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Safie arrived from Constantinople

Although Mary Shelley puts no extra emphasis on this point, still it is significant that Safie, a woman with ambition and a mind of her own, is up to this point the best-traveled figure in the novel. On some level of consciousness Mary Shelley must be aware of her implicit links to Cythna, the liberated feminist heroine of Percy Shelley's contemporary Revolt of Islam, published simultaneously with Frankenstein in 1818.