I expressed myself in measured terms

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I expressed myself in measured terms

This interpolation in the 1831 text seems innocent enough, perhaps designed to show that the young Victor Frankenstein is on the path to a mature respect for a scientific discipline and those who practice it. On closer examination, however, this seemingly innocent remark begins to build a foundation for a vexing issue in the novel: the extent to which Victor's attempt to condition his rhetoric to the interests of his listener is merely manipulative and thus, whatever its appearance, not wholly to be trusted. As the novel progresses, this narrative indeterminacy will touch most of its major characters.