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which are to cease but with life

Another conspicuous feature of the final chapter is introduced here. Although we are close to having completed the narrative circle, returning to Walton's voice part way through this chapter, the continual shift of time frames does more than remind us of this impending closure. The sudden confrontation of past and future in a sentence such as this also serves implicitly to suggest that at the point where Victor locked himself into the hermetically sealed enclosure of his obsession, time began to lose its normative distinctions.