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What does Victor promise to tell Elizabeth on the day after the wedding?

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aico0994 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 27, 2012 at 1:04 PM via web

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What does Victor promise to tell Elizabeth on the day after the wedding?

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gsenviro | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted April 6, 2015 at 11:31 PM (Answer #2)

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In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein promises to tell his betrothed, Elizabeth, the reason for his "misery and terror."

Victor wrote to Elizabeth "I have one secret...; when revealed to you, it will chill your frame with horror, and then, far from being surprised at my misery, you will only wonder that I survive what I have endured." (page 233)

Victor also mentions that he will only confide this "tale of misery and terror" after they get married as he wants "perfect confidence" between them. Victor, basically, wants to tell Elizabeth all about the Monster.   

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juhlissa | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted November 28, 2012 at 3:20 PM (Answer #1)

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He says he has a dreadful secret that will "chill your frame with horror, and then, far from being surprised at my misery, you will only wonder that I survive what I have endured."  He promises to reveal this secret to her the day after they wed. He will wait until then because there "must be perfect confidence between us."  He doesn't feel secure telling her until they are married and have that trust and confidence.

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