In response to his surroundings he is moved to quote from Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem "Mutability." He states,
"We rest; a dream has power to poison sleep
We rise; one wand'ring thought pollutes the day.
We feel, conceive, or reason; laugh or weep
Embrace fond woe."
In the "Afterword" of the signet edition of the novel, the literary critic Harold Bloom points to such allusions in the novel as indicative of the "archetypal world of the Romantics" that Mary Shelley creates.
What Romantic ideas do you see embedded in both Percy Shelley's lines and Mary Shelley's novel?