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Against the very mundane cruelty of a miscarriage of human justice, Victor seems to feel obliged to inflate the terms as a means of assuaging his guilt. His rhetoric transcendentalizes his Creature, who can thus be conceived as beyond human suffering, as maliciously sporting with life. With a nice irony, the Creature will use exactly the same terms on Victor when they later meet: see 2.2.4 and note.