In Frankenstein, what does the creature call the moon?

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In Volume II, Chapter III of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the Creature first comes to recognize the moon. Upon first seeing the orb, the creature refers to the moon as a few different things depending upon what edition of the novel one is reading.

In the eText provided by eNotes, the Creature first refers to the moon as both the "bright moon" and "the orb of the night."

"The only object that I could distinguish was the bright moon, and I fixed my eyes on that with pleasure. Several changes of day and night passed, and the orb of night had greatly lessened."

If reading the 2009 Fall River Press edition of Frankenstein, the moon is first called "a gentle light," "radiant form" and "bright moon."

In The Project Gutenberg E-Text of "Frankenstein,"  the moon is referred to as "gentle light," "radiant form," "orb," and "bright moon."

Therefore depending upon what edition or translation one is reading, the moon is referred to differently by the Creature.


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