June 5 —Proofs. Parliament House till two. Commenced the character of Bonaparte. To-morrow being a Teind-day I will hope to get it finished. Meantime I go out to-night to see Frankenstein at the theatre.
The above is from Scott's Journal. Sir Walter Scott enjoyed the production of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein", later writing in the Quarterly Review "upon the whole, the work impresses us with a high idea of the author's original genius and happy power of expression", but most reviewers thought it "a tissue of horrible and disgusting absurdity".