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Mary Shelley

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Why does Frankenstein remain quiet during Justine’s trial?

Justine is on trial for William’s murder because William’s locket containing a picture of Caroline Frankenstein was found in a pocket of Justine’s clothing. Unbeknownst to Justine, the Monster planted the locket in her pocket to frame her for the murder. Frankenstein realizes that Justine is not the killer and that the Monster is, but he is afraid to testify in court on her behalf for fear that he will be labeled “insane” and that no one will believe that such a monster could exist anyway.