Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded

Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded

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by Samuel Richardson
     
 

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Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded is an epistolary novel by Samuel Richardson, first published in 1740. It tells the story of a beautiful but poor 15-year old servant-maid named Pamela Andrews whose master, Mr. B, a nobleman, makes unwanted advances towards her after the death of his mother whose maid she was since the age of 12. Mr. B is infatuated with her, first by her

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Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded is an epistolary novel by Samuel Richardson, first published in 1740. It tells the story of a beautiful but poor 15-year old servant-maid named Pamela Andrews whose master, Mr. B, a nobleman, makes unwanted advances towards her after the death of his mother whose maid she was since the age of 12. Mr. B is infatuated with her, first by her looks and then her innocence and intelligence but his high rank hinders him from proposing marriage. He abducts her and locks her up in one of his estates and attempts to seduce and rape her. She rejects him continually refusing to be his mistress though she begins to realize that she is falling in love with him. He intercepts and reads her letters to her parents and becomes even more enamored by her innocence and intelligence and her continuous attempts to escape. Her virtue is eventually rewarded when he shows his sincerity by proposing an equitable marriage to her as his legal wife. In the second part of the novel, Pamela attempts to accommodate herself to upper-class society and to build a successful relationship with him. The story was a bestseller of its time and was very widely read, even though it also received criticism for its perceived licentiousness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012212160
Publisher:
Statue Books
Publication date:
08/08/1950
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
455 KB

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Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
LORACH More than 1 year ago
I do understand why the book was written but I did not think I would ever get through with the book. Am still not sure I like the male "hero".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderfully literate novel of romance.
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