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my want of a guide

In her revisions Mary Shelley strengthens the similarities between Victor Frankenstein and Robert Walton. In this case, although Victor is about to undergo a systematic education, the 1831 text leaves him virtually as lacking in discipline as Walton represented himself to be in writing to his sister (Letter 2.1 and note). In the context provided by the terms of Walton's letter, where he remarks how much he needs a friend to help regulate his mind, Victor's lack of a close associate in these early weeks spent almost in solitude is ominous.