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regulate my mind

This diction may appear strange to modern ears, implying a notion of education as constriction. Probably, however, it would not have touched a contemporary in such a way. In Mary Shelley's day such regulation would have been construed as an adherence to a disciplined, systematic method of education. Still, regulation must be a means to a perceived end. In this respect, we may take the contrasting image of Victor Frankenstein -- "Natural philosophy is the genius that has regulated my fate (1.1.6) -- as quietly but insistently ironic.