benefactors of your species
Both Robert Walton and Victor Frankenstein have held up this goal as the
aim of their scientific endeavors, Walton in his opening letter to his
sister (Letter 1.2) and Victor in his
enraptured vision of the "new species" that would owe its existence to him
(1.3.6). That Victor should here repeat that
term of distanced scientific taxonomy may give the reader pause.