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unmingled with disbelief

Victor's self-consciousness as to his effect as narrator shadows this deposition of his case, both for the magistrate and for Mary Shelley's readers. We cannot help recognizing here that the end of a novel is to make fiction appear like truth. That Victor in the end does not gain the credence of his judge does, of course, vindicate his earlier reticence; but it also in some sense impinges on his reliability as a witness. Does it also have a destabilizing effect on the larger narrative of which it is a microcosm?