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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.