The Ape Man discovers Prendick when he is hiding from Moreau for fear that he will be vivisected. The Ape Man initially believes Prendick to be one of the Beast Folk—since he is not carrying a whip, the symbol of human authority—and takes him to the Sayer of the Law to be educated. After Moreau has died and society has largely collapsed, the Ape Man vainly sees himself as Prendick’s equal and superior to the other Beast Folk on account of his having five fingered-hands like a human. In this way, the Ape Man demonstrates that the silly vanity of human beings is just as present in the Beast Folk.
The Ape Man Quotes in The Island of Dr. Moreau
The The Island of Dr. Moreau quotes below are all either spoken by The Ape Man or refer to The Ape 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dover Publications edition of The Island of Dr. Moreau published in 1996.).
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.”
The Ape Man Character Timeline in The Island of Dr. Moreau
The timeline below shows where the character The Ape Man appears in The Island of Dr. Moreau. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 11: The Hunting of the Man
...the man who met the boats on the beach, who now seems rather ape-like. The Ape Man emerges and begins speaking coherent yet very simple English, seemingly excited by the fact that... (full context)
Chapter 12: The Sayers of the Law
Chapter 16: How the Beast Folk Tasted Blood
Chapter 18: The Finding of Moreau
Chapter 21: The Reversion of the Beast Folk