that burning hatred, and ardent desire of revenge

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that burning hatred, and ardent desire of revenge

If it is really true that these striking oxymorons, in which hatred is expressed in the language of love, no longer impel Victor, they do reinforce the passionate cast of his diction in the last chapters of his narration (III:7:22 and note). The word "ardent" likewise reminds us of the use of that word to describe the obsessiveness with which he labored to bring his Creature into existence (I:3:1, I:3:9).