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24,169. ‘We will each write a ghost story,’ said Lord Byron; and his proposition was acceded to. There were four of us ... Have you thought of a story? I was asked each morning, and each morning I was forced to reply with a mortifying negative ... On the morrow I announced that I had thought of a story ... At first I thought but a few pages - of a short tale; but Shelley urged me to develop the idea at greater length. (Horror & Frankenstein & Ghost Story) Mary Shelley, introduction to Frankenstein
73,621. I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life, and stir with an uneasy, half vital motion. Frightful must it be; for supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavour to mock the stupendous mechanism of the Creator of the world. (Horror & Frankenstein & Ghost Story) ibid.
73,576. You seek for knowledge and wisdom as I once did; and I ardently hope that the gratification of your wishes may not be a serpent to sting you, as mine has been. (Frankenstein & Horror & Knowledge & Learning) ibid. Letter 4
73,577. It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn. (Frankenstein & Horror & Knowledge & Learning) ibid. ch4
6,745. Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow. (Knowledge & Learning & Ambition & Frankenstein & Horror) ibid.
73,578. I beheld the wretch – the miserable monster whom I had created. (Frankenstein & Monster) ibid. ch5
73,579. All men hate the wretched; how, then, must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things! Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us. (Frankenstein & Monster & Creature & Horror) ibid.
73,580. Everywhere I see bliss, from which I alone am irrevocably excluded. (Frankenstein & Horror) ibid.
73,597. When I looked around I saw and heard of none like me. Was I, then, a monster, a blot upon the earth from which all men fled and whom all men disowned? (Frankenstein & Monster & Horror) ibid. ch13 p105
73,598. I am alone and miserable: man will not associate with me; but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me. My companion must be of the same species and have the same defects. This being you must create. (Frankenstein & Monster & Horror) ibid. ch16 p129
53,774. Seek happiness in tranquillity and avoid ambition. (Happiness & Ambition & Frankenstein & Horror) ibid. ch24 p200
73,581. It is perhaps the most horrific monster ever imagined. A gruesome body sewn together from freshly dug up corpses given new life through the power of electricity. The scientist Victor Frankenstein and his terrifying monster were characters created by Mary Shelley in her famous nineteenth century novel. Yet there are real life stories that are just as macabre. (Frankenstein & Monster & Horror) Decoding the Past: The Real Dr Frankenstein
73,582. Frankenstein: one of the darkest tales ever told was born in a nightmare. From a nineteen-year-old girl whose life was full of demons came a monster who terrorised generations to come. Mary Shelley began Frankenstein in Switzerland at the beginning of the nineteenth century. (Frankenstein & Horror & Monster & Literature) Professor Robert Winston, Frankenstein: Birth of a Monster, BBC
73,583. People believed that electricity and magnetism could bring the dead back to life. As a child Mary had heard of experiments to reanimate hanged convicts. (Frankenstein & Horror & Monster & Literature) ibid.
73,584. Mary Shelley’s intellectual gene pool was a rich one; both her parents were revolutionary thinkers. Her mother was Mary Wollstonecraft the founder of feminism. Mary Wollstonecraft was a unique woman. Beautiful. Fierce. Independent ... Her book A Vindication of the Rights of Woman is still taught in colleges today. (Frankenstein & Horror & Woman & Literature) ibid.
73,585. Percy Bysshe Shelley: he was the bad boy of Oxford University. For some time he had been writing long letters to [William] Godwin. (Frankenstein & Horror & Literature) ibid.
73,586. Mary was Percy’s soul mate. (Frankenstein & Horror & Literature) ibid.
73,587. Common sense got to Shelley before the bullet did. But he was distraught. Later that night he took an overdose of Laudanum. His two suicide attempts had failed. (Frankenstein & Horror & Suicide & Literature) ibid.
73,588. Mary Shelley’s hero – Victor Frankenstein – was a doctor seeking the ultimate truth about life. (Frankenstein & Horror & Life & Literature) ibid.
73,589. This gruesome trade in dead bodies inspired Mary. (Frankenstein & Horror & Life Literature) ibid.
73,590. The summer of 1816 when Lord Byron entertained his friends on the shores of Lake Geneva. They called it the Summer of Darkness. (Frankenstein & Horror & Literature) ibid.
73,591. Mary took the ghost story challenge seriously. (Frankenstein & Horror & Ghost Story & Literature) ibid.
73,592. A few days after the ghost story challenge Mary was to have her famous dream. (Frankenstein & Horror & Ghost Story & Dream & Literature) ibid.
73,593. Mary and Percy’s lives were becoming a soap opera of births, marriages and deaths, often involving Byron. (Frankenstein & Horror & Literature) ibid.
73,594. It is as if the monster is crying out for Shelley. (Frankenstein & Horror & Monster & Literature) ibid.
73,599. I busied myself to think of a story which would speak to the mysterious fears of our nature. And awaken thrilling horror. (Frankenstein & Horror & Monster) Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein 1994 starring Robert deNiro & Kenneth Branagh & Helena Bonham Carter & Ian Holm & Rory Jennings & Tom Hulce & John Cleese & Aidan Quinn & Richard Briers & Robert Hardy & Christina Cutall & Celia Imrie & Cherie Lunghi & Charles Wyn-Davies & Richard Bonneville et al, director Kenneth Branagh
73,600. The dawn of the nineteenth century ... Among the pioneers, Captain Robert Walton, an explorer, obsessed with reaching the north pole. As the prize drew closer his voyage would uncover a story to strike terror in the hearts of all who would venture into the unknown. (Frankenstein & Horror & Monster & Exploration) ibid. caption
73,601. We can change things. We can make things better. (Frankenstein & Horror & Monster & Change) ibid. Victor to Professor
73,602. Sooner or later the best way to cheat death will be to create life. (Frankenstein & Horror & Monster & Life) ibid. Victor to friend & Professor
73,603. I abandoned my other research many years ago. Because the result is an abomination. (Frankenstein & Horror & Monster) ibid.
73,604. You’re evil. You’re the one who’re meant to die. (Frankenstein & Horror & Monster & Evil) ibid. man on scaffold to crowd
116,597. Frankenstein: one of the greatest horror stories ever written. But Frankenstein is more than mere fiction written to thrill and fascinate. Inspired by real events, it captured the dark side of a period of revolutionary upheaval and provided an earily accurate vision of the future. In Search of History s5e1: Frankenstein
116,598. Clearly the groundwork for Frankenstein had been laid in Mary’s mind. ibid.
116,599. 17 year old Mary possesed the attractive combination of her mother’s brilliance and her father’s wisdom. ibid.
116,600. When Percy and Mary returned home Mary was pregnant. ibid.