As I read Walton’s letters, which frame Mary Shelley’s novel, I wonder about who he is? He seems to have conflicting characteristics. Although we all have multiple facets, I can’t yet make sense of Walton’s various personality traits. Is he confused, or am I? Has Shelley created a credible character? How deeply does she need to develop someone whose main role is to establish the novel’s verisimilitude? In other words, am I applying inappropriate standards to the effectiveness of his character?