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the threatened fate as unavoidable

Victor's constant attention to his unavoidable fate is at least partly to be construed, at this point in the discourse, as a justification for the blindness with which he worried so exclusively about himself, leaving Elizabeth unprotected. But it falls in line as well with his reiterated invocation of destiny during this narration to Walton, a rhetorical ploy by which, whether or not it is his explicit intention, he exonerates himself of acknowledged responsiblity for the events his actions produce.