This trait of kindness
In the ongoing education of the Creature this is the point at which
he is first able to conceptualize that refinement of affection that
constitutes kindness. As with much of the ongoing development of his
awareness, there is an ironic undertone here, however, since he will never
experience the sort of solicitude that, despite his poverty and
blindness, is the elder De Lacey's daily expectation and comfort.