the pages of Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein, leisure
travel is not overtly mentioned. But if you read closely you can
find one character who was able to experience life outside the borders
of his birthplace in a leisurely fashion. That character was Henry
was Victor's lifelong friend and, at times, his life saver during
the darkest moments of Victor's torments. It was Clerval who accompanied
Victor on an extended journey through England after the Creature
had commanded Victor to create a suitable life-compainion for him.
Victor, and as a result the novel itself, was preoccupied with this
command, Cleval's delight in travel and education shone through
The two traveled to England and weaved their way up to the lands
of the Scots.
A West View of London with the Bridge,
taken from Somersert Gardens. Published
according to Act of Parliament. Printed for & Sold by
Robert Sayer at the Golden Buck opposite Fetter Lane, Fleet
Street. [n.d., 1750]
Their first stop was in London where Shelley writes,
"Clerval desired the intercourse of the men of genius
and talent who flourished at this time."
Then after spending about 4 four month in the city, the two friends
moved on to Edinburgh. They did not take the typical route (the
Royal Mile) but chose to visit Windsor, Oxford, Matlock, and the
|Mary Shelley writes, "The delight of Clerval
was proportion ably greater than Victors; his mind expanded
in the company of men of talent, and he found in his own nature
greater capacities and resources than he could have imagined
himself to have possessed while he associated with his inferiors."
Windsor Castle, from Eton.
W. Westall. A.R.A. del.t R.G.Reeve sculpture. Published 1828
Clerval is the closest example of a Grand Tourist within the pages
of Frankenstein. He exemplifies all the typical traits of the young
men who embarked on a lengthy tour which are - wealthy, intelligent,
young, and carefree.