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One paternal kind precaution

Bearing in mind the previous paragraph's emphasis on Alphonse's fears for his son's mental stability, we may see this careful planning between father and fiancée as reflecting a shared concern that Victor not be left alone to indulge what they see as a tendency toward melancholy, or, in his own characterization, "lonely, maddening reflection." Even his seemingly innocent adjective here ("maddening") takes on added weight in the depiction of Clerval as a kind of chaperon to ensure the preservation of Victor's mental balance.