Volume 1: Chapters 6 and 7 Summary and Analysis
Before he leaves Ingolstadt, Victor receives a letter from his father, Alphonse, relating the dreadful news that his youngest brother, William, was murdered while the family was on an outing in Plainpalais. During a hike, William wandered off and was discovered hours later, strangled, the killer’s handprints imbedded in his neck. Alphonse is terribly upset and he asks Victor to come home to the “house of mourning.” Victor is horrified by the news and returns to Geneva immediately.
On his journey home, Victor is sad and fearful. As he is crossing the Alps near Mont Blanc, a vicious storm suddenly appears “at once in various parts of the heavens.” Victor looks at the sky and cries...
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