The Island of Dr. Moreau

Montgomery is Moreau’s assistant on the island and rescues Prendick and nurses him back to health after Prendick is shipwrecked and lost at sea. Montgomery, being a degenerate and an alcoholic, contrasts sharply against Prendick’s dignity and virtue. Though he trained as a biologist, Montgomery was cast out of human society due to a crime he drunkenly committed as a younger man, leading him to take up residence on the island with Moreau. Though he maintains some semblance of human dignity while Moreau is alive, Montgomery develops such a kinship with the Beast Folk that he prefers their company and simplicity to that of other human beings. Indeed, Prendick observes that Montgomery seems “unfitted for human kindred,” occasionally seeming more beastly than human. Removed from human society, Montgomery’s character indicates how thin the delineation between human and animal truly is, dependent more on social conditioning than any biological reality. This kinship with the Beast Folk becomes Montgomery’s demise, however. After Montgomery foolishly teaches M’ling how to skin and cook a rabbit, the Beast Folk redevelop their taste for blood, sending them into a frenzy and bringing them one step closer to throwing off their humanity altogether. When Moreau is killed, it becomes clear that his authority and the purpose he lent Montgomery was all that held the degenerate back from shamelessly regressing to his most basic urges. Within a day, Montgomery throws himself into a drunken fit, getting many of the Beast Folk drunk with him, and is killed in a brawl with the Sayer of the Law. It is fitting, then, that the degenerate, animalistic human is killed by the Beast Folk’s paragon of humanism and religious order.

Montgomery / The Young Man Quotes in The Island of Dr. Moreau

The The Island of Dr. Moreau quotes below are all either spoken by Montgomery / The Young Man or refer to Montgomery / The Young Man. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 3 Quotes

But certainly when I told the captain to shut up I had forgotten I was merely a bit of human flotsam, cut off from my resources, and with my fare unpaid, a mere casual dependent on the bounty—or speculative enterprise—of the ship. He reminded me of it with considerable vigor. But at any rate I prevented a fight.

Page Number: 10
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Chapter 15 Quotes

I say I became habituated to the Beast People, that a thousand things that had seemed unnatural and repulsive speedily became natural and ordinary to me. I suppose everything in existence takes its color from the average hue of our surroundings: Montgomery and Moreau were too peculiar to keep my general impression of humanity well defined.

Related Symbols: The Beast Folk
Page Number: 64
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Chapter 16 Quotes

“Hail,” said they, “to the Other with the whip!”

“There’s a third with a whip now,” said Montgomery, so you’d better mind!”

“Was he not made?” said the Ape Man. “He said—he said he was made.”

Related Characters: Montgomery / The Young Man (speaker), The Ape Man (speaker), Edward Prendick / The Narrator
Related Symbols: The Beast Folk, Whips
Page Number: 65
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Chapter 17 Quotes

[Montgomery] cracked his whip in some trepidation, and forthwith [the Beast Folk] rushed at him. Never before had a Beast Man dared to do that.

Related Symbols: The Beast Folk, The Law, Whips
Page Number: 78
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Chapter 18 Quotes

“Children of the Law,” I said, “He is not dead…he has changed his shape—he has changed his body,” I went on. “For a time you will not see him. He is…there”—I pointed upward— “where he can watch you. You cannot see him. But he can see you. Fear the Law.”

Related Symbols: The Beast Folk, The Law
Page Number: 80
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We locked ourselves in, and then took Moreau’s mangled body into the yard, and laid it upon a pile of brushwood.

Then we went into the laboratory and put an end to all we found living there.

Related Symbols: The Beast Folk
Page Number: 82
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Chapter 19 Quotes

I felt that for Montgomery, there was no help; that he was in truth half akin to these Beast Folk, unfitted for human kindred.

Related Symbols: The Beast Folk
Page Number: 85
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Chapter 20 Quotes

I was perhaps a dozen seconds collecting myself. Then I cried, “Salute! Bow down!”

[The Hyena-Swine’s] teeth flashed upon me in a snarl. “Who are you, that I should…”

Perhaps a little too spasmodically, I drew my revolver, aimed, and quickly fired…[and] knew I had missed.

Related Symbols: The Beast Folk, The Law
Page Number: 89
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Montgomery / The Young Man Character Timeline in The Island of Dr. Moreau

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Chapter 2: The Man Who Was Going Nowhere
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The narrator awakes in a cabin aboard the ship, being treated by a somewhat young man with blond hair and a drooping lower lip that gives him a “slobbering articulation” and... (full context)
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The narrator tells the young man that his name is Edward Prendick and that, looking for some adventure, he had left... (full context)
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...the next day eating, sleeping, and chatting with the man, whose name, he discovers, is Montgomery. Montgomery reveals that the ship is on its way to Hawaii. However, it will be... (full context)
Chapter 3: The Strange Face
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...having regained some strength, ventures out of the cabin he has been recovering in with Montgomery. As they both step toward the ladder leading to the upper deck of the ship,... (full context)
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...the ship: stag hounds, a Puma, several hutches of rabbits, even a llama. Prendick asks Montgomery what they are all for, but receives no answer. (full context)
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...cursing and shouting and hits the man hard enough to knock him to the deck. Montgomery angrily accosts the captain, who is clearly drunk, protesting that the captain must treat the... (full context)
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...much he and his crew despise the strange-looking man and how much of a mess Montgomery’s animals have made of his deck, Prendick interjects, sensing a fight. Montgomery is as angry... (full context)
Chapter 4: At the Schooner’s Rail
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Land is sighted that evening, after the sun has set. It seems that this is Montgomery’s destination, and though Prendick is growing more curious about the purpose of the island and... (full context)
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Prendick spies Montgomery’s strange-looking friend, who seems to be an assistant or servant. The man turns his head... (full context)
Chapter 5: The Landing on the Island
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...to the island, the still-drunken captain demands that Prendick must leave his ship as well. Montgomery has been joined by a powerful, white-haired man with a resolute face, who has presumably... (full context)
Chapter 6: The Evil-Looking Boatmen
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Montgomery and his companion, seeing that Prendick is doomed to drift upon the ocean once again,... (full context)
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Prendick helps Montgomery to offload the rabbits, which Montgomery promptly releases into the island forest, evidently stocking the... (full context)
Chapter 7: The Locked Door
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Montgomery and the white-haired man deliberate about what to do with Prendick until Montgomery remembers a... (full context)
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...that the door leading to the enclosure must remain locked shut for “fear of accidents.” Montgomery, when he thinks he is out of earshot, calls the white-haired man Moreau, a name... (full context)
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Prendick is reflecting on the utter secrecy of Montgomery and Moreau when the strange-looking man from the ship arrives to deliver food. Prendick notices,... (full context)
Chapter 8: The Crying of the Puma
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Montgomery and the strange-looking man arrive again with food, water, and brandy, announcing that Montgomery will... (full context)
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...be heard howling from the enclosure, and Prendick surmises that it is being vivisected. Once Montgomery has left, the Puma’s pained screams become overwhelming, as if “all the pain in the... (full context)
Chapter 10: The Crying of the Man
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Montgomery meets Prendick as he arrives and escorts him to his little room. Prendick is nearly... (full context)
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Prendick sleeps until midday, waking with a hangover from the sedative. Montgomery briefly checks on Prendick but then leaves, evidently busy. In his passing, however, he neglects... (full context)
Chapter 11: The Hunting of the Man
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...the arm of one of the chairs in his room, runs out toward the forest. Montgomery tries to stop him, telling him that he is being a fool, but is unable.... (full context)
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After that hour, Prendick can hear both Moreau and Montgomery calling his name, evidently with a hound and each carrying revolvers. This drives Prendick further... (full context)
Chapter 12: The Sayers of the Law
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Moreau, Montgomery, and the hound arrive in the Beast Folk’s community. Prendick flees again, pursued by Moreau... (full context)
Chapter 13: A Parley
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...the enclosure, where he might find a real weapon to fight with. However, soon Moreau, Montgomery, the hound, and the Beast Folk arrive, cutting off any escape. (full context)
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Prendick begins wading into the sea, again seemingly resolved to kill himself, when Montgomery asks what he is doing. Prendick explains that he is obviously going to kill himself... (full context)
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Prendick refuses until Moreau and Montgomery drop their weapons in the sand, offering to let Prendick have them if he will... (full context)
Chapter 14: Dr. Moreau Explains
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Moreau recalls the early years of his research: almost eleven years ago, he and Montgomery and several Hawaiian laborers arrived and built his house and workshop. He immediately set to... (full context)
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...immensely powerful, traveling by rolling across the ground. It killed the last laborer, after which Montgomery shot it, and Moreau then resolved to only make humans, except for some tiny creatures. (full context)
Chapter 15: Concerning the Beast Folk
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The following morning, M’ling—the name of Montgomery’s assistant—delivers Prendick’s breakfast, and Montgomery joins him. Montgomery explains that he and Moreau are reasonably... (full context)
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...the ravine; rather, he lives in a kennel in the enclosure to remain close to Montgomery. (full context)
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Prendick gradually “habituate[s]” to the Beast Folk’s appearance and behavior. Montgomery, having spent so much time around them, seems to regard the Beast Folk as nearly... (full context)
Chapter 16: How the Beast Folk Tasted Blood
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One afternoon, Prendick and Montgomery are hiking through the forest, each carrying a whip. They briefly hear a rabbit squeal... (full context)
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As they are walking, they come upon the Ape Man and another beast. Both salute Montgomery, referring to him as the “Other with the whip.” Montgomery announces that now a third... (full context)
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Prendick and Montgomery come upon a dead half-eaten rabbit. Montgomery is alarmed by this, afraid of what could... (full context)
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Taking M’ling with them, Prendick, Moreau, and Montgomery make their way to the ravine to gather the Beast Folk. The men are each... (full context)
Chapter 17: A Catastrophe
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...armed with a pistol. The collision throws Prendick to the ground and breaks his forearm. Montgomery arrives and bandages Prendick’s arm, while explaining that the Puma was so strong it tore... (full context)
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...island seems eerily quiet. After some time, he hears a gunshot nearby and a shaken Montgomery comes stumbling in. Montgomery exclaims that the Beast Folk have gone mad, losing all sense... (full context)
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Montgomery and M’ling then retraced their route until they encountered two Beast Folk who had blood... (full context)
Chapter 18: The Finding of Moreau
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Montgomery is so rattled that he starts getting himself drunk. To stop him, Prendick declares that... (full context)
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...judge those who have broken the Law with death. The Beast Folk lead Prendick and Montgomery to Moreau’s body, and as they do so, they are attacked by another member of... (full context)
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...the enclosure. The Beast Folk return to the beach, joined now by M’ling. Prendick and Montgomery enter Moreau’s laboratory and kill every living creature they find there. (full context)
Chapter 19: Montgomery’s “Bank Holiday”
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That evening, near midnight, Montgomery and Prendick are discussing their options. Though Montgomery has sobered, the death of Moreau has... (full context)
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...of shouting and wood splintering, but he thinks little of it, having already decided that Montgomery is beyond saving and unfit for human society. However, as the morning approaches, the sounds... (full context)
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When Prendick gets to the beach, he finds a bonfire raging next to the boathouse. Montgomery is on the ground, calling Prendick’s name. There is a cluster of Beast Folk near... (full context)
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...and Moreau’s entire house is burning down. Looking to the boats, Prendick also realizes that Montgomery has burned the boats as a vindictive act of spite against Prendick. Montgomery utters a... (full context)
Chapter 20: Alone with the Beast Folk
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...and a single revolver in his pocket with only a few rounds left. He spots Montgomery’s whip on the ground and seizes it, cracking it in the air and demanding that... (full context)