Author: Mary Shelley
Cover artist: Milton Glaser
Estimated value: $5-10
- Milton Glaser rules. So cool to see his '60s psychedelic style brought to bear on Frankie's monster.
- I love how this painting makes the monster soft, serene, beautiful, human.
- I should really reread this. It's been forever.
- Blah, text. Next.
"I am malicious because I am miserable. Am I not shunned and hated by all mankind? You, my creator, would tear me to pieces, and triumph; remember that, and tell me why I should pity man more than he pities me. You would not call it murder if you could precipitate me into one of those ice-rifts, and destroy my frame, the work of your own hands. Shall I respect man when he contemns me? 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."
God I love this. One of literature's great break-up speeches.
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