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an object

Victor here unconsciously slides between the terms "subject" and "object," that is, between what would possess a substantive being and what is merely a thing upon which an action is committed. The odd inversion of the question, with its verb placed at the end, likewise contributes to an effect of syntactical estrangement. This brief moment of panic is thus highly illuminating, employing a linguistic shorthand to reveal how Victor's thought processes characteristically distance and demonize his Creature.