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Sublime Quotes

  • “The abrupt sides of vast mountains” 
  • “A serene sky and verdant fields filled me with ecstasy”
  • “It had then filled me with a sublime ecstasy” - LINK: “Infinity has a tendency to fill the mind with that sort of delightful horror” – Edmund Burke, On the Sublime and Beautiful,
  • “The sun is forever visible”,
  • "Country of eternal light”,
  • “The sublime shapes of the mountains… tempest and calm”,
  • “The icy wall of the glacier overhung me”,
  • “Solemn silence of this glorious presence-chamber of imperial nature”,  
  • “The thunder sound of the avalanche”,
  •   “Sublime and magnificent scenes”,
  •   “Elevated me from all littleness of feeling”,
  • “Filled me with a sublime ecstasy that gave wings to the soul”,
  • “I wept like a child. ‘Dear mountains! My own beautiful lake! How do you welcome your wanderer? Your summits are clear; the sky and lake are blue and placid. Is this to prognosticate peace or to mock at my unhappiness?’”.
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Terror Quotes

  • “Frightful dreams”
  • “My heart often sickened at the work of my hands”
  • “I shall be with you on your wedding night”
  • “This night, and all will be safe: but this night is dreadful, very dreadful”
  • “Children shrieked, and one of the women fainted. The whole village was roused; some fled, some attacked me”
  • “Frightened me into silence”
  • “As I said this I suddenly beheld the figure of a man, at some distance, advancing towards me with superhuman speed”
  • “I had been calm during the day, but so soon as night obscured the shapes of objects, a thousand fears arose in my mind”
  • “Every sound terrified me”
  • “There was something in my glance which communicated terror to her”,
  • “I heard a shrill and dreadful scream”,
  • “I could feel the blood trickling in my veins and tingling in the extremities of my limbs”,
  • “Their countenances expressed a breathless terror”.
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Horror

“The beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart”

 

“Watery eyes almost the same colour as the dun white sockets in which they were set”

 

“The print of the murderer’s finger was on his neck”

 

“I saw the lifeless form of Henry Clerval

 

“You have read this strange and terrific story... do you not feel your blood congealed with horror, like that which even now curdles mine?”

LINK: “...one to make the reader dread to look around, to curdle the blood, and quicken the beatings of the heart.” – Mary Shelley,

 

“His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath”

 

“Horror and dismay”

 

“Flung by the murderer on its bridal bier”

 

“Trembled with rage and horror”

 

“Too horrible for human eyes”,

 

“Who can describe their horror and consternation on beholding me?”

 

“She was there, lifeless and inanimate, thrown across the bed”.

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Forbidden Knowlege Quotes

“It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn”

 

“I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers”

 

“How dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge”

 

“Of what a strange nature is knowledge!”

 

“How ignorant art thou in thy pride of wisdom!”

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Creature/Monstor Quotes

“I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open”

 

Supernatural speed”

 

“His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath”

 

“Inanimate body”

 

“His stature… seemed to exceed that of man”

 

“The shape came nearer (sight tremendous and abhorred!)”

 

“Unearthly ugliness”

 

“Too horrible for human eyes”

 

“I was answered through the stillness of night by a loud and fiendish laugh. It rang on my ears long and heavily; the mountains re-echoed it, and I felt as if all hell surrounded me with mockery and laughter”

 

“The devil eluded my grasp”

 

“The broad disk of the moon arose and shone full upon his ghastly and distorted shape as he fled with more than mortal speed”

 

“Horrid apparition”

 

“Scoffing devil”

 

A gigantic monster”

 

“More hideous than belongs to humanity”

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The Taboo Quotes

How dare you sport thus with life?”

 

“Infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing”

 

“I became myself capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter”

 

“A new species would bless me as its creator and source”

 

“Cursed, cursed creator! Why do I live?”

 

“Had I a right... to inflict this curse upon everlasting generations?”

 

“My more than sister… my more than sister, since till death she was to be mine only”

 

“Corpse of my dead mother in my arms”,

“I must pursue and destroy the being to whom I gave existence”

 

“Secret toil”

 

“I shunned my fellow creatures as if I had been guilty of a crime”

 

“I had selected his features as beautiful”

 

“I had worked hard… for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body”

 

“I collected bones from charnel-houses and disturbed, with profane fingers, the tremendous secrets of the human frame”.

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The Opposites Quotes

“Evil thenceforth became my good”

 

“The fallen angel becomes a malignant devil”

 

“I ought to be thy Adam; but I am rather the fallen angel” - LINK: “Awake, arise or be for ever fall’n.” – John Milton, Paradise Lost

 

“I had admired the perfect forms of my cottagers-their grace, beauty and delicate complexions; but how was I terrified, when I viewed myself in a transparent pool”

 

“The reward of my benevolence...the miserable pain of a wound”

 

“Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds which I should first break through”

 

“If you will comply with my conditions, I will leave them and you at peace; but if you refuse, I will glut the maw of death, until it be satiated with the blood of your remaining friends”

 

“The sweet voice of a bird burst forth amidst the universal stillness”

 

“My enthusiasm was checked by my anxiety”,

 

“I appeared rather like one doomed to slavery to toil in the mines… than an artist occupied by his favourite employment”

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Doppleganger

“But in Clerval I saw the image of my former self” (H + V)

 

“At once so powerful, so virtuous and magnificent, yet so vicious and base” – mankind,

 

“Thou hast made me more powerful than thyself” (C + V),

 

My own vampire forced to destroy everything dear to me” (C + V),

 

W: “Ascertaining the secret of the magnet”,

 

“Tread a land never before imprinted by the foot of man”,

 

V: “Sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body”.

 

W: “My father’s dying injunction had forbidden… me to embark in a seafaring life”,

 

V: “My dear Victor, do not waste your time upon this; it is sad trash”.

 

Elizabeth + Caroline/ Elizabeth + the female Creature/ Elizabeth + Justine,

The Creature + Victor/ Victor + Walton/ Victor + Henry.

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Pathetic Fallacy Quotes

“The rain depressed me”

 

“It was on a dreary night of November”

 

“The thunder ceased but the rained continued, and the scene was enveloped in an impenetrable darkness”

 

“Noble war in the sky”

 

Night also closed around, and when I could hardly see the dark mountains, I felt still more gloomily”

 

“The storm approached rapidly”

 

“The heavens were clouded”

 

“The tempest, so beautiful yet terrific”

 

“William, dear angel! This is thy funeral, this thy dirge!”

 

“The wind, which had fallen in the south, now rose with great violence in the west”

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Creature's Character Quotes

“Catastrophe”

“Filthy creation”

“Wretch”

Daemonical corpse”

 “The devil”

“The miserable monster whom I had created”

“My own vampire forced to destroy everything dear to me”

“More hideous than belongs to humanity”

“Poor, helpless, miserable wretch”

“He muttered some inarticulate sounds”

“I bore a hell within me” Mirrors Paradise Lost,

“Misery made me a fiend”

“Filthy mass that moved and talked”

“I, the miserable and the abandoned, I am an abortion”

“Beautiful – Great God!”

Begone, vile insect!”

“Fallen angel”

“You are my creator, but I am your master”

“Wild beast”

“Stag-like swiftness”

“Arch-fiend”

“I, the true murderer, felt the never dying worm alive in my bosom”

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Victor's Character Quotes

“Divine wanderer”

“I wandered like an evil spirit for I had committed deeds of mischief beyond description horrible”

“Miserable wretch”

“What a glorious creature must he have been in the days of his prosperity, when he is thus noble and godlike in ruin!”

“Natural lord and King”

“Slave”

“Glorious spirit”

“The most wretched of human beings”

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The Women Quotes

“Heaven-sent” (E)

“Celestial stamp of features” (E)

“So amiable” (J)

“Guardian angel” (C)

“I looked upon Elizabeth as mine – mine to protect, love and cherish” (E)

“Till death she was mine only” (E)

“Fairer than a garden rose among dark-leaved brambled” (E)

“Brightest living gold” (E)

“My more than sister” (E)

“He strove to shelter her, as a fair exotic” (C)

“Beautiful and adored companion” (E)

“An immediate union” b/w V + E > not marriage

“The living spirit of love” (E)

“In an agony of despair, kneeling by the coffin of her dead father” (C)

“A pretty present” (E)

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