examining my past conduct
The plot of Frankenstein
, with its insistent narrative mirrorings and doublings of character, seems always to be engaged in reexamining its own conduct, a process that contributes to the reader's skepticism about the truth of any single utterance by its protagonists. Here, in an epitome of this structural idiosyncrasy, we are told that Victor, after recounting his biography and then rewriting those parts of it he felt Walton had not succeeded in capturing in the manner in which he wanted them represented (III:Walton:4
), has rethought the terms of his entire narrative and has revised it once more. That last revision, however, we will never read: the synopsis here presented does, however, differ in salient ways from the account we have been asked to accept as the truth.