Mary Shelly Frankenstein 1818 PDF

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ST. PETERSBURG, D. 11, 17 You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings.

I arrived here yesterday, and my first task is to assure my dear sister of my welfare and increase confidence in the success of my undertaking.

I am already far north of London: and as I walk in the streets of Petersburg, I feel a cold northern breeze play upon my cheeks, which braces my nerves, and fills me with delight.

Do you understand this feeling? This breeze, which has traveled from the regions towards which I am advancing, gives me a foretaste of those icy climes.

Inspirited by this wind of promise, my daydreams become more fervent and vivid. I try in vain to be persuaded that the pole is the seat of frost and desolation.

It ever presents itself to my imagination as the region of beauty and delight. There, Margaret, the sun is forever visible; its broad disk just skirting the horizon, and diffusing a perpetual splendor.

Therefore with your leave, my sister, I will put some trust in preceding navigators-there snow and frost are banished; and, sailing over a calm sea.

We may be wafted to a land surpassing in wonders and in beauty every region hitherto discovered on the habitable globe.

Its productions and features may be without example, as the phenomena of the heavenly bodies undoubtedly are in those undiscovered solitudes.

I may there discover the wondrous power which attracts the needle; and may regulate a thousand celestial observations, that require only this voyage to render their seeming eccentricities consistent forever.

I shall satiate my ardent curiosity with the sight of a part of the world never before visited and may tread a land never before imprinted by the foot of man.

AuthorMary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Language English
No. of Pages329
PDF Size6.6 MB

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