Oh that I had forever remained . . . heat
Here the Creature unconsciously echoes the sentiments of Victor
Frankenstein ("if our impulses were confined to hunger, thirst, and
desire, we might be nearly free") from earlier the same morning of their
conversation (2.2.2). That the Creature
speaks of heat where Victor uses "desire" reflects his very first
conscious experiences (2.3.2, 2.3.3), but desire is also at this point
very much on his mind, as the ensuing paragraphs will stress.