What did their tears imply?
The logic of desire is played out through this paragraph to such an extent that, in the abstract at least, the answer to the question is already implicit in the disparity the Creature feels between himself and the De Lacey household. The thirst for perfection and incumbent awareness of personal inadequacy is a theme often encountered in the poetry of Lord Byron (e.g. Childe Harold's Pilgrimage Canto 4, 122ff.) and Percy Bysshe Shelley (e.g. "Lines Written among the Euganean Hills") during this period.