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There can be no community between you and me

Although Victor is thinking solely in personal terms, Johnson's 1755 Dictionary emphasizes in a valuable way the social, and particularly the political, dimensions of this noun. Given the fact that the novel will soon move directly to include such a framework of human institutions, it is important to recognize that the Creature's perspective on such diction might be quite different from, perhaps even more knowing than, Victor's.
1. The commonwealth; the body politick.
2. Common possession; the state contrary to property or appropriation.
3. Frequency, commonness.