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The narrator begins telling his story with the claim that he is an invisible man His invisibility he says is not a physical conditionhe is not literally invisiblebut is rather the result of the refusal of others to see him He says that because of his invisibility he has been hiding from the world living underground and stealing electricity from the Monopolated Light Power Company He burns 1369 light bulbs simultaneously and listens to Louis Armstrongs What Did I Do to Be So Black and Blue on a phonograph He says that he has gone underground in order to write the story of his life and invisibility As a young man in the late 1920s or early 1930s the narrator lived in the South Because he is a gifted public speaker he is invited to give a speech to a group of important white men in his town The men reward him with a briefcase containing a scholarship to a prestigious black college but only after humiliating him by forcing him to fight in a battle royal in which he is pitted against other young black men all blindfolded in a boxing ring After the battle royal the white men force the youths to scramble over an electrified rug in order to snatch at fake gold coins The narrator has a dream that night in which he imagines that his scholarship is actually a piece of paper reading To Whom It May Concern Keep This Nigger-Boy Running Three years later the narrator is a student at the college He is asked to drive a wealthy white trustee of the college Mr Norton around the campus Norton talks incessantly about his daughter then shows an undue interest in the narrative of Jim Trueblood a poor uneducated black man who impregnated his own daughter After hearing this story Norton needs a drink and the narrator takes him to the Golden Day a saloon and brothel that
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