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Mary is going to write Frankenstein

July 14, 2010

Either today or tomorrow. I hope. She has just had a baby, her first son, William. She and Shelley will soon leave England to meet Byron in Geneva. Here is a link to the Villa Diodati, the house where Lord Byron made his famous proposal: Let’s all try to write ghost stories. Across the lake, other tourists set up telescopes so they could see if they could catch Mary, Byron, Shelley, and Claire in any scandalous activities. One day, Byron’s servants draped some blankets on the porch of the Villa. The English tourists were sure that at last they had proof of the evil ways of “The League of Incest” — Surely, these were the girls’ petticoats hung up to dry.

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