Longing and Loneliness

Credit: jwfarmer10 on Flickr via Creative Commons

Credit: jwfarmer10 on Flickr via Creative Commons

“But my chief delights were the sight of the flowers, the birds, and all the gay apparel of summer; when those deserted me I turned with more attention to the cottagers. Their happiness was not decreased by the absence of summer. They loved, and sympathised with one another; and their joys, depending on each other, were not interrupted by the casualties that took place around them. The more I saw of them, the greater became my desire to claim their protection and kindness; my heart yearned to be known and loved by these amiable creatures: to see their sweet looks directed towards me with affection, was the utmost limit of my ambition. I dared not think that they would turn them from me with disdain and horror. The poor that stopped at their door were never driven away. I asked, it is true, for greater treasures than a little food or rest; I required kindness and sympathy; but I did not believe myself utterly unworthy of it.”

~ The creature, Frankenstein

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