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blind vacancy

The last word of Percy Bysshe Shelley's "Mont Blanc" is vacancy. In that poem the mountain is a "blank" slate upon which the mind writes the nature of reality. The present scene, we must recall, takes place not in the hovel attached to the De Lacey cottage, but rather in a hut above the Sea of Ice on Mont Blanc. It is here, fittingly, that the Creature, another blank slate, lives removed from humanity and where he appeals to his creator for identity, to be written upon.