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If we revert to the actual chronology of Frankenstein, we realize that it was only the day before that Victor had told Walton that his "fate [was] nearly fulfilled" (Letter 4.9 and note), but left the reasons for that assurance totally unarticulated. In the present narration he will slowly begin to explore the range of determinants of his "destiny," starting a few paragraphs earlier by acknowledging that it ought to have been tied to his patriarchal inheritance as a set of understood family obligations (1.1.3), a duty that is here to be set in opposition to a self-absorbed obsession with scientific discovery, which is the evil "genius" he will now delineate.