In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, how does Elizabeth come to live with Victor's family?

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In the original 1818 version of the novel, Elizabeth Lavenza is actually the niece of Victor's father, making her Victor's first cousin. In this version, Mr. Frankenstein 's sister marries an Italian man and moves far away with him, but she dies not long after she gives birth to Elizabeth. After a few years, Elizabeth's father decides to get married again, and he writes a letter to Victor's father asking him if he would rather care for his sister's daughter or have her be raised by a stepmother. Victor's father responds with alacrity, saying that he will certainly take the little girl, and she is sent to live with the Frankenstein...

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