Because the monster is all sensitive and stuff, he starts to realize that Felix is totally sad, too.
Soon, a hot, foreign woman arrives at the cottage. Felix perks up. So does everyone else.
The woman, Safie, doesn’t speak the language that the rest of the cottage people do, so they teach it to her. The monster eagerly eavesdrops on her lessons and learns the language, too. He also learns to read.
He learns about history from the book Ruins of Empires that Felix uses to teach Safie.
The monster’s increasing literacy and knowledge is both good and bad; it brings him an understanding of the world he’s in, but it reminds him that he can’t really participate in the world. He’s ugly and different, and now he really knows it. And he’s alone, and he really knows that, too.