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the education of his children

Victor is implicitly drawing a contrast between the educational program he was provided by his father and the lack of such a discipline in Walton's formative years lamented by the mariner in his conversation with Victor some ten days earlier (Letter 4.6 and note). The recurrence of this theme is manifestly deliberate on Mary Shelley's part. What the reader is to derive from it, however, is not so certain, since there are clearly ways in which, whatever his deficiencies in languages or in systematic application, Walton's moral education will serve him better in the course of this novel than does Victor's.