I looked . . . evil
The "as yet" introduces an ominous tone into this account, but it also reminds us that the Creature as a voyeur hiding from the world, experiences that world only vicariously. That his retreat is fragile and his faith in the future tentative are all that he can be sure of. Elizabeth Lavenza, expressing a similarly impossible desire to escape the world, had articulated similar sentiments at the beginning of this volume (II:1:9).