benefactors of your species
Both Robert Walton and Victor Frankenstein have held up this goal as the aim of their scientific endeavors, Walton in his opening letter to his sister (I:L1:2
) and Victor in his enraptured vision of the "new species" that would owe its existence to him (I:3:8
). That Victor should here repeat that term of distanced scientific taxonomy may give the reader pause.