I was so guided by a silken cord

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I was so guided by a silken cord

Mary Shelley, though an only child, did not grow up like one, since there were four different parental configurations for the five children of the Godwin household. Yet, the venerated memory of her father's approach to her education is surely implicit in this "silken cord" by which Victor, led insensibly on for his own betterment, comes to enjoy his education.