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enthusiasm of success

The coupling of "enthusiasm" and "ardent" in this paragraph seems to indicate an intention on Mary Shelley's part to underscore how associated are the two and how problematic they may be in that association. The two notions have already been mentioned in proximity in the previous letter (Letter 1.2) and (Letter 1.3). They will once again be linked in contiguous paragraphs by Victor Frankenstein, when he recounts the frenzied rush of discovery that accompanied his search for the secret of life (1.3.6).