miserably pent . . . wretchedness

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miserably pent . . . wretchedness

The ironic undertone of identification between Victor and his Creature continues with the implication of how unfortunate it will be should Victor once more be "let loose" upon the world. Here, the term by which Victor first denominated his Creature—wretch (see I:4:2 and note)—which is descended from the Old English word for exile, is expanded to encompass the entire world.