Who feared that if I lost all trace I should despair and
The egotism of this statement is less strange than its underlying logic,
which is that the closed circle of revenge enacts a kind of perverse
sympathy in which the Creature sustains Victor so that he may continue on
his mission to destroy his Creature. Throughout this final chapter of
Victor's narration Mary Shelley is
ingenious in following through on the implications of a life cast wholly
in an ironic mode.