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in justice, or even in possibility

Questions of justice have entered this novel from various directions, spanning the Creature's plea for a mate (2.9.1) to the condemnation of Justine Moritz (1.7.1). What may be most interesting about Walton's invocation of the term is his implicit understanding of the notion of disinterested equity, a notion wholly absent from the closed circle of antagonism in which Victor and his Creature exist. For Mary Shelley to introduce such a concept this late in the novel might suggest an effort on her part to establish an ethical code by which readers can take the measure of the novel's characters and events.