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Who feared that if I lost all trace I should despair and die

The egotism of this statement is less strange than its underlying logic, which is that the closed circle of revenge enacts a kind of perverse sympathy in which the Creature sustains Victor so that he may continue on his mission to destroy his Creature. Throughout this final chapter of Victor's narration Mary Shelley is ingenious in following through on the implications of a life cast wholly in an ironic mode.