servant in Geneva . . . France and England
Quietly insinuated into the text, England's class system is here firmly condemned. On the other hand, we will shortly see how much credit is actually accorded a servant in Switzerland as well, for Justine will be victimized by its prejudices as Elizabeth stands by helpless to assuage the inherent biases of class.
Mary Shelley's independent comments on the character of servants in republican Switzerland are contained in a letter of 1 June 1816 that she appended to her History of a Six Weeks' Tour.