What a case is the creature!
Throughout the book, the creature is figuring out who he is and who his intention is to be as he was created via chemistry by Victor Frankenstein.
It is in chapter eleven, that the monster finds a woodshed located just outside of a remote cottage and decides to observe the people of this village. In chapter twelve, as he observes, he notices a sense of unhappiness looming over the village. He writes " What did their tears imply? (2nd paragraph on 102)” only to realize in the next paragraph that it was poverty that they were suffering through: " Their nourishment consisted entirely of the vegetables of their garden, and the milk of one cow, which gave very little during the winter, when its masters could scarcely procure food to support it. ” " This trait of kindness moved me sensibly” he writes in the fourth paragraph. He shares he was responsible for stealing some of their produce but after finding out he might have been their cause of pain by eating a lot of their limited food supply, he stops taking from them, and eats off of the berries, nuts, and roots of the forest surrounding his shed.
Through observation, he also learns that in the day time, the youth would go out and collect firewood for their families and soon the creature began collecting great amounts of the firewood at night and leaving it in front of one of the villagers' houses.
" I remember, the first time that I did this, the young woman, when she opened the door in the morning, appeared greatly astonished on seeing a great pile of wood on the outside. She uttered some words in a loud voice, and the youth joined her, who also expressed surprise. (102, 6th paragraph)” He observed with much joy that a person did not have to go to the forest that day, and instead spent the time repairing the cottage and fixing up the garden.
Through more continued observation, he learns their method of communicating experiences and feelings...