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wishing for some mighty revolution

Victor's desire for an externally applied apocalyptic solution that will break the logical circle he cannot escape is as characteristic of him as the passivity into which he actually retreats from the stress of events. Still, his figure resonates against his contrasting application of the turning wheel a few paragraphs earlier (see 3.4.4 and note), where its every revolution was conceived as bringing new calamities upon him.

The term "mighty revolution" cannot but retain some of its political charge in the context of post-Napoleonic Europe, particularly if connected to world of undiscriminated wretchedness that Victor had been contemplating before Mr. Kirwin entered to prepare him for his father's arrival (3.4.6).