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so much depravity and ingratitude

It would seem more than coincidental that the father would invoke a concept (depravity) that entered the arena of this novel only the night before, upon the son's once again catching sight of his Creature, "a depraved wretch" (1.6.8 and note). Also, the tone of class condescension, although it may accord generally with contemporary attitudes toward servants, has resonance within the larger social attitudes revealed in the ensuing chapter.