Friday 56 29 July 2016
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Welcome once again to my Friday 56 post AND Book Beginnings. Each week, bloggers are asked to quote the first few lines of the book and turn
Normally, I don’t read fiction. However, my child-bride Suzanne and I are sort of on a quest to read all those old classic books we wish we had read years ago.
So far, we have read War and Peace and Dracula. We take our time with these. I read from the Kindle reader whenever we are someplace where we really cannot do anything else. It took us several years to read War and Peace.
We don’t read from these books that often, so our progress is really slow. If we find ourselves stuck in traffic or waiting on an appointment or something, I will fire up the old Kindle and read, usually only a part of a chapter at a time.
To Mrs. Saville, England St. Petersburgh, Dec. 11th, 17—. You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings. I arrived here yesterday; and my first task is to assure my dear sister of my welfare, and increasing confidence in the success of my undertaking.
Readers soon learn that they are reading a letter that was written by a sea captain to his sister. He is retelling a tale as told to him by a person his crew fished out of the water.
If we flip over to 56%, we hear a part of the story as retold by Frankenstein’s creature to Dr. Frankenstein who, as you may recall, has then told to the sea captain, who is then writing it in a letter to his sister.
“At that instant the cottage door was opened, and Felix, Safie, and Agatha entered. Who can describe their horror and consternation on beholding me? Agatha fainted; and Safie, unable to attend to her friend, rushed out of the cottage. Felix darted forward, and with supernatural force tore me from his father, to whose knees I clung: in a transport of fury, he dashed me to the ground, and struck me violently with a stick. I could have torn him limb from limb, as the lion rends the antelope. But my heart sunk within me as with bitter sickness, and I refrained. I saw him on the point of repeating his blow, when, overcome by pain and anguish, I quitted the cottage, and in the general tumult escaped unperceived to my hovel.”
Here the creature is telling Dr. Frankenstein about how he hid in a hovel where he could see into a house and watch the family. The whole story is very interesting.
I had to read this book as part of an undergraduate course in British Literature way back in the early 1980s at the University of South Carolina.
All the movies seem to portray the creature as a monster. However, it is simply that this poor creation is looking desperately for love.
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