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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley | Online Kid's Book
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Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, generally known as Frankenstein, is a novel written by the British author Mary Shelley. The title of the novel refers to a scientist, Victor Frankenstein, who learns how to create life and creates a being in the likeness of man, but larger than average and more powerful.

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Pages: 161
Reading Level: Advanced (9 to 13)
Language: English
Categories: Animals & Creatures, Classics, Fantasy
Features: Chapters
Keywords: scary, horror, monster, frankenstein, science fiction
Date Added: October 24, 2013
Chapter I am by birth a Genevese and my family is one of the most distinguished of that republic My ancestors had been for many years counsellors and syndics and my father had filled several public situations with honour and reputation He was respected by all who knew him for his integrity and indefatigable attention to public business He passed his younger days perpetually occupied by the affairs of his country a variety of cir cumstances had prevented his marrying early nor was it until the de cline of life that he became a husband and the father of a family As the circumstances of his marriage illustrate his character I cannot refrain from relating them One of his most intimate friends was a mer chant who from a flourishing state fell through numerous mischances into poverty This man whose name was Beaufort was of a proud and unbending disposition and could not bear to live in poverty and oblivion in the same country where he had formerly been distinguished for his rank and magnificence Having paid his debts therefore in the most honourable manner he retreated with his daughter to the town of Lu cerne where he lived unknown and in wretchedness My father loved Beaufort with the truest friendship and was deeply grieved by his retreat in these unfortunate circumstances He bitterly deplored the false pride which led his friend to a conduct so little worthy of the affection that united them He lost no time in endeavouring to seek him out with the hope of persuading him to begin the world again through his credit and assistance Beaufort had taken effectual measures to conceal himself and it was ten months before my father discovered his abode Overjoyed at this discovery he hastened to the house which was situated in a mean street near the Reuss But when he entered misery and despair alone welcomed him Beaufort had saved but a very small sum of money from the wreck of his fortunes but it was sufficient to provide him with sustenance for some months and in the meantime