Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus

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picture. Continue for the present to write to me by every op-
portunity: I may receive your letters on some occasions when
I need them most to support my spirits. I love you very ten-
derly. Remember me with affection, should you never hear
from me again. -- Your affectionate brother,

ROBERT WALTON.


Letter 3

To Mrs. Saville, England

JULY 7TH, 17 --.

MY DEAR SISTER, -- I write a few lines in haste, to say that I am
safe, and well advanced on my voyage. This letter will reach
England by a merchantman now on its homeward voyage from
Archangel; more fortunate than I, who may not see my native
land, perhaps, for many years. I am, however, in good spirits:
my men are bold, and apparently firm of purpose; nor do the
floating sheets of ice that continually pass us, indicating the
dangers of the region towards which we are advancing, appear
to dismay them. We have already reached a very high latitude;
but it is the height of summer, and although not so warm as in
England, the southern gales, which blow us speedily towards
those shores which I so ardently desire to attain, breathe a
degree of renovating warmth which I had not expected.

No incidents have hitherto befallen us that would make a
figure in a letter. One or two stiff gales, and the springing of a
leak, are accidents which experienced navigators scarcely re-
member to record; and I shall be well content if nothing worse
happened to us during our voyage.

Adieu, my dear Margaret. Be assured that for my own sake,
as well as yours, I will not rashly encounter danger. I will be
cool, persevering, and prudent.

But success shall crown my endeavours. Wherefore not?
Thus far I have gone, tracing a secure way over the pathless
seas: the very stars themselves being witnesses and testimonies
of my triumph. Why not still proceed over the untamed yet
obedient element? What can stop the determined heart and re-
solved will of man?

-19-

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