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increase of misery

Although the discussion may seem to have moved far from the structural center of the novel, the resonance of this phrase reminds us of the glorious ambitions driving both Walton and Victor Frankenstein and of how Victor's aspiration that "many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to" him (1.3.6) has been disastrously subverted into a murder and miscarriage of justice implicating both his Creature and himself.