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Mary Shelley is so insistent on this point that she has Walton repeat it to Victor Frankenstein (Letter 4.6), whose formal education, by contrast, is extensive. It could be that she is trying to make a point about the primacy of moral education or the essential importance, in a novelistic tradition one associates with Henry Fielding, of a good heart. But it is more likely that she is establishing a perspective by which to engage larger questions concerning the means and ends of education. Victor Frankenstein's Creature is also self-educated and likewise has his identity strongly molded by what he happens to read.