a howl of devilish despair and revenge
A further instance of Victor's reconstruction of the Creature's emotions as diabolical so as not to have to confront their actual nature. The howl represents, indeed, a reaction of despair following an entire year's attentuated expectation, a year spent in solitude and without any other hope. In turn, that understanding tends to ironize Victor's own emotional dependency on Clerval during their trip. Both creator and creature are here at last equally alone in their solitude, unconsciously prepared to transfer their entire gamut of emotional needs into a single-minded pursuit of the other's destruction.