What does Victor promise to tell Elizabeth after their wedding in Frankenstein?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein tells the story of Victor Frankenstein and the monster he created. Frankenstein is consumed with the idea of bringing the dead back to life. He is able to create a body from stolen body parts and bring it to life. But when he does he is so frightened by what he has created he runs, leaving the monster behind.

The monster tracks Frankenstein down and in the process kills Frankenstein’s younger brother William. The monster demands that Frankenstein make him a companion. Initially Frankenstein agrees to do so but then changes his mind. The monster is enraged and promises that he will be with Frankenstein on his wedding night.

Frankenstein returns home to marry Elizabeth. It is clear that he is haunted by the creation of the monster, the murders the monster committed and his threat. Elizabeth wants to know what is upsetting Frankenstein but he does not want to frighten her. He promises to tell her what is bothering him after they are married.

He doesn’t get the chance to tell her though. The monster kills Elizabeth on their wedding night.


Approved by eNotes Editorial
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

He says he has a dreadful secret that will "chill your frame with horror, and then, far from being surprised at my misery, you will only wonder that I survive what I have endured."  He promises to reveal this secret to her the day after they wed. He will wait until then because there "must be perfect confidence between us."  He doesn't feel secure telling her until they are married and have that trust and confidence.

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access
Approved by eNotes Editorial