At the age of seventeen, Victor leaves his family in Geneva to attend the university at Ingolstadt.
When he brings it to life, its awful appearance horrifies him. He rushes to the next room and tries to sleep, but he is troubled by nightmares.
Observing his neighbors for an extended period of time, the monster notices that they often seem unhappy, though he is unsure why.
Eager to learn more about the world than he can discover through the chink in the cottage wall, he brings the books back to his hovel and begins to read.Unaware that Paradise Lost is a work of imagination, he reads it as a factual history and finds much similarity between the story and his own situation.
Victor looks up to see the monster grinning at him through the window. Overcome by the monster’s hideousness and the possibility of a second creature like him, he destroys his work in progress.
He tracks the monster for months, guided by slight clues, messages, and hints that the monster leaves for him.