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wretch

The Creature has been "named" once before by Victor, in the prologue, as "daemon" (I:L4:16). The nomenclature in which he is vested confers an initial identity upon him that will shift overnight from this enigmatic term of alienation—meaning either being unhappy or vile (from the Old English word for "exile")—to the wholly out of bounds, the monstrous (I:4:3).