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I should be supposed mad

Given the past consequences on his friends and family of Victor's silence, particularly in his never explaining to Clerval the possible danger to his existence from accompanying him to Britain, Victor's continuing reticence seems perverse. Yet, at the same time, when he is driven at last to depose himself to the law, the fact that he is treated with patronizing incredulity and wholly exonerated from any responsibility for the wake of destruction that has visited his family circle (see 3.6.7), is a subtle touch on Mary Shelley's part. Conventional human expectation, of necessity, protects itself from whatever is beyond its normal range of experience.