacant, still, straight, uncommunicative,
plentiful, extensive. clear, cleared, devoid, unorganized. unresponsive, airless, pleasant,
slum: (n) skid row, inner city, city ANTONYM: (adj) full. direct.
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"I remember walking back to the empty house, through the place that had
once been a village and was now patched and tinkered by the jerry builders into
the ugly likeness of a town. Every way the roads ran out at last into the
desecrated fields and ended in rubble heaps and rank wet weeds. I remember
myself as a gaunt black figure, going along the slippery, shiny pavement, and the
strange sense of detachment I felt from the squalid respectability, the sordid
commercialism of the place.%
"I did not feel a bit sorry for my father. He seemed to me to be the victim of
his own foolish sentimentality. The current cant required my attendance at his
funeral, but it was really not my affair.
"But going along the High Street, my old life came back to me for a space, for
I met the girl I had known ten years since. Our eyes met.
"Something moved me to turn back and talk to her. She was a very ordinary
"It was all like a dream, that visit to the old places. I did not feel then that I
was lonely, that I had come out from the world into a desolate place. I
appreciated my loss of sympathy, but I put it down to the general inanity of
things. Re-entering my room seemed like the recovery of reality. There were the
things I knew and loved. There stood the apparatus, the experiments arranged
and waiting. And now there was scarcely a difficulty left, beyond the planning
of details.
"I will tell you, Kemp, sooner or later, all the complicated processes. We need
not go into that now. For the most part, saving certain gaps I chose to remember,
they are written in cypher in those books that tramp has hidden. We must hunt
him down. We must get those books again. But the essential phase was to place
the transparent object whose refractive index was to be lowered between two
radiating centres of a sort of ethereal vibration, of which I will tell you more
fully later. No, not those Roentgen vibrations--I don't know that these others of
mine have been described. Yet they are obvious enough. I needed two little
dynamos, and these I worked with a cheap gas engine. My first experiment was
with a bit of white wool fabric. It was the strangest thing in the world to see it in
cant: (n) jargon, lingo, slang, unworldly, delicate, intangible, nonsense, mindlessness; (adj) inane,
vernacular, argot; (n, v) bank, tilt, aeriform, spiritual, aery, vaporous, vanity. ANTONYMS: (n) sense, logic.
bias, incline; (adj, n) bevel; (v) list. incorporeal, diaphanous. patched: (adj) mean, besmirched, old,
commercialism: (n) business, ANTONYMS: (adj) earthly, heavy, damaged, ragged, flyblown.
commerce, exportation, payment, indelicate, worldly, tangible, thick, radiating: (adj) radiate, shining,
merchandising, marketing, robust, concrete. glowing, radious, burning; (adv)
interchange, carriage trade, heaps: (adj, n) lots, much; (n) masses, radiately.
importation, exchange, distribution. oodles, piles, stacks, many, tons, sentimentality: (n) bathos, sentiment,
desecrated: (adj) impure, dishonored, plenty, lot, accumulation. sentimentalism, sentimental,
unclean. ANTONYM: (adj) ANTONYM: (adj) inadequate. emotionalism, emotionality, feeling,
consecrated. inanity: (n) absurdity, vacuity, folly, schmaltz, tenderness, insincere
ethereal: (adj) airy, celestial, idiocy, stupidity, silliness, emptiness, pathos, mushiness.
H.G. Wells 117

the flicker of the flashes soft and white, and then to watch it fade like a wreath of
smoke and vanish.%
"I could scarcely believe I had done it. I put my hand into the emptiness, and
there was the thing as solid as ever. I felt it awkwardly, and threw it on the floor.
I had a little trouble finding it again.
"And then came a curious experience. I heard a miaow behind me, and
turning, saw a lean white cat, very dirty, on the cistern cover outside the
window. A thought came into my head. 'Everything ready for you,' I said, and
went to the window, opened it, and called softly. She came in, purring--the poor
beast was starving--and I gave her some milk. All my food was in a cupboard in
the corner of the room. After that she went smelling round the room, evidently
with the idea of making herself at home. The invisible rag upset her a bit; you
should have seen her spit at it! But I made her comfortable on the pillow of my
truckle-bed. And I gave her butter to get her to wash."
"And you processed her?"
"I processed her. But giving drugs to a cat is no joke, Kemp! And the process
"In two particulars. These were the claws and the pigment stuff, what is it?--
at the back of the eye in a cat. You know?"
"Yes, the tapetum. It didn't go. After I'd given the stuff to bleach the blood
and done certain other things to her, I gave the beast opium, and put her and the
pillow she was sleeping on, on the apparatus. And after all the rest had faded
and vanished, there remained two little ghosts of her eyes."
"I can't explain it. She was bandaged and clamped, of course--so I had her
safe; but she woke while she was still misty, and miaowed dismally, and
someone came knocking. It was an old woman from downstairs, who suspected

bleach: (adj, v) whiten, blanch, vanity, vacuity, worthlessness, opium: (v) poppy, balm, anodyne,
decolorize, wash out; (v) decolor, futility, space, inanity, inanition, milk, rose water; (adj) anaesthetic
fade, white, decolourize; (n) hollowness. ANTONYMS: (n) agent; (n) tobacco, hashish, ether,
bleaching agent, whitener, blanching richness, fullness, value, importance, Opie, cocaine.
agent. ANTONYMS: (v) melanize, clutter. smelling: (n) smell, flavor, scent,
yellow, blacken, contaminate, dye. miaow: (n) mew, meow, mew gull, olfactory modality, sensing, sense of
cistern: (n) water tank, sump, storage Larus CANUS; (v) let out, let loose, smell; (adj) redolent, scented,
tank, reservoir, container, cesspool, emit. odorous, stinking, rotten.
sac, pond, pool, sink, cesspit. misty: (adj) hazy, foggy, cloudy, woke: (v) arouse.
claws: (v) tentacle, tenaculum, unguis, brumous, dim, indistinct, nebulous, wreath: (n) crown, coronal, garland,
hook, fangs, teeth; (n) clutches, jaws. fuzzy, dark, dull, blurred. chaplet, lei, circle, posy, fascia,
emptiness: (n) blankness, blank, void, ANTONYMS: (adj) clear, distinct. cincture, girdle, laurels.
118 The Invisible Man

me of vivisecting--a drink-sodden old creature, with only a white cat to care for
in all the world. I whipped out some chloroform, applied it, and answered the
door. 'Did I hear a cat?' she asked. 'My cat?' 'Not here,' said I, very politely. She
was a little doubtful and tried to peer past me into the room; strange enough to
her no doubt--bare walls, uncurtained windows, truckle-bed, with the gas
engine vibrating, and the seethe of the radiant points, and that faint ghastly
stinging of chloroform in the air. She had to be satisfied at last and went away
"How long did it take?" asked Kemp.%
"Three or four hours--the cat. The bones and sinews and the fat were the last
to go, and the tips of the coloured hairs. And, as I say, the back part of the eye,
tough, iridescent stuff it is, wouldn't go at all.
"It was night outside long before the business was over, and nothing was to
be seen but the dim eyes and the claws. I stopped the gas engine, felt for and
stroked the beast, which was still insensible, and then, being tired, left it sleeping
on the invisible pillow and went to bed. I found it hard to sleep. I lay awake
thinking weak aimless stuff, going over the experiment over and over again, or
dreaming feverishly of things growing misty and vanishing about me, until
everything, the ground I stood on, vanished, and so I came to that sickly falling
nightmare one gets. About two, the cat began miaowing about the room. I tried
to hush it by talking to it, and then I decided to turn it out. I remember the shock
I had when striking a light--there were just the round eyes shining green--and
nothing round them. I would have given it milk, but I hadn't any. It wouldn't be
quiet, it just sat down and miaowed at the door. I tried to catch it, with an idea
of putting it out of the window, but it wouldn't be caught, it vanished. Then it
began miaowing in different parts of the room. At last I opened the window and
made a bustle. I suppose it went out at last. I never saw any more of it.
"Then--Heaven knows why--I fell thinking of my father's funeral again, and
the dismal windy hillside, until the day had come. I found sleeping was
hopeless, and, locking my door after me, wandered out into the morning streets."
"You don't mean to say there's an invisible cat at large!" said Kemp.
aimless: (adj) random, purposeless, febrilely, hecticly, feverously, effervesce; (adj, v) stew, simmer.
capricious, pointless, meaningless, hysterically, passionately, frantically, stinging: (adj) cutting, bitter, piquant,
desultory, haphazard, vagabond, fanatically, heatedly, frenziedly. prickling; (adj, v) caustic, acrid,
empty, afloat; (adj, adv) wandering. ANTONYMS: (adv) indifferently, piercing, poignant, biting, pungent,
ANTONYMS: (adj) directed, resolute, peacefully, sluggishly. keen. ANTONYMS: (adj) stingless,
planned, motivated, methodical, hairs: (n) hair. gentle.
focused, determined, pointed, iridescent: (adj) opalescent, pearly, uncurtained: (adj) curtainless.
guided, meaningful. chatoyant, changeable, shimmering, ANTONYM: (adj) curtained.
chloroform: (adj) anaesthetic agent, colorful, shining, prismatic, vibrating: (adj) tremulous, vibratory,
opium, ether; (n) put under, chloral; pavonine, opaline, clear. vibrant, swinging, hollow, moving,
(v) deaden, anesthetize, anaesthetize. seethe: (v) churn, foam, fume, cook, oscillating, that oscillates, resonant;
feverishly: (adv) excitedly, hotly, bubble, rage, froth, ferment, (n) shaking system.
H.G. Wells 119

"If it hasn't been killed," said the Invisible Man. "Why not?"
"Why not?" said Kemp. "I didn't mean to interrupt."
"It's very probably been killed," said the Invisible Man. "It was alive four
days after, I know, and down a grating in Great Tichfield Street; because I saw a
crowd round the place, trying to see whence the miaowing came."
He was silent for the best part of a minute. Then he resumed abruptly:
"I remember that morning before the change very vividly. I must have gone
up Great Portland Street. I remember the barracks in Albany Street, and the
horse soldiers coming out, and at last I found the summit of Primrose Hill. It
was a sunny day in January--one of those sunny, frosty days that came before the
snow this year. My weary brain tried to formulate the position, to plot out a
plan of action.%
"I was surprised to find, now that my prize was within my grasp, how
inconclusive its attainment seemed. As a matter of fact I was worked out; the
intense stress of nearly four years' continuous work left me incapable of any
strength of feeling. I was apathetic, and I tried in vain to recover the enthusiasm
of my first inquiries, the passion of discovery that had enabled me to compass
even the downfall of my father's grey hairs. Nothing seemed to matter. I saw
pretty clearly this was a transient mood, due to overwork and want of sleep, and
that either by drugs or rest it would be possible to recover my energies.
"All I could think clearly was that the thing had to be carried through; the
fixed idea still ruled me. And soon, for the money I had was almost exhausted. I
looked about me at the hillside, with children playing and girls watching them,
and tried to think of all the fantastic advantages an invisible man would have in
the world. After a time I crawled home, took some food and a strong dose of
strychnine, and went to sleep in my clothes on my unmade bed. Strychnine is a
grand tonic, Kemp, to take the flabbiness out of a man."
"It's the devil," said Kemp. "It's the palaeolithic in a bottle."
"I awoke vastly invigorated and rather irritable. You know?"
"I know the stuff."
apathetic: (adj) indifferent, slenderness, firmness, tone. energising, clean, bracing, refreshed.
uninterested, cool, impassive, formulate: (v) develop, invent, overwork: (v) exhaust, tax, strain,
perfunctory, dull, spiritless, contrive, express, compose, form, overtax, exploit, overlabor, drive,
nonchalant, casual, lukewarm, lazy. enunciate, create, put, formularize, wear, abuse; (adj) overtask; (n)
ANTONYMS: (adj) enthusiastic, articulate. overworking.
inquisitive, fervent, energetic, grating: (adj) hoarse, strident, harsh, palaeolithic: (adj) Paleolithic; (n)
concerned, interested, keen, excited, discordant, gravelly, raspy, gruff, Paleolithic age.
passionate, ambitious, caring. raucous; (n, v) lattice; (n) grate, grid. strychnine: (n) poison, alkaloid,
flabbiness: (n) softness, flaccidity, ANTONYMS: (adj) pleasing, strychnia.
feeble, tubbiness, stoutness, size, soothing, smooth, harmonious. unmade: (adj) unconceived,
roundness, portliness, plumpness, invigorated: (adj) brisk, reinvigorated, unbegotten, unborn, shapeless,
obesity, looseness. ANTONYMS: (n) impudent, impertinent, energizing, unproduced.
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"And there was someone rapping at the door. It was my landlord with
threats and inquiries, an old Polish Jew in a long grey coat and greasy slippers. I
had been tormenting a cat in the night, he was sure--the old woman's tongue had
been busy. He insisted on knowing all about it. The laws in this country against
vivisection were very severe--he might be liable. I denied the cat. Then the
vibration of the little gas engine could be felt all over the house, he said. That
was true, certainly. He edged round me into the room, peering about over his
German-silver spectacles, and a sudden dread came into my mind that he might
carry away something of my secret. I tried to keep between him and the
concentrating apparatus I had arranged, and that only made him more curious.
What was I doing? Why was I always alone and secretive? Was it legal? Was it
dangerous? I paid nothing but the usual rent. His had always been a most
respectable house--in a disreputable neighbourhood. Suddenly my temper gave
way. I told him to get out. He began to protest, to jabber of his right of entry. In
a moment I had him by the collar; something ripped, and he went spinning out
into his own passage. I slammed and locked the door and sat down quivering.%
"He made a fuss outside, which I disregarded, and after a time he went away.
"But this brought matters to a crisis. I did not know what he would do, nor
even what he had the power to do. To move to fresh apartments would have
meant delay; altogether I had barely twenty pounds left in the world, for the
most part in a bank--and I could not afford that. Vanish! It was irresistible. Then
there would be an inquiry, the sacking of my room.
"At the thought of the possibility of my work being exposed or interrupted at
its very climax, I became very angry and active. I hurried out with my three
books of notes, my cheque-book--the tramp has them now--and directed them
from the nearest Post Office to a house of call for letters and parcels in Great
Portland Street. I tried to go out noiselessly. Coming in, I found my landlord
going quietly upstairs; he had heard the door close, I suppose. You would have
laughed to see him jump aside on the landing as came tearing after him. He
glared at me as I went by him, and I made the house quiver with the slamming of

disregarded: (adj) unnoticed, pleasant, admirable, famous, honest. sacking: (n) dismissal, burlap, sack,
neglected, unseen, written off, jabber: (n, v) babble, gabble; (adj, n, v) firing, discharge, release, sackcloth,
wretchless, unvalued, unheeded, chatter, prattle; (n) drivel, gibberish; gunny, dismission, removal,
overlooked, lost, irrecoverable; (v) (v) rave, tattle, utter; (adj) clack, inactivation.
unregarded. palaver. ANTONYM: (n) sense. tormenting: (v) bothering, teasing,
disreputable: (adj, n, v) discreditable; laws: (n) Pentateuch, Torah. pestering, harassing; (adj) harrowing,
(adj) base, dishonorable, doubtful, parcels: (n) post, correspondence, perturbing, plaguy, raging, upsetting,
sordid, infamous, shameful, baggage, appurtenances, letters. vexatious; (adj, v) worrying.
dishonourable, dishonest, despicable, quiver: (adj, n, v) shudder, shiver, vivisection: (v) martyrdom, toad
notorious. ANTONYMS: (adj) tremble, shake; (v) flicker, flutter, under a harrow; (n) operation,
honorable, respected, ethical, noble, vibrate; (n, v) palpitate, quaver; (n) surgical procedure, dissection,
decent, respectable, sporting, vibration, tremor. surgery, division, surgical operation.
H.G. Wells 121

my door. I heard him come shuffling up to my floor, hesitate, and go down. I

set to work upon my preparations forthwith.%
"It was all done that evening and night. While I was still sitting under the
sickly, drowsy influence of the drugs that decolourise blood, there came a
repeated knocking at the door. It ceased, footsteps went away and returned, and
the knocking was resumed. There was an attempt to push something under the
door--a blue paper. Then in a fit of irritation I rose and went and flung the door
wide open. 'Now then?' said I.
"It was my landlord, with a notice of ejectment or something. He held it out
to me, saw something odd about my hands, I expect, and lifted his eyes to my
"For a moment he gaped. Then he gave a sort of inarticulate cry, dropped
candle and writ together, and went blundering down the dark passage to the
stairs. I shut the door, locked it, and went to the looking-glass. Then I
understood his terror.... My face was white--like white stone.
"But it was all horrible. I had not expected the suffering. A night of racking
anguish, sickness and fainting. I set my teeth, though my skin was presently
afire, all my body afire; but I lay there like grim death. I understood now how it
was the cat had howled until I chloroformed it. Lucky it was I lived alone and
untended in my room. There were times when I sobbed and groaned and talked.
But I stuck to it.... I became insensible and woke languid in the darkness.
"The pain had passed. I thought I was killing myself and I did not care. I
shall never forget that dawn, and the strange horror of seeing that my hands had
become as clouded glass, and watching them grow clearer and thinner as the day
went by, until at last I could see the sickly disorder of my room through them,
though I closed my transparent eyelids. My limbs became glassy, the bones and
arteries faded, vanished, and the little white nerves went last. I gritted my teeth
and stayed there to the end. At last only the dead tips of the fingernails
remained, pallid and white, and the brown stain of some acid upon my fingers.

afire: (adj) flaming, burning, blazing, ejectment: (n) eviction, ouster, white, pasty, livid, watery.
fiery, on fire, glowing, aflare, aflame, expulsion, ejection, conclusive ANTONYMS: (adj) healthy, rosy,
in flames, passionate; (adj, v) alight. evidence, action of ejectment, writ of vivid.
blundering: (adj) clumsy, tactless, ejectment. racking: (v) corroding, consuming,
inept, maladroit, ungainly, inarticulate: (adj) unintelligible, silent, cutting, searching; (adj) agonizing,
unthinking, ridiculous, obtuse, vague, muffled, incoherent, mute, piercing, acute, grueling, harrowing,
oblivious, lumbering, insensitive. incomprehensible, unarticulate, painful; (n) grinding.
ANTONYMS: (adj) graceful, speechless, guttural, fuzzy. shuffling: (n) shuffle, evasion,
sensitive, dexterous. ANTONYMS: (adj) articulate, shambling, make, shamble; (adj)
decolourise: (v) decolorize, eloquent, fluent, distinct, talkative. evasive, moral turpitude, milling,
decolourize, discolorize, bleach out, pallid: (adj) ghastly, wan, bloodless, laxity, abjection; (n, v) prevarication.
decolor, decolour, bleach. lurid, cadaverous, sickly, ashen, untended: (adj) run-down.
122 The Invisible Man

"I struggled up. At first I was as incapable as a swathed infant--stepping with

limbs I could not see. I was weak and very hungry. I went and stared at nothing
in my shaving-glass, at nothing save where an attenuated pigment still remained
behind the retina of my eyes, fainter than mist. I had to hang on to the table and
press my forehead against the glass.%
"It was only by a frantic effort of will that I dragged myself back to the
apparatus and completed the process.
"I slept during the forenoon, pulling the sheet over my eyes to shut out the
light, and about midday I was awakened again by a knocking. My strength had
returned. I sat up and listened and heard a whispering. I sprang to my feet and
as noiselessly as possible began to detach the connections of my apparatus, and
to distribute it about the room, so as to destroy the suggestions of its
arrangement. Presently the knocking was renewed and voices called, first my
landlord's, and then two others. To gain time I answered them. The invisible rag
and pillow came to hand and I opened the window and pitched them out on to
the cistern cover. As the window opened, a heavy crash came at the door.
Someone had charged it with the idea of smashing the lock. But the stout bolts I
had screwed up some days before stopped him. That startled me, made me
angry. I began to tremble and do things hurriedly.
"I tossed together some loose paper, straw, packing paper and so forth, in the
middle of the room, and turned on the gas. Heavy blows began to rain upon the
door. I could not find the matches. I beat my hands on the wall with rage. I
turned down the gas again, stepped out of the window on the cistern cover, very
softly lowered the sash, and sat down, secure and invisible, but quivering with
anger, to watch events. They split a panel, I saw, and in another moment they
had broken away the staples of the bolts and stood in the open doorway. It was
the landlord and his two step-sons, sturdy young men of three or four and
twenty. Behind them fluttered the old hag of a woman from downstairs.
"You may imagine their astonishment to find the room empty. One of the
younger men rushed to the window at once, flung it up and stared out. His
staring eyes and thick-lipped bearded face came a foot from my face. I was half

attenuated: (adj) weakened, shriveled, period, daybreak, break of the day, waistband, framework, frame, fillet,
rawboned, marcid, barebone, tabid, morning time, first light, dayspring, fascia.
extenuated, diminished, reduced, a, cockcrow. tremble: (adj, n, v) shiver; (n, v) quiver,
rare, decreased. quivering: (adj, n) trembling, tremor, shudder, thrill, palpitate; (adj, v)
awakened: (adj) excited, aroused, quaking, trepidation; (n) palpitation, totter, quake; (n) throb; (v) flutter,
awakens, awoke, interested. quiver, vibration; (adj) flutter, quail, falter. ANTONYMS: (v) steady,
detach: (v) disengage, part, break off, quavering, shivering, tremulous. calm.
unhook, remove, disentangle, cut off, ANTONYM: (adj) steady. whispering: (n) whisper, murmur,
disconnect, separate, dissociate; (n, v) retina: (n) cornea, iris, pupil, susurration, rustle, report, stage
detail. ANTONYMS: (v) fasten, add, membrane. whisper; (adj, n) rustling; (adj)
associate, connect, unite, couple, link. sash: (n) girdle, cincture, band, susurrant, tranquil, hoarse,
forenoon: (n) morning, morn, am, cummerbund, baldric, framing, susurrous.
H.G. Wells 123

minded to hit his silly countenance, but I arrested my doubled fist. He stared
right through me. So did the others as they joined him. The old man went and
peered under the bed, and then they all made a rush for the cupboard. They had
to argue about it at length in Yiddish and Cockney English. They concluded I
had not answered them, that their imagination had deceived them. A feeling of
extraordinary elation took the place of my anger as I sat outside the window and
watched these four people--for the old lady came in, glancing suspiciously about
her like a cat, trying to understand the riddle of my behaviour.%
"The old man, so far as I could understand his patois, agreed with the old
lady that I was a vivisectionist. The sons protested in garbled English that I was
an electrician, and appealed to the dynamos and radiators. They were all
nervous about my arrival, although I found subsequently that they had bolted
the front door. The old lady peered into the cupboard and under the bed, and
one of the young men pushed up the register and stared up the chimney. One of
my fellow lodgers, a coster-monger who shared the opposite room with a
butcher, appeared on the landing, and he was called in and told incoherent
"It occurred to me that the radiators, if they fell into the hands of some acute
well-educated person, would give me away too much, and watching my
opportunity, I came into the room and tilted one of the little dynamos off its
fellow on which it was standing, and smashed both apparatus. Then, while they
were trying to explain the smash, I dodged out of the room and went softly
"I went into one of the sitting-rooms and waited until they came down, still
speculating and argumentative, all a little disappointed at finding no 'horrors,'
and all a little puzzled how they stood legally towards me. Then I slipped up
again with a box of matches, fired my heap of paper and rubbish, put the chairs
and bedding thereby, led the gas to the affair, by means of an india-rubber tube,
and waving a farewell to the room left it for the last time."
"You fired the house!" exclaimed Kemp.

bedding: (n) litter, bed, bed linen, exultation. ANTONYMS: (n) language, argot, tongue.
quilt, cover, stratification, spread, depression, sorrow, unhappiness, riddle: (n) mystery, conundrum,
blanket, bed clothing, bottom, misery, sadness, despair, agony, puzzle, problem, poser; (n, v) screen,
foundation. dejection, dislike, desolation. sieve; (v) puncture, strain, filter, sift.
bolted: (adj) barred, Bolten, secured, electrician: (n) lineman, gaffer. ANTONYM: (n) explanation.
firm, barricaded, blockaded, bolted garbled: (adj) indistinct, unintelligible, speculating: (n) conception.
attachment, fast, fastened, latched, incoherent, disordered, confused, tilted: (adj) leaning, slanting, inclined,
tight. disjointed, truncated, lopped, oblique, crooked, slanted, atilt,
deceived: (adj) mistaken, misguided. inarticulate, upset, disunited. askew, sloping, at an angle, uneven.
elation: (n) bliss, excitement, delight, ANTONYM: (adj) distinct. ANTONYM: (adj) upright.
euphoria, rapture, joy, happiness, patois: (n) idiom, dialect, lingo, slang, vivisectionist: (n) biologist, life
joyousness, high spirits, exhilaration, cant, vernacular, accent, brogue, scientist.
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"Fired the house. It was the only way to cover my trail--and no doubt it was
insured. I slipped the bolts of the front door quietly and went out into the street.
I was invisible, and I was only just beginning to realise the extraordinary
advantage my invisibility gave me. My head was already teeming with plans of
all the wild and wonderful things I had now impunity to do.%

extraordinary: (adj) odd, exceptional, forgiveness. ANTONYM: (n) liability. comprehend, get, bring, see, make,
curious, rare, special, phenomenal, insured: (adj) guaranteed, certain, earn.
amazing, astonishing, unusual, indubitable; (n) policyholder. street: (n) road, avenue, way,
strange, abnormal. ANTONYMS: quietly: (adv) stilly, calmly, peacefully, highway, route, lane, neighborhood,
(adj) ordinary, normal, everyday, silently, softly, smoothly, tranquilly, path, track, boulevard, Main Street.
usual, common, mundane, regular, serenely, restfully, lully, moderately. teeming: (adj) abundant, profuse,
undistinguished, unremarkable, ANTONYMS: (adv) loudly, harshly, swarming, crowded, overflowing,
insignificant, natural. raucously, vociferously, anxiously, exuberant, copious, plentiful,
gave: (v) deliver, allow, allot, provide, energetically, manically, unquietly, productive, prolific, multitudinous.
furnish, impart, administer; (n) gives. clearly, heavily, brashly. ANTONYMS: (adj) deserted, lacking,
impunity: (n) impune, come off, realise: (v) appreciate, perceive, needing, wanting, clear, scarce,
freedom, immunity, permission, actualize, understand, attain, scanty.
H.G. Wells 125



"In going downstairs the first time I found an unexpected difficulty because I
could not see my feet; indeed I stumbled twice, and there was an unaccustomed
clumsiness in gripping the bolt. By not looking down, however, I managed to
walk on the level passably well.%
"My mood, I say, was one of exaltation. I felt as a seeing man might do, with
padded feet and noiseless clothes, in a city of the blind. I experienced a wild
impulse to jest, to startle people, to clap men on the back, fling people's hats
astray, and generally revel in my extraordinary advantage.
"But hardly had I emerged upon Great Portland Street, however (my lodging
was close to the big draper's shop there), when I heard a clashing concussion
and was hit violently behind, and turning saw a man carrying a basket of soda-
water syphons, and looking in amazement at his burden. Although the blow had
really hurt me, I found something so irresistible in his astonishment that I
laughed aloud. 'The devil's in the basket,' I said, and suddenly twisted it out of
his hand. He let go incontinently, and I swung the whole weight into the air.
"But a fool of a cabman, standing outside a public house, made a sudden rush
for this, and his extending fingers took me with excruciating violence under the

clashing: (adj, n) discordant; (n) cleverness, grace, gracefulness, noiseless: (adj) quiet, silent, soundless,
collision, interference, antagonism, skillfulness, diplomacy, urbanity, hushed, voiceless, mute, stealthy,
discord; (adj) conflicting, smoothness, elegance. dumb, soft, calm, tranquil.
incompatible, opposed, contrary; exaltation: (n) elation, ecstasy, ANTONYM: (adj) heavy.
(adv) clashingly; (v) bickering. apotheosis, worship, praise, rapture, passably: (adv) reasonably, middling,
ANTONYM: (adj) consistent. deification, grandeur, adoration; (n, moderately, tolerably, adequately,
clumsiness: (n) stiffness, roughness, v) sublimation; (v) laud. enough, well enough, okay,
gracelessness, maladroitness, ANTONYMS: (n) abasement, impartially, indifferent; (adj) pretty
gaucherie, ineptitude, gawkiness, belittlement, debasement, well. ANTONYMS: (adv)
posture, ungracefulness, inelegance, degradation, humiliation, sorrow, insufficiently, intolerably,
unskillfulness. ANTONYMS: (n) derogation, disparagement. unsatisfactorily, inadequately.
deftness, flamboyance, competence, extending: (adj) expanding.
126 The Invisible Man

ear. I let the whole down with a smash on the cabman, and then, with shouts
and the clatter of feet about me, people coming out of shops, vehicles pulling up,
I realised what I had done for myself, and cursing my folly, backed against a
shop window and prepared to dodge out of the confusion. In a moment I should
be wedged into a crowd and inevitably discovered. I pushed by a butcher boy,
who luckily did not turn to see the nothingness that shoved him aside, and
dodged behind the cab-man's four-wheeler. I do not know how they settled the
business, I hurried straight across the road, which was happily clear, and hardly
heeding which way I went, in the fright of detection the incident had given me,
plunged into the afternoon throng of Oxford Street.%
"I tried to get into the stream of people, but they were too thick for me, and in
a moment my heels were being trodden upon. I took to the gutter, the
roughness of which I found painful to my feet, and forthwith the shaft of a
crawling hansom dug me forcibly under the shoulder blade, reminding me that I
was already bruised severely. I staggered out of the way of the cab, avoided a
perambulator by a convulsive movement, and found myself behind the hansom.
A happy thought saved me, and as this drove slowly along I followed in its
immediate wake, trembling and astonished at the turn of my adventure. And
not only trembling, but shivering. It was a bright day in January and I was stark
naked and the thin slime of mud that covered the road was freezing. Foolish as
it seems to me now, I had not reckoned that, transparent or not, I was still
amenable to the weather and all its consequences.
"Then suddenly a bright idea came into my head. I ran round and got into
the cab. And so, shivering, scared, and sniffing with the first intimations of a
cold, and with the bruises in the small of my back growing upon my attention, I
drove slowly along Oxford Street and past Tottenham Court Road. My mood
was as different from that in which I had sallied forth ten minutes ago as it is
possible to imagine. This invisibility indeed! The one thought that possessed me
was--how was I to get out of the scrape I was in.
"We crawled past Mudie's, and there a tall woman with five or six yellow-
labelled books hailed my cab, and I sprang out just in time to escape her, shaving

avoided: (adj) unpopular. significance. orderliness, grace, lenience.
backed: (adj) upheld, support, backed perambulator: (n) baby carriage, saved: (adj) protected, economized,
up, coated, lined. carriage, baby buggy, pushchair, rescued, blessed.
four-wheeler: (n) automobile. pram, stroller, ambler, equipage, slime: (adj) mud, silt; (n) mucus, ooze,
hansom: (n) cab, car, fly, cabriolet, rig, ambulator, cart; (v) pedometer. phlegm, gook, muck, gunk, goo, filth;
droshki, growler, drosky, equipage, roughness: (n) harshness, asperity, (adj, n) sludge.
stage wagon, omnibus. crudeness, hoarseness, rigor, trodden: (adj) trampled, damaged,
nothingness: (n) nothing, void, unevenness, disorderliness, beaten, compressed, packed down.
nullity, nihility, emptiness, gruffness, huskiness, inclemency, ANTONYM: (adj) loose.
insignificance, nonentity, blankness, crudity. ANTONYMS: (n) softness, wedged: (adj) impacted, cuneiform,
vacuum, cipher; (adj) nonbeing. complexity, gentleness, mildness, jammed, fast, compacter, stuck,
ANTONYMS: (n) being, importance, evenness, exactness, friendliness, compact. ANTONYM: (adj) free.
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a railway van narrowly in my flight. I made off up the roadway to Bloomsbury

Square, intending to strike north past the Museum and so get into the quiet
district. I was now cruelly chilled, and the strangeness of my situation so
unnerved me that I whimpered as I ran. At the northward corner of the Square a
little white dog ran out of the Pharmaceutical Society's offices, and incontinently
made for me, nose down.%
"I had never realised it before, but the nose is to the mind of a dog what the
eye is to the mind of a seeing man. Dogs perceive the scent of a man moving as
men perceive his vision. This brute began barking and leaping, showing, as it
seemed to me, only too plainly that he was aware of me. I crossed Great Russell
Street, glancing over my shoulder as I did so, and went some way along
Montague Street before I realised what I was running towards.
"Then I became aware of a blare of music, and looking along the street saw a
number of people advancing out of Russell Square, red shirts, and the banner of
the Salvation Army to the fore. Such a crowd, chanting in the roadway and
scoffing on the pavement, I could not hope to penetrate, and dreading to go
back and farther from home again, and deciding on the spur of the moment, I ran
up the white steps of a house facing the museum railings, and stood there until
the crowd should have passed. Happily the dog stopped at the noise of the band
too, hesitated, and turned tail, running back to Bloomsbury Square again.
"On came the band, bawling with unconscious irony some hymn about
'When shall we see His face?' and it seemed an interminable time to me before
the tide of the crowd washed along the pavement by me. Thud, thud, thud,
came the drum with a vibrating resonance, and for the moment I did not notice
two urchins stopping at the railings by me. 'See 'em,' said one. 'See what?' said
the other. 'Why--them footmarks--bare. Like what you makes in mud.'
"I looked down and saw the youngsters had stopped and were gaping at the
muddy footmarks I had left behind me up the newly whitened steps. The
passing people elbowed and jostled them, but their confounded intelligence was
arrested. 'Thud, thud, thud, when, thud, shall we see, thud, his face, thud, thud.'

bawling: (adj, n) weeping, sniveling; northwards, in the north, to the abnormality, weirdness, foreignness,
(n) cry, wailing; (adj) vociferous, north. queerness, singularity, quirk.
weepy, blatant, sobbing, clamorous, roadway: (n) carriageway, track, ANTONYMS: (n) familiarity,
tearful, howling. pathway, path, highway, pavement, nativeness.
blare: (v) bellow; (n, v) sound, honk, roadbed, way, stairway, runway, unnerved: (v) relaxed; (adj) enervated,
beep, hoot; (adj, n) boom; (n) din, trail. afraid, alarmed, anxious, fearful,
clamor, racket; (adj) peal, thunder. scoffing: (n) scoff, mockery, jeer, hysterical, scared, tense, terrified,
ANTONYMS: (v) mute, stifle; (n) derision, sibilation, gibe; (adj) timid. ANTONYM: (adj) confident.
silence. mocking, derisive, cynical, scoptical, whitened: (adj) bloodless, bleached,
dreading: (adj) anxious. jesting. Caucasian, clean, colorless, livid,
northward: (adj, adv) north; (adj) strangeness: (n) oddity, oddness, make white, snowy, unsullied, ashen,
northbound; (adv) northerly, quaintness, peculiarity, curiousness, benevolent.
128 The Invisible Man

'There's a barefoot man gone up them steps, or I don't know nothing,' said one.
'And he ain't never come down again. And his foot was a-bleeding.'
"The thick of the crowd had already passed. 'Looky there, Ted,' quoth the
younger of the detectives, with the sharpness of surprise in his voice, and
pointed straight to my feet. I looked down and saw at once the dim suggestion
of their outline sketched in splashes of mud. For a moment I was paralysed.%
"'Why, that's rum,' said the elder. 'Dashed rum! It's just like the ghost of a
foot, ain't it?' He hesitated and advanced with outstretched hand. A man pulled
up short to see what he was catching, and then a girl. In another moment he
would have touched me. Then I saw what to do. I made a step, the boy started
back with an exclamation, and with a rapid movement I swung myself over into
the portico of the next house. But the smaller boy was sharp-eyed enough to
follow the movement, and before I was well down the steps and upon the
pavement, he had recovered from his momentary astonishment and was
shouting out that the feet had gone over the wall.
"They rushed round and saw my new footmarks flash into being on the lower
step and upon the pavement. 'What's up?' asked someone. 'Feet! Look! Feet
"Everybody in the road, except my three pursuers, was pouring along after
the Salvation Army, and this blow not only impeded me but them. There was an
eddy of surprise and interrogation. At the cost of bowling over one young
fellow I got through, and in another moment I was rushing headlong round the
circuit of Russell Square, with six or seven astonished people following my
footmarks. There was no time for explanation, or else the whole host would
have been after me.
"Twice I doubled round corners, thrice I crossed the road and came back
upon my tracks, and then, as my feet grew hot and dry, the damp impressions
began to fade. At last I had a breathing space and rubbed my feet clean with my
hands, and so got away altogether. The last I saw of the chase was a little group
of a dozen people perhaps, studying with infinite perplexity a slowly drying

barefoot: (adj) shoeless, unshod, bare flourish, enhance, surge, sharpen, veranda, corridor, mouth, lips, inlet,
footed. ANTONYM: (adj) shoed. brighten, color, wax, stay, rally. chops, balcony, orifice.
bowling: (n) tenpins, bowl, playing, impeded: (adj) blocked, disabled, quoth: (v) quod.
game, skittles, throw, bosie ball, hampered, crippled, slow. sharpness: (n, v) keenness, edge; (n)
bosie, googly, Chinaman. interrogation: (n) inquiry, question, severity, bitterness, asperity, acumen,
eddy: (n, v) purl, twirl, spin, gurge; (v) query, doubt, enquiry, hearing, quiz, poignancy, pungency, quickness,
whirlpool, swirl, turn; (n) vortex, problem, demand, interview, perspicacity; (adj, n) roughness.
maelstrom, twist, whir. interrogative. ANTONYMS: (n) dullness, haziness,
fade: (adj, v) vanish, drop; (v) dissolve, outstretched: (adj) extended, lengthy, softness, slowness, indistinctness,
decline, evaporate, discolor, droop, flat, open, unfolded, stretched, broad, gentleness, evenness, courtesy,
die, languish, expire; (n, v) wither. wiredrawn, wide, long. blandness, stupidity, kindness.
ANTONYMS: (v) increase, grow, portico: (n) portal, arcade, entrance, thrice: (adv) three times, thirdly.
H.G. Wells 129

footprint that had resulted from a puddle in Tavistock Square, a footprint as

isolated and incomprehensible to them as Crusoe's solitary discovery.%
"This running warmed me to a certain extent, and I went on with a better
courage through the maze of less frequented roads that runs hereabouts. My
back had now become very stiff and sore, my tonsils were painful from the
cabman's fingers, and the skin of my neck had been scratched by his nails; my
feet hurt exceedingly and I was lame from a little cut on one foot. I saw in time a
blind man approaching me, and fled limping, for I feared his subtle intuitions.
Once or twice accidental collisions occurred and I left people amazed, with
unaccountable curses ringing in their ears. Then came something silent and
quiet against my face, and across the Square fell a thin veil of slowly falling
flakes of snow. I had caught a cold, and do as I would I could not avoid an
occasional sneeze. And every dog that came in sight, with its pointing nose and
curious sniffing, was a terror to me.
"Then came men and boys running, first one and then others, and shouting as
they ran. It was a fire. They ran in the direction of my lodging, and looking
back down a street I saw a mass of black smoke streaming up above the roofs
and telephone wires. It was my lodging burning; my clothes, my apparatus, all
my resources indeed, except my cheque-book and the three volumes of
memoranda that awaited me in Great Portland Street, were there. Burning! I had
burnt my boats--if ever a man did! The place was blazing."
The Invisible Man paused and thought. Kemp glanced nervously out of the
window. "Yes?" he said. "Go on."

awaited: (adj) expected, appointed, limping: (n) lameness, gimp, detached, incoherent, baggy, slack,
scheduled, forthcoming, prospective. claudication, gimpiness, gameness; relaxed, loose, lax; (n) cyclosis; (v)
flakes: (n) dust. (adj) hobbling, crippled, halting, disheveled.
footprint: (n, v) step, trace, course, inefficient, imperfect, claudicant. tonsils: (n) larynx, windpipe, spiracle.
path, pace, measure; (n) track, lodging: (n) abode, apartment, unaccountable: (adj)
footstep, trail, impression, spoor. accommodation, housing, hostel, incomprehensible, inexplicable,
hereabouts: (adv) hereabout, residence, quarter, home, lodgement, strange, unintelligible, unexplainable,
thereabouts. address, hospice. mysterious, impenetrable,
lame: (adj) crippled, disabled, halting, puddle: (n, v) plash; (n) pond, lake, undiscoverable, undecipherable,
feeble, halt, weak, paralytic; (adj, n) slop, lough, mere, loch, lin; (v) unknowable, unnatural.
game; (adj, v) paralyze, maim, muddle, make, addle. ANTONYMS: (adj) accountable,
becripple. streaming: (adj) flowing, flapping, explainable, responsible, explicable.
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"So last January, with the beginning of a snowstorm in the air about me--and
if it settled on me it would betray me!--weary, cold, painful, inexpressibly
wretched, and still but half convinced of my invisible quality, I began this new
life to which I am committed. I had no refuge, no appliances, no human being in
the world in whom I could confide. To have told my secret would have given
me away--made a mere show and rarity of me. Nevertheless, I was half-minded
to accost some passer-by and throw myself upon his mercy. But I knew too
clearly the terror and brutal cruelty my advances would evoke. I made no plans
in the street. My sole object was to get shelter from the snow, to get myself
covered and warm; then I might hope to plan. But even to me, an Invisible Man,
the rows of London houses stood latched, barred, and bolted impregnably.
"Only one thing could I see clearly before me--the cold exposure and misery
of the snowstorm and the night.
"And then I had a brilliant idea. I turned down one of the roads leading from
Gower Street to Tottenham Court Road, and found myself outside Omniums, the
big establishment where everything is to be bought--you know the place: meat,
grocery, linen, furniture, clothing, oil paintings even--a huge meandering
collection of shops rather than a shop. I had thought I should find the doors
accost: (v) hail, greet, solicit, salute, julep, jam, mart, food market, ANTONYMS: (adj) straight; (n)
approach, call, buttonhole, welcome, confiture, consumer goods. directness.
speak, greeting, speak to. inexpressibly: (adv) unspeakably, passer-by: (n) eyewitness.
ANTONYMS: (v) avoid, dodge, shun. indescribably, beyond words. rarity: (n) rareness, curiosity,
advances: (v) access, approach. latched: (adj) barred, fast, bolted, infrequency, curio, peculiarity,
confide: (v) commit, trust, entrust, dissipated, bonded, barricaded, dearth, scarcity, tenuity, paucity,
intrust, consign, rely, charge, blockaded, colorfast, fastened, scarceness, antique. ANTONYM: (n)
unbosom, whisper, lean, hope. degraded, secured. frequency.
ANTONYMS: (v) suppress, keep, meandering: (adj) circuitous, indirect, snowstorm: (n) blizzard, squall, flurry,
conceal, retain. zigzag, tortuous, winding, snowfall, tempest, tornado,
grocery: (n) foodstuff, marketplace, serpentine, sinuous, roundabout, thunderstorm, rainstorm, hurricane,
grocery store, preserve, supermarket, snaky, windy; (v) twirl. gale.
132 The Invisible Man

open, but they were closed, and as I stood in the wide entrance a carriage
stopped outside, and a man in uniform--you know the kind of personage with
'Omnium' on his cap--flung open the door. I contrived to enter, and walking
down the shop--it was a department where they were selling ribbons and gloves
and stockings and that kind of thing--came to a more spacious region devoted to
picnic baskets and wicker furniture.%
"I did not feel safe there, however; people were going to and fro, and I
prowled restlessly about until I came upon a huge section in an upper floor
containing multitudes of bedsteads, and over these I clambered, and found a
resting-place at last among a huge pile of folded flock mattresses. The place was
already lit up and agreeably warm, and I decided to remain where I was,
keeping a cautious eye on the two or three sets of shopmen and customers who
were meandering through the place, until closing time came. Then I should be
able, I thought, to rob the place for food and clothing, and disguised, prowl
through it and examine its resources, perhaps sleep on some of the bedding.
That seemed an acceptable plan. My idea was to procure clothing to make
myself a muffled but acceptable figure, to get money, and then to recover my
books and parcels where they awaited me, take a lodging somewhere and
elaborate plans for the complete realisation of the advantages my invisibility
gave me (as I still imagined) over my fellow-men.
"Closing time arrived quickly enough. It could not have been more than an
hour after I took up my position on the mattresses before I noticed the blinds of
the windows being drawn, and customers being marched doorward. And then a
number of brisk young men began with remarkable alacrity to tidy up the goods
that remained disturbed. I left my lair as the crowds diminished, and prowled
cautiously out into the less desolate parts of the shop. I was really surprised to
observe how rapidly the young men and women whipped away the goods
displayed for sale during the day. All the boxes of goods, the hanging fabrics,
the festoons of lace, the boxes of sweets in the grocery section, the displays of this
and that, were being whipped down, folded up, slapped into tidy receptacles,
and everything that could not be taken down and put away had sheets of some

agreeably: (adv) enjoyably, pleasantly, sincere. prowl: (v) creep, loiter, sneak, slink,
sympathetically, pleasingly, suitably, lair: (n) burrow, hole, hideaway, range, roam, skulk, linger, lurch; (n)
well, melodically, accordingly, hiding place, hideout, cell, retreat, rove, traverse.
affably, genially; (adv, v) happily. earth, sanctum sanctorum; (adj) sty, restlessly: (adv) fidgetily,
ANTONYMS: (adv) disagreeably, sink of corruption. apprehensively, agitatedly, fretfully,
incongruously, uncooperatively, personage: (n) person, notable, unquietly, sleeplessly, nervously,
unhelpfully, badly, stubbornly, celebrity, personality, individual, restively, edgily, anxiously,
harshly. bigwig, figure, somebody, human, disturbedly. ANTONYMS: (adv)
contrived: (adj) affected, unnatural, character, being. peacefully, unconcernedly.
false, forced, labored, spurious, procure: (v) get, obtain, buy, earn, win, wicker: (n) wickerwork, caning, wood,
feigned, unreal, strained, built, gain, have, purchase, induce, derive, dwelling, home, osier, piece of work,
artificially formal. ANTONYM: (adj) find. ANTONYM: (v) give. Wike, cane; (adj) twiggen.
H.G. Wells 133

coarse stuff like sacking flung over them. Finally all the chairs were turned up
on to the counters, leaving the floor clear. Directly each of these young people
had done, he or she made promptly for the door with such an expression of
animation as I have rarely observed in a shop assistant before. Then came a lot
of youngsters scattering sawdust and carrying pails and brooms. I had to dodge
to get out of the way, and as it was, my ankle got stung with the sawdust. For
some time, wandering through the swathed and darkened departments, I could
hear the brooms at work. And at last a good hour or more after the shop had
been closed, came a noise of locking doors. Silence came upon the place, and I
found myself wandering through the vast and intricate shops, galleries, show-
rooms of the place, alone. It was very still; in one place I remember passing near
one of the Tottenham Court Road entrances and listening to the tapping of boot-
heels of the passers-by.%
"My first visit was to the place where I had seen stockings and gloves for sale.
It was dark, and I had the devil of a hunt after matches, which I found at last in
the drawer of the little cash desk. Then I had to get a candle. I had to tear down
wrappings and ransack a number of boxes and drawers, but at last I managed to
turn out what I sought; the box label called them lambswool pants, and
lambswool vests. Then socks, a thick comforter, and then I went to the clothing
place and got trousers, a lounge jacket, an overcoat and a slouch hat--a clerical
sort of hat with the brim turned down. I began to feel a human being again, and
my next thought was food.
"Upstairs was a refreshment department, and there I got cold meat. There
was coffee still in the urn, and I lit the gas and warmed it up again, and
altogether I did not do badly. Afterwards, prowling through the place in search
of blankets--I had to put up at last with a heap of down quilts--I came upon a
grocery section with a lot of chocolate and candied fruits, more than was good
for me indeed--and some white burgundy. And near that was a toy department,
and I had a brilliant idea. I found some artificial noses--dummy noses, you know,
and I thought of dark spectacles. But Omniums had no optical department. My
nose had been a difficulty indeed--I had thought of paint. But the discovery set

animation: (adj, n) life, vivacity; (n) honied, sugary, honeyed, flattering, robe, topcoat, surcoat, coating,
liveliness, vitality, activity, spirit, crystalized. overcoating, capote, chesterfield,
exhilaration, dash, energy, buoyancy; chairs: (n) seats. gown.
(adj) alacrity. ANTONYMS: (n) comforter: (n) blanket, muffler, pails: (n) pail.
lethargy, lifelessness, inertness, comfortable, pacifier, reliever, refreshment: (n) bite, drink,
inertia, sluggishness, boredom. bedclothes, bedding, dummy, recreation, collation, repose, relief,
burgundy: (adj, n) red; (n) Chablis, coverlet, cover, communicator. rest, entertainment, treat; (v)
burgundy wine, Bourgogne; (adj) fruits: (n) revenue. invigoration; (n, v) regalement.
crimson, dark red, maroon, reddish locking: (n) lockup, bolting, stung: (adj) sting, bit, annoyed, roiled,
purple, ruby, scarlet. interlocking, engagement, cordoning irritated, nettled, peeved, pissed,
candied: (adj) dulcet, glace, lush, off, closing off, binding, guarding. riled, stings, thrust.
luscious, melliferous, nectarious, overcoat: (n) greatcoat, coat, cloak, warmed: (adj) warmer, warm, baked.
134 The Invisible Man

my mind running on wigs and masks and the like. Finally I went to sleep in a
heap of down quilts, very warm and comfortable.%
"My last thoughts before sleeping were the most agreeable I had had since the
change. I was in a state of physical serenity, and that was reflected in my mind.
I thought that I should be able to slip out unobserved in the morning with my
clothes upon me, muffling my face with a white wrapper I had taken, purchase,
with the money I had taken, spectacles and so forth, and so complete my
disguise. I lapsed into disorderly dreams of all the fantastic things that had
happened during the last few days. I saw the ugly little Jew of a landlord
vociferating in his rooms; I saw his two sons marvelling, and the wrinkled old
woman's gnarled face as she asked for her cat. I experienced again the strange
sensation of seeing the cloth disappear, and so I came round to the windy
hillside and the sniffing old clergyman mumbling 'Earth to earth, ashes to ashes,
dust to dust,' at my father's open grave.
"'You also,' said a voice, and suddenly I was being forced towards the grave.
I struggled, shouted, appealed to the mourners, but they continued stonily
following the service; the old clergyman, too, never faltered droning and sniffing
through the ritual. I realised I was invisible and inaudible, that overwhelming
forces had their grip on me. I struggled in vain, I was forced over the brink, the
coffin rang hollow as I fell upon it, and the gravel came flying after me in
spadefuls. Nobody heeded me, nobody was aware of me. I made convulsive
struggles and awoke.
"The pale London dawn had come, the place was full of a chilly grey light
that filtered round the edges of the window blinds. I sat up, and for a time I
could not think where this ample apartment, with its counters, its piles of rolled
stuff, its heap of quilts and cushions, its iron pillars, might be. Then, as
recollection came back to me, I heard voices in conversation.
"Then far down the place, in the brighter light of some department which had
already raised its blinds, I saw two men approaching. I scrambled to my feet,
looking about me for some way of escape, and even as I did so the sound of my
movement made them aware of me. I suppose they saw merely a figure moving

droning: (adj) buzzing, humming, inaudible: (adj) indistinct, incoherent.
abuzz, booming, monotonous, noisy; imperceptible, inarticulate, noiseless, stonily: (adv) icily, pitilessly,
(n) bourdon, dawdler, drone pipe, quiet, faint, out of hearing, muffled, unfeelingly, cruelly, hardly, roughly,
idleness, monotone. ANTONYM: silent, unheard, low. ANTONYMS: rockily, heartlessly, frigidly,
(adj) varied. (adj) audible, obvious. insensitively, mercilessly.
filtered: (n) clean, drinkable; (adj) lapsed: (adj) fallen, elapsed, slip, ANTONYM: (adv) kindly.
refined. defunct, forgotten, invalid, unobserved: (adj, v) unseen; (v)
gnarled: (adj) knotty, knotted, gnarly, irreligious, lost, nonchurchgoing, unheeded, unregarded, unthought of,
asperous, crisp, deformed, crabbed, finished. unperceived; (adj) ignored, not
roughhewn, wrinkled, unsmooth, mumbling: (n) gumming, diction, noticed, hidden, unmarked, unnoted;
unpolished. ANTONYMS: (adj) enunciation, chewing, mussitation, (adv) secretly. ANTONYM: (adj)
smooth, unknotted, straight. mastication; (adj) inarticulate, evident.
H.G. Wells 135

quietly and quickly away. 'Who's that?' cried one, and 'Stop, there!' shouted the
other. I dashed around a corner and came full tilt--a faceless figure, mind you!--
on a lanky lad of fifteen. He yelled and I bowled him over, rushed past him,
turned another corner, and by a happy inspiration threw myself behind a
counter. In another moment feet went running past and I heard voices shouting,
'All hands to the doors!' asking what was 'up,' and giving one another advice
how to catch me.%
"Lying on the ground, I felt scared out of my wits. But--odd as it may seem--
it did not occur to me at the moment to take off my clothes as I should have done.
I had made up my mind, I suppose, to get away in them, and that ruled me. And
then down the vista of the counters came a bawling of 'Here he is!'
"I sprang to my feet, whipped a chair off the counter, and sent it whirling at
the fool who had shouted, turned, came into another round a corner, sent him
spinning, and rushed up the stairs. He kept his footing, gave a view hallo, and
came up the staircase hot after me. Up the staircase were piled a multitude of
those bright-coloured pot things--what are they?"
"Art pots," suggested Kemp.
"That's it! Art pots. Well, I turned at the top step and swung round, plucked
one out of a pile and smashed it on his silly head as he came at me. The whole
pile of pots went headlong, and I heard shouting and footsteps running from all
parts. I made a mad rush for the refreshment place, and there was a man in
white like a man cook, who took up the chase. I made one last desperate turn
and found myself among lamps and ironmongery. I went behind the counter of
this, and waited for my cook, and as he bolted in at the head of the chase, I
doubled him up with a lamp. Down he went, and I crouched down behind the
counter and began whipping off my clothes as fast as I could. Coat, jacket,
trousers, shoes were all right, but a lambswool vest fits a man like a skin. I heard
more men coming, my cook was lying quiet on the other side of the counter,
stunned or scared speechless, and I had to make another dash for it, like a rabbit
hunted out of a wood-pile.

faceless: (adj) nameless. ANTONYMS: ANTONYMS: (adj) rounded, stocky, vest: (n) waistcoat, undershirt, singlet,
(adj) faced, known. rotund, plump, fat. oilskins, jubbah; (v) invest, clothe,
footing: (n) foothold, base, bottom, piled: (adj) heaped, dense, aggregate, enthrone, endow, put, ordain.
foundation, status, rank, foot, collective, concentrated, cumulous. ANTONYM: (v) divest.
pedestal, situation, relation, root. plucked: (v) ploughed; (adj) pulled, vista: (n) outlook, panorama, horizon,
ANTONYM: (n) top. unfeathered, featherless, moulting, aspect, scene, landscape, scenery,
hallo: (n) hi, hullo. pilled. picture, alley; (adj, n) view,
ironmongery: (n) hardware, shop, speechless: (adj) silent, mute, dumb, perspective.
store. dumbfounded, voiceless, quiet, whipping: (n) flagellation, beating,
lanky: (adj) rangy, lean, tall, scrawny, tongueless, tacit, noiseless, mum, thrashing, licking, lashing, flogging,
skinny, thin, gangling, bony, wordless. ANTONYMS: (adj) overcasting, debacle, slaughter,
emaciated, gaunt, angular. loquacious, eloquent, talkative. overlocking; (adj) snappy.
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"'This way, policeman!' I heard someone shouting. I found myself in my

bedstead storeroom again, and at the end of a wilderness of wardrobes. I rushed
among them, went flat, got rid of my vest after infinite wriggling, and stood a
free man again, panting and scared, as the policeman and three of the shopmen
came round the corner. They made a rush for the vest and pants, and collared
the trousers. 'He's dropping his plunder,' said one of the young men. 'He must
be somewhere here.'
"But they did not find me all the same.%
"I stood watching them hunt for me for a time, and cursing my ill-luck in
losing the clothes. Then I went into the refreshment-room, drank a little milk I
found there, and sat down by the fire to consider my position.
"In a little while two assistants came in and began to talk over the business
very excitedly and like the fools they were. I heard a magnified account of my
depredations, and other speculations as to my whereabouts. Then I fell to
scheming again. The insurmountable difficulty of the place, especially now it
was alarmed, was to get any plunder out of it. I went down into the warehouse
to see if there was any chance of packing and addressing a parcel, but I could not
understand the system of checking. About eleven o'clock, the snow having
thawed as it fell, and the day being finer and a little warmer than the previous
one, I decided that the Emporium was hopeless, and went out again, exasperated
at my want of success, with only the vaguest plans of action in my mind."

assistants: (n) cabinet. unbeatable, indomitable, scheming: (adj) designing, artful,
bedstead: (n) bed, berth, cot, impregnable, overwhelming, crafty, wily, tricky, sly, shrewd,
bedframe, furniture, shakedown, invincible, unruly. ANTONYMS: devious, astute, intriguing; (adj, n)
pallet, stretcher, tester, stead, hatch. (adj) vulnerable, easy, manageable. cunning. ANTONYMS: (adj) honest,
exasperated: (adj) incensed, annoyed, magnified: (adj) enlarged, inflated, ingenuous, straightforward, open,
enraged, angered, indignant, mad, enlarge, hyperbolic, hypertrophied, straight, guileless; (n) ingenuousness.
irate, irritated, cheesed off, testy; (adj, increased, overblown, overstated, storeroom: (n) store, storehouse,
prep) provoked. ANTONYM: (adj) puffed up, made larger. warehouse, storage, storage room,
pleased. plunder: (n, v) pillage, spoil; (v) larder, cupboard, buttery, depot,
insurmountable: (adj) insuperable, despoil, harry, devastate, maraud, stockroom, chandlery.
unsurmountable, impassable, destroy, strip, ransack; (n) booty, thawed: (adj) liquified, unfrozen.
impossible, unconquerable, depredation.
H.G. Wells 137



"But you begin now to realise," said the Invisible Man, "the full disadvantage
of my condition. I had no shelter--no covering--to get clothing was to forego all
my advantage, to make myself a strange and terrible thing. I was fasting; for to
eat, to fill myself with unassimilated matter, would be to become grotesquely
visible again."
"I never thought of that," said Kemp.%
"Nor had I. And the snow had warned me of other dangers. I could not go
abroad in snow--it would settle on me and expose me. Rain, too, would make
me a watery outline, a glistening surface of a man--a bubble. And fog--I should
be like a fainter bubble in a fog, a surface, a greasy glimmer of humanity.
Moreover, as I went abroad--in the London air--I gathered dirt about my ankles,
floating smuts and dust upon my skin. I did not know how long it would be
before I should become visible from that cause also. But I saw clearly it could not
be for long.
"Not in London at any rate.
"I went into the slums towards Great Portland Street, and found myself at the
end of the street in which I had lodged. I did not go that way, because of the

bubble: (v) babble, foam, froth, burble, glistening: (adj) shining, glossy, shiny, drolly.
effervesce, seethe, gurgle, fizz; (n) glisten, brilliant, beaming, sleek, lodged: (adj) wedged, stuck fast, stuck,
blister, bladder, vesicle. lustrous, sparkling, reflecting light, jammed.
fasting: (n) abstinence, white sheet, gleaming. ANTONYM: (adj) dull. slums: (n) skid row, inner city.
shrift, sackcloth and ashes, greasy: (adj) fatty, dirty, oily, tallowy, watery: (adj) moist, diluted, wet,
maceration, lustration, flagellation, slick, sebaceous, unclean, unctuous, dilute, washy, thin, damp, fluid,
watching one's weight, hunger strike, slippery, adipose, oleaginous. aqueous, weak, insipid.
penance; (v) calorie counting. ANTONYM: (adj) lean. ANTONYMS: (adj) strong, solid, dry,
forego: (v) disclaim, antedate, grotesquely: (adv) monstrously, soft, dehydrated, lively, dark, clear,
renounce, antecede, waive, abandon, ludicrously, unnaturally, anticly, thick, hard.
resign, forgo, precede, relinquish, funnily, hideously, ridiculously,
spare. bizarrely, fantasticly, fantastically,
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crowd halfway down it opposite to the still smoking ruins of the house I had
fired. My most immediate problem was to get clothing. What to do with my
face puzzled me. Then I saw in one of those little miscellaneous shops--news,
sweets, toys, stationery, belated Christmas tomfoolery, and so forth--an array of
masks and noses. I realised that problem was solved. In a flash I saw my course.
I turned about, no longer aimless, and went--circuitously in order to avoid the
busy ways, towards the back streets north of the Strand; for I remembered,
though not very distinctly where, that some theatrical costumiers had shops in
that district.%
"The day was cold, with a nipping wind down the northward running streets.
I walked fast to avoid being overtaken. Every crossing was a danger, every
passenger a thing to watch alertly. One man as I was about to pass him at the
top of Bedford Street, turned upon me abruptly and came into me, sending me
into the road and almost under the wheel of a passing hansom. The verdict of
the cab-rank was that he had had some sort of stroke. I was so unnerved by this
encounter that I went into Covent Garden Market and sat down for some time in
a quiet corner by a stall of violets, panting and trembling. I found I had caught a
fresh cold, and had to turn out after a time lest my sneezes should attract
"At last I reached the object of my quest, a dirty, fly-blown little shop in a by-
way near Drury Lane, with a window full of tinsel robes, sham jewels, wigs,
slippers, dominoes and theatrical photographs. The shop was old-fashioned and
low and dark, and the house rose above it for four storeys, dark and dismal. I
peered through the window and, seeing no one within, entered. The opening of
the door set a clanking bell ringing. I left it open, and walked round a bare
costume stand, into a corner behind a cheval glass. For a minute or so no one
came. Then I heard heavy feet striding across a room, and a man appeared down
the shop.
"My plans were now perfectly definite. I proposed to make my way into the
house, secrete myself upstairs, watch my opportunity, and when everything was
quiet, rummage out a wig, mask, spectacles, and costume, and go into the world,

alertly: (adv) watchfully, sharply, jumble, root, look for, rifle, seek, (n) original, truth, truthfulness,
swiftly, attentively, quickly, smartly, forage; (n) explore, trash, scan. honesty; (adj) valid.
briskly, observantly, carefully, lively, secrete: (v) hide, excrete, cover, stationery: (n) notepaper, stationary,
warily. ANTONYMS: (adv) disguise, discharge, mask, cache, note, writing materials, writing
inattentively, abstractedly, carelessly. bury, emit, exude, screen. paper, office equipment, letterhead.
cheval: (n) chevaux. ANTONYMS: (v) show, absorb, tinsel: (adj, n) frippery, finery; (adj, v)
nipping: (adj) bitter, keen, barbed, reveal, unearth. meretricious; (v) gloss; (adj) gaudy,
frosty, crisp, cutting, inclement, fresh, sham: (adj, adv, n, v) counterfeit; (adj, trumpery, tawdry, showy; (n)
pinching, snappy, raw. n, v) fake; (adj, v) pretend, put on; gimcrack, gewgaw, clinquant.
robes: (n) garb, fine clothes, costume, (adj, n) imitation, phony; (v) feign; tomfoolery: (n) foolery, folly, prank,
best clothes. (adj) false; (n) fraud, impostor, mummery, indulgence, fooling, farce,
rummage: (n, v) search; (v) ransack, falsehood. ANTONYMS: (adj, v) real; harlequinade, frivolity, frolic, caper.
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perhaps a grotesque but still a credible figure. And incidentally of course I could
rob the house of any available money.%
"The man who had just entered the shop was a short, slight, hunched, beetle-
browed man, with long arms and very short bandy legs. Apparently I had
interrupted a meal. He stared about the shop with an expression of expectation.
This gave way to surprise, and then to anger, as he saw the shop empty. 'Damn
the boys!' he said. He went to stare up and down the street. He came in again in
a minute, kicked the door to with his foot spitefully, and went muttering back to
the house door.
"I came forward to follow him, and at the noise of my movement he stopped
dead. I did so too, startled by his quickness of ear. He slammed the house door
in my face.
"I stood hesitating. Suddenly I heard his quick footsteps returning, and the
door reopened. He stood looking about the shop like one who was still not
satisfied. Then, murmuring to himself, he examined the back of the counter and
peered behind some fixtures. Then he stood doubtful. He had left the house
door open and I slipped into the inner room.
"It was a queer little room, poorly furnished and with a number of big masks
in the corner. On the table was his belated breakfast, and it was a confoundedly
exasperating thing for me, Kemp, to have to sniff his coffee and stand watching
while he came in and resumed his meal. And his table manners were irritating.
Three doors opened into the little room, one going upstairs and one down, but
they were all shut. I could not get out of the room while he was there; I could
scarcely move because of his alertness, and there was a draught down my back.
Twice I strangled a sneeze just in time.
"The spectacular quality of my sensations was curious and novel, but for all
that I was heartily tired and angry long before he had done his eating. But at last
he made an end and putting his beggarly crockery on the black tin tray upon
which he had had his teapot, and gathering all the crumbs up on the mustard
stained cloth, he took the whole lot of things after him. His burden prevented his
shutting the door behind him--as he would have done; I never saw such a man
alertness: (n) watchfulness, agility, sorry, miserable, poor, humble, ANTONYMS: (adj) pleasing,
alacrity, nimbleness, liveliness, pitiable, ignoble; (adj, n) scrubby, pleasant, satisfying.
jealousy, wariness, attention, vile. sensations: (n) feelings, vibrations,
quickness, intelligence, confoundedly: (adj) tremendously, ambiance.
consciousness. ANTONYMS: (n) severely, desperately, with a spitefully: (adv) maliciously,
dream, drowsiness, inattentiveness, vengeance; (adv) confusedly, malevolently, resentfully,
slowness, unconsciousness. accursedly, abashedly, bewilderedly, vindictively, viciously, venomously,
bandy: (v) exchange, agitate, band, cursedly, puzzledly, extremely. malignantly, meanly, nastily,
shuttlecock, argue, debate, shuffle, exasperating: (adj) annoying, rancorously, hatefully. ANTONYMS:
brandish, change bands, flap; (n) bothersome, maddening, infuriating, (adv) kindly, friendly, harmoniously,
bander. trying, irritating, tedious, vexatious, genially, mercifully, benevolently,
beggarly: (adj) base, mean, shabby, vexing, galling, exacerbating. compassionately, innocently.
140 The Invisible Man

for shutting doors--and I followed him into a very dirty underground kitchen
and scullery. I had the pleasure of seeing him begin to wash up, and then,
finding no good in keeping down there, and the brick floor being cold on my feet,
I returned upstairs and sat in his chair by the fire. It was burning low, and
scarcely thinking, I put on a little coal. The noise of this brought him up at once,
and he stood at large. He peered about the room and was within an ace of
touching me. Even after that examination, he scarcely seemed satisfied. He
stopped in the doorway and took a final inspection before he went down.%
"I waited in the little parlour for an age, and at last he came up and opened
the upstairs door. I just managed to get by him.
"On the staircase he stopped suddenly, so that I very nearly blundered into
him. He stood looking back right into my face and listening. 'I could have
sworn,' he said. His long hairy hand pulled at his lower lip. His eye went up
and down the staircase. Then he grunted and went on up again.
"His hand was on the handle of a door, and then he stopped again with the
same puzzled anger on his face. He was becoming aware of the faint sounds of
my movements about him. The man must have had diabolically acute hearing.
He suddenly flashed into rage. 'If there's anyone in this house--' he cried with an
oath, and left the threat unfinished. He put his hand in his pocket, failed to find
what he wanted, and rushing past me went blundering noisily and pugnaciously
downstairs. But I did not follow him. I sat on the head of the staircase until his
"Presently he came up again, still muttering. He opened the door of the
room, and before I could enter, slammed it in my face.
"I resolved to explore the house, and spent some time in doing so as
noiselessly as possible. The house was very old and tumble-down, damp so that
the paper in the attics was peeling from the walls, and rat infested. Some of the
door handles were stiff and I was afraid to turn them. Several rooms I did
inspect were unfurnished, and others were littered with theatrical lumber,
bought second-hand, I judged, from its appearance. In one room next to his I
found a lot of old clothes. I began routing among these, and in my eagerness
diabolically: (adv) fiendishly, muttering: (n) grumbling, mutter, disputatiously, aggressively,
infernally, satanically, wickedly, murmuring, grumble, murmuration, contentiously.
hellishly, demonically, deucedly, murmur vowel, complaint, heart routing: (n) route, steering, wire
unholy, atrociously, devilish, murmur, cardiac murmur; (adj) routing, navigation, dispatching,
brutally. mumbling, faint. conquest.
infested: (adj) crawling, swarming, peeling: (n) desquamation, shelling, shutting: (n) closing, conclusion, end,
polluted, overrun, malodorous, beset, hull, skiving, bark, shedding; (adj, n) closure, ending, finish, mop up,
diseased, contaminated, infected. flaking; (adj) damaged. culmination, closedown; (adj)
lumber: (n) timber, wood; (adj, n) pugnaciously: (adv) belligerently, confining, claudent. ANTONYM: (n)
jumble, rubbish; (v) log, trail; (adv, v) warlikely, fightingly, opening.
plod; (adj) junk, litter, huddle, argumentatively, combatively, tumble-down: (adj) run-down, shaky,
disarray. militantly, peevishly, martially, rickety, decrepit.
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forgot again the evident sharpness of his ears. I heard a stealthy footstep and,
looking up just in time, saw him peering in at the tumbled heap and holding an
old-fashioned revolver in his hand. I stood perfectly still while he stared about
open-mouthed and suspicious. 'It must have been her,' he said slowly. 'Damn
"He shut the door quietly, and immediately I heard the key turn in the lock.
Then his footsteps retreated. I realised abruptly that I was locked in. For a
minute I did not know what to do. I walked from door to window and back, and
stood perplexed. A gust of anger came upon me. But I decided to inspect the
clothes before I did anything further, and my first attempt brought down a pile
from an upper shelf. This brought him back, more sinister than ever. That time
he actually touched me, jumped back with amazement and stood astonished in
the middle of the room.%
"Presently he calmed a little. 'Rats,' he said in an undertone, fingers on lips.
He was evidently a little scared. I edged quietly out of the room, but a plank
creaked. Then the infernal little brute started going all over the house, revolver
in hand and locking door after door and pocketing the keys. When I realised
what he was up to I had a fit of rage--I could hardly control myself sufficiently to
watch my opportunity. By this time I knew he was alone in the house, and so I
made no more ado, but knocked him on the head."
"Knocked him on the head?" exclaimed Kemp.
"Yes--stunned him--as he was going downstairs. Hit him from behind with a
stool that stood on the landing. He went downstairs like a bag of old boots."
"But--I say! The common conventions of humanity--"
"Are all very well for common people. But the point was, Kemp, that I had to
get out of that house in a disguise without his seeing me. I couldn't think of any
other way of doing it. And then I gagged him with a Louis Quatorze vest and
tied him up in a sheet."
"Tied him up in a sheet!"

astonished: (adj) astonish, ANTONYM: (adj) worried. panel, parachute, matchboard,
dumbfounded, flabbergasted, conventions: (n) protocol. footbridge, hardboard; (v) flump; (n,
stunned, aghast, bewildered, footstep: (n) pace, footfall, track, v) planch.
astounded, taken aback, footmark, vestige, tread, trail, stride, pocketing: (n) pilfering, pinching,
thunderstruck, astonied; (v) amaze. degree; (n, v) step, action. robbery, shoplifting, theft, thieving,
brute: (adj) brutal, harsh, gruff, perplexed: (adj) confused, puzzled, burglary.
brutish; (adj, n) animal, savage; (n) baffled, confounded, doubtful, stealthy: (adj) clandestine, secret,
barbarian, fiend, creature, monster; distracted, disconcerted; (adj, v) surreptitious, sneaky, covert, private,
(adv) beastly. ANTONYMS: (adj) intricate, complicated, lost, involved. backstairs, concealed, feline; (adj, v)
weak, refined, mild, gentle; (n) ANTONYMS: (adj) unperplexed, sly, insidious. ANTONYM: (adj)
gentleman. assured, clear, knowing. blatant.
calmed: (adj) composed, thankful. plank: (n) timber, beam, slat, girder,
142 The Invisible Man

"Made a sort of bag of it. It was rather a good idea to keep the idiot scared
and quiet, and a devilish hard thing to get out of--head away from the string.
My dear Kemp, it's no good your sitting glaring as though I was a murderer. It
had to be done. He had his revolver. If once he saw me he would be able to
describe me--"
"But still," said Kemp, "in England--to-day. And the man was in his own
house, and you were--well, robbing."
"Robbing! Confound it! You'll call me a thief next! Surely, Kemp, you're not
fool enough to dance on the old strings. Can't you see my position?"
"And his too," said Kemp.%
The Invisible Man stood up sharply. "What do you mean to say?"
Kemp's face grew a trifle hard. He was about to speak and checked himself.
"I suppose, after all," he said with a sudden change of manner, "the thing had to
be done. You were in a fix. But still--"
"Of course I was in a fix--an infernal fix. And he made me wild too--hunting
me about the house, fooling about with his revolver, locking and unlocking
doors. He was simply exasperating. You don't blame me, do you? You don't
blame me?"
"I never blame anyone," said Kemp. "It's quite out of fashion. What did you
do next?"
"I was hungry. Downstairs I found a loaf and some rank cheese--more than
sufficient to satisfy my hunger. I took some brandy and water, and then went up
past my impromptu bag--he was lying quite still--to the room containing the old
clothes. This looked out upon the street, two lace curtains brown with dirt
guarding the window. I went and peered out through their interstices. Outside
the day was bright--by contrast with the brown shadows of the dismal house in
which I found myself, dazzlingly bright. A brisk traffic was going by, fruit carts,
a hansom, a four-wheeler with a pile of boxes, a fishmonger's cart. I turned with
spots of colour swimming before my eyes to the shadowy fixtures behind me.
My excitement was giving place to a clear apprehension of my position again.

dazzlingly: (adv) glitteringly, glaring: (adj) conspicuous, bright, extempore, extemporaneous,
splendidly, glaringly, fulgently, blatant, egregious, obvious, plain, unprepared, improvised,
vividly, dazzle, brightly, brilliantly, flaming, garish, crying, gross, glary. extemporary, makeshift; (adj, adv, v)
garishly, luminously, magnificently. ANTONYMS: (adj) soft, ad-lib. ANTONYMS: (adj) planned,
ANTONYMS: (adv) dimly, dully. inconspicuous, dull, minor. rehearsed.
fixtures: (n) equipment, furniture, guarding: (n) surveillance, loaf: (adj, v) lounge; (v) hang around,
plant, heirloom, furnishings, fixture, conservation, precaution, shielding, loiter, loll, linger, laze, mess about, be
possession, mill work, hardware. marking, civil defense, patrol, idle; (adj, n) block; (adj) lump, poke.
fooling: (n) farce, tomfoolery, accompaniment, guardianship; (adj) ANTONYM: (v) work.
horseplay, joking, prank; (adj) casual, preserving, defensive. robbing: (adj) freebooting, practicing
accidental, everyday, effortless, impromptu: (adj, adv) off the cuff, ad freebootery; (n) theft.
cursory. lib, offhand, ad libitum; (adj)
H.G. Wells 143

The room was full of a faint scent of benzoline, used, I suppose, in cleaning the
"I began a systematic search of the place. I should judge the hunchback had
been alone in the house for some time. He was a curious person. Everything
that could possibly be of service to me I collected in the clothes storeroom, and
then I made a deliberate selection. I found a handbag I thought a suitable
possession, and some powder, rouge, and sticking-plaster.
"I had thought of painting and powdering my face and all that there was to
show of me, in order to render myself visible, but the disadvantage of this lay in
the fact that I should require turpentine and other appliances and a considerable
amount of time before I could vanish again. Finally I chose a mask of the better
type, slightly grotesque but not more so than many human beings, dark glasses,
greyish whiskers, and a wig. I could find no underclothing, but that I could buy
subsequently, and for the time I swathed myself in calico dominoes and some
white cashmere scarfs. I could find no socks, but the hunchback's boots were
rather a loose fit and sufficed. In a desk in the shop were three sovereigns and
about thirty shillings' worth of silver, and in a locked cupboard I burst in the
inner room were eight pounds in gold. I could go forth into the world again,
"Then came a curious hesitation. Was my appearance really credible? I tried
myself with a little bedroom looking-glass, inspecting myself from every point
of view to discover any forgotten chink, but it all seemed sound. I was grotesque
to the theatrical pitch, a stage miser, but I was certainly not a physical
impossibility. Gathering confidence, I took my looking-glass down into the shop,
pulled down the shop blinds, and surveyed myself from every point of view
with the help of the cheval glass in the corner.
"I spent some minutes screwing up my courage and then unlocked the shop
door and marched out into the street, leaving the little man to get out of his sheet
again when he liked. In five minutes a dozen turnings intervened between me
and the costumier's shop. No one appeared to notice me very pointedly. My
last difficulty seemed overcome."

calico: (n) cambric, fabric, cashmere, miser: (n) stinginess, curmudgeon, nookie.
chintz, cloth; (adj) motley, hunks, muckworm, niggard, turpentine: (n) turps, oil of turpentine,
varicoloured, pied, assorted. skinflint, cheapskate, parsimony, spirit of turpentine, oleoresin,
cashmere: (n) calico, cambric, Kasmir, moneygrubber, Jew, miserliness. essential oil; (v) wood alcohol.
cloth, fabric, material, textile, wool. pointedly: (adv) penetratingly, underclothing: (n) underwear,
hunchback: (n) humpback, hump, poignantly, piquantly, markedly; lingerie, skivvy, undergarment,
kyphosis, humpback whale; (adj) (adj) particularly, by design, skivvies, long Johns.
humpbacked, hunchbacked, peculiarly, on purpose, notably, unlocked: (adj) unbarred, unlatched,
humped, crookbacked, kyphotic, knowingly, designedly. unbolted, not closed, loose,
gibbose, gibbous. screwing: (n) piece of ass, fucking, ass, unsecured, ajar, wide open,
inspecting: (n) inspection; (v) inspect; screw, roll in the hay, injustice, unguaranteed.
(adj) curious, inspective. intercourse, jailer, arse, prison guard,
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He stopped again.%
"And you troubled no more about the hunchback?" said Kemp.
"No," said the Invisible Man. "Nor have I heard what became of him. I
suppose he untied himself or kicked himself out. The knots were pretty tight."
He became silent and went to the window and stared out.
"What happened when you went out into the Strand?"
"Oh!--disillusionment again. I thought my troubles were over. Practically I
thought I had impunity to do whatever I chose, everything--save to give away
my secret. So I thought. Whatever I did, whatever the consequences might be,
was nothing to me. I had merely to fling aside my garments and vanish. No
person could hold me. I could take my money where I found it. I decided to
treat myself to a sumptuous feast, and then put up at a good hotel, and
accumulate a new outfit of property. I felt amazingly confident; it's not
particularly pleasant recalling that I was an ass. I went into a place and was
already ordering lunch, when it occurred to me that I could not eat unless I
exposed my invisible face. I finished ordering the lunch, told the man I should
be back in ten minutes, and went out exasperated. I don't know if you have ever
been disappointed in your appetite."
"Not quite so badly," said Kemp, "but I can imagine it."
"I could have smashed the silly devils. At last, faint with the desire for
tasteful food, I went into another place and demanded a private room. 'I am
disfigured,' I said. 'Badly.' They looked at me curiously, but of course it was not
their affair--and so at last I got my lunch. It was not particularly well served, but
it sufficed; and when I had had it, I sat over a cigar, trying to plan my line of
action. And outside a snowstorm was beginning.
"The more I thought it over, Kemp, the more I realised what a helpless
absurdity an Invisible Man was--in a cold and dirty climate and a crowded
civilised city. Before I made this mad experiment I had dreamt of a thousand
advantages. That afternoon it seemed all disappointment. I went over the heads
of the things a man reckons desirable. No doubt invisibility made it possible to

absurdity: (n) absurdness, nonsense, scatter, shuck, shed, decrease. discriminating, clean, appreciate,
silliness, nonsensicality, devils: (n) unclean spirits. artistic. ANTONYMS: (adj) vulgar,
meaninglessness, illogicality, recalling: (adj) revocatory; (n) cheap, garish, offensive, unstylish,
stupidity, folly, fatuity, idiocy, recognition. unrefined, unfashionable, loud,
preposterousness. ANTONYMS: (n) sumptuous: (adj) magnificent, obvious, tacky.
logic, reasonableness, worthiness, luxurious, opulent, splendid, troubles: (n) dilemma, evils, harms,
solemnity, sensibleness. gorgeous, deluxe, costly, lush, lavish, ills.
accumulate: (v) pile, gather, collect, grand, plush. ANTONYMS: (adj) untied: (adj) unfastened, unchained,
amass, heap, hoard, compile, unadorned, humble, ascetic, meager, unshackled, unlaced, unbound,
assemble, lay up, accrue, cumulate. scanty, impoverished. unfettered, free, unsewed, open,
ANTONYMS: (v) distribute, dwindle, tasteful: (adj) refined, neat, graceful, unconnected, rambling.
spend, lose, waste, dissipate, lessen, savory, tasty, delicious, dainty, ANTONYMS: (adj) tied, laced.
H.G. Wells 145

get them, but it made it impossible to enjoy them when they are got. Ambition--
what is the good of pride of place when you cannot appear there? What is the
good of the love of woman when her name must needs be Delilah? I have no
taste for politics, for the blackguardisms of fame, for philanthropy, for sport.
What was I to do? And for this I had become a wrapped-up mystery, a swathed
and bandaged caricature of a man!"
He paused, and his attitude suggested a roving glance at the window.%
"But how did you get to Iping?" said Kemp, anxious to keep his guest busy
"I went there to work. I had one hope. It was a half idea! I have it still. It is a
full blown idea now. A way of getting back! Of restoring what I have done.
When I choose. When I have done all I mean to do invisibly. And that is what I
chiefly want to talk to you about now."
"You went straight to Iping?"
"Yes. I had simply to get my three volumes of memoranda and my cheque-
book, my luggage and underclothing, order a quantity of chemicals to work out
this idea of mine--I will show you the calculations as soon as I get my books--and
then I started. Jove! I remember the snowstorm now, and the accursed bother it
was to keep the snow from damping my pasteboard nose."
"At the end," said Kemp, "the day before yesterday, when they found you out,
you rather--to judge by the papers--"
"I did. Rather. Did I kill that fool of a constable?"
"No," said Kemp. "He's expected to recover."
"That's his luck, then. I clean lost my temper, the fools! Why couldn't they
leave me alone? And that grocer lout?"
"There are no deaths expected," said Kemp.
"I don't know about that tramp of mine," said the Invisible Man, with an
unpleasant laugh.

accursed: (adj) execrable, abominable, caterer, commissary, restaurateur, nastiness, selfishness.
detestable, accurst, hateful, damned, victualer, quartermaster; (n) quantity: (n) amount, quantum,
damnable, maledict, blasted; (v) merchandiser, grocery store, extent, measure, sum, multitude,
atrocious, stranded. merchant. total, portion, heap, degree, deal.
caricature: (n) burlesque, satire, pasteboard: (n) card, cardboard, restoring: (n) reinstatement,
cartoon, takeoff; (n, v) lampoon, paperboard, board, composition restoration; (adj) grateful, refective,
ridicule; (v) ape, travesty, take off, board, entertainment, thin cardboard. comforting, refreshing.
spoof, mimic. philanthropy: (n) charity, generosity, roving: (adj, v) itinerant, Peripatetic,
damping: (n) attenuation, moisture humanity, kindness, philanthropic ambulatory; (v) roam; (adj, n)
penetration, dampening, cushioning, gift, beneficence, altruism, wandering; (adj) rambling, mobile,
damping of oscillations. charitableness, humanitarianism, migratory, peregrine, unsettled,
grocer: (v) purveyor, feeder, batman, largesse, gift. ANTONYMS: (n) vagabond.
146 The Invisible Man

"By Heaven, Kemp, you don't know what rage is! ... To have worked for
years, to have planned and plotted, and then to get some fumbling purblind
idiot messing across your course! ... Every conceivable sort of silly creature that
has ever been created has been sent to cross me.%
"If I have much more of it, I shall go wild--I shall start mowing 'em.
"As it is, they've made things a thousand times more difficult."
"No doubt it's exasperating," said Kemp, drily.

conceivable: (adj) imaginable, creature: (n) being, brute, animal, tool, arranged, studied.
thinkable, believable, individual, person, body, entity, purblind: (adj) obtuse, opaque, dim,
comprehensible, likely, earthly, human, puppet, somebody. dumb, myopic, nearsighted, dense,
potential, credible, plausible, drily: (adv) parchedly, thirstily, dull, blinding, visually impaired; (v)
cogitable, reasonable. ANTONYMS: waterlessly, monotonously, stalely, shortsighted.
(adj) unthinkable, difficult, driedly, sharply, sardonically, rage: (adj, n, v) fume, bluster; (adj, n)
implausible, impossible, tediously, hardly, plainly. wrath, indignation, frenzy, mania; (n)
unimaginable. idiot: (n) dolt, blockhead, dunce, passion, anger, craze, exasperation;
created: (adj) create, composed, dimwit, moron, cretin, ass, imbecile, (n, v) storm. ANTONYMS: (n)
shaped, produced, wrought, oaf, changeling, idiocy. ANTONYM: gentleness, composure, calm,
legendary, mythical, fictitious, bent, (n) intellectual. equanimity, pleasure, serenity.
romantic, fashioned. plotted: (adj) planned, aforethought,
H.G. Wells 147



"But now," said Kemp, with a side glance out of the window, "what are we to
He moved nearer his guest as he spoke in such a manner as to prevent the
possibility of a sudden glimpse of the three men who were advancing up the hill
road--with an intolerable slowness, as it seemed to Kemp.%
"What were you planning to do when you were heading for Port Burdock?
Had you any plan?"
"I was going to clear out of the country. But I have altered that plan rather
since seeing you. I thought it would be wise, now the weather is hot and
invisibility possible, to make for the South. Especially as my secret was known,
and everyone would be on the lookout for a masked and muffled man. You
have a line of steamers from here to France. My idea was to get aboard one and
run the risks of the passage. Thence I could go by train into Spain, or else get to
Algiers. It would not be difficult. There a man might always be invisible--and
yet live. And do things. I was using that tramp as a money box and luggage
carrier, until I decided how to get my books and things sent over to meet me."
"That's clear."

aboard: (adv) afloat, afield, at home, glimpse: (n, v) look, peek; (v) blink, excusable, inoffensive, manageable.
there, everywhere, here, on base, see, notice, spy, spot, espy; (n) coup lookout: (n, v) guard, prospect,
onboard, where. d'oeil, view, peep. ANTONYMS: (n) expectation; (n) scout, watch, sentry,
advancing: (adj) progressive, moving scrutiny, observation, perusal; (v) sentinel, outlook, post, picture; (v)
forward, increasing, moving, scrutinize, survey, Miss, study. landscape.
processive, thriving, ongoing, intolerable: (adj) unbearable, masked: (adj) cloaked, covert,
aggressive; (n) advancement, insupportable, painful, obnoxious, concealed, hidden, covered,
progression, proceeding. detestable, inexcusable, deplorable, camouflaged, secret, veiled,
carrier: (n) carrier wave, bearer, undesirable, hard, excruciating, incognito, draped, furtive.
messenger, carter, postman, common difficult. ANTONYMS: (adj) bearable, ANTONYM: (adj) overt.
carrier, vehicle, courier, mailman, tolerable, acceptable, reasonable,
porter, charged particle. nice, understandable, lovable,
148 The Invisible Man

"And then the filthy brute must needs try and rob me! He has hidden my
books, Kemp. Hidden my books! If I can lay my hands on him!"
"Best plan to get the books out of him first."
"But where is he? Do you know?"
"He's in the town police station, locked up, by his own request, in the
strongest cell in the place."
"Cur!" said the Invisible Man.%
"But that hangs up your plans a little."
"We must get those books; those books are vital."
"Certainly," said Kemp, a little nervously, wondering if he heard footsteps
outside. "Certainly we must get those books. But that won't be difficult, if he
doesn't know they're for you."
"No," said the Invisible Man, and thought.
Kemp tried to think of something to keep the talk going, but the Invisible
Man resumed of his own accord.
"Blundering into your house, Kemp," he said, "changes all my plans. For you
are a man that can understand. In spite of all that has happened, in spite of this
publicity, of the loss of my books, of what I have suffered, there still remain great
possibilities, huge possibilities--"
"You have told no one I am here?" he asked abruptly.
Kemp hesitated. "That was implied," he said.
"No one?" insisted Griffin.
"Not a soul."
"Ah! Now--" The Invisible Man stood up, and sticking his arms akimbo
began to pace the study.
"I made a mistake, Kemp, a huge mistake, in carrying this thing through
alone. I have wasted strength, time, opportunities. Alone--it is wonderful how
little a man can do alone! To rob a little, to hurt a little, and there is the end.

accord: (n) agreement, consensus, barred, blocked, fixed, guaranteed, adhering, clinging, glutinous,
harmony; (n, v) consent, concord, barricaded, safe, protected, fastened. viscous, stuck, projected, tenacious,
assent; (adj, v) agree; (v) give, bestow, nervously: (adv) edgily, anxiously, closefisted, cohesive.
suit, grant. ANTONYMS: (n) discord, timidly, worriedly, uneasily, wasted: (adj, v) squandered, rotten,
strife, antagonism, hostility, friction, restlessly, timorously, skittishly, decayed, effete; (adj) thin,
dissidence, dissension; (n, v) conflict; excitedly, neurotically, cadaverous, emaciated, gaunt,
(v) withhold, question, oppose. apprehensively. ANTONYMS: (adv) devastated, pointless, haggard.
filthy: (adj) unclean, dingy, nasty, foul, confidently, boldly, fearlessly, ANTONYMS: (adj) bloated,
disgusting, squalid, bawdy, muddy, unconcernedly, nonchalantly, hypertrophied, strong, plump, obese,
grimy, grubby, vile. ANTONYMS: trustingly. fruitful, useful.
(adj) decent, pleasant, attractive. possibilities: (n) potential, field. wondering: (adj) inquisitive,
locked: (adj) bolted, closed, fast, sticking: (n) soldering, adhesion; (adj) speculative, suspicious.
H.G. Wells 149

"What I want, Kemp, is a goal-keeper, a helper, and a hiding-place, an

arrangement whereby I can sleep and eat and rest in peace, and unsuspected. I
must have a confederate. With a confederate, with food and rest--a thousand
things are possible.%
"Hitherto I have gone on vague lines. We have to consider all that invisibility
means, all that it does not mean. It means little advantage for eavesdropping
and so forth--one makes sounds. It's of little help--a little help perhaps--in
housebreaking and so forth. Once you've caught me you could easily imprison
me. But on the other hand I am hard to catch. This invisibility, in fact, is only
good in two cases: It's useful in getting away, it's useful in approaching. It's
particularly useful, therefore, in killing. I can walk round a man, whatever
weapon he has, choose my point, strike as I like. Dodge as I like. Escape as I
Kemp's hand went to his moustache. Was that a movement downstairs?
"And it is killing we must do, Kemp."
"It is killing we must do," repeated Kemp. "I'm listening to your plan, Griffin,
but I'm not agreeing, mind. Why killing?"
"Not wanton killing, but a judicious slaying. The point is, they know there is
an Invisible Man--as well as we know there is an Invisible Man. And that
Invisible Man, Kemp, must now establish a Reign of Terror. Yes; no doubt it's
startling. But I mean it. A Reign of Terror. He must take some town like your
Burdock and terrify and dominate it. He must issue his orders. He can do that
in a thousand ways--scraps of paper thrust under doors would suffice. And all
who disobey his orders he must kill, and kill all who would defend them."
"Humph!" said Kemp, no longer listening to Griffin but to the sound of his
front door opening and closing.
"It seems to me, Griffin," he said, to cover his wandering attention, "that your
confederate would be in a difficult position."
"No one would know he was a confederate," said the Invisible Man, eagerly.
And then suddenly, "Hush! What's that downstairs?"

disobey: (v) violate, defy, infringe, ANTONYMS: (v) release, free, ANTONYMS: (v) please, delight,
disregard, contravene, ignore, resist, liberate. calm, soothe, comfort.
rebel, breach, transgress, counteract. slaying: (n) homicide, assassination, unsuspected: (v) unspied; (adj)
ANTONYMS: (v) conform, regard, slaughter, carnage, killing, unimagined, covert, adventitious,
comply, mind, observe, behave, bloodshed, elimination, parricide, unseen, unanticipated.
uphold. fratricide, destruction, liquidation. wanton: (adj) loose, dissolute, light,
eavesdropping: (n) talk, OUI dire, suffice: (v) satisfy, do, answer, licentious, unchaste, lewd,
electronic eavesdropping; (adj) nosy. content, fulfill, be sufficient, qualify, debauched, unprovoked; (v) dally; (n,
housebreaking: (n) burglary. function, be enough, suit, fulfil. v) sport; (adj, v) flirt. ANTONYMS:
imprison: (v) cage, incarcerate, jail, terrify: (n, v) frighten, alarm, fright, (adj) moral, wise, nice, kind, gentle,
immure, commit, prison, restrain, affright; (v) panic, dismay, startle, decent, clean, careful, observant,
gaol, detain, lock up, shut. horrify, intimidate, terrorize, daunt. justifiable, involuntary.
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"Nothing," said Kemp, and suddenly began to speak loud and fast. "I don't
agree to this, Griffin," he said. "Understand me, I don't agree to this. Why dream
of playing a game against the race? How can you hope to gain happiness? Don't
be a lone wolf. Publish your results; take the world--take the nation at least--into
your confidence. Think what you might do with a million helpers-"
The Invisible Man interrupted--arm extended. "There are footsteps coming
upstairs," he said in a low voice.%
"Nonsense," said Kemp.
"Let me see," said the Invisible Man, and advanced, arm extended, to the door.
And then things happened very swiftly. Kemp hesitated for a second and
then moved to intercept him. The Invisible Man started and stood still.
"Traitor!" cried the Voice, and suddenly the dressing-gown opened, and sitting
down the Unseen began to disrobe. Kemp made three swift steps to the door,
and forthwith the Invisible Man--his legs had vanished--sprang to his feet with a
shout. Kemp flung the door open.
As it opened, there came a sound of hurrying feet downstairs and voices.
With a quick movement Kemp thrust the Invisible Man back, sprang aside,
and slammed the door. The key was outside and ready. In another moment
Griffin would have been alone in the belvedere study, a prisoner. Save for one
little thing. The key had been slipped in hastily that morning. As Kemp
slammed the door it fell noisily upon the carpet.
Kemp's face became white. He tried to grip the door handle with both hands.
For a moment he stood lugging. Then the door gave six inches. But he got it
closed again. The second time it was jerked a foot wide, and the dressing-gown
came wedging itself into the opening. His throat was gripped by invisible
fingers, and he left his hold on the handle to defend himself. He was forced back,
tripped and pitched heavily into the corner of the landing. The empty dressing-
gown was flung on the top of him.
Halfway up the staircase was Colonel Adye, the recipient of Kemp's letter,
the chief of the Burdock police. He was staring aghast at the sudden appearance

aghast: (adj) dismayed, appalled, absorbed, occupied, preoccupied, fixed, pight, determined.
horrified, frightened, scared, rapt, spellbound. ANTONYM: (adj) ANTONYM: (adj) level.
terrified, confounded, astonished; (n) uninterested. recipient: (n) addressee, receiver,
agape; (v) all agog, breathless. intercept: (v) block, break, check, payee, consignee, grantee, taker,
ANTONYMS: (adj) undisturbed, waylay, cease, grab, cut off, stop, donee, heir, annuitant, assignee; (adj)
unperturbed, unsurprised. prevent, anticipate; (n) interception. receptive. ANTONYMS: (n) sender,
disrobe: (v) strip, deprive, dismantle, lone: (adj) forlorn, lonely, only, donor, predecessor, dispatcher,
unclothe, divest, discase, uncover, solitary, individual, single, sole, benefactor.
unrobe, denude, strip off, peel. separate, isolated, one, solo. wedging: (n) chocking.
ANTONYM: (v) clothe. ANTONYM: (adj) attached. wolf: (n) philanderer, coyote, brute,
gripped: (adj) obsessed, engrossed, pitched: (adj) oblique, thrown, skirt chaser, beast; (v) gobble, gorge,
held, seized, captivated, fanatical, slanting, at an angle, leaning; (v) guzzle, consume, swallow, bolt.
H.G. Wells 151

of Kemp, followed by the extraordinary sight of clothing tossing empty in the air.
He saw Kemp felled, and struggling to his feet. He saw him rush forward, and
go down again, felled like an ox.%
Then suddenly he was struck violently. By nothing! A vast weight, it seemed,
leapt upon him, and he was hurled headlong down the staircase, with a grip on
his throat and a knee in his groin. An invisible foot trod on his back, a ghostly
patter passed downstairs, he heard the two police officers in the hall shout and
run, and the front door of the house slammed violently.
He rolled over and sat up staring. He saw, staggering down the staircase,
Kemp, dusty and dishevelled, one side of his face white from a blow, his lip
bleeding, and a pink dressing-gown and some underclothing held in his arms.
"My God!" cried Kemp, "the game's up! He's gone!"

bleeding: (adj) bloody, gory, blasted; rolled: (adj) rolling, furled, involute, hostile, under pressure, stressed,
(n) haemorrhage, bloodletting, scroll, coiled, resonant, trilled, aggressive, agonizing, rebellious,
runout, cupping, leeches, reverberative, reverberating, belligerent, careworn; (n)
venesection, phlebotomy; (v) bleed. resounding, spiral. colluctation.
groin: (n) groyne, crutch, crotch, shout: (n, v) cry, clamor, scream, yell, tossing: (n) cast; (adj) moving.
breakwater, bulwark, ankle, elbow, roar, call, bellow, screech; (v) bawl, violently: (adj, adv) vehemently, hotly,
zigzag, scythe, region, kimbo. hollo; (n) cheer. madly, ardently; (adv) wildly,
passed: (adj) accepted, approved, staircase: (n) stair, ladder, flight, steps, passionately, strongly, hard,
legal, gone. flight of steps, stairs, backstairs, furiously, turbulently; (adv, n)
patter: (v) clatter, rumble, roll, rattle, escalator, companionway, way, vigorously. ANTONYMS: (adv)
drum, scuttle, skip, tiptoe; (n) line of entrance. gently, nonviolently, feebly,
gab, vernacular, jargon. struggling: (v) strive; (adj) harassed, impassively, peacefully, tamely.
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For a space Kemp was too inarticulate to make Adye understand the swift
things that had just happened. They stood on the landing, Kemp speaking
swiftly, the grotesque swathings of Griffin still on his arm. But presently Adye
began to grasp something of the situation.%
"He is mad," said Kemp; "inhuman. He is pure selfishness. He thinks of
nothing but his own advantage, his own safety. I have listened to such a story
this morning of brutal self-seeking.... He has wounded men. He will kill them
unless we can prevent him. He will create a panic. Nothing can stop him. He is
going out now--furious!"
"He must be caught," said Adye. "That is certain."
"But how?" cried Kemp, and suddenly became full of ideas. "You must begin
at once. You must set every available man to work; you must prevent his leaving
this district. Once he gets away, he may go through the countryside as he wills,
killing and maiming. He dreams of a reign of terror! A reign of terror, I tell you.
You must set a watch on trains and roads and shipping. The garrison must help.
You must wire for help. The only thing that may keep him here is the thought of

brutal: (adj) barbaric, barbarous, disembarkment, floor, platform, thoughtfulness, conformity,
bestial, hard, cruel, unkind, vicious, landing place, bank, banking-ground. generosity.
savage, harsh, truculent, barbarian. maiming: (n) mayhem, marring, shipping: (n) transport, forwarding,
ANTONYMS: (adj) merciful, kind, disfigurement, dismemberment, sending, transportation, shipment,
liberal, humane, generous, caring, accidental injury, damage, navigation, carriage, conveyance,
friendly, nice, pleasant. defacement. dispatch, freightage, ferry.
garrison: (n) fortification, fortress, selfishness: (n) greed, egotism, swift: (adj, adv, v) fast; (adj) quick,
stronghold, troops, presidio, defense, greediness, meanness, individuality, fleet, speedy, alert, nimble, hasty,
base, citadel, soldiery; (n, v) defend; opportunism, expedience, prompt, sudden, hurried; (adj, v)
(v) send. individualism, self, selfness, selfish. rapid. ANTONYMS: (adj) considered,
landing: (n) disembarkation, land, ANTONYMS: (n) altruism, leisurely, sluggish, gradual, delayed,
dock, touchdown, debarkation, selflessness, sensitivity, clumsy.
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recovering some books of notes he counts of value. I will tell you of that! There
is a man in your police station--Marvel."
"I know," said Adye, "I know. Those books--yes. But the tramp...."
"Says he hasn't them. But he thinks the tramp has. And you must prevent
him from eating or sleeping; day and night the country must be astir for him.
Food must be locked up and secured, all food, so that he will have to break his
way to it. The houses everywhere must be barred against him. Heaven send us
cold nights and rain! The whole country-side must begin hunting and keep
hunting. I tell you, Adye, he is a danger, a disaster; unless he is pinned and
secured, it is frightful to think of the things that may happen."
"What else can we do?" said Adye. "I must go down at once and begin
organising. But why not come? Yes--you come too! Come, and we must hold a
sort of council of war--get Hopps to help--and the railway managers. By Jove!
it's urgent. Come along--tell me as we go. What else is there we can do? Put that
stuff down."
In another moment Adye was leading the way downstairs. They found the
front door open and the policemen standing outside staring at empty air. "He's
got away, sir," said one.%
"We must go to the central station at once," said Adye. "One of you go on
down and get a cab to come up and meet us--quickly. And now, Kemp, what
"Dogs," said Kemp. "Get dogs. They don't see him, but they wind him. Get
"Good," said Adye. "It's not generally known, but the prison officials over at
Halstead know a man with bloodhounds. Dogs. What else?"
"Bear in mind," said Kemp, "his food shows. After eating, his food shows
until it is assimilated. So that he has to hide after eating. You must keep on
beating. Every thicket, every quiet corner. And put all weapons--all
implements that might be weapons, away. He can't carry such things for long.
And what he can snatch up and strike men with must be hidden away."

astir: (adj) agog, lively, wakeful; (adv) pulsing. ANTONYMS: (n) victory, getting better, on the road to
afoot, abroach, about; (v) sparkling, win. recovery, improving.
up the qui vive, wrought up. implements: (n) equipment, sleeping: (adj) asleep, inactive, latent,
ANTONYM: (adj) asleep. apparatus, gear, tackle, rigging, sleepy, vegetive, vegetative; (n)
barred: (adj) prohibited, forbidden, outfit, hardware, trappings. dormancy, noctambulism,
barricaded, barry, banned, illicit, organising: (v) organise. quiescence, quiescency, short sleep.
streaked; (v) striated, areolar, veined; pinned: (adj) fastened, engaged, ANTONYMS: (adj) active; (n)
(n) Bart. ANTONYMS: (adj) helpless, stapled, intended; (adv) waking.
admissible, legitimate, eligible, open. under. snatch: (n, v) pinch, snap, catch, grip;
beating: (n) reverse, defeat, whipping, recovering: (v) recover, regain, restore; (v) abduct, clutch, kidnap, seize, jerk,
thrashing, battery, flogging, (adj) better; (n) rehabilitation, capture, pluck. ANTONYM: (v)
pounding, pulsation, pulse, rout; (adj) recovery, rescue, relaxation; (adv) release.
H.G. Wells 155

"Good again," said Adye. "We shall have him yet!"

"And on the roads," said Kemp, and hesitated.%
"Yes?" said Adye.
"Powdered glass," said Kemp. "It's cruel, I know. But think of what he may
Adye drew the air in sharply between his teeth. "It's unsportsmanlike. I
don't know. But I'll have powdered glass got ready. If he goes too far...."
"The man's become inhuman, I tell you," said Kemp. "I am as sure he will
establish a reign of terror--so soon as he has got over the emotions of this escape-
-as I am sure I am talking to you. Our only chance is to be ahead. He has cut
himself off from his kind. His blood be upon his own head."

cruel: (adj, v) hard, harsh, sharp, glass: (n) bottle, drink, goblet, cup, ANTONYMS: (adv) gently, kindly,
severe; (adj) barbarous, unkind, drinking glass, spectacles, glasses, sweetly, politely, gradually,
brutal, bloody, bitter, savage, field glass, bowl; (v) glaze; (adj, n) ice. pleasantly.
atrocious. ANTONYMS: (adj) reign: (v) govern, command, teeth: (v) mortar and pestle, gristmill,
merciful, gentle, sympathetic, predominate, dominate, prevail; (n) nutmeg grater, grater, file, arrastra,
humane, liberal, compassionate, dominance, dominion, control, rasp, mill, unguis, tentacle; (n) gear
charitable, friendly, caring, government, administration, teeth.
considerate, libertarian. kingdom. unsportsmanlike: (adj) unfair,
drew: (n) move, John Drew. sharply: (adj, adv) piercingly, harshly, unsporting, cheating, dirty,
emotions: (n) reputation, emotion, penetratingly; (adv) keenly, severely, disgusting, repelling, repellent,
feeling, temperament, personality, abruptly, trenchantly, shrewdly, repellant, putrid, offensively
character, disposition, breast, bosom. bitingly, cuttingly, bitterly. malodorous, noisome.
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The Invisible Man seems to have rushed out of Kemp's house in a state of
blind fury. A little child playing near Kemp's gateway was violently caught up
and thrown aside, so that its ankle was broken, and thereafter for some hours the
Invisible Man passed out of human perceptions. No one knows where he went
nor what he did. But one can imagine him hurrying through the hot June
forenoon, up the hill and on to the open downland behind Port Burdock, raging
and despairing at his intolerable fate, and sheltering at last, heated and weary,
amid the thickets of Hintondean, to piece together again his shattered schemes
against his species. That seems to most probable refuge for him, for there it was
he re-asserted himself in a grimly tragical manner about two in the afternoon.%
One wonders what his state of mind may have been during that time, and
what plans he devised. No doubt he was almost ecstatically exasperated by
Kemp's treachery, and though we may be able to understand the motives that
led to that deceit, we may still imagine and even sympathise a little with the fury
the attempted surprise must have occasioned. Perhaps something of the stunned
astonishment of his Oxford Street experiences may have returned to him, for he
had evidently counted on Kemp's co-operation in his brutal dream of a terrorised
world. At any rate he vanished from human ken about midday, and no living

deceit: (n) guile, artifice, deception, hopeful, optimistic, rosy, happy, gather, infer, interpret, read, realise,
falsehood, ruse, pretense, fraud, confident, cheerful. realize, see.
trickery; (adj, n) cunning, craft, art. devised: (adj) invented, trumped up, tragical: (v) ruinous, disastrous,
ANTONYMS: (n) sincerity, formulated, fabulous. calamitous; (n) sadder; (adj)
truthfulness, fairness, frankness, ecstatically: (adv) happily, blissfully, tragedious, like tragedy, sad.
loyalty, straightforwardness, ravishingly, raptly, elatedly, treachery: (n) betrayal, disloyalty,
uprightness, truth. enrapturedly, joyfully, joyously, infidelity, duplicity, treason, perfidy,
despairing: (adj) hopeless, desperate, overjoyedly, gladly, cheerily. falseness, faithlessness,
despondent, forlorn, desolate, sheltering: (adj) defensive, affording perfidiousness, guile, dishonesty.
dejected, pessimistic, sad, protection, motherly; (n) housing. ANTONYMS: (n) loyalty,
brokenhearted, miserable, sympathise: (v) sympathize, faithfulness, fidelity, reliability,
inconsolable. ANTONYMS: (adj) commiserate, empathise, empathize, allegiance, goodness.
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witness can tell what he did until about half-past two. It was a fortunate thing,
perhaps, for humanity, but for him it was a fatal inaction.%
During that time a growing multitude of men scattered over the countryside
were busy. In the morning he had still been simply a legend, a terror; in the
afternoon, by virtue chiefly of Kemp's drily worded proclamation, he was
presented as a tangible antagonist, to be wounded, captured, or overcome, and
the countryside began organising itself with inconceivable rapidity. By two
o'clock even he might still have removed himself out of the district by getting
aboard a train, but after two that became impossible. Every passenger train
along the lines on a great parallelogram between Southampton, Manchester,
Brighton and Horsham, travelled with locked doors, and the goods traffic was
almost entirely suspended. And in a great circle of twenty miles round Port
Burdock, men armed with guns and bludgeons were presently setting out in
groups of three and four, with dogs, to beat the roads and fields.
Mounted policemen rode along the country lanes, stopping at every cottage
and warning the people to lock up their houses, and keep indoors unless they
were armed, and all the elementary schools had broken up by three o'clock, and
the children, scared and keeping together in groups, were hurrying home.
Kemp's proclamation--signed indeed by Adye--was posted over almost the
whole district by four or five o'clock in the afternoon. It gave briefly but clearly
all the conditions of the struggle, the necessity of keeping the Invisible Man from
food and sleep, the necessity for incessant watchfulness and for a prompt
attention to any evidence of his movements. And so swift and decided was the
action of the authorities, so prompt and universal was the belief in this strange
being, that before nightfall an area of several hundred square miles was in a
stringent state of siege. And before nightfall, too, a thrill of horror went through
the whole watching nervous countryside. Going from whispering mouth to
mouth, swift and certain over the length and breadth of the country, passed the
story of the murder of Mr. Wicksteed.
If our supposition that the Invisible Man's refuge was the Hintondean
thickets, then we must suppose that in the early afternoon he sallied out again

antagonist: (n) opponent, adversary, broken, finite. rhomboidal, quadrangle, oblong,
enemy, foe, rival, match, opposition, inconceivable: (adj, v) unbelievable, rhomboid, rhombic.
opposer, assailant, opposite, hard to believe; (adj) impossible, posted: (adj) knowledgeable, learned.
competitor. ANTONYMS: (n) implausible, incomprehensible, proclamation: (n) announcement,
supporter, advocate, colleague, unimaginable, unthinkable, decree, edict, annunciation, notice,
synergist, ally, defender. improbable, unintelligible, statement, promulgation, report,
incessant: (adj) endless, continual, inscrutable, fabulous. ANTONYMS: publication, manifesto, propagation.
everlasting, eternal, constant, (adj) conceivable, believable, likely, watchfulness: (n) care, caution,
continuous, perpetual, unremitting, understandable, credible. alertness, heed, wariness, jealousy,
interminable, persistent; (adj, v) miles: (adj) far. attentiveness, attention, solicitude,
frequent. ANTONYMS: (adj) parallelogram: (n) rhomb, tetragon, concern, anxiety. ANTONYMS: (n)
intermittent, occasional, sporadic, quadrilateral, diamond, rhombus, recklessness, inattentiveness.
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bent upon some project that involved the use of a weapon. We cannot know
what the project was, but the evidence that he had the iron rod in hand before he
met Wicksteed is to me at least overwhelming.%
Of course we can know nothing of the details of that encounter. It occurred
on the edge of a gravel pit, not two hundred yards from Lord Burdock's lodge
gate. Everything points to a desperate struggle--the trampled ground, the
numerous wounds Mr. Wicksteed received, his splintered walking-stick; but
why the attack was made, save in a murderous frenzy, it is impossible to imagine.
Indeed the theory of madness is almost unavoidable. Mr. Wicksteed was a man
of forty-five or forty-six, steward to Lord Burdock, of inoffensive habits and
appearance, the very last person in the world to provoke such a terrible
antagonist. Against him it would seem the Invisible Man used an iron rod
dragged from a broken piece of fence. He stopped this quiet man, going quietly
home to his midday meal, attacked him, beat down his feeble defences, broke his
arm, felled him, and smashed his head to a jelly.
Of course, he must have dragged this rod out of the fencing before he met his
victim--he must have been carrying it ready in his hand. Only two details
beyond what has already been stated seem to bear on the matter. One is the
circumstance that the gravel pit was not in Mr. Wicksteed's direct path home, but
nearly a couple of hundred yards out of his way. The other is the assertion of a
little girl to the effect that, going to her afternoon school, she saw the murdered
man "trotting" in a peculiar manner across a field towards the gravel pit. Her
pantomime of his action suggests a man pursuing something on the ground
before him and striking at it ever and again with his walking-stick. She was the
last person to see him alive. He passed out of her sight to his death, the struggle
being hidden from her only by a clump of beech trees and a slight depression in
the ground.
Now this, to the present writer's mind at least, lifts the murder out of the
realm of the absolutely wanton. We may imagine that Griffin had taken the rod
as a weapon indeed, but without any deliberate intention of using it in murder.
Wicksteed may then have come by and noticed this rod inexplicably moving

attacked: (adj) assaulted, corroded. unusually; (adj) suspiciously, fierce, mortal, deadly, lethal, killing.
clump: (n, v) cluster, bundle; (n) lump, unreasonably, unduly. ANTONYMS: ANTONYM: (adj) easy.
group, clot, knot, tuft, chunk, clod, (adv) unremarkably, understandably. pantomime: (n, v) gesture; (n) dumb
ball; (v) plod. inoffensive: (adj, n) harmless, show, mummery, acting, playacting,
fencing: (n) swordplay, enclosure, innocent; (adj) innocuous, innoxious, performing, playing, pantomimist;
paling, evasion, barrier, railing, safe, unoffending, euphemistic, (v) mimic, roleplay, playact.
inclosure, weir; (v) prevarication, hurtless, pleasant, gentle, tame. splintered: (adj) shattered, broken,
equivocation, fraud. ANTONYMS: (adj) rude, unsavory, pixilated, split, soaked, blind drunk,
inexplicably: (adv) enigmatically, unpleasant, harmful, dysphemistic, soused, blotto, sozzled, cracked,
incredibly, phenomenally, malicious, exciting. plastered.
unbelievably, impenetrably, murderous: (adj) cutthroat, homicidal, trampled: (adj) crushed, damaged,
unfathomably, unintelligibly, gory, bloodthirsty, cruel, brutal, flattened, compressed, packed down.
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through the air. Without any thought of the Invisible Man--for Port Burdock is
ten miles away--he may have pursued it. It is quite conceivable that he may not
even have heard of the Invisible Man. One can then imagine the Invisible Man
making off--quietly in order to avoid discovering his presence in the
neighbourhood, and Wicksteed, excited and curious, pursuing this
unaccountably locomotive object--finally striking at it.%
No doubt the Invisible Man could easily have distanced his middle-aged
pursuer under ordinary circumstances, but the position in which Wicksteed's
body was found suggests that he had the ill luck to drive his quarry into a corner
between a drift of stinging nettles and the gravel pit. To those who appreciate
the extraordinary irascibility of the Invisible Man, the rest of the encounter will
be easy to imagine.
But this is pure hypothesis. The only undeniable facts--for stories of children
are often unreliable--are the discovery of Wicksteed's body, done to death, and of
the blood-stained iron rod flung among the nettles. The abandonment of the rod
by Griffin, suggests that in the emotional excitement of the affair, the purpose for
which he took it--if he had a purpose--was abandoned. He was certainly an
intensely egotistical and unfeeling man, but the sight of his victim, his first
victim, bloody and pitiful at his feet, may have released some long pent fountain
of remorse which for a time may have flooded whatever scheme of action he had
After the murder of Mr. Wicksteed, he would seem to have struck across the
country towards the downland. There is a story of a voice heard about sunset by
a couple of men in a field near Fern Bottom. It was wailing and laughing,
sobbing and groaning, and ever and again it shouted. It must have been queer
hearing. It drove up across the middle of a clover field and died away towards
the hills.
That afternoon the Invisible Man must have learnt something of the rapid use
Kemp had made of his confidences. He must have found houses locked and
secured; he may have loitered about railway stations and prowled about inns,
and no doubt he read the proclamations and realised something of the nature of

egotistical: (adj) conceited, selfish, cramped. unfeeling: (adj) harsh, impassive, cold,
egocentric, proud, arrogant, pursuer: (n) follower, plaintiff, cruel, callous, merciless, pitiless,
narcissistic, pompous, haughty, petitioner, persecutor, hunter, ruthless, numb, insensible,
boastful, vain, brassy. ANTONYMS: disciple, accuser, prosecutor, insensitive. ANTONYMS: (adj)
(adj) humble, modest, selfless. attendant, beau, driver. caring, sympathetic, sensitive, kind,
groaning: (adj) moaning, groaningly, remorse: (n) penitence, contrition, understanding, merciful, feeling,
inarticulate. repentance, regret, guilt, penance, warm, tactful, concerned,
irascibility: (n) irascibleness, sorrow, grief, qualm, ruefulness, compassionate.
touchiness, temper, acrimony, compassion. ANTONYM: (n) wailing: (n, v) lamentation, lament,
testiness, irritability, asperity, spleen, shamelessness. moaning; (adj) lamenting, weeping,
edginess, quick temper, bad temper. unaccountably: (adv) mysteriously, crying, wailful, howling, sobbing;
pent: (adj) narrow, shut up, confined, especially, curiously, bizarrely. (adj, n) bawling; (n) cry.
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the campaign against him. And as the evening advanced, the fields became
dotted here and there with groups of three or four men, and noisy with the
yelping of dogs. These men-hunters had particular instructions in the case of an
encounter as to the way they should support one another. But he avoided them
all. We may understand something of his exasperation, and it could have been
none the less because he himself had supplied the information that was being
used so remorselessly against him. For that day at least he lost heart; for nearly
twenty-four hours, save when he turned on Wicksteed, he was a hunted man. In
the night, he must have eaten and slept; for in the morning he was himself again,
active, powerful, angry, and malignant, prepared for his last great struggle
against the world.%

dogs: (n) foxes, Canidae, Carnivora, Miss, surrender, evade, avoid, yield; orderly, gentle.
cats, family Canidae, forceps, order (n) shunning, avoidance, withdrawal. remorselessly: (adv) mercilessly,
Carnivora, bears; (adj) dogging. malignant: (adj) malevolent, relentlessly, unmercifully, ruthlessly,
dotted: (adj) speckled, dappled, malicious, evil, malefic, fatal, spiteful, brutally, unrelentingly, fiercely,
specked, spotted, dashed, stippled, virulent, sinister, mischievous, grimly, unpityingly, inhumanly,
scattered, spotty, dot, mottled, pernicious, venomous. callously.
broken. noisy: (adj) boisterous, loud, supplied: (n) supplying; (adj)
eaten: (v) eat. vociferous, clamorous, turbulent, adequate, ample, copious, complete,
encounter: (n) collision, conflict, battle, tumultuous, strident, blatant, shrill, fitted, impregnated, made pregnant,
action, confrontation, brush; (n, v) rowdy, vocal. ANTONYMS: (adj) offered, perfect, plenteous.
combat, contest, rencounter; (v) silent, peaceful, tranquil, calm, ANTONYM: (adj) unavailable.
confront, face. ANTONYMS: (v) noiseless, soft, restrained, placid,
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Kemp read a strange missive, written in pencil on a greasy sheet of paper.%

"You have been amazingly energetic and clever," this letter ran, "though what
you stand to gain by it I cannot imagine. You are against me. For a whole day
you have chased me; you have tried to rob me of a night's rest. But I have had
food in spite of you, I have slept in spite of you, and the game is only beginning.
The game is only beginning. There is nothing for it, but to start the Terror. This
announces the first day of the Terror. Port Burdock is no longer under the Queen,
tell your Colonel of Police, and the rest of them; it is under me--the Terror! This is
day one of year one of the new epoch--the Epoch of the Invisible Man. I am
Invisible Man the First. To begin with the rule will be easy. The first day there
will be one execution for the sake of example--a man named Kemp. Death starts
for him to-day. He may lock himself away, hide himself away, get guards about
him, put on armour if he likes--Death, the unseen Death, is coming. Let him take
precautions; it will impress my people. Death starts from the pillar box by
midday. The letter will fall in as the postman comes along, then off! The game
begins. Death starts. Help him not, my people, lest Death fall upon you also.
To-day Kemp is to die."

amazingly: (adj, adv) wonderfully, midday: (n) noon, noonday, noontide, pillar: (n) brace, mainstay, post,
stupendously, awfully; (adv) afternoon, twelve noon, hour; (adj) obelisk, foundation, pier, monument,
surprisingly, astoundingly, meridian, meridional; (adj, n) stanchion, backbone, buttress; (adj, n)
extraordinarily, spectacularly, culmination. tower.
marvelously, fabulously, terrificly, missive: (n) epistle, note, message, postman: (n) mailman, carrier,
terrifically. ANTONYMS: (adv) communication, billet, deliveryman, letter carrier, carrier
predictably, mildly. memorandum, encyclical, wave, flattop, express, delivery boy,
armour: (n) armature, buckler, armour correspondence, alphabetic character, common carrier, immune carrier,
plate, cataphract. correpondence, circular. aircraft carrier.
impress: (n, v) mark, print, stamp; (v) pencil: (n) beam, Pleiades, gleam, precautions: (n) protection, defense,
move, affect, inscribe, instill, touch, light, group, cluster; (v) brush, draw, safety net.
emboss, inculcate; (n) impression. design, paint, limn draw.
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Kemp read this letter twice, "It's no hoax," he said. "That's his voice! And he
means it."
He turned the folded sheet over and saw on the addressed side of it the
postmark Hintondean, and the prosaic detail "2d. to pay."
He got up slowly, leaving his lunch unfinished--the letter had come by the
one o'clock post--and went into his study. He rang for his housekeeper, and told
her to go round the house at once, examine all the fastenings of the windows,
and close all the shutters. He closed the shutters of his study himself. From a
locked drawer in his bedroom he took a little revolver, examined it carefully, and
put it into the pocket of his lounge jacket. He wrote a number of brief notes, one
to Colonel Adye, gave them to his servant to take, with explicit instructions as to
her way of leaving the house. "There is no danger," he said, and added a mental
reservation, "to you." He remained meditative for a space after doing this, and
then returned to his cooling lunch.%
He ate with gaps of thought. Finally he struck the table sharply. "We will
have him!" he said; "and I am the bait. He will come too far."
He went up to the belvedere, carefully shutting every door after him. "It's a
game," he said, "an odd game--but the chances are all for me, Mr. Griffin, in spite
of your invisibility. Griffin contra mundum ... with a vengeance."
He stood at the window staring at the hot hillside. "He must get food every
day--and I don't envy him. Did he really sleep last night? Out in the open
somewhere--secure from collisions. I wish we could get some good cold wet
weather instead of the heat.
"He may be watching me now."
He went close to the window. Something rapped smartly against the
brickwork over the frame, and made him start violently back.
"I'm getting nervous," said Kemp. But it was five minutes before he went to
the window again. "It must have been a sparrow," he said.

bait: (v) badger, tease; (adj, v) molest, cooler, mechanism, quenching, musing, brooding; (v) philosophical,
harass, harry; (n, v) lure, bribe; (n) temperature reduction, coolant sedate.
decoy, snare, temptation, attraction. system, cooling system; (adj) caller, postmark: (n) cancellation, marker; (v)
ANTONYMS: (v) repel, repulse, refrigerant, allaying heat. address.
pacify, mollify, please. housekeeper: (n) factotum, mistress, prosaic: (adj) commonplace, dull,
brickwork: (n) masonry, bricklaying, shepherd, householder, housewife, monotonous, pedestrian, prosy,
nogging, stonework. domestic, cleaning woman, croupier, ordinary, uninteresting, trite, boring,
contra: (n) reverse, opposite, domestic help, seneschal, house humdrum, everyday. ANTONYMS:
antithesis, converse; (prep) against, servant. (adj) idealistic, imaginative, sensitive,
toward; (adv) conversely, vice versa; meditative: (adj, v) thoughtful, inspired, exciting, inspiring,
(adj) nay rather, per contra, anti. pensive; (adj) wistful, reflective, interesting, original, romantic.
cooling: (n) freezing, refrigeration, broody, museful, ruminative, rang: (n) rung.
H.G. Wells 165

Presently he heard the front-door bell ringing, and hurried downstairs. He

unbolted and unlocked the door, examined the chain, put it up, and opened
cautiously without showing himself. A familiar voice hailed him. It was Adye.%
"Your servant's been assaulted, Kemp," he said round the door.
"What!" exclaimed Kemp.
"Had that note of yours taken away from her. He's close about here. Let me
Kemp released the chain, and Adye entered through as narrow an opening as
possible. He stood in the hall, looking with infinite relief at Kemp refastening
the door. "Note was snatched out of her hand. Scared her horribly. She's down
at the station. Hysterics. He's close here. What was it about?"
Kemp swore.
"What a fool I was," said Kemp. "I might have known. It's not an hour's walk
from Hintondean. Already?"
"What's up?" said Adye.
"Look here!" said Kemp, and led the way into his study. He handed Adye the
Invisible Man's letter. Adye read it and whistled softly. "And you--?" said Adye.
"Proposed a trap--like a fool," said Kemp, "and sent my proposal out by a
maid servant. To him."
Adye followed Kemp's profanity.
"He'll clear out," said Adye.
"Not he," said Kemp.
A resounding smash of glass came from upstairs. Adye had a silvery
glimpse of a little revolver half out of Kemp's pocket. "It's a window, upstairs!"
said Kemp, and led the way up. There came a second smash while they were
still on the staircase. When they reached the study they found two of the three
windows smashed, half the room littered with splintered glass, and one big flint
lying on the writing table. The two men stopped in the doorway, contemplating
the wreckage. Kemp swore again, and as he did so the third window went with

assaulted: (adj) molested, mistreated, immeasurable, everlasting, spaceless. reverberating, loud, rolling, vibrant,
raped, beaten. ANTONYMS: (adj) finite, limited, emphatic, resonating, reverberant; (v)
horribly: (adv) horrifically, awfully, restricted, small, tiny, slight. resound; (adv) resoundingly.
terrifically, hideously, atrociously, maid: (n) damsel, chambermaid, lass, ANTONYMS: (adj) qualified,
appallingly; (adj, adv) frightfully, lassie, girl, domestic, amah, virgin, marginal.
terribly, fearfully, shockingly; (adj) maiden, housemaid, handmaid. silvery: (adj) silvern, argent, bright,
ghastly. ANTONYMS: (adv) profanity: (n) blasphemy, oath, white, gray, rich, silverish,
pleasantly, wonderfully, kindly, irreverence, obscenity, swearing, melodious, fair, Argentine, clear.
sweetly. profanation, sacrilege, swear word, snatched: (adj) hasty, speedy, brief,
infinite: (adj) absolute, eternal, expletive, disrespect, utterance. hurried, quick, rapid, short, sudden,
endless, countless, immense, ANTONYM: (n) purity. swift. ANTONYM: (adj) slow.
incalculable, boundless, innumerable, resounding: (adj) booming, ringing, yours: (adj) own.
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a snap like a pistol, hung starred for a moment, and collapsed in jagged,
shivering triangles into the room.%
"What's this for?" said Adye.
"It's a beginning," said Kemp.
"There's no way of climbing up here?"
"Not for a cat," said Kemp.
"No shutters?"
"Not here. All the downstairs rooms--Hullo!"
Smash, and then whack of boards hit hard came from downstairs.
"Confound him!" said Kemp. "That must be--yes--it's one of the bedrooms. He's
going to do all the house. But he's a fool. The shutters are up, and the glass will
fall outside. He'll cut his feet."
Another window proclaimed its destruction. The two men stood on the
landing perplexed. "I have it!" said Adye. "Let me have a stick or something,
and I'll go down to the station and get the bloodhounds put on. That ought to
settle him! They're hard by--not ten minutes--"
Another window went the way of its fellows.
"You haven't a revolver?" asked Adye.
Kemp's hand went to his pocket. Then he hesitated. "I haven't one--at least
to spare."
"I'll bring it back," said Adye, "you'll be safe here."
Kemp, ashamed of his momentary lapse from truthfulness, handed him the
"Now for the door," said Adye.
As they stood hesitating in the hall, they heard one of the first-floor bedroom
windows crack and clash. Kemp went to the door and began to slip the bolts as
silently as possible. His face was a little paler than usual. "You must step
straight out," said Kemp. In another moment Adye was on the doorstep and the

doorstep: (n) threshold, sill, brink, fault. ANTONYMS: (v) behave, start, ANTONYMS: (adj) roundabout,
door, curbside. rise, renew, improve. considered.
fellows: (n) fellow, membership, proclaimed: (adj) announced, truthfulness: (adj, n) honesty,
faculty. indictive, declared publicly. sincerity, probity, honor; (n) truth,
jagged: (adj) rough, angular, irregular, shivering: (adj) quivering, shaking, openness, frankness, candor, faith,
crooked, craggy, toothed, scraggy, trembling, shaky, quaking, loyalty; (adj) integrity. ANTONYMS:
rugged, bumpy, jaggy; (adj, n) tremulous, shuddering, chilled; (n) (n) untruthfulness, inaccuracy,
ragged. ANTONYMS: (adj) smooth, chill, cold, shiver. ANTONYM: (adj) evasiveness, caution, deceit.
even, straight, blunt, level. composed. whack: (n, v) bang, wallop, knock, hit,
lapse: (n, v) decline, drop, mistake; snap: (v) bite, nip, snarl; (adj, v) break; bash, crack, strike, smash, punch,
(adj, n, v) fall; (v) expire, elapse, (n, v) photograph, fracture, clack, go; cuff, thump.
collapse, go by; (n) oversight, error, (n) pushover, picnic, catch.
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bolts were dropping back into the staples. He hesitated for a moment, feeling
more comfortable with his back against the door. Then he marched, upright and
square, down the steps. He crossed the lawn and approached the gate. A little
breeze seemed to ripple over the grass. Something moved near him. "Stop a
bit," said a Voice, and Adye stopped dead and his hand tightened on the
"Well?" said Adye, white and grim, and every nerve tense.
"Oblige me by going back to the house," said the Voice, as tense and grim as
"Sorry," said Adye a little hoarsely, and moistened his lips with his tongue.
The Voice was on his left front, he thought. Suppose he were to take his luck
with a shot?
"What are you going for?" said the Voice, and there was a quick movement of
the two, and a flash of sunlight from the open lip of Adye's pocket.
Adye desisted and thought. "Where I go," he said slowly, "is my own
business." The words were still on his lips, when an arm came round his neck,
his back felt a knee, and he was sprawling backward. He drew clumsily and
fired absurdly, and in another moment he was struck in the mouth and the
revolver wrested from his grip. He made a vain clutch at a slippery limb, tried
to struggle up and fell back. "Damn!" said Adye. The Voice laughed. "I'd kill
you now if it wasn't the waste of a bullet," it said. He saw the revolver in mid-air,
six feet off, covering him.
"Well?" said Adye, sitting up.
"Get up," said the Voice.
Adye stood up.
"Attention," said the Voice, and then fiercely, "Don't try any games.
Remember I can see your face if you can't see mine. You've got to go back to the
"He won't let me in," said Adye.

clutch: (n, v) clasp, grip, clench, grasp, oblige: (v) coerce, force, drive, ANTONYMS: (adj) rough, dry,
hold, clinch, gripe; (v) grab, grapple, constrain, make, bind, accommodate, reliable, straight, direct.
embrace; (adj, v) catch. ANTONYMS: obligate, necessitate, enforce, impel. vain: (adj) proud, arrogant, conceited,
(n) loose; (v) release, unfasten. ANTONYMS: (v) displease, request, fruitless, idle, empty, abortive,
hoarsely: (adv) roughly, huskily, hinder. ineffectual, unproductive,
raucously, gruffly, throatily, ripple: (v) bubble, murmur, gurgle, narcissistic; (adj, v) useless.
gratingly, stridently, gutturally, billow, surge, burble, cockle; (n, v) ANTONYMS: (adj) shy, successful,
thickly, croakily, raggedly. wave, swell, riffle, purl. possible, persuasive, selfless, fruitful,
ANTONYM: (adv) smoothly. slippery: (adj, v) precarious; (adj) humble, useful, responsible,
limb: (n) arm, branch, member, bough, crafty, glib, elusive, oily, glossy, worthwhile, effective.
extremity, offshoot, part, leg, wing, untrustworthy, wily, unreliable, wrested: (adj) perverted, distorted,
appendage, edge. tricky; (v) questionable. twisted, wry.
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"That's a pity," said the Invisible Man. "I've got no quarrel with you."
Adye moistened his lips again. He glanced away from the barrel of the
revolver and saw the sea far off very blue and dark under the midday sun, the
smooth green down, the white cliff of the Head, and the multitudinous town,
and suddenly he knew that life was very sweet. His eyes came back to this little
metal thing hanging between heaven and earth, six yards away. "What am I to
do?" he said sullenly.%
"What am I to do?" asked the Invisible Man. "You will get help. The only
thing is for you to go back."
"I will try. If he lets me in will you promise not to rush the door?"
"I've got no quarrel with you," said the Voice.
Kemp had hurried upstairs after letting Adye out, and now crouching among
the broken glass and peering cautiously over the edge of the study window sill,
he saw Adye stand parleying with the Unseen. "Why doesn't he fire?"
whispered Kemp to himself. Then the revolver moved a little and the glint of the
sunlight flashed in Kemp's eyes. He shaded his eyes and tried to see the source
of the blinding beam.
"Surely!" he said, "Adye has given up the revolver."
"Promise not to rush the door," Adye was saying. "Don't push a winning
game too far. Give a man a chance."
"You go back to the house. I tell you flatly I will not promise anything."
Adye's decision seemed suddenly made. He turned towards the house,
walking slowly with his hands behind him. Kemp watched him--puzzled. The
revolver vanished, flashed again into sight, vanished again, and became evident
on a closer scrutiny as a little dark object following Adye. Then things happened
very quickly. Adye leapt backwards, swung around, clutched at this little object,
missed it, threw up his hands and fell forward on his face, leaving a little puff of
blue in the air. Kemp did not hear the sound of the shot. Adye writhed, raised
himself on one arm, fell forward, and lay still.

barrel: (n) vessel, keg, roll, barrels, submissive, resigned. gust, drag; (v) boast, inflate, huff,
barrelful, tun, vase, cask, vat, glint: (n, v) glimmer, flash, sparkle, heave, brag, distend.
container, hogshead. glance, beam, glitter, twinkle, shaded: (adj) dark, shads, sheltered,
blinding: (adj) dazzling, blazing, shimmer, shine; (v) gleam; (n) shadowed, umbrageous, twilight,
amazingly impressive, bisson, brilliance. sunless, subdued, soft, colored,
blatant, fulgent, glary; (n) clogging, multitudinous: (adj) innumerable, darksome. ANTONYM: (adj)
blind blocking, blindage. infinite, manifold, multiple, unshaded.
clutched: (adj) tense, worried, anxious, numberless, myriad, many, sill: (n) ledge, threshold, doorstep,
neurotic. numerous, thick, populous, rung, step, round, stone, cornerstone,
crouching: (adj) sneaking, huddled, innumerous. sole, window sill, windowsill.
obsequious, squat, hunkered, parleying: (n) discussion, parliament. writhed: (adj) crooked, writhen,
cowering, hunkered down; (v) puff: (adj, n, v) gasp; (n, v) blow, whiff, distorted, twisted.
H.G. Wells 169

For a space Kemp remained staring at the quiet carelessness of Adye's

attitude. The afternoon was very hot and still, nothing seemed stirring in all the
world save a couple of yellow butterflies chasing each other through the
shrubbery between the house and the road gate. Adye lay on the lawn near the
gate. The blinds of all the villas down the hill-road were drawn, but in one little
green summer-house was a white figure, apparently an old man asleep. Kemp
scrutinised the surroundings of the house for a glimpse of the revolver, but it had
vanished. His eyes came back to Adye. The game was opening well.%
Then came a ringing and knocking at the front door, that grew at last
tumultuous, but pursuant to Kemp's instructions the servants had locked
themselves into their rooms. This was followed by a silence. Kemp sat listening
and then began peering cautiously out of the three windows, one after another.
He went to the staircase head and stood listening uneasily. He armed himself
with his bedroom poker, and went to examine the interior fastenings of the
ground-floor windows again. Everything was safe and quiet. He returned to the
belvedere. Adye lay motionless over the edge of the gravel just as he had fallen.
Coming along the road by the villas were the housemaid and two policemen.
Everything was deadly still. The three people seemed very slow in
approaching. He wondered what his antagonist was doing.
He started. There was a smash from below. He hesitated and went
downstairs again. Suddenly the house resounded with heavy blows and the
splintering of wood. He heard a smash and the destructive clang of the iron
fastenings of the shutters. He turned the key and opened the kitchen door. As
he did so, the shutters, split and splintering, came flying inward. He stood
aghast. The window frame, save for one crossbar, was still intact, but only little
teeth of glass remained in the frame. The shutters had been driven in with an
axe, and now the axe was descending in sweeping blows upon the window
frame and the iron bars defending it. Then suddenly it leapt aside and vanished.
He saw the revolver lying on the path outside, and then the little weapon sprang
into the air. He dodged back. The revolver cracked just too late, and a splinter
from the edge of the closing door flashed over his head. He slammed and locked

carelessness: (n) negligence, (v) boom, clink; (n) crash. splintering: (n) crack, chipping, break,
inattention, indifference, crossbar: (n) bar, crossrail, beam, breakage, breaking, buffalo chip,
nonchalance, thoughtlessness, crossbeam, joist, ledger, rung, check, chip shot, bit, cow chip, cow
abandon, incaution, disregard, traverse, crosspiece, log, swingletree. dung.
omission, forgetfulness, dereliction. pursuant: (adj) agreeable. uneasily: (adv) apprehensively,
ANTONYMS: (n) attention, caution, shrubbery: (n) brush, plantation, flora, restlessly, worriedly, nervously,
alertness, vigilance, carefulness, parterre, shrub, scrub, brushwood, solicitously, unquietly, constrainedly,
thoughtfulness, assiduousness, hedge, thicket, bushes, area. awkwardly, fretfully, unsettledly,
economy, regard, prudence, splinter: (adj, v) break, shiver, crack; fearfully. ANTONYMS: (adv) calmly,
forethought. (adj, n, v) split; (n, v) chip, fragment, confidently, unconcernedly,
clang: (n, v) chime, clangor, ring, clash, fracture; (adj, n) shred; (n) shaving, comfortably, fearlessly.
clank, clatter, sound; (adj, n, v) peal; part; (v) smash.
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the door, and as he stood outside he heard Griffin shouting and laughing. Then
the blows of the axe with its splitting and smashing consequences, were
Kemp stood in the passage trying to think. In a moment the Invisible Man
would be in the kitchen. This door would not keep him a moment, and then--
A ringing came at the front door again. It would be the policemen. He ran
into the hall, put up the chain, and drew the bolts. He made the girl speak before
he dropped the chain, and the three people blundered into the house in a heap,
and Kemp slammed the door again.%
"The Invisible Man!" said Kemp. "He has a revolver, with two shots--left.
He's killed Adye. Shot him anyhow. Didn't you see him on the lawn? He's lying
"Who?" said one of the policemen.
"Adye," said Kemp.
"We came in the back way," said the girl.
"What's that smashing?" asked one of the policemen.
"He's in the kitchen--or will be. He has found an axe--"
Suddenly the house was full of the Invisible Man's resounding blows on the
kitchen door. The girl stared towards the kitchen, shuddered, and retreated into
the dining-room. Kemp tried to explain in broken sentences. They heard the
kitchen door give.
"This way," said Kemp, starting into activity, and bundled the policemen into
the dining-room doorway.
"Poker," said Kemp, and rushed to the fender. He handed the poker he had
carried to the policeman and the dining-room one to the other. He suddenly
flung himself backward.
"Whup!" said one policeman, ducked, and caught the axe on his poker. The
pistol snapped its penultimate shot and ripped a valuable Sidney Cooper. The

anyhow: (adv) somehow, at any rate, fender: (n) wing, cushion, barrier, laster.
in any case, whatever, in any event, mudguard, dashboard, guard, ripped: (adj) rent, blasted, lacerated,
regardless, however, though, besides, mudguard seat, cowcatcher, drugged, depressed, desolate,
nonetheless, one way or another. framework, sheer log, framing. desolated, deuced, devastated,
backward: (adj, adv) late, behindhand; heap: (n, v) pile, aggregate, amass; (n) darned, distressed.
(adj) tardy, retarded, reluctant, coy, collection, accumulation, mound, smashing: (n) crash; (adj) corking,
slow, laggard, dilatory; (adv) behind, mass, group, lot; (v) bank, collect. swell, terrific, great, nifty, groovy,
backwardly. ANTONYMS: (adj, adv) ANTONYM: (v) tidy. neat, cracking, dandy, bully.
ahead; (adv) onward; (adj) quick, lawn: (n) grassplot, field, green, park, splitting: (adj) ripping; (n) fission,
developing, advanced, confident, meadow, grassplat, plot, lea, turfs, partition, division, schism, crack,
brilliant, bold. turves, turf. breakup, disunion, dissociation,
bundled: (adj) wrapped. penultimate: (n) penultima, syllable, cleavage; (v) to split.
H.G. Wells 171

second policeman brought his poker down on the little weapon, as one might
knock down a wasp, and sent it rattling to the floor.
At the first clash the girl screamed, stood screaming for a moment by the
fireplace, and then ran to open the shutters--possibly with an idea of escaping by
the shattered window.%
The axe receded into the passage, and fell to a position about two feet from
the ground. They could hear the Invisible Man breathing. "Stand away, you
two," he said. "I want that man Kemp."
"We want you," said the first policeman, making a quick step forward and
wiping with his poker at the Voice. The Invisible Man must have started back,
and he blundered into the umbrella stand.
Then, as the policeman staggered with the swing of the blow he had aimed,
the Invisible Man countered with the axe, the helmet crumpled like paper, and
the blow sent the man spinning to the floor at the head of the kitchen stairs. But
the second policeman, aiming behind the axe with his poker, hit something soft
that snapped. There was a sharp exclamation of pain and then the axe fell to the
ground. The policeman wiped again at vacancy and hit nothing; he put his foot
on the axe, and struck again. Then he stood, poker clubbed, listening intent for
the slightest movement.
He heard the dining-room window open, and a quick rush of feet within. His
companion rolled over and sat up, with the blood running down between his eye
and ear. "Where is he?" asked the man on the floor.
"Don't know. I've hit him. He's standing somewhere in the hall. Unless he's
slipped past you. Doctor Kemp--sir."
"Doctor Kemp," cried the policeman again.
The second policeman began struggling to his feet. He stood up. Suddenly
the faint pad of bare feet on the kitchen stairs could be heard. "Yap!" cried the
first policeman, and incontinently flung his poker. It smashed a little gas bracket.

aimed: (adj) directed, pointed, hard hat, Galea, cowl; (v) thunderstruck, angular, dizzy, taken
expected, designed, meant. pickelhaube. aback.
bracket: (n) prop, rack, stand, rattling: (adj) lively, brisk, racy, vacancy: (n) emptiness, blank,
parentheses, support, knee, marvelous, fantastic, zippy, snappy, opening, void, incogitancy, post,
parenthesis, holder; (adj, v) link, spanking, merry; (adv) very, real. blankness, inanity, absence; (adj, n)
couple; (adj) hook. spinning: (n) rotation, revolution, vacuity; (adj) depletion.
crumpled: (adj) rumpled, crinkly, gyration; (adj) rotary, revolving, ANTONYMS: (n) fill, tenancy,
wrinkled, bent, corrugated, crinkled, rotating, turning, whirling, swirling; overflow.
disheveled, lined, furrowed, dented, (v) rotate, revolve. wasp: (adj) stricture, neck, middle
damaged. staggered: (adj) dumbfounded, constriction, isthmus; (n) gallfly,
helmet: (n, v) headpiece; (n) casque, astonished, flabbergasted, astounded, hornet, vespid, vespid wasp, cynipid
helm, hood, armet, basinet, heaume, stunned, bewildered, surprised, gall wasp, cynipid wasp; (v) bee.
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He made as if he would pursue the Invisible Man downstairs. Then he

thought better of it and stepped into the dining-room.
"Doctor Kemp--" he began, and stopped short.%
"Doctor Kemp's a hero," he said, as his companion looked over his shoulder.
The dining-room window was wide open, and neither housemaid nor Kemp
was to be seen.
The second policeman's opinion of Kemp was terse and vivid.

companion: (adj, n) associate; (n) hunt, course, tail, stalk, persist, terse: (adj) short, curt, brief, laconic,
colleague, buddy, mate, peer, chum, hound, haunt, go after. ANTONYMS: succinct, crisp, pithy, summary,
partner, fellow, comrade, assistant, (v) shun, eschew, avoid, discourage, compact, brusque, condensed.
brother. ANTONYMS: (n) foe, lead, precede, find. ANTONYMS: (adj) convoluted,
stranger, adversary. shoulder: (v) carry, push, hold, jostle, lengthy, rambling, polite, gracious,
downstairs: (adv) beneath, below, sustain, support, assume, accept; (n, bland, friendly, civil, voluble, long.
underneath, down the stairs, v) elbow; (n) back, flange. vivid: (adj) intense, graphic, lifelike,
downward, infra, at a lower place, stopped: (adj) stopped up, stoped, brilliant, rich, live, strong, acute,
downhill, on a lower floor; (adj) congested, unmoving, stop, finished, animated, glowing, colorful.
downstair; (n) floor. ANTONYMS: stopen, stopt, blocked, stopping, ANTONYMS: (adj) weak, bland,
(adj, adv) upstairs. stops. ANTONYMS: (adj) unstopped, light, vague, straightforward, dark,
pursue: (v) follow, dog, prosecute, moving. modest, secretive.
H.G. Wells 173



Mr. Heelas, Mr. Kemp's nearest neighbour among the villa holders, was
asleep in his summer house when the siege of Kemp's house began. Mr. Heelas
was one of the sturdy minority who refused to believe "in all this nonsense"
about an Invisible Man. His wife, however, as he was subsequently to be
reminded, did. He insisted upon walking about his garden just as if nothing was
the matter, and he went to sleep in the afternoon in accordance with the custom
of years. He slept through the smashing of the windows, and then woke up
suddenly with a curious persuasion of something wrong. He looked across at
Kemp's house, rubbed his eyes and looked again. Then he put his feet to the
ground, and sat listening. He said he was damned, but still the strange thing
was visible. The house looked as though it had been deserted for weeks--after a
violent riot. Every window was broken, and every window, save those of the
belvedere study, was blinded by the internal shutters.
"I could have sworn it was all right"--he looked at his watch--"twenty
minutes ago."
He became aware of a measured concussion and the clash of glass, far away
in the distance. And then, as he sat open-mouthed, came a still more wonderful
thing. The shutters of the drawing-room window were flung open violently, and
blinded: (adj) blindfolded, blinder, packed, crowded, mobbed, envelop, encircle, beset.
blindly, reckless, unsighted, populated, populous, overcrowded. sturdy: (adj) strong, stout, solid,
blindfold, dizzy. riot: (n, v) revolt, mutiny; (adj, n) rugged, firm, mighty, robust, healthy,
damned: (adj) accursed, doomed, disturbance, tumult, hubbub; (n) muscular; (adj, n) burly, brawny.
blasted, condemned, damn, cussed, insurrection, sedition, commotion, ANTONYMS: (adj) flimsy, puny,
wretched, infernal, hateful, disorder, rebellion; (v) rebel. fragile, rickety, slight, ramshackle,
goddamned; (adv) damnably. rubbed: (adj) polished, refined, terse, infirm, frail, feeble, delicate, soft.
ANTONYM: (adj) saved. attrite, marked, accomplished, sworn: (adj) extreme, mortal,
deserted: (adj) desert, solitary, empty, fretten. implacable, engaged, dedicated,
lonely, isolated, forsaken, lonesome, siege: (n) blockade, envelopment, committed, betrothed, bespoken,
desolate, bleak, vacant; (adj, v) encirclement, investment, besieging; affianced, inveterate.
forlorn. ANTONYMS: (adj) occupied, (v) beleaguer, encompass, environ,
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the housemaid in her outdoor hat and garments, appeared struggling in a frantic
manner to throw up the sash. Suddenly a man appeared beside her, helping her-
-Dr. Kemp! In another moment the window was open, and the housemaid was
struggling out; she pitched forward and vanished among the shrubs. Mr. Heelas
stood up, exclaiming vaguely and vehemently at all these wonderful things. He
saw Kemp stand on the sill, spring from the window, and reappear almost
instantaneously running along a path in the shrubbery and stooping as he ran,
like a man who evades observation. He vanished behind a laburnum, and
appeared again clambering over a fence that abutted on the open down. In a
second he had tumbled over and was running at a tremendous pace down the
slope towards Mr. Heelas.%
"Lord!" cried Mr. Heelas, struck with an idea; "it's that Invisible Man brute!
It's right, after all!"
With Mr. Heelas to think things like that was to act, and his cook watching
him from the top window was amazed to see him come pelting towards the
house at a good nine miles an hour. There was a slamming of doors, a ringing of
bells, and the voice of Mr. Heelas bellowing like a bull. "Shut the doors, shut the
windows, shut everything!--the Invisible Man is coming!" Instantly the house
was full of screams and directions, and scurrying feet. He ran himself to shut the
French windows that opened on the veranda; as he did so Kemp's head and
shoulders and knee appeared over the edge of the garden fence. In another
moment Kemp had ploughed through the asparagus, and was running across
the tennis lawn to the house.
"You can't come in," said Mr. Heelas, shutting the bolts. "I'm very sorry if he's
after you, but you can't come in!"
Kemp appeared with a face of terror close to the glass, rapping and then
shaking frantically at the French window. Then, seeing his efforts were useless,
he ran along the veranda, vaulted the end, and went to hammer at the side door.
Then he ran round by the side gate to the front of the house, and so into the hill-
road. And Mr. Heelas staring from his window--a face of horror--had scarcely
witnessed Kemp vanish, ere the asparagus was being trampled this way and that

asparagus: (n) herb, veggie, a flash. ANTONYM: (adv) eventually. testudinated, rounded, arcuated, in
sparrowgrass, edible asparagus. laburnum: (n) genus laburnum. the form of an arch, curved, concave,
bellowing: (n) roaring, roar, bellows, pelting: (n) successiveness, roofed.
hollo, holloa, rout, yowl, boation, chronological sequence, vehemently: (adj, adv) ardently; (adv)
mugiency, hollering; (adj) mugient. chronological succession, hail, rain. violently, zealously, strongly,
exclaiming: (n) deuce, Dickens, reappear: (v) recur, come back, appear, fervently, passionately, ferociously,
ejaculation, exclaim, devil, repeat, be restored, get back, happen fervidly, keenly, intensely, furiously.
interjection, ecphonesis. again, haunt, persist, revert, resume. ANTONYMS: (adv) feebly, gently,
instantaneously: (adv) directly, ANTONYM: (v) disappear. impassively.
instantly, at once, forthwith, scurrying: (adj) faster, fast. veranda: (n) gallery, porch, portico,
suddenly, promptly, abruptly, shrubs: (n) undergrowth. verandah, terrace, patio, stope, stoop,
momentarily, outright, right away, in vaulted: (adj) domed, hollow, hooked, piazza, deck, corridor.
H.G. Wells 175

by feet unseen. At that Mr. Heelas fled precipitately upstairs, and the rest of the
chase is beyond his purview. But as he passed the staircase window, he heard
the side gate slam.%
Emerging into the hill-road, Kemp naturally took the downward direction,
and so it was he came to run in his own person the very race he had watched
with such a critical eye from the belvedere study only four days ago. He ran it
well, for a man out of training, and though his face was white and wet, his wits
were cool to the last. He ran with wide strides, and wherever a patch of rough
ground intervened, wherever there came a patch of raw flints, or a bit of broken
glass shone dazzling, he crossed it and left the bare invisible feet that followed to
take what line they would.
For the first time in his life Kemp discovered that the hill-road was
indescribably vast and desolate, and that the beginnings of the town far below at
the hill foot were strangely remote. Never had there been a slower or more
painful method of progression that running. All the gaunt villas, sleeping in the
afternoon sun, looked locked and barred; no doubt they were locked and barred-
-by his own orders. But at any rate they might have kept a lookout for an
eventuality like this! The town was rising up now, the sea had dropped out of
sight behind it, and people down below were stirring. A tram was just arriving
at the hill foot. Beyond that was the police station. Was that footsteps he heard
behind him? Spurt.
The people below were staring at him, one or two were running, and his
breath was beginning to saw in his throat. The tram was quite near now, and the
"Jolly Cricketers" was noisily barring its doors. Beyond the tram were posts and
heaps of gravel--the drainage works. He had a transitory idea of jumping into
the tram and slamming the doors, and then he resolved to go for the police
station. In another moment he had passed the door of the "Jolly Cricketers," and
was in the blistering fag end of the street, with human beings about him. The
tram driver and his helper--arrested by the sight of his furious haste--stood
staring with the tram horses unhitched. Further on the astonished features of
navvies appeared above the mounds of gravel.

barring: (prep) besides; (n) except for, desolate, bleak, dreary, meager, prematurely; (adj, adv) headlong.
excepting, except, with the exception bony, angular, lanky, sullen. ANTONYM: (adv) deliberately.
of, without, with a reservation, ANTONYMS: (adj) fresh, rounded, purview: (n) compass, limit, view,
ejection, save and except, riddance, obese. eyeshot, extent, scope, ambit, realm,
expulsion. ANTONYMS: (n) indescribably: (adv) unspeakably, reach, range, contemplation.
entitlement; (prep) including. incredibly, inconceivably, beyond transitory: (adj) transient, temporary,
eventuality: (n) chance, event, words, unbelievably, unutterably, fleeting, momentary, brief,
happening, possibility, coincidence, unthinkably. ephemeral, temporal, fugacious,
potentiality, juncture, thing, matter, precipitately: (adv) rashly, impermanent, fugitive, transitive.
fact, experience. ANTONYM: (n) immediately, instantly, passionately, ANTONYMS: (adj) permanent,
beginning. rapidly, precipitously, impetuously, lasting.
gaunt: (adj) lean, thin, cadaverous, impulsively, foolhardily,
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His pace broke a little, and then he heard the swift pad of his pursuer, and
leapt forward again. "The Invisible Man!" he cried to the navvies, with a vague
indicative gesture, and by an inspiration leapt the excavation and placed a burly
group between him and the chase. Then abandoning the idea of the police
station he turned into a little side street, rushed by a greengrocer's cart, hesitated
for the tenth of a second at the door of a sweetstuff shop, and then made for the
mouth of an alley that ran back into the main Hill Street again. Two or three
little children were playing here, and shrieked and scattered at his apparition,
and forthwith doors and windows opened and excited mothers revealed their
hearts. Out he shot into Hill Street again, three hundred yards from the tram-
line end, and immediately he became aware of a tumultuous vociferation and
running people.%
He glanced up the street towards the hill. Hardly a dozen yards off ran a
huge navvy, cursing in fragments and slashing viciously with a spade, and hard
behind him came the tram conductor with his fists clenched. Up the street others
followed these two, striking and shouting. Down towards the town, men and
women were running, and he noticed clearly one man coming out of a shop-door
with a stick in his hand. "Spread out! Spread out!" cried some one. Kemp
suddenly grasped the altered condition of the chase. He stopped, and looked
round, panting. "He's close here!" he cried. "Form a line across--"
He was hit hard under the ear, and went reeling, trying to face round
towards his unseen antagonist. He just managed to keep his feet, and he struck a
vain counter in the air. Then he was hit again under the jaw, and sprawled
headlong on the ground. In another moment a knee compressed his diaphragm,
and a couple of eager hands gripped his throat, but the grip of one was weaker
than the other; he grasped the wrists, heard a cry of pain from his assailant, and
then the spade of the navvy came whirling through the air above him, and struck
something with a dull thud. He felt a drop of moisture on his face. The grip at
his throat suddenly relaxed, and with a convulsive effort, Kemp loosed himself,
grasped a limp shoulder, and rolled uppermost. He gripped the unseen elbows

apparition: (n) ghost, phantom, spirit, hearts: (n) Black Maria, spades. slashing: (adj) severe, vehement,
spectre, hallucination, spook, shade, limp: (adv, n, v) hobble; (adj, v) flabby; violent, superb, tremendous, racy,
eidolon, wraith, advent; (n, v) vision. (n, v) hitch; (adj) flaccid, slack, spirited, stunning, bold, lively; (n)
assailant: (n) raider, attacker, flexible, drooping, flimsy, weak, ground clearance.
assaulter, invader, enemy, fighter, loose; (v) hop. ANTONYMS: (adj) spade: (v) grub, delve, scoop, excavate;
opponent, antagonist, foe, mugger; taut, firm, hard, rigid, upright, alive, (n) nigger, coon, nigra, jigaboo, boy,
(adj) aggressive. strong, stiff, tight. black person, spit.
cursing: (adj) cursed, execrative; (n) navvy: (n) laborer, labourer, galley sprawled: (adj) sprawling.
blasphemy, anathema, swearing, slave, Demiurgus, drudge, hack, vociferation: (n) shout, cry,
swear word, malediction, execration, hewers of wood and drawers of exclamation, outcry, clamour, shriek,
denunciation, cursedness; (v) water, manual laborer, hacker, peon; whoop, holloa, hoot, hosanna,
beshrew. (v) pavior. rallying cry.
H.G. Wells 177

near the ground. "I've got him!" screamed Kemp. "Help! Help--hold! He's down!
Hold his feet!"
In another second there was a simultaneous rush upon the struggle, and a
stranger coming into the road suddenly might have thought an exceptionally
savage game of Rugby football was in progress. And there was no shouting after
Kemp's cry--only a sound of blows and feet and heavy breathing.%
Then came a mighty effort, and the Invisible Man threw off a couple of his
antagonists and rose to his knees. Kemp clung to him in front like a hound to a
stag, and a dozen hands gripped, clutched, and tore at the Unseen. The tram
conductor suddenly got the neck and shoulders and lugged him back.
Down went the heap of struggling men again and rolled over. There was, I
am afraid, some savage kicking. Then suddenly a wild scream of "Mercy!
Mercy!" that died down swiftly to a sound like choking.
"Get back, you fools!" cried the muffled voice of Kemp, and there was a
vigorous shoving back of stalwart forms. "He's hurt, I tell you. Stand back!"
There was a brief struggle to clear a space, and then the circle of eager faces
saw the doctor kneeling, as it seemed, fifteen inches in the air, and holding
invisible arms to the ground. Behind him a constable gripped invisible ankles.
"Don't you leave go of en," cried the big navvy, holding a blood-stained
spade; "he's shamming."
"He's not shamming," said the doctor, cautiously raising his knee; "and I'll
hold him." His face was bruised and already going red; he spoke thickly because
of a bleeding lip. He released one hand and seemed to be feeling at the face.
"The mouth's all wet," he said. And then, "Good God!"
He stood up abruptly and then knelt down on the ground by the side of the
thing unseen. There was a pushing and shuffling, a sound of heavy feet as fresh
people turned up to increase the pressure of the crowd. People now were
coming out of the houses. The doors of the "Jolly Cricketers" stood suddenly
wide open. Very little was said.

conductor: (n, v) guide, guard; (n) obeisance. reynard.
chief, director, driver, chauffeur, simultaneous: (adj) concurrent, at the stalwart: (adj) brawny, brave, sturdy,
bandmaster, collector, commander, same time, coincidental, strapping, resolute, hardy, powerful,
pilot, ringleader. ANTONYMS: (n) synchronous, contemporary, sinewy, firm, stout, courageous.
insulator, nonconductor. synchronal, contemporaneous, ANTONYMS: (adj) unreliable, weak,
hound: (v) bloodhound, chase, hunt, concomitant, cooccurring, coinciding, inconstant, feeble, delicate, cowardly,
follow, badger, course, bait, pursue; concurrently. ANTONYMS: (adj) uncommitted.
(n) greyhound, blackguard, cad. separate, independent, tram: (n) tramcar, truck, trolley car,
ANTONYM: (v) soothe. asynchronous, disparate, trolley, tramway, cable tramway,
kneeling: (n) homage, kowtow, consecutive. ropeway, aerial tramway, cable car,
kneelingly, prostration, genuflexion, stag: (v) spy, peach, denounce; (n) conveyance, horsecar.
genuflection, curtsy, courtesy, buck, dog, boar, cock, deer, roe, doe,
178 The Invisible Man

Kemp felt about, his hand seeming to pass through empty air. "He's not
breathing," he said, and then, "I can't feel his heart. His side--ugh!"
Suddenly an old woman, peering under the arm of the big navvy, screamed
sharply. "Looky there!" she said, and thrust out a wrinkled finger.%
And looking where she pointed, everyone saw, faint and transparent as
though it was made of glass, so that veins and arteries and bones and nerves
could be distinguished, the outline of a hand, a hand limp and prone. It grew
clouded and opaque even as they stared.
"Hullo!" cried the constable. "Here's his feet a-showing!"
And so, slowly, beginning at his hands and feet and creeping along his limbs
to the vital centres of his body, that strange change continued. It was like the
slow spreading of a poison. First came the little white nerves, a hazy grey sketch
of a limb, then the glassy bones and intricate arteries, then the flesh and skin,
first a faint fogginess, and then growing rapidly dense and opaque. Presently
they could see his crushed chest and his shoulders, and the dim outline of his
drawn and battered features.
When at last the crowd made way for Kemp to stand erect, there lay, naked
and pitiful on the ground, the bruised and broken body of a young man about
thirty. His hair and brow were white--not grey with age, but white with the
whiteness of albinism--and his eyes were like garnets. His hands were clenched,
his eyes wide open, and his expression was one of anger and dismay.
"Cover his face!" said a man. "For Gawd's sake, cover that face!" and three
little children, pushing forward through the crowd, were suddenly twisted
round and sent packing off again.
Someone brought a sheet from the "Jolly Cricketers," and having covered him,
they carried him into that house. And there it was, on a shabby bed in a tawdry,
ill-lighted bedroom, surrounded by a crowd of ignorant and excited people,
broken and wounded, betrayed and unpitied, that Griffin, the first of all men to
make himself invisible, Griffin, the most gifted physicist the world has ever seen,
ended in infinite disaster his strange and terrible career.

arteries: (adj) arterial. glazed, smooth, flat, crystalline, dead, impressive.
clouded: (adj, n) cloudy; (adj) gloomy, dull, hyaline, transparent; (v) tawdry: (adj) cheap, shoddy,
dark, overcast, obscure, blurred, glabrous. ANTONYMS: (adj) alert, meretricious, showy, flashy, garish,
foggy, misty, hazy, bleary; (v) bumpy, dull, expressive, murky, loud, tasteless, trashy, tacky, brassy.
cymophanous. ANTONYM: (adj) rough. ANTONYMS: (adj) sophisticated,
clear. ill-lighted: (adj) dark. nice, quality.
fogginess: (n) cloudiness, mistiness, pitiful: (adj, n) abject; (adj) pathetic, unpitied: (v) unlamented, unbewailed.
dimness, cloud, blurriness, faintness, lamentable, piteous, contemptible, whiteness: (n) paleness, ivory, chalk,
opacity, opaqueness, obscurity, haze, miserable, distressing, mean, pearl, bone, bleach, alabaster,
haziness. ANTONYMS: (n) clarity, wretched, poor, sad. ANTONYMS: frostiness, hoariness, pallor,
distinctness. (adj) generous, heartwarming, innocence. ANTONYM: (n) black.
glassy: (adj, v) glossy; (adj) clear, admirable, cheerful, fine, happy,
H.G. Wells 179


So ends the story of the strange and evil experiments of the Invisible Man.
And if you would learn more of him you must go to a little inn near Port Stowe
and talk to the landlord. The sign of the inn is an empty board save for a hat and
boots, and the name is the title of this story. The landlord is a short and
corpulent little man with a nose of cylindrical proportions, wiry hair, and a
sporadic rosiness of visage. Drink generously, and he will tell you generously of
all the things that happened to him after that time, and of how the lawyers tried
to do him out of the treasure found upon him.%
"When they found they couldn't prove who's money was which, I'm blessed,"
he says, "if they didn't try to make me out a blooming treasure trove! Do I look
like a Treasure Trove? And then a gentleman gave me a guinea a night to tell the
story at the Empire Music 'All--just to tell 'em in my own words--barring one."
And if you want to cut off the flow of his reminiscences abruptly, you can
always do so by asking if there weren't three manuscript books in the story. He
admits there were and proceeds to explain, with asseverations that everybody
thinks he has 'em! But bless you! he hasn't. "The Invisible Man it was took 'em
off to hide 'em when I cut and ran for Port Stowe. It's that Mr. Kemp put people
on with the idea of my having 'em."

blooming: (adj) rosy, thriving, tubular, rounded, tubelike, vasiform, sparse; (v) broadcast. ANTONYMS:
flourishing, healthy, prosperous, cylindroid, bulging, complete, (adj) constant, nonstop, frequent,
ruddy, booming, blossoming, cherry, circular. regular, continual, steady, common,
verdant, green. ANTONYMS: (adj) experiments: (n) data. unbroken.
arid, pale. reminiscences: (n) memoirs. trove: (n) treasure trove, treasure,
corpulent: (adj, adv) portly; (adj) stout, rosiness: (n) blush, flush, ruddiness, accumulation, conglomeration,
obese, overweight, fleshy, plump, bloom, peak, prime, bloom of youth, hoarded wealth, hoard.
lusty, tubby, chubby, beefy, bulky. outpouring, redness, bang, blooming. wiry: (adj) lean, muscular, sinewy,
ANTONYMS: (adj) slight, bony, ANTONYMS: (n) pallor, paleness. fibrous, brawny, stalwart, ropy, thin,
underweight, slender, anorexic, thin, sporadic: (adj) rare, occasional, supple, vigorous, rough.
slim. infrequent, irregular, periodic, few, ANTONYMS: (adj) straight, small,
cylindrical: (adj) cylinder, round, scarce, dispersive, spasmodic; (adj, v) tiny, smooth, soft, stout, fat.
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And then he subsides into a pensive state, watches you furtively, bustles
nervously with glasses, and presently leaves the bar.%
He is a bachelor man--his tastes were ever bachelor, and there are no women
folk in the house. Outwardly he buttons--it is expected of him--but in his more
vital privacies, in the matter of braces for example, he still turns to string. He
conducts his house without enterprise, but with eminent decorum. His
movements are slow, and he is a great thinker. But he has a reputation for
wisdom and for a respectable parsimony in the village, and his knowledge of the
roads of the South of England would beat Cobbett.
And on Sunday mornings, every Sunday morning, all the year round, while
he is closed to the outer world, and every night after ten, he goes into his bar
parlour, bearing a glass of gin faintly tinged with water, and having placed this
down, he locks the door and examines the blinds, and even looks under the table.
And then, being satisfied of his solitude, he unlocks the cupboard and a box in
the cupboard and a drawer in that box, and produces three volumes bound in
brown leather, and places them solemnly in the middle of the table. The covers
are weather-worn and tinged with an algal green--for once they sojourned in a
ditch and some of the pages have been washed blank by dirty water. The
landlord sits down in an armchair, fills a long clay pipe slowly--gloating over the
books the while. Then he pulls one towards him and opens it, and begins to
study it--turning over the leaves backwards and forwards.
His brows are knit and his lips move painfully. "Hex, little two up in the air,
cross and a fiddle-de-dee. Lord! what a one he was for intellect!"
Presently he relaxes and leans back, and blinks through his smoke across the
room at things invisible to other eyes. "Full of secrets," he says. "Wonderful
"Once I get the haul of them--Lord!"
"I wouldn't do what he did; I'd just--well!" He pulls at his pipe.
So he lapses into a dream, the undying wonderful dream of his life. And
though Kemp has fished unceasingly, no human being save the landlord knows

blinks: (n) blinking-chickweed, dwarf pettiness. ANTONYMS: (n) endlessly, ceaselessly, continually,
Montia, water chickweed. extravagance, generosity. unremittingly, unendingly,
furtively: (adv) stealthily, covertly, pensive: (adj) contemplative, constantly, always, perpetually,
surreptitiously, sneakily, meditative, musing, wistful, dreamy, uninterruptedly, eternally.
clandestinely, secretively, sly, melancholy, abstracted, broody, ANTONYM: (adv) acutely.
sneakingly, underhandedly, reflective, moody; (adj, v) sad. undying: (adj) eternal, perpetual,
undercoverly, craftily. ANTONYMS: ANTONYMS: (adj) shallow, satisfied, everlasting, deathless, permanent,
(adv) deliberately, brazenly. carefree. imperishable, endless, unending,
parsimony: (n) frugality, thrift, tinged: (adj) plausible, bright, painted, lasting, abiding; (adj, v)
niggardliness, parsimoniousness, fey, touched, specious, colorful, indestructible. ANTONYMS: (adj)
closeness, meanness, miserliness, stained, tined, dyed, tinct. temporary, mortal, impermanent,
avarice, stinginess, prudence, unceasingly: (adv) incessantly, ending, inconstant.
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those books are there, with the subtle secret of invisibility and a dozen other
strange secrets written therein. And none other will know of them until he

none: (n) nought, naught, nobody, strange: (adj) foreign, peculiar, considerable, tactless, overpowering,
zilch, anything; (adv) not, neither, unusual, abnormal, outlandish, harsh, concrete, dark.
any; (adj) whatsoever, no, whatever. irregular, odd, new, mysterious, therein: (adv) in this, in there.
secret: (adj, v) mysterious, hidden, extraordinary, curious. ANTONYMS: until: (prep, v) to; (conj, prep) unto; (adj)
covert, secluded, confidential; (adj) (adj) ordinary, normal, familiar, up to; (adv) so far, yet, before,
concealed, furtive, occult, obscure; typical, usual, conventional, meanwhile; (prep) pending, while,
(adj, n) privacy, secrecy. explicable, sensible, mainstream, during, awaiting.
ANTONYMS: (adj, n) known, public; known, human. written: (adj) registered, clerical,
(adj) open, overt, apparent, subtle: (adj) delicate, sharp, nice, conscript, enrolled, literal, hard-and-
unrestricted, external, visible, acute, astute, insidious, exquisite, fast, on paper; (n) examination.
outermost, transparent, blatant. elusive; (adj, v) shrewd, sly, crafty. ANTONYMS: (adj) verbal,
secrets: (n) secrecy. ANTONYMS: (adj) loud, bright, unscripted, unwritten.
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aback: (adv) aft, astern, backward, brusquely, curtly, gruffly, shortly, meaninglessness, illogicality,
abaft, backwards, short, sternmost, sharply, bluntly, hastily, stupidity, folly, fatuity, idiocy,
unawares, suddenly; (adj) back unexpectedly, steeply. preposterousness. ANTONYMS: (n)
abandoned: (adj) immoral, profligate, ANTONYMS: (adv) gradually, logic, reasonableness, worthiness,
deserted, stranded, empty, civilly, attentively, kindly, politely, solemnity, sensibleness
shameless, wicked, lonely, depraved, verbosely, eventually, pleasantly, absurdly: (adv) ridiculously,
corrupt, licentious. ANTONYMS: slowly, indirectly foolishly, ludicrously, nonsensically,
(adj) inhabited, orderly, absolutely: (adv) entirely, completely, idiotically, silly, stupidly,
overcrowded, used, pure, virtuous, fully, purely, utterly, perfectly, inconsistently, comically, illogically,
upright, seemly, reserved, totally, categorically, definitely, irrationally. ANTONYMS: (adv)
principled, moral thoroughly; (adv, int) certainly. solemnly, impressively, rationally,
abandonment: (n) resignation, ANTONYMS: (adv) partly, harmoniously
renunciation, desertion, neglect, doubtfully, questionably, somewhat, abuse: (n, v) affront, insult, outrage,
withdrawal, surrender, exposure, moderately, indefinitely, reproach, harm, wrong; (v) mistreat,
forsaking, relinquishment, rejection, incompletely, fairly, conditionally, injure, violate; (adj, v) maltreat,
leaving. ANTONYMS: (n) attention, probably, possibly profane. ANTONYMS: (n, v)
accomplishment, arrival, acceptance absorb: (v) drink, consume, imbibe, respect; (v) compliment, protect,
abject: (adj) contemptible, pitiful, low, engross, swallow, assimilate, engage, nurture, laud, honor, help, flatter;
wretched, despicable, sordid, base, take in, occupy, suck, merge. (n) compliments, kindness, flattery
mean, vile; (n) ignominious, dirty. ANTONYMS: (v) emit, repel, exude, acceptable: (adj, v) satisfactory; (adj)
ANTONYMS: (adj) honorable, confuse, discharge, disperse, adequate, passable, good, palatable,
hopeful, magnificent, esteemed, dissipate, distract, divert, spew, suitable, permissible, sufficient,
proud, dignified, commendable, sidetrack welcome, reasonable, desirable.
noble, exalted, worthy, happy absorbed: (adj) rapt, intent, ANTONYMS: (adj) unacceptable,
abnormal: (adj) aberrant, uncommon, immersed, fixed, deep, engaged, inadequate, unsatisfactory,
unusual, odd, unnatural, strange, preoccupied, pensive, fascinated, unwelcome, unbearable,
anomalous, perverted, irregular, enthralled, held. ANTONYMS: (adj) disagreeable, forbidden, intolerable,
atypical, monstrous. ANTONYMS: bored, disinterested, distracted, unreasonable, unjustified, subpar
(adj) typical, usual, Standard, restless, unfocused, uninterested, accepted: (adj) standard, acceptable,
unexceptional, straight, regular, indifferent, shallow, superficial, orthodox, acknowledged, assumed,
average, ordinary, natural, detached established, understood, received,
customary, conventional abstraction: (n) abstract, reverie, approved, current, proper.
aboard: (adv) afloat, afield, at home, engrossment, extraction, withdrawal, ANTONYMS: (adj) concealed,
there, everywhere, here, on base, removal, deduction, abbreviation, unusual, unorthodox,
onboard, where preoccupancy, theorisation, unconventional, refused,
abroad: (adj, adv) overseas, away; theorization. ANTONYMS: (n) questionable, irregular, rejected,
(adv) afield, forth, beyond seas, attentiveness, inclusion, alertness, unknown, innovative, incorrect
yonder, farther, at large, further; concentration, fact accident: (n) casualty, crash,
(adj) foreign, out. ANTONYMS: absurd: (adj) ridiculous, foolish, coincidence, fortune, smash,
(adj) remaining, nearby unreasonable, irrational, incident, hazard, hap, luck, event,
abrupt: (adj) sudden, brusque, sharp, meaningless, inept, senseless, fortuity. ANTONYMS: (n) certainty,
precipitous, steep, instantaneous, nonsensical, illogical, ludicrous; (adj, design, intention, intent, calculation
unexpected, swift, instant, hasty; (n) n) silly. ANTONYMS: (adj) rational, accidental: (adj) casual, unintentional,
bold. ANTONYMS: (adj) gentle, reasonable, logical, wise, weighty, adventitious, unintended, incidental,
gradual, rambling, gracious, sound, consistent, serious, plausible, chance, random, unforeseen,
courteous, polite, anticipated, kind, credible, acceptable unexpected, contingent, haphazard.
calm, protracted, deliberate absurdity: (n) absurdness, nonsense, ANTONYMS: (adj) deliberate,
abruptly: (adv) precipitously, rudely, silliness, nonsensicality, designed, intended, planned,
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premeditated sugary, mild improvement. ANTONYMS: (v)
accommodation: (n) lodging, acknowledgment: (n) admission, recede, demote, regress, delay,
compromise, convenience, ease, acknowledgement, acceptance, retard, prevent, reverse; (n)
housing, facility, fitting, apartment, confession, greeting, credit, deterioration, recession; (n, v)
agreement; (n, v) loan, advance. allowance, declaration, agreement, decrease, downgrade
ANTONYMS: (n) maladjustment, thanks, gratitude. ANTONYMS: (n) advanced: (adj) progressive, senior,
rigidity rejection, ungratefulness, oversight, higher, precocious, modern, new,
accomplished: (adj) proficient, able, snub, ignoring, invoice, blame, late, superior, ripe, cultured,
skillful, gifted, finished, experienced, defiance developed. ANTONYMS: (adj)
completed, adept, fine, versed, acting: (adj) interim, active, inferior, fundamental, slow,
competent. ANTONYMS: (adj) temporary, pro Tem, provisional, traditional, simple, obsolete,
unfinished, amateur, untrained, agent, substitute; (n) drama, neurotic, behind, after, backwards,
unskilled, unseasoned, unable, business, portrayal, playing incomplete
inexpert, green, clumsy, bad, acute: (adj, n, v) sharp; (adj) incisive, advances: (v) access, approach
mediocre intense, penetrating, keen, severe, advancing: (adj) progressive, moving
accord: (n) agreement, consensus, critical; (adj, v) high, shrewd; (adj, n) forward, increasing, moving,
harmony; (n, v) consent, concord, strong, smart. ANTONYMS: (adj) processive, thriving, ongoing,
assent; (adj, v) agree; (v) give, obtuse, insignificant, stupid, aggressive; (n) advancement,
bestow, suit, grant. ANTONYMS: unimportant, moderate, blunt, slow, progression, proceeding
(n) discord, strife, antagonism, slight, mild, minor, imperceptive adventure: (n, v) venture, chance; (n)
hostility, friction, dissidence, addition: (n) accession, accessory, accident, escapade, incident, event,
dissension; (n, v) conflict; (v) increase, extension, addendum, undertaking, consequence, essay; (v)
withhold, question, oppose accretion, attachment, appendage, risk, jeopardize. ANTONYMS: (n)
accordance: (n) harmony, agreement, annex, extra; (n, prep) accumulation. stillness, passiveness, inactivity,
conformity, unison, concordance, ANTONYMS: (n) removal, inaction, avoidance, inertia, bore
coincidence, accordancy, admission, estimation, deduction, exclusion, adventurous: (adj) unsafe,
fitness, consensus, concent decline, erosion, loss, setback venturesome, enterprising, plucky,
according: (adj) pursuant, consonant, adjoining: (adj) contiguous, neighbor, audacious, bold, courageous, daring,
equal, agreeable, harmonious, near, abutting, touching, brave, foolhardy, rash.
conformable, consistent, conterminous, neighboring, ANTONYMS: (adj) cautious,
corresponding, respondent; (adv) immediate, next, vicinal; (adj, v) prudent, careful, timid
correspondingly, accordingly close. ANTONYMS: (adj) separate, adverse: (adj) unfavorable, contrary,
accost: (v) hail, greet, solicit, salute, divided, detached, apart, far untoward, hostile, harmful,
approach, call, buttonhole, welcome, adjusted: (adj) altered, set, arranged, adversary, repugnant, counter,
speak, greeting, speak to. accustomed, correct, fitted, right, pernicious, noisome; (adj, n)
ANTONYMS: (v) avoid, dodge, tuned, secure, familiarised, opposite. ANTONYMS: (adj) helpful,
shun familiarized. ANTONYM: (adj) fortunate, aiding, beneficial, positive,
accounting: (n) accountancy, account, maladjusted advantageous, agreeable, desirable,
accounting system, account admiring: (adj) admire, admiringly, pleasant, harmless
statement, cost accounting, loving, respectful, glowing, advisability: (n) suitability, fitness,
reckoning, entry, method of affectionate, amatory, appreciative, wiseness, advisableness, desirability,
accounting; (adj) clerical, office, enthusiastic, flattering, approving. wisdom, soundness,
secretarial ANTONYMS: (adj) defamatory, appropriateness, propriety,
accumulate: (v) pile, gather, collect, critical, disdainful, disapproving, advantage, adventure.
amass, heap, hoard, compile, disrespectful, uncomplimentary ANTONYMS: (n) foolishness,
assemble, lay up, accrue, cumulate. admitted: (v) admitting, understood, unsuitability
ANTONYMS: (v) distribute, of course; (adj) acknowledged, aerial: (adj) airy, unreal, ethereal,
dwindle, spend, lose, waste, undisputed, known, orthodox aery, pneumatic, insubstantial,
dissipate, lessen, scatter, shuck, shed, adolescent: (adj) young, immature, unsubstantial, aeriform, fanciful,
decrease youthful, teenage, puerile; (adj, n) overhead, airlike. ANTONYM: (adj)
accursed: (adj) execrable, abominable, teen; (n) teenager, stripling, grounded
detestable, accurst, hateful, damned, youngster, lad, youth. ANTONYMS: affair: (n) occurrence, event, business,
damnable, maledict, blasted; (v) (adj, n) infant; (adj) mature, concern, occasion, job, topic, duty,
atrocious, stranded sophisticated, old; (n) grownup subject, amour, thing
aces: (adj) peerless, worthy, perfect, adorned: (adj) decorated, ornate, affected: (adj) unnatural, pretentious,
fine, fabulous, great, personable; (n) bedecked, decked out, fancy, stilted, pompous, pedantic, studied,
pick garnished, ornamented, decked, feigned, pretended, factitious,
acid: (adj) sharp, sour, acerbic, acidic, beautiful, inscribed, festooned exaggerated, strained. ANTONYMS:
bitter, caustic, pointed, acerb, acrid, advance: (v) accelerate, proceed, (adj) unchanged, natural, genuine,
cutting; (n) LSD. ANTONYMS: (adj) encourage, lend; (adv, v) further; calm, modest, unswayed, untouched,
sweet, bland, kind, warm, honey, (adj, v) promote; (n, v) rise, untroubled, unmoved; (adv)
alkaline, basic, nice, flattering, approach, raise, offer; (n) modestly
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afford: (v) offer, yield, provide, give, unwilling, resistant, aggressive, anxious, uneasy, agitated, shocked,
supply, get, furnish, impart, deliver, repugnant, averse, stubborn, terrified, concerned. ANTONYM:
originate, sustain. ANTONYM: (v) unacceptable (adj) carefree
withhold agreeably: (adv) enjoyably, albany: (n) Breadalbane, capital of
afire: (adj) flaming, burning, blazing, pleasantly, sympathetically, new York
fiery, on fire, glowing, aflare, aflame, pleasingly, suitably, well, albeit: (conj) though, even though,
in flames, passionate; (adj, v) alight melodically, accordingly, affably, Albee, albe, all; (adv) whilst,
afraid: (adj) fearful, timid, shy, genially; (adv, v) happily. however, nevertheless,
apprehensive, anxious, worried, ANTONYMS: (adv) disagreeably, notwithstanding, but; (n) while
scared, frightened, nervous, incongruously, uncooperatively, albino: (n) albinism, blonde; (v)
terrified; (adj, adv) cowardly. unhelpfully, badly, stubbornly, blinkard
ANTONYMS: (adj) brave, harshly alert: (adj) active, agile, quick, lively,
venturesome, calm, confident, cool, agreeing: (adj) concurring, intelligent, aware, vigilant, clever,
courageous, eager, unafraid, valiant, concordant, assentient, accordant, animated, ready; (adj, v) awake.
bold, carefree suitable, harmonious, in accord, in ANTONYMS: (adj) drowsy,
afterwards: (adv) afterward, agreement; (n) assenting; (v) agree, absentminded, dazed, tired, sleepy,
subsequently, later, thereafter, later accept. ANTONYM: (adj) conflicting unconscious, slow, asleep,
on, next, behind, thereupon; (adj) agrimony: (n) agrimonia, herb unobservant, forgetful, dim
following, subsequent; (n) ahead: (adv) in advance, formerly, alertly: (adv) watchfully, sharply,
termination beforehand, previously, along, swiftly, attentively, quickly, smartly,
agency: (n) office, bureau, onward, beyond, in the van; (adj) briskly, observantly, carefully, lively,
commission, means, intermediation, front; (adj, adv) forward; (v) precede. warily. ANTONYMS: (adv)
way, authority, expedient, ANTONYMS: (adj, adv) late; (adv) inattentively, abstractedly, carelessly
instrument, organ; (n, v) act subsequently, following, back, alertness: (n) watchfulness, agility,
aggressive: (adj) active, offensive, before, after, ago, backward, losing, alacrity, nimbleness, liveliness,
enterprising, warlike, energetic, later; (adj) behindhand jealousy, wariness, attention,
pushy, hostile, invasive, vigorous, aimed: (adj) directed, pointed, quickness, intelligence,
strong, strenuous. ANTONYMS: expected, designed, meant consciousness. ANTONYMS: (n)
(adj) peaceable, friendly, passive, aimless: (adj) random, purposeless, dream, drowsiness, inattentiveness,
suspicious, calm, timid, antiwar, capricious, pointless, meaningless, slowness, unconsciousness
easygoing, ineffectual, lazy, mild desultory, haphazard, vagabond, algiers: (n) Algerian capital
aggressively: (adv) hostilely, empty, afloat; (adj, adv) wandering. alike: (adj) corresponding, equal,
bellicosely, militantly, energetically, ANTONYMS: (adj) directed, equivalent, cognate, analogical,
pushily, dynamically, contentiously, resolute, planned, motivated, parallel, analogous, identical, similar,
actively, belligerently, combatively, methodical, focused, determined, the same, duplicate. ANTONYMS:
warlikely. ANTONYMS: (adv) pointed, guided, meaningful (adj) different, dissimilar,
passively, inertly, calmly, ajar: (v) dissentient, unclosed, contrasting, unalike, disparate,
submissively unstopped, wide open, out of tune; unlike, opposite; (adv) differently,
aghast: (adj) dismayed, appalled, (adj) open, gaping, partly open, not unequally, unevenly
horrified, frightened, scared, closed alive: (adj) live, vivacious, living,
terrified, confounded, astonished; akimbo: (adj) geniculated, knock sensible, delicate, snappy, animated,
(n) agape; (v) all agog, breathless. kneed, crinkled; (n) knuckle, fluke, lively, spry, responsive; (n) life.
ANTONYMS: (adj) undisturbed, kimbo, crane, groin, crotch, knee, ANTONYMS: (adj) deceased,
unperturbed, unsurprised zigzag inanimate, unanimated, dispirited,
agitated: (adj) upset, excited, nervous, alacrity: (n) rapidity, speed, dull, inactive, lethargic, lifeless,
restive, tumultuous, distressed, promptness, activity, preparedness, listless, nonfunctioning, sluggish
tense, jumpy, overwrought, anxious, velocity, haste, swiftness, quickness, alley: (n) track, road, passage, lane,
alarmed. ANTONYMS: (adj) calm, expedition; (adj) life. ANTONYMS: alleyway, aisle, path, runway,
lethargic, tranquil, relaxed, assured, (n) aversion, reservation, reluctance, pathway, street, back street
cool, still indifference, hesitance, dullness, alone: (adj) forlorn, individual, lonely,
agitation: (n) disturbance, excitement, disinclination, apathy, tardiness, lonesome; (adj, adv) only, apart;
tumult, stirring, convulsion, stir, delay (adv) solely, entirely, exclusively,
commotion, emotion, unrest, shake, alarm: (n, v) alert, scare, awe, panic; separately, individually.
turmoil. ANTONYMS: (n) serenity, (n) consternation, alarm clock, fright, ANTONYMS: (adj) overshadowed,
calm, equanimity, rest, peace, alarum, terror; (v) agitate, horrify. ordinary, mobbed, equaled,
deterrent ANTONYMS: (n, v) comfort; (v) crowded, accompanied, common,
agreeable: (adj) accordant, nice, reassure, soothe, assure; (n) grouped, surpassed; (adv) jointly;
sweet, consistent, suitable, amusing, reassurance, composure, (n) foe
enjoyable, affable; (adj, v) pleasant, nonchalance, assurance, bravery, aloud: (adv) loud, out loud, strong,
desirable; (adj, n) acceptable. confidence, order out, audibly, hard, forte.
ANTONYMS: (adj) disagreeable, alarmed: (adj) afraid, scared, ANTONYMS: (adv) softly,
discordant, unpleasant, nasty, frightened, apprehensive, horrified, inaudibly, quietly
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altercation: (n, v) quarrel, squabble; stubborn, disobedient, hopefulness
(n) affray, scrap, fight, hassle, uncooperative, irresponsible, animal: (adj, n) brute; (n) beast,
disagreement, fracas, strife, nonconforming, disagreeable, organism, living thing, being, fauna;
controversy, contest. ANTONYMS: unanswerable, unaccountable, (adj, adv) fleshly; (adj) bodily, carnal,
(n) union, harmony, concord, intractable, unamenable corporeal, physical. ANTONYMS:
agreement, unity, consensus amid: (adv, prep) among, amongst; (adj) refined, mineral, genteel,
altered: (adj) transformed, changed, (prep) between, amidst, mid, during, mental, rational, intellectual,
diversified, varied, distorted, in the midst of, with, surrounded by, vegetable, delicate, factual, spiritual;
affected, castrated, malformed, stuck between; (n) midst. (n) plant
misrepresented, misshapen; (v) ANTONYMS: (prep) outside, animation: (adj, n) life, vivacity; (n)
battered. ANTONYMS: (adj) separate liveliness, vitality, activity, spirit,
unaltered, unadjusted amidst: (adv, prep) among; (adv) exhilaration, dash, energy,
alternately: (adv) alternatively, by amongst; (prep) between, midst, buoyancy; (adj) alacrity.
turns, in turn, secondarily, into ANTONYMS: (n) lethargy,
reciprocally, mutually, off-and-on, ammonite: (n) snakestone, fossil, lifelessness, inertness, inertia,
rather, anthemwise, secondly; (adj, ammonoid sluggishness, boredom
adv) on and off ample: (adj) abundant, big, broad, ankle: (n) knuckle, kimbo, crane,
alternative: (adj) alternate, copious, large, plentiful, heavy, fluke, crutch, crotch, zigzag, groin,
alternating, other; (adj, n) variant; liberal, roomy, affluent, considerable. sickle, scythe, malleolus
(n) choice, preference, substitute, ANTONYMS: (adj) small, meager, annoy: (v) pester, displease, anger,
selection, possibility, variation, insufficient, scarce, sparse, scant, harass, bother, vex, aggravate, grate,
election. ANTONYMS: (n) necessity, cramped, narrow, partial, sketchy, molest; (n) annoyance; (n, v) afflict.
obligation, restraint; (adj) conformist, slender ANTONYMS: (v) pacify, soothe,
conventional, mainstream, ordinary amused: (adj) amusing, smiling, gratify, placate, comfort, encourage,
altogether: (adv) absolutely, all, tickled pink, pleased, diverted delight
wholly, perfectly, purely, all in all, amusing: (adj) humorous, fun, annoyance: (n) anger, harassment,
completely, entirely, totally, simply, pleasant, entertaining, risible, aggravation, disturbance,
ensemble. ANTONYMS: (adv) comical, diverting, enjoyable, inconvenience, pain, bother,
incompletely, partially laughable, agreeable, pleasing. botheration, temper, displeasure,
amazed: (adj) astounded, astonished, ANTONYMS: (adj) tragic, boring, vexation. ANTONYMS: (n) calm,
stunned, dumbfounded, unpleasant, unfunny, tiring, grim, satisfaction, patience, calmness,
flabbergasted, shocked, staggered, depressing, sad, annoying, heavy, delight, equanimity, advantage,
bewildered, surprised, serious balm
thunderstruck, aghast anaemic: (adj) pale, exsanguineous, annoyed: (adj) irritated, vexed, irate,
amazement: (n) admiration, wonder, weak aggravated, angered, cross,
surprise, consternation, stupefaction, anarchist: (n) rebel, nihilist, anarch, disgruntled, exasperated, infuriated,
stupor, wonderment, feeling, alarm, terrorist, revolutionary, mutineer; displeased, resentful. ANTONYMS:
jolt; (v) amaze. ANTONYMS: (n) (adj, n) radical; (adj) demagogue, (adj) pleased, unprovoked, smiling,
preparation, indifference, anarchical, anarchic, mutinous. patient, unconcerned, contented
expectation, coolness, cool, ANTONYMS: (n) loyalist; (adj) anonymous: (adj) unknown,
composure, calmness, contempt, conventional unnamed, unidentified, authorless,
belief anger: (n) fury, rage, displeasure, unacknowledged, undisclosed,
amazing: (adj) astonishing, terrific, resentment, indignation; (v) incense, unspecified, incognito, unfamiliar,
wonderful, incredible, awesome, offend, irritate, exasperate; (adj) faceless; (n) anonymity.
astounding, breathtaking, angry; (n, v) wrath. ANTONYMS: ANTONYMS: (adj) showcased,
extraordinary, fabulous, impressive, (v) placate, pacify, tickle; (n) spotlighted, onymous, identified,
tremendous. ANTONYMS: (adj) pleasure, composure, glee, affection, named, extraordinary, distinctive
ordinary, boring, predictable, serenity, goodwill, forbearance; (n, antagonist: (n) opponent, adversary,
unremarkable, modest, insignificant, v) calm enemy, foe, rival, match, opposition,
comforting, dire, humdrum angry: (adj) anger, furious, provoked, opposer, assailant, opposite,
amazingly: (adj, adv) wonderfully, incensed, vehement, fierce, irate, competitor. ANTONYMS: (n)
stupendously, awfully; (adv) raging, maddened, shirty, supporter, advocate, colleague,
surprisingly, astoundingly, indignation. ANTONYMS: (adj) synergist, ally, defender
extraordinarily, spectacularly, pleased, gentle, joyful, content, anticipated: (adj) expected, foreseen,
marvelously, fabulously, terrificly, euphoric, mild, happy, resigned, predictable, due, estimated,
terrifically. ANTONYMS: (adv) joyous, gleeful, quiet appointed, awaited, coming,
predictably, mildly anguish: (n, v) pain, ache; (n) torment, forthcoming, natural, planned
amenable: (adj) accountable, yielding, agony, torture, distress, misery, anticipation: (n) forecast, hope,
answerable, tractable, submissive, suffering, despair, grief, sorrow. foresight, prevention, augury,
responsible, compliant, obedient, ANTONYMS: (n) pleasure, expectance, hopefulness,
acquiescent, accessible, pliable. happiness, calm, euphoria, prefiguration, presentiment; (n, v)
ANTONYMS: (adj) obstinate, joyfulness, ecstasy, content, peace, outlook, prospect. ANTONYMS: (n)
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despair, boredom mysterious, hidden, ambiguous, approaching: (adj) future,
anxious: (adj) uneasy, alarmed, unlikely, questionable, uncertain, forthcoming, impending, imminent,
thoughtful, fearful, apprehensive, imperceptible, doubtful oncoming, near; (adj, n) coming; (n,
agitated, keen; (adj, v) nervous, apparition: (n) ghost, phantom, spirit, v) approach; (adv) nearly, almost;
tense, solicitous, jumpy. spectre, hallucination, spook, shade, (prep) toward
ANTONYMS: (adj) relaxed, carefree, eidolon, wraith, advent; (n, v) vision argue: (v) contend, quarrel, oppose,
confident, rational, unconcerned, appearance: (n) look, face, shape, altercate, debate, declare, contest,
undisturbed, untroubled, assured, show, apparition, advent, form, discuss, convince; (n, v) reason,
comfortable, cool, apathetic image, surface, impression; (adj, n) question. ANTONYMS: (v) deny,
anxiously: (adv) uneasily, restlessly, semblance. ANTONYMS: (n) harmonize, assent, concur, abstain,
carefully, worriedly, fearfully, departure, vanishing comply, dissuade
nervously, concernedly, solicitously, appeared: (n) appearing argumentative: (adj) quarrelsome,
timidly, keenly, enthusiastically. appetite: (n, v) desire; (n) appetence, litigious, controversial,
ANTONYMS: (adv) calmly, appetency, relish, inclination, cantankerous, combative, forensic,
confidently, merrily, indifferently, stomach, taste, thirst, passion, liking, hostile, polemic, disputative,
fearlessly, nonchalantly, patiently, gusto. ANTONYMS: (n) dislike, contrary, ratiocinative.
unconcernedly repulsion, revulsion, apathy, ANTONYMS: (adj) amiable, friendly,
anyhow: (adv) somehow, at any rate, distaste agreeable, conciliatory, passive,
in any case, whatever, in any event, appliances: (n) equipment, rig, gentle
regardless, however, though, hardware, rigging, outfit, tackle, arguments: (n) reasons, argument,
besides, nonetheless, one way or tackling contention, advice, opinion,
another applied: (adj) pragmatic, useful, used, influence, point of view, urging,
apart: (adj, adv) aloof; (adv) aside, concrete. ANTONYMS: (adj) wiles
asunder, especially; (adj) alone, unrelated, untested, unused, armchair: (n) fauteuil, easy-chair, seat,
distant, detached, isolated, only; (adj, unenforced easy chair, chair, lounger, recliner,
v) separate; (v) segregate. applying: (adj) applicatory, elbowchair
ANTONYMS: (adv) adjoining, near, applicative armed: (n) arms, arming; (adj, v)
surrounded; (adj) connected, nearby appreciate: (adj, v) understand, armed to the teeth; (adj) equipped,
apartment: (n) residence, lodging, realize; (v) esteem, treasure, prize, military, fitted, aggressive, prepared,
suite, place, dwelling, chamber, fathom, appraise, comprehend, violent, forcible, weaponed.
room, abode, house, home, admire, acknowledge, apprize. ANTONYMS: (adj) unarmed,
accommodation ANTONYMS: (v) scorn, disregard, unprotected, armless, unprepared,
apathetic: (adj) indifferent, ignore, neglect, disparage, underrate, peaceful
uninterested, cool, impassive, underestimate, dislike, overlook, armour: (n) armature, buckler,
perfunctory, dull, spiritless, assume, undervalue armour plate, cataphract
nonchalant, casual, lukewarm, lazy. appreciated: (adj) respected, prized, arouse: (v) wake, stir, agitate, excite,
ANTONYMS: (adj) enthusiastic, valued, comprehended, welcome, awaken, stimulate, anger, kindle,
inquisitive, fervent, energetic, treasured, valuable, aesthetic, provoke, raise; (n, v) rouse.
concerned, interested, keen, excited, apprehended, esteemed, gratifying ANTONYMS: (v) calm, dampen,
passionate, ambitious, caring apprehension: (n) alarm, stifle, sedate, quiet, pacify, bore,
apex: (n) top, peak, vertex, crown, comprehension, dread, misgiving, allay, lull, quench, suppress
acme, apices, extremity, height, understanding, capture, foreboding, aroused: (adj) ablaze, aflame,
summit, pinnacle, point. arrest, trepidation; (n, v) doubt, passionate, hot, agitated, inflamed,
ANTONYMS: (n) base, nadir, appreciation. ANTONYMS: (n) susceptible, tense, fascinated,
trough, bottom, abyss, depth release, confidence, calmness, emotional, elated
apologise: (v) excuse, defend, tranquility, freeing, arranged: (adj) settled, regular,
support, pardon, palliate, mitigating, misunderstanding, peace, relief, prepared, orderly, fixed, organized,
colour, rationalize, rationalise, plead, bravery, calm, equanimity ready, tidy, straight, ordered, neat.
pled apprehensive: (adj) anxious, fearful, ANTONYMS: (adj) disorderly,
appalled: (adj) dismayed, scared, uneasy, alarmed, worried, timid, disorganized, changing, unprepared,
shocked, horrified, afraid, fright, doubtful, shy, insecure, jealous; (adj, untidy
amazed, astonished, stunned, n) nervous. ANTONYMS: (adj) arrangement: (n) order, settlement,
outraged, scandalized. ANTONYM: assured, unworried, calm, unafraid, array, distribution, design, system,
(adj) indifferent cocksure, trusting, serene, adjustment, sequence, contract,
apparatus: (n) appliance, device, unconcerned, fearless, carefree, alignment; (adj, n) method.
tackle, implement, plant, equipment, brave ANTONYMS: (n) disarray,
system, set, machine, organ, gear apprentice: (n) trainee, disciple, individual
apparent: (adj, adv) visible; (adj) beginner, prentice, novice, student, arrangements: (n) arranging,
discernible, patent, plain, open, greenhorn, follower, recruit, disposition, fixing, schedule, travels,
obvious, ostensible, clear, definite, amateur, neophyte. ANTONYMS: activities, actions, accompaniments,
evident, perceptible. ANTONYMS: (n) expert, master, mentor, trainer, movements
(adj) unclear, real, obscure, guru array: (adj, n) arrangement; (n, v) line,
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attire, garb, range, apparel, display; uprightly, vertically confident, guaranteed, positive,
(v) dress, adorn, deck, clothe. askew: (adj) lopsided, cockeyed, definite, assertive, confirmed,
ANTONYMS: (v) undress, crooked, oblique, askant, convinced, reliable, safe.
disarrange; (n) disorder, mess, rags, catawampus; (adj, adv) wrong, ANTONYMS: (adj) uncertain,
individual, likeness, dearth crookedly; (adj, v) wry; (adv) skew, doubtful, unsure, troubled, timid,
arrested: (adj) apprehended, halted, agley. ANTONYMS: (adj) level, questionable, hesitant, confused,
backward, in remission, inactive, plumb, true, centered, aligned, even halting, unlikely
intermittent asking: (v) ask; (n) invitation, prayer, astir: (adj) agog, lively, wakeful;
arrival: (n) advent, accession, suit, application, begging, (adv) afoot, abroach, about; (v)
entrance, incoming, newcomer, supplication, entreaty, billing; (adj) sparkling, up the qui vive, wrought
return, attainment, coming, comer, interrogatory, interrogative up. ANTONYM: (adj) asleep
entry, reaching. ANTONYMS: (n) asleep: (adj) sleeping, deceased, astonished: (adj) astonish,
exit, leaving, disappearance, sleepy, dormant, numb, dead, sound dumbfounded, flabbergasted,
conclusion asleep, snoozing, slumbering, stunned, aghast, bewildered,
arrived: (adv) here, at home; (adj) napping, gone. ANTONYMS: (adj) astounded, taken aback,
accepted up, attentive, alert, conscious thunderstruck, astonied; (v) amaze
arriving: (n) arrival; (adj) incoming, asparagus: (n) herb, veggie, astonishing: (adj) amazing,
inbound, received, external, sparrowgrass, edible asparagus wonderful, stupendous, prodigious,
homeward bound, inward, new, assailant: (n) raider, attacker, strange, surprising, astounding,
inward bound. ANTONYM: (adj) assaulter, invader, enemy, fighter, incredible, breathtaking; (v)
outgoing opponent, antagonist, foe, mugger; astonish; (adj, n) marvelous.
arteries: (adj) arterial (adj) aggressive ANTONYMS: (adj) ordinary,
artful: (adj) crafty, cunning, scheming, assaulted: (adj) molested, mistreated, humdrum, boring, mundane, dull,
wily, shrewd, insidious, designing, raped, beaten expected, predictable, usual,
sly, adroit, subtle, disingenuous. assert: (v) allege, affirm, say, claim, comforting
ANTONYMS: (adj) artless, declare, swear, show, avow, aver, astonishment: (n) admiration,
unskillful, inept, ingenuous, maintain, argue. ANTONYMS: (v) wonder, wonderment, surprise,
unskilled, open, straight reject, controvert, repress, refute marvel, stupefaction, confusion,
articles: (n) canons, articles of assertion: (n) statement, argument, consternation, awe, alarm, startle.
agreement, equipment, statute, claim, avowal, contention, charge, ANTONYMS: (n) calmness, belief,
doctrine, system of opinions, stock, testimony, profession, allegation, contempt
school accusation, position. ANTONYMS: astray: (adj, adv) adrift, off course;
artificial: (adj) affected, theatrical, (n) denial, disavowal, uncertainty (adj) lost, wrong, disoriented, awry;
unreal, unnatural, strained, man- asses: (n) equidae (adv) amiss, widely, far, afield, aside.
made, bogus, forced, phony, feigned, assistant: (n, v) assist, aid, assistance; ANTONYM: (adj) accurate
false. ANTONYMS: (adj) genuine, (adj, n) subordinate; (n) acolyte, athwart: (adj, adv, n, prep) across;
real, sincere, authentic, organic, accomplice, colleague, auxiliary, (adv, prep) aslant, cross; (adj, adv,
untreated helper, adjutant; (adj) ancillary. prep) thwart; (adj, adv) crosswise;
ascertain: (v) determine, find out, ANTONYM: (adj) chief (adv) sideways, obliquely,
learn, discover, check, tell, control, assistants: (n) cabinet transversely, traverse, overthwart,
find, ensure, detect; (adj, v) establish. assisted: (adj) aided crossways
ANTONYM: (v) disprove assume: (v) accept, adopt, take, attached: (adj) affectionate,
ascertained: (adj) discovered, appropriate, arrogate, suppose, committed, affiliated, associated,
determined; (v) absolute, recognized, simulate, sham, presume, usurp; devoted, fond, loving, loyal, near,
received, noted, notorious, decisive, (adv, v) feign. ANTONYMS: (v) added; (n) attachment.
unmistakable, unequivocal, positive relinquish, abandon, return, ANTONYMS: (adj) separate,
ashamed: (adj) hangdog, guilty, renounce, know, doubt, defer, unmarried, unattached, vagile, free,
embarrassed, sheepish, remorseful, appreciate, despair, speculate, distant
regretful, bashful, disconcerted, surrender attacked: (adj) assaulted, corroded
contrite, chagrined; (v) dashed. assumed: (adj) sham, affected, attainment: (adj, n) acquirement; (n,
ANTONYMS: (adj) proud, arrogant, fictitious, fake, feigned, counterfeit, v) acquisition; (n) achievement, gain,
unremorseful, unashamed, pleased, pretended, reputed, artificial, accession, completion, fulfillment,
blatant, bold, happy, unabashed, hypothetical, spurious. success, performance, scholarship,
unrepentant ANTONYMS: (adj) true, authentic, realization. ANTONYM: (n) loss
ashes: (n) dust, cinders, remains, explicit, known, real, natural attempted: (adj) unsuccessful
cinder, clay, earth, embers, clinker; assurance: (n) confidence, guarantee, attempts: (adj) trying
(adj) scoriae, mother, precipitate belief, pledge, security, promise, attendance: (n) appearance, turnout,
aside: (adv) apart, away, beside, sureness, poise, conviction, nerve, audience, attending, being there,
alongside, in reserve, off, abreast; warrant. ANTONYMS: (n) doubt, hearing, tendance, retinue, attention,
(adj, adv) by; (n) digression, uncertainty, mistrust, lie, fiction, contribution, ministry. ANTONYM:
divagation, parenthesis. awkwardness, timidity, clumsiness (n) nonattendance
ANTONYMS: (adv) erectly, assured: (adj, v) certain, sure; (adj) attended: (adj) attent, fraught, tended
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to waken; (adj) alive, alert, attentive, gear, equipment, stuff, effects,
attenuated: (adj) weakened, shriveled, conscious, keen, intelligent; (adj, v) suitcases, woman, thing
rawboned, marcid, barebone, tabid, broad awake. ANTONYMS: (adj) bait: (v) badger, tease; (adj, v) molest,
extenuated, diminished, reduced, unconscious, sleeping, comatose, harass, harry; (n, v) lure, bribe; (n)
rare, decreased sleepy, relaxed; (v) deaden, lull, decoy, snare, temptation, attraction.
attitude: (n) aspect, posture, behavior, sleep ANTONYMS: (v) repel, repulse,
mind, notion, approach, air, bearing, awakened: (adj) excited, aroused, pacify, mollify, please
disposition, point of view, outlook awakens, awoke, interested balustrade: (n) fence, banisters,
attract: (v) charm, beguile, tempt, awkwardly: (adv) gawkily, ineptly, banister, bannister, barrier, handrail,
enamor, invite, entice, captivate, ungracefully, embarrassingly, pale, balusters, guardrail,
draw, arrest, beckon; (adj, v) allure. maladroitly, stiffly, gracelessly, circumvallation, ring fence
ANTONYMS: (v) disgust, repulse, inopportunely, bunglingly, band: (n) cluster, set, party, swathe,
dismiss, appall, shun, exude inelegantly, unwieldily. lace, knot, collar, circle, strip, zone,
attracted: (adj) paying attention, ANTONYMS: (adv) gracefully, company. ANTONYMS: (v) disperse,
concerned, enamored, enthusiastic, elegantly, usefully, urbanely, divide, scatter, disband
interested, involved, amatory contentedly, coherently, calmly, bandage: (v) bind, wrap, dress,
audible: (adj) plain, hearable, distinct, conveniently, agilely, expertly, envelop; (adj, n) truss, tie; (n)
detectable, sounding, sharp, sonic, amenably swathe, binding, roller, gauze; (adj)
definite, discernible, perceptible, awoke: (adj) awakened string. ANTONYM: (v) undress
sensory. ANTONYMS: (adj) axle: (n) pole, arbor, hinge, shaft, bandaged: (adj) articled, apprenticed
inaudible, unintelligible, pivot, bobbin, mandrel, swivel, bandaging: (n) back, binding,
undetectable, silent, faint axletree, spindle, journal deligation
audibly: (adv) loudly, clearly, out babel: (n) pandemonium, racket, bandy: (v) exchange, agitate, band,
loud. ANTONYMS: (adv) tumult, Babylon, uproar, din, noise; shuttlecock, argue, debate, shuffle,
imperceptibly, inaudibly, (adj) Saturnalia, most admired brandish, change bands, flap; (n)
indistinctly, silently disorder, donnybrook, confusion bander
aunt: (n) uncle, auntie, aunty, father's worse confounded banking: (n) finance, banking system,
younger brother's wife, father's bachelor: (adj) single, unmarried, pusher operation, inclination; (adj)
older brother's wife, mother's sister, unattached; (n) unmarried man, financial, sloping
kinswoman, nephew, niece, paternal graduate, knight bachelor, widower, banner: (n) flag, title, ensign, emblem,
aunt, maternal uncle's wife old bachelor, spinster, adult male, bunting, headline, streamer, pennon,
automatically: (adv) instinctively, agamist. ANTONYMS: (adj) pennant, colors, insignia
involuntarily, spontaneously, married; (n) husband bare: (adj) naked, austere, bald, stark,
unconsciously, unthinkingly, backed: (adj) upheld, support, bleak, exposed, desolate, plain; (adj,
perfunctorily, automatedly, reflexly, backed up, coated, lined v) empty, vacant; (v) show.
impulsively, reflexively, intuitively. backward: (adj, adv) late, ANTONYMS: (adj) cultivated,
ANTONYMS: (adv) consciously, behindhand; (adj) tardy, retarded, ornate, concealed, elaborate,
physically, doubtfully, manually reluctant, coy, slow, laggard, adorned, decorated, dressed,
averse: (adj) reluctant, indisposed, dilatory; (adv) behind, backwardly. clothed, embellished; (v) cover,
backward, opposed, unwilling, ANTONYMS: (adj, adv) ahead; conceal
disinclined, loth, antagonistic, (adv) onward; (adj) quick, barefaced: (adj) insolent, brassy, open,
antipathetical, repugnant, developing, advanced, confident, bold, bald, audacious, blatant,
antipathetic. ANTONYMS: (adj) brilliant, bold impudent, overt, presumptuous,
inclined, sympathetic, caring, eager, backwards: (adv) back, rearward, unconcealed. ANTONYMS: (adj)
willing, keen rearwards, vice versa, conversely, shamed, reserved, respectful, furtive,
avert: (v) avoid, ward off, turn away, aback, abaft; (adj) upside down, discreet, prudish, veiled, ashamed
repulse, elude, prevent, deflect, adverse; (adj, adv) topsy-turvy; (v) barefoot: (adj) shoeless, unshod, bare
obviate, shunt, preclude, stop. fall back footed. ANTONYM: (adj) shoed
ANTONYMS: (v) exacerbate, cause, bacon: (n) Francis bacon, statesman, barely: (adv) merely, just, nakedly,
focus, encourage, attract, permit solon, philosopher, lard, gammon, scantily, simply, nudely, baldly,
avoided: (adj) unpopular livelihood, pay, middlings, Roger purely, narrowly; (adj, adv) scarcely,
avoiding: (n) shunning; (adj) fugitive, bacon, salary only. ANTONYMS: (adj) enough,
antisocial badly: (adv) poorly, severely, awfully, amply, sufficiently, abundantly;
await: (v) anticipate, abide, bide, wrongly, seriously, naughtily, (adv) much, thoroughly, well, easily,
tarry, wait, attend, look, hope, wickedly, hardly, corruptly, obviously, clearly, strongly
approach, loom, come on. injuriously; (adj, adv) gravely. bargain: (adj, n, v) cheap; (n, v)
ANTONYM: (v) doubt ANTONYMS: (adv) skillfully, covenant, deal; (n) agreement, treaty,
awaited: (adj) expected, appointed, obediently, perfectly, giftedly, arrangement, buy, chaffer; (v)
scheduled, forthcoming, prospective flawlessly, satisfactorily, admirably, exchange, stipulate, agree.
awaiting: (adj) looming, imminent, in superbly, shamelessly, excellently, ANTONYM: (adj) inflated
the near future, pending, expectant pleasingly bark: (n, v) skin, yelp, snarl, cry, rind,
awake: (v) wake, awaken, realize, baggage: (n) bag, bags, trunk, pack, shout; (v) growl, roar; (n) bay, peel,
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crust. ANTONYMS: (n, v) whisper (n) bull tree, common beech, wood, beech
barking: (adj) latrant; (n) abay, beard: (v) defy, dare; (adj, v) brave; tree, beech wood
latration (adj, n) hair; (n) whiskers, beef: (n, v) grumble, moan, grouse,
barman: (n) bartender, barkeeper, moustache, sloven, facial hair; (n, v) squawk, groan; (n) complaint, ox,
barkeep, publican, tapster, camouflage, disguise, mask. fuss, beeves; (v) grouch, complain.
mixologist ANTONYM: (n) shaven ANTONYMS: (n) impotence, praise;
barracks: (n) billet, quarters, bearded: (adj) barbate, awny, (v) rejoice
encampment, casern whiskered, hairy, aristate, coniform, beer: (v) wine, heavy wet, stingo,
barred: (adj) prohibited, forbidden, calamiform, gladiate, pilous, spirits; (n) lager, ale, brewage, malt
barricaded, barry, banned, illicit, shagged, echinate liquor, suds, alcoholic beverage,
streaked; (v) striated, areolar, bearing: (n, v) demeanor; (n) manner, alcoholic drink
veined; (n) Bart. ANTONYMS: (adj) direction, deportment, conduct, beggarly: (adj) base, mean, shabby,
admissible, legitimate, eligible, open attitude, aspect, approach, sorry, miserable, poor, humble,
barrel: (n) vessel, keg, roll, barrels, appearance, respect, air. pitiable, ignoble; (adj, n) scrubby,
barrelful, tun, vase, cask, vat, ANTONYMS: (n) insignificance, vile
container, hogshead irrelevance; (adj) nonbearing beginnings: (n) origin, root, early
barring: (prep) besides; (n) except for, beast: (n) animal, monster, swine, stages, early period, first phase
excepting, except, with the fiend, creature, scavenger, savage, behave: (n, v) conduct, exercise; (v)
exception of, without, with a critter, animate being, barbarian; bear, deal, deport, operate, perform,
reservation, ejection, save and (adj) bear. ANTONYM: (n) man acquit, walk, react, go.
except, riddance, expulsion. beat: (n, v) pulse, throb, tick, flap, ANTONYMS: (v) misdemean,
ANTONYMS: (n) entitlement; (prep) knock; (v) batter, whip, trounce, malfunction
including pulsate, bat; (n) round. beheld: (adj) visual
bars: (n) grinding media, gymnastics, ANTONYMS: (v) protect, help, belated: (adj) late, tardy, behindhand,
parallel bars divide, cede, aid, separate, slow, overdue, benighted, delayed,
basement: (n) base, vault, cellarage, surrender; (adj) invigorated, posthumous, too late, untimely; (adj,
offices, story, storey, kitchen, pantry, energized; (n) caress, pat adv) behind. ANTONYMS: (adj)
scullery, footing; (adj, n) bottom beaten: (adj) overpowered, routed, prompt, early, punctual, timely,
basin: (n) bowl, pot, hollow, conquered, overcome, prostrate, premature
washbowl, washbasin, depression, frothy, trounced, worsted; (v) beat, belief: (n) feeling, doctrine,
dock, tank, washstand, sink, lose, fail. ANTONYMS: (adj) supposition, opinion, idea, thought,
basinful. ANTONYMS: (n) hill, heartened, uplifted, triumphant, impression, trust, view, confidence,
hump encouraged, loose assumption. ANTONYMS: (n)
basket: (n) cage, hamper, basketful, beating: (n) reverse, defeat, whipping, unbelief, doubt, disavowal, distrust,
creel, Corf, coop, bucket, spinner thrashing, battery, flogging, denial, rejection, uncertainty,
basket, bassinet, containerful, cradle pounding, pulsation, pulse, rout; independence, innovation
bath: (n, v) wash, clean; (v) bathe, (adj) pulsing. ANTONYMS: (n) believed: (adj) whispered, alleged,
immersion; (n) bathroom, tank, dip, victory, win thought, held
tub, bathtub, ablution, bate beats: (n) beat, beatniks, Beat believer: (adj, n) convert; (n) apostle,
battered: (adj) worn, damaged, hurt, Generation supporter, devotee, worshipper,
maltreated, tattered, ragged, shabby, becoming: (adj, v) seemly, proper, abiogenist, zealot, religionist,
injured; (v) seedy, pulled down, befitting; (adj) decorous, decent, proselyte, layman; (adj) pietist.
shattered adequate, apposite, due, agreeable, ANTONYMS: (n) skeptic,
bawling: (adj, n) weeping, sniveling; fit, relevant. ANTONYMS: (adj) nonbeliever, guru, God, leader,
(n) cry, wailing; (adj) vociferous, inappropriate, unattractive, opponent
weepy, blatant, sobbing, clamorous, unflattering, improper, unbefitting, bell: (n, v) chime; (n) gong,
tearful, howling unsuitable, ugly, unseemly Alexander Graham Bell, ring,
beaded: (adj) beady, bejeweled, bedclothes: (n) bedspread, cover, doorbell, handbell, tocsin, alarum,
bejewelled, bespangled, covered, linen, bed linen, bed clothing, litter, Alexander Bell, buzz, angelus
decorated, jeweled, sequined, clothes, throw, spread, quilt, puff bellowing: (n) roaring, roar, bellows,
spangled, spangly, gemmed bedding: (n) litter, bed, bed linen, hollo, holloa, rout, yowl, boation,
beam: (n) ray, timber, balance beam; quilt, cover, stratification, spread, mugiency, hollering; (adj) mugient
(n, v) blaze, glow, flash, smile; (adj, blanket, bed clothing, bottom, bells: (n) addition, approval,
v) shine; (v) grin, air, radiate. foundation matrimony, marriage, approbation,
ANTONYMS: (n, v) scowl; (v) bedroom: (n) bedchamber, dormitory, wedding
darken, dim, dull, frown; (n) sleeping room, apartment, assembly, belongings: (n) property, luggage,
darkness berth, boudoir, master bedroom; baggage, wealth, assets, gear,
bear: (v) accept, take, stand, acquit, (adj) sexy chattels, personal property,
abide, allow, wear, comport, tolerate, bedstead: (n) bed, berth, cot, possessions, possession, equipment
convey, teem. ANTONYMS: (v) bedframe, furniture, shakedown, belvedere: (n) Kochia scoparia, Bassia
release, avoid, destroy, dodge, take, pallet, stretcher, tester, stead, hatch scoparia, summerhouse, bush,
eradicate, evade, kill, refuse, erase; beech: (n) Black beech, copper beech, watchtower, shrub, summer cypress,
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loophole, burning bush, firebush, forger, locksmith, metalworker, uncovered, understanding, sharp,
lookout sailmaker, wheelwright, smithy, seeing, revealed, quick, perceptive,
bench: (n) banquette, chair, smith open, controlled, cautious
workbench, court, terrace, bank, bar, blade: (n) knife, beau, foil, falchion, blinded: (adj) blindfolded, blinder,
judicatory, Ottoman, board, form cutlass, sword, leaf, shaft, razor, blindly, reckless, unsighted,
bend: (n, v) bow, turn, arch, arc, brand, steel blindfold, dizzy
crook, twist, elbow; (adj, n, v) curve; blame: (v) arraign, chide; (n, v) blinding: (adj) dazzling, blazing,
(v) stoop, crouch; (adj, v) flex. reprimand, censure, attack, charge, amazingly impressive, bisson,
ANTONYMS: (n, v) square; (v) align, reproach, rap, rebuke, fault; (n) onus. blatant, fulgent, glary; (n) clogging,
unbend, leave ANTONYMS: (n, v) praise; (v) blind blocking, blindage
bending: (n) bow, bend, deflection, absolve, exonerate, commend, clear, blinking: (adj) flickering, bally,
deflexion, refraction, flexure, crook; acquit; (n) vindication, exoneration, blooming; (adj, n) winking; (n)
(adj) flexible, supple, winding, honor, absolution, glory shimmer, blink, wink, twinkling,
pliant. ANTONYM: (adj) stiff blank: (adj) bare, empty, unfilled, nictation, blink of an eye, nictitation
beneath: (adv, prep) below, under; pure, vacant, clean; (n) space, blinks: (n) blinking-chickweed,
(adj) low, inferior; (adv) downward, blankness, form, vacuity; (v) addle. dwarf Montia, water chickweed
infra, at a lower place; (prep) lower ANTONYMS: (adj) full, expressive, blistering: (adj) burning, boiling,
than, less than, unworthy of, used, understanding, thoughtful, vitriolic, caustic, scorching, acid,
unbefitting. ANTONYMS: (adv, incomplete, marked, filled, excited, acrid, blazing, bitter, torrid, acerb.
prep) over; (adv) higher lively, aware ANTONYM: (adj) cold
bent: (adj) curved, arched, deformed, blankly: (adj, adv) inanely, bloody: (adj) brutal, bleeding, ruddy,
crooked; (n) propensity, inclination, vacuously, expressionlessly; (adv) bloodthirsty, sanguineous, sanguine,
fancy, leaning, flair, gift, curvature. emptily, hollowly, voidly, cleanly, savage, bloodstained, damned, raw;
ANTONYMS: (n) weakness, impassively, stupidly, whitely, (adv) damn. ANTONYMS: (adj)
inability, aversion; (adj) inexpressively. ANTONYM: (adv) easy, soft
undetermined, undecided, brightly blooming: (adj) rosy, thriving,
uncurved, uncaring, rigid, unbent blare: (v) bellow; (n, v) sound, honk, flourishing, healthy, prosperous,
beside: (adv) on, abreast, aside, beep, hoot; (adj, n) boom; (n) din, ruddy, booming, blossoming, cherry,
closely, nearly; (prep) about; (adv, clamor, racket; (adj) peal, thunder. verdant, green. ANTONYMS: (adj)
prep) besides; (adj) adjacent; (n) ANTONYMS: (v) mute, stifle; (n) arid, pale
while, at; (adj, prep) near silence blow: (n) beat, knock, shock, wallop,
besides: (adv) as well, moreover, too, blazing: (adj) flaming, afire, burning, gust, jolt; (adj, n, v) gasp, puff; (n, v)
furthermore, again, as well as, ardent, aflame, glaring, bright, blast, slap; (v) squander.
anyway, additionally; (prep) apart blatant, alight, passionate; (n) blaze. ANTONYMS: (n, v) calm; (v) save,
from, beside; (adj, adv) more ANTONYMS: (adj) freezing, quiet conserve, store, stillness, inhale,
betray: (v) deceive, bewray, sell, bleach: (adj, v) whiten, blanch, come, arrive; (n) luck, comfort,
grass, dupe, reveal, mislead, decolorize, wash out; (v) decolor, caress
disclose, accuse, befool, bamboozle. fade, white, decolourize; (n) blowing: (n) processing, insufflation,
ANTONYMS: (v) protect, undeceive, bleaching agent, whitener, bravado; (v) fanning, blow out; (adj)
hide, defend, withhold blanching agent. ANTONYMS: (v) windy, breezy
bills: (n) currency, folding money melanize, yellow, blacken, blown: (adj) puffy, panting, swollen,
biscuit: (n) rusk, hardtack, cooky, contaminate, dye winded, inflated, moving, high,
cookie, bisque, tea biscuit, almond bleeding: (adj) bloody, gory, blasted; haughty lofty, late; (v) puffing and
cookie, wafer, tan, sea bread, oreo (n) haemorrhage, bloodletting, blowing; (n) blowen
bite: (n, v) nip, cut, taste, hurt, pain; runout, cupping, leeches, blunder: (n, v) mistake, stumble, slip,
(v) pinch, chew, erode, gnaw, eat; venesection, phlebotomy; (v) bleed botch; (adj, n) fault; (n) error, gaffe,
(n) morsel. ANTONYMS: (n) lot, bless: (v) consecrate, celebrate, trip; (v) fail, fumble; (adj, n, v) miss.
whole, mildness sanctify, anoint, eulogize, sign, ANTONYMS: (v) succeed, correct,
biting: (adj, v) acute, acrid, sarcastic, praise, keep, grant, glorify; (n) accomplish, achieve; (n)
sharp, acrimonious, pungent, severe, blessing. ANTONYMS: (v) curse, achievement
cutting; (adj) acid, bitter, barbed. condemn, disapprove, damn, blundering: (adj) clumsy, tactless,
ANTONYMS: (adj) mild, blunt, kind, disallow, deny inept, maladroit, ungainly,
bland, nice, soothing, sweet, hot, blessed: (adj) happy, holy, cursed, unthinking, ridiculous, obtuse,
complimentary, faint, sympathetic sacred, damned, hallowed, blasted, oblivious, lumbering, insensitive.
blackly: (adv) darkly, threateningly, fortunate, saintly, lucky, divine. ANTONYMS: (adj) graceful,
somberly, dismally, murkily, bleakly, ANTONYMS: (adj) unlucky, sensitive, dexterous
shamefully, obscurely, dingily, condemned, damned, disapproved, boards: (n) timber, arena, table, stage,
wickedly, sinisterly unhappy, unholy, secular fence, floor
blackness: (n) black, darkness, sable, blind: (n) curtain, shutter, veil, drape, boast: (v) bluster, brag, blow, crow,
gloom, nigritude, night, inkiness, awning, trick; (v) bedazzle, dazzle, gasconade, show off, rodomontade,
dark, murk, murkiness, obscurity daze; (adj) sightless; (adj, v) obscure. exult; (n, v) vaunt, pride; (n)
blacksmith: (n) farrier, horseshoer, ANTONYMS: (adj) sighted, arrogance. ANTONYMS: (n)
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deprecation; (v) downplay, lack (v) fascinate, excite, hypnotize, parentheses, support, knee,
bobby: (n) police officer, police engage, entertain, stimulate; (n) parenthesis, holder; (adj, v) link,
constable, policeman, patrolman, charmer, exciter, excitement, couple; (adj) hook
copper, officer, cop, constable, dolt, pleasure brain: (n) mastermind, genius, head,
clod bosom: (n) heart, interior, boob, mind, reason, wit, psyche, noddle,
bogey: (n) bogy, bogle, specter, thorax, chest, bust, tit; (n, v) intelligence, nous, brains.
bugbear, goblin, hobgoblin, embrace; (v) cherish, hug; (adj) ANTONYMS: (n) emotion, moron,
bugaboo, ogre, Humphrey deforest intimate. ANTONYMS: (n) outside, body, dummy, imbecile, idiot,
Bogart, shade, boggard exteriority physicality
boil: (adj, n, v) seethe; (v) bubble, bother: (n, v) trouble, torment, worry, brandy: (n) applejack, spirits,
churn, ferment, burn, fume; (adj, n) hassle, pain; (adj, n, v) fuss, bore; (v) brandies, liquor, Brandywine, Marc,
abscess; (adj, v) simmer; (n) furuncle, vex, annoy, irritate; (n) nuisance. fruit brandy; (v) brandy smash
blister, pimple. ANTONYMS: (v) ANTONYMS: (n, v) delight; (v) breach: (n, v) break, rupture, fissure,
cool, chill, assuage, appease, ice, soothe, please, help, aid, comfort, split; (n) rift, opening, trespass,
calm placate, encourage, defend; (n) crack, infringement; (v) contravene,
boiled: (adj) intoxicated, poached, accord, satisfaction violate. ANTONYMS: (n) bridge,
stewed; (v) sodden bothered: (adj) troubled, disturbed, connection, upholding, adherence,
bold: (adj) adventurous, audacious, nervous, distraught, uneasy, accord, mend; (v) obey, observe, seal,
manly, arrogant, intrepid, fearless, concerned, upset, annoyed, harassed, uphold, honor
spirited, heroic, daring, courageous, vexed, fazed. ANTONYMS: (adj) bread: (n) livelihood, bun,
stalwart. ANTONYMS: (adj) timid, peaceful, unconcerned, pleased, maintenance, cash, currency, loot,
modest, afraid, meek, shy, light, serene, untroubled, content dough, pelf, food, sustenance, kale
courteous, discreet, faint, fearful, bottle: (n) container, jug, flask, cruet, breadth: (n) width, spread, amplitude,
abashed vial, pot, phial, jar, decanter, carboy; wideness, size, length, latitude,
bolt: (v) bar, gobble, abscond, fasten; (n, v) can extent, area, broadness, stretch.
(n) arrow; (adj, n) pin; (n, v) dash, bottom: (n) basis, backside, bed, ANTONYMS: (n) length, longitude,
lock, latch, escape; (adv) bang. behind, foot, footing, back, emptiness, thinness
ANTONYMS: (v) nibble, unbolt, foundation, posterior, floor; (n, v) breakfast: (n) repast, banquet,
loosen, amble, snack, wait, open, ground. ANTONYMS: (n) pinnacle, dejeuner, mealtime, feast, meal; (v)
unfasten, stroll, saunter, unscrew summit, peak, roof, apex, ceiling, sup, take tea, eat, have a meal, dine
bolted: (adj) barred, Bolten, secured, middle; (adj) highest breaking: (n) breakage, breach,
firm, barricaded, blockaded, bolted bound: (n, v) leap, jump, border, violation, infringement,
attachment, fast, fastened, latched, bounce, limit, edge, vault, recoil; (n) contravention, smash, rift, scutching,
tight boundary, barrier, compass. shift, intermission; (v) deaden
bolting: (n) sifting ANTONYMS: (v) allow, amble, breath: (n) wind, air, inspiration, puff,
bone: (n) framework, os, skeleton, crawl, limp, permit; (adj) permitted, soul, aspiration, respite, airflow; (v)
anatomy, ivory, astragal, true released, unbound, allowed, breathe, respire; (adj, n) whisper
middlings; (adj, n, v) cartilage; (v) unlikely breathing: (adj) animate, live, living,
swot, gristle, prepare bounder: (n) blackguard, leaper, respiratory, alive, above ground; (v)
bones: (n) bone, frame, corpse, dry villain, scoundrel, jumper, heel, breathe, respire; (n) respiration,
bones, framework, maraca, perisher, hound, andiron, dog instant, moment. ANTONYMS: (adj)
physician, finger cymbals, tymbal, bout: (n, v) round; (n) attack, spell, inanimate, breathless, dead
wreck, timbrel turn, competition, fight, battle, breeze: (n) breath, air, gust, gale,
bookshelves: (n) bookcase fighting, effort, game, fit flurry, zephyr, rumor, wind, blow,
boot: (n, v) kick; (n) boots, bowed: (adj) arched, curved, inclined, bise; (v) move
Wellingtons, bang, gain, jackboot, crooked, arciform, arching, arced, brevity: (n) briefness, shortness,
buskin, kicking, charge, shoe, bandy, arcuate, twisted, bended. succinctness, transience, terseness,
bootikin ANTONYMS: (adj) straight, concave, abruptness, crispness, duration,
bootless: (adj) futile, useless, vain, plucked economy, length, brevities.
idle, inefficacious, inutile, bowler: (n) bowler hat, boller, player, ANTONYMS: (n) lengthiness,
unavailing, sleeveless, abortive, participant, lid, cricketer, hat, length
ineffective, feckless chapeau, batsman, plug hat brick: (n) adobe, block, rough
boots: (n) Bootes, bell boy, bootblack, bowling: (n) tenpins, bowl, playing, diamond, ugly duckling, lump, unit,
counterjumper, boy, shoeblack, game, skittles, throw, bosie ball, red; (adj) trump, concrete; (v) pot,
footwear bosie, googly, Chinaman terra cotta
bordering: (adj) abutting, adjoining, boxes: (n) auditory, pit, parquet, bricks: (n) walk, highway
conterminous, contiguous, frontier, gallery, box, case, front of the house, brickwork: (n) masonry, bricklaying,
next, neighboring, nearby, near, bleachers, stalls nogging, stonework
approximate, fringent braces: (n) suspenders, suspender, brief: (adj) concise, transient, little,
bore: (v) dig, tire, pierce, tap, annoy, couple, bitstock, ribs, orthodontic abridge, short-lived, abrupt; (adj, n)
perforate; (n, v) bother, plague; (n) appliance abstract, summary; (n) epitome,
auger, well, gimlet. ANTONYMS: bracket: (n) prop, rack, stand, report; (v) notify. ANTONYMS:
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(adj) permanent, lengthy, rambling, horrid, horrent bumpkin: (n) boor, yokel, rustic, hick,
wordy, prolonged, extended, lasting, broad: (adj) wide, sweeping, clown, rube, bumkin, lout,
civil; (adv) civilly; (v) secrete, hide comprehensive, vast, general, countryman, clod, chawbacon
briefly: (adv) concisely, pithily, extensive, large, ample, free, big; (n) bundle: (n, v) pack, cluster, clump,
momentarily, curtly, tersely, female. ANTONYMS: (adj) specific, wad; (n) sheaf, pile, batch, stack,
succinctly, fleetingly, transitorily, thin, restricted, polite, minor, package, group, heap. ANTONYMS:
transiently; (adj, adv) summarily, limited, exclusive, dogmatic, decent, (v) scatter, separate, disperse, divide
quickly. ANTONYMS: (adv) cultured, confined bundled: (adj) wrapped
permanently, endlessly, slowly, broke: (adj) bankrupt, poor, insolvent, bunting: (n) banner, buntlin, cloth,
thoroughly, verbosely impecunious, penniless, fabric, material, textile, buntine,
bright: (adj) alive, vivid, intelligent, impoverished, skint, bust, destitute, standard, ensign, flag, finch
apt, shining, brilliant, lustrous, strapped, ruined. ANTONYMS: burden: (n, v) bother, weight, pack,
luminous, light, beaming, shiny. (adj) solvent, wealthy, affluent burthen, trouble, clog, strain; (n)
ANTONYMS: (adj) cloudy, stupid, broken: (adj) torn, tame, damaged, anxiety, bale, responsibility; (v)
gloomy, dim, unintelligent, dreary, intermittent, uneven, imperfect, afflict. ANTONYMS: (v) relieve,
dark, overcast, shadowy, thick, rugged, rough, out of order; (adj, v) lighten, free, disburden, alleviate,
leaden busted, ruined. ANTONYMS: (adj) relax; (n, v) help; (n) tranquility,
brightly: (adv) vividly, luminously, unbroken, intact, wild, whole, relaxation, peace, pleasure
radiantly, gaily, clearly, shiningly, working, uplifted, uninterrupted, burdock: (n) suffrutex, bur, great
intensely, cheerfully, smartly, bright, triumphant, running, indomitable, burdock, Arctium, clotbur,
lustrously. ANTONYMS: (adv) incessant cocklebur, genus Arctium
gloomily, drearily, bleakly, stupidly, brood: (n, v) breed; (v) sulk, think, burglar: (n) thief, picklock,
dully, blankly, seriously, incubate; (n) offspring, issue, cracksman, bandit, housebreaker,
pessimistically progeny, young, posterity, family; prowler, plunderer, burglary,
brilliant: (adj, v) splendid, glorious, (adj, n) herd. ANTONYMS: (v) burglarer, burglars, impostor
illustrious, smart; (adj) sunny, reassure, delight, console burglary: (n) housebreaking, theft,
intelligent, magnificent, luminous, brow: (n) peak, brink, brows, height, felony, breaking and entering,
spectacular, vivid, beautiful. summit, forehead, eyebrow, edge, stealing, robbery, thieving, crime,
ANTONYMS: (adj) dull, dim, awful, crown, brim, border. ANTONYM: depredation, holdup, burglar
dark, unexceptional, typical, (n) trough burgle: (v) rob, steal, burglarise,
tarnished, grimy, unintelligent, brows: (n) brow break in, break into, rifle, pillage,
normal, useless bruised: (adj) wounded, hurt, raw, sack, ransack, plunder, mug
brim: (n) rim, periphery, verge, edge, sore, livid, tender, sensitive, rotten, burgundy: (adj, n) red; (n) Chablis,
lip, hem, rand, margin, perimeter, surbet, sore to the touch, painful burgundy wine, Bourgogne; (adj)
brink, limit brush: (n, v) broom, touch, kiss; (v) crimson, dark red, maroon, reddish
bringing: (n) delivery, consignment, sweep, polish, graze, clean; (n) purple, ruby, scarlet
serving, service, passage, post brushwood, conflict, copse, burly: (adj) rugged, beefy, brawny,
brink: (n, v) edge; (n) border, hem, encounter strapping, hefty, muscular, husky,
threshold, boundary, brim, shore, brutal: (adj) barbaric, barbarous, stout, strong; (adv) beefily, sturdily.
periphery, lip, margin, limit. bestial, hard, cruel, unkind, vicious, ANTONYMS: (adj) slight, skinny,
ANTONYMS: (n) middle, interior, savage, harsh, truculent, barbarian. thin, slim, small, anorexic, feeble,
end ANTONYMS: (adj) merciful, kind, delicate, weak
brisk: (adj) bracing, agile, alive, liberal, humane, generous, caring, burning: (adj) blazing, ablaze, boiling,
bright, lively, acute, alert, energetic, friendly, nice, pleasant afire, flaming, hot; (n) combustion,
sprightly; (adj, v) quick, smart. brute: (adj) brutal, harsh, gruff, firing; (adj, n) passionate, zealous,
ANTONYMS: (adj) soporific, brutish; (adj, n) animal, savage; (n) glowing. ANTONYMS: (adj) cold,
sluggish, hesitant, tedious, barbarian, fiend, creature, monster; trivial, cool, out, painless, quenched,
temperate, inactive, civil, torpid, (adv) beastly. ANTONYMS: (adj) soothing, unimportant, apathetic,
slack, serious, lethargic weak, refined, mild, gentle; (n) insignificant, unconcerned
briskly: (adv) busily, energetically, gentleman burnt: (adj) adust, heated, baked,
vigorously, quickly, freshly, actively, bubble: (v) babble, foam, froth, torrid, sunburnt, seared, scorched,
sharply, rapidly, vividly, brightly, burble, effervesce, seethe, gurgle, well done, tempered, overdone,
merrily. ANTONYMS: (adv) fizz; (n) blister, bladder, vesicle combust. ANTONYMS: (adj)
seriously, laboriously, civilly, bulk: (n) size, mass, volume, majority, underdone, unburned, wet
pleasantly, languorously amount, capacity, quantity, burst: (adj, n, v) crack; (adj, v) split,
bristle: (n) fiber, hair, whisker; (v) dimension, magnitude, thickness; blow up, explode, splinter, detonate;
teem, burn, seethe, rage, arise, fume, (adj, n) lump. ANTONYMS: (n) (n, v) rupture, blast; (adj, n) flash; (v)
blow up; (n, v) brustle. ANTONYM: minority, lightness break out, belch. ANTONYMS: (v)
(v) calm bull: (n) rot, ox, hogwash, absurdity, attach, join, connect, fasten, trickle
bristling: (n) brisling; (adj) thorny, bear, buck, guff, shit, male; (n, v) burton: (n) Richard Burton, sir
muricated, pectinated, studded, bullshit; (adj, n) blunder. Richard Francis Burton
thistly, bristled, bushy, teeming, ANTONYMS: (n) truth, bear bury: (v) inter, overwhelm, lay to rest,
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hide, mask, secrete, conceal, cloak, wax light, Standard candle; (v) barrow, applecart, wagon; (v) haul,
entomb, suppress; (n) burial. examine, illuminate drag, bear, take, transfer
ANTONYMS: (v) exhume, unearth, cant: (n) jargon, lingo, slang, carter: (n) whip, carrier, coachman,
uncover, dig, disclose, distract, vernacular, argot; (n, v) bank, tilt, Jehu, drayman, wagoner, teamster,
expose, ignore, reveal, air, bias, incline; (adj, n) bevel; (v) list delivery service, cartman, hauler,
remember canvas: (n) duck, sail, sheet, tarpaulin, charioteer
bush: (n) shrub, wild, jungle, hedge, cloth, tarp, burlap; (n, v) canvass; (v) cartilage: (n, v) gristle; (adj, n, v)
outback, scrub, heath, plant, thicket, painting, tableau, solicit bone; (n) arytenoid, meniscus,
wilderness, chaparral caps: (n) brevier, bourgeois, pica arytaenoid, fibrocartilage, arytenoid
bushes: (n) underbrush, thicket, boldface cartilage, animal tissue
undergrowth, minor league capture: (v) bag, catch, carry, ensnare, cashmere: (n) calico, cambric, Kasmir,
busted: (v) broke, out of commission; captivate, seize, get, apprehend; (n) cloth, fabric, material, textile, wool
(adj) broken down, damaged, burst, seizure, apprehension; (n, v) take. cast: (n, v) throw, stamp, form, fling,
ruined, not working, destitute, ANTONYMS: (n, v) release, shape, figure; (v) shed, pitch, chuck;
disrepair, had it, impaired surrender; (v) liberate, disperse, free, (n) casting, appearance.
bustle: (adj, n, v) hurry; (n, v) flurry, lose, give; (n) return, liberation ANTONYMS: (v) refuse, receive,
ado, fuss, hustle; (adj, n) stir, carelessly: (adv) incautiously, hastily, subtract, reject, take, gather, catch,
movement; (n) bother, commotion, recklessly, heedlessly, casually, retain, keep
disorder; (adj, v) hasten. sloppily, imprudently, casting: (n) cast, hurl, pouring,
ANTONYMS: (n) inactivity, stillness, inconsiderately, rashly, negligently, molding, teeming, block, Malleable
idleness; (v) laziness, relaxation unwarily. ANTONYMS: (adv) castings, fling, to throw something a
busy: (adj) brisk, engaged, assiduous, thoroughly, diligently, carefully, long distance, flinging, pelt
occupied, agile, meddlesome, warily, laboriously, thoughtfully, casual: (adj) adventitious, careless,
industrious, crowded, officious, live; attentively, daintily, methodically, chance, occasional, nonchalant,
(v) occupy. ANTONYMS: (adj) free, discreetly, economically irregular, easy, cursory, coincidental,
inactive, dodging, available, carelessness: (n) negligence, passing, random. ANTONYMS:
deserted, lazy, quiet, still, inattention, indifference, (adj) deliberate, formal, thorough,
unengaged, avoiding, empty nonchalance, thoughtlessness, careful, rushed, premeditated,
butcher: (v) slaughter, kill, murder, abandon, incaution, disregard, predetermined, planned, serious,
slay; (n, v) massacre, botch; (n) omission, forgetfulness, dereliction. permanent, intense
assassin, bungler, slaughterer, ANTONYMS: (n) attention, caution, cataclysmic: (adj) calamitous, ruinous,
meatman, murderer. ANTONYMS: alertness, vigilance, carefulness, destructive, disastrous, tragic, fatal,
(v) develop, create, grow, build thoughtfulness, assiduousness, terrible, shocking, appalling,
butter: (v) gloze, slaver, flatter; (adj) economy, regard, prudence, shattering, harmful. ANTONYM:
butyraceous, dough, pudding; (n) forethought (adj) wonderful
fat, scrapper, fighter, oil, tallow caricature: (n) burlesque, satire, catch: (n, v) capture, hook, haul, hitch,
butterflies: (adj) anxious, cartoon, takeoff; (n, v) lampoon, trick, grab, snatch; (v) get,
apprehensive, frightened; (n) ridicule; (v) ape, travesty, take off, apprehend, intercept; (n) pawl.
trepidation, nervousness, anxiety spoof, mimic ANTONYMS: (n, v) release; (v)
butterfly: (adj, n) peacock; (n) caring: (adj) tender, affectionate, misunderstand, unhitch, mistake,
lepidopteron, lepidopteran, tortoise loving, fond, compassionate, Miss, misinterpret, free, give, lose;
shell, girl, pierid, iris; (v) flirt, dally, concerned, sympathetic, kind, (n) advantage, boon
kiss, bray solicitous, considerate, obliging. catching: (adj) communicable,
buttons: (n) bellboy, peyote ANTONYMS: (adj) uncaring, infectious, epidemic, gripping,
bystander: (n) spectator, witness, unfeeling, callous, flippant, unkind, transferable, zymotic; (n) discovery,
eyewitness, observer, beholder, inhumane, hardhearted, unhelpful, take, playing, uncovering, getting.
looker-on, viewer, watcher, passer thoughtless, rough, paternal ANTONYM: (adj)
by, outsider, looker carpet: (v) cover, drape, rebuke, noncommunicable
cabman: (n) cabdriver, cabby, encase, row, chew out; (n) rug, caught: (adj) fixed, guilty,
taximan, carman, coachman, driver, carpeting, tapis, runner, covering accomplished, wedged, trapped,
taxi driver, hackdriver, taxidriver carriage: (n) attitude, conveyance, cab, interested, exposed, defenseless,
calico: (n) cambric, fabric, cashmere, air, walk, position, mien, shipping; culpable; (v) seize, get. ANTONYM:
chintz, cloth; (adj) motley, (n, v) transport, behavior, port (adj) loose
varicoloured, pied, assorted carrier: (n) carrier wave, bearer, cautious: (adj) guarded, conservative,
calmed: (adj) composed, thankful. messenger, carter, postman, prudent, watchful, attentive,
ANTONYM: (adj) worried common carrier, vehicle, courier, reserved, shy, provident, judicious,
candied: (adj) dulcet, glace, lush, mailman, porter, charged particle circumspect, chary. ANTONYMS:
luscious, melliferous, nectarious, carrying: (n) transport, conveyance, (adj) rash, open, impulsive,
honied, sugary, honeyed, flattering, carriage, transportation, haulage, impetuous, careless, irresponsible,
crystalized hauling, shipping; (adj) bearing, wasteful, incautious, thoughtless,
candle: (n) candela, light, taper, gerent; (v) convey, bring imprudent, unwary
bougie, CD, candlepower, lamp, cart: (n) car, carriage, handcart, cautiously: (adv) guardedly,
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prudently, warily, circumspectly, cranny, crack, lad, man, scissure, chemistry: (n) alchemy,
charily, discreetly, vigilantly, beau, chink photochemistry, natural science,
timidly, attentively, watchfully, chaps: (n) chops, fauces, crack attraction, charm, geochemistry,
sparingly. ANTONYMS: (adv) characteristic: (adj, v) typical, interpersonal chemistry; (adj)
openly, irresponsibly, imprudently, representative; (adj) individual, physicochemical, acyclic, botany,
bravely, recklessly, incautiously, distinctive, original, specific; (n) sign, photochemical
thoughtlessly, wastefully, tactlessly, attribute, character, point; (adj, n) chest: (n) bosom, ark, bust, box, chest
rashly, liberally peculiar. ANTONYMS: (adj) of drawers, case, hutch, bureau,
cavity: (n) antrum, cave, hole, pocket, common, unusual, untypical, rare, caisson, casket, dresser
hollow, void, pit, chamber, caries, abnormal, typical, atypical cheval: (n) chevaux
depression, hollowness. charged: (adj) laden, loaded, replete, chiefly: (adv) principally, primarily,
ANTONYMS: (n) hump, lump aerated, tense, strained, full, filled, above all, especially, headly, mostly,
ceased: (adj) finished emotional, abounding, deferred largely, primely, predominantly;
ceiling: (n) cap, limit, maximum, charges: (n) expenditure, dues (adj, adv) mainly, particularly.
overhead, upper limit, top, roof, charity: (n) dole, favor, aid, liberality, ANTONYM: (adv) partially
limitation, confine, tile, thatch. generosity, kindness, alms, mercy, chiffonnier: (n) muckworm, sans
ANTONYMS: (n) minimum, floor virtue; (v) almsgiving; (adj, n) culotte, mudlark, beggar, outcast of
celebrated: (adj) renowned, famous, brotherly love. ANTONYMS: (n) society, ragamuffin, pariah,
distinguished, notable, noted, intolerance, meanness, unkindness, panhandler, vagabond, tramp,
splendid, well-known, known, cruelty, malice, stinginess, sundowner
famed, eminent; (adj, n) glorious. cheapness, nastiness, inhumanity chilled: (adj) frozen, freezing, cool,
ANTONYMS: (adj) minor, chase: (v) pursue, trail, follow, track, refrigerated, icy, inhibited,
unexalted, ordinary, obscure, stalk, expel, banish, go after; (n, v) restrained, confined, shivering, iced,
undistinguished, inglorious, hunt, search; (n) game. stiff
insignificant ANTONYMS: (v) escape, lead, find, chilly: (adj, adv) unfriendly; (adv)
cell: (n) cage, jail, cadre, hole, cave, precede coolly, frigidly; (adj) cool, bleak,
booth, cavity, compartment, coop, chasing: (n) chase, engraving; (v) algid, freezing, frozen, icy, frosty;
cubicle; (adj) cellular follow, pursue (adj, n) cold. ANTONYMS: (adj) hot,
cellar: (n) basement, cellarage, wine cheap: (adj) tacky, low, stingy, base, tropical, responsive, mild,
cellar, godown, warehouse, winery, flashy, worthless, sleazy, shabby, welcoming, friendly, balmy, torrid
silo, pit, excavation, story, storey niggardly, mean, economical. chimney: (n) fireplace, smokestack,
ceremony: (n) courtesy, celebration, ANTONYMS: (adj) expensive, costly, shaft, flue, hearth, vent, lamp
ceremonial, parade, pomp, rite, tasteful, generous, luxurious, quality, chimney, chimneys, nostril, throat,
ceremonies, manners, custom, ritual, noble, inflated, precious, dear, steep weasand
pageant. ANTONYMS: (n) modesty, cheated: (adj) embittered, resentful chin: (n) jaw, Kuki, jawbone,
understatement checked: (adj) checkered, chequered, lineament, rap, jowl; (v) elevate,
certainty: (n) assurance, sureness, check, plaid, examine, temperate, speak, chin up, confer, bring up
certain, trust, confidence, fact, tartan, silent, safe, pent-up, chink: (v) jingle, tinkle; (n) cleft,
reliability, surety, security, reality, numbered crevice, Chinaman, aperture, hiatus,
certitude. ANTONYMS: (n) doubt, checking: (n) examination, scissure, blunt; (n, v) clink, break
unpredictability, indecisiveness, verification, audit, inspection, chirk: (v) sound, voice, vocalize
skepticism, unknown, idealism, scrutiny, going-over, arrest, chlorine: (n) Cl, chlorines, gas,
vagueness, fantasy, feeling, interference, supervision, collation, element, centilitre, atomic number,
hesitation, insecurity approval of plans centiliter, chemical element
chain: (n) network, rope, cable, band, cheek: (n) audacity, nerve, brass, chloroform: (adj) anaesthetic agent,
catena, range; (adj, n, v) tether; (v) boldness, impertinence, face, lip, opium, ether; (n) put under, chloral;
bind, fetter; (adj, v) tie; (n, v) mouth, gall, insolence, impudence. (v) deaden, anesthetize, anaesthetize
handcuff. ANTONYMS: (v) ANTONYMS: (n) respect, cowardice, chocolate: (n) bonbon, hot chocolate,
emancipate, liberate, unchain, timidity, humbleness, meekness, cocoa, burnt umber, sweet, candy; (n,
detach reticence, seriousness; (v) praise v) coffee; (adj) brunette, tan, tawny;
chairs: (n) seats cheeks: (n) Gemini, twins, couple, (v) tea
chances: (n) probability, odds, posterior, pair, deuce, two, duet choking: (n) strangulation, throttling,
opportunities, possibility, state, cheese: (n) cheddar, cottage cheese, slugging, asphyxiation; (adj)
circumstances blue cheese, brick cheese, Brie, suffocative, suffocating, smothering,
changing: (adj) unsettled, shifting, Camembert, Cheddar cheese, breathless, clogging, bitter, blinding
variable, dynamic, moving, choppy, cheeseflower, bleu, Edam, choose: (v) adopt, elect, select, pick,
uncertain, various, varying, exaggeration prefer, take, appoint, assign, decide,
inconstant, fickle. ANTONYMS: chemical: (n) bactericide, restrainer, excerpt; (n) picking. ANTONYMS:
(adj) usual, fixed ammunition, product, fumigant, (v) refuse, waver, decline, forgo,
chanting: (n) cantillation, vocalizing, bacteriacide, carbon tetrahalide, spurn, dislike, elect
sing, singing, intonation carrier; (adj) plastic, alkaline, chose: (v) choose, opt, decide; (n)
chap: (n) fellow, blighter, guy, crevice, alchemical thing
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chosen: (adj, n) elect; (adj) preferred, (adv) clashingly; (v) bickering. osculant; (n) coherence
select, favored, named; (adj, v) ANTONYM: (adj) consistent clink: (n, v) clank, jingle, chink, ring,
designate, desired, designated; (n) clasping: (adj) tendril rattle; (v) tinkle, sound; (n) clang, jail,
deary, ducky, dearie. ANTONYMS: clatter: (n, v) rattle, jingle, bang, clank, clash, click
(adj) ignored, involuntary clang, roll, clink; (v) clash, chatter; clock: (n) chronometer, horologe,
chronic: (adj) inveterate, habitual, (n) noise, racket. ANTONYM: (n) alarm, alarm clock, clepsydra, ticker,
confirmed, constant, accustomed, quiet cuckoo clock, clock radio; (n, v) time,
persistent, usual, prolonged, claws: (v) tentacle, tenaculum, unguis, stopwatch; (v) measure
continuous, regular; (v) permanent. hook, fangs, teeth; (n) clutches, jaws closed: (v) close, tight; (adj) blind,
ANTONYMS: (adj) occasional, acute, clay: (n) soil, remains, adobe, loam, finished, blocked, shut, congested,
intermittent, mild, spasmodic dust, dirt, mud, bentonite, ashes; enclosed, folded, fastened, not open.
chump: (n) dupe, sap, zany, (adj, n) pottery; (adj) earthen ANTONYMS: (adj) beginning,
blockhead, mug, gull, dolt, fall guy, clean: (adj, adv) fair; (v) cleanse, running, started, starting,
mark, gander, noodle brush, bathe, disinfect; (adj) welcoming, continuing
chunk: (n, v) lump; (n) clump, bit, antiseptic, blank, pure, chaste, closely: (adv) nearly, narrowly,
fragment, section, mass, portion, unblemished; (n, v) wash. intimately, strictly, exactly, thickly,
ball, block, piece, cut. ANTONYMS: ANTONYMS: (adj) filthy, unclean, firmly, securely, confidentially,
(n) particle, scrap, whole muddy, unhygienic, tainted, solidly, familiarly. ANTONYMS:
cigar: (n) cheroot, cigars, smoke, unwholesome, syrupy, full; (v) soil, (adv) loosely, thoughtlessly,
cigarette, corona, panatela, panetella, contaminate, pollute heedlessly, carelessly,
segar, cigarillo cleaning: (n) purge, purification, approximately, inconveniently,
cigars: (n) cigar clearing, purging, scrub, cleanup, sparsely, casually, lightly,
circle: (n) association, field, range, purgation, sweeping, ablution, thin, inaccurately
beat, set; (n, v) ring, band, compass, separation closer: (adv) nearer, closest, more
turn, whirl; (v) encircle clearing: (n) clarification, clearance, rapidly; (adj) close, approximate,
circuit: (n, v) circle, tour, trip, journey, purgation, purging, purge, clear- near, dear, good, nigh; (n) finisher,
excursion; (n) beat, area, round, melting, correction, tract, finale
district, perimeter, cycle improvement, release, freeing closing: (n) end, finish, conclusion,
circumstance: (n) affair, incident, clenched: (adj) tight, clinched close, ending, shutting, finishing;
matter, event, occasion, chance, clergyman: (n) minister, chaplain, (adj) ultimate, last, final, terminal.
accident, opportunity, adventure, priest, pastor, churchman, preacher, ANTONYMS: (adj, n) opening; (adj)
casualty, fact parson, rector, dominie, vicar; (adj) first
cistern: (n) water tank, sump, storage divine. ANTONYMS: (n) layman, clot: (n, v) clod; (n) coagulum, gob,
tank, reservoir, container, cesspool, layperson mass; (v) congeal, clog, coagulate,
sac, pond, pool, sink, cesspit clerical: (adj) accounting, clabber, cake, set, solidify.
citizen: (n) national, inhabitant, bookkeeping, administrative, church, ANTONYMS: (v) loose, thin, flow,
denizen, resident, burgher, the ministerial, priestly, sacerdotal, homogenize, soften; (n) opening
people, subject, freeman, native, secretarial; (n) minister, preacher, cloth: (n) drapery, fabric, clothes,
nationality, voter. ANTONYMS: (n) office. ANTONYM: (adj) lay clothing, rag, stuff, linen, tapestry,
foreigner, immigrant, tourist, alien, cliff: (adj, n) precipice; (n) boulder, silk, flannel; (v) napkin
stranger hill, escarpment, promontory, crag, clothe: (v) dress, cover, garb, apparel,
civilised: (adj) civilized, humane, mountain, bank, face; (adj) wall, clad, vest, arrange, deck, invest,
genteel, cultured, cultivated, pike wrap; (n, v) attire. ANTONYMS: (v)
advanced, refined, polite climate: (n) atmosphere, clime, reveal, strip, uncover
clang: (n, v) chime, clangor, ring, ambience, latitude, mood, milieu, clothing: (n) attire, threads, outfit,
clash, clank, clatter, sound; (adj, n, weather, environment, zone, gear, dress, cloth, duds, habit, wear;
v) peal; (v) boom, clink; (n) crash conditions, isobar (n, v) apparel, vesture
clap: (n, v) blast, boom, slam, rumble; climax: (n, v) peak, crown; (n) top, clouded: (adj, n) cloudy; (adj) gloomy,
(n) applause, clapping, gonorrhoea, zenith, culmination, acme, height, dark, overcast, obscure, blurred,
smash; (v) acclaim, applaud, hit. summit, pinnacle, meridian; (adj, n) foggy, misty, hazy, bleary; (v)
ANTONYMS: (v) hiss, jeer orgasm. ANTONYMS: (v) dip, drop, cymophanous. ANTONYM: (adj)
clash: (n, v) fight, impact, brawl, delve; (n) low, nadir, bathos, clear
struggle, clank, wrangle, dispute, anticlimax, comedown, base, trough, cloudy: (adj) dull, gloomy, nebulous,
hit; (n) battle, encounter, crash. prelude murky, dark, turbid, foggy, muddy,
ANTONYMS: (n) agreement, climbing: (n) climb, ascension, misty, sunless, vaporous.
association, consistency, concord; (v) mounting, mountain climbing, ANTONYMS: (adj) clear, bright,
connect, reconcile, harmonize, mountaineering, rock climbing, sunny, cloudless
consent, balance, accord, concur acclivity; (v) ascending, uprise, clover: (n) trefoil, shamrock, herb,
clashing: (adj, n) discordant; (n) arise; (adj) scandent Dutch clover, claver, riches, wealth,
collision, interference, antagonism, clinging: (adj) adhering, sticky, success, prosperity, good life, fat city
discord; (adj) conflicting, adherent, devoted, adhering closely, clue: (n, v) tip; (n) cue, hint, sign,
incompatible, opposed, contrary; affectionate, dependent, tenacious, suggestion, signal, guide, token,
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indication, key, vestige. philistine, townsman, cockneydom, ANTONYM: (adj) colorful
ANTONYM: (v) hide Londoner, burgess, epicier, cit, comfortable: (adj, v) easy, snug; (adj)
clump: (n, v) cluster, bundle; (n) oppidan pleased, pleasing, prosperous,
lump, group, clot, knot, tuft, chunk, cocoanut: (n) coco, cocoa-nut, agreeable, pleasurable, congenial,
clod, ball; (v) plod coconut palm, coco palm, cocoa rich, enjoyable, homely.
clumsily: (adv) awkwardly, ineptly, palm ANTONYMS: (adj) poor, tense,
crudely, ungracefully, maladroitly, coffee: (n) Java, cafe, coffee tree, formal, unpleasant, unhappy,
gawkily, inelegantly, gauchely, coffee bean, cocoa, burnt umber, unaccustomed, intimidating,
inexpertly, unwieldily, roughly. chicory, espresso, tea; (adj, n) brown, difficult, anxious, broke, destitute
ANTONYMS: (adv) skillfully, chocolate comfortably: (adv) easily, pleasantly,
cleverly, coherently, deftly, coffin: (n) casket, sarcophagus, chest, cosily, conveniently, easy, snugly,
elegantly, gracefully, carefully, cask, hearse, urn, carriage, richly, advantageously, leisurely,
expertly, competently, tactfully, automobile, catafalque; (v) to drive a well, wealthily. ANTONYMS: (adv)
urbanely nail in one's coffin, bury uncomfortably, awkwardly,
clumsiness: (n) stiffness, roughness, coiled: (adj) curled, curved, twined, unpleasantly
gracelessness, maladroitness, coiling, twisted, convoluted, rolled, comforter: (n) blanket, muffler,
gaucherie, ineptitude, gawkiness, wavy, bent, round; (adj, v) spiral. comfortable, pacifier, reliever,
posture, ungracefulness, inelegance, ANTONYM: (adj) uncoiled bedclothes, bedding, dummy,
unskillfulness. ANTONYMS: (n) coins: (v) coinage; (n) hard cash, coverlet, cover, communicator
deftness, flamboyance, competence, money, loose change, small change, commercialism: (n) business,
cleverness, grace, gracefulness, legal tender, ready money commerce, exportation, payment,
skillfulness, diplomacy, urbanity, coldness: (n) chilliness, coolness, merchandising, marketing,
smoothness, elegance indifference, distance, apathy, interchange, carriage trade,
clutch: (n, v) clasp, grip, clench, grasp, iciness, reserve, frost, frigidity, importation, exchange, distribution
hold, clinch, gripe; (v) grab, grapple, unconcern; (adj, n) cold. committed: (adj) engaged, dedicated,
embrace; (adj, v) catch. ANTONYMS: (n) friendliness, firm, devoted, involved, connected,
ANTONYMS: (n) loose; (v) release, sympathy, sensitivity, hotness, heat, loyal, constant, linked, vigorous; (v)
unfasten responsiveness, concern, brightness, compromised. ANTONYMS: (adj)
clutched: (adj) tense, worried, kindness unattached, passive, casual, flippant,
anxious, neurotic collapse: (n, v) slump, fall, flop, uncaring, halfhearted
clutching: (n) locking subsidence; (n) breakdown; (v) communication: (n) announcement,
coach: (adj, v) prime; (n) trainer, break, break down, buckle, crumple, word, report, commerce, letter,
teacher, instructor, stagecoach, crack, crumble. ANTONYMS: (n, v) tidings, communicating, notice,
charabanc, carriage, autobus, bus; rise; (v) build, grow, invigorate, intercourse, news, liaison
(v) train, educate. ANTONYMS: (v) withstand, improve, hold; (n) companion: (adj, n) associate; (n)
listen, learn; (n) pupil, student growth, success, triumph, making colleague, buddy, mate, peer, chum,
coachman: (n) teamster, cabman, collapsed: (adj) broken, warped, partner, fellow, comrade, assistant,
charioteer, carter, carman, Jehu, misshapen, folded, fallen, distorted, brother. ANTONYMS: (n) foe,
postboy, drayman, wagoner, depleted, buckled, bent, bowed, stranger, adversary
postilion; (v) whip malformed compass: (n) scope, range, room,
coal: (n) ember, bituminous coal, collar: (n, v) arrest, catch, capture, extent, area, circumference, reach; (n,
carbon, lignite, anthracite, wallsend, pinch; (n) choker, ruff, lapel; (v) v) round, grasp, circle; (v) get.
culm, oil, petroleum, firewood; (adj) apprehend, nail, grab, clutch. ANTONYM: (v) lose
black ANTONYMS: (v) free, release complain: (v) bemoan, protest, whine,
coals: (n) ashes, fire, residue, embers collected: (adj) calm, accumulated, squawk, bewail, beef, grudge,
coarse: (adj) vulgar, boorish, rough, amassed, tranquil, sober, assembled, accuse, carp, plain, complaint.
brutal, crude, gross, common, earthy, cool, poised, unflappable, peaceful; ANTONYMS: (v) praise, applaud,
blunt, bawdy; (adj, v) harsh. (adj, v) composed. ANTONYMS: cheer, recommend, rejoice, laud,
ANTONYMS: (adj) sophisticated, (adj) nervous, worried, upset, approve, agree, accept
refined, smooth, polite, soft, civil, uncollected, flustered, completed: (adj, adv, v) done; (adj)
cultured, delicate, fine, genteel, scatterbrained, anxious, excitable accomplished, perfect, ready, whole,
gentlemanly colonel: (n) captain, coronel through, terminated, fulfilled; (adj,
coat: (v) cloak, blanket; (n, v) sheath, coloured: (adj) colorful, biased, black, adv) finished, over, ended
plaster; (n) coating, fur, film, crust, partial, painted, dyed, unfair, blue, complicated: (adj, v) intricate; (adj)
jacket, layer, bark. ANTONYMS: (v) hued, color, artificial elaborate, hard, complicate, difficult,
reveal, expose colouring: (n) coloration, painting, sophisticated, awkward, convoluted,
cobbler: (n) bootmaker, shoemaker, colour, coloring, color, tincture, tint, obscure, deep; (v) involved.
cordwainer, hosier, highball, hatter, hue, colouration, dyeing, exterior ANTONYMS: (adj) straightforward,
maker, shaper, pie, vamper; (v) condition clear, easy, plain, primitive, direct,
tinker colourless: (adj) colorless, drab, pale, amicable, basic
cocked: (adj) erect, upright, vertical neutral, wan, pallid, ashen, clear, compliments: (n) respects,
cockney: (n) snooks, burgher, white, washy, bloodless. commendation, wish, greetings,
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salutation, respect, applause, flattery, consummate, set approval, corroboration, testimony,
acclamation, regards, approbation conclusion: (n) end, close, result, sanction, demonstration, agreement,
comprehensible: (adj) intelligible, termination, sequel, completion, authentication, check, endorsement,
coherent, understandable, lucid, cessation, dissolution, finish, finale; evidence. ANTONYMS: (n) opposite,
perspicuous, accessible, plain, (n, v) closing. ANTONYMS: (n) question, repudiation, retraction,
apprehensible, comprehendible, beginning, opening, preface, withdrawal, condemnation, denial
readable, incomprehensible. inauguration, foreword, launch, confirmed: (adj) inveterate, assured,
ANTONYMS: (adj) unintelligible, commencement, head habitual, constant, settled, definite,
illegible, unfathomable, obscure, conclusively: (adv) decisively, established, affirmed, fixed,
doubtful, incomplete, difficult, convincingly, ultimately, ingrained, corroborated.
unclear definitively, absolutely, lastly, ANTONYMS: (adj) unproven,
compressed: (adj) flat, condensed, concludingly, determinately, unconfirmed, undecided,
dense, concentrated, compacted, categorically, cogently, decidedly. uncommitted, questionable,
tight, pointed, packed, concise, close, ANTONYMS: (adv) unconvincingly, infrequent, dubious, mild, unfaithful
brief questionably, arguably conflict: (adj, n, v) clash; (n) combat,
concave: (n) indentation, depression, concussion: (n) shock, collision, blow, battle, contention, dispute, struggle,
concavity; (adj) cavernous, impact, shake, shudder, bump, jolt, antagonism, strife, scuffle; (n, v)
biconcave, cupped, dipped, arched, percussion, crash, vibrate contest, encounter. ANTONYMS:
indented; (adj, n) crescent; (v) stove conductor: (n, v) guide, guard; (n) (n) accord, peace, harmony, ease,
in. ANTONYM: (adj) curved chief, director, driver, chauffeur, amity, calm, consent; (v) agree,
conceal: (v) hide, disguise, bury, bandmaster, collector, commander, concur, match, harmonize
screen, cloak, smother, shield, pilot, ringleader. ANTONYMS: (n) conflicting: (adj) repugnant, opposed,
suppress, mask, obscure; (n, v) veil. insulator, nonconductor incompatible, clashing, inconsistent,
ANTONYMS: (v) reveal, show, confederate: (n) accomplice, opposite, contrary, divergent,
expose, divulge, clarify, uncover, accessory, partner, collaborator, adverse, paradoxical; (v)
disclose, tell, admit, spotlight, flaunt colleague, assistant; (n, v) ally, antagonistic. ANTONYMS: (adj)
concealing: (n) covering, concealment, auxiliary; (adj) allied; (v) league, consistent, compatible, parallel,
burial, stealing, stealth, screening, conspire. ANTONYMS: (n) peaceful, harmonious,
burying, screenings, activity; (adj) opponent, foe, enemy, adversary corresponding, agreeing, agreeable,
suppressive confide: (v) commit, trust, entrust, congruous
conceivable: (adj) imaginable, intrust, consign, rely, charge, confound: (v) bewilder, baffle,
thinkable, believable, unbosom, whisper, lean, hope. nonplus, perplex, astonish, puzzle,
comprehensible, likely, earthly, ANTONYMS: (v) suppress, keep, amaze, astound, mistake; (adj, v)
potential, credible, plausible, conceal, retain confuse, stupefy. ANTONYMS: (v)
cogitable, reasonable. ANTONYMS: confident: (adj) bold, brave, secure, explain, clarify, comfort, lose,
(adj) unthinkable, difficult, sanguine, audacious, forward, distinguish; (n) understanding
implausible, impossible, fearless; (adj, v) certain, positive, confounded: (adj) bemused, accursed,
unimaginable sure; (adj, n) hopeful. ANTONYMS: execrable, baffled, cursed, befuddled,
conceiving: (n) fantasy, daydream; (adj) insecure, timid, pessimistic, confused, puzzled, aghast,
(adj) imaginant, original frightened, anxious, unsure, hesitant, perplexed; (adj, v) abashed
concentrating: (n) focusing, unintelligent, doubtful, diffident, confoundedly: (adj) tremendously,
conception, ore concentration; (adj) bland severely, desperately, with a
focussed, absorbed, intent confidential: (adj) secret, classified, vengeance; (adv) confusedly,
concerning: (adj, prep) regarding, private, intimate, privileged, accursedly, abashedly, bewilderedly,
with regard to, with reference to, in clandestine, furtive, thick, inner, cursedly, puzzledly, extremely
relation to; (prep) respecting, as esoteric, confident. ANTONYMS: confused: (adj) abashed, baffled,
regards, of, touching, relating to; (adj) open, familiar, known, external, befuddled, bemused, dizzy, chaotic,
(adj) as to, relevant accessible, official, unrestricted confounded, deranged, incoherent,
concert: (n) agreement, tune, confine: (n, v) bound, border, limit; disjointed, indistinct. ANTONYMS:
consonance, performance, recital, (v) bind, restrain, circumscribe, tie, (adj) enlightened, orderly, alert,
concordance, harmony, concord, incarcerate, hold; (n) boundary, clearheaded, organized, oriented,
unison; (v) contrive, arrange. bounds. ANTONYMS: (v) release, precise, systematic, ordered,
ANTONYMS: (n) discord, free, liberate, broaden unimpressed, methodical
disharmony, disunity confirm: (v) corroborate, verify, confusion: (n) commotion, chaos,
concisely: (adv) shortly, pithily, approve, validate, bear out, prove, disarray, bedlam, pandemonium,
tersely, succinctly, curtly, laconically, clinch, assert, demonstrate, disorder, disturbance, distraction,
summarily, compendiously, authenticate; (adj, v) establish. clutter, tumult, agitation.
condensedly, compactly, ANTONYMS: (v) contradict, deny, ANTONYMS: (n) clarity,
epigrammatically weaken, cancel, void, veto, understanding, tidiness,
concluded: (adj, adv) finished, done, undermine, repudiate, question, systematization, enlightenment,
completed, ended; (adj) over, closed, open, negate peace, organization, lucidity,
terminated, accomplished, all over, confirmation: (n) ratification, neatness, space, calm
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conjuring: (n) magic, hocus-pocus, lawfully, inbornly, inherently, ANTONYMS: (adj) lenient,
incantation, sorcery, witchcraft, integrally, intrinsically, essentially, insignificant
sleight of hand, adjuration, figgum, constituently conventions: (n) protocol
conjury, evocation; (adj) magical consult: (v) consider, negotiate, conversation: (n) talk, conference,
connected: (adj, v) related; (adj) deliberate, advise, refer, discuss, ask, communication, colloquy,
attached, allied, affiliated, coherent, reason, look up, canvass; (n, v) talk. confabulation, discussion, language,
linked, committed, conjoint, ANTONYMS: (v) ignore, bypass discourse, speech, talking, palaver
combined, relevant, consecutive. containing: (adj) including, conversational: (adj) chatty,
ANTONYMS: (adj) unrelated, comprehensive conversable, communicative,
separate, unimportant, disjoined, contempt: (n, v) scorn; (v) despise; (n) companionable, informal, garrulous,
unaffiliated, disconnected, disrespect, derision, mockery, sociable, voluble, clubbable,
unattached, irrelevant disregard, ridicule, shame, slight, talkative, interlocutory.
connections: (n) contacts, reproach, discourtesy. ANTONYMS: ANTONYMS: (adj) taciturn, written,
communication, influence, (n) approval, admiration, regard, reticent
communications, links, transactions, honor, esteem convey: (v) communicate, channel,
quinze, put, network, inside track, contemptuously: (adv) scornfully, bring, conduct, transfer, fetch,
dealings sneeringly, insultingly, express, transmit, bear, transport,
connexion: (n) conjunction, connector, disparagingly, superciliously, take. ANTONYMS: (v) keep,
connective, connection, association, derisively, condescendingly, maintain, withhold, retain, refrain,
bond, concatenation, join, linkage, disrespectfully, haughtily, hold, absorb, receive
link, junction contumeliously, sardonically. conveyance: (n) transfer, vehicle,
conscientiously: (adv) carefully, ANTONYM: (adv) approvingly assignment, alienation, transference,
thoroughly, painstakingly, faithfully, contents: (n) substance, content, delivery, transportation, negotiation,
religiously, meticulously, dutifully, matter, inside, subject matter, list, portage; (n, v) carriage, ecstasy
assiduously, closely, diligently, volume, synopsis, conspectus, cargo, conviction: (n) belief, confidence,
industriously. ANTONYMS: (adv) catalogue certainty, condemnation, persuasion,
irresponsibly, hastily continuous: (adj) continual, ceaseless, faith, trust, certitude, firmness,
consecutive: (adj) sequential, perpetual, endless, running, doctrine, determination.
uninterrupted, serial, straight, unrelenting, everlasting, incessant, ANTONYMS: (n) acquittal, doubt,
continuous, continual, sequent, uninterrupted, unending, continued. release, absolution, disbelief,
following, seriate, subsequent, ANTONYMS: (adj) temporary, justification, insecurity, distrust
connected. ANTONYMS: (adj) discontinuous, sporadic, broken, convinced: (adj, v) sure, positive,
random, irregular, interrupted, ending, interrupted, halting, fitful, confident, firm; (v) cocksure,
intermittent, discontinuous, finished, disjointed, ceasing persuaded, satisfied, assured, bold;
alternate continuously: (adv) continually, (adj) clear, definite. ANTONYMS:
consequences: (n) result, cost, impact, incessantly, ceaselessly, endlessly, (adj) doubtful, unconvinced,
penalty unceasingly, persistently, uncertain, cynical
consequently: (adv) therefore, uninterruptedly, unremittingly, convulsive: (adj) spastic, galvanic,
subsequently, as a result, then, steadily, perpetually, permanently. fitful, paroxysmal, violent, choreic,
sequentially, followingly, so, ANTONYMS: (adv) sporadically, unsteady, hysterical; (v) unquiet,
naturally, in consequence, hence; inconsistently restless, saltatory
(conj) ergo contra: (n) reverse, opposite, cook: (v) boil, prepare, brew, bake,
considerably: (adv, v) well, fully; antithesis, converse; (prep) against, make, stew, simmer, grill, falsify,
(adv) much, very, substantially, toward; (adv) conversely, vice versa; concoct; (n) chef
hugely, largely, rather, noticeably, (adj) nay rather, per contra, anti cooked: (adj) well done, overcooked,
markedly, immensely. contrast: (n) distinction, comparison, cook, done, wanting, damaged,
ANTONYMS: (adv) insignificantly, antithesis, difference, variation, defiled, heated, suitable for eating,
somewhat, faintly, unremarkably, opposite, collation; (adj, v) differ; (v) done for, fit for human consumption.
modestly, barely conflict, oppose, collate. ANTONYMS: (adj) poisonous, raw,
constable: (n) police officer, ANTONYMS: (n) sameness, likeness, underdone
policeman, alderman, burgomaster, alikeness; (v) accord, agree, compare, cool: (adj, v) chill, assuage, soothe;
Petty constable, portreeve, alguazil, distance, conform (adj) chilly, cold, collected,
gendarme, tipstaff, peon, patrolman contrived: (adj) affected, unnatural, composed, fine, aloof; (v) quench;
consternation: (n) alarm, shock, fear, false, forced, labored, spurious, (n) poise. ANTONYMS: (v) heat;
apprehension, astonishment, fright, feigned, unreal, strained, built, (adj) hot, agitated, excited, friendly,
confusion; (adj, n) terror, awe, dread, artificially formal. ANTONYM: (adj) feverish, enthusiastic, tepid,
horror. ANTONYMS: (n) sincere temperate, bad, upset
peacefulness, composure, happiness, controlling: (adj) ruling, chief, cooling: (n) freezing, refrigeration,
tranquility, hopefulness, comfort, dominant, influential, capital, cooler, mechanism, quenching,
equanimity predominant, prevailing, temperature reduction, coolant
constitutionally: (adv) legally, domineering, guiding; (n) system, cooling system; (adj) caller,
organically, naturally, innately, administration, steering. refrigerant, allaying heat
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cooper: (n) craftsman, journeyman, (v) contradict, resist, react, retort, encase
hooper, Peter cooper, James respond; (adj) antagonistic. crawl: (adv, v) grovel, lag; (n, v)
Fenimore cooper, Gary cooper, ANTONYMS: (v) yield, surrender; clamber, climb; (v) sneak, fawn,
artisan, artificer, frank cooper (adv) similarly, same, equally; (adj) cringe, teem, swarm, scramble, inch.
copious: (adj) bountiful, ample, corroborating, corresponding, ANTONYMS: (v) fly, rush, hurry,
affluent, plentiful, rich, plenteous, consistent, concurring, analogous, hasten, dart, dash, lead, soothe,
much, many, generous, large; (adj, agreeing speed
n) luxuriant. ANTONYMS: (adj) counterpane: (n) bedspread, coverlet, crawling: (adj, n) creeping; (n) creep,
small, meager, sparse, lacking, rare, bedcover, blanket, spread, bed itch; (adj) slow, teeming, thick,
scant, scanty, thin, few; (adv) covering, bed cover, tarpaulin, swarming, reptant, populous,
partially drugget, rug, sheet packed, moving
cordon: (n) zone, band, ribbon, countryside: (adj, n) country; (n) creaking: (adj, v) creaky; (adj)
Littoral cordon, insignia, chain, village, panorama, landscape, land, squeaking, harsh, screaky, noisy,
blockade, obstacle, bays, hurdle, rural area, scenery, nature, suburb, arthritic; (v) rickety; (n) screak
circle ground; (adj) rustic created: (adj) create, composed,
cork: (n, v) plug; (n) bung, stopper, counts: (adj) details, particulars, shaped, produced, wrought,
phellem, bobber, bob, bobfloat; (v) items legendary, mythical, fictitious, bent,
cap, stop, close; (adj) cobweb courage: (n) audacity, fortitude, romantic, fashioned
corners: (adj) cornered boldness, nerve, spirit, backbone, creature: (n) being, brute, animal, tool,
corpulent: (adj, adv) portly; (adj) valor, heroism, gallantry, mettle, individual, person, body, entity,
stout, obese, overweight, fleshy, chivalry. ANTONYMS: (n) human, puppet, somebody
plump, lusty, tubby, chubby, beefy, cowardice, faintheartedness, credible: (adj) convincing, likely,
bulky. ANTONYMS: (adj) slight, weakness, wimpiness, yellowness plausible, reasonable, faithful,
bony, underweight, slender, covered: (adj) veiled, concealed, specious, conceivable, persuasive,
anorexic, thin, slim covert, coated, secret, wrapped, possible, probable; (adj, n) authentic.
correct: (adj, v) right; (adj, n) thick, obscured, masked, shrouded; ANTONYMS: (adj) unbelievable,
accurate; (v) amend, chastise, adjust, (adj, prep) cloaked. ANTONYMS: incredible, unconvincing, unlikely,
castigate, chasten, better; (adj) (adj) bare, uncovered, open, plain, impossible, doubtful, inaccurate,
appropriate, becoming, proper. exposed, outdoor, empty unrealistic
ANTONYMS: (adj, v) wrong; (adj) covering: (n) cover, coating, blanket, credited: (adj) accredited, accepted.
incorrect, faulty, mistaken, false, coat, casing, wrapper, case, ANTONYM: (adj) unofficial
inappropriate, improper, inaccurate; concealment, awning; (adj, n, v) creeping: (n) creep, crawl,
(v) spoil, coddle, baby clothing; (n, v) apparel. locomotion, spreading; (v) lentor;
costume: (n) clothing, clothes, ANTONYMS: (prep) exactly, (adj) reptile, slow, reptant, reptatory,
apparel, garb, suit, outfit, uniform, beneath serpiginous, moving
garments, drapery; (n, v) dress; (v) coveted: (adj) sought after, desirable, crepitation: (n) crackle, crackle China,
clothe in demand. ANTONYM: (adj) crackleware; (v) decrepitation
cottage: (n) cabin, bungalow, crib, hut, unpopular crest: (n, v) crown, top, peak, climax;
villa, lodge, shanty, chalet, country crack: (n, v) chink, fracture, split, (n) summit, brow, cockscomb, acme,
house, house, cot fissure, crevice, burst, snap, breach, pinnacle, zenith; (v) cap.
cotton: (n) absorbent cotton, yarn, clap, check; (n) cleft. ANTONYMS: ANTONYMS: (n) base, bottom,
thread, cotton cloth, cotton plant, (n, v) mend; (v) set, misunderstand, nadir, trough
cotton wool, upland cotton, cord, misinterpret, fix, compose; (adj) crestfallen: (adj) dejected, gloomy,
string, fiber; (v) agree mediocre, lowly, inferior, deficient depressed, disconsolate,
cough: (v) clear the throat, to cough, cracked: (adj) nutty, batty, crazy, discouraged, dispirited, downcast,
spit up, cough up, expectorate; (n) chapped, balmy, wacky, dotty, chopfallen, downhearted, low,
expiration, exhalation, symptom, crackled, deranged, loony, crackers. despondent. ANTONYMS: (adj) up,
sneeze, breathing out ANTONYMS: (adj) resonant, sane cheered, cheerful, elated, happy,
count: (v) compute, weigh, consider, cramped: (adj) cramp, limited, close, euphoric, inspirited, idealistic,
estimate, matter; (n, v) calculate, constrained, contracted, crowded, enthusiastic
tally, number, total; (n) calculation, narrow, poky, restricted, small, tight. crime: (n, v) guilt, blame; (n) injustice,
computation. ANTONYMS: (v) ANTONYMS: (adj) roomy, open, transgression, villainy, evil, vice,
guess, except, estimate, disregard, uncrowded, vast, liberated delinquency, misdemeanor,
dismiss, abandon, ignore, subtract crash: (n) collision; (n, v) clash, wickedness, sin. ANTONYMS: (n)
countenance: (n) aspect, expression, collapse, bang, clank, dash, clang, goodness, kindness, virtue,
brow, complexion; (n, v) face, fall, crack, clatter; (v) break. uprightness
sanction, support, favor; (v) allow, ANTONYMS: (n) silence; (v) raise, criminal: (adj, v) wicked, wrong; (n)
tolerate, uphold. ANTONYMS: (v) repair, skyrocket, increase, fix, crook, malefactor, hoodlum,
reject, oppose, discourage, restore, mend, work, thrive gangster; (n, v) culprit; (adj, n)
disapprove, prohibit crate: (n, v) box; (n) case, cage, basket, convict, delinquent; (adj) illegal,
counter: (adj, n) converse; (n, v) container, crateful, hamper, sinful. ANTONYMS: (adj) legitimate,
reply; (n) bench, reverse, numerator; brancard, stretcher, hurdle; (v) lawful, honest, righteous, right,
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rightful, good; (n) innocent severe; (adj) barbarous, unkind, quizzical, quaint, queer, inquiring,
crisis: (n) pinch, conjuncture, juncture, brutal, bloody, bitter, savage, inquisitive. ANTONYMS: (adj)
difficulty, turning point, emergency, atrocious. ANTONYMS: (adj) incurious, ordinary, apathetic,
circumstance, dilemma, situation, merciful, gentle, sympathetic, uninterested, unconcerned, typical,
strait, depression. ANTONYMS: (n) humane, liberal, compassionate, indifferent, everyday, disinterested,
serenity, peace charitable, friendly, caring, conventional, common
critical: (adj) important, decisive, considerate, libertarian curiously: (adv) inquisitively,
severe, ticklish, vital, acute, delicate, cruelly: (adv) harshly, ferociously, peculiarly, unusually, strangely,
momentous, minute, particular; (adj, fiercely, viciously, inhumanly, nosily, pryingly, queerly, funnily,
n) urgent. ANTONYMS: (adj) mercilessly, pitilessly, heartlessly, weirdly; (adj, adv) singularly,
complimentary, positive, roughly, unkindly; (adj, adv) bitterly. particularly. ANTONYMS: (adv)
insignificant, flattering, approving, ANTONYMS: (adv) kindly, ordinarily, typically
unimportant, praising, noncritical, mercifully, sympathetically, tamely, curse: (n, v) blight, plague; (n)
minor, mild, uncritical peacefully, humanely, anathema, blasphemy, malediction,
crockery: (n) chinaware, dishes, compassionately, sensitively, denunciation; (adj, v) beshrew; (v)
porcelain, earthenware, bowls, respectfully, innocently, genially swear, ban, damn, vituperate.
dishware, ovenware, plates, cruelty: (n) brutality, cruelness, ANTONYMS: (n) blessing,
tableware; (v) ceramics, pottery oppression, barbarity, ferociousness, benediction, making; (v)
cross: (adj) crabby, angry, grumpy, tyranny, violence, atrocity, ferocity, communicate
grouchy, cantankerous; (v) intersect, mercilessness, harshness. cursed: (adj) damned, doomed,
cover, thwart, baffle; (adj, v) ANTONYMS: (n) compassion, execrable, cussed, wretched,
traverse; (n) crisscross. gentleness, friendliness, humanity, unlucky, accursed, blamed, blasted,
ANTONYMS: (adj) calm, cheerful, benevolence, sensitivity, liberty, confounded; (v) accurst.
happy; (v) uncross, assist, separate, decency ANTONYMS: (adj) commendable,
remain, help, stay, unmix, aid crumpled: (adj) rumpled, crinkly, honorable, nice, sweet, kine
crossbar: (n) bar, crossrail, beam, wrinkled, bent, corrugated, crinkled, curses: (n) abuse
crossbeam, joist, ledger, rung, disheveled, lined, furrowed, dented, cursing: (adj) cursed, execrative; (n)
traverse, crosspiece, log, swingletree damaged blasphemy, anathema, swearing,
crossed: (adj) crossbred, mixed, crushed: (adj) beaten, subdued, low, swear word, malediction, execration,
hybrid, interbred, decussated, conquered, flattened, dispirited, denunciation, cursedness; (v)
intercrossed; (v) matted, compressed, overwhelmed, beshrew
disconcerted dashed, unhinged, shattered; (v) victimized; (n) cursorily: (adv) rapidly, quickly,
frustrated crushing. ANTONYMS: (adj) hastily, shallowly, speedily,
crossing: (n) transit, ford, intersection, victorious, euphoric sketchily, casually, fleetingly,
hybridization, crossbreeding, crushing: (adj) overpowering, carelessly, passingly, perfunctorily.
passage, voyage, mating, crossway, overwhelming, destructive; (n) ANTONYMS: (adv) slowly,
crosswalk, cruise grinding, quelling, stifling, thoroughly
crouched: (v) subjacent, squat; (adj) suppression, flattening, pressure; (v) curtains: (n) passing, demise, finish,
crutched, hunkered down, hunkered, shatter; (adv) crushingly. decease, tragedy, termination,
low, huddled ANTONYMS: (adj) mild, wonderful calamity, cataclysm; (adj) last,
crouching: (adj) sneaking, huddled, crust: (n) skin, peel, bark, cheekiness, ultimate, terminal
obsequious, squat, hunkered, gall, impertinence, covering, shell, curtly: (adv) abruptly, brusquely,
cowering, hunkered down; (v) cortex, coating, encrustation briefly, tersely, rudely, gruffly,
submissive, resigned cuff: (n, v) hit, knock, clout, punch, snappishly, sharply, succinctly,
crowd: (n, v) huddle, flock, swarm, slap, whack, manacle, handcuff; (v) offhandly, laconically.
press, squeeze, cluster, mob; (n) box, buffet, beat ANTONYMS: (adv) kindly,
crew, collection, circle, army. cupboard: (n) cabinet, buffet, armoire, pleasantly, politely, verbosely,
ANTONYMS: (v) disperse, empty, commode, wardrobe, locker, dresser, civilly
retreat, scatter, desert; (n) dispersal, sideboard, chest of drawers, curve: (n, v) crook, bow, turn, curl,
scattering, trickle, few bookcase, storeroom arc, hook, kink, round; (n)
crowded: (adj) compact, congested, curate: (n) rector, clergyman, minister, curvature; (v) arch, wind.
full, packed, busy, dense, populous, chaplain, pastor, Stipendiary curate, ANTONYMS: (v) untwisting,
jammed, cramped, tight; (adj, n) priest, vicar, incumbent, reverend, straighten
thronged. ANTONYMS: (adj) sparse, canon curved: (adj) crooked, arched, curve,
deserted, uncrowded, loose curiosity: (n) curiousness, rarity, round, deformed, curvy, curving,
crown: (n, v) top, cover; (v) cap, interest, curio, oddity, prying, rounded, hooked, tortuous; (v)
complete; (n) apex, pinnacle, crest, nosiness, peculiarity, novelty, bowed. ANTONYMS: (adj) concave,
summit, peak, kingdom, acme. marvel; (adj, n) prodigy. flat, sharp, square, unbent
ANTONYMS: (n) base, bottom; (v) ANTONYMS: (n) emotionlessness, cuss: (v) blaspheme, swear,
dishonor, dethrone, begin, indifference, disinterest imprecate; (n) malediction, blighter,
commence, start, depose curious: (adj) odd, unusual, abnormal, chap, expletive, oath, bloke, lad,
cruel: (adj, v) hard, harsh, sharp, strange, peculiar, interested, fellow
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custom: (n) habit, convention, usage, goddamned; (adv) damnably. demise, conclusion, ending; (n, v)
practice, consuetude, fashion, ANTONYM: (adj) saved end, finish; (v) set
method, mores; (n, v) use, accustom; damp: (adj) moist, muggy, clammy, daylight: (n) dawn, daybreak, light,
(adj) bespoke. ANTONYMS: (n) fad, cool, dank; (v) check, chill, deaden, morning, sunrise, clearance, sunup,
innovation, phenomenon, rage, break; (n) moisture, dampness. daytime, broad daylight, first light,
rarity ANTONYMS: (n) dryness; (adj) afternoon. ANTONYMS: (n) night,
customary: (adj, n) accustomed, usual, parched, arid, dried, fresh, hard sunset, dusk, dark, sundown,
habitual; (adj) conventional, damping: (n) attenuation, moisture twilight, darkness, nightfall
ordinary, commonplace, traditional, penetration, dampening, cushioning, daytime: (n) day, afternoon, period,
average, wonted, regular, standard. damping of oscillations eve, daylight hours, Clarence
ANTONYMS: (adj) unusual, dance: (v) caper, bop, to dance, cavort, Shepard day Jr, Clarence day, light,
abnormal, exceptional, play, skip, to show courage, step; (n, eventide, evening. ANTONYM: (n)
unconventional, offbeat, irregular, v) hop, jump, shake night
innovative, different, unfamiliar, danger: (n) risk, peril, hazard, chance, dazed: (adj) bewildered, stunned,
extraordinary, rare jeopardy, threat, trouble, dumbfounded, muzzy, stupefied,
customer: (n) patron, buyer, client, precariousness, slipperiness, dizzy, stupid, groggy, amazed,
shopper, purchaser, guest, disaster, insecurity. ANTONYMS: astounded, bleary. ANTONYMS:
subscriber, fellow, passenger, visitor, (n) security, ease, privilege (adj) indifferent, unimpressed,
John. ANTONYMS: (n) consultant, dangerous: (adj, n) critical; (adj) conscious
vendor, supplier severe, serious, grave, adventurous, dazzled: (adj) confused, dazzle,
customers: (n) trade unhealthy, precarious, hazardous, bewildered, blind, blinder,
cutlet: (n) collop, schnitzel, piece, perilous, threatening, chancy. fascinated, unsighted
escalope, slice, scollop, scallop, ANTONYMS: (adj) stable, secure, dazzling: (adj) brilliant, blinding,
escallop, crenelle, crenel, crenation protected, unhazardous, slight, splendid, glaring, vivid, stunning,
cutting: (adj) biting, keen, caustic, weak, harmless, friendly, favorable, dazzlingly, striking, sparkling,
bitter, acrimonious, incisive, raw; calm, pleasant fulgent, resplendent. ANTONYMS:
(adj, n) acute; (n) cut, slip; (adj, v) daresay: (v) assume, deem (adj) dim, ugly, uninspired,
satirical. ANTONYMS: (adj) blunt, darkened: (adj) darkens, obscured, unremarkable, unexceptional,
complimentary, flattering, kind, old, obfuscate, murky, cloudy, gradual, abysmal, humdrum, dark
pleasant, hot, consoling; (n) opaque, overcast dazzlingly: (adv) glitteringly,
extension, freedom, expansion, darkness: (n) dark, shade, shadow, splendidly, glaringly, fulgently,
addition blindness, gloom, blackness, vividly, dazzle, brightly, brilliantly,
cylindrical: (adj) cylinder, round, duskiness, murk, cloud, blackout, garishly, luminously, magnificently.
tubular, rounded, tubelike, vasiform, dimness. ANTONYMS: (n) ANTONYMS: (adv) dimly, dully
cylindroid, bulging, complete, brightness, lightness, glow, deadly: (adj, adv) deathly; (adj)
circular comprehension, knowledge, day, baneful, lethal, fatal, destructive,
cypher: (n, v) cipher; (v) compute, clearness mortal, pernicious, virulent, toxic;
code, calculate, figure; (n) darn: (n, v) mend, damn, repair; (v) (adv) lifelessly, lethally.
cryptograph, nil, nought, null, stitch, restore, patch, fix; (n) darning, ANTONYMS: (adj) interesting,
nonentity, nothing worthlessness, euphemism; (adj) uplifting, readable, mild, healthy,
damage: (n, v) harm, hurt, wound, damned healthful, benign, innocuous,
abuse, blemish, loss, wreck; (adj, n) darned: (adj) blasted, deuced, damn, exciting
injury; (adj, v) injure, impair; (v) cursed, goddamned, aeonian, dealer: (n) merchant, trader, monger,
mar. ANTONYMS: (v) enhance, goddamn, irritating, infernal, vendor, seller, marketer, barterer,
bolster, strengthen, consecrate, ageless, annoying broker, agent, trafficker, chandler.
mend, fix, improve; (n, v) repair, dash: (adj, n, v) rush; (n, v) touch, ANTONYM: (n) buyer
benefit, help; (n) service sprint, strike, splash, jog; (v) dart, decapitated: (adj) decollated,
damn: (adj, adv, v) bloody; (v) curse, break; (n) tinge, beat; (adj, n) headless
imprecate, beshrew, blaspheme, animation. ANTONYMS: (v) dawdle, deceit: (n) guile, artifice, deception,
cuss, slam, convict; (adj) blasted, inspirit, languish, saunter, falsehood, ruse, pretense, fraud,
cursed; (n) damnation. encourage, linger; (n) stagnation, trickery; (adj, n) cunning, craft, art.
ANTONYMS: (v) bless, laud, glorify, languor, listlessness, mass, dullness ANTONYMS: (n) sincerity,
exalt, commend, praise dashed: (v) ashamed, cut up, sunk; truthfulness, fairness, frankness,
damnable: (adj) cursed, damned, (adj) broken, done for, dejected, loyalty, straightforwardness,
abominable, hateful, accursed, discouraged, dotted uprightness, truth
devilish, infernal, disgusting, sinful, dating: (n) invitation deceived: (adj) mistaken, misguided
deplorable, offensive. ANTONYMS: dawn: (adj, n) break of day, deciding: (adj) crucial, critical,
(adj) commendable, laudable, daybreak; (n) beginning, conclusive, determining,
praiseworthy commencement, cockcrow, onset, determinative, determinant, decisive,
damned: (adj) accursed, doomed, morning, prime, aurora; (v) break, administrative; (v) decide; (n)
blasted, condemned, damn, cussed, begin. ANTONYMS: (n) twilight, resolution, decision making.
wretched, infernal, hateful, sunset, nightfall, close, departure, ANTONYMS: (adj) inconclusive,
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secondary disfigurement, defect, blemish, demonstrator: (n) protester,
decisive: (adj) conclusive, crucial, disfiguration, defacement, disability, instructor, salesperson, reformist,
critical, decided, important, final, abnormality, distortion, clubfoot; teacher, dissenter, marcher,
authoritative; (adj, v) positive, (adj, n) irregularity meliorist, reformer,
definite, categorical, unqualified. deftly: (adv) adroitly, skillfully, demonstrationist, sales
ANTONYMS: (adj) uncertain, weak, dextrously, agilely, expertly, neatly, demonstrator
unsure, roundabout, questionable, delicately, proficiently, adeptly, denial: (adv, n) negation; (n)
indefinite, unconvincing, aptly, readily. ANTONYMS: (adv) abnegation, repulse, renunciation,
inconsequential, inconclusive, inelegantly, incompetently, roughly, no, contradiction, abjuration,
hesitant, insignificant awkwardly rejection, negative, refusal; (v) deny.
declared: (adj) stated, apparent, state, delay: (adj, v) defer, linger; (n, v) ANTONYMS: (n) acceptance,
public, professed, proclaimed, arrest, wait, check, stay; (n) declaration, affirmation, confession,
explicit, ostensible, expressed, deferment, interruption; (v) admission, agreement, provision,
confirmed, alleged postpone, reserve, adjourn. prosecution, approval, permission,
decolourise: (v) decolorize, ANTONYMS: (n, v) rush; (n) affirmative
decolourize, discolorize, bleach out, decisiveness, promptness; (v) dense: (adj, v) compact, close; (adj)
decolor, decolour, bleach advance, hurry, begin, hasten, go, thick, crowded, deep, heavy, stupid,
decorous: (adj) decent, appropriate, expedite, speed, prompt impenetrable, solid, crass, dim.
conventional, sedate, correct, delaying: (adj) dilatory, lingering, ANTONYMS: (adj) insightful, bright,
modest, prim, proper; (adj, v) protractive, backward, behindhand, loose, sparse, simple, readable,
becoming, seemly, comely. continuing, flagging, hesitant, slow; clever, intelligent, sharp, thin, alert
ANTONYMS: (adj) impolite, (n) hesitation, dalliance density: (n) consistency,
improper, misbehaving, unsuitable, deliberate: (v) cogitate, consult, concentration, denseness, folly,
unrefined, relaxed, inappropriate, debate, think, confer, contemplate; stupidity, thickness, specific gravity,
rowdy, undignified, defiant, (adj) careful, circumspect, slow, firmness, solidity, Gravimetric
unseemly thoughtful, calculated. density of gunpowder, optical
decorum: (n) propriety, gentility, ANTONYMS: (adj) unintentional, density. ANTONYMS: (n) thinness,
decorousness, dignity, fitness, accidental, hasty, ingenuous, sparseness, simplicity, intelligence,
manners, correctness, ceremony, involuntary, spontaneous, rushed, distribution, scarcity, softness
properness, politeness, grace. automatic, unwitting, unstudied, departure: (n, v) decease, demise; (n)
ANTONYMS: (n) impoliteness, subliminal exit, leave, deviation, divergence,
rudeness, informality, indecorum, deliberation: (n) cogitation, counsel, depart, parting, aberration, passing,
impropriety, indecency, corruption, debate, caution, thought, takeoff. ANTONYMS: (n)
abandon, vulgarity advisement, attention, appearance, conformity, greeting,
deepened: (adj) concentrated, contemplation, consultation; (adj, n) ingress, influx, homecoming,
gathered calculation, circumspection. regularity, entrance, birth, coming,
defective: (adj) bad, faulty, imperfect, ANTONYMS: (n) thoughtlessness, advance
broken, lacking, incomplete, carelessness, impetuosity, depressed: (adj) low, blue, dejected,
unsound, vicious, inaccurate, rotten, distraction, rashness sad, dispirited, downhearted,
wanting. ANTONYMS: (adj) sound, delicately: (adv) exquisitely, softly, downcast, down, gloomy, hollow,
flawless, unbroken, adequate, intact, tenderly, gracefully, subtlely, disappointed. ANTONYMS: (adj)
capable, dependable, fine sensitively, daintily, precisely, cheerful, happy, convex, booming,
defend: (n, v) guard, shield, elegantly, ticklishly, weakly. elated, encouraged, euphoric,
advocate; (v) justify, protect, assert, ANTONYMS: (adv) inelegantly, exhilarated, flourishing, optimistic,
support, maintain, champion, tactlessly, thickly, imprecisely, prospering
apologize, shelter. ANTONYMS: (v) clumsily, ungracefully, unsubtly, depression: (n) cavity, dejection,
prosecute, abandon, endanger, heavily, carelessly, roughly, severely blues, trough, trench, dip, hole, dent,
surrender, renounce, oppose, delighted: (adj) glad, cheerful, impression, decline, slump.
forsake, assault, contradict, destroy, blissful, jubilant, happy, overjoyed, ANTONYMS: (n) happiness,
expose joyful, captivated, pleasant; (adj, v) outcrop, encouragement, boom,
defending: (v) defend; (adj) caring, pleased, elated. ANTONYMS: (adj) inflation, elation, recovery, hump,
shielding, protective, opposed, shocked, unhappy, sorrowful, joy, bulge, optimism
protecting; (n) patrol depressed, melancholy, miserable, depth: (n) abyss, profoundness,
definite: (adj) certain, clear, distinct, desolate, sorry, sad, down profundity, chasm, intensity,
concrete, plain, conclusive, specific, delilah: (n) enchantress, siren, cocotte, abstruseness, wisdom, extent,
precise, categorical, decisive; (adj, v) Thais, Phryne, petite dame, lorette, strength, width; (adj) profound.
absolute. ANTONYMS: (adj) grisette, Lais, Messalina, femme ANTONYMS: (n) height,
imprecise, unclear, vague, fatale superficiality, weakness, tallness,
undefined, doubtful, indeterminate, demanded: (adj) urgent, popular, shallowness, narrowness, thinness,
qualified, evasive, indefinite, requisitory flippancy
indescribable, dubious demonstrated: (adj) established, descended: (v) extraught
deformity: (n) malformation, show, tried, incontestable descending: (v) descend; (adj)
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downhill, down, descendent, hopefulness, expectation, joy, cheer, detail: (v) describe, enumerate, relate,
decreasing, dropping, falling, cheerfulness, resilience, elation, appoint, itemize, recite, cast, assign;
sloping, degressive, occasive; (adv) joyfulness (n) point, feature, item.
downward. ANTONYM: (adj) despairing: (adj) hopeless, desperate, ANTONYMS: (v) keep, withhold,
upward despondent, forlorn, desolate, generalize, guess, approximate; (n)
describe: (v) represent, report, dejected, pessimistic, sad, total, sum, emptiness, aggregate
delineate, state, depict, outline, brokenhearted, miserable, detect: (v) find, discover, discern,
relate, draw, qualify, designate, inconsolable. ANTONYMS: (adj) notice, observe, spot, see, ascertain,
name hopeful, optimistic, rosy, happy, trace, identify, distinguish.
description: (n) account, type, picture, confident, cheerful ANTONYMS: (v) Miss, ignore,
depiction, explanation, brand, desperate: (adj) despairing, dire, overlook
delineation, story, recital, report; critical, abject, dangerous, in despair, detected: (adj) apparent, convicted,
(adj, n) kind grave, awful, despondent, drastic; detect
desecrated: (adj) impure, dishonored, (adj, v) forlorn. ANTONYMS: (adj) detection: (n) revelation,
unclean. ANTONYM: (adj) hopeful, optimistic, rational, demodulation, detecting,
consecrated promising, minor, cautious, casual, uncovering, unearthing, disclosure,
deserted: (adj) desert, solitary, empty, careful, trivial, secure, satisfied spotting, spying, sense, recognition,
lonely, isolated, forsaken, lonesome, destroy: (v) demolish, blight, despoil, catching. ANTONYM: (n)
desolate, bleak, vacant; (adj, v) subvert, dismantle, devour, wreck, concealment
forlorn. ANTONYMS: (adj) devastate; (adj, v) desolate, abolish; detective: (v) informer, delator; (n)
occupied, packed, crowded, mobbed, (n, v) murder. ANTONYMS: (v) tec, gumshoe, scout, pi, officer,
populated, populous, overcrowded preserve, create, make, construct, police officer, spy, secret agent,
desirable: (adj) eligible, suitable, protect, repair, restore, uphold, private investigator
fitting, worthy, expedient, sustain, submit, revive determined: (adj) constant, definite,
appropriate, alluring, charming, destruction: (n, v) defeat; (n) death, decided, stubborn, certain, inflexible,
covetable, good, fascinating. ruin, collapse, demolition, decisive, determinate, ambitious,
ANTONYMS: (adj) repulsive, bad, devastation, downfall, abolition, set; (adj, v) resolved. ANTONYMS:
detrimental, disadvantageous, damage, desolation, end. (adj) uncertain, irresolute,
disgusting, repugnant, repellant, ANTONYMS: (n) preservation, unmotivated, feeble, indecisive,
unattractive, unenviable, unwanted, protection, creation, reparation, waffling, undetermined, undecided,
useless formation, conservation, restoration, wavering, vacillating, fickle
desire: (n) ambition, aspiration, building, help, making, order deuce: (n) devil, couple, two, dyad,
craving, dream; (adv, n, v) will; (n, destructive: (adj) deadly, hurtful, demon, duo, duet, Twain, Dickens,
v) fancy, wish, aim; (v) want, aspire, malign, injurious, fatal, mischievous, brace, craps
seek. ANTONYMS: (n, v) dislike, noxious, pernicious, harmful, evil, devil: (n) fiend, demon, ghost,
hate; (n) aversion, reality, revulsion, baleful. ANTONYMS: (adj) monster, Lucifer, Satan, Beelzebub,
apathy; (v) spurn, abhor, answer, constructive, creative, productive, deuce, daemon; (v) torment, rag.
command, insist building, aiding, assisting, helpful, ANTONYM: (n) angel
desk: (n) bench, box, coffer, table, positive, preserving, benign devilish: (adj, v) diabolic, satanic,
secretary, bureau, writing desk, detach: (v) disengage, part, break off, infernal, mephistophelian,
escritoire, caisson, caddy, case unhook, remove, disentangle, cut off, demoniacal; (adj) demonic, wicked,
desolate: (adj, v) desert, forlorn; (adj) disconnect, separate, dissociate; (n, diabolical, terrific; (v) Stygian; (adv)
bare, barren, alone, bleak, deserted, v) detail. ANTONYMS: (v) fasten, devilishly. ANTONYMS: (adj)
cheerless, disconsolate; (v) devastate, add, associate, connect, unite, cherubic, godlike, good, saintly,
destroy. ANTONYMS: (adj) cheerful, couple, link virtuous
inhabited, happy, sheltered, mobbed, detached: (adj) separate, cool, aloof, devilry: (n) mischief, devilment, evil,
overcrowded, ecstatic, hopeful; (v) distinct, impartial, neutral, atrocity, roguery, rascality, blaze,
create, construct, build dispassionate, objective, brutality, heartless, ruthless,
desolation: (n) devastation, misery, unconnected, remote, unconcerned. ferocious
destruction, depression, grief, ANTONYMS: (adj) involved, warm, devils: (n) unclean spirits
wretchedness, bleakness, loneliness, engrossed, partial, connected, biased, devised: (adj) invented, trumped up,
waste, ruin; (adj, n) desertion. linked, united, impassioned, formulated, fabulous
ANTONYMS: (n) ecstasy, joy, interested, personal devote: (n, v) apply, destine, give,
productiveness, fertileness, detachment: (n) division, dissociation, assign, vow; (v) consecrate, dedicate,
fecundity, cheer, fruitfulness, indifference, corps, rupture, commit, appropriate, allot; (n)
preservation, hopefulness, contingent, disjunction, aloofness, devotion. ANTONYMS: (v)
cheerfulness seclusion, rift; (n, v) party. withhold, refuse
despair: (n) disappointment, ANTONYMS: (n) involvement, devoted: (adj, v) addicted, ardent,
desolation, dejection, melancholy, attachment, interest, bias, bond, fond; (adj) affectionate, constant,
gloom, desperation, depression, friendliness, union, affection, loyal, pious, faithful, reliable,
dismay, discouragement, pessimism, approachability, connection, zealous; (adj, prep) consecrated.
sorrow. ANTONYMS: (n) happiness, warmth ANTONYMS: (adj) disloyal,
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indifferent, unfaithful, neglectful, green, unversed; (adj, n) rookie. depart, dematerialize, sink, die out,
uncaring, unenthusiastic, ANTONYMS: (adj, n) professional; pass, go, end, extinguish.
unattached, lukewarm, inconstant, (adj) accomplished, skilled, gifted, ANTONYMS: (v) appear, stay,
halfhearted, disobedient finicky, expertly; (n) master, expert arrive, show, materialize, grow,
devoured: (adj) eaten up dimension: (n) breadth, magnitude, surge, wax, continue, increase
devouring: (adv) devouringly; (adj) bulk, size, length, range, attribute, disappearing: (adj) vanishing, fading,
esurient, edacious, avid, greedy, proportion, quantum, dimensions, declining, weakening, diminishing;
voraginous, ravenous; (n) fire bigness (adv) vanishingly, off; (v) disappear;
dexterously: (adv) adroitly, skillfully, dimensions: (n) size, capacity, (n) going, going away, leaving.
expertly, craftily, skilfully, volume, magnitude, extent, ANTONYMS: (n) appearance,
dextrously, handily, cleverly, measurement, shape, range, arrival; (adj) increasing
proficiently, aptly; (adj, adv) readily. physique, gauge, figure disappointed: (adj) despondent,
ANTONYMS: (adv) ineptly, diminished: (adj) abated, weakened, disgruntled, regretful, dissatisfied,
incompetently, awkwardly lessened, atrophied, belittled, depressed, sad, unhappy, frustrated,
diabolically: (adv) fiendishly, attenuate, reduced, lower, disenchanted, dejected, disappoint.
infernally, satanically, wickedly, attenuated, cut, short ANTONYMS: (adj) pleased,
hellishly, demonically, deucedly, dingy: (adj) dark, black, drab, dull, satisfied, composed, happy,
unholy, atrociously, devilish, muddy, impure, dim, seedy, dowdy, triumphant, fulfilled, cheerful,
brutally unclean, grimy. ANTONYMS: (adj) idealistic
diamond: (n) lozenge, infield, square, immaculate, spotless, sparkling, disappointment: (n) anticlimax,
rhombus, rectangle, ball field, bright, neat, brilliant, interesting, failure, letdown, comedown,
carbonado, baseball diamond; (adj) smart frustration, shame, disillusionment,
brilliant, jewel, bijou dining-room: (n) canteen, restaurant annoyance, dismay, setback,
diaphragm: (n) midriff, membrane, dinner: (n) banquet, lunch, dinner misfortune. ANTONYMS: (n)
partition, pessary, iris, stop, septum, party, meal, party, beanfeast, satisfaction, boost, happiness,
contraceptive diaphragm, spread; (v) tiffin, dejeuner, bever; pleasure, hopefulness, fulfillment,
contraceptive, mesophragma, (adj) dinnerly comfort, idealism, climax, bonus,
musculature directed: (adj) oriented, manageable, gratification
diary: (n) calendar, daybook, agenda, destined, concentrating, intent, disaster: (n) calamity, blow, accident,
chronicle, autobiography, annals, formal, absorbed, prescript, adversity, casualty, cataclysm,
history, record, ephemeris, writing, focussed; (v) instruct; (adv) under debacle, destruction, misfortune,
ledger directions: (n) advice, instruction, misadventure, fiasco. ANTONYMS:
differently: (adv) variously, guidance, instructions, briefing, (n) success, blessing, joy, miracle,
otherwise, divergently, dissimilarly, commands, orders, will opportunity, wonder, order
disparately, distinctly, unlikely, dirt: (n, v) soil, grime; (n) filth, dust, discipline: (v) castigate, train,
contrarily, individually, unusually, scandal, garbage, ground, earth, chastise, chasten, educate, correct; (n,
oppositely. ANTONYMS: (adv) crap, mire, contamination. v) exercise, practice, drill; (n)
alike, correspondingly ANTONYMS: (n) cleanness, purity, chastisement, correction.
difficulty: (n) trouble, bother, luxury, cleanliness, newness ANTONYMS: (n) indiscipline,
asperity, jam, barrier, difficultness, dirty: (adj, v) muddy, dirt; (v) corrupt, permissiveness, laziness,
fix, hardship; (n, v) hindrance, contaminate; (n, v) soil, defile; (adj) disorganization, confusion, reward,
obstacle; (adj, n) strait. contemptible, bawdy, contaminated, abandon, negligence, persuasion; (v)
ANTONYMS: (n) simplicity, dingy, impure. ANTONYMS: (adj) commend, praise
advantage, help, assurance, easiness, spotless, hygienic, pure, immaculate, disciplined: (adj) corrected, regular,
accommodation, effortlessness, sanitary, pleasant, sparkling, fair, orderly, under control, chastised,
gentleness, reassurance, agreement, wholesome, washed; (v) purify tidy, gentle, tamed, methodical,
resolution disadvantage: (n) deprivation, cultivated, qualified. ANTONYMS:
diffused: (adj) spread, dispersed, dim, limitation, loss, inconvenience, (adj) undisciplined, disordered,
distributed, softened damage, imperfection, detriment, haphazard, defiant
dignified: (adj) exalted, majestic, failing, fault, demerit, losses. discoloured: (adj) faded
noble, grand, lofty, respectable, ANTONYMS: (n) benefit, bonus, discomfort: (n) uneasiness,
solemn, distinguished, lordly, high; value, plus, assistance, gain, help, annoyance, unease, anxiety, distress,
(adj, v) great. ANTONYMS: (adj) aid, strength displeasure, agitation, hurt, malaise,
undignified, foolish, dishonorable, disagreeable: (adj) nasty, offensive, suffering, restlessness.
boisterous, unceremonious, uncomfortable, distasteful, ANTONYMS: (n, v) ease, comfort;
unseemly, vulgar, poor, lowly, cantankerous, cross, ungrateful, (n) enjoyment, pleasure, calmness,
modest, base abhorrent, horrible, bad, painful. calm; (v) relieve, alleviate
dilated: (adj) wide, inflated, ANTONYMS: (adj) pleasant, discouraging: (adj) discouragingly,
ampulliform friendly, amiable, inoffensive, chill, disappointing, disheartening,
dilettante: (n) dabbler, sciolist, acceptable, desirable, easygoing, bad, bleak, gloomy, sad,
virtuoso, connoisseur, trifler, happy, pleasing, sweet, nice demoralizing, daunting, dispiriting.
layman, smatterer; (adj) amateurish, disappear: (v) vanish, melt, fade, ANTONYMS: (adj) encouraging,
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uplifting, inspiring, heartening, disliking: (adj) averse, disinclined; reluctant, impervious
comfortable, hopeful (n) aversion, disfavor, dissatisfaction, disposition: (n) attitude, character,
discover: (v) discern, disclose, disinclination, displeasure, distaste disposal, tendency, predisposition,
ascertain, find, perceive, catch, dismal: (adj) cheerless, dejected, inclination, propensity, bias,
expose, hear, determine, sense, dreary, gloomy, desolate, arrangement, direction, aptitude
detect. ANTONYMS: (v) overlook, disconsolate, depressing, disregard: (n, v) disdain, slight,
ignore, disregard, confuse, conceal, melancholy, black, dim, dull. scorn; (n) carelessness, contempt; (v)
lose ANTONYMS: (adj) bright, happy, discount, defy, despise, cut, flout;
discovered: (adj) revealed, disclosed, lively, uplifting, sunny, pleasant, (adj, v) overlook. ANTONYMS: (v)
exposed, naked, detected, light, cheery, strong, soulful, notice, heed, value, obey, accept,
determined, observed, open, wonderful consider; (n) respect, thoughtfulness,
unconcealed, bare. ANTONYM: dismally: (adv) gloomily, sadly, consideration, attention; (n, v)
(adj) concealed unhappily, murkily, dolefully, regard
discovering: (adj) observant, oracular forbiddingly, darkly, somberly, disregarded: (adj) unnoticed,
discovery: (n) detection, disclosure, depressingly, cheerlessly, grimly. neglected, unseen, written off,
breakthrough, finding, revelation, ANTONYMS: (adv) brightly, wretchless, unvalued, unheeded,
catching, revealing, invention, find, smartly overlooked, lost, irrecoverable; (v)
development, exploration dismay: (adj, n, v) appall; (v) depress, unregarded
disengaged: (adj) vacant, dishearten, discourage, horrify; (n) disreputable: (adj, n, v) discreditable;
unemployed, disentangled, free, consternation, discouragement; (n, (adj) base, dishonorable, doubtful,
freed, untrammelled, devoid, v) daunt, affright; (adj, n) terror, sordid, infamous, shameful,
unreserved, detached, liberated, dread. ANTONYMS: (n, v) delight; dishonourable, dishonest,
loosened (v) stimulate, assure, ensure, despicable, notorious. ANTONYMS:
disfigured: (adj) crooked, ugly, spoil, encourage, elate; (n) spirit, (adj) honorable, respected, ethical,
damage, deform, shabby, hurt, satisfaction, mettle, resolution, noble, decent, respectable, sporting,
shapeless, dishonest, stained, assurance pleasant, admirable, famous, honest
blemished disobey: (v) violate, defy, infringe, disrobe: (v) strip, deprive, dismantle,
disguise: (n, v) cloak, mask, conceal, disregard, contravene, ignore, resist, unclothe, divest, discase, uncover,
masquerade, veil, camouflage, color; rebel, breach, transgress, counteract. unrobe, denude, strip off, peel.
(n) guise, concealment; (v) hide, ANTONYMS: (v) conform, regard, ANTONYM: (v) clothe
dissemble. ANTONYMS: (n) comply, mind, observe, behave, dissolve: (v) break up, disperse,
revelation; (v) unmask, uncover, uphold dissipate, evaporate, fuse, melt,
show, expose, display, disclose, disorder: (n, v) ailment, disarray, disband, fade, vanish, resolve,
clarify, reveal disease, jumble, muddle; (n) clutter, dispel. ANTONYMS: (v) solidify,
disguised: (adj) cloaked, concealed, disturbance, disarrangement; (v) appear, harden, thicken, coagulate,
masked, secret, hidden, veiled, in derange, confuse, perturb. congeal, continue, integrate,
disguise, incognito, blind; (adj, v) ANTONYMS: (n, v) order; (n) materialize, open, start
private; (n) groggy. ANTONYMS: orderliness, calm, peace, tranquility, distance: (n, v) remove; (n) space,
(adj) recognizable, unmasked, health; (v) organize, align, arrange, way, gap, aloofness, interval,
uncovered, uncloaked, revealed, systematize, neaten altitude, measure, mileage; (adj, n)
open, obvious disordered: (adj) chaotic, upset, sick, length; (v) dissociate. ANTONYMS:
dishevelled: (adj) untidy, tousled, disorganized, broken, incoherent, (v) associate, attach, involve; (n)
messy, blowzy, rough, frowsy, deranged, messy, disjointed, proximity, nearness, intimacy,
frowzy, unkempt, sloppy, slovenly; disconnected, ill. ANTONYMS: (adj) closeness, warmth, bias, lovingness
(v) bedraggled neat, ordered, organized, arranged, distastefully: (adv) offensively,
disintegration: (n) decomposition, quiet, regulated, systematic, unpleasantly, nastily, obnoxiously,
decay, breakdown, annihilation, systematized, straightforward, tidy loathsomely, repulsively, revoltingly,
breakup, dissolution, decline, disorderly: (adj) wild, disordered, repugnantly, sickeningly, unsavorily,
dissipation, demolition, chaotic, boisterous, jumbled, repellently. ANTONYMS: (adv)
putrefaction; (adj) comminution disorganized, unruly, rowdy, untidy, lovingly, attractively
dislike: (n) disapproval, disaffection, irregular; (adj, v) lawless. distinctly: (adv) clearly, particularly,
antipathy, disdain, disfavor, ANTONYMS: (adj) orderly, neat, evidently, expressly, obviously,
revulsion; (n, v) hate, disinclination, arranged, peaceful, organized, markedly, definitely, precisely,
aversion, distaste; (v) detest. systematized, conforming, ordered, manifestly, separately, decidedly.
ANTONYMS: (n) liking, fondness, restrained, behaved, coherent ANTONYMS: (adv) inaudibly,
taste, attraction, enjoyment, displayed: (adj) extendant, expanded, faintly, vaguely, silently,
preference, longing; (v) like, enjoy, splay imperceptibly, poorly
approve, adore disposed: (adj) prone, apt, ready, distinguished: (adj) dignified,
disliked: (adj) hated, detested, averse, subject, prepared, liable, game, celebrated, illustrious, renowned,
lousy, loath, undesirable, inclined, fain, likely, minded. conspicuous, important, reputable,
companionless. ANTONYMS: (adj) ANTONYMS: (adj) ailing, great, noble, high, well-known.
popular, liked indisposed, unlikely, disinclined, ANTONYMS: (adj) ordinary,
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insignificant, undignified, Standard, liberate, remove downstair; (n) floor. ANTONYMS:
pedestrian, low, common, coarse, don't: (adv) not; (n) taboo, (adj, adv) upstairs
base, undistinguished, modest prohibition downward: (adv) underneath, under,
distribute: (v) apportion, allot, doorstep: (n) threshold, sill, brink, below, downwards, downwardly,
dispense, disperse, administer, door, curbside beneath, down below; (adj)
disseminate, assign, diffuse, deal out, doorway: (n) door, entrance, entry, downcast, sloping, depressed,
circulate; (n, v) deal. ANTONYMS: passage, entryway, way in, access, downright. ANTONYMS: (adv) up;
(v) amass, collect, gather, hoard, driveway, gate, gateway, lobby (adj) rising
store, hold, garner, disorder, dose: (n) potion, share, draught, dozen: (adj, n) XII; (n) dozens,
disarray, declassify, keep dosage, medicine, batch, doctor, boxcars
disturbance: (n, v) commotion, allotment, measure, shot, portion dozing: (adj) drowsy, dozy, nodding,
brawl; (n) disorder, turmoil, upset, dotted: (adj) speckled, dappled, napping, asleep, sleepy, tired
derangement, dislocation, specked, spotted, dashed, stippled, dragged: (adj) depressed, dejected,
disruption, tumult, din; (adj, n, v) scattered, spotty, dot, mottled, upset, unhappy, spent, dispirited,
trouble. ANTONYMS: (n) stillness, broken somber, melancholy, gloomy, joyless,
peace, satisfaction, serenity, respect, doubled: (adj) twofold, multiple, low
accord doubles, folded, repeated, dual, drainage: (n) drain, highway
disturbed: (adj, v) concerned; (adj) bivalent, reduplicate drainage, voidance, emptying,
anxious, disquieted, upset, confused, doubt: (n, v) suspicion, question, drainpipe, sewerage, evacuation,
worried, restless, disordered, query, dispute; (n) disbelief, clearing; (adj) draining,
unsettled, distressed, turbulent. misgiving, incertitude, dephlegmation, arefaction
ANTONYMS: (adj) rational, relaxed, apprehension, uncertainty; (adj, n) drank: (v) absorb
calm, sane, unaffected, unbroken, skepticism; (v) suspect. draught: (n, v) draft, sketch, design,
peaceful, stable, carefree, ANTONYMS: (n) certainty, potation, plan; (n) dose, air current,
unconcerned, untroubled confidence, conclusiveness, belief, wind, gulp, outline; (v) blueprint
ditch: (n) canal, channel, dike; (v) certitude, faith, approval; (v) accept, draw: (n, v) drag, pull, delineate, tie,
desert, dump, chuck, abandon, believe, consider, swallow design, puff; (v) depict, describe,
discard, cut, leave; (n, v) moat. doubtful: (adj) dubious, debatable, derive, bring; (n) attraction.
ANTONYMS: (v) accept, take, adopt, distrustful, questionable, queer, ANTONYMS: (v) repel, deposit,
maintain; (n) ridge suspicious, tentative, disputable, shove, shorten, thrust, cut, curtail,
dives: (n) Lazarus, Croesus, dive, diffident, unsettled, unsure. contract, alienate; (n) repulsion, win
Timon of Athens, diving, dived, ANTONYMS: (adj) trusting, drawer: (n) draftsman, drawers, till,
capitalist, Idas, millionaire, nabob, convinced, reliable, confident, designer, box car, cartoonist,
Plutus persuaded, provable, sure, hopeful, commode, engraver, chest, case,
divided: (adj) cleft, detached, promising, likely, indubitable locker
distributed, forked, shared, doubts: (adj) doubting drawers: (n) knickers, pants, tights,
separated, separate, disjointed, downcast: (adj) depressed, dejected, shorts, bloomers, briefs, underwear,
branched, pronged, disunited dispirited, blue, desolate, breeches, underpants, underdrawers,
dodge: (n, v) stratagem, maneuver; disconsolate, gloomy, low, sad, trousers
(v) avoid, evade, escape, elude, duck, downhearted, discouraged. drawing: (n) draft, delineation,
fudge; (n) contrivance, cheat, ANTONYMS: (adj) cheerful, picture, plan, cartoon, depiction,
scheme. ANTONYMS: (v) confront, vivacious, cheery, elated, joyous, up, draught, draw, draftsmanship,
encounter, meet, accept positive painting, image
dodging: (n) dodge, evasion, escape, downfall: (n) ruin, decline, dread: (n, v) apprehension, fear,
circumvention, selective shading, destruction, debacle, defeat, descent, panic; (n) anxiety, awe,
shirking, evading, elusion, shunning, decadence, failure, undoing, consternation, alarm, trepidation,
pastime; (adj) shifty devastation, bane. ANTONYMS: (n) dismay, foreboding, terror.
dogs: (n) foxes, Canidae, Carnivora, making, ascension, lift, salvation, ANTONYMS: (adj) pleasing,
cats, family Canidae, forceps, order victory, creation, beginning welcomed, pleasant; (v) welcome,
Carnivora, bears; (adj) dogging downhill: (adj) descending, want; (n) reassurance, fearlessness,
domestic: (adj, v) home; (adj) civil, declivous; (adj, adv) downward; (v) confidence, security, ease, calm
native, internal, household, familiar, declivity, ascent, acclivity, bank, hill, dreading: (adj) anxious
inland, national; (n) maid, servant; gradient; (adv) downwards; (n) dream: (n) aspiration, ambition,
(adj, n) homely. ANTONYMS: (adj) descent. ANTONYMS: (adj) upward, reverie, desire, fantasy, figment,
foreign, wild, external, public, office, uphill nightmare; (n, v) vision, sleep; (v)
professional, imported, global, alien, downs: (n) weary waste, heath, muse, imagine. ANTONYMS: (n)
undomestic pampas, wold, wild, waste, veldt, alertness, nightmare
dominate: (v) control, command, steppe, savanna, prairie dreaming: (n) reverie, ambition,
reign, rule, manage, overlook, direct, downstairs: (adv) beneath, below, nightmare, conception, castle in the
predominate, possess, wield; (adj) underneath, down the stairs, air; (adj) absent-minded, asleep,
preponderate. ANTONYMS: (v) downward, infra, at a lower place, visionary, vacant, wistful, rapt
surrender, follow, share, yield, downhill, on a lower floor; (adj) dress: (n, v) attire, costume, clothe,
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apparel, clothing, array, trim, garb, pour, sharpen, raise, recuperate; (n) clear
rig, cover; (n) dressing. growth, mass, lot, upswing, dust: (v) sprinkle, clean, spray, wipe,
ANTONYMS: (n, v) undress; (v) elevation spread; (n) dirt, earth, relics, grit,
uncover, disrobe, rumple, strip, dropped: (adj) dropping, fallen, remains, soil. ANTONYMS: (n)
wrinkle decreased, drop, fall, degraded, newness; (v) dirty
dressing: (n) bandage, stuffing, dead, born, abandoned dusty: (adj) dirty, sandy, mealy, dry,
fertilization, binding, bandaging, dropping: (adj) dropped, down, unclean, pulverulent, branny,
scolding, fertilizer, manure, fatigued, plunging, plummeting, uninteresting, vague, psammous;
compress, preparation, farce dipping; (n) sagging, reducing, (adj, v) sooty. ANTONYMS: (adj)
drew: (n) move, John Drew sinking, dropping of the launcher dusted, clean
dried: (adj) arid, desiccated, stages, dispatching eager: (adj) avid, ardent, agog, acute,
dehydrated, shriveled, shrunken, drops: (n) tear zealous, enthusiastic, keen,
drained, torrid, parched, withered; drove: (adj, n) flock, swarm, shoal; (n) ambitious, industrious, studious;
(n) drier, dryer horde, crowd, covey, mob, throng, (adj, n) earnest. ANTONYMS: (adj)
drift: (adj, n) stream; (n) current, multitude; (adj) bevy, driven indifferent, unconcerned, apathetic,
course, tendency, tone, intent; (adj, n, drowsy: (adj, n) sleepy; (adj) lazy, disinterested, unwilling,
v) flow; (n, v) aim, blow; (v) ramble, comatose, somnolent, slow, lethargic, unenthusiastic, lukewarm, patient,
float. ANTONYMS: (v) guide, sluggish, dull, indolent, soporific, reluctant, listless, bored
struggle, set, sink, aim, repel listless. ANTONYMS: (adj) energetic, eagerly: (adv) zealously, readily,
drifting: (adj, adv) aimless, awake, lively, vigorous, vivacious, keenly, fervently, avidly, greedily,
wandering; (adv) adrift; (adj) refreshed enthusiastically, intently, earnestly,
floating, nomadic, vagabond, drum: (adj, n) barrel; (n) cask, impatiently, actively. ANTONYMS:
rootless, roaming, wayfaring, tympan, cylinder, timbrel, tambour, (adv) apathetically, nonchalantly,
migratory; (n) running with the tambourine; (v) beat, roll, bone up, grudgingly, patiently, halfheartedly,
regulator closed. ANTONYM: (adj) ram reluctantly, unenthusiastically
resident drunk: (adj) tipsy, wet, tight, blotto, eagerness: (n, v) desire, aspiration;
drily: (adv) parchedly, thirstily, drunken, inebriated; (adj, n) (n) enthusiasm, avidity, cupidity,
waterlessly, monotonously, stalely, inebriate; (n) boozer, dipsomaniac, readiness, passion, keenness,
driedly, sharply, sardonically, drunkard, drinker. ANTONYMS: ambition, fervor, avidness.
tediously, hardly, plainly (adj) straight, clearheaded; (n) ANTONYMS: (n) indifference,
dripping: (adj) wet, damp, drenched, teetotaler unwillingness, aloofness, disinterest,
sodden, soaked, soggy; (adj, adv) drying: (n) curing, desiccation, lethargy, listlessness, patience,
sopping, soaking; (adj, v) reeking; seasoning, dryness, ventilation, gloom, reluctance
(n) dribble, a drop. ANTONYM: drying up, aeration, airing; (adj) earliest: (adj) earlier, early, initial,
(adj) lacking desiccative, siccative, parching primordial, matutinal, original,
driven: (v) drive, impel, operate, dryly: (adv) coldly, sternly, sourly, primitive, aboriginal, chief, foremost,
propel; (adj) impelled, compulsive, sarcastically, laconically, huskily. opening. ANTONYMS: (adj) latest,
motivated, involuntary, dynamic, ANTONYMS: (adv) interestingly, subsequent, contemporary
successful; (n) drove warmly earn: (v) acquire, deserve, get, attain,
driver: (n) drive, carter, chauffeur, dull: (adj) dreary, dense, sluggish, win, bring in, bring, achieve, bear,
conductor, device driver, cabman, dismal, slack, torpid; (adj, v) blunt, merit, yield. ANTONYMS: (v) spend,
drayman, teamster, wagoner, stupid; (v) deaden, dampen; (adj, n) cost, scatter
charioteer, Jehu. ANTONYM: (n) cold. ANTONYMS: (adj) lively, ears: (n) antenna
nondriver sharp, stimulating, exciting, lustrous, ease: (v) alleviate, assuage, relieve,
driving: (adj) energetic, impulsive, interesting, exhilarating, varied, allay; (n) convenience, rest, leisure,
enterprising, pushing, vigorous; (n) glossy, glittery, luminous relief, satisfaction; (adj, v) facilitate;
drive, travel, drove, direction, dumb: (adj) mute, speechless, dense, (n, v) relax. ANTONYMS: (n)
motoring, push. ANTONYMS: (adj) dim, silent, dull, slow, stupid, discomfort, formality, awkwardness,
lethargic, weak, light inarticulate, foolish, obtuse. worry, toil, problem, pain,
droning: (adj) buzzing, humming, ANTONYMS: (adj) bright, maladroitness; (v) aggravate,
abuzz, booming, monotonous, communicative, intelligent, worsen, impede
noisy; (n) bourdon, dawdler, drone loquacious, sharp, smart, speaking, eaten: (v) eat
pipe, idleness, monotone. brilliant, talkative eating: (n) ingestion, intake, feeding,
ANTONYM: (adj) varied dusk: (n) nightfall, twilight, darkness, browsing, banqueting, food,
drooping: (adj) flabby, pendulous, gloaming, sunset, gloom, night, lunching, supping, pica, repletion;
limp, flaccid, cernuous, flagging, shade, shadow, sundown; (adj) (v) eat
languid, floppy, lax, tired; (n) droop. dusky. ANTONYMS: (n) dawn, eavesdropping: (n) talk, OUI dire,
ANTONYMS: (adj) taut, firm light, daybreak, morning, afternoon electronic eavesdropping; (adj) nosy
drop: (n, v) decline, dribble, deposit, dusky: (adj) dark, cloudy, gloomy, eccentricity: (n) abnormality,
decrease, jump, ebb; (adj, n, v) black, swarthy, dull, murky, obscure, idiosyncrasy, oddness, peculiarity,
collapse; (v) droop, sink, cast, drip. dingy, sooty, somber. ANTONYMS: anomaly, crankiness, irregularity,
ANTONYMS: (n, v) increase; (v) lift, (adj) light, bright, sunny, radiant, quirk, strangeness, weirdness,
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curiousness. ANTONYMS: (n) overjoyed, proud, ecstatic; (n) emerging: (adj) nascent, rising,
usualness, normalcy, buoyant. ANTONYMS: (adj) acclivitous, promising, embryonic,
conventionality, concentricity, dejected, disappointed, sad, budding; (n) emanation
conformity unhappy, miserable, down, eminent: (adj) high, celebrated,
ecstatically: (adv) happily, blissfully, depressed, despairing, blue, elevated, brilliant, illustrious, noble,
ravishingly, raptly, elatedly, sorrowful, desolate big, famous, renowned, conspicuous,
enrapturedly, joyfully, joyously, elation: (n) bliss, excitement, delight, dignified. ANTONYMS: (adj)
overjoyedly, gladly, cheerily euphoria, rapture, joy, happiness, undistinguished, obscure, low,
eddy: (n, v) purl, twirl, spin, gurge; joyousness, high spirits, exhilaration, unremarkable, common,
(v) whirlpool, swirl, turn; (n) vortex, exultation. ANTONYMS: (n) uncelebrated, unimportant,
maelstrom, twist, whir depression, sorrow, unhappiness, insignificant, humble, ordinary
edged: (adj) cutting, sharp, bordered, misery, sadness, despair, agony, emotional: (adj) dramatic, passionate,
pointed, bounded, keen, penetrating, dejection, dislike, desolation poignant, sensitive, sensational,
sharper, stinging, unkind, bleak elbow: (n, v) poke, nudge, jolt; (n) affecting, affective, moving, effusive,
edges: (n) boundaries cubitus, elbow joint, angle, warm, affectional. ANTONYMS:
edging: (n) border, edge, brim, brink, articulation; (v) jostle, push, shove, (adj) unemotional, unflappable, cold,
lace, trimming, boundary, galloon, crowd emotionless, cerebral, dispassionate,
hem, list, frame elder: (adj) older, big, adult; (n) dean, insensitive, relaxed, unfeeling,
educated: (adj, v) erudite, lettered; doyen, patriarch, ancient, boss, secretive, reserved
(adj) learned, enlightened, trained, elderberry, superior, presbyter. emotions: (n) reputation, emotion,
refined, informed, taught, cultivated, ANTONYMS: (n) youngster, minor, feeling, temperament, personality,
intellectual; (v) instructed. child, inferior; (adj) youngest, character, disposition, breast, bosom
ANTONYMS: (adj) uneducated, younger, little emphasis: (n) stress, accentuation,
ignorant, naive, illiterate, uncouth, elderly: (adj) old, elder, senior, older, importance, prominence, import,
uninformed, unlearned, wild antiquated, geriatric; (adv) vehemence, weight, intensity,
eerie: (adj) strange, fearsome, superiorly, bigly, eldestly, anciently, significance, force, power
uncanny, frightful, ghostly, ghastly, adultly. ANTONYMS: (adj) empire: (adj, n) rule, authority,
unearthly, weird, spooky, dire, immature, youthful control; (n) kingdom, domain, realm,
frightening. ANTONYMS: (adj) electrician: (n) lineman, gaffer reign, nation, sway, command,
normal, silly, ordinary, natural, element: (n) ingredient, constituent, territory
funny, human substance, factor, basis, fundamental, emporium: (n) department store,
efforts: (n) pains matter, feature, foundation, market, store, establishment, bazaar,
eggs: (n) seed, ball, ballock, roe, chemical element, origin staple, warehouse, outlet, mart,
bollock elementary: (adj) simple, primary, dime store, chief item
egotistical: (adj) conceited, selfish, fundamental, primitive, basal, easy, emptiness: (n) blankness, blank, void,
egocentric, proud, arrogant, elemental, introductory, essential, vanity, vacuity, worthlessness,
narcissistic, pompous, haughty, main, original. ANTONYMS: (adj) futility, space, inanity, inanition,
boastful, vain, brassy. ANTONYMS: secondary, complex, hard, hollowness. ANTONYMS: (n)
(adj) humble, modest, selfless complicated, difficult, final richness, fullness, value, importance,
ejectment: (n) eviction, ouster, eleven: (adj, n) xi; (n) eight, squad, clutter
expulsion, ejection, conclusive football team, team empty: (adj, v) clear, discharge,
evidence, action of ejectment, writ of eloquent: (adj) glib, fluent, destitute, void; (adj) hollow, bare,
ejectment persuasive, expressive, meaningful, blank, barren, abandoned; (v)
elaborate: (v) develop, specify, significant, graphic, vivid, speaking, deplete, pour. ANTONYMS: (adj)
amplify, work out, expand, expound, forcible, moving. ANTONYMS: (adj) crowded, meaningful, packed,
detail; (adj) careful, complicated, incoherent, innocent, occupied, inhabited, swarming,
complex, involved. ANTONYMS: straightforward, weak brimming, laden, filled, cultivated;
(adj) plain, simple, modest, common, elusively: (adv) slipperily, evasively, (v) fill
stark, straightforward, equivocally, insidiously, faintly, encounter: (n) collision, conflict,
uncomplicated, uninvolved; (v) merely, slightly, fugitively, finely, battle, action, confrontation, brush;
simplify, condense, contract fleetingly, shiftily (n, v) combat, contest, rencounter;
elaborated: (adj) elaborate, careful, embarrassed: (adj) awkward, (v) confront, face. ANTONYMS: (v)
finished, wrought abashed, uncomfortable, Miss, surrender, evade, avoid, yield;
elastic: (adj) flexible, springy, soft, disconcerted, bashful, sheepish, shy, (n) shunning, avoidance,
pliable, resilient, limber, pliant, shamefaced, mortified, discomfited, withdrawal
yielding, ductile, buoyant; (n) chagrined. ANTONYMS: (adj) ended: (adj) concluded, finished, over,
rubber band. ANTONYMS: (adj) relaxed, unabashed, natural, done, completed, closed, through,
rigid, stiff, inflexible, inelastic, talkative terminated, consummate, all over;
unadaptable, intolerant, firm, hard, embonpoint: (adj) chubby, buxom, (adj, v) past
unyielding lustihood, flesh and blood, plump, ends: (n) tops, crook, band, bend,
elated: (adj) joyful, delighted, jubilant, busty, curvaceous, curvy; (n) obesity, bind, limits, clippings, curve,
exultant, gleeful, happy, triumphant, fleshiness, corporation trimmings, boundaries
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enemy: (n) antagonist, opponent, foe, entertained: (adj) diverted, pleased weapons, ready, weaponed,
opposition, competitor, enmity, enthusiasm: (adj, n) devotion; (n, v) complete, set, standing by.
assailant, foeman, hostile, besieger; ardor, zeal; (adj, n, v) passion; (n) ANTONYMS: (adj) unequipped,
(adj, n) rival. ANTONYMS: (n) ally, ardour, animation, craze, ebullience, unfurnished, unprepared
friend, supporter, benefactor, gusto, inspiration, interest. erect: (adj) upright, vertical,
defender, fan ANTONYMS: (n) indifference, straightforward; (v) build, raise, rear,
energetic: (adj) animated, brisk, busy, lethargy, passivity, unwillingness, construct, assemble, lift, put up, put
driving, dynamic, powerful, strong, boredom, unconcern, detachment, together. ANTONYMS: (v)
effective, agile, emphatic, forcible. gloom, gloominess, patience, dismantle, wreck, topple, level,
ANTONYMS: (adj) sluggish, lazy, reluctance demolish, destroy; (adj) prostrate,
weary, languid, inactive, exhausted, entire: (adj, n) absolute, complete; drooping, prone, flaccid, flat
indolent, apathetic, dull, indifferent, (adj) total, all, integral, whole, utter, error: (n) blunder, fault, mistake,
listless perfect, clean, undivided, unbroken. delusion, lapse, oversight, miss,
engaged: (adj) occupied, betrothed, ANTONYMS: (adj) incomplete, guilt, crime, defect; (adj, n) wrong.
employed, affianced, engrossed, limited, part, unfinished, narrow, ANTONYMS: (n) correctness, fact,
reserved, absorbed, working, imperfect accuracy
pledged, involved, committed. entrance: (v) enchant, charm, escape: (v) elude, avoid, evade,
ANTONYMS: (adj) free, unengaged, captivate, bewitch, enrapture; (n) circumvent, bolt; (n, v) break, dodge,
unemployed, uncommitted, access, entry, admittance, threshold, leak, run; (n) avoidance, evasion.
unattached, single, detached, idle arrival, door. ANTONYMS: (n) ANTONYMS: (n, v) return; (v)
engine: (n) locomotive, contrivance, departure, exit, egress, egression, remain, catch, stay, face, block,
utensil, organ, mechanism, tool, exiting, exclusion, retirement; (v) attend; (n) incarceration,
instrument, implement, device, tank bore, repel, repulse imprisonment, endurance, abidance
engine, gin entry: (n) admission, door, article, escaped: (adj) at large, at liberty,
engrossed: (adj) rapt, engaged, intent, accession, admittance, doorway, loose, on the loose, runaway, easy,
occupied, preoccupied, busy, record, entree, access, hall, wild; (n) freer; (v) escaping
fascinated, obsessed, thoughtful, enrollment. ANTONYMS: (n) exit, escaping: (n) evasion, getaway, break,
hooked; (adj, v) immersed. egress, egression, exiting, goodbye, breakout, running away, running off,
ANTONYMS: (adj) disinterested, departure run-around; (adj) fugitive
bored, distracted, indifferent, envelope: (n, v) covering, cloak, essence: (n) core, perfume, being, gist,
unconcerned, uninterested, blanket; (n) casing, container, pack, aroma, crux, hypostasis, extract,
inattentive, carefree case, coating, jacket, integument, spirit, substance; (v) stuff.
enjoy: (v) hold, have, relish, bask, vesicle ANTONYMS: (n) body, surface
appreciate, own, rejoice, revel, love, envy: (v) begrudge, want; (n) essentially: (adv) fundamentally,
experience; (adj, v) like. enviousness, desire, heartburning, substantially, primarily, principally,
ANTONYMS: (v) need, suffer, resentment, envies, heartburn, necessarily, inherently, mainly,
loathe, lack, hate, detest, despise, jealousy, hatred; (adj) jealous. importantly, chiefly; (adj, adv)
want ANTONYM: (n) generosity naturally, intrinsically.
enormous: (adj) huge, big, colossal, epilogue: (n) epilog, ending, ANTONYMS: (adv) superficially,
vast, prodigious, excessive, afterword, end, close, closing, insignificantly, slightly
exorbitant, great, large, tremendous, conclusion, finale, peroration, establish: (v) prove, demonstrate,
stupendous. ANTONYMS: (adj) speech, sequel. ANTONYMS: (n) constitute, build, base, appoint,
small, minute, insignificant, foreword, preface, prelude, ascertain, fix, determine; (adj, n, v)
miniature, measly, diminutive, prologue, introduction confirm, settle. ANTONYMS: (v)
affordable, little, slim, ordinary, epoch: (n) era, date, period, day, disprove, terminate, abolish,
minor season, time, term, cycle, crisis, date abrogate, change, disestablish,
enter: (v) enroll, embark, chronicle, of reference, times eradicate, invalidate, repeal, unsettle,
book, record, input, arrive, come, equally: (adv) evenly, equivalently, rebut
pierce, register, penetrate. levelly, alike, justly, as, parallelly, establishment: (n) company,
ANTONYMS: (v) depart, exit, delete, uniformly, similarly; (adj, adv, conj) constitution, institution,
stop, refrain, erase, egress, abstain, as well; (adj) even. ANTONYMS: organization, enactment, settlement,
cancel, exclude, disembark (adv) unevenly, individually, creation, formation, concern,
entering: (n) entry, entrance, differently, unfairly building, foundation. ANTONYMS:
admission, enrollment, penetration, equilibrium: (n, v) balance, poise, (n) elimination, destruction,
ingress, registration, encroachment, counterweight; (n) counterpoise, culmination
entree; (adj, n) incoming; (v) go in equipoise, symmetry, ethereal: (adj) airy, celestial,
enterprise: (n) business, company, counterbalance, steadiness, equality, unworldly, delicate, intangible,
concern, endeavor, activity, parity, par. ANTONYMS: (n) aeriform, spiritual, aery, vaporous,
adventure, energy, effort, courage, unsteadiness, unevenness, incorporeal, diaphanous.
venture, endeavour. ANTONYMS: instability, imbalance, asymmetry ANTONYMS: (adj) earthly, heavy,
(n) lethargy, apathy, laziness, equipped: (adj) equiped, armed, indelicate, worldly, tangible, thick,
passiveness, sloth, idleness equipt, furnished, fitted, carrying robust, concrete
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eventuality: (n) chance, event, examination: (n, v) search, test; (n) ANTONYMS: (adv) abysmally,
happening, possibility, coincidence, audit, check, exam, investigation, frequently, usually, unexceptionally,
potentiality, juncture, thing, matter, study, exploration, survey, testing; slightly, badly, unremarkably,
fact, experience. ANTONYM: (n) (adj, n) examen. ANTONYM: (n) somewhat, poorly, hardly,
beginning neglect moderately
everlasting: (adj) eternal, ceaseless, examine: (v) assay, audit, overhaul, excessive: (adj) exaggerated, intense,
endless, constant, continual, try, consider, control, check, search, superfluous, undue, exorbitant,
perpetual, immortal, deathless, survey, ask, ascertain. ANTONYMS: unreasonable, immoderate,
ageless, aeonian; (adj, n) lasting. (v) reply, skim, glance enormous, profuse, extravagant,
ANTONYMS: (adj) finite, ephemeral, examined: (adj) qualified, studied, extreme. ANTONYMS: (adj)
fleeting, mortal, ending, terminating, considered moderate, affordable, deficient,
inconstant, fragile, perishable exasperated: (adj) incensed, annoyed, underdone, insignificant,
everybody: (adv) each, any; (n, pron) enraged, angered, indignant, mad, insufficient, thrifty, skimpy, meager,
anyone, anybody; (n) every person, irate, irritated, cheesed off, testy; basic, small
world, everything, horde, throng; (adj, prep) provoked. ANTONYM: excessively: (adj, adv) immoderately,
(pron) any person, someone. (adj) pleased exorbitantly, inordinately; (adv)
ANTONYMS: (n, pron) nobody exasperating: (adj) annoying, extremely, enormously, exceedingly,
everywhere: (adv) everyplace, all bothersome, maddening, infuriating, very, profusely, overly,
over, far and wide, overall, trying, irritating, tedious, vexatious, exaggeratedly, intemperately.
somewhere, far and near, about, vexing, galling, exacerbating. ANTONYMS: (adv) justifiably,
where; (adv, pron) anywhere; (adv, ANTONYMS: (adj) pleasing, moderately, insufficiently
n) anyplace; (adj) throughout. pleasant, satisfying excited: (adj, v) animated, ardent;
ANTONYM: (adv) nowhere exasperation: (adj, n) exacerbation; (adj) ablaze, enthusiastic, emotional,
evident: (adj) obvious, distinct, (n) wrath, annoyance, anger, frantic, warm, heated, delirious,
discernible, clear, manifest, resentment, rage, irritation, ire, fervent, passionate. ANTONYMS:
conspicuous, patent, plain, indignation, heat, displeasure. (adj) cool, unexcited, bored, tranquil,
noticeable, open, certain. ANTONYMS: (n) delight, calmness, easygoing, disappointed, despairing,
ANTONYMS: (adj) unnoticed, satisfaction comatose, apathetic, sedate,
obscure, concealed, hidden, excavation: (n) mine, digging, dig, composed
inconspicuous, uncertain, unknown, hollow, hole, ditch, shaft, bore, excitedly: (adv) passionately,
imperceptible, disputable, working, cellar, delf feverishly, wildly, frantically,
ambiguous, undetectable exceedingly: (adj, adv) very, highly; nervously, ardently, enthusiastically,
evidently: (adv) clearly, patently, (adv) too, exceptionally, overly, eagerly, animatedly, fervently,
plainly, obviously, manifestly, surpassingly, extraordinarily, cheerfully. ANTONYMS: (adv)
openly, certainly, overtly, markedly, greatly, awfully, terrifically, lifelessly, patiently, peacefully,
conspicuously, palpably. eminently. ANTONYMS: (adv) nonchalantly, indifferently,
ANTONYMS: (adv) doubtfully, slightly, hardly, insufficiently, despondently, unenthusiastically
imperceptibly, obscurely, somewhat excitement: (n) commotion, emotion,
questionably, actually, ambiguously, excellent: (adj, n) estimable, worthy, animation, agitation, disturbance,
inconspicuously capital; (adj) superior, admirable, elation, enthusiasm, eagerness,
evil: (adj) bad, criminal, corrupt, beautiful, distinctive, superb, great, taking, excitation, tumult.
wicked, destructive, depraved; (adj, good, splendid. ANTONYMS: (adj) ANTONYMS: (n) dullness, boredom,
n) ill, detriment; (n) adversity, poor, abysmal, awful, mediocre, tediousness, desolation, apathy,
disaster, depravity. ANTONYMS: terrible, imperfect, inadequate, bore, dormancy, indifference,
(n) goodness, righteousness, middling, shoddy, bad, used somnolence, despondency,
morality; (adj) kindhearted, except: (adj, conj, prep) save; (v) lifelessness
righteous, benign, moral, pure, exclude, demur, omit, elide; (adv, exclaim: (v) call out, call, shout, cry
upright, virtuous, sinless conj, prep) but; (adv, prep) besides; out, ejaculate, clamor, outcry,
evoke: (v) educe, conjure up, elicit, (prep) excepting, excluding, aside scream, shout out, speak, vociferate
enkindle, arouse, excite, call forth, from; (conj, n) without. exclaiming: (n) deuce, Dickens,
entail, provoke, raise, prompt. ANTONYMS: (prep) including; (v) ejaculation, exclaim, devil,
ANTONYMS: (v) stem, silence, receive, admit interjection, ecphonesis
repress, quell, hold, halt, suppress, excepting: (conj, prep) but, bar; (n, exclamation: (n) clamor, ejaculation,
forget prep) except for, exclusive of; (prep) exclaiming, utterance, whoop,
exaltation: (n) elation, ecstasy, aside from, besides, apart from, interjection, shout, expletive, deuce,
apotheosis, worship, praise, rapture, barring, excluding, with the Dickens, ecphonesis
deification, grandeur, adoration; (n, exception of; (v) saving. excruciating: (adj) agonizing,
v) sublimation; (v) laud. ANTONYM: (prep) including harrowing, painful, sharp,
ANTONYMS: (n) abasement, exceptionally: (adv) remarkably, intolerable, acute, violent,
belittlement, debasement, rarely, extraordinarily, unusually, insupportable, intense, torturing; (v)
degradation, humiliation, sorrow, particularly, exceedingly, extremely, cutting. ANTONYMS: (adj) bearable,
derogation, disparagement greatly, singularly, especially, oddly. painless, pleasant, pleasing,
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soothing, wonderful, dull experiment: (n, v) attempt, try, taste, expostulation: (n) dissuasion,
excuse: (n, v) pardon, palliate; (v) venture; (n) essay, trial, tentative, deprecation, objection, admonition,
absolve, exculpate, condone, acquit, examination, probation, experience; reprehension, dehortation,
justify, forgive; (n) alibi, pretext, (v) examine increpation, reprobation, rebuke,
evasion. ANTONYMS: (v) blame, experimental: (adj) tentative, empiric, reproach, reproof
accuse, chide, discipline, include, scientific, observational, pilot, test, exposure: (n, v) disclosure,
reprimand, castigate; (n) accusation trial, experiential, probative, try, exposition; (n) detection, exhibition,
execute: (v) do, achieve, complete, experiment. ANTONYMS: (adj) peril, risk, danger, expose, discovery,
perform, accomplish, act, effect, tried, theoretical, proven, accepted, showing, demonstration.
carry out, enforce, make, fulfill. established ANTONYMS: (n) concealment,
ANTONYMS: (v) abandon, ignore, experiments: (n) data safeguard, shelter, shield, resistance,
disregard, Miss, forget, shirk, revive expert: (adj, n) adept, proficient, security
executing: (n) performing, execution, professional; (adj) skillful, adroit, express: (adj) explicit, direct, definite,
decapitation, capital punishment, dexterous, able, experienced, clever, distinct, especial; (n, v) declare; (v)
electrocution, death penalty, deft; (n, v) critic. ANTONYMS: (adj) demonstrate, convey, articulate,
crucifixion, implementation, unskilled, inept, untrained, inferior, display, mean. ANTONYMS: (v)
corporal punishment; (v) perform, inexperienced, immature, suppress, hide, retain; (adj) vague,
execute unschooled; (n) beginner, novice, slow, unexpressed, roundabout,
execution: (n) accomplishment, tyro, apprentice unsaid, uncertain, indirect; (n) local
achievement, enforcement, explanation: (n) annotation, expressed: (adj) express, spoken,
implementation, effect, action, commentary, definition, description, phrased, explicit, voiced, expresssed,
carrying out, executing, discharge, exposition, solution, justification, verbal, verbalized, verbalised,
death penalty, capital punishment. interpretation, gloss, excuse, key. unequivocal, graphic
ANTONYM: (n) omission ANTONYMS: (n) mystery, expressions: (n) vocabulary, terms,
exhausted: (adj) fatigued, tired, spent, cloudiness, confusion, problem language
dry, empty, depleted, jaded, explicit: (adj) clear, unmistakable, extended: (adj) broad, expanded,
enervated, faint; (adj, v) gone, weak. manifest, exact, sharp, lucid, definite, ample, extensive, wide, long,
ANTONYMS: (adj) fresh, refreshed, broad, direct, perspicuous, emphatic. protracted, lengthened, prolonged,
strong, restored, vigorous, ANTONYMS: (adj) unspoken, tacit, elongated, enlarged. ANTONYMS:
unexhausted, replenished, understood, implicit, bland, (adj) brief, unextended, condensed,
remaining, energized, invigorated, ambiguous, confused, indirect, contracted, shortened, reduced,
restocked obscure, unclear, hidden narrow, partial, abridged,
existence: (n) being, entity, life, explode: (v) erupt, detonate, abbreviated, tiny
subsistence, living, essence, lifetime, discharge, blow up, crack, fulminate, extending: (adj) expanding
aliveness, actuality, occurrence, break, burst forth, disprove, blast; (n, extinction: (n) destruction,
availability. ANTONYMS: (n) v) burst. ANTONYMS: (v) implode, extermination, end, expiration,
nonbeing, nonexistence, absence, fizzle, confirm, defuse, collapse obliteration, expiry, dissolution,
extinction explore: (v) search, delve, research, devastation, demise, effacement; (n,
expectation: (n) expectancy, belief, enquire, discover, prospect, v) cessation. ANTONYMS: (n)
hope, possibility, outlook, trust, scrutinize, investigate, plumb, probe, preservation, protection
confidence, arithmetic mean, view extracted: (v) descended, extraught
thought, suspense; (n, v) prospect. explosive: (n) bomb, gunpowder, extraordinarily: (adv) singularly,
ANTONYMS: (n) despair, burster, cordite, mine, missile; (adj) rarely, unusually, exceptionally,
hopelessness, discouragement, volatile, combustible, unstable, extremely, peculiarly, remarkably,
distrust fickle; (v) convulsive. ANTONYMS: phenomenally, uncommonly,
expedient: (adj) fit, advisable, (adj) calm, nonexplosive, relaxed, exceedingly, especially.
becoming, desirable, adequate, apt, peaceful, placid, reliable ANTONYMS: (adv) slightly,
convenient, suitable; (n) contrivance, explosives: (n) explosive substances unremarkably, ordinarily
resource, artifice. ANTONYMS: expose: (v) endanger, exhibit, betray, extraordinary: (adj) odd, exceptional,
(adj) inappropriate, inexpedient, detect, display, air, uncover, debunk, curious, rare, special, phenomenal,
impractical, futile, detrimental, denude, unfold, divulge. amazing, astonishing, unusual,
inconvenient, foolish ANTONYMS: (v) conceal, cover, strange, abnormal. ANTONYMS:
experienced: (adj) educated, capable, enclose, suppress, shield, shelter, (adj) ordinary, normal, everyday,
expert, trained, competent, skillful, insulate, hide, guard, drape usual, common, mundane, regular,
sophisticated, knowledgeable, exposed: (adj) open, defenseless, undistinguished, unremarkable,
proficient, practiced, old. uncovered, unprotected, nude, insignificant, natural
ANTONYMS: (adj) naive, immature, subject, obvious, naked, bald; (adj, eyebrow: (n) supercilium, eyebrows,
unsophisticated, unseasoned, v) vulnerable, liable. ANTONYMS: forehead, strap line, hair
unknowledgeable, ignorant, green, (adj) covered, hidden, safe, guarded, fabric: (n) composition, cloth,
untrained, inept, unqualified, coarse armed, secluded, sheltered, construction, material, framework,
experiences: (n) life, biography, sheathed, enclosed, safeguarded, fiber, performance, anatomy; (n, v)
journal, personal narrative, fortunes protected edifice, building, structure
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fabrication: (n) construction, fiction, ANTONYMS: (adj) biased, unjust, fictional, fanciful, fictitious,
fable, assembly, creation, formation, exceptional, dark, partial, fabricated, preferred, assumed,
falsehood, production, lie; (n, v) mismatched, unwarranted, foul, illusory, imagined, ideal
invention, forgery. ANTONYMS: (n) imbalanced, prejudiced, poor fancy: (n, v) desire, fantasy, caprice,
honesty, fact, correction, fairly: (adj, adv) justly; (adv) dream, wish, daydream; (v) imagine,
dismantling, dismantlement moderately, honestly, completely, consider; (adj, v) conceive; (n)
faceless: (adj) nameless. purely, impartially, somewhat, conception, conceit. ANTONYMS:
ANTONYMS: (adj) faced, known righteously, lightly, rightly, squarely. (n) reality, certainty, actuality,
facing: (n) revetment, face, coating, ANTONYMS: (adv) unjustly, conviction; (adj) unadorned,
lining, veneer, cladding, front, extremely, subjectively, very, common; (v) hate, demonstrate,
covering; (prep) against, before; dishonestly, unreasonably, detest, disapprove, test
(adj) fronting completely, entirely, unlawfully, fantastic: (adj) bizarre, extraordinary,
facts: (n) reality, details, proof, excessively, wholly antic, marvelous, fantastical,
grounds, premises, praecognita, faith: (n) confidence, belief, grotesque, wonderful, extravagant,
truth, testimony, particulars, conviction, trust, credence, credit, terrific, strange, illusory.
physical constraints, reasonableness creed, assurance, cult, expectation, ANTONYMS: (adj) awful, ordinary,
fade: (adj, v) vanish, drop; (v) dependence. ANTONYMS: (n) real, unpleasant, tiny, plausible,
dissolve, decline, evaporate, discolor, disbelief, distrust, dubiosity, normal, lousy, little, Lilliputian,
droop, die, languish, expire; (n, v) skepticism, despair, uncertainty, poor
wither. ANTONYMS: (v) increase, doubt, independence farewell: (int, n) adieu; (n) bye, leave,
grow, flourish, enhance, surge, fallen: (adj) drop, decline, prostrate, valediction, adios, parting, goodbye,
sharpen, brighten, color, wax, stay, flat, destroyed, down, lapsed, alight, separation, departure, aloha; (int)
rally degenerate, lose, get. ANTONYMS: bon voyage. ANTONYMS: (n) hello,
faded: (adj) pale, bleached, dull, (adj) esteemed, honorable, honored, salutation, welcome
exhausted, faint, washy, withered, lauded, prestigious farther: (adj, adv, prep) beyond; (adj)
colorless, discoloured, attenuate; falling: (n) descent, fall, downfall, additional, more, distant; (adv)
(adj, v) dilapidated. ANTONYMS: degradation, depreciation; (adj) furthermore, besides, abroad, in
(adj) vivid, Colored, colorful, fresh, descending, decreasing, declining, addition, too; (adj, prep) outside;
vigorous, strong, bright tumbling, ebb, down. ANTONYMS: (pron) another. ANTONYMS: (prep)
fail: (adj, v) fade, decline, cease; (v) (adj) standing, increasing, within; (adv) nearer, closer
abort, die, break, bust, want, burgeoning fascinated: (adj) captivated, absorbed,
disappoint, deteriorate, default. false: (adj, n) bastard; (adj, adv) gripped, engrossed, interested,
ANTONYMS: (v) succeed, triumph, counterfeit, deceitful; (adj) untrue, attentive, preoccupied, entranced,
win, thrive, procure, accomplish, dishonest, erroneous, sham, attracted, enchanted, enthralled.
achieve, attain, boom, complete, assumed, artificial, fictitious, ANTONYMS: (adj) indifferent,
continue deceptive. ANTONYMS: (adj) real, disinterested, disenchanted,
failed: (adj) unsuccessful, failing, genuine, faithful, factual, correct, detached
abortive, bankrupt, fruitless, futile, natural, truthful, honest, valid, just, fashion: (n) mode, craze, fad, manner,
declining, deteriorating, ineffective, loyal method, way; (n, v) cut, construct,
insolvent fame: (n, v) credit, celebrity, report, style; (v) contrive, make.
faint: (adj, n, v) swoon; (adj) dim, reputation, renown, cry; (n) ANTONYM: (v) destroy
feeble, dizzy, indistinct, vague, soft, distinction, bruit, honor, prestige, fashionable: (adj) popular, current,
dull; (adj, v) weak; (v) languish, pass buzz. ANTONYMS: (n) infamy, classy, trendy, chic, up to date,
out. ANTONYMS: (adj) distinct, obscurity, anonymity, ignominy, stylish, dressy, modern, swanky,
clear, obvious, loud, considerable, dishonor, commonness, oblivion, swell. ANTONYMS: (adj) unpopular,
pungent, invigorated, hearty, criticism styleless, dated, out, outmoded,
energetic, defined; (v) revive familiar: (adj) conversant, everyday, tacky, inclusive, old, plain
fainting: (n) swoon, syncope, usual, ordinary, commonplace; (adj, fast: (adj, v) firm; (adj) dissolute,
deliquium, lipothymy, prostration, n) customary, common, intimate, instant, agile, staunch, quick,
stupor; (adj) lipothymic habitual, accustomed; (n) hurried, fixed, rapid; (adv) soon,
faintly: (adv) dimly, vaguely, companion. ANTONYMS: (adj) hard. ANTONYMS: (adv) slowly,
indistinctly, lightly, weakly, hazily, unfamiliar, strange, foreign, loosely, sluggishly; (n) binge; (adj)
slightly, softly, shadowily, infirmly, unaccustomed, new, unknown, sluggish, loose, unattached,
palely. ANTONYMS: (adv) clearly, ignorant, formal, shy, rare, distant plodding; (adj, adv) leisurely; (v)
intensely, distinctly, overpoweringly, famous: (adj) celebrated, splendid, gorge, eat
harshly, considerably, powerfully, distinguished, renowned, illustrious, fastened: (adj) tied, fast, buttoned,
strongly, brightly, obviously, famed, capital, prominent, well- closed, tight, secure, pinned,
audibly known, fine, stunning. binding, empight, steady, firm.
fair: (adj) clear, beautiful, sweet, ANTONYMS: (adj) infamous, ANTONYMS: (adj) unfastened,
reasonable, dispassionate, average, ordinary, anonymous, insignificant, unbuttoned
fine, impartial; (adj, v) bright; (adj, obscure, inglorious, undistinguished faster: (adv) sooner, fleet, swift, quick,
adv) clean; (n) blonde. fancied: (adj) unreal, chimerical, express, earlier
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fastidiously: (adv) nicely, (n) boy, equal, brother, peer, chap, feebly
meticulously, finically, finickily, colleague, compeer, buddy; (adj, n, fighting: (adj) belligerent, militant;
squeamishly, carefully, precisely, v) concomitant. ANTONYMS: (n) (n) fight, contest, combat, action,
daintily, fussily, strictly, accurately female, woman, girl, foe, enemy, affray, strife, engagement, war; (n,
fasting: (n) abstinence, white sheet, antagonist, competitor v) conflict. ANTONYMS: (adj)
shrift, sackcloth and ashes, fellows: (n) fellow, membership, peaceful, meek; (n) calm,
maceration, lustration, flagellation, faculty withdrawal, retreat, friendliness,
watching one's weight, hunger fellowship: (n) community, company, agreement, peace, surrender
strike, penance; (v) calorie counting companionship, communion, fill: (v) block, clog, stuff, line, charge,
fatal: (adj) deadly, pestilent, lethal, camaraderie, society, comradeship, execute, accomplish, complete, brim,
disastrous, destructive, dangerous, association, body; (adj, n) familiarity, fulfill; (n) crowd. ANTONYMS: (v)
deathly, fateful, murderous, critical; acquaintance. ANTONYMS: (n) empty, free, deplete, unpack, unload,
(adj, v) mortal. ANTONYMS: (adj) unsociability, unfriendliness, notch, deflate, desert
harmless, nourishing, healthful, hostility filled: (adj) replete, packed, fraught,
benign, uncritical, mild fence: (n, v) hedge, wall, bar; (n) teeming, laden, abundant, congested,
fate: (n, v) doom; (n) chance, luck, barrier, hurdle, pale, boundary; (v) charged, stuffed; (adj, adv) crowded;
fatality, fortune, kismet, allotment, quibble, enclose, parry, contend. (n) fuller. ANTONYMS: (adj)
portion, lot; (v) destine, designate. ANTONYMS: (v) challenge, face, lacking, clear
ANTONYMS: (n) will, design, confront filtered: (n) clean, drinkable; (adj)
choice, accident, chance fencing: (n) swordplay, enclosure, refined
fatigue: (v) exhaust, tire, weary, paling, evasion, barrier, railing, filtering: (n) filtration, straining,
harass, enervate, fag, jade, wear; (n) inclosure, weir; (v) prevarication, refinement; (v) to filter
exhaustion, weariness, tiredness. equivocation, fraud filthy: (adj) unclean, dingy, nasty,
ANTONYMS: (n) energy, liveliness, fender: (n) wing, cushion, barrier, foul, disgusting, squalid, bawdy,
vitality, vigor, strength; (v) energize, mudguard, dashboard, guard, muddy, grimy, grubby, vile.
renew, rejuvenate, restore, mudguard seat, cowcatcher, ANTONYMS: (adj) decent, pleasant,
invigorate framework, sheer log, framing attractive
fatigued: (adj) tired, weary, beat, fern: (n) maidenhair, davallia, finality: (n) determination, decision,
worn, tired out, jaded, spent, worn christella, pteridophyte, fan fern, definiteness, decisiveness,
out, done in, fagged, run-down. bristle fern, button fern, buckler fern, conclusiveness, limit, final, ultimate,
ANTONYMS: (adj) refreshed, alert, cliff brake, beech fern, canker brake eventually, settlement, assuredness.
lively, energized, energetic festival: (n) feast, carnival, fair, ANTONYMS: (n) indecision,
favour: (n) relief, goodness, celebration, festivity, holiday, fte, uncertainty, doubt, indecisiveness
assistance, office, favoritism, jubilee, fiesta, party; (n, v) fete finding: (n) detection, judgment,
benignity; (v) choose, prefer, fever: (n) malaria, delirium, pyrexia, determination, discovery, verdict,
privilege, facilitate, approve heat, frenzy, feverishness, febricity, ruling, breakthrough, resolution,
favourable: (adj) convenient, Bilious typhoid fever, Levant fever, doom, decree, find
encouraging, good, auspicious, Hectic infantile fever, Typhoid fever finer: (adj) superior, advanced,
useful, benevolent, favorable, feverish: (adj) febrile, feverous, fiery, bigger, higher, more, greater
profitable, conducive, opportune, frenzied, fevered, excited, sick, finest: (adj, n) elite; (adj) top, select,
prosperous fanatical; (adj, v) hot, flushed; (adj, excellent, most favorable, most
fearful: (adj, n) afraid; (adj, v) n) hysterical. ANTONYMS: (adj) excellent, most advantageous,
dreadful, cowardly; (adj) terrible, calm, afebrile, collected, composed, exclusive, classic, best possible; (n)
apprehensive, awful, timid, anxious, mellow cream
craven, frightful, eerie. feverishly: (adv) excitedly, hotly, finger: (v) feel, handle, touch, thumb,
ANTONYMS: (adj) rational, calm, febrilely, hecticly, feverously, indicate, point; (n) digit, dactyl,
confident, bold, unimpressed, hysterically, passionately, frantically, forefinger, pointer; (n, v) hand.
charming, fearless, courageous, fanatically, heatedly, frenziedly. ANTONYM: (v) clear
reassuring, unafraid, wonderful ANTONYMS: (adv) indifferently, finish: (n, v) close, complete,
feast: (n, v) junket, fete; (n) peacefully, sluggishly consummate; (v) achieve, execute,
entertainment, dinner, binge, spread, fibre: (n) fiber, character, string, fibril, discontinue, cease, accomplish,
celebration, jamboree, carousal; (v) filament, strand, coir, byssus, bristle, determine; (n) conclusion, death.
feed, eat. ANTONYMS: (v) abstain, bassine, beard ANTONYMS: (n) beginning,
starve; (n) snack fields: (n) field, domains, plain, opening, inception, middle, creation;
feeble: (adj) delicate, decrepit, ailing, notification fields, rotation, (v) begin, continue, sustain, save,
helpless, powerless, poor, mild, lax, alternation of crops, grounds renew, conserve
thin; (adj, v) faint, debilitated. fiercely: (adv) violently, bitterly, finishing: (n) completion, close,
ANTONYMS: (adj) strong, vigorous, strongly, savagely, brutally, accomplishment, conclusion, end,
hearty, tough, effective, powerful, intensely, wildly, cruelly, coating; (adj, n) ending; (adj) closing,
unrelenting, robust, potent, vehemently, grimly, furiously. last, final, ultimate. ANTONYMS:
persuasive, able ANTONYMS: (adv) mildly, dully, (n) beginning; (adj) first
fellow: (adj, n) comrade, associate; tame, docilely, tamely, calmly, fired: (adj) discharged, unemployed,
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passionate, interested, heated, obesity, looseness. ANTONYMS: (n) hard, limited
enthusiastic, ablaze, zealous slenderness, firmness, tone flicker: (n, v) waver, flare, blaze,
fireplace: (n) chimney, fire, hearth, flagrant: (adj) blatant, conspicuous, sparkle, glimmer, shine, flash; (v)
oven, stove, fire place, fireside, crying, glaring, atrocious, obvious, shake, blink, flick, shimmer
kitchen, niche, recess, furnace rank, gross, heinous, flagitious, open. flight: (adj, n) herd, flying, bevy,
firing: (n, v) discharge, explosion; (n) ANTONYMS: (adj) unobtrusive, drove; (n) escape, run, exodus,
dismissal, fire, combustion, sack, slight, ashamed, doubtful, veiled evasion, elopement, departure; (n, v)
lighting, dismission, release; (adj) flags: (n) streamer, streamers, avolation
combustible; (v) burst sidewalk, trottoir, pavement, walk, flinch: (v) cower, quail, recoil, recede,
firmly: (adv) solidly, steadfastly, footpath, bunting; (adj) wood blench, shrink; (n, v) cringe, start,
securely, resolutely, strongly, pavement, flagstone retreat, jump, jerk
steadily, unwaveringly, stably, flakes: (n) dust fling: (n, v) toss, throw, pitch, slam,
fixedly, robustly, rigidly. flanking: (adj) side, skirting, lateral, hurl; (v) chuck, shoot, dash, rush,
ANTONYMS: (adv) weakly, loosely, adjoining, adjacent, bordering, discard; (n) crack. ANTONYM: (v)
uncertainly, halfheartedly, leniently, closest, contiguous, nearby, collect
unsteadily, shakily, yielding, neighboring; (prep) beside. flinging: (n) casting, cast
indefinitely, irresolutely, feebly ANTONYM: (adj) distant flint: (adj) stone, pebble, fossil,
fishing: (n) fishery, casting, fishing flap: (v) flop, wave, beat, brandish, granite, marble; (n) quartz, silica,
job, piscary, piscation, rodding, shake; (n, v) fuss, flutter, pother; (n) flint river, gunflint, crystal, crag
halieutics, sport fishing; (v) coursing, slap, disturbance, valve flitting: (adj) fleeting, fugitive,
hawking; (adj) halieutic flapping: (adj) loose, detached, baggy, momentary, transient, ephemeral;
fist: (n, v) hand; (n) duke, clenched streaming, flying, slack; (n) (v) migration
fist, feist, manus, grip, index; (v) fluttering, flutter, flaps, dither, floating: (adv) afloat; (adj, v)
finger, paw, neif, neaf disturbance buoyant; (adj, adv) aimless; (adj)
fitfully: (adv) intermittently, flared: (adj) aflare, increasing current, loose, moving, fluid, in
spasmodically, inconstantly, flash: (n, v) flicker, blaze, shimmer, circulation, going about, flying, light
sporadically, unsteadily, unevenly, glitter, gleam, glimmer, blink, flame; flock: (n, v) crowd, cluster, pack,
uncertainly, randomly, (adj, n, v) twinkle; (n) instant; (v) mass; (adj, n) bevy; (adj, n, v)
interruptedly, flickeringly, coruscate. ANTONYMS: (adj) swarm; (n) band, horde,
occasionally. ANTONYMS: (adv) tasteful; (n) age; (v) dawdle congregation, herd; (v) assemble.
recurrently, peacefully flashing: (adj) bright, sparkling, ANTONYM: (v) disperse
fits: (v) epilepsy, bustle, racket, fuss, blinking, meteoric, scintillating, flooded: (adj) swamped, inundated,
hubbub, megrims, rout, subsultus, light, brilliant, dazzling, gleaming; engulfed, afloat, submerged,
staggers (n) flare, flashes waterlogged, soaked, busy, weak,
fixed: (adj, v) determined, durable; flat: (n) apartment; (adj) even, bland, teeming, swarming. ANTONYMS:
(adj, adv, v) stable; (adj) definite, insipid, level, tasteless, dreary, (adj) idle, clear
intent, fast, determinate, certain, set; boring; (adj, n) plain, plane; (adj, v) floundering: (adj) awkward,
(adj, adv, n) steady; (adj, n, v) uninteresting. ANTONYMS: (adj) maladroit, purposeless
constant. ANTONYMS: (adj) flexible, bumpy, emotional, hilly, variable, flow: (n, v) stream, course, flux, surge,
separate, adaptable, adjustable, sharp, negative, natural, lively, run, jet; (n) current, discharge; (v)
changeable, movable, variable, contrasty, choppy; (adv) indirectly float, emanate, well. ANTONYMS:
compliant, temporary, removable, flatly: (adv) categorically, smoothly, (n) drought; (v) trickle
portable plainly, levelly, insipidly, evenly, fluctuating: (adj) variable,
fixedly: (adv) steadily, steadfastly, firmly, monotonously, horizontally, unpredictable, unstable, erratic,
regularly, intently, stably, setly, peremptorily, directly. ANTONYM: inconstant, irresolute, mutable,
permanently, rigidly, unwaveringly, (adv) animatedly unsteady, irregular, fickle; (v)
surely, resolutely flavour: (n) aroma, savor, smell, fluctuate. ANTONYMS: (adj)
fixing: (n) fixation, fix, adjustment, palate, essence, sapor, feeling, feel, constant, fixed
repair, mending, altering, sapidity, relish; (n, v) flavor flushed: (adj, n) red, sanguine; (adj)
emasculation, castration, furniture, flaxen: (adj) flaxy, fair, blond, light, feverish, glowing, aroused, aflame,
fastener, fitting pale, golden, arenaceous, sandy, burning, exultant, exulting; (n) flush,
fixtures: (n) equipment, furniture, farinaceous; (n) blonde elated. ANTONYM: (adj) cool
plant, heirloom, furnishings, fixture, flesh: (adj) carnality, concupiscence; fluted: (adj) corrugated, grooved,
possession, mill work, hardware (n) mortality, beef, form, figure, gadrooned, canaliculated; (v) ribbed,
flabbergasted: (adj) dumbfounded, frame, person, mankind, humanity, sulcated
thunderstruck, amazed, astounded, meat fluttering: (adj) flying, palpitating,
stunned, bewildered, dumfounded, flexible: (adj) adaptable, yielding, flittering, flaring, aflare, waving; (n)
surprised, staggered, baffled, supple, lissome, soft, facile, variable, flutter, flapping, flicker, flitting;
breathless versatile, malleable; (adj, v) pliable, (adv) flutteringly
flabbiness: (n) softness, flaccidity, pliant. ANTONYMS: (adj) rigid, flying: (adj) fast, quick, rapid, swift,
feeble, tubbiness, stoutness, size, fixed, obstinate, stiff, stubborn, static, moving, flaring, aflare; (n) fly, flight,
roundness, portliness, plumpness, uncompromising, binding, severe, aviation, ballooning
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foam: (n, v) froth, bubble, spume; (adj, footprint: (n, v) step, trace, course, method, formality, convention, rule,
v) boil, seethe; (v) effervesce, suds, path, pace, measure; (n) track, principle, canon, fashion, figure
fizz, ferment; (n) lather, bubbles footstep, trail, impression, spoor formulate: (v) develop, invent,
fogginess: (n) cloudiness, mistiness, footstep: (n) pace, footfall, track, contrive, express, compose, form,
dimness, cloud, blurriness, faintness, footmark, vestige, tread, trail, stride, enunciate, create, put, formularize,
opacity, opaqueness, obscurity, haze, degree; (n, v) step, action articulate
haziness. ANTONYMS: (n) clarity, footsteps: (n) road, footprints, way, forth: (adv) away, along, onward,
distinctness trail, path, track, footpath ahead, before, on, off, on the high
folded: (adj) plaited, pleated, forced: (adj) compelled, bound, road, on the road, on the way, under
doubled, artful, braided, corrugated, constrained, artificial, involuntary, way
doubled over, fluted unnatural, forcible, farfetched, forthwith: (adv) directly,
folding: (n) foldaway, plication, strained, obligatory, labored. immediately, at once, now, instantly,
foldable, bend, crease, bending, ANTONYMS: (adj) unprovoked, straight, presently, straightaway,
flexure, pleating, collapsable, spontaneous, voluntary, natural, incontinently; (adj, adv) quickly;
collapsible, doubling genuine, willing, optional (adj) immediate
folk: (n) family, common people, forcibly: (adv) forcefully, fortunate: (adj) favorable, lucky,
nationality, nation, country, clan, emphatically, powerfully, by force, auspicious, advantageous, favored,
tribe, race, persons, man; (adj) mightily, under protest, cogently, happy, prosperous, fortuitous, well,
popular hard, strongly, convincingly, clearly. successful; (adj, n) blessed.
folks: (n) people, folk, tribe, relations, ANTONYMS: (adv) voluntarily, ANTONYMS: (adj) unlucky,
household, house, relatives, relative, weakly, gently disadvantaged, disastrous,
kindred, lineage, kin fore: (adv) ahead, before; (adj, adv) unfavorable, underprivileged,
folly: (n) fatuity, foolishness, silliness, forward; (n) bow, head, forefront, inauspicious, unenviable,
tomfoolery, nonsense, stupidity, stem; (adj, n) front; (adj) anterior, unsatisfactory
craziness, density, freak; (adj, n) foremost, frontal. ANTONYMS: fortune: (n) estate, fate, fluke, destiny,
irrationality, trifling. ANTONYM: (adv) aft, behind, rear; (adj) back luck, accident, means, assets, riches,
(n) sense forego: (v) disclaim, antedate, abundance, doom. ANTONYM: (n)
fool: (n) blockhead, dunce, clown, renounce, antecede, waive, abandon, design
idiot, ass, booby, buffoon; (v) resign, forgo, precede, relinquish, forty: (adj, n) XL; (n) two score,
deceive, bamboozle; (n, v) joke, gull. spare forties; (adj) twoscore
ANTONYM: (n) savant forehead: (n) brow, front, foreland, forwards: (adv) ahead, forth,
foolery: (n) folly, tomfoolery, lineament, mut, phiz, physiognomy, onwards, onward, before, fore,
foolishness, buffoonery, clowning, visage, eyebrow, skull; (adv) forrader, forrad, forrard, on, in
inanity, romp, gambol, frolic, foremost advance. ANTONYMS: (adv) back,
imbecility, lunacy forenoon: (n) morning, morn, am, behind
fooling: (n) farce, tomfoolery, period, daybreak, break of the day, fountain: (n, v) fount, well; (n) jet,
horseplay, joking, prank; (adj) morning time, first light, dayspring, font, source, reservoir, origin,
casual, accidental, everyday, a, cockcrow derivation, repository, root, squirt
effortless, cursory forge: (adj, v) falsify; (v) fake, devise, four-wheeler: (n) automobile
foolish: (adj) childish, fool, crazy, fabricate, fashion, contrive, coin, fragments: (n) chips, rubble,
dumb, daft, fatuous, stupid, unwise, invent, construct, mould; (n, v) mint wreckage, atoms, finders, dust,
preposterous, dopey; (adj, n) silly. forget: (v) leave, miss, blank out, flinders, remains, Smither,
ANTONYMS: (adj) wise, sensible, bury, to forget, overlook, neglect, smithereens, trash
shrewd, prudent, visionary, ignore, fail, unlearn, abandon. frame: (n, v) construct, design,
diplomatic, levelheaded, sane, ANTONYMS: (v) mind, attend fabricate, make, fashion, border,
rational, mature, judicious forgetfulness: (n) neglect, amnesia, build, forge; (v) draft, erect, contrive
foolishness: (n) folly, fatuity, obliviousness, inattention, memory frantic: (adj) desperate, crazy, excited,
craziness, nonsense, stupidity, loss, omission, unknowingness, distraught, frenetic, distracted; (adj,
indiscretion, ineptitude, mistake, unawareness, Lethe, carelessness, v) frenzied, furious, wild, raging; (n)
fatuousness, irrationality; (adj, n) loss of memory. ANTONYMS: (n) maniac. ANTONYMS: (adj) mellow,
silliness. ANTONYMS: (n) prudence, awareness, concentration, composed
sense, sensibleness, understanding, remembering, attention frantically: (adv) frenziedly,
forethought, responsibility forgotten: (adj) lost, disregarded, desperately, wildly, distractedly,
football: (n) ball, Association Football, elapsed, past, abandoned, gone, furiously, excitedly, deliriously,
American football, gridiron, rugby, Gone With the Wind, irrecoverable, ravingly, distraughtly, fiercely,
contact sport, field game, fives, lapsed, disoriented, no more. crazily. ANTONYMS: (adv) sensibly,
hockey, note, battledore and ANTONYM: (adj) remembered cautiously, peacefully, sluggishly
shuttlecock formed: (adj) shaped, settled, defined, freedom: (adj, n) franchise,
footing: (n) foothold, base, bottom, characterized, conceived, affected, immunity; (n) deliverance,
foundation, status, rank, foot, fashioned, established, constructed, autonomy, release, discharge,
pedestal, situation, relation, root. definite, firm emancipation, escape, liberty, right;
ANTONYM: (n) top formula: (n) form, law, expression, (adj) frankness. ANTONYMS: (n)
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imprisonment, restriction, captivity, fruits: (n) revenue surreptitiously, sneakily,
suppression, dependence, restraint, fugitive: (adj) ephemeral, fleeting, clandestinely, secretively, sly,
capture, chance, conformity, momentary, elusive, caducous; (n) sneakingly, underhandedly,
inclusion escapee, absconder, deserter, undercoverly, craftily.
freezing: (adj, v) icy, frosty, glacial; emigrant, criminal; (v) fugacious ANTONYMS: (adv) deliberately,
(adj) chilly, arctic, frigid, bitter, chill; fullness: (n) completeness, breadth, brazenly
(n) freeze, congelation, refrigeration. entirety, abundance, fury: (n) anger, exasperation, force,
ANTONYMS: (adj) boiling, comprehensiveness, ampleness, resentment, delirium, furor, frenzy,
sweltering, warm, mild, tropical, largeness, repletion, wholeness, indignation, craze; (adj, n) wrath,
torrid, balmy totality, richness. ANTONYMS: (n) ferocity. ANTONYMS: (n)
frenzy: (n) fury, anger, insanity, narrowness, incompleteness, composure, calmness, mildness,
mania, hysteria; (adj, n) distraction, thinness, weakness cal