“My children,” she said, “my firmest hopes of future happiness were placed on the prospect of your union.”

Such were the professor’s words—rather let me say such the words of the fate—enounced to destroy me.

Two years passed in this manner, during which I paid no visit to Geneva, but was engaged, heart and soul, in the pursuit of some discoveries which I hoped to make.

After days and nights of incredible labour and fatigue, I succeeded in discovering the cause of generation and life; nay, more, I became capable of bestowing animation on lifeless matter.

I saw the dull yellow eye of the monster open; it breathed hard and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs.