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my first impulses

The repression of instinctive response continues as Walton, deeply mindful of the solemn and reiterated injunction of Victor Frankenstein to exact vengeance upon his Creature, hesitates before the presence of the other being. In essence, he substitutes a reality for an abstraction, his own actuality for the vicarious experience provided by Victor's narrative. Implied in this act is the priority of individual responsibility for independent judgment. That Walton is preoccupied by his "impulses" in the plural may indicate how difficult, complex, and responsive to particular circumstances such a judgment must be.