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http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/120/the-invisible-man/2071/chapter-2/

"Good-afternoon," said the stranger, regarding him, as Mr. Henfrey says, with a vivid sense of the dark spectacles, "like a lobster."

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  • "like a lobster's protruding eyes" Commented Mar 7, 2017 at 13:21
  • The two quotes appear to be continuous, adding to the confusion. It would be clearer if written as the dark spectacles like a lobster. Commented Mar 7, 2017 at 17:25
  • @YosefBaskin the spectacles aren't the 'lobsterish' bit - it's the way he's looking at him. The spectacles are just thrown in there for a bit of H.G. Wells randomness Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 15:32

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It's in two parts.

"Good afternoon," said the stranger

and:

regarding him, as Mr. Henfrey says, with a vivid sense of the dark spectacles, "like a lobster."

Lobsters have eyes that stick out, and he was regarding him 'like a lobster', which is basically 'very intently'.

The reason its in speech marks is because it is an expression of Mr. Henfrey.

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