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the wildest rage of some uncontrollable passion

Rage has appeared such an emotional constant of this novel that the reader may be surprised in reflection to realize that the emotion never occurs in Volume 1, but enters the space of the fiction in the encounter of the Creature and Victor Frankenstein on the Mer-de-Glace of Mont Blanc. There the figure embroiled in rage is Victor (2.2.3). In the Creature's own narration something like this present unrestrained rage occurs when he burns down the cottagers' house (2.8.4). Thereafter, the novel evinces a smoldering fire, ready to burst into flame at any point: we witness it in the successive "rage" that grips Victor (2.9.1) and the Creature (2.9.2) over the question of the creation of a companion. Beginning with chapter 3 of the third volume, rage is an abiding emotion of Victor Frankenstein's, concomitant with the fever that wastes his body. Now that he is dead, it is as if that violent emotion were floating free of his body, the sole evidence of the bond driving both these figures to their destruction. It is notable that the rage inhabiting the Creature is not against Victor but himself.