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Great fiction book about Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
Great fiction book about Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

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FrankensteinorThe Modern Prometheus
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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Letter 1To Mrs. Saville, EnglandSt. Petersburgh, Dec. 11th, 17—  You will rejoice to hear that no disaster hasaccompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings. I arrivedhere yesterday, and my first task is to assure my dear sister of my welfare and increasing confidence in the success of my undertaking.I am already far north of London, and as I walk in thestreets of Petersburgh, I feel a cold northern breeze playupon my cheeks, which braces my nerves and fills me withdelight. Do you understand this feeling? This breeze,which has travelled from the regions towards which I amadvancing, gives me a foretaste of those icy climes.Inspirited by this wind of promise, my daydreams becomemore fervent and vivid. I try in vain to be persuaded thatthe pole is the seat of frost and desolation; it ever presentsitself to my imagination as the region of beauty anddelight. There, Margaret, the sun is forever visible, itsbroad disk just skirting the horizon and diffusing aperpetual splendour. There—for with your leave, mysister, I will put some trust in preceding navigators— theresnow and frost are banished; and, sailing over a calm sea,2
we may be wafted to a land surpassing in wonders and inbeauty every region hitherto discovered on the habitableglobe. Its productions and features may be withoutexample, as the phenomena of the heavenly bodiesundoubtedly are in those undiscovered solitudes. Whatmay not be expected in a country of eternal light? I maythere discover the wondrous power which attracts theneedle and may regulate a thousand celestial observationsthat require only this voyage to render their seemingeccentricities consistent forever. I shall satiate my ardentcuriosity with the sight of a part of the world never beforevisited, and may tread a land never before imprinted bythe foot of man. These are my enticements, and they aresufficient to conquer all fear of danger or death and toinduce me to commence this labourious voyage with the joy a child feels when he embarks in a little boat, with hisholiday mates, on an expedition of discovery up his nativeriver. But supposing all these conjectures to be false, youcannot contest the inestimable benefit which I shall confer on all mankind, to the last generation, by discovering apassage near the pole to those countries, to reach which atpresent so many months are requisite; or by ascertainingthe secret of the magnet, which, if at all possible, can onlybe effected by an undertaking such as mine.3
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