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Partly from curiosity

As Victor exactly echoes the diction used by Walton to explain his eagerness to hear the account to which he now listens (Letter 4.8, and note), Mary Shelley reverts to the notion of curiosity as being, for better or worse, a fundamental human trait that impels the actions of all the major characters in the novel. Often, as here, the interest is wholly idle and unmotivated.