Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded [by S. Richardson]. [another]

Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded [by S. Richardson]. [another]

by Samuel Richardson, Pamela (fict.name.)

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ISBN-13: 9780353176751
Publisher: Creative Media Partners, LLC
Publication date: 11/10/2018
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.84(d)

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Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A pulling novel which is hard to take seriously in today¿s lifestyle, but as you read you are sucked into its hypnotic twists and turns. I wold love to see this portrayed in film, but only if the actors were really convincing, otherwise it would be a tragedy.
Liz_Toronto on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pamela MUST be read with an eye on the historical context of the novel. It has no appeal to the modern reader aside from the comical and farcical ways in which Pamela and her master dance around one another. The plot is paper thin yet the book is the size of Yellow Pages. What is Richardson trying to tell the readers? The answer is evident in the subtitle "Virtue Rewarded". Again, context and history is everything to this book. The character of Pamela infuriated me at times but in the end I just had to laugh. I'm inclined to think Richardson knew exactly what he was doing.
beingruth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first time I read Pamela, I disliked it intensely. The second time I read it, I was able to focus less on the plot and more on everything else. I think if you go into it not expecting to like the protagonist or the main male character (I hesitate to call him a protagonist or hero as he's definitely not a good guy), then you can enjoy the rest.I found myself thinking about the style, the voice, the period, and the fact that this book could be accepted in this period (though it was also satirized).A good read if you're looking for something different, historical, and a bit slow/frustrating. Otherwise, I'd avoid both Pamela and Clarissa, and try The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless by Eliza Haywood or Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe for more engaging and less annoying/depressing stories about young women in the period.
DieFledermaus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pamela Andrews is often seen as the ultimate goody-goody and the label is not without some merit. Obsessively pursued by her employer Mr. B, Pamela loudly and constantly proclaims that she'd rather die and then usually lectures him on Christian values and his responsibilities. But she can be witty and satirical in her journal, as well as melodramatic and hypocritical. Pamela is quite contradictory at times, especially in her insane marriage to the guilty-of-attempted-rape Mr. B. Everyone else thinks it's insane as well but not for the same reasons.Richardson's epistolary novel starts out as the correspondence between Pamela and her parents, then continues with her journal entries. While the author mostly stands back and lets Pamela do the narrating, simply asserting that the letters are true - they obviously aren't. She's able to exactly detail what goes on and even copies entire letters into her journal. Later on, they actually take on a life of their own when she sends/is prevented from sending them, hides her writing and finally they end up affecting the story when Mr. B reads her writing and feels guilty for causing so much suffering on Pamela's part. Powerless in her role as a servant far from her family, Pamela is able to assert herself in her writing. Her journals and letters finally make Mr. B change his behavior towards her, which no amount of protesting would do before. In a sense, her writing is turning her tumult inward, but in a way that is accessible to others. Readers can recognize Mr. B's reprehensible actions, but he can't, not until he also reads them. After all, he's done stuff like this before - one time described in the book, but probably many other times, so why should Pamela be any different? Reading her thoughts is the uncomfortable catalyst in this case.At the opening of the book, Pamela's benefactor - Mr. B's mother - has died but her keeps her on. She writes about the attention he shows her, which she appreciates at first. Then it becomes clear that he has only one thing on the mind, and Pamela decides to leave. However, 'leaving' takes a while because she finds various reasons to delay. First, she thinks maybe he's learned his lesson, then she want to finish work she's been doing with the housekeeper Mrs. Jervis, then she can't get a ride home. This list probably helped fuel the idea that Pamela is a conniving mercenary out to trap Mr. B in a marriage.She finally leaves, but Mr. B diverts her to another of his estates. Pamela makes several attempts to escape while maintaining her sanity through writing. Mr. B comes back and somehow or another they end up married. Later, she comes up against another rage-filled member of the family, Mr. B's sister Lady Davers.The subtitle of the novel is Virtue Rewarded, but it doesn't seem like Pamela's marriage was much of a reward. Unless, of course, she was mercenary - then it wouldn't matter what her husband was like as long as he had money. Both Mr. B and Pamela expect that she'll be the good one in their life together - she has to make allowances for him and can try to help him, but not in a way that hurts his pride. The pair has some dated ideas about class. Pamela is overly conscious of her lowly position and has an intense fear of offending. She thinks that she is 'beneath' Mr. B and that he lowers himself by pursuing her (yeah, that does sound bad). However, some ideas of Christian equality and virtue are always uppermost in her mind. Pamela argues that Mr. B doesn't have a right over her. One time she argues that if she were a wealthy, noble lady, she'd never marry Mr. B after the way her treated her. Since she does, it's hard to say whether she just gave in to emotion or thinks it's okay because of her status. Mr. B has another mixed view of the class system. He defies society (prob due to a combination of obsessive lust and recognition of Pamela's virtues) and marries her. Still, when challenged by his sister, he says
Guest More than 1 year ago
Several years ago, maybe the late 80's or early 90's my wife and I saw on TV ' Mistress Pamela'. I believe this was a made for TV movie based upon 'Pamela'. The movie was excellent and we would love to find a copy. Please send responses to raembry@hotmail.com.