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your gentleness and affection warmed and opened my senses

If we can take this tribute at face value, as an honest assessment of the rehabilitation presided over by Henry Clerval, we must then read a tragic irony into Victor's expression here. He has opened himself up once more to the generous humanity he had experienced in his domestic circle, a humanity that might have enveloped his Creature in far different circumstances from those attending his instant rejection at Victor's hands. As with other sentiments in these last paragraphs of the chapter, sentiments predicated on stable norms and humane values, we are given a last opportunity to pretend, or to hope, that these are universal truths before the ensuing catastrophe brings us to our senses.