in continuation

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in continuation

At this moment of Victor's desparate exhaustion and extreme isolation, Mary Shelley tellingly reasserts the centrality of human continuity and connectedness. Her sudden reassignment of the role of narrator, from Victor to Walton, also alters its assumed audience. A ship's captain listening to the solitary voice of a dying refugee in the Arctic wilderness shares in that sense of impacted solitude. In contrast, the vicarious experience of Walton's sister, who is addressed directly in the next sentence and who presumably will read this transmitted account in London, takes place at the heart of human civilization. This inserted tag may have a second function as well, that of reinforcing the question posed in the last paragraph of Victor's narrative, whether Walton will honor his plea and continue Victor's obsessive pursuit of the Creature.