The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley:|
whom I tenderly loved, and whose existence was bound up in mine.
I thought also of my father and surviving brother; should I by
my base desertion leave them exposed and unprotected to the malice
of the fiend whom I had let loose among them?
At these moments I wept bitterly and wished that peace would revisit
my mind only that I might afford them consolation and happiness.
But that could not be. Remorse extinguished every hope. I had been
the author of unalterable evils, and I lived in daily fear lest
the monster whom I had created should perpetrate some new wickedness.
I had an obscure feeling that all was not over and that he would still
commit some signal crime, which by its enormity should almost efface