the mad enthusiasm
As elsewhere in these paragraphs the candor of Victor's language is
unexpected and surprising. Earlier in his narration he has used
"enthusiasm" as an apology, even perhaps as a cover for his lack of
responsibility (see 1.3.3, 1.3.6, 1.3.8, 3.2.8). This linking of his obsession with
creating life to a state of madness will be reinforced near the end of the
novel where Victor will reflect on his endeavor as a "fit of enthusiastic
madness" (Walton 10).