Victor and Clerval arrive in London in October. Victor continues to despair, avoiding people unless they have information that can help him create a second monster. Clerval, in contrast, is how Victor used to be: excited by learning and wanting to meet and talk to everyone.
Clerval's innocence contrasts with Victor and shows the joy and delight Victor's ambition cost him.
Victor and Clerval travel to Scotland. There, Victor leaves Clerval with a friend and travels on alone. He goes to a remote island in the Orkney's, sets up a lab, and works in solitude on his secret project.
Once again Victor isolates himself from society. Whenever he does this, he makes bad, reckless decisions that cause disaster.