Wretch!

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Wretch!

At this late point in the novel this vocative is literally true, and the Creature will acknowledge it so three paragraphs later. Still, we have to recognize that we have come full circle: Walton addresses the Creature with the appellation employed by Victor Frankenstein immediately after his creation (I:4:2 and note) and again upon reencountering him on the Mer-de-Glace of Mont Blanc (II:2:5 and note). Two sentences later he will reiterate Victor's linguistic leap into transcendental terminology, demonizing the Creature as a fiend. In his response the Creature picks up on the shift in signification, comparing himself both to Adam and to Satan.