The Creature has been "named" once before by Victor, in the prologue, as
"daemon" (Letter 4). The nomenclature
in which he is vested confers an initial identity upon him that will shift
overnight from this enigmatic term of alienation -- meaning either being
unhappy or vile (from the Old English word for "exile") -- to the wholly
out of bounds, the monstrous (1.4.2).