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A grin was on the face of the monster

Careful attention to detail here renders Victor's account dubious. With all lights extinguished so that the room is only illuminated by the moon, it would appear next to impossible for Victor so sharply to distinguish a visage that would be backlit in such circumstances. Neither the Creature's own narration in the second volume nor his account of his struggles with Victor Frankenstein at the end accords with such a perspective of fiendish exultation in evil. This portrait is, however, wholly commensurate with Victor's increasing tendency to demonize the Creature. See 1.6.9, 2.2.4, and 3.3.1.