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The beginning of chapter 19 says that Frankenstein spent six months in London assembling the ‘materials’ for the new creature, before setting out for the Scottish island. London was our present point of rest; we determined to remain several months in this wonderful and celebrated city. […] I now also began to collect the materials necessary for my ...


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Actually, it started very early on and probably wasn't inspired by anything in particular. Probably it was created of either laziness ("Frankenstein's monster" is so long) or ignorance ("Dracula" is both the name of the book and the monster). As I wrote elsewhere, using "Frankenstein" to refer to Frankenstein’s monster dates back to at least 1838, only 20 ...


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I think the closest you come to an answer is in the first paragraph of chapter I (of the Project Gutenberg edition) I am by birth a Genevese, and my family is one of the most distinguished of that republic. My ancestors had been for many years counsellors and syndics, and my father had filled several public situations with honour and reputation. He was ...


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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarlet_fever Check out the wikipedia entry on that one, I don't know if this is really related, but it is a bacterial infection. Considering that at the time the story goes there were no antibiotics, I might be mistaken on this one but I think people didn't even used to wash hands when handling sick people, I don't know how ...


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It seems really unlikely that there's any single path, and the monster is "a Frankenstein" in at least some of the same ways that a Model T. is "a Ford" or Guernica is "a Picasso." But James Whale is also obviously a key tributary of the drifting reference. James Whale's 1931 movie with Boris Karloff (the seminal visual depiction of the monster) totally ...


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