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that half kind of belief

With so many allusions to Coleridge's writings governing the exposition of this novel, including the very notion of such a reiterated self-justification as Victor is presenting (see 3.6.6 and note), it would not be surprising to see this remark as a recasting of his fine distinction between truth and the "willing suspension of disbelief" in literature (see excerpt from Biographia Literaria, Chapter 14). But, in fact, there is no assurance that Mary Shelley would have come upon the formulation in time to have inserted it into the novel. P. B. Shelley is recorded as having finished Coleridge's Biographia Literaria on 8 December 1817. Frankenstein was advertised as published on 1 January 1818.