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men on whom I can depend

The public realm of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is so insistently masculine that the reader must construe this as a deliberate aspect of the novel's construction. The wholly male crew of the ship will, later in the first volume, be replicated in the exclusively male ambience of the University of Ingolstadt and the more narrow and even sinister magistracy of Geneva. By the second volume the novel's main characters have committed themselves and the novel to a homosocial bonding of enormous force.