After the departure of the DeLaceys, the monster at first does not know where he is going to go, but he finally decides that he must find Victor, the man who had created him and the only one who might be able to help him. From perusing Victor's papers, the monster knows that Geneva was his creator's native town, so he concludes that he must go there. The monster has accumumated a rudimentary understanding of geography from observing the lessons Felix had given Safie, and he knows that the city is in "a southwesterly direction" from the location of the DeLaceys' cottage. With only the sun as his guide, Victor sets out for Geneva.
Victor is at a significant disadvantage on his journey, in that he is not familiar with the names of the towns he must pass through, nor can he ask for information from others, knowing what their reaction will be upon seeing him. Besides the sun, he has little to help him find his destination, other than a map of the country and the fact that a few unnamed incidents "now and then [direct him]." It is no surprise, then, that his journey is extremely difficult, and takes close to a year.
It is late autumn when the monster leaves the abandoned and now-destroyed abode of the DeLaceys, and for the most part, he only travels at night to avoid detection. He forges on alone through the bitter cold of winter, through days and nights when
"rain and snow [pour] around [him]; mighty rivers [are] frozen; the surface of the earth [is] hard and chill, and bare, and [he] find[s] no shelter."
When spring finally arrives, the monster witnesses a young girl who falls into a "rapid stream," and rescues her, but when her companion comes upon them, he reacts with terror, shooting the monster and inflicting a wound that "shatter[s] the flesh and bone." The monster, his sense of betrayal intensified, vows "eternal hatred and vengeance to all mankind," and retreats into the woods, in hopes of recovering from his wound. After many weeks of miserable suffering, the monster manages to regain him health, and two months later, he at long last reaches his destination, Geneva (Volume 2, Chapter 9).