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Samuel Richardson, of Pamela fame

April 13, 2013 03:02PM
I haven't read Pamela: Or Virtue Rewarded yet, but it's Richardson's most well-known work, an epistolary novel describing the love affair between a gentleman (using this in the loosest meaning of the term) and his maid-servant. Basically, the "hero" tries to seduce his young servant girl because she's so pretty, she however refuses him because she values her virtue, this makes her even more interesting to him, he then abducts and captures her but she refuses to surrender to him and he falls more and more for her because of her moral fibre and then in the end he marries her and she takes the society by storm and basically everyone is happy. It does sound like fanfiction ;-) Henry Fielding has written two parodies of it, the short pamphlet Shamela, which is I gather rather sarcastic, and the more serious novel Joseph Andrews (which sounds far more interesting than Pamela, truth be told) - and I hang my head in shame and admit I haven't read either yet.

Actually, the description of the books Sir Edward loved best reminded me of The Mysteries of Udolpho - that one, I have read and it's quite horrid! The heroine too goes on and on about the sublimity of stuff (unfortunately, the narrator doesn't realise how ridiculous she is) and fancies herself so clever, but really she's just ... completely daft. And the novel is full of the stuff of cloak-and-dagger romances, true Gothic horror fare, all completely over-the-top. And Emily-the-heroine too goes on and on about poetry, only, as I said, the narrator rather likes her, which is why she isn't such a blundering fool in discussing (and indeed, writing, more's the horror) it.




Is it not strange that sheeps' guts should hale souls out of men's bodies?
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Sandpit on Group Read, chs. 7&8

Carol PApril 13, 2013 12:22PM

7

LiseApril 13, 2013 05:38PM

8

LiseApril 13, 2013 05:49PM

Re: Sandpit on Group Read, chs. 7&8

Mari A.April 13, 2013 03:04PM

... oh and those asses!

Mari A.April 13, 2013 03:35PM

Re: Sandpit on Group Read, chs. 7&8

Suzanne OApril 13, 2013 01:36PM

Samuel Richardson, of Pamela fame

Mari A.April 13, 2013 03:02PM

Ah!

Suzanne OApril 13, 2013 05:28PM

Re: Ah!

Mari A.April 13, 2013 05:38PM

Re: Sandpit on Group Read, chs. 7&8

Carol PApril 13, 2013 02:20PM

Re: Sandpit on Group Read, chs. 7&8

Suzanne OApril 13, 2013 05:26PM

Correction: SANDITON Group Read, chs. 7&8

Carol PApril 13, 2013 12:25PM

Edit function

Amy I.April 13, 2013 03:03PM

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Carol PApril 13, 2013 03:24PM

Re: Edit function

Mari A.April 13, 2013 03:33PM



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