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I ardently desired

The desire encapsulated in this phrase will be borne out linguistically when Victor begins his course of instruction in the next chapter. At that point various cognates of "ardor" will echo through the text (1.3.1) and note, also 1.3.2). At this early point, however, it is sufficient for the reader to recognize that the very language Victor uses echoes Walton's in his review of the course of his self-education (Letter 1).