Contents Index


Bellerive (which connotes "beautiful shore") is a suburb of Geneva, situated north of the city on the western shore of the lake as it narrows towards its end and thus affording a picturesque view of Geneva and the mountains beyond it. That the Frankenstein family possesses a country house testifies to their comparative wealth and social standing in the community, an issue that will be of some moment to the trial recounted in 1.7.1. After its painful conclusion the family will seek tranquillity in a return to the comfortable setting of this country house (2.1.2).