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unlike what I have since found cottagers and farm-house servants to be

As with her earlier treatment of Justine Moritz, Mary Shelley seems unable to keep a certain class bias from entering her discourse. In the case of Alphonse Frankenstein (1.6.11 and note) this may be something of a key to his character; but the Creature's emphasis on gentility after six weeks of existence might seem ill-conceived to some readers. It would appear, however, that the author is trying to suggest the Creature's own natural gentility rather than an innate snobbery in him.