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She instructed her daughter . . . religion

As with the condescension to Justine's Catholicism (1.5.4, 1.7.7), this ostensible religious bias needs to be placed within the conventions of English publishing and religious attitudes. It is unlikely that Mary Shelley herself subscribes to them. Indeed, if in this chapter one reads in the attitudes of Turks to women some sense of reflection on contemporary English attitudes, then, Mary Shelley would appear to be playing something of her mother's game. And the mother-daughter relationship here certainly testifies to that which Mary Shelley derived from the frequent perusal of her mother's writings, an inculcation of ideals of independence on which, like, Safie she was not afraid to act.