my want of a guide

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my want of a guide

In her revisions Mary Shelley strengthens the similarities between Victor Frankenstein and Robert Walton. In this case, although Victor is about to undergo a systematic education, the 1831 text leaves him virtually as lacking in discipline as Walton represented himself to be in writing to his sister (1831:I:L1:2 and note). In the context provided by the terms of Walton's letter, where he remarks how much he needs a friend to help regulate his mind, Victor's lack of a close associate in these early weeks spent almost in solitude is ominous.