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without bounds

The repetition of "boundless" language from the previous chapter (see 2.1.2 and note) emphasizes the point that Victor is, as ever, too "ardent," unable to moderate or even control his reaction. Whereas some earlier critics wished to enforce a facile dichotomy between Victor as rationalist and his Creature as the exemplar of sensibility, a passage like this reminds us of how little power Victor's capacity for abstraction (see 1.1.10 and note) actually has over the broad field of his mind.

The Creature, as his narrative unfolds, will likewise represent himself through similar language as he experiences what he conceives to be a betrayal by his "adopted" family, the De Laceys. At that moment in his recital he seems unconscious of the close similarity between the two of them.