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the justice of our judges

Alphonse Frankenstein's complacency stems from his sense of a professional brotherhood with these men, for, it must be remembered from the beginning of Victor's narrative, that Alphonse too has sat in the syndic's chair, as had his ancestors before him. Mary Shelley stresses not only the tight-knit patriarchy of Genevan society, but also, more narrowly, the ease with which the system can implicate all its members in an act of injustice, even when, as is the case with the Frankenstein family, they are convinced of the innocence of the accused.