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my eyes were insensible to the charms of nature

Victor is originally described by Walton as having a powerful feeling for nature (Letter 4.7), which is certainly not the case here; nor is it, indeed, at many crucial points in his narrative. Although in this novel turning away from nature may be indicative of a moral lapse, it is true that in the present instance Victor is circumventing nature in his creation of another sentient being. Thus, it might be said that his insensitivity to the natural is perfectly in keeping with his commitment to a creative act independent of its limitations.