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why does man boast of sensibilities superior to those apparent in the brute

Readers might think of this sentence as heavily ironic, given the encounter that is immediately to ensue. Yet, it may be intended to operate on a subtler level than just that of forcing us and Victor to contemplate the truth of his relations with his Creature. It is almost as if Victor's mental state, once he has been transposed into the sublime, has transformed him, preparing him, unlike other members of his family, to look full into the face of brute nature and experience at once its otherness and its symbiosis with humanity.