Chapter XXII Elizabeth wrote Frankenstein about getting married. With the creature’s promise in mind, Frankenstein will marry when he returns He promises to tell her the secret after they were married. Carrying a gun and a dagger, he was prepared for his death, but wasn’t prepared for what the monster had in store. ▪ "Great God! If for one instant I had thought what might be the hellish intention of my fiendish adversary, I would rather have banished myself forever from my native country and wandered a friendless outcast over the earth than have consented to this miserable marriage. But, as if possessed of magic powers, the monster had blinded me to his real intentions; and when I thought that I had prepared only my own death, I hastened that of a far dearer victim." Chapter 22 On the wedding day, Elizabeth and Frankenstein sailed to Evian for their honeymoon. Frankenstein began getting nervous as night fell. Chapter XXIII A storm night, Frankenstein was scaring Elizabeth. He sent her bed while he checked the inn to make sure the monster wasn't there. He heard a scream. ▪ "As I heard it, the whole truth rushed into my mind, my arms dropped, the motion of every muscle and fibre was suspended; I could feel the blood trickling in my veins and tingling in the extremities of my limbs." Chapter 23 When he got to their room, Elizabeth was strangled, stretched out across the bed. After fainting, Frankenstein saw the monster in the window. Worried about the rest of his family, Frankenstein set out for home. Frankenstein's father, shocked by Elizabeth's death, died a few days later. Frankenstein vowed to spend the rest of his life pursuing the monster. Chapter XXIV Grieving at the cemetery, he swore on their graves that he would avenge their deaths, and he heard the creature laugh at him. The chase was on. Frankenstein followed the creature across Europe and up toward the North Pole. When Frankenstein felt weak, he would find stashes of food or notes left by the monster to spur him on. On the ice-covered ocean, ice broke, separating them and bringing Frankenstein toward Robert Walton's ship. After ending the story, Frankenstein asks Walton to kill the monster. August 26th 17--: Although the tale is fantastic, Walton believes it without doubt. Walton thinks Frankenstein must have been an incredible man before this tragedy destroyed him. Frankenstein's attempt to play God and create life caused him self-destruct. His ambition and desire for glory bound him to the monster and he insists on destroying the monster or dying trying. September 2nd, 17--: Walton's ship is enclosed by ice. Frankenstein's health is failing. September 5th, 17--: Walton's crew demands that as soon as the ice clears, they will go home. September 7th, 17--: Walton and the men decide to turn back Walton is disappointed about not reaching the North Pole. September 12th, 17--: As death approaches, Frankenstein summarizes his life in these words: ▪ "'In a fit of enthusiastic madness I created a rational creature and was bound towards him to assure, as far as was in my power, his happiness and well-being .... . . I refused, and I did right in refusing, to create a companion for the first creature. He showed unparalleled malignity and selfishness in evil; he destroyed my friends . . ... Miserable himself that he may render no other wretched, he ought to die. The task of his destruction was mine, but I have failed.'" Chapter 24 Frankenstein dies and as Walton finishes his letter, he hears cries from Frankenstein's room. The monster stands over Frankenstein asking the corpse for forgiveness for his destruction. He tries to justify his crimes to Walton, who can't bring himself to look at the monster's hideous face. Walton debates killing him, but the monster explains that he is leaving for the North Pole to burn himself and destroy every trace of his existence. The monster jumps from the ship onto the ice-raft that he arrived on and is "borne away by the waves."