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dread, and yet be pleased

The delicacy with which Elizabeth recognizes Victor's possible ambivalence to an eroticized relationship with her has the paradoxical effect of alerting us to its rougher corollary in events of the novel of which she is ignorant. Translated from the level domestic plane in which she is centered to the sublime heights where Victor and his Creature struggle, this ambivalence might seem strangely akin to the intense love-hate dynamic in which that homosocial relationship plays itself out.