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I did not strive to controul them

The power of the Creature's rage is shocking, perhaps as well to himself after having spent an entire year in isolation and under a regimen of strict and carefully enforced self-control. The infinitive, however, reminds us how severely that control has been earlier exercised by him. It might likewise call to mind the lack of restraint with which Victor Frankenstein pursued the researches that resulted in the Creature's birth (1.3.3).