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Parasha: Frankenstein March 4th reading

Blah, since I got woke up by sinuses after not enough sleep, I can't promise to be totally coherent, but at least should be able to get the ball rolling. :p


Actually it's Chapter I in my edition, but I figure it probably differs by edition at this point, and while I like Roman Numerals just fine, figure I'll do more normal numerics just for ease of everyone. And yeah, I can probably tell I'm lacking in sleep when I'm bothering to explain this at length!

Anywho. So, the first chapter proper, and we learn that Victor dahling, well, is a Victor (eventually, in an off-handed way, which works I guess), and is also TransylSwiss. Wait, what? I remembered that there were various things in the book that didn't mesh up with Expectations, given the incorporation of Frankenstein (and/or his monster) into the B-movie Horror Genre, but I'd forgotten that was one of them.

And in the main, this whole chapter is devoted to basically setting up the fact that Victor has a sister who's not actually a sister by blood, and that he grew up close to and devoted to. Yeah, cause we can never tell where THIS is going. (No, that's not a spoiler, since I don't remember it from my previous reading, it's just an observation of what ALWAYS happens when someone in a book has a "sibling" not of their actual blood raised in the same house with them.)

Although that "till death" thing in the last line of the chapter forebodes.

Anyhow, have at it!

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stormfeather
Mar. 4th, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
Good point! And something that slipped past me in my sleepiness!
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stormfeather
Mar. 4th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
That didn't bother me quite as much... I mean it did at first blush, but the whole "possession" thing would probably be more normal for a little kid that didn't know any better, and one would hope (!) that he grew out of it in time. And I imagine the presentation as a "gift" was basically "ah, hope that you, our natural/thus far only child, don't feel suddenly supplanted by this total newcomer! Let's try to sugarcoat this...!"

As for the age thing... does it really say how old Elder Frankenstein is? I think they just said "older," which in The Day might have been around the ripe old age of 40ish? Maybe? I hope? That's how I'm preferring to think of it, anyhow. XD
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stormfeather
Mar. 4th, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
Blah, must have missed that. In that case *aims virtual bitchslap at imaginary Victor's head*
khedron
Mar. 7th, 2010 12:26 am (UTC)
Which is unfortunate, because it was clearly just an introductory line from his mother meant to be silly and or non-invasive, that he took way, way too seriously. (As Stormfeather said above.)

Aieee.
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