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how little do you know me

The return of Alphonse Frankenstein to the narrative center of the novel brings with it the vexed tension between father and son observed in the early chapters when Victor was an adolescent. Victor's silence here, of course, is of no advantage in bringing Alphonse to a better understanding of his by-now adult scion. Perhaps the son's reticence is meant not just to mark his fear that the truth of his guilt would not be countenanced by his father but also to implicate this strained history between them.