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with what a burning gush

The language of passion erupts at this point with a startling suddenness, as Victor begins to close with his Creature. That Mary Shelley expects her readers to sense some measure of perverse, almost abstracted eroticism in this "burning gush" might be inferred from her continual employment of the language of desire throughout the novel (for instance, the various forms of "ardour" and "ardent" she marshals with such skill) and the curious vacuum where one might anticipate passion in the relation of Victor and Elizabeth.