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Frankenstein; or, The Man and the Monster

Henry Milner

Act I, Scene IV


-- Outside of the Pavilion. (As before.)
FRANKENSTEIN, in great agitation, rushes from the pavilion, locking the door after him.

Frank. (after a pause of much terror)

Have all my dreams of greatness ended here? Is this the boasted wonder of my science, is this the offspring of long years of toilsome study and noisome labour? Is my fairest model of perfection come to this -- a hideous monster, a loathsome mass of animated putrefaction, whom but to gaze on chills with horror, even me, his maker? How, how shall I secrete him, how destroy -- ? Heaven! to think that in the very moment of fruition, when all my toils were ended and I should glory in their noble consummation, my first, my dearest, only wish, is to annihilate what I have made! Horrible object, wretched produce of my ill-directed efforts! never must thou meet another eye than mine, never must thou gaze upon a human being, whom thy fell aspect sure would kill with terror! (a tremendous crash is heard, the MONSTER breaks through the door of the pavilion) Ah! he is here! I have endued him with a giant's strength, and he will use it to pluck down ruin on his maker's head. (music -- the MONSTER approaches him with gestures of conciliation) Hence! avoid me! do not approach me, wretch! thy horrid contact would spread a pestilence throughout my veins; touch me, and I will straightway strike thee back to nothingness! (the MONSTER still approaches him with friendly gestures -- FRANKENSTEIN {11} endeavours to stab him with his dagger, which the MONSTER strikes from his hand -- whilst the MONSTER is taking up the dagger, and admiring its form, FRANKENSTEIN steals off, L. -- the MONSTER, perceiving him gone, rushes off, as if in pursuit, but in an opposite direction, R.)