my hideous progeny

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my hideous progeny

Mary Shelley has already used the word "hideous" four times in the Introduction to refer to both the being who was endowed with life in the novel and her own conception, "so very hideous an idea" (I:Intro:1). Here they are explicitly conflated. As this novel of horror is revised, so the Creature that inhabits and terrorizes it is reanimated.