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his countenance . . . treachery

A reader cannot miss how without basis is this "reading" of the Creature's facial expression. Victor has neither seen nor spoken to him for an entire year since their encounter on the Sea of Ice. Moreover, throughout the progress of the second volume, in the humanization attendant upon the Creature's autobiographical account, we had gradually lost sight of his objective physical deformity. Here, we are thrust back into an "objectification" that is so extreme that it allows Victor to relinguish all sense of humane obligation or fellow feeling. The self-righteousness that accompanies this distancing is perhaps to be expected.