Why does the narrator feel from the second letter in Frankenstein that the master is such a good man?

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Walton describes his feelings in the opening letters of Frankenstein. He explains that he "lacks a friend" on his mission. The master is a good man and he knows this because of the way that he helped a woman out. This woman is said to owe her happiness in life to him. This man had loved a "Russian lady of moderate fortune" and after he had made lots of money, he went to her father and got the consent to marry her. He then saw her before the marriage was to take place but she "was bathed in tears, and throwing herself at his feet, entreated him to spare her, confessing at the same time that she loved another, but that he was poor". This man then then stopped his pursuit of her and gave his farm which he bought to spend his life with this woman to the rival lover with the rest of his "prize money to purchase stock". He then talked to the woman's father and get him to consent to her marriage with the man she loved so much. It was this romantic tale that convinces Walton of the kind and generous nature of the master. This romantic selflessness is a thread throughout the novel.

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