I was delighted . . . family

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I was delighted . . . family

The phrasing here makes Victor sound cavalier and shallow, no longer responsive to the weight of the universe he had felt after his encounter on Mont Blanc (II:9:19). His aim seems less to complete a difficult assignment than to procrastinate as long as possible. Whatever one might argue in extenuation of his motives, it seems clear in this passage that he gives no thought whatsoever to the Creature's well-being. Perhaps it was with some sense of mitigating these unflattering character traits that in 1831 Mary Shelley revised this passage to suggest a greater degree of responsibility on Victor's part.