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tears gushed from my eyes

Victor's emotional instability is underscored by this sudden excess of sensibility. That his rekindled joy will soon be transformed into the despair his isolation in the boat had prefigured is indicative of the irony in which, from the point in which he spurned his Creature's desire for sympathetic rapport, he finds himself invested. Later, hope will come to him in a "burning gush" of ironically inverted expectation (3.7.8).