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Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded.

Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded

(1740 - 1742) An epistolary novel in two parts by Samuel Richardson, generally considered to be the first modern English novel. In the first part Pamela is Aggressive Chastity, in the second, Provocative Prudence. A simple, unsophisticated fifteen - year - old country girl, Pamela Andrews has a surprising tendency for self - analysis. She is the maidservant of a wealthy woman who dies and whose son, Mr. B., pursues her with base intentions. He kidnaps her and tries to seduce her but is deterred by the tenacity of her resistance. She then convinces him to marry her and sets about to reform him. The story is told in a series of letters from Pamela to her parents and reads like a private journal.

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