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the imagination

As has already been evident in earlier chapters, in Mary Shelley's perspective the imagination is a power at once of great dynamic force and ethically neutral in its operations, leading to good or evil ends depending on the psychological framework in which it exists. The darker side of this mental attribute has been especially invoked as events in the novel have taken a tragic turn: see, for instance, 1.3.5 and note, 1.4.7 and note, 1.6.8 and note.