Frankenstein preface. Frankenstein Part 0: Intro & Preface 2019-02-24

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Introduction to the 1831 Edition

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I could not consent to the death of any human being; but certainly I should have thought such a creature unfit to remain in the society of men. You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings. In these last moments I feel the sheer- est gratitude towards those who think of me with kindness. I shall continue my journal concerning the stranger at intervals, should I have any fresh incidents to record. A mist covered both that and the surrounding mountains. Yet his manners are so conciliating and gentle, that the sailors are all interested in him, although they have had very little communication with him.

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Preface

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Visit if you want to download an audiobook. Farewell, my dear, excellent, Margaret. Farewell, my dear, excellent, Margaret. The weather, however, suddenly became serene; and my two friends left me on a journey among the Alps, and lost, in the magnificent scenes which they present, all memory of their ghostly visions. But Caroline Beaufort possessed a mind of an uncommon mould; and her courage rose to support her in her adversity.

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Frankenstein Preface Notes

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At this time he desired that I should write, not so much with the idea that I could produce any thing worthy of notice, but that he might himself judge how far I possessed the promise of better things hereafter. My father loved Beau- fort with the truest friendship, and was deeply grieved by his 23 24 Chapter I retreat in these unfortunate circumstances. He is now much recovered from his illness, and is continually on the deck, apparently watching for the sledge that preceded his own. He came like a protecting spirit to the poor girl, Chapter I 25 who committed herself to his care, and after the interment of his friend he conducted her to Geneva, and placed her under the protection of a relation. She had been out the whole of the night on which the murder had been committed, and towards morning had been perceived by a market-woman not far from the spot where the body of the murdered child had been afterwards found.

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Prefaces to the 1818 and 1831 Editions of Frankenstein

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The following tale is the only one which has been completed. My departure was therefore fixed at an early date; but, before the day resolved upon could arrive, the first misfortune of my life occurred — an omen, as it were, of my future misery. Thus far I have gone, tracing a secure way over the pathless seas, the very stars themselves being witnesses and testimonies of my triumph. Yet, although unhappy, he is not so utterly occupied by his own misery, but that he interests himself deeply in the employments of others. The opinions which naturally spring from the character and situation of the hero are by no means to be conceived as existing always in my own conviction; nor is any inference justly to be drawn from the following pages as prejudicing any philosophical doctrine of whatever kind.


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Frankenstein Friday: Preface and Letters

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If I should be engaged, I will at least make notes. While all of these stories use supernatural elements, they also preserve the principles of nature. I will not lead you on, unguarded and ardent as I then was, to your destruction and infallible misery. We accordingly lay to, hoping that some change would take place in the atmosphere and weather. I may there discover the wondrous power which attracts the needle; and may regulate a thousand celestial observations, that require only this voyage to render their seeming eccentricities consistent for ever.

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Full text of 1818

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Her mother's fortune is secured to her, the documents of which I will commit to your keeping. My lieutenant, for instance, is a man of wonderful courage and enterprise; he is madly desirous of glory. We have already reached a very high latitude; but it is the height of summer, and although not so warm as in England, the southern gales, which blow us speedily towards those shores which I so ardently desire to attain, breathe a degree of renovating warmth which I had not expected. It is not singular that, as the daughter of two persons of distinguished literary celebrity, I should very early in life have thought of writing. Remember me with affection, should you never hear from me again. These visions faded when I perused, for the first time, those poets whose effusions entranced my soul, and lifted it to heaven.

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Preface to the 1817 Edition

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It was recommended by the novelty of the situations which it develops; and, however impossible as a physical fact, affords a point of view to the imagination for the delineating of human passions more comprehensive and commanding than any which the ordinary relations of existing events can yield. Do you understand this feeling? The opinions which naturally spring from the character and situation of the hero are by no means to be conceived as existing always in my own conviction; nor is any inference justly to be drawn from the following pages as prejudicing any philosophical doctrine of whatever kind. Now I could only answer my father with a look of despair, and endeavour to hide myself from his view. Poor had about a skull-headed lady, who was so punished for peeping through a key-hole—what to see I forget—something very shocking and wrong of course; but when she was reduced to a worse condition than , he did not know what to do with her, and was obliged to despatch her to , the only place for which she was fitted. And it's possible that Mary, an enthusiastic reader, knew of Le Magicien et Le Monstre; this was used as one of the sources for a dramatisation of Frankenstein in 1826.

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Preface to the 1817 Edition

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Walton's values are definitely questionable. She had seen demonstrations of scientific experiments at the Royal Institute, and knew how electricity could be used to recreate movement in dead muscles. On her death-bed the forti- tude and benignity of this admirable woman did not desert her. Blank and dreary on retrospection I call them; they were not so to me then. It was recommended by the novelty of the situations which it developes; and, however impossible as a physical fact, affords a point of view to the imagination for the delineating of human passions more comprehensive and commanding than any which the ordinary relations of existing events can yield. I have no one near me, gentle yet courageous, possessed of a cultivated as well as of a capacious mind, whose tastes are like my own, to approve or amend my plans. I remembered also the nervous fever with which I had been seized just at the time that I dated my creation, and which would give an air of delirium to a tale otherwise so utterly improbable.

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