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If the multitude of mankind knew of my existence, they would do as you do, and arm themselves for my destruction

Thus, the Creature explicitly remarks what the experience of Justine's trial and execution had conveyed to Elizabeth, that men are universally "monsters thirsting for . . . blood" (2.1.3). This is exactly antipathetic to the tenets of disinterested benevolence Godwin had championed in his public writings (see Political Justice Book IV, Chapter 8 and elsewhere in that treatise) and in the instruction of his children.