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little squat man

Although the description here is intended to be amusing and to reflect an adolescent student's viewpoint of his elder, behind it lie serious and even, perhaps, irresolvable issues for the novel: particularly, the extent to which our perspectives are implicitly molded by aesthetic criteria. By this standard the Creature whom Victor will create in his laboratory becomes a proof text for every figure who depends upon sight for knowledge. Even if familiarity, in the case of Victor Frankenstein, allows him in time to overlook the ugliness of Professor Krempe or of the Creature while in the process of his construction, it is clear from the repetitive emphasis on Krempe's size that Victor has an aversion to littleness. In contradistinction to Krempe, his Creature will be eight feet tall (1.3.5).