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The beautiful, in this formulation, would seem to be a characteristic understood only within a human context. That is to say, until the Creature can identify himself with human concerns and human emotions, he cannot distinguish the beautiful. The corollary of this, however, may not be so honorific to humanity. The birds with whom the creature first identified (2.3.2) seem wholly unconcerned with the sublime; but all humans are terrified of it and flee.