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the image of my former self

Although there is some small hint of this function for Clerval in various parts of the first volume, only here, after the establishment of a complex doubling between Victor and the Creature, does Mary Shelley extend the pattern to involve Clerval. Given Mary Shelley's setting Clerval within the context of Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey" in the previous chapter (3.1.8), it is hard not to hear in this phrase the timbres Wordsworth addresses to his sister in that poem (lines 116-19).