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some great crime

The reader might well wish to contemplate the oddly contradictory character of this formulation. Although Victor can exonerate himself by means of analytical logic, the process is not liberating. Instead, psychologically he finds himself in a limbo of uncertainty and incapacity, haunted by a dread he can neither escape nor define. Given the increasingly psychotic symptoms he will reveal in the later chapters of the novel, this early formulation may be considered a touchstone for Victor's successive mental breakdowns.