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a sense of justice

We are to recall that the Frankenstein family tradition has been to enter into public service, most particularly acting in the capacity of syndics, or magistrates (1.1.1). Thus Alphonse Frankenstein's sense of rectitude may be advanced here as a standard whereby to measure that of his son, also that of his society. At the same time, as a man who is so completely bound by the system he has served that he cannot conceive that it might act wrongly, or who is so unprepared to recognize injustice as a potential outcome of the weighing of purely circumstantial evidence, Alphonse Frankenstein, the representative citizen of Geneva, may have so narrow a perspective on truth that, even were it to appear self-evident, it might still never be wholly just.