Meanwhile, he and Henry take a walking tour through the country, uplifting their spirits with the beauties of nature. I prophesied truly, and failed only in one single circumstance, that in all the misery I imagined and dreaded, I did not conceive the hundredth part of the anguish I was destined to endure. He soon reached the summit, and disappeared. My country, my beloved country! More on the creature's motives: It is noteworthy that it is a long time before the creature gives up on humanity. Enter the house of mourning, my friend, but with kindness and affection for those who love you, and not with hatred for your enemies. A being whom I myself had formed, and endued with life, had met me at midnight among the precipices of an inaccessible mountain. Who that had seen him bright and joyous in his young beauty, but must weep over his untimely loss! It advanced; the heavens were clouded, and I soon felt the rain coming slowly in large drops, but its violence quickly increased.
The presence of these letters foregrounds the issue of whether or not the narrator is reliable. Victor tells Ernest that it couldn't have been Justine because he knows who must have done it. We were soon joined by Elizabeth. I wish you had come three months ago, and then you would have found us all joyous and delighted. Victor goes home the next day, after the gates to the town are opened in the morning. She welcomed me with the greatest affection. I had turned loose into the world a depraved wretch, whose delight was in carnage and misery; had he not murdered my brother? He cannot reveal the source of the crime without some serious inquiry about his creation of the being.
Presently Ernest came, and inquired if we had seen his brother: he said, that he had been playing with him, that William had run away to hide himself, and that he vainly sought for him, and afterwards waited for him a long time, but that he did not return. But that would be a cruel kindness, and I dare not do it. Poor, poor girl, is she the accused? She told me that that same evening William had teased her to let him wear a very valuable miniature that she possessed of your mother. I have murdered my darling child! Who could arrest a creature capable of scaling the overhanging sides of Mont Saleve? Saddened, shocked, and apprehensive, Victor departs immediately for Geneva. Left to himself, the creature is innocent, benevolent and trusting, and he retains these and other positive qualities, in spite of having read about and witnessed much less worthy behaviour. We have hundreds more books for your enjoyment.
The lightning storm that greets Victor is a staple of Gothic narrative. During this short voyage I saw the lightning playing on the summit of Mont Blanc in the most beautiful figures. The entire family had been on a hike, and William and his older brother Ernest had gone on ahead. Time had altered her since I last beheld her; it had endowed her with loveliness surpassing the beauty of her childish years. Fear overcame me; I dared not advance, dreading a thousand nameless evils that made me tremble, although I was unable to define them.
Review Earlier in the novel, after completing his studies, and after much experimenting, Victor discovered 'the secret of life. Why does he do this? You come to us now to share a misery which nothing can alleviate; yet your presence will, I hope, revive our father, who seems sinking under his misfortune; and your persuasions will induce poor Elizabeth to cease her vain and tormenting self-accusations. Suddenly, he is sure it is his vanished monster, and that the monster is the one who killed little William. As Alphonse, Elizabeth and Justine prepared to return to the house, Ernest returned to them. He relays his assertion of Justine's innocence and states that she will be found not guilty. It was already dusk before we thought of returning; and then we discovered that William and Ernest, who had gone on before, were not to be found. I remained two days at Lausanne, in this painful state of mind.
Who that had seen him bright and joyous in his young beauty, but must weep over his untimely loss! The most violent storm hung exactly north of the town, over the part of the lake which lies between the promontory of Belrive and the village of Copet. The rights that are enjoyed today are not the same rights enjoyed in the late 1700s. Chapter Eight Justine decides that she will confess to the crime. No sooner did that idea cross my imagination, than I became convinced of its truth; my teeth chattered, and I was forced to lean against a tree for support. Below this picture was a miniature of William; and my tears flowed when I looked upon it.
He decides that he will leave immediately and go back to Geneva. A being whom I myself had formed, and endued with life, had met me at midnight among the precipices of an inaccessible mountain. Read Classic Books Online for Free at Page by Page Books. Clerval, who had watched my countenance as I read this letter, was surprised to observe the despair that succeeded to the joy I at first expressed on receiving news from my friends. I well knew that if any other had communicated such a relation to me, I should have looked upon it as the ravings of insanity.
The locket seemed the motive for the boy's murder, and Elizabeth felt responsible. Even Justine, who is about to be executed, is not told the truth. His youngest brother, William, has been murdered. It is at this time that he realizes that he had been gone six years from home and that two years have passed since the creation of his. The mere presence of the idea was an irresistible proof of the fact. We returned again, with torches; for I could not rest, when I thought that my sweet boy had lost himself, and was exposed to all the damps and dews of night; Elizabeth also suffered extreme anguish.
His words reassure Elizabeth in a time of great need. Here the monster is asserting himself into Victor's life. Though William's murder is described as taking place on an idyllic day in spring, it is chill and stormy when Victor arrives shortly thereafter. About five in the morning I discovered my lovely boy, whom the night before I had seen blooming and active in health, stretched on the grass livid and motionless; the print of the murder's finger was on his neck. He reflects on the years he has been away from home and on the tragedy that has occurred. It was echoed from Saleve, the Juras, and the Alps of Savoy; vivid flashes of lightning dazzled my eyes, illuminating the lake, making it appear like a vast sheet of fire; then for an instant every thing seemed of a pitchy darkness, until the eye recovered itself from the preceding flash. I had turned loose into the world a depraved wretch, whose delight was in carnage and misery; had he not murdered my brother? And how, Victor, can I relate our misfortune? While I watched the tempest, so beautiful yet terrific, I wandered on with a hasty step.
Analysis Victor receives a letter from his father telling him to return home immediately because William, Victor's youngest brother, has been murdered by strangulation. The picture appeared a vast and dim scene of evil, and I foresaw obscurely that I was destined to become the most wretched of human beings. As a result, he feels even more angry, self-hating and isolated. Not only does Victor know that the monster is responsible for the death of his brother psychic communication , but the monster was able to find Victor's family via psychic communication. Could he be I shuddered at the conception the murderer of my brother? But that would be a cruel kindness, and I dare not do it. Chapter Seven When they get back to the university there is a letter waiting for Victor.