Footprints Without Feet | H G Wells | Chapter 5 | Class X | English |
Griffin is an albino and a brilliant scientist. He conducts many experiments. One day, he discovers a wonderful drug which could make him invisible. Having thought a lot, he consumes that drug himself and becomes invisible. The best part of that drug is, he can see everybody but nobody else can see him. Having been invisible, he starts harassing people especially his neighbours. Therefore he is despised by his landlord. When the landlord, tries to to get his house vacated, he becomes angry and sets his house on fire. Amid the fear and anger, he consumes the drug, takes his clothes off and becomes invisible.This story revolves around a scientist who discovers a formula of being invisible. He starts misusing his powers, loots banks and places, beats and harasses people but finally as every evil ends, his life comes to an end too.
Griffin finds it difficult to survive in winters for he can’t wear clothes no matter how cold it is. So, he goes into a big London store and steals clothes from there. The moment he walks out with those clothes, it seems as if he were walking without a head. He finds meat, coffee, sweets and wine in the kitchen of the store and ultimately sleeps on a pile of quilts there.
The next morning, he is seen by the workers of that shop which scares him to hell. He runs from there taking off his clothes one by one and becomes invisible again. Having escaped from there, he enters a costume shop and steals bandages, fake nose, glasses, whiskers etc from there. Having hit the shopkeeper, he runs from there and moves towards Iping.
At Iping, He books two rooms at an inn named Coach and Horses which is run and managed by a couple Mrs. And Mr. Hall. He pays the rent in advance. Griffin starts spending the stolen money lavishly and soon runs out of it. Having stayed there for few months, He tells the landlady that he has no cash left to be paid. He assures of paying her the amount for he is expecting a cheque. He steals money from the house of the clergyman as well.
After sometime, the landlord and his wife find that Griffin’s room is open. They enter the room but find no one. Besides, they find Griffin’s clothes and bandages lying on the floor. Suddenly, they start experiencing strange things in the room which scares them the most. They think that Griffin calls the spirits which have occupied their room.
The neighbours gather there believing that Griffin is responsible for all that happening at the inn. A policeman was called. Before that, a scuffle takes place between Griffin and Mrs Hall which makes Griffin angry and put his clothes off. He throw off his bandages, spectacles and false nose and becomes an invisible man.
All of a sudden, a policeman comes. Having seen an invisible man right in front of him, He gets surprised but tries to get a hold on him. In order to escape, Griffin takes his clothes off and becomes invisible. He hits Bobby Jaffers (The Policeman) brutally and everyone else whosoever comes on his way. Soon, he comes out of the inn, starts walking on the road as a free man.
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