a four month old and the alps
I have just read three different accounts of Mary’s journey through the Alps to get to Geneva where she came up with the idea for frankenstein. Not one mentions her four month old, William. Mary and Shelley insisted on starting the journey in the evening and the snow pelted down. They hired ten men to come along and dig them out if they got stuck and to stop them from sliding down the mountain passes. This is all very exciting. But I kept wondering about William. Who was holding him? Was he fussing? Did she nurse him the whole way? Did he sleep? I found going to the grocery store challenging when I had a four month old.