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Parasha: Frankenstein March 23rd reading


Sorry I'm running so late!

Now, after a chapter of Travelocity, we have a chapter of Things Happening! I'm sure this pacing would be just fine and normal with a more normal reading, but in a piecemeal one like this... yeah.

Anyhow, Victor has a moment of clarity, and decides to totally wreck what he began. And one of the things that did it for him was the thought of them having children and wreaking havoc on future generations. DUDE, you're the one putting her together, just don't include those bits!

I do enjoy the fact though that finally he realizes some of the stuff we've been realizing much sooner on our end - ie, the fact that said fem!creature isn't necessarily going to just go along with what he and the Creature have blithely decided, or that she and the Creature might just find each other repulsive. Maybe some of our clue-by-fours got through?

And dude, all the talk about Victor being your Slave? Any minimal sympathy for you rapidly dwindling...

And we're left with Victor being a dipshit and drifting out to see and into Ireland because he basically fell asleep at the wheel. And then getting taken in for a Murder He Didn't Commit. And then the chapter leaves off with him being all "Oh, I can't even think about this! What was waiting for me! Woe!" Which doesn't exactly build suspense for what's coming next, right?

And nicely coincidental that he just Happens to fall asleep and drift right into the place where the Creature's apparently wrought his next havoc, one would assume, right?


And according to The Poll, The Last Unicorn is still marginally favored, even considering certain people being themselves *coughcough*, so I'm going to go ahead and declare this the Surprise Winner for the month, so that people can go ahead and procure the novel, and I can come up with a schedule, probably tomorrow.

Any protests, give 'em now!

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stormfeather
Mar. 24th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
Oooh yeah, I didn't mean to imply that I thought he didn't do the right thing in aborting the creation overall, just that that particular reason for doing so seemed a bit... silly.

And yeah, I noticed that re: the wedding night too. And he does seem to connect up the monster's threats with hurting his friends in general... and yet doesn't seem to want to hook up that concept with the specific "wedding night" threat. Selective stupidity?
khedron
Mar. 24th, 2010 02:42 am (UTC)
I don't know -- I'd be inclined to take the Creature at face value and hope he'll just go away once he's happy. I'd only worry about whether or not the Bride would accept her part in this -- something that Victor doesn't think of.

[Edit] I'd flagged in my notes the spot where Victor *does* consider that the female Creature might not go along with things. So, I retract this. It was late.

I'm not saying this would be the right choice. It probably better for humanity for the Creature to be alone, if malicious, than have company and maybe be malicious or spawn. But still, my version of being self-centered would be to look out for me & my own, and hope for the best.

Even so, he's still completely self-absorbed. "I will see you on your wedding night," and Vic assumes that it's a threat to kill him? He doesn't even consider that the Creature might be threatening his wife-to-be? Sheesh.

Oh, yeah, big time. So one of the things I've been enjoying about this is reading it on the Kindle, where I can make little electronic notes to my heart's content without scuffing up the book. So I have a note from 2am or something saying, "Good lord. He's so self-centered that he doesn't see that it will hurt him much more if Elizabeth is killed?" I'm sure the Creature sees that plain as day.


I do still have some sympathy for the Creature, but not nearly as much as I used to. Society made him do it, and he's just as melodramatic as his creator.

Edited at 2010-03-24 03:35 am (UTC)
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khedron
Mar. 24th, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
With all that "he'd go back and claim her" type language? Yeah.
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khedron
Mar. 24th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
Does lightning count as either good or bad? For all the lack of lightning and "it's aliiive!" in the creation, there's a fair number of lightning references. It's by lightning flash that he makes the connection between his brother's murder and the Creature, and in the flash Victor sees him watching then escaping. And,
"But I am a blasted tree; the bolt has entered my soul; and I felt than that I should survive to exhibit what I shall soon cease to be -- a miserable spectacle of wrecked humanity, pitiable to others and intolerable to myself."
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