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Text Box: Mary Shelley's Journal 
ed. Frederick L. Jones Norman: U of Oklahoma P 1947 

Sept 10 1814] ... Mary begins "Hate," and gives Shelley the great pleasure. 14 

March 13 1815] Shelley and Clara go to town. Stay at home; net, and think of my little dead baby. This is foolish, I suppose; yet whenever I am left alone to my own thoughts, and do not read to divert them, they always come back to the same point--that I was a mother, and am so no longer. ... 40 

March 19 1815] Dream that my little baby came to life again; that it had only been cold, and that we rubbed it before the fire and it lived. Awake and find no baby. I think about the little thing all day. Not in good spirits. ... 40 

March 20 1815] Dream again about my baby. ... 41 

April 15 1815] ... A very grim dream. 44 

July 25 1816] This day promises to be fine, and we set out at 9 for Montanvert with beaucoup de monde go also. We get to the top at 12, and behold le Mer de Glace. This is the most desolate place in the world; iced mountains surround it; no sign of vegetation appears except on the place from which [we] view the scene.53 

May 28 1817]... I am melancholy with reading the 3rd canto of "Childe Harold." Do you not remember, Shelley, when you first read it to me. ... The lake was before us, and the mighty Jura. That time is past, and this will also pass, when i may weep to read these words, and again moralise on the flight of time.
Dear Lake! I shall ever love thee. How a powerful mind can sanctify past scenes and recollections! His is a powerful mind; and that fills me with melancholy, yet mixed with pleasure, as is always the case when intellectual energy is displayed. ..... This time will soon also be a recollection. We may see him again, and again enjoy his society; but the time will also arrive when that which is now an anticipation will be only in the memory. Death will at length come, and in that last moment all will be a dream. 80

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