Letter 1: The beginning to the
book is really an extended prologue told from the perspective of a man writing letters to his sister.ï¿½
Apparently the man is about to embark on a journey to the Arctic Circle via a ship of some kind.ï¿½ He
explains to his sister, Mrs. Margaret Saville, that it has been a life-long dream of his to travel to
the North Pole and explore the uninhabited regions of the Arctic.ï¿½ He plans to rent a vessel and hire
some sailors, and then to finally shove off in June.ï¿½ The letter concludes with his signature: R. Walton.
Letter 2: In his second letter,
dated a few months later, Walton explains that he's found a ship and the sailors for it, but doesn't
have anyone as a friend-someone to share his joy and passion for life.ï¿½ He complains a bit about other
such matters for a while, then signs the letter: Robert Walton.