Languages were his principal study

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Languages were his principal study

As she does with chemistry, Mary Shelley focuses on an arena of major intellectual development in her age. At the time she was writing, the rudiments of linguistic understanding of what we call the Indo-European language group were coming into place but had yet not been fully recognized and proclaimed as such. Thus, in his area of interest Henry, the poet, should be recognized to be as intellectually ambitious as Victor, the scientist.