The language of ardor, earlier associated with the scientific pursuits of both Walton (I:L1:2
) and Victor Frankenstein (I:3:2
)—where in the latter case it is tinged with something approaching the eroticism only fully expressed after the death of Elizabeth (III:6:9
)—is here transferred into the arena of hatred. In Victor this hatred will constitute a passion as intense and single-minded as erotic infatuation.