Mary Shelley, 1840 by Richard Rothwell, National Portrait Gallery (London)

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
(*30. August 1797 London, England - †1. Februar 1851 London)
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Mary Wollstonecraft (1759–1797)
William Godwin (1756 –1836)

"My greatest pleasure was the enjoyment of a serene sky amidst these verdant woods: yet I loved all the changes of Nature; and rain, and storm, and the beautiful clouds of heaven brought their delights with them. 
When rocked by the waves of the lake my spirits rose in triumph as a horseman feels with pride the motions of his high fed steed.

But my pleasures arose from the contemplation of nature alone, I had no companion: my warm affections finding no return from any other human heart were forced to run waste on inanimate objects.

Matilda (1819)