the well balancing of what you may esteem your duties

Printer-friendly versionSend by email
NOTES

the well balancing of what you may esteem your duties

That Victor, who has throughout the novel been unable to fulfill his duties to either his family or his Creature, should be able to speak in such measured terms of a balance among multiple duties is certainly an indication of the objectivity and even wisdom to which he may aspire when he moves outside his own narrow concerns. That he specifically steps back from the coercive tone by which he had earlier tried to enlist Walton as his agent in murder (III:7:26) likewise testifies to his rediscovery of a moral center in his last hours of life.