Victor leaves him alone in his apartment after he wakes up to see the monster smiling at him.
He hides in the hovel outside the house of a group of peasants of whom he grows fond. He lives there through the winter and into the spring. He watches them, stealing food from them at first until he realizes they are poor
After that, he gathers food in the woods, as well as firewood for the family. He does other chores, too. He watches them, learning to speak and read from them.
One day, when the young people are gone, he tries to talk to the blind old peasant in hopes of forming some sort of social connection. The old man is kind to him, but then the younger people return and drive him away
On the way through the woods, he saves a little girl from drowning, but her male companion assumes the monster is attacking her and shoots him in the shoulder. He nurses his wound for weeks before making his way to Geneva.
The monster wasn’t intending to hurt him, but the boy reveals himself to be William Frankenstein, and the monster, filled with rage at his creator’s indifference, kills the boy