those shores which I so ardently desire to attain

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those shores which I so ardently desire to attain

The shores to which Walton refers are those of Siberia and Alaska (also at this point a Russian dominion) fronting on the Bering Straits. Once again, his innocent choice of language links his present and past states of enthusiasm (see I:L1:2, I:L2:2) and prepares us for similar language surrounding Victor Frankenstein's scientific pursuits (I:2:7, I:3:1).