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intimate friend of my father

This is the second close male friendship in as many lines (see the note to "friend" above). Since friendships reflect character in this novel, the intimacy Alphonse Frankenstein feels for Beaufort (1.1.2) and the elder Clerval (1.2.3), both of whom share a sternness of resolve and a narrow preoccupation with business success, may suggest a comparable rigidity, or at least a stiffness and lack of flexibility, in Victor's father. Victor will himself shortly note these traits in respect to how his father oversees his development (1.1.7).