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As the monster spies on Safie's lessons, he learns the "science of letters" through Felix's instruction from Volney's Ruin of Empires and begins to understand "the strange system of human society." He remarks, "Of what a strange nature is knowledge! It clings to the mind when it has once seized on it like a lichen on the rock."

The effect of the simile is to


characterize the creature's strong connection to the de Lacey family.


illustrate the monster's attention to Felix's words and language.


relate the creature's feeling about the unforeseen consequences of knowledge and understanding.


emphasize the creature's superior ability to learn, comprehend, and become more human.


represent the Romantic qualities of the monster.

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