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what can disturb our tranquillity

Elizabeth's faith that a retreat from the world would allow the two of them a relief from the buffeting of experience is understandable, if sadly ill-placed. The ensuing chapters seem deliberately designed to test this hope both in their exemplary tale of a collective retreat (involving not just the DeLacey's and Safie, but the Creature as well) and in the very fact that, themselves taking place in an almost inaccessible retreat, they present Victor Frankenstein with a moral crisis of a kind he has never known and is unprepared for.