Gothic Quotations: Jonathon Harker’s Journal #4: Wisdom From a Mad Doctor

Commentary on human nature and our endless pursuits and their inevitable conclusion in our mortality from Doc Frankenstein.

After witnessing the results of his experiment, the good doctor comments on his mad pursuit of that which (in the end) should be left to nature and the creator:

The different accidents of life are not so changeable as the feelings of human nature. I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body. For this I had deprived myself of rest and health. I had desired it with an ardor that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart. Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room.

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

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