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I, like the arch fiend, bore a hell within me

His limited reading immediately calls to his mind the mythic model for his profound alienation, Milton's Satan, establishing a new line of psychological congruence between the tormented Creature and Victor Frankenstein, who used the identical expression at the end of Volume I (Chapter 8 in the 1831 edition): see 1.7.9 and note. Victor also makes similar statements in 1.4.3 and 2.1.1 (and note). The allusion is to Satan's soliloquy upon Mount Niphates: Paradise Lost, IV.75.