Contents Index

dare you sport thus with life

The moral power of this verb stands out against Victor's ineffectual name-calling, reminding us that in some sense "curiosity" (a word with considerable resonance in the first volume: e.g. Letter 1.2, Letter 4.4, Letter 4.8, 1.1.9, 1.2.6, 1.7.1) is sport, as are all open-ended intellectual endeavors associated with the imagination. The pejorative sense of the word as used here against Victor is, appropriately, the sense invoked by Victor himself in silently indicting the Creature during the trial of Justine (1.7.5).