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