our domestic calm
Alphonse Frankenstein, more than any other member of the family, prizes a
total seclusion from the world. This may be contrued as a result of his
advanced years, but it does appear in sharp contrast to his long
professional commitment to public service in Geneva. His desire for retreat is tied
directly to that of the Creature, and Victor's unwillingness to satisfy
the desire demanded by the Creature on Mont Blanc will likewise visit dire
consequences on his father.