H.G. Wells, 'The Island of Dr. Moreau,' published by Scholastic Book Services, this copy published in 1978.
The Island of Dr. Moreau is a 138 page paperback measuring 7" x 4 1/8". The cover and inside pages are lightly tanning but otherwise both are in good condition with no marked pages and intact binding.
I was standing in a cave-like den, to dark to see who or what surrounded me. The Ape Man who brought me there announced in a jubilant tone: "It is a man! A live man...a man like me!"
"Shut up," a hoarse voice called from the dark. "If it is a man, he must learn the Law." Vaguely seen misshapen bodies began swaying. A weird chant began:
Not to go on all fours. That is the Law.
Not to suck up drink. That is the Law.
Not to eat flesh or fish. That is the Law.
Not to chase other men. That is the Law.
There was a short silence. The chant went into a new formula, a higher pitch. The chanters swayed even faster.
His is the House of Pain.
His is the Hand that makes.
His is the Hand that wounds.
His is the Hand that heals.
The light was brighter now. I could see more clearly the deformed bodies of the chanters. What horrible things had the hands of Dr. Moreau done to these pitiful half-men, half-beast creatures? And what would those hands do to me?
My blood froze.