Although Wollstonecraft and Burke pose startling arguments on the French Revolution that remain on separate ends of the spectrum, Godwin speaks of sentiment and knowledge being humanity’s gateway to equality and prosperity. His philosophy is subtly etched into the passage of Justine’s death in the forms of communication and reason, or rather, the lack of it.

Godwin says in a sort of hopeful demeanor, exuding optimism with the words, “We should communicate our sentiments with the utmost frankness.” Justine has no problem doing so as she earnestly wishes for Elizabeth to have faith in her innocence. Elizabeth and Victor work to reason and communicate with the jury responsible for deciding Justine’s fate as they stand before them offering their perspectives and assurances. They do exactly as Godwin says to do as their sentiments are expressed vocally and vulnerably in a manner that is “of utmost frankness”. However, their efforts prove to be of no avail as Justine proceeded to face punishment for a crime she wouldn’t ever dream of committing. Thus, showing the jury’s lack of sentiment and regard. Their stance on the philosophy of Godwin remains on a completely different scale than that of Elizabeth and Victor’s as they seem to be blinded by what they believe to be the right knowledge rather than what they should see to be the efforts of communication and reason.