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I will proceed with my tale

With Victor's pause to utter his encomium upon Clerval and thus intrude a strong value judgment into his discourse, the question of narrative truth is once again brought to the fore. Once again, Victor intrudes the notion of a "tale," a word used by him (Letter 4.8, 1.3.8) and by the Creature (2.2.6, 2.2.7, 2.9.6) to describe their narratives, also (with a different construction of what might constitute the truth) in the last sentence of the novel's Preface.