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).
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