In chapter XVI of Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, we find the creature hiding when he hears Felix explaining to his landlord that the DeLacys have to leave town, for good. Nothing would convince them to stay; it is all because they are too scared of the creature.
Remember that this chapter is preceded by the incident where the creature, hungry for affection, enters the DeLacey cottage while the younger DeLacys are gone. The creature is eager to speak to the blind, elder DeLacey. The care and attention of Mr. DeLacey prompts the creature to get carried away and to bring himself into a situation where he becomes susceptible and, hence, prone to be seen.
I had not a moment to lose; but seizing the hand of the old man, I cried, ‘Now is the time!—save and protect me! You and your family are the friends whom I seek. Do not you desert me in the hour of trial!’
‘Great God!’ exclaimed...
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