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beautiful in nature . . . sublime . . . of man

At this point it is clear that it is Clerval, "the image of [Victor's] former self" (3.2.1) who retains this responsiveness to his natural surroundings. This is exemplified in the previous chapter with his enthusiastic reaction to the Rhine valley (3.1.7). His citing of both the beautiful and the sublime in this sentence may point the reader less to Victor -- who sees himself no longer able to respond fully to either -- than to a sense of inclusiveness, at once aesthetic and intellectual, that Mary Shelley seems to be associating with a fully realized human being.