greater claims to my attention
Victor seems to refer to the reasoning that brought him to suspend work on the female companion to his Creature (III:3:1
). Yet, this present rearticulation of his thinking revises the terms used earlier, substituting what appears to be a distinction between natural and unnatural life forms, or at least between a majority and minority class, that many readers would find invidious because inherently racist. Again, if this is to be construed as an attempt at honest reassessment, the strained casuistry hints at a slanted self-exoneration.