I could only think of the bourne of my travels and the work which was to occupy me whilst they endured. The latter method of obtaining the desired intelligence was dilatory and unsatisfactory: besides, I had an insurmountable aversion to the idea of engaging myself in my loathsome task in my father's house, while in habits of familiar intercourse with those I loved. After some days spent in listless indolence, during which I traversed many leagues, I arrived at Strasbourg, where I waited two days for Clerval. I was aware also that I should often lose all self-command, all capacity of hiding the harrowing sensations that would possess me during the progress of my unearthly occupation. You, perhaps, regard her as your sister, without any wish that she might become your wife. He appeals to Victor for sympathy, and asks Frankenstein to provide him with a lover to share in his suffering. Pardon this gush of sorrow; these ineffectual words are but a slight tribute to the unexampled worth of Henry, but they soothe my heart, overflowing with the anguish which his remembrance creates.
Paul's towering above all, and the Tower famed in English history. Alphonse senses Victor's distress, and thinks it might stem from some reluctance on Victor's part to marry Elizabeth. Read Classic Books Online for Free at Page by Page Books. The reader, however, can only expect the reverse: in destroying his second creation, he has destroyed the creature's bride and any chance the creature might have of happiness; the creature, we imagine, will respond in kind. He also sees what it is like to be part of a family, and that knowledge only makes his isolation more painful. I threw myself into the carriage that was to convey me away, hardly knowing whither I was going, and careless of what was passing around. We saw many ruined castles standing on the edges of precipices, surrounded by black woods, high and inaccessible.
. The marriage, for both Victor's father and Victor himself, represents the fulfillment of all the family's hopes and expectations: it will serve to restore order to the Frankenstein household after the terrible events that have befallen them. But the fresh air and bright sun seldom failed to restore me to some degree of composure; and, on my return, I met the salutations of my friends with a readier smile and a more cheerful heart. My journey had been my own suggestion, and Elizabeth therefore acquiesced, but she was filled with disquiet at the idea of my suffering, away from her, the inroads of misery and grief. Chapter 17: Frankenstein resumes his narration at the start of this chapter. He knows the creature has followed them and will be observing closely his progress on the creation of a mate.
During this voyage we passed many willowy islands and saw several beautiful towns. Victor's questionable sense of ethics re-emerges in his decision to conceal his true reasons for journeying to England. The creature details why he killed William, Victor's youngest brother, and framed Justine Moritz. But Victor does not want to marry with his bargain with the monster hanging over his head, and uses the trip he has to take to England as an excuse to put the wedding off. Chapter 19: In London, Clerval occupies himself with visits to learned and illustrious men; Victor cannot join him, however, as he is too absorbed in the completion of his odious task.
He is thrilled upon seeing Clerval, however, and reflects that Henry's presence will keep the creature from observing the progress of his work. Do not suppose, however, that I wish to dictate happiness to you or that a delay on your part would cause me any serious uneasiness. The scenery of external nature, which others regard only with admiration, he loved with ardour: -- -----The sounding cataract Haunted him like a passion: the tall rock, The mountain, and the deep and gloomy wood, Their colours and their forms, were then to him An appetite; a feeling, and a love, That had no need of a remoter charm, By thought supplied, or any interest Unborrow'd from the eye. I love my cousin tenderly and sincerely. Before he leaves his shack, Victor cleans and packs his chemical instruments and collects the remains of his second creature. Alas, how great was the contrast between us! The two men receive a letter from a mutual friend inviting them to visit him in Scotland; though Victor detests all human society, he agrees to go, so as not to disappoint Clerval.
I expressed a wish to visit England, but concealing the true reasons of this request, I clothed my desires under a guise which excited no suspicion, while I urged my desire with an earnestness that easily induced my father to comply. Victor's near-death at sea is strangely ironic: Frankenstein might have perished, thereby robbing the creature of his longed-for vengeance. He glances up at the window to see the creature grinning at him from behind the glass. I was bound by a solemn promise which I had not yet fulfilled and dared not break, or if I did, what manifold miseries might not impend over me and my devoted family! He felt as if he had been transported to fairy-land and enjoyed a happiness seldom tasted by man. But it is this gloom which appears to have taken so strong a hold of your mind that I wish to dissipate. Nay, you may have met with another whom you may love; and considering yourself as bound in honour to Elizabeth, this struggle may occasion the poignant misery which you appear to feel.
I was agonized with the idea of the possibility that the reverse of this might happen. You, perhaps, regard her as your sister, without any wish that she might become your wife. In fact, she directly quotes Wordsworth's Tintern Abbey a major influence on the Romantic movement's aesthetic and goes into great detail about the people living in the beautiful countryside they pass, evoking popular Romantic imagery of the day. The latter method of obtaining the desired intelligence was dilatory and unsatisfactory; besides, I had an insurmountable aversion to the idea of engaging myself in my loathsome task in my father's house while in habits of familiar intercourse with those I loved. Where he believes that the making of this women creation will cause the same amount of damage as Frankenstein has.
It was in the latter end of September that I again quitted my native country. The monster becomes enraged at Victor for breaking his promise, and at the prospect of his own continued solitude. Frankenstein Chapter 18 Bridget Cirello and Hayden Hamaker Letters between Victor and his father Alphonse. Do not suppose, however, that I wish to dictate happiness to you or that a delay on your part would cause me any serious uneasiness. I revolved rapidly in my mind a multitude of thoughts and endeavoured to arrive at some conclusion. Chapter 18: Weeks pass, and Victor cannot bring himself to begin his work.