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

Author Mary Shelley
Source Frankenstein
Topic love fear frustration
Date 1818
Language English


“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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