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she whom we saw every day

In the early months after Mary Godwin and Percy Bysshe Shelley returned to England they were both afflicted with the deaths of women with whom their lives were closely interknit. On 9 October 1816 Fanny Godwin, Mary's half-sister, committed suicide. A month later Harriet Shelley, P. B. Shelley's legal wife, drowned herself in the Serpentine River in Hyde Park. Those experiences would appear to be registered in this elegiac paragraph.