ardour . . . ardent
The repetition of wording within this paragraph (which is immediately
reaccentuated in the second sentence of the following one) alerts us to
the "burning," that is to say, "consuming," nature of this pursuit for
Victor Frankenstein and echoes the similar language of Walton (Letter 1.2). Variations on this language
recur throughout the chapter and become increasingly associated with
disease (1.3.6, 1.3.8).