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braced her; but as I imprinted the first kiss on her lips, they became livid with the hue of death; her features appeared to change, and I thought that I held the corpse of my dead mother in my arms; a shroud enveloped her form, and I saw the grave-worms crawling in the folds of the flannel. I started from my sleep with horror; a cold dew cowered my forehead, my teeth chattered, and every limb became convulsed; when, by the dim and yellow light of the moon, as it forced its way through the window-shutters, I beheld the wretch —the miserable monster whom I had created. He held up the curtain of the bed ; and his eyes, if eyes they may be called, were fixed on me. His jaws opened, and he muttered some inarticulate sounds, while a grin wrinkled his cheeks. He might have spoken, but I did not hear; one hand was

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stretched out, seemingly to detain me,
but I escaped, and rushed down stairs.
I took refuge in the court-yard belong-
ing to the house which I inhabited;
where I remained during the rest of the
night, walking up and down in the
greatest agitation, listening attentively,
catching and fearing each sound as if
it were to announce the approach of
the demoniacal corpse to which I had
so miserably given life.
Oh! no mortal could support the
horror of that countenance. A mummy.
again endued with animation could
not be so hideous as that wretch. I
had gazed on him while unfinished;
he was ugly then ; but when those mus-
cles and joints were rendered capable
of motion, it became a thing such as
even Dante could not have conceived. .
I passed the night wretchedly. Some-
times my pulse beat so quickly and

hardly, that I felt the palpitation of every artery; at others, I nearly sank to the ground through languor and extreme weakness. Mingled with this horror, I felt the bitterness of disappointment: dreams that had been my food and pleasant rest for so long a space, were now become a hell to me; and the change was so rapid, the overthrow so complete + Morning, dismal and wet, at length dawned, and discovered to my sleepless and aching eyes the church of Ingolstadt, its white steeple and clock, which indicated the sixth hour. The porter opened the gates of the court, which had that night been my asylum, and I issued into the streets, pacing them with quick steps, as if I sought to avoid the wretch whom I feared every turning of the street would present to my view. I did not dare return to the apartment which I inhabited, but felt

impelled to hurry on, although wetted
by the rain, which poured from a black
and comfortless sky.
, I continued walking in this manner
for some time, endeavouring, by bodily
exercise, to ease the load that weighed
upon my mind. I traversed the streets,
without any clear conception of where
I was, or what I was doing. My heart
palpitated in the sickness of fear; and I
hurried on with irregular steps, not
daring to look about me:
Like one who, on a lonely road,
Doth walk in fear and dread,
And, having once turn'd round, walks on,
And turns no more his head;

Because he knows a frightful fiend
Doth close behind him tread”.

Continuing thus, I came at length opposite to the inn at which the various diligences and carriages usually stopped.

* Coleridge's “Ancient Mariner.”

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Here I paused, I knew not why; but i remained some minutes with my eyes fixed on a coach that was coming towards me from the other end of the street. As it drew nearer, I observed that it was the Swiss diligence: it stopped just where I was standing; and, on the door being opened, I perceived Henry Clerval, who, on seeing me, instantly sprung out. “My dear Frankenstein,” exclaimed he, “how glad Î am to see you! how fortunate that you should be here at the very moment of my alighting ! Nothing could equal my delight on

seeing Clerval; his presence brought

back to my thoughts my father, Elizabeth, and all those scenes of home so dear to my recollection. I grasped his hand, and in a moment forgot my horror and misfortune; I felt suddenly, and for the first time during many months.

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