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Suddenly the broad disk of the moon arose

Since the rising of the moon is, like the dawning of the sun, a phenomenon marked almost wholly by its gradual character, the reader can attribute this statement either to Mary Shelley's desire for a gothic ambience or, more consistent with her art, to Victor's overheated imagination. Since the previous paragraphs have, through the foreshortening of time, already hinted at his surrender to mania, this could be intended as a further example of the slippage of his sense of reality.