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"Otherwise" does not mean "already" in this circumstance. He means that the only instance in which talking about his creation would seem acceptable comprehensible to others is if they could convince themselves that he was insane. A mad man telling crazy stories is believable, because he's mad and bound to come up with anything. A sane ...


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There is no dictionary meaning of the word "otherwise" as "already." A Google Ngrams search of the usage of "otherwise" for the years 1800–1820 does not reveal any examples of the word "otherwise" in that sense. (Click on the 1800–1820 option next to "Search in Google Books" under the graph.) Occam's razor ...


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In the last paragraph of chapter 3 (of the 1823 edition), when Frankenstein was on the verge of completing his work, he was “oppressed with a slow fever” making him “nervous to a most painful degree”: The leaves of that year had withered before my work drew near to a close, and now every day showed me more plainly how well I had succeeded. But my enthusiasm ...


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