“I admired virtue and good feelings and loved the gentle manners and amiable qualities of my cottagers, but I was shut out from intercourse with them, except through means which I obtained by stealth, when I was unseen and unknown, and which rather increased than satisfied the desire I had of becoming one among my fellows. The gentle words of Agatha and the animated smiles of the charming Arabian were not for me. The mild exhortations of the old man and the lively conversation of the loved Felix were not for me. Miserable, unhappy wretch!”

– Mary Shelley

Frankenstein, Chapter 13. The monster to Victor, on the evolution of his mental development, from at first having virtuous intentions that were appreciated by the cottagers, to feeling shut out, to sinking into misery and unhappiness because he is ugly to others.