Mary Shelley – Frankenstein (1818)

by vyh

Everything must have a beginning, to speak in Sanchean phrase; and that beginning must be linked to something that went before. The Hindus gave the world an elephant to support it, but they make the elephant stand upon a tortoise. Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos; the materials must, in the first place, be afforded: it can give form to dark, shapeless substances but cannot bring into being the substance itself.

(author’s introduction)

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