Chapter: English Literature During The Romantic Period
Oh, Percy. Percy, Percy, Percy.
Percy Bysshe Shelley, despite being an outstanding writer in his own right, has always struck me as living in the shadow of his wife. I don't consider this a bad thing. When your wife writes Frankenstein, you can really only hope for second best.
Anyway, as the strip implies, he wasn't always married to Mary. His first wife was Harriet, and their marriage was an unhappy one. When he eventually met Mary, they fell in love almost immediately, so Percy did the honorable thing: he divorced Harriet, then invited her to live in his home with Mary. Classy guy, that Percy.