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I could not consent to the death of any human being

As this sentence might suggest, Mary Shelley was opposed to all forms of capital punishment, a sentiment she shared with her father and husband. Perhaps, the true significance of this statement, however, is the contrast it offers to the violent retribution Victor would inflict on the Creature, whom, we must remember, he has as yet no evidence whatsoever to connect with the murder of William or the framing of Justine.