"It was as the ass and the lap-dog; yet surely the gentle ass, whose intentions were affectionate, although his manners were rude, deserved better treatment"

 

   'The Ass and the Lapdog' is one of the ancient fables attributed to the classical fabulist Aesop: the ass, tired of working in the fields, decides to try living like its master's pampered lapdog instead, with predictably messy results.  The moral of the story, that none can escape the destiny to which their form fits them, closely resembles the simple, conservative shape into which Frankenstein has often been forced, but stands against everything the creature's education tells us.

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