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tears . . . streamed from my eyes

Even as Victor thinks of himself as reacting with compassion to the assumed plight of Elizabeth, it is clear to any reader that he is actually weeping for himself. His giving in at last to his feelings is thus ironized, for rather than opening him to a renewal of his emotional life, his convulsive weeping results from a maudlin theatrical representation of his own death that wholly mistakes the threat to his future wife.