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Chapter 22 Notes from Frankenstein

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Frankenstein Chapter 22

While resting in France, Frankenstein got a letter from Elizabeth explaining that although she wanted to marry him, she didn't want him to feel honor-bound to marry her if there was someone else he loved. Frankenstein loved no other, but remembered the monster's promise to be with him on his wedding night. Frankenstein decided to face his death bravely and wrote to Elizabeth that he would marry her as soon as he returned and would tell her the secret that had been bothering him for so long on the day after their wedding. He returned home and was still depressed. The wedding date was set for ten days later and in the meantime, Frankenstein carried a gun and dagger in case the monster showed up early. But he wasn't prepared for what the monster had in store.

"Great God! If for one instant I had thought what might be the hellish intention of my fiendish adversary, I would rather have banished myself forever from my native country and wandered a friendless outcast over the earth than have consented to this miserable marriage. But, as if possessed of magic powers, the monster had blinded me to his real intentions; and when I thought that I had prepared only my own death, I hastened that of a far dearer victim." Chapter 22, pg. 174-5

Elizabeth seemed melancholy on her wedding day as she and Frankenstein sailed to Evian for their honeymoon. As they traveled, Elizabeth pointed out the specific beauties of their trip -- Mont Blanc in the distance, the clearness of the river on which they sailed, and the general serenity of the world around them. But even the natural beauty didn't ease her sadness. Frankenstein began getting nervous as night fell.

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