the original æra of my being
To compare the creature's sense of his original identity with that
contained in the opening sentence (1.1.1) of Victor Frankenstein's narrative
is to mark a dramatic contrast in self-conception and cultural endowment.
Also, as has often been noted, a second and striking context exists
between these first memories and those of Adam in representing himself to
the Archangel Raphael in Paradise Lost (VIII.250-96).