What are some quotes that show that Victor was reckless to create the creature, his neglect of the creature caused it to build up rage, and that his not telling anybody was his fault (with page and...

What are some quotes that show that Victor was reckless to create the creature, his neglect of the creature caused it to build up rage, and that his not telling anybody was his fault (with page and chapter numbers, if possible)?

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In volume 1, chapter 4, Victor explains to Robert Walton his reasoning for playing God (which never works well for any human). Victor admits his pursuit's reckless nature:

One of the phenomena which had peculiarly attracted my attention was the structure of the human frame, and indeed, any animal eluded with life. Whence, I often asked myself, did the principle of life proceed? It was a bold question, and one which has ever been considered a mystery; yet with how many things are we upon the brink of becoming acquainted, if cowardice or carelessness did not restrain our inquiries. ... Unless I had been animated by an almost supernatural enthusiasm, my application to this study would have been irksome, and almost intolerable.

Victor reveals his reckless reasoning; as a "modern Prometheus" (as the novel's subtitle terms him), he boldly desires to steal fire from the gods by creating life. He states that cowardice and carelessness prevent others from pursuing many of the mysteries of science,...

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