As seen in Frankestein, how do Victor and Clerval spend the next several months (after they leave Strasburgh)?

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Although Victor, from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, desires to go to "visit" England alone (with the intent on creating the mate for the creature), Elizabeth and his father believe it was better for Victor to have company.

Without previously communicating with me, he had, in concert with Elizabeth, arranged that Clerval should join me at Strasburgh.

From Strasburgh, Victor and Clerval decided to take the Rhone (river) to Rotterdam. From Rotterdam, the pair would take a ship to London.

On their way to Rotterdam and London, in Switzerland, Clerval openly divulged to Victor his admiration of the area. His poetic nature regarding the beauty of the area warmed Victor's soul.

Once in London, the pair decided to stay in London for a while, given it was a "wonderful and celebrated city." While Victor needed to work on readying himself for his task, Clerval wished to talk with the "men of genius and talent."

After spending some time in London, the pair (through an invitation of a friend of Victor's) decided to travel to Scotland. In Perth (Scotland), Victor told Clerval that he desired to travel Scotland alone. After much discussion, Clerval agreed to stay in Perth while Victor traveled (ending up in Orkneys where he would create the newest creature).

Over the course of their travels, Clerval entirely enjoyed himself (although worried about Victor's downtrodden nature). Victor, on the other hand, spent the traveling time fretting about his task at hand.

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