In Frankenstein, What is Victor's mood and attitude in chapter 19?

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In this chapter, Victor and his friend Clerval are traveling in England and Scotland. Although Victor is happy for the diversion the trip offers after the death of his brother and the unfortunate trial in which the maid was blamed for the death and hung, his positive moods are very brief because constant worry over the monster and his threats is always with him. He cannot enjoy himself. He is despondant, worried and guilty over what he has created and how things have gotten totally out of his control. He says that a "blight has come over" his existence, ruining his enjoyment of a trip that in the past, he would have enjoyed. He enjoys visiting Oxford, but then:

I enjoyed this scene; and yet my enjoyment was embittered both by the memory of the past, and the anticipation of the future.

No matter where he goes, he cannot escape the evil he has created. Victor sets up a small lab where he can begin working on the second monster, the female that he has promised to create, but all the while he is working, he is conflicted over dual fears - the fear of what he is creating and the fear of what will happen if he does not create it.

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