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until my own life, or that of my adversary, were extinguished

Mary Shelley here offers another accentuation of the adversarial masculinist code that has dominated Victor's perspective on his Creature and blinded him to the dangers to which he has exposed his loved ones. The melodramatic posturing, it should be emphasized, does have a purpose if we remind ourselves that this first-person narrative is delivered to a listener, Robert Walton, who at the end of the next chapter will reenter the novel. Since Victor is well aware that Walton is preserving this record as an exemplary warning to later human generations, he has every reason to try to influence the portrait thus handed down to the future.