enthusiasm

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enthusiasm

Walton's "romantic" instincts, he realizes, are affecting his judgment. His language recalls his earlier self-analysis (I:L2:2), suggesting that what he would need in a friend like Victor Frankenstein is exactly the ability to curb such flights of fancy. In the next paragraph Victor will decide to perform that function, starting in on the narration of his career as a corrective and an admonition.