The Island of Doctor Moreau HTML version

The Crying of the Puma
MONTGOMERY interrupted my tangle of mystification and suspicion about one o'clock,
and his grotesque attendant followed him with a tray bearing bread, some herbs and other
eatables, a flask of whiskey, a jug of water, and three glasses and knives. I glanced
askance at this strange creature, and found him watching me with his queer, restless eyes.
Montgomery said he would lunch with me, but that Moreau was too preoccupied with
some work to come.
"Moreau!" said I. "I know that name."
"The devil you do!" said he. "What an ass I was to mention it to you! I might have
thought. Anyhow, it will give you an inkling of our--mysteries. Whiskey?"
"No, thanks; I'm an abstainer."
"I wish I'd been. But it's no use locking the door after the steed is stolen. It was that
infernal stuff which led to my coming here,--that, and a foggy night. I thought myself in
luck at the time, when Moreau offered to get me off. It's queer--"
"Montgomery," said I, suddenly, as the outer door closed, "why has your man pointed
"Damn!" he said, over his first mouthful of food. He stared at me for a moment, and then
repeated, "Pointed ears?"
"Little points to them," said I, as calmly as possible, with a catch in my breath; "and a
fine black fur at the edges?"
He helped himself to whiskey and water with great deliberation. "I was under the
impression--that his hair covered his ears."
"I saw them as he stooped by me to put that coffee you sent to me on the table. And his
eyes shine in the dark."
By this time Montgomery had recovered from the surprise of my question. "I always
thought," he said deliberately, with a certain accentuation of his flavouring of lisp, "that
there was something the matter with his ears, from the way he covered them. What were
they like?"
I was persuaded from his manner that this ignorance was a pretence. Still, I could hardly
tell the man that I thought him a liar. "Pointed," I said; "rather small and furry,--distinctly
furry. But the whole man is one of the strangest beings I ever set eyes on."