addressed me in French
For the third time in these Irish chapters (see 3.3.9 and 3.4.4) Mary Shelley emphasizes a multiple
perspective associated with shifts in language. To some extent, she must
be reinforcing our awareness of an essential affinity between Victor
Frankenstein and Mr. Kirwin in matters of class and education. Yet, even
as she evokes common bonds, she subtly reminds us of the differences that
are lost in translation or that, on a larger scale, represent features by
which we distinguish ourselves from others.