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unparalleled eloquence

Later Walton calls Frankenstein's eloquence "forcible and touching" (Walton 2) and just three weeks after the present letter the crew will witness its effect (Walton 7). But on that occasion the crew will not be swayed by Victor; and even Victor himself, somewhat earlier, evinced himself as distrustful of mere eloquence, warning Walton against the power of the Creature's speech and suggesting that it might mislead him (3.7.9).

Eloquence as a concept implicitly assumes multiple perspectives and an underlying uncertainty as to where truth resides. It is thus focussed as a highly vexed issue in the novel, which reveals itself to be at once selfconscious in its employment of manipulative rhetoric and suspicious of the effects.