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Candor is an important character trait in the novel, and it is to Walton's credit that he so naturally evinces it. His openness will elicit a similar frankness from Victor Frankenstein, who for the first time in his existence will tell his entire story. But that narration, then, raises a serious problem. Not only are there many signs of instability in it, the major one being Victor's wish to revise it even as it goes along (Walton 2 and note); but his earlier lack of candor with his family and friends is akin to dishonesty, which, if so common a practice throughout his mature life, must raise serious doubts about the truthfulness of the narration that comprises the bulk of this novel.