a wildness

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NOTES

a wildness

Although the prolonged illness that is to follow for Victor will justify this look as symptomatic of his physical debility, the first interpretation for many a reader (and certainly for Clerval), that it is a sign of incipient madness, cannot be discounted. A derangement of Victor's mental balance is too frequently insinuated later in the text for it to be dismissed out-of-hand this early in its progress.