How sweet is the affection of others
Sentimental as are Justine's remarks, it is important to realize how
scrupulously they register such major themes of the novel as the value of
domestic affections and of sympathy. Whether they do so to underscore
the consolation they offer when all else fails or their inadequacy to
assuage a fundamental injustice is the question Mary Shelley carefully
leaves up in the air.