In Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," what part of the creature's tale persuaded Victor to consent to its request for a companion?

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"Hateful day when I received life!" I [the Creature] exclaimed in agony.  "Accured creator!  Why did you form a monster so hedeous that even you turned from me in disgust? ... Satan had his companions, fellow devils, to admire and encourage him, but I am solitary and abhorred. ... no Eve soothed my sorrows nor shared my thoughts; I was alone.  I remembered Adam's supplication to his Creator.  But where was mine?"

I suspect this argument (and others) appealed to Victor's sense of guilt.  He had assumed the role of god when he created a life from nothing.  The Creature reminds him that the "real" God, when he saw that he had made man and left him alone, created a partner for him.  If God saw this and acted, how could Victor do less?

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