I saw my friends, my wife, and my beloved country; again I saw
the benevolent countenance of my father, heard the silver
tones of my Elizabeth's voice, and beheld Clerval enjoying
health and youth. Often, when wearied by a toilsome march, I
a friendless outcast over the earth than have consented to this
miserable marriage. But, as if possessed of magic powers, the
monster had blinded me to his real intentions; and when I
thought that I had prepared only my own death, I hastened
that of a far
dreadful secret which I had promised to reveal to her on the
following day. My father was in the meantime overjoyed and in
the bustle of preparation only recognized in the melancholy of
his niece the diffidence of a bride.
After the ceremony was performed
and despondent. I neither spoke nor looked at anyone, but sat
motionless, bewildered by the multitude of miseries that overcame me.
Elizabeth alone had the power to draw me from these fits;
her gentle voice would soothe me when transported by passion
already eaten, and the angel's arm bared to drive me from all
hope. Yet I would die to make her happy. If the monster executed his threat, death was inevitable; yet, again, I considered
whether my marriage would hasten my fate. My destruction
It gave me the greatest pleasure to receive a letter from my
uncle dated at Paris; you are no longer at a formidable distance, and I may hope to see you in less than a fortnight. My
poor cousin, how much you must have suffered! I expect to see
futurity you have been my constant friend and companion. But
it is your happiness I desire as well as my own when I declare
to you that our marriage would render me eternally miserable
unless it were the dictate of your own free choice. Even now I
The voyage came to an end. We landed, and proceeded to Paris. I soon found that I had overtaxed my strength and that I
must repose before I could continue my journey. My father's
care and attentions were indefatigable, but he did not know
my imagination, the remembrance of which I preserved in my
I avoided explanation and maintained a continual silence
concerning the wretch I had created. I had a persuasion that I
should be supposed mad, and this in itself would forever have
although he ardently desired to relieve the sufferings of every
human creature, he did not wish to be present at the agonies
and miserable ravings of a murderer. He came, therefore,
sometimes to see that I was not neglected, but his visits were
was fluctuating; joy for a few instants shone in her eyes, but it
continually gave place to distraction and reverie.
The sun sank lower in the heavens; we passed the river
Drance and observed its path through the chasms of the higher
and the glens of the
It was eight o'clock when we landed; we walked for a short
time on the shore, enjoying the transitory light, and then retired to the inn and contemplated the lovely scene of waters,
woods, and mountains, obscured in darkness, yet still displayi
vessel bound for the Black Sea. I took my passage in the same
ship, but he escaped, I know not how.
Amidst the wilds of Tartary and Russia, although he still
evaded me, I have ever followed in his track. Sometimes the
peasants, scared by this horrid appar
seemed to flit around and to cast a shadow, which was felt but
not seen, around the head of the mourner.
The deep grief which this scene had at first excited quickly
gave way to rage and despair. They were dead, and I lived;
their murderer also lived, and
1. First part
My present situation was one in which all voluntary thought
was swallowed up and lost. I was hurried away by fury; revenge alone endowed me with strength and composure; it
moulded my feelings and allowed me to be calculating and
endeavoured to soothe me as a nurse does a child and reverted
to my tale as the effects of delirium.
"Man," I cried, "how ignorant art thou in thy pride of wisdom! Cease; you know not what it is you say."
I broke from the house angry and disturbed and ret
fiendish finger he pointed towards the corpse of my wife. I
rushed towards the window, and drawing a pistol from my bosom, fired; but he eluded me, leaped from his station, and running with the swiftness of lightning, plunged into the lake.
The report of
not revolt from the execution of those functions on this occasion." This address caused a considerable change in the
physiognomy of my own auditor. He had heard my story with
that half kind of belief that is given to a tale of spirits and supernatural eve
incapable of any exertion. I threw down the oar, and leaning
my head upon my hands, gave way to every gloomy idea that
arose. If I looked up, I saw scenes which were familiar to me in
my happier time and which I had contemplated but the day before in the
called me mad, and during many months, as I understood, a
solitary cell had been my habitation.
Liberty, however, had been a useless gift to me, had I not, as
I awakened to reason, at the same time awakened to revenge.
As the memory of past misfortunes pr
might afford a retreat to my adversary. But I discovered no
trace of him and was beginning to conjecture that some fortunate chance had intervened to prevent the execution of his
menaces when suddenly I heard a shrill and dreadful scream.
It came from the
before the court that decides on life and death. The grand jury
rejected the bill, on its being proved that I was on the Orkney
Islands at the hour the body of my friend was found; and a fortnight after my removal I was liberated from prison.
My father wa
monstrous. My father still desired to delay our departure, fearful that I could not sustain the fatigues of a journey, for I was a
shattered wreckthe shadow of a human being. My strength
was gone. I was a mere skeleton, and fever night and day
an impending danger, and was rooted to the spot. Presently I
heard the sound of footsteps along the passage; the door
opened, and the wretch whom I dreaded appeared.
Shutting the door, he approached me and said in a
smothered voice, "You have destroyed th
"Devil, cease; and do not poison the air with these sounds of
malice. I have declared my resolution to you, and I am no coward to bend beneath words. Leave me; I am inexorable."
"It is well. I go; but remember, I shall be with you on your
reflected that I ought not to leave the relics of my work to excite the horror and suspicion of the peasants; and I accordingly
put them into a basket, with a great quantity of stones, and laying them up, determined to throw them into the sea that very
I sat one evening in my laboratory; the sun had set, and the
moon was just rising from the sea; I had not sufficient light for
my employment, and I remained idle, in a pause of consideration of whether I should leave my labour for the night or
were shut to the horror of my proceedings. But now I went to it
in cold blood, and my heart often sickened at the work of my
Thus situated, employed in the most detestable occupation,
immersed in a solitude where nothing could for an instant call
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