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sympathy and compassion

Doubtless, this will seem only a natural human reaction, but once we have experienced Victor's narration of the agon through which he and his Creature have suffered, such sympathy will appear to be a rarer attribute, all the more prized for how seldom it is actually practiced by the major characters of the novel. Walton's reaching out in sympathy stands in marked contrast to the universal reaction elicited by the presence of the Creature.