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Although Mary Shelley finesses the scientific instrumentation of her novel -- and she could hardly do otherwise in allowing Victor to overstep the known boundaries of science -- in this scene she clearly prepares us to understand that the dynamic secret of life Victor will discover is intimately connected to electricity as a "vital fluid." Her use of the term "spark of being" at the point of the Creature's coming into existence (1.4.1) seems intended to follow through on this conceptualization.