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I gnashed my teeth

The same characteristic has been the subject of our recent focus, as Victor's anguished frustration in Justine's prison cell issues in this extraordinary physical reaction (1.7.9 and note). Earlier we witnessed the same phenomenon when Victor was brought aboard Walton's ship (Letter 4 and note), which, since it is an event almost contemporary with his present narrative account must give us a sense of how habitual this reaction has become; also how revelatory of psychological (and moral) disturbance it is. Two other characters engage in the same passionate behavior: the Creature and Milton's Satan.