How sweet is the affection of others

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How sweet is the affection of others

Sentimental as are Justine's remarks, it is important to realize how scrupulously they register such major themes of the novel as the value of domestic affections and of sympathy. Whether they do so to underscore the consolation they offer when all else fails or their inadequacy to assuage a fundamental injustice is the question Mary Shelley carefully leaves up in the air.