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inquiries concerning an event

The diction Victor uses suggests that it is less having to inform mutual friends of Clerval's death than his sense of culpability for it, with the attendant need to exonerate himself, that drives him to avoid his English acquaintance, and perhaps some in France as well. However we construe his hesitancy, Victor's total rerouting of his itinerary here is of a piece with his progressive withdrawal from human society and normative social obligations.