Note: "mortal immortal"

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The Mortal Immortal by Mary Shelley, Edited by Michael Eberle-Sinatra

Winzy's comment "Thus I have lived on for many a year--alone, and weary of myself-- desirous of death, yet never dying--a mortal immortal" evokes the emotional state of mind of Lionel Verney when he declares:

Thus long, I have cradled my heart in retrospection of past happiness, when hope was. Why not for ever thus? I am not immortal; and the thread of my history might be spun out to the limits of my existence. (Volume II, chapter 6)

[link to this passage in Steve Jones' electronic edition of The Last Man]

Published @ RC

September 1997