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Frankenstein; or, The Man and the Monster

Henry Milner

Act I, Scene III


-- The interior of the pavilion -- folding doors in the back -- on a long table is discovered an indistinct form, covered with black cloth -- a small side table with bottles, and chemical apparatus, and a brazier with fire. FRANKENSTEIN is discovered as if engaged in a calculation.


Now that the final operation is accomplished, my panting heart dares scarcely gaze upon the object of its labours, dares scarcely contemplate the grand fulfilment of its wishes. Courage, Frankenstein! glut thy big soul with exultation! enjoy a triumph never yet attained by mortal man! (music -- he eagerly lays his hand on the bosom of the figure, as if to discover whether it breathes) The breath of life now swells its bosom. (music) As the cool night breeze plays upon its brow it will awake to sense and motion. (music -- he rolls back the black covering, which discovers a colossal human figure, of a cadaverous livid complexion; it slowly begins to rise, gradually attaining an erect posture, FRANKENSTEIN observing with intense anxiety. When it has attained a perpendicular position, and glares its eyes upon him, he starts back with horror) Merciful heaven! And has the fondest visions of my fancy awakened to this terrible reality; a form of horror, which I scarcely dare to look upon; instead of the fresh colour of humanity, he wears the livid hue of the damp grave. Oh, horror! {10} horror! let me fly this dreadful monster of my own creation! (he hides his face in his hands; the MONSTER, meantime, springs from the table, and gradually gains the use of his limbs; he is surprised at the appearance of FRANKENSTEIN -- advances towards him and touches him, the latter starts back in disgust and horror, draws his sword and rushes on the MONSTER, who with the utmost ease takes the sword from him, snaps it in two, and throws it down. FRANKENSTEIN then attempts to seize it by the throat, but by a very slight exertion of its powers, it throws him off to a considerable distance -- in shame, confusion, and despair, FRANKENSTEIN rushes out of the apartment, locking the doors after him. The MONSTER gazes about it in wonder, traverses the apartment -- hearing the sound of FRANKENSTEIN'S footsteps without, wishes to follow him, finds the opposition of the door, with one blow strikes it from its hinges, and rushes out.)