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Latin . . . Greek . . . English . . . German

These languages are considerable accomplishments for an adolescent, though both Percy Bysshe Shelley and William Godwin could assert similar claims. More important, with the exception of German, by this time in her life so could Mary Shelley. Within the fictional ambience itself, the reader can imagine how rekindled, in listening to this account, would have been Walton's retrospective guilt over his undereducated, undirected adolescence (Letter 2.2).