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I expressed myself in measured terms

This interpolation in the 1831 text seems innocent enough, perhaps designed to show that the young Victor Frankenstein is on the path to a mature respect for a scientific discipline and those who practice it. On closer examination, however, this seemingly innocent remark begins to build a foundation for a vexing issue in the novel: the extent to which Victor's attempt to condition his rhetoric to the interests of his listener is merely manipulative and thus, whatever its appearance, not wholly to be trusted as a bearer of truth. As the novel progresses, this narrative indeterminacy will touch most of its major characters.