This girl had always been the favourite of her father, but through a strange perversity, her mother could not endure her,

Type: Discussion | Title: Frankenstein (in Context) | Author: Mary Shelley | Ch: Chapter 6

The situation resembles that between Mary Shelley and her father and stepmother, Mrs. Clairmont, who Mary believes detested her. Mrs. Jane Godwin certainly did come to detest her after she eloped with Shelley, taking Jane Clairmont with them, but before that it seems as if Mrs. Godwin was at least sympathetic if divided in her loyalties between her own children and Mary and Fanny. If her stepmother did detest her, Mary reciprocated the feeling. 

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