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Victor's stress on the term marks it as of particular importance to him and indicates that it is also of concern to the novel. With some pathos, Victor will begin the second volume by recalling that he had himself "begun life with benevolent intentions" (2.1.1). At this point we cannot know how far from disinterested benevolence Victor has strayed. In retrospect, however, the novel's readers can easily comprehend why fervent emotions would be generated in him by a return to civilized human standards and ethical conduct.