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how happy and serene all nature

It appears in this novel that whenever the serenity of nature is emphasized (1.5.9, 3.3.2), the sublime power represented by the Creature is introduced to disturb its tranquillity. Before, however, it was Victor who felt the effect of this natural profusion. Here, clearly, Elizabeth is identified with a natural beneficence that Victor over the course of the past five years has all but forsaken. What distinguishes her examples is the ability she demonstrates to see all elements in motion; in their varied relations with one another; and in their distinct particularity, whether distant and high (Mônt Blanc) or near and deep (the bottom of Lake Geneva), rather than according to some reductive model by which they are made identical and rendered inanimate. One senses here a very different conception of nature from that manifested by Victor as scientist.