Does Victor find something when he returns to his room?  Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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On a stormy night of November, Victor Frankenstein gives life to his creature, a creature whose dull yellow eye and "shrivelled complexion and straight black lips" appear horrific in their distortions. Terrified at what he has created, Victor flees to his bedchamber where he paces in his torment until, exhausted he falls into a fitful sleep.  When he beholds the wretched creature standing over him, Victor "escapes" and runs out to the courtyard where he remains the rest of the night.  In the morning, he walks into the town of Ingolstadt where he encounters his dear friend, Henry Clerval.  Taking notice of Victor's appearance, Henry escorts his friend back to his apartment where Victor precedes him in order to search for the monster within.  When he does not perceive his presence, Victor, relieved, invites Henry inside.  However, Henry notices how odd Victor acts, laughing with a wildness in his eyes, he asks Victor,  "what, for God's sake is the matter?"

"Do not ask me," cried I [Victor], putting my hands before my eyes, for I thought I saw the dreaded spectre glide into the room; "he can tell.--Oh, save me!  save!"  I imagined that the monster seized me; I struggled furiously, and fell down in a fit.

Whether Victor actually sees the creature in his room is uncertain since he is in such an agitated state.  But, since Henry does not leave his side and tends to Victor through his illness, it seem dubious that the creature is truly present.

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