Mary Shelley quote about love from Frankenstein - if I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear
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if I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear
 Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818). copy citation

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Author Mary Shelley
Source Frankenstein
Topic love fear frustration
Date 1818
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/84/84-h/84-h.htm

Context

“Let him live with me in the interchange of kindness, and instead of injury I would bestow every benefit upon him with tears of gratitude at his acceptance. But that cannot be; the human senses are insurmountable barriers to our union. Yet mine shall not be the submission of abject slavery. I will revenge my injuries; if I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear, and chiefly towards you my arch-enemy, because my creator, do I swear inextinguishable hatred. Have a care; I will work at your destruction, nor finish until I desolate your heart, so that you shall curse the hour of your birth.»
A fiendish rage animated him as he said this; his face was wrinkled into contortions too horrible for human eyes to behold; but presently he calmed himself and proceeded—” source

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