Invisible Man Chapter 7
Kicked out of college, our narrator climbs on a bus headed north. A travel companion turns out to be the doctor veteran from The Golden Day. It’s this institutionalized man whose words connect the literary dots between Invisible Man and another classic novel.
“Yes, I know,” the vet said, “but think of what this means for the young fellow. He’s going free, in the broad daylight and alone. I can remember when young fellows like him had first to commit a crime, or be accused of one, before they tried such a thing. Instead of leaving in the light of morning, they went in the dark of night.”
Native Son, anyone?