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a four month old and the alps

July 19, 2010

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.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Ruth permalink
    July 19, 2010 11:15 am

    This gives me such an appreciation for Mary and for all those amazing, strong ladies of that era. Could we, indeed, would we do that now!?

  2. July 19, 2010 12:58 pm

    I know would not even think about attempting to do what she did Ruth. Obviously a very tough chick and brilliant writer.

  3. July 19, 2010 2:01 pm

    Dear Ruth and Judaye,
    I knew that you would both get this. Isn’t it amazing that even her female biographers don’t mention this? I keep thinking that throughout this whole summer in Geneva she had a tiny infant.


  4. Ruth permalink
    July 20, 2010 3:34 pm

    And to think that I find taking 31 fifth graders camping for merely a week quite the undertaking and refer to this yearly venture as EEK WEEK aka Environmental Education Kamp!!!!

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