(The) Transformation

This week's tale, called 'The Transformation' in my text and simply 'Transformation' in yours, was originally published in 1831. Following a quote from Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner, which was also important to Walton but is of no consequence to me. Our narrator, Guido, begins by stating that anyone who's encountered a ghost, even … Continue reading (The) Transformation

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The Mortal Immortal

Welcome back! We took a bit of break. I hope you've all had plenty of delightful literary adventures since we met last. Today, we'll be discussing Mary Shelley's 1833 short story, The Mortal Immortal. If you would like to read the story for yourself, it is available in this book generously provided through Project Gutenberg. The … Continue reading The Mortal Immortal

Part 27: Return to Postage (Volume III, Chapter VII, Section II)

In his next letter (somehow the majority of this narrative has been contained in a single letter, it's almost as if Shelley forgot it was one), Walton asks his sister if she is horrified by the story as he is. (I'm horrified, likely for a different reason.) He then recounts how Victor was physically affected … Continue reading Part 27: Return to Postage (Volume III, Chapter VII, Section II)

Part 26: The Beginning of the End (Volume III, Chapter VII, section I)

This is our final chapter. It's 2-3 times as long as any other. As I wish to give adequate time to my thoughts and feelings about the narrative's final moments, we will be taking it in sections. Victor was incensed by Elizabeth's murder (which he would have predicted from the beginning if he didn't assume that … Continue reading Part 26: The Beginning of the End (Volume III, Chapter VII, section I)

Part 23: Hello, Coincidence, My Dead Friend (Volume III, Chapter IV)

Victor was taken to the magistrate, a very serious man, who asked the men who accompanied Victor to speak as witnesses. A fisherman said the night before, which had been very dark, he was walking along the beach when he tripped over a corpse. Initially, he thought the man had drowned but his clothes were dry. … Continue reading Part 23: Hello, Coincidence, My Dead Friend (Volume III, Chapter IV)