Excellent friend

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Excellent friend

We will learn the reason for this rhetorical heightening through the vocative case as we move into the next chapter. This is the last serene moment that Victor will experience in his entire existence, but the address to Clerval in the past tense immediately shadows its expression of joy. In retrospect, the reader may consider Victor's happiness during this year as purchased by a willful blindness to the potential consequences of his actions.