I was a poor, helpless, miserable wretch; I knew, and could distinguish, nothing; but feeling pain invade me on all sides, I sat down and wept
Ouch. Can I cook with this?
Sitting by a fire near his hut, the monster tells Victor about the great confusion that he experienced when he was being created.
Here then I retreated and lay down happy to have found a shelter, however miserable, from the inclemency of the season and still more from the barbarity of man
One day the monster finds fire and likes the warmth it creates, but he is upset when he burns himself on the hot embers. He finds that he can keep the fire alive by adding wood and that he can use it for making food.
The gentle manners and beauty of the cottagers greatly endeared them to me: when they were unhappy, I felt depressed; when they rejoiced, I sympathized in their joys
The monster walks over to a nearby village, and all the people are scared when they see him. Because of this, he decides that he will stay away from humans.
He stays in a hovel and watches his neighbors. He eventually realizes they are very sad and that it is because they are poor. He realizes this is because he was stealing food.
He feels very bad about their poverty so he stops stealing their food and does what he can to reduce their sadness. He begins gathering wood at night to leave at the door for them.
The monster sees that people communicate with each other using sounds. He vows to learn their language and tries to match the sounds they make. He learns a basic knowledge for the language.