a husband, and lovely children
Until this very late point in the novel we have only been able to assume that Margaret Saville, because of the difference in her surname, has a husband. With this confirmed, we discover as well that she has children. One reason Mary Shelley may be supplying this information now would be to justify the emotional intensity of this outpouring in which Walton in solitude and dire straits reaches out to his only family connections. But by the same token, that connectedness contrasts pointedly with the situation in the Frankenstein household, where when the novel ends only Ernest, who would seem to have little to recommend him beyond being a dull and regular fellow, will survive its events.