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There is an unmistakeably strong resonance here of the final lines of Percy Bysshe Shelley's "Mont Blanc," lines 139ff., written during the summer of 1816 when Frankenstein was begun. Since the early chapters were conceived at this time, the reflection of this particular poem would seem purposeful. That the greater part of Volume 2 of the novel takes place below Mt. Blanc should reinforce the sense one has of a thematic kinship between these two works.