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(1751) A novel by Henry Fielding. Amelia, the idealized heroine, is the long - suffering, virtuous wife of Captain Booth, an impoverished army officer who has been unjustly thrown into prison. During his absence, his false friend Captain James makes overtures to Amelia, but her virtue prevails against him. In prison with Captain Booth is Miss Matthews, an adventuress who lures him into an affair, leaving him conscience - stricken. He is released from prison and Amelia forgives him, but soon after, he is thrown into debtor 's prison for gambling. The situation is saved when Amelia receives an inheritance, and the two retire to the country to live a peaceful life.

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Publication:Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia, 3rd ed.
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Date:Jan 1, 1987
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