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what remains of my hideous narration

The sharp suspension of narrative line here coincides with a self-regarding emphasis on story-telling of a sort that we have witnessed earlier (Letter 4.8, 1.3.8). Such a mirroring of the function of narrative will become a dominant motif in the late pages of the novel. This act of doubling seems to entail another, identifying the creation that is Victor's tale with his earlier creation, the being who five paragraphs earlier had presented to his sight "a figure the most hideous and deformed" (3.6.3).