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miserable wretch

By this point in the novel's development, these terms have become interchangeably shared by Victor Frankenstein and the Creature. Unconscious of his repetitive language, Victor has named the Creature a "wretch" on first looking at him (see 1.4.1) and, again upon seeing him a second time, as the being approaches him across the Sea of Ice (2.2.3). But he likewise refers to himself by the same term in the last sentence of Volume 1 (1.7.10), and Elizabeth characterizes him similarly at the beginning of the second volume (2.1.4).