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WILLIAM “this little creature was unprejudiced, and had lived too short a time to have imbibed a horror of deformity” pg 144
WILLIAM “that sweet child, whose smiles delighted and warmed my heart, who was so gentle, yet so gay!” pg 73
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WILLIAM “Dear lovely child, he now sleeps with his angel mother!” pg 75
WILLIAM “such radiant innocence” pg 75
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WILLIAM “Poor William! he was our darling and our pride!” pg 79
WALDMAN “Chemistry is that branch of natural philosophy in which the greatest improvements have been and may be made” pg 50
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GOOD “During all that time Henry was my only nurse … he spared them this grief by concealing the extent of my disorder” pg 62
GOOD “They often, I believe, suffered from pangs of hunger very poignantly, especially the two younger cottagers; for several times they placed food before the old man when they reserved none for themselves” pg 114
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GOOD “brought home firing sufficient for the consumption of several days” pg 114
GOOD “that it might be in power to restore happiness to these deserving people” pg 117
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GOOD “I am blind and cannot judge of your countenance, but there is something in your words which persuades me that you are sincere” pg 136
POWER “I grasped his throat to silence him, and in a moment he lay dead at my feet” pg 144
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POWER “my family is one of the most distinguished of that republic” pg 33
POWER “Felix darter forward, and with supernatural force tore me from his father” pg 137
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FLIGHT (RUNNING AWAY) I rushed out of the room, and continued a long time traversing my bedchamber, unable to compose my mind to sleep” pg 58/9
FIGHT (RUNNING AWAY) “Could he allude to an object on whom I dared not even think?” pg 63
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EXPLORATION “a savage inhabitant of some undiscovered island” pg 26
EXPLORATION “Why not still proceed over the untamed yet obedient element?” pg 63
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EXPLORATION “stretched out in every direction, vast and irregular plains of ice” pg 25
EXPLORATION “They penetrate into the recesses of nature, and show how she works in her hiding-places” pg 49
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EXPLORATION “They have acquired new and almost unlimited powers; they can command the thunders of heaven, mimic the earthquake, even mock the invisible world with its own shadows” pg 49
VICTOR “looked upon Elizabeth as mine – mine to protect, love, and cherish … a possession of my own”
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VICTOR “We possessed a house in Geneva and a champagne on Belrive.”
VICTOR “My temper was sometimes violent … egar desire to learn.”
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VICTOR “It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn: and whether it was the outward substance of things or the inner spirit of nature and the mysterious soul of man that occupied me."
VICTOR “I feel exquisite pleasure in dwelling on the recollections of childhood, before misfortune had tainted my mind and changed its bright visions of extensive usefulness into gloomy and narrow reflections upon self.”
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VICTOR “I chanced to find a volume of the works of Cornelius Agrippa, I opened it with apathy: the theory which he attempts to demonstrate and the wonderful facts”
VICTOR “So much has been done, exclaimed Frankenstein – more, far more, will I achieve: treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation.”
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VICTOR “After days and nights of incredible labour and fatigue, I succeeded in discovering the cause of generation and life: nay, more, I become myself capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter”
VICTOR “I had worked so hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body”
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VICTOR “with an anxiety that almost amounted to agony”
VICTOR “I threw myself on the bed in my clothes”
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VICTOR "Still my enquiries were directed to the metaphysical, or in its highest sense, the physical secrets of the world.”
ELIZABETH “a being heaven-sent” pg 36
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ELIZABETH “an orphan and a beggar.” pg 36
ELIZABETH “fairer than a garden rose among dark-leaved brambles.” pg 36
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ELIZABETH “till death she was to be mine only.” pg 37
ELIZABETH “The saintly soul of Elizabeth shone like a shrine-dedicated lamp in our peaceful home.” Pg 39
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ELIZABETH “living spirit of love to soften and attract:” pg 40
ELIZABETH “I love my cousin tenderly and sincerely.” Pg 156
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ELIZABETH “an immediate union with my Elizabeth was one of horror and dismay.” Pg 157
ELIZABETH “away from her ... misery and dismay.” Pg 159
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ELIZABETH “suddenly I heard a shrill and dreadful scream.” Pg 199
ELIZABETH “lifeless and inanimate ... pale and distorted features ... bloodless arms and relaxed form flung by the murderer” Pg 199
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HENRY “the son of a merchant of Geneva.” Pg 39
HENRY “His father was a narrow-minded trader, and saw idleness and ruin in the aspiration and ambition of his son” Pg 46
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HENRY “I could not have a more kind and attentive nurse than himself;” Pg 63
HENRY “Henry rejoiced in my gaiety, and sincerely sympathised in my feelings.” Pg 71
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HENRY “But in Clerval I saw the image of my former self;” Pg 163
HENRY “I saw the lifeless form of Henry Clerval stretched before me.” Pg 181
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SOCIETY “Begone, vile insect!” Pg 102
SOCIETY “All men hate the wretched.” Pg 102
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SOCIETY“Do your duty towards me, and I will do mine towards you and the rest of mankind.” Pg 102
SOCIETY “these people possessed a method of communicating their experience and feelings to one another by articulate sounds.” Pg 115
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SOCIETY “Cursed, cursed creator!” Pg 138
DISCRIMINATION “daemon ...creature ... monster... wretched devil” Pg 102
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DISCRIMINATION “All men hate the wretched.” Pg 102
DISCRIMINATION "Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me,” Pg 102
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DISCRIMINATION “You purpose to kill me.” Pg 102
DISCRIMINATION “The tortures of hell are too mile a vengeance for thy crimes.” Pg 102
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PLAYING GOD/OVERREACHING I alone should be reserved to discover so astonishing a secret.” Pg 53
PLAYING GOD/OVERREACHING “A human being in perfection ought always to preserve a calm and peaceful mind,” Pg 56
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PLAYING GOD/OVERREACHING “I am thy creature; I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel, whom thou drivest from joy for no misdeed.” Pg 103
PLAYING GOD/OVERREACHING “Seek happiness in tranquillity, and avoid ambition” Pg 220
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MORALS “I was like the Arabian who had been buried with the dead and found a passage to life,” Pg 53
MORALS “I had deprived myself of rest and health ... but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished.” Pg 58
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MORALS “Evil thenceforth became my good” Pg 222
MORALS “I became myself capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter.” Pg 53
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JUSTINE “Poor, poor girl, is she the accused?” pg 80
JUSTINE “Poor, good Justine, is innocent” pg 81
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JUSTINE “Rely on the justice of our laws” pg 82
JUSTINE “Could the daemon … have betrayed the innocent to death and ignominy” pg 86
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JUSTINE “Unhappy victim” pg 86
RELIGION “like Adam, I was apparently united by no link to any other being in existence” pg 132
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RELIGION “God … made man beautiful and alluring … after his own image” pg 133
RELIGION “Bless me as its creator and source” pg 55
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RELIGION “I, like the archfiend, bore a hell within me” pg 138
REVENGE “My feelings were those of rage and revenge” pg 138
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REVENGE “Revenge and hatred filled my bosom” pg 140
REVENGE “The spirit of revenge enkindled my heart” pg 142
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REVENGE “sacrificed to his insatiate revenge” pg 173
REVENGE “I bent my mind towards injury and death” pg 140
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ABORTION “I, the miserable and the abandoned, am an abortion” pg 224
ABORTION “the being I had created” pg 58
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ABORTION “Accidents of life” pg 58
ABORTION “horror and disgust filled my heart” pg 58
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ABORTION “Demoniacal corpse” pg 59
FEAR “mingled with this horror” pg 59
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FEAR “If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear” pg 148
FEAR “My heart failed within me” pg 171
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FEAR “beware, for I am fearless, and therefore powerful” pg 173
FEAR “like a restless spectre” pg 174
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FELIX “virtue and good feelings … gentle manners and amiable qualities”
FELIX “Why do you not hate Felix … who drove his friend from his door?”
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CONSEQUENCE “I shall kill no albatross”
CONSEQUENCE “lost in darkness and distance”
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CONSEQUENCE “I feel that I shall die soon”
CONSEQUENCE “how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge”
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CONSEQUENCE “in evil he destroyed my friends”
TABOO ISSUES “explore unknown powers, and unfold … the deepest mysteries of creation”
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TABOO ISSUES “capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter”
TABOO ISSUES “he who aspires to be greater than his nature will allow”
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TABOO ISSUES “I … am an abortion, to be spurned at”
TABOO ISSUES “Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through”
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JUSTICE “During the whole of this wretched mockery of justice I suffered living torture”
JUSTICE “My blood boils at this recollection of injustice”
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JUSTICE “Was there no injustice in this?”
JUSTICE “means to justify my poor guiltless Justine”
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JUSTICE “avenge the deaths of William and Justine”
INNOCENCE “one a smiling babe, full of innocence”
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INNOCENCE “a look of sorrowful affection seemed to attest her utter guiltlessness”
INNOCENCE “such proof of her innocence as I had.”
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INNOCENCE “I have strangled the innocent as they slept”
INNOCENCE “she is innocent”
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MONSTER “Cursed, cursed creator! Why did I live? Why, in that instant, did I not extinguish the spark of existence which you had so wantonly bestowed?”
MONSTER “I am malicious because I am miserable”
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MONSTER “I will work at your destruction, nor finish until I desolate your heart, so that you shall curse the hour of your birth”
MONSTER “Who was I? What was I? Whence did I come? What was my destination?”
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MONSTER “and dared to fancy the amiable and lovely creatures symphasising with my feelings and cheering my gloom”
MONSTER “I remembered that I was forever deprived the delights that such beautiful creatures could bestow”
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MONSTER “When I looked around I saw and heard or none like me. Was I, then, a monster, a blot upon the earth, from which all men fled and whom all men disowned?”
MONSTER “my heart sank within me as with bitter sickness”
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MONSTER “I had saved a human being destruction, and as a recompense I now writhed under the miserable pain which shattered flesh and bone”
MONSTER “For the first time feelings of revenge and hatred filled my bosom”
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MONSTER “I imagined that they would be disgusted, until, by my gentle demeanour and conciliating words, I should first win their favour and afterwards their love”
MONSTER “You must create a female for me with whom I can live”
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MONSTER “But where were my friends and relations?”
MONSTER “He struggle violently. ‘Let me go,’ he cried; ‘Monster! Ugly wretch!”
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MONSTER “I possessed no money, no friends, no kind of property”
MONSTER “Did I request thee, Maker, from my clan to mould me man, did I solicit thee from darkness to promote me?”
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MONSTER “I, the miserable and the abandoned, am an abortion, to be spurned at, and kicked, and trampled on”
WALTON “enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings”
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WALTON “preferred glory to every enticement that wealth placed in my path”
WALTON “heart glow with an enthusiasm that elevator me to heaven”
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WALTON “one man’s life or death were but a small price to pay” (for knowledge)
WALTON “there is something at work in my soul that I do not understand”
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WALTON “I have lost my hopes of utility and glory. I have lost my friend.”
WALTON “I had rather die than return shamefully – my purpose unfulfilled”
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WALTON “hopes blasted by ... indecision: I come back ignorant and disappointed”
WALTON “hopes blasted by ... indecision: I come back ignorant and disappointed”
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WALTON “hypocritical fiend!”
NATURE “the sublime shape of the mountains; the changes of the seasons; tempest and calm; the silence of winter”
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NATURE “partially unveiled the face of Nature, but her immortal lineaments were still a wonderful mystery”
NATURE “old and beautiful oak ... nothing remained but a blasted stump”
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NATURE “I never beheld anything so utterly destroyed”
NATURE “it surprised me, that what before was desert and gloom should now bloom with the most beautiful flowers”
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SCIENCE “such were the professor’s words- enounced to destroy me”
SCIENCE “explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation”
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SCIENCE “natural philosophy is the genius that has regulated my fate”
SCIENCE “enticements of science”
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SCIENCE “passion … like a mountain river … swelling as it proceeded it became the torrent which … has swept away all my hopes and joys”
DEATH “I saw how fine a man was degraded and wasted”
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DEATH “I beheld the conniption of death succeed to the blooming of life”
DEATH “I saw how the worm inherited the wonders of the eye and brain”
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DEATH “As I imprinted the first kiss on her lips, they became livid with the hue of death … I saw the grave worms crawling in the folds of her flannel”
DEATH “Why did I not then expire! Why am I here to relate the destruction of the best hope and the purest creature of earth?”
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SUPERNATURAL “I seemed to have lost all soul or sensation but for this one pursuit.”
SUPERNATURAL “indeed but a passing trance”
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SUPERNATURAL "convulsive motion agitated its limbs”
SUPERNATURAL “demoniacal corpse to which I had so miserably given life.”
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SUPERNATURAL “No mortal could support the horror of that countenance”
EVIL “most irreparable evil; the void that presents itself to the soul”
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EVIL “the evil influence, the Angel of Destruction asserted omnipotent sway”
EVIL "I considered Satan as the fitter emblem of my condition”
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EVIL “hellish rage and gnashing of teeth”
EVIL “deep and deadly revenge such as would alone compensate for the outrage and anguish I had endured”
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WILLIAM “such radiant innocence” pg 75


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WALDMAN “Chemistry is that branch of natural philosophy in which the greatest improvements have been and may be made” pg 50


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GOOD “They often, I believe, suffered from pangs of hunger very poignantly, especially the two younger cottagers; for several times they placed food before the old man when they reserved none for themselves” pg 114


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GOOD “that it might be in power to restore happiness to these deserving people” pg 117


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