a part of the inheritance of Elizabeth

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a part of the inheritance of Elizabeth

This addition to the 1831 text recalls the changed circumstances by which Elizabeth enters into the Frankenstein household, as the natural daughter of a revolutionary Milanese aristocrat who had been imprisoned by the Austrian government and had had his property confiscated (see I:1:9) for being too ardent in the cause of his country's liberty. Although Alphonse Frankenstein's dealings here might be construed as an honorable, duty-bound attempt by a citizen of a neutral nation to right a wrong and restore to Elizabeth what had been rightly hers, it is hard to imagine Mary Shelley, who abhorred the Austrian occupation of Italy and represented Elizabeth's true father as "nursed in the antique glory of Italy," not thinking this detail commensurate with the essentially conservative, state-oriented political views Alphonse exhibits elsewhere (see, for instance, I:1:1 or I:6:44 and note).