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occurrences which are usually deemed marvellous

Mary Shelley has already prepared for Walton's receptivity to Victor's story, since in the narrative he acknowledges to his sister, "there is a love for the marvellous, a belief in the marvellous, intertwined in all my projects" (Letter 2.5). In the context in which Mary Shelley was writing, an apt synonym for the word would be "romantic."