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Latin and English

From this diction it appears that Elizabeth is included among the "we" of this circle who are instructed in both a useful and a learned language. Most women of her time were denied such access to Latin. We recall that French is the operating language of the Frankenstein household (as it is of Geneva). Obviously, English is here singled out in order to justify Victor's narration as being conducted wholly in English. At what point the German in which he is taught at Ingolstadt enters his educational program is left unmentioned, but by the age of seventeen he will be fluent in it (1.1.10). No note is made of whether Elizabeth retained a residual Italian from having spent her early years in that environment.