when falsehood can look so like the truth
Elizabeth's comparative innocence does not allow her the larger
perspective held by the reader, who might want to apply the force of
these words to the accruing series of contrasts between herself and
Victor being offered by this paragraph. In his lack of candor,
justice, and sympathy, Victor appears specifically to negate the virtues of
Elizabeth, who stands here as something of an emblem for truth itself.