The monster stays in the hovel all winter. He kind of grows fond of the family he is watching. In fact, he really cares about them.
At first, he steals food from them, but when he realizes they are poor, he stops and finds food in the woods instead. He also does work at night, like clearing snow or gathering them firewood, just to help them out.
Why? Because he’s a genuine, nice guy. Seriously. The monster is one of the kindest, most helpful people we see in this book.
He learns that the two younger people are named Felix and Agatha. The monster also realizes they can talk, and he listens to them until he learns their language.
The monster thinks they are beautiful, and he gets really upset when he looks at his reflection in a pond and remembers how hideous he is. Poor guy. It’s really not his fault he’s ugly.
He feels increasingly isolated, especially when he sees that everyone around him seems to have someone.