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they had called me mad

Just nine months before Elizabeth's death Victor, after the discovery of Clerval's corpse, had fallen into a delirium lasting two months. (3.4.4). Even, after he had regained his reason, his ranting convinced his father that he remained truly deranged (3.5.2). The constant threading of this issue through the novel must remind Mary Shelley's readers that they are wholly at the mercy of this autobiographical narrative embedded in her text, a narrative told by a man introduced as "generally having an expression of wildness, even madness" to him (Letter 4.3). It is more than possible that this is exactly her point, that Victor has been slowly descending into a madness from which there is no escape, and that with his descent the narrative becomes increasingly unreliable.