I read the Gothic horror Frankenstein. At Chapter7, Victor went back to his hometown, after his younger brother got killed. As below paragraph:
I could hardly sustain the multitude of feelings that crowded into my mind. I passed through scenes familiar to my youth, but which I had not seen for nearly six years. How altered every thing might be during that time! One sudden and desolating change had taken place; but a thousand little circumstances might have by degrees worked other alterations, which, although they were done more tranquilly, might not be the less decisive. Fear overcame me; I dared no advance, dreading a thousand nameless evils that made me tremble, although I was unable to define them.
Does "desolating change" mean his brother got killed? or Does it means he knew the murder is nearby?
Does "a thousand little circumstances" mean the city had changed by time?
although they were done more tranquilly, might not be the less decisive.
The words "tranquilly&less decisive", does it indicated that the city didn't really change in Vitor's view, compared to knowing his brother's death?
Can I rewrite an easier sentence as below?
"Although the city changed by time, In Vitor's view those changes didn't alter the town. The news that Victor's brother get killed altered the town."
Thanks for your time!