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I so ardently desire

The same phrasing was used by the Creature to describe his obsession with learning to speak (see 2.4.3 and, more loosely, 2.4.7). After all the variants on the term, applied to and linking the intellectual passions of Walton, Victor, and the Creature, the reader is hardly prepared to encounter it here in its primary sense, as an expression of uninhibited and undeflected sexual instinct.