Elizabeth Swift was the wife of Richard Swift before he became the Shade in the early mid-1800s.

After gaining his powers, the Shade abandoned his wife to pursue a criminal career.

Becoming a chemist, Elizabeth bought the company she worked for after the owner went into retirement. Together with her son-in-law, the two made the company very successful, spawning several other locations before, she, too, retired. The Shade did not see his estranged wife again until she was an old woman in 1901, once meeting their grandson Albert Caldecott. Elizabeth died soon after in 1904.[2]





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