those shores which I so ardently desire to attain
The shores to which Walton refers are those of Siberia and Alaska (also at this point a Russian
dominion) fronting on the Bering
Straits. Once again, his innocent choice of language links his
present and past states of enthusiasm (see Letter 1.2, 2.2) and prepares us for similar language
surrounding Victor Frankenstein's scientific pursuits (1.2.3, 1.3.1).