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“While I improved in speech, I also learned the science of letters, as it was taught
to the stranger; and this opened before me a wide field for wonder and delight. “
The book from which Felix instructed Safie was Volney's Ruins of Empires.
For a long time I could not conceive how one man could go forth to murder his
fellow, or even why there were laws and governments; but when I heard details of
vice and bloodshed, my wonder ceased, and I turned away with disgust and ...
I only wonder that at that moment, instead of venting my sensations in
exclamations and agony, I did not rush among mankind and perish in the attempt
to destroy them. “While I was overcome by these feelings, I left the spot where I
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - birdie.newborn - LibraryThing
An important book. Mary Shelley is methodical, but also swept up in the Sturm-und-Drang emotionality of the period. Her characters have motivations, psychological depth, passions. Read full review