In this chapter of Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein is consumed by guilt over his actions and constantly seeks to be alone. His own grief and that of Elizabeth and his father becomes too much for him. He decides to take a journey into the mountains, where he is soothed by the beauty of nature.
Frankenstein sets out to climb a mountain and enjoys the dramatic view. Then he sees the creature coming towards him and feels anger and hatred. The creature speaks, claiming that he only committed crimes because he was miserable. He blames Frankenstein for his misery and asks him to have pity. He requests that Frankenstein come with him to a mountain hut so that he can tell the story of his life. Frankenstein agrees.
The first-person narrative voice now switches from Frankenstein to the creature. He describes his vague memory of the first few hours of his life. He...