servant in Geneva . . . France and England
Quietly insinuated into the text, England's class system is here firmly
condemned. On the other hand, we will shortly see how much credit is
actually accorded a servant in Switzerland as well, for Justine will be
victimized by its prejudices as Elizabeth stands by helpless to assuage
the inherent biases of class.
Mary Shelley's independent comments on the character of servants in
republican Switzerland are contained in a letter of 1 June 1816 that she appended to
her History of a Six Weeks'