The irony of the previous sentence is here almost grotesquely intensified. The being to whom Victor originally gave "life and spirit" was so horribly mutilated in his creation as to provoke universal aversion from all whom he met. Now, in the text, Victor hopes in some way to rectify that lack of initial perspective and clean up either what he once called his "filthy creation" (I:3:9
), or lacking success at that aim, at least his own image. The secondary irony is that neither he nor his Creature can expect an individual "posterity" since each has denied the other the possibility of procreation. The posterity that will determine their lasting reputations is thus composed solely of readers of the present text that Victor is so assiduously determined to rewrite.