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a state of insurrection and turmoil

As with many of her interpolations in 1831, Mary Shelley here seems intent on an early establishment of a pattern that will reappear and become more intense in its significance as the novel progresses. Such psychological turmoil will produce a state of nightmare and half-sleep on the night after the Creature is created (1.4.2) and will reveal itself in Volumes 2 and 3 by a chronic and, in the end, debilitating fever.