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a black and comfortless sky

After the allusions to hell in these paragraphs the absence of any conventional sign of heaven is starkly telling. So "hellish" has Victor's psychological state become that the universe seems to have changed to reflect it. Even as one posits moral or theological implications to this language, however, one must be conscious that the megalomania that allowed Victor to presume to usurp God's prerogatives in the first place might just as easily issue in changing the universe to suit the mood of his mind.