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a criminal judge

Although time easily becomes blurred in this novel, the reader should remember that it is actually less than two-and-a-half years since the miscarriage of justice that resulted in Justine Moritz's execution. That Victor, who on that occasion condemned the entire criminal magistracy of Geneva (1.7.6), should now repair to one of them to justify his own murderous pursuit of his Creature underscores the intellectual distance he has traversed in the intervening months, as well as the extremity of his current mental state.