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I called on him to stay

In their monosyllabic simplicity these words constitute the moral center of Mary Shelley's novel. Against all his prejudices as Victor's friend, against his repugnance to face a multiple murderer, against his basic human instincts that revolt from such sublime ugliness, Robert Walton wills himself into a state of ethical selflessness that is truly benevolent. The Creature's "wonder" at this unique experience in his existence is only to be expected. He has never before been confronted by human inclusiveness.