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I sat down and wept

As in the infant grin with which the Creature greeted Victor after his birth (1.4.2) here again we are suddenly reminded that he is a newborn, signalling his wants by crying. But, cast off by his creator and forced to make his way into the world in utter solitude, his wants are so enormous that here we are perhaps intended by the similarity of diction to recall the timbres of one of the most famous songs of exile in the Western tradition.