a feeling and kind friend
Up to this point all the expression of sympathy has come as a surmise of the Creature's about the cottagers. This assertion reminds us that for something like a year the Creature has intervened actively to assist the cottagers in their daily existence. His fellow-feeling has, indeed, extended into kind actions on their behalf. The heavy irony behind this scene is that all the Enlightenment virtues the Creature has presumed to be attributes of the cottagers have been employed by him on a daily basis.