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I ardently wished to extinguish that life

Heavy irony attends this choice of diction. Not only are we reminded of the "ardent" desire with which, when young, Victor (1.2.3) (and Walton -- Letter 1.2) eagerly pursued scientific knowledge, but we can associate with that innocent desire the more complicated ardency driving Victor obsessively toward the scientific breakthrough that was the birth of this Creature: see 1.3.1 and note. This is the point in the novel when the language of intense love first is used to embody the designs of a passionate hatred.