I will be off campus today.

Use class time to finish reading Volume I, while marking the text according to the homework instructions.

For weekend homework, we will return to the regular reflection. Please write in prose, with at least two hundred and fifty words.  Some recent posts have been falling below that expected length.  Feel free to write about any of the themes emerging from the reading.  Remember that these regular reflections give you a chance to digest material from the week.  In this case, the material is Volume I of Mary Shelley’s novel.  Remember that you are reacting to the material; do not feel obligated to offer formal analysis.  First person, for example, is entirely appropriate for this kind of writing.  Be careful to proofread, however, because informal writing still needs to be clear.

I recommend you use a particular idea or sentence as your starting point.  If you find it helpful, use either of these passages.

“The labours of men of genius, however erroneously directed, scarcely ever fail in ultimately turning to the solid advantage of mankind.” (30)

“In other studies you go as far as others have gone before you, and there is nothing more to know; but in a scientific pursuit there is continual food for discovery and wonder.” (31)