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This is the first indication of the age of a character in the novel, but a careful tracing of its chronology would prove that Mary Shelley maintains a shrewd sense of the relative ages of all of them. The emaciated figure of Victor Frankenstein who will appear before Walton four months after this letter ("I never saw a man in so wretched a condition" -- Letter 4.3) is actually Walton's junior by a year.