I have longed for a friend
Walton looks back to the desire expressed in his second letter to his sister (I:L2:2
) and reiterated to Victor Frankenstein (I:L4:25
), who replied in despondency over the memory of his dead friend Henry Clerval (I:L4:26
). In reinstating that wish, Walton reminds us of how very little time has actually elapsed in the narrative frame of the novel as well as of how violent and destructive such intense relationships can become when they are based on hatred rather than affection.