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cocochannel123 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 16, 2012 at 8:26 PM via web

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 quote mean? "Great God! if for one instant...when I thought that I had prepared only my own death, I hastened that of a far dearer victim."

It is from chapter 22, page 169, second paragraph of the book Frankenstein.

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fezziwig | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:55 AM (Answer #1)

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What Frankenstein is saying is that if for one moment he had really understood what the Creature's intentions were, which were to murder Elizabeth and make Frankenstein the emaciated and miserable being Walton meets at the North Pole, when he tells Frankenstein that if he does not create him a female creature he "will be with [him] on [his] wedding-night," Frankenstein would have forsaken the "miserable marriage" to Elizabeth and wandered the world as an outcast. But because the Creature seems to have put a spell on Frankenstein which seemingly blinds Frankenstein to the true meaning of the Creature's promise of being at Frankenstein's wedding night, he marries Elizabeth, and now he miserably regrets having done it. For the Creature keeps his promise, and murders Elizabeth, and not Frankenstein, as he assumed the Creature would have. Hence the interjection, "Great God!" at the beginning of the paragraph. Frankenstein is a bundle of miserable regrets at this point.

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