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the structure of languages, nor the code . . . of various states

This careful specifying of Victor's intellectual passions and gaps is added to the 1831 text to prepare us for the kind of obsessiveness Victor develops when, in the ensuing chapter, he arrives at the University of Ingolstadt. Yet, intentionally or not, the emendation also introduces a remarkable contrast in character development between Victor and his Creature. In contrast to Victor's nostalgic memory of an indulged childhood, the Creature experiences no parental kindness whatsoever and must begin life from an existential nadir. In doing so, he is forced to educate himself exactly in the elements of knowledge for which Victor has no interest: language, law, and politics. See 2.4.3, 2.5.3 and 2.5.4.