only regretted . . . understanding

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only regretted . . . understanding

At this point Elizabeth Lavenza is about twenty-one years old. Two years younger, Mary Shelley has spent a good part of her childhood in Scotland, has twice been to France and Switzerland, and has travelled up the Rhine through Germany and Holland (none of it under parental guidance or supervision). That her experiences were unusual is reflected in this observation, with its glancing feminist edge.