through his interest he might become a judge

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through his interest he might become a judge

This inconspicuous detail seems carefully planted by Mary Shelley to reveal how closely tied-in Alphonse Frankenstein is to what will soon reveal itself to be a corrupt system of justice in Geneva. It also subtly suggests how the governing elite in the patriarchal Genevan society protects itself, a situation already alluded to at the beginning (I:1:1) of Victor's narrative.