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“You Must Create a Female”

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The Creature, full of fury, realizes that it is only Frankenstein on whom he has “any claim for pity and redress, and from you I determined to seek that justice which I vainly attempted to gain from any other being.” But on his way to Geneva, his “sufferings [are] augmented” as he saves a girl from drowning, and is shot for it. He then comes upon William, and, infuriated to hear he is a Frankenstein, silences him by strangulation.

Nearby, the Creature sees the sleeping Justine, “blooming in the loveliness of youth and health.” Overcome by what he can never have, he decides she should suffer for his crime. He plants William’s pendant on her, framing her for the murder, and flees. His remaining, all-consuming passion can only be gratified by Frankenstein: “I am alone, and miserable; man will not associate with me; but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me. My companion must be of the same species, and have the same defects. This being you must create.”

Frankenstein is appalled, but the Creature reasons with him: “What I ask of you is reasonable and moderate; I demand a creature of another sex, but as hideous as myself; the gratification is small, but it is all that I can receive, and it shall content me. It is true, we shall be monsters, cut off from all the world; but on that account we shall be more attached to one another. Our lives will not be happy, but they will be harmless, and free from the misery I now feel. Oh! my creator, make me happy; let me feel gratitude towards you for one benefit! Let me see that I excite the sympathy of some existing thing; do not deny me my request!”

His reasoning works. Frankenstein hears: “justice in his argument. His tale, and the feelings he now expressed, proved him to be a creature of fine sensations; and did I not as his maker, owe him all the portion of happiness that it was in my power to bestow?” They make a deal: the female creature will be made; the Creature promises they will go into exile, away from mankind.