Why is the man Walton rescues traveling alone on the ice in Frankenstein?

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You can find the answer to this in Letter 4.  It is dated August 17.

In this letter, we are told that Walton and the ship's crew had seen what seemed to be a giant figure traveling along on a dog sled on the ice.  He did not come near them.

Later on, they found a normal sized man floating on an ice floe.  This is the man that they rescue -- he was near to death.  He tells them that he is traveling alone on the ice because he is pursuing the giant figure that the ship's crew saw before.

The man is, of course, Victor Frankenstein and he is chasing the monster that he made.

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