The natural phenomena that take place every day before our eyes did not escape my examinations. Distillation, and the wonderful effects of steam, processes of which my favourite authors were utterly ignorant, excited my astonishment.

– Mary Shelley

Frankenstein, Chapter 1. Victor admits to finding delight in nature. And it is the natural environment that later calms his madness when he embarks on his unnatural studies. From 1818 First Edition.