What place does Victor choose to complete his task and why?Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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In Volume 3, Chapter 2 (Chapter 19) of Frankenstein Victor and Clerval arrive in Scotland; however, Victor tells his friend that he wishes to continue the tour of Scotland alone and may be gone about a month.  He entreats Henry not to accompany him because it is only by being alone that he "may again feel" himself.  Of course, Victor seeks a solitary place where he can complete the creation of a female creature for his already existing creature, a creature he has agreed to create in order to keep the creature from killing again.

For his work, Victor chooses a remote Scottish village with only three huts and a few "miserable cows" because he does not want anyone watching his activites; besides having few people to notice his actions, the village is on the northern highlands and is hardly more than a rock with high sides that are beaten continually like rock.  When Victor rents two of the three huts, he remarks that no one pays much attention to him:

As it was, I lived ungazed at and unmolested, hardly thanked for the pittance of food and clothes which I gave; so much does suffering blunt even the coarest sensations of men.

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