Languages were his principal study
As she does with chemistry, Mary Shelley focuses on an arena of major
intellectual development in her age. At the time she was writing, the
rudiments of linguistic understanding of what we call the Indo-European
language group were coming into place but had yet not been fully
recognized and proclaimed as such. Thus, in his area of interest Henry,
the poet, should be recognized to be as intellectually ambitious as
Victor, the scientist.