even to the most repulsive among them

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even to the most repulsive among them

Perhaps this statement is meant to remind us that, though Victor was originally repelled by the "repulsive countenance" of Krempe, the chemistry professor at the University of Ingolstadt (see I:2:9), in time he came to treasure "his sound sense and real information," however much he was still aware of their being "combined . . . with a respulsive physiognomy" (I:3:1). Obviously, however, what Victor can tolerate in a human constrained by the normative boundaries of inherited genetic combination he is unwilling to extend to his Creature, who is a being of whom, from the first, he claimed "no mortal could support the horror of that countenance" (I:4:4), a being who himself, upon first seeing his reflection, "started back" from his "miserable deformity" (II:4:13). Victor's magnanimous identification with his fellow beings collapses here under the weight of the ironies of a categorical discrimination he seems unable to comprehend.