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Frankenstein

Frankenstein

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F
r
a
nk
e
n
s
te
i
n
 
 
L
e
tt
e
1
To Mrs.
Saville, E
ng
l
a
n
d
 
St.
Petersburgh, Dec. 11th, 17
 — 
 
You will rejoice
to hear that no disaster has
a
cc
o
mp
a
n
ie
d
the commencement of an enterprise which you have
r
e
g
a
r
d-
ed with such
evil
forebodings. I arrived here
yesterday, a
n
d
my first task is to assure my dear sister of my welfare
a
n
d
increasing confidence in the
success
of my
u
n
d
e
rt
a
i
ng
.
 I am already far north of London, and as I walk in
t
h
e
streets of Petersburgh, I feel a cold northern breeze playupon my cheeks, which braces my nerves and fills
m
e
with delight. Do you understand this
feeling?
This breeze,which has travelled from the regions towards which I
a
m
advancing, gives me a foretaste of those icy climes. I
n
s
p
i
r
-
ited by this wind of promise, my daydreams become
m
o
r
e
fervent and vivid. I try in vain to be persuaded that
t
h
e
pole is the seat of frost and
d
es
o
l
a
t
i
o
n
;
it ever presents
i
t
-
self to my imagination as the region of beauty and delight.
There,
Margaret, the sun is
forever visible,
its broad disk 
 j
u
s
t
skirting the horizon and diffusing a perpetual
s
p
l
e
n
d
o
u
r
.
There
 — 
for with your
leave,
my sister, I will put some
tr
u
s
t
in preceding navigators
 — 
there snow and frost are b
a
n
-
ished;
and, sailing over a calm sea, we may be wafted
t
oa land surpassing in wonders and in beauty every
r
e
g
i
o
n
hitherto discovered on the habitable globe. Its
p
r
o
d
uc
t
i
o
n
s
 
2
F
a
n
e
n
s
t
e
i
n
 
 
 
and features may be without example, as the phenomena of the
heavenly
bodies undoubtedly are in those
u
n
d
isc
o
v
e
r
e
d
solitudes. What may not be expected in a country of 
e
t
e
r
-
nal light? I may there discover the wondrous power whichattracts the needle and may regulate a thousand celestialobservations that require only this voyage to render
t
h
ei
r
seeming eccentricities consistent forever. I shall satiate myardent curiosity with the sight of a part of the world neverbefore
visited,
and may tread a land never before
i
mp
r
i
n
t
e
d
by the foot of man.
These
are my enticements, and they
a
r
e
sufficient to conquer all fear of danger or death and to
i
n
-
duce me to commence this labourious
voyage
with the
 j
o
y
a
child
feels
when he embarks in a little boat, with his
h
o
l
i
-
day mates, on an expedition of 
discovery
up his native river.But supposing all these conjectures to be
false,
you
c
a
nn
o
t
contest the inestimable benefit which I shall confer on allmankind, to the last generation, by discovering a passagenear the pole to those countries, to reach which at
p
r
ese
n
t
so many months are
r
e
q
u
isi
t
e
;
or by ascertaining the secretof the magnet, which, if at all
possible,
can only be effectedby an undertaking such as
m
i
n
e
.
 
These
reflections have dispelled the agitation with whichI began my letter, and I feel my heart glow with an
e
n
t
hu-
siasm which
elevates
me to heaven, for nothing
c
o
n
tr
ib
u
t
es
so much to tranquillize the mind as a steady purpose
 — 
apoint on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye. Thisexpedition has been the favourite dream of my early
y
e
a
r
s
.
I have read with ardour the accounts of the various voyag-es which have been made in the prospect of arriving at
t
h
e
 
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