he smoothed for me the path of knowledge

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he smoothed for me the path of knowledge

In the first edition Mary Shelley laid great stress on a noncoercive educational program practised in Alphonse Frankenstein's household (see I:1:12 and I:1:26), a tribute to her own education under the guidance of her father William Godwin. As she rethinks the structure of the novel, it seems apparent that she wishes to shift that emphasis from Victor's family (whose educational program she deletes) to Waldman as the professor who guides Victor's mature scientific studies from a similar pedagogical principle.