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The fishermen called to one another

In this extreme silence the intrusion of human sounds not only testifies to the ongoing processes of everyday life, but reminds us that even in the farthest reaches of the globe human beings establish a basic community one with the other. These sounds from the darkness at once remind us of the Creature's yearning to participate in such a community and reinforce Victor's total self-exclusion from its claims. Moreover, surely there is an intentional irony here pitting the productive labor of the fishermen, who in turn depend upon it for their sustenance, against the long-postponed and now aborted labor of Victor, who is financially free of such necessities, as well as the lack of productive community in which the Creature is forced to exist.