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the fiend with an air of exultation

Nothing in the Creature's statements in the previous paragraph -- particularly given the stark alternatives he lays before Victor at its end -- suggests that he is exulting at this point. Rather, the remark along with the epithet convey Victor's intrinsic sense of superiority and of his right to wield a power capable of affording satisfaction to an underling. Whatever Victor may regard as "the duties of a creator," they do not yet forestall him from calling his creature a "fiend" and regarding him as "odious."