magistrate . . . benevolent man
As a magistrate, Mr. Kirwin, who treats all people with equity and compassion, contrasts with the Geneva judges who condemned Justine Moritz to death (I:7:14
) as well as the rigged Paris tribunal that pronounced a like sentence on Safie's father (II:6:3
). There is likewise to be observed here a curious symmetry, since at the other end of Victor's trip to the British Isles is another magistrate who, in effect, authorized it, Alphonse Frankenstein.