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extraordinary merits

The addition of such powerfully honorific diction is clearly meant to strengthen the reader's impression of Victor Frankenstein leading into his assumption of the novel's narrative. In 1818 the effect of Walton's enthusiasm was to make him appear rather credulous, easily taken in by Victor's cultivated manner. The reader, of course, whatever the inflations of vocabulary in which Walton indulges, may yet think the same of him in the 1831 version.