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In the very last paragraph of his narration (3.7.9 and note) Victor warned Walton to beware of mere eloquence, since the Creature's eloquence had once persuaded him to undertake a second monstrous creation to which on sober reflection he should not have agreed. Should we therefore construe Walton's faith in Victor's eloquence in similar terms? Or does it testify to the innate sympathy that eloquence forges between one human being and another? Again, Mary Shelley seems to raise major questions only to leave them wholly ambiguous in their import.