the creature open; it
The "lifeless thing" of the previous sentence has suddenly been brought
into being as a "creature," a neutral term, but "it" immediately undergoes
a process of construction that will continue in a remarkably exact
progression over the next two paragraphs. From the very first the "new
species" Victor had promised himself in the previous chapter (1.3.6) is not to be denominated with a
human pronoun -- is, rather, an "it."