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One of the things about Victor Frankenstein's parents that is very important to his development and the later action of the novel is their great concern for people they saw as having disadvantages in life whether they were social, economic or physical. This magnanimous nature was what led them to adopt Elizabeth Lazenza and it also leads Victor to feel great pity and remorse once he has given life to the monster.
But Elizabeth specifically is a child that the Frankensteins meet on their travels and she is a wonderful child whose beauty is striking and the couple adopt them while they are travelling in Milan. She of course later marries Victor thanks to Caroline's insistence that they do so.
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