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The Last Man, Edited by Steven E. Jones

Juliet's child, here male, would seem to be the same child taken hostage later in the chapter--a girl. (In the intervening section the child is referred to briefly as "it.")

It seems likely Mary Shelley simply lost track of the character during composition, but Lisa Hopkins suggests that this uncertainty is in keeping with gender ambiguities running throughout the book, as well as with the novel's problematic treatment of memory. (External link to complete article: Lisa Hopkins, "Memory at the End of History: Mary Shelley's The Last Man", Romanticism On the Net 6 (May 1997))

Published @ RC

October 1997