Frankenstein Chapters 11 - 12
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"One day, when I was oppressed by cold, I found fire which had been left by some wondering beggers."
"Some fled, some attacked me, until bruised by stones and other kinds of missile weapons, I escaped to the open country."
"I lost sight of her; and in about a quarter of a hour she returned home bearing the pail; which was now partly filled with milk"
One day the monster finds a fire and is pleased at the warmth it creates but he becomes dismayed when he burns himself on the hot embers. He realises that adding wood fuels the fire and that he can make warm, cook and make food more pleasant.
"I remember the first time I did this, the young woman appeared greatly surprised on seeing the pile of wood."
The monster proceeds to a village where people flee at the sight of him and some throw rocks at him. As a result of these incidents, he resolves to stay away from humans.
"I found that these people possessed a method of communicating their experience and feelings to one an other by articulate sounds."
Observing his neighbours the monster notices that they often seem unhappy, though he is unsure why. He eventually realises that their despair is a result from their poverty, to which he has been contributing by stealing their food.
"When I became fully convinced that I was in reality the monster that I am, I was filled with the bitterest sensations of despondence and mortification."
Torn by his guilty conscience, he stops stealing their food and does what he can to reduce their hardship, by gathering wood at night to leave at the door for their use.
The monster becomes aware that his neighbours are able to communicate with each other using strange sounds. He wants to learn their language, he tries to match the sounds they make with the actions they perform. He acquires a basic knowledge of the language, including names.
He is shocked by his ugliness when he catches sight of his reflection in a pool of water. He spends the whole winter in the hovel, unobserved and well protected from the elements, and grows increasingly affectionate toward his unwitting hosts.
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