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a sum of money, together with a few jewels

Does Mary Shelley intend us to see a comparison or a total contrast with Safie, who uses virtually the same words to explain how she escaped her father in Leghorn and made it north to the De Lacey's cottage in Germany? That episode, impelled by love, occurs at the center and southern extremity of the novel; Victor, in this last chapter of his narrative, stands near its outer edge and sets out for the far north driven by a hatred that in its passion and compulsion seems a mirror reflection of Safie's desire: see 2.6.6.

The statement also contains a second bearing, which is that, although it is not explicitly mentioned by Victor, with the demise of Alphonse Frankenstein, Victor, as first-born son, has inherited the family estate and can spend his inheritance in whatever fashion he chooses. No longer need he follow his father's admonition to attend a university (see 1.2.1) or ask his permission to travel to the British Isles (see 3.1.4). In effect, Victor is now the patriarch of his family.