diverted our solicitude from our own situation

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diverted our solicitude from our own situation

Mary Shelley is insinuating an irony whose burden will not be clear to the reader for several chapters. Although the officers and crew of Walton's ship react with instinctive curiosity and sympathy at the sight of what they suppose is another human being, this particular being has never in his existence been the object of either human identification or sympathy.