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They were for ever ardent and craving

In the connotations of Mary Shelley's time, this phrase, in combination with the "impotent passions" described two sentences earlier, would seem to suggest that the Creature has suffered deeply during his existence from unconsummated sexual desire. Ironically, his desire for intercourse has been pure and unsublimated, whereas that of Walton and Frankenstein has been strongly channeled away from human interaction and into their respective projects (see 2.9.3 and note).