In the book of 'The Invisible Man' by Wells, there is this sentence; "Kemp, you're not fool enough to dance on the old strings. Can't you see my position?"
In this particular scene, Griffin(the invisible man) was telling Dr.Kemp(they went to the same university) a story about how he became invisible and what happened since. When Kemp heard about Griffin's invasion and attack a man, he said something negative and Griffin got angry and said that sentence. It sounds like something that he thought Kemp would not be that much old-fashioned. Is it right?
While Griffin was telling, he described how he tied a man in a sheet to keep a man from attacking him, Griffin said "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." Here is another string. Are those tow words of 'string' related?