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Day 3 – Mary Shelley

February 3rd, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

3maryshelleyThis is Mary Shelley. Honestly, I knew nothing about her besides some sort of association with Lord Byron and Percy Shelley. Mary fell in love with Percy, an older, married man, when she was 16. She was an adored child, but once she cast her lot with Percy, her father did everything he could to thwart her. Percy was quite the flake, and she was in dire straits much of the time. To compound that, she lost 3 of her 4 children when they were very small. During all this tumult, she wrote Frankenstein! Apparently they were stuck in a villa somewhere unable to go out because of incessant rain, so they sat around the fire and told ghost stories. This is how she came up with the idea. The darkness of the story makes so much more sense understanding just a little of her life.

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  1. February 3rd, 2014 at 17:03 | #1

    Lovely! You’ve really captured that old-fashioned air.

  2. February 3rd, 2014 at 16:20 | #2

    A wonderful portrait. She seems lost in thought here 🙂

  3. February 3rd, 2014 at 15:54 | #3

    Mimi, your portrait of Mary Shelley is gorgeous. I had not known the history behind all this. Thanks for including it with your painting.

  4. February 3rd, 2014 at 13:52 | #4

    What a beautiful portrait, you’ve captured a sensitive, pensive soul so very well.

  5. February 3rd, 2014 at 13:21 | #5

    wonderful to see all three of your faces
    i enjoy their characteristics.

  6. February 3rd, 2014 at 12:34 | #6

    Ciao Mimi, che meravigliosa arte la tua. Sei bravissima davvero, un grande talento. Ho letto che hai origini italiane spero tu possa leggere quanto ho scritto qui, non parlo inglese molto bene e non riesco ad esprimere quanta meravigliosa arte vedo qui. Un abbraccio

  7. February 3rd, 2014 at 06:36 | #7

    Wow I love all your faces so far! Great start and I am so pleased you linked your first one at Paper Saturdays too. ManonX

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