Moll Flanders: The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders

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The conditions of Moll Flanders' birth could not have been more depressing. Her mother was a petty thief who was caught and sent to the notorious Newgate prison in London. It was in that prison that Moll was born. Deemed an orphan, Moll was later sent to apprentice as a servant with a respectable family. Moll has designs on a life better than serving others. But as she discovers, independence and fortune are not easy to come by. A string of dreadful misfortunes--including five luckless marriages--force Moll into the streets, where her only means of support is a life of crime.

But Moll refuses to give up: she will succeed!

Moll Flanders is a triumphant portrait of a strong-willed woman determined to make her own way in eighteenth-century England.||

Moll Flanders is born in Newgate prison and abandoned six months later. Her drive to find a secure place in society propels her through incest, adultery, bigamy, prostitution, and a resourceful career as a thief, before she is returned to Newgate.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780140431070
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/27/1978
  • Series: English Library
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted November 21, 2010

    Historically Interesting, but probably not for casual readers

    Moll Flanders / 978-1-411-43270-3 Defoe's novel, Moll Flanders, one of the first true English novels follows the "true" story of a lower-class woman who - eventually - turns to a life of petty thievery and prostitution partly as a means to live, and partly as a means to a middle-class life of relative riches and ease. This thin little novel is a fairly quick read and the story pacing moves at a quick clip as we read through the salacious and scandalous life of this matron is not particularly clever nor particularly beautiful, but she is persistent, dogged, and increasingly amoral enough to make a life for herself just above the level of extreme and desperate poverty. Through the course of her life, Moll takes several husbands, bears multiple children, and chooses to view her life with pride and detachment, rather than with the shame she 'ought' to feel. In this regard, Moll is perhaps the most modern of the historical novel characters, because she views the societal norms which would compel her to pious poverty with a jaundiced eye and recognizes that the 'shameful' things she does to survive, the gentry do on a much wider, if more socially acceptable, scale. ~ Ana Mardoll

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    Great reread

    After watching an old BBC mini-series ( with a young Daniel Craig no less!) I decided to re-read Moll Flanders. I had forgotten the biting wit and social commentary of Daniel Defoe. Almost three centuries later it still seems relavent. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Takes some commitment to get through the somewhat pendantic writing style of the era but well worth it. If you once read Moll Flanders because you had to, try it again. Like me you may find it enjoyable this time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2004

    Moll Flanders

    A mother's behavior affects the child's behavior as well as their own. The child look up to their parents as role models because they think that their parents do everything the right way and never make any mistakes throughout life. But it is not true that your parents do not make any mistakes because they make mistakes everyday like everyone else does. When anyone who makes a mistake, they usually learn from that mistake and does not do it again. In the novel, Moll Flanders, which was written by Daniel Defoe, the mother was convicted of a felony and then when the daughter, Moll was growing up she got into trouble because she did not know any different. However, the full title of the novel, Moll Flanders gives an appropriate summary of the plot, which was 'The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders, Etc. Who was born in Newgate, and during a life of continuing Variety for Threescore Years, besides her Childhood, was Twelve Year a Whore, five times a Wife(Whereof once to her own brother), Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Years a Transported Felon in Virginia, at last grew Rich, lived Honest and died a Penitent. Written from her own Memorandums.' When Moll was a baby, she was transported to America and she was raised by a kind widow who taught her manners and needlework. Moll was abandoned by her first lover, she then compelled to marry his younger brother. He died after a few years, and she marries a draper who soon flees the country as a fugitive from the law. She marries yet again and moves to America, only to find out that her husband was actually her half-brother. After she found out that she married her half-brother, she left him in disgust and returns to England. Where she becomes the mistress of a man whose wife had went insane. He renounces his affair with Moll after a religious experience. Moll next marriage offer was from a banker whose wife had been cheating on him. But he had to obtain a divorce and meanwhile Moll travels to the country. When she goes back to the country, she marries a rich gentleman in Lancashire. The rich gentleman turned out to be poor as she was and they separated. Moll then returns to marry the banker, who had succeeded in divorcing his wife. He died shortly after they were married. She in poverty for several years and then begins stealing. Moll soon become an expert thief and a local legend. She was eventually caught, imprisoned, and sentenced to death. She reunited with her Lancashire husband in prison at Newgate, who was also been arrested. They both got their sentences reduced, and they are transported to the colonies, where they begin a new life as plantation owners. When she was in America, she rediscovered her brother and her son and claims the inheritance her mother had left her. Prosperous and repentant, she returns with her husband to England at the age of seventy. In conclusion, Moll Flanders, the novel did have an affect on Moll Flander's behavior. I did not care for this novel because the mother was not around to raise her child. I also did not care for this novel because of all the marriages, divorces, and crimes that Moll Flanders committed to. I do not believe in that kind of life style.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    Really enjoyed this book. I could not put it down.

    Really enjoyed this book. I could not put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    Very good.

    I liked the part where she was learning how to be a lady.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Great

    Another great classic.

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

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    A book every woman should read!

    A poet friend got me this book because it was one of her favorites. I admit it took me a bit to get into it. But it is quite a story and bears a lot of reflection. I really enjoyed the story -- all the challenges in life that Moll has and meets. A resourceful, wise, and practical woman can survive anything. I highly recommend this to all women.

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  • Posted October 14, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    Surprisingly, this was not as dry or dull as I thought it would be. I couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2005

    Not half bad

    Moll Flanders is funnier than I expected it to be. I definitely recommend it for pleasure reading or for AP classes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2003

    an amazing book-loved it till the very end

    Moll Flanders, is an epic following of a womans life from birth to the end of her life. Her character, is deep and moving-you even end up feeling sorry for her even though she does some horrible things in her life she never repents-until the very end.It is an amazing book-defoe is excellent!! Strongly reccomend it-it will move you deeply.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2000

    Interesting plot and style!

    This book is the earliest novel that is British that I have read. Though long, it is really intersting. The story line is good, but as well, the style used it really neat. Little things like there are no chapter divisions, and there are quotation marks. It is neat discovering these little things, and seeing how writing style has really evolved.

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