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benevolent dispositions

The Creature has been repeating this adjective (and the noun "benevolence") in seeming insistence on the unquestionable virtues of the cottagers (see 2.3.7, 2.3.8, 2.4.1, and 2.7.1). Now, the intrusion of the ensuing phrase ("I persuaded myself") and a next sentence in the form of a question artfully raises the doubts his narrative has suspended. The entire paragraph, indeed, evokes a litany of the high ideals of Enlightenment virtue gleaned by the Creature from his reading and quietly interrogates their efficacy for "a wretched outcast."