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the solitude I coveted

Although, of course, Victor will need to pursue his scientific labors by himself, the verb "coveted" conveys a sense of profound asociality as a crucial aspect of Victor's constitution. However eagerly he expresses his anticipation of returning to find fulfillment in his union with Elizabeth, what his father praises as "our domestic calm" at this point in the 1818 edition seems wholly to lack the capacity to satisfy Victor.