"I am one in a row of specimens. It's when I try to flutter out of line that he hates me. I'm meant to be dead, pinned, always the same, always beautiful. He knows that part of my beauty is being alive, but it's the dead me he wants."
Mirand likens herself to a butterfly to highlight the theme of control. She recognises that Frederick feels the need to control her: "It's when I try to flutter out of line that he hates me." The last sentence "but it's the dead me he wants" is a foreshadowing used by Fowles to prepare the reader for the outcome of the novel.