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Moll Flanders e Lady Roxana sono i primi esempi di romanzo di costume della tradizione letteraria inglese Il rude realismo di Defoe e la sua vitalità uasi animalesca danno vita in uest'opera a un personaggio Moll Flanders Daniel DefoeThe Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders Who was Born in Newgate Prison and during a Life of continued Variety for Threescore Years besides her Childhood was Twelve Year a Whore five times a Wife Twelve Year a Thief Eight Year a Transported Felon in Virginia at last grew rich lived Honest and died a Penitent Written from her own Memorandumsتاریخ نخستین خوانش روز هجدهم ماه نوامبر سال 1990 میلادیعنوان کامیابیها و شکستهای مل مال یا مول فلاندرز معروف مشهور؛ نویسنده دانیل دفو؛ داستان زنی چند شخصیتی ست؛ ا شربیانی

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A fine diventò ricca visse onesta e morì penitente» Come in Robinson Crusoe il tema conduttore delle peripezie di Moll è la lotta per la vita sorretta sempre da una incrollabile fiducia nelle proprie forze The Fortunes Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders cWho was Born in Newgate and during a Life of continu'd Variety for Threescore Years besides her Childhood was Twelve Year a Whore five times a Wife whereof once to her own Brother Twelve Year a Thief Eight Year a Transported Felon in Virginia at last grew Rich liv'd Honest and dies a Penitent Written from her own Memorandums Original title page for Moll FlandersThe character of Moll Flanders has traditionally baffled criticsIs she an ironic character? Is she truly penitent? How may her inconsistencies be justified? Critics have asserted there is irony in Moll Flanders but it is not in the book; that is we as readers may appreciate irony in Moll's character but Defoe does not provide it What may be easier to demonstrate then is that Defoe's attitude toward Moll is consistent even if Moll herself ironically or otherwise is not James 203 Whatever the critics propose for readers Moll emerges as irascible vibrant and wonderfully complex Moll also shows the limited choices for a woman of her time Moll Flanders as the description from Defoe's original title page suggests is a novel written in the confessional mode As readers of this type of work our role is akin to that of a priest we listen to the confessions and tacitly provide understanding or forgiveness To elicit our sympathy Defoe places Moll in an environment not only hostile but enticing a world he would have us believe that tempts and lures an otherwise virtuous individual into a life of crime Moll’s world ostensibly mimetic is really portrayed with great selectivity Many characters—even those as important as her first lover—are not even named; settings are often depicted as just “a house” or “the street” What does loom large on Moll’s horizon is money Again and again Moll focuses on money and the material; early on she defines herself in terms of her net worthMoll’s indoctrination into a materialistic world starts in childhood Orphaned Moll is raised by an elderly woman who feels amused pity for Moll’s desires to become a “gentlewoman” and let Molls live with her rather than go into service The ladies of the town curious about the “little gentlewoman” visit her and soon begin to give Moll gifts of money and fine clothes When Moll’s elderly guardian dies one of the families that had shown an interest in Moll takes her into their home Though poor Moll describes how she receives an education euivalent to that of a gentlewoman By a twist in circumstances Moll gets an early “taste of genteel living” 9 far above her actual station Although Moll describes herself initially as “very sober modest and virtuous” 12 she is led into a liaison with the eldest brother in the household His dominance soon takes hold and Moll describes his tactics in terms of lures “he began with that unhappy snare to all women viz taking notice upon all occasions how pretty I was” or “After he had thus baited his hook” 13 Though Moll admits her strong passion for the elder brother her stronger passion soon becomes clear After an initial episode of kissing the brother gives Moll money Moll’s reaction is telling “I was confused with the money than I was before with the love and began to be so elevated that I scarce knew the ground I stood on” 17 On a subseuent occasion he gives Moll a “handful of gold” 18 and its glittering reality becomes the dominant image in Moll’s landscape “As for the gold I spent whole hours in looking upon it; I told and yes this is the right word the guineas over and over a thousand times a day” 19 To gain Moll’s complete surrender the brother offers her a silk purse with a hundred guineas in it and the promise of one hundred guineas annually until he marries her With irony intended or unintended Moll’s passion and greed gain eual footing “My colour came and went at the sight of the purse and with the fire of the proposal together” 22 and Moll succumbs to his advancesSignificantly money and attendant material possessions are foregrounded while the rest of Moll’s setting recedes into the background The elder brother—as we could predict—does not marry Moll and her reluctant marriage to the younger brother done only out of financial necessity receives a rapid narration Molls tells us there is little worth describing “I lived with this husband only to observe that I had two children by him and that at the end of five years he died” 51 Typically Moll assesses her present situation in terms of money a description graphic and several lines longer than that of her five years of marriageMoll’s early adventures set up her pattern of behavior Despite her professed good intentions when push comes to shove Moll consistently acts out of self interest Moll’s hostile world tempts her with material gain she succumbs eventually has some type of downfall and then defines her outcome in terms of her current net worth Moll’s patterned conduct puts the reader in an interesting situation Moll may momentarily hesitate and try to rationalize a forthcoming seduction or theft but we never doubt the outcomeHowever in a society that would otherwise provide little choice for an unattached woman Moll’s ability to silence any internal ualms greatly increases her freedom of movem Mimi Craca à la piscine (Les Aventures de Mimi Cracra) yes this is the right word the guineas over and over a thousand times a day” 19 To gain Moll’s complete surrender the brother offers her a silk purse with a hundred guineas in it and the promise of one hundred guineas annually until he marries her With irony intended or unintended Moll’s passion and greed gain eual footing “My colour came and went at the sight of the purse and with the fire of the proposal together” 22 and Moll succumbs to his advancesSignificantly money and attendant material possessions are foregrounded while the rest of Moll’s setting recedes into the background The elder brother—as we could predict—does not marry Moll and her reluctant marriage to the Mimi Cracra joue au docteur (Les Aventures de Mimi Cracra) younger brother done only out of financial necessity receives a rapid narration Molls tells us there is little worth describing “I lived with this husband only to observe that I had two children by him and that at the end of five Mimi Cracra lave son poisson (Les Aventures de Mimi Cracra) years he died” 51 Typically Moll assesses her present situation in terms of money a description graphic and several lines longer than that of her five Mimi Cracra fait un barrage (Les Aventures de Mimi Cracra) years of marriageMoll’s early adventures set up her pattern of behavior Despite her professed good intentions when push comes to shove Moll consistently acts out of self interest Moll’s hostile world tempts her with material gain she succumbs eventually has some type of downfall and then defines her outcome in terms of her current net worth Moll’s patterned conduct puts the reader in an interesting situation Moll may momentarily hesitate and try to rationalize a forthcoming seduction or theft but we never doubt the outcomeHowever in a society that would otherwise provide little choice for an unattached woman Moll’s ability to silence any internal ualms greatly increases her freedom of movem

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Femminile di grande carattere come emerge dal lungo titolo originale «Fu dodici anni prostituta cinue volte moglie – e una volta al suo stesso fratello – dodici anni ladra otto deportata in Virginia e all Did I enjoy this novel? No In some ways its story and writing techniue are far too rudimentary for a 21st century reader It certainly didn't grab me the way other books have But I think if you want to see how the novel got from there to here you can't pass this by Because reading Moll Flanders is like watching the grainy footage of a home video of your lover at five years old You can see the gestures and traits that make up the person today but only sketched out in infant form You have to love it because you love the fully formed adult person now and it's so suee fascinating to see that some bits have been there since the very beginning I'm a bit of lit geek and I loved seeing how you could see the beginnings of the characterrealist novel in Moll Flanders The whole thing is plot than character Certainly Moll has far less internal substance and texture than Madame Bovary or Anna Karenina However Moll is also the progenitor or one of the progenitors of later heroines like Scarlett O'Hara Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell or Emma Harte A Woman of Substance Barbara Taylor Bradford survivalist bad girl who triumphs over everything the author throws at her And boy does he throw everything at her husband #1 is a seducing cad who marries her off to his brother; husband #2 dies after a few years of marriage; husband #3 turns out to be her brother; husband #4 is a highway man who tricks her into marrying him but eventually lets her go; husband #5 is a decent man who dies after five years of marriage And in between husbands 3 and 4 is an extended love affair And so Moll is also the daughter of the Wife of Bath Was this a good read? Not in the fun sense of the term nor in the value judgement sense either But I think it certainly belongs in the canon and if that's something that matters to you and there's zero reason why it should then it certainly was a good read


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    the person who was reading this used 49 cent copy of moll flanders before me stopped reading at page 26 judging by the abrupt cessation of circled words like prattle would you were sir brother fell and he would i like to think about this person and their busy pen it's so arbitrary they are not even words that might be unfamiliar to a moderately literate reader i tried to find a code in it help i am being held hostage by a mad librarian but to no avail almost every page has at least six circles or underlines and then suddenly nothing did the pen run out of ink? did they abandon moll flanders? did they fall out of a tree? it's mysterious another thing that is mysterious is moll flanders she swans through this book dripping babies from her body like a tree sheds leaves stealing and whoring and manipulating men to keep her head above water and yet i'm not in love with her how can this be? i mean it's a fine book but i can't see falling in love with it or with her character and honestly i don't know what to make of the realization that if she had just stayed married to her brother in the first place she would have avoided a whole lot of trouble and had a lovely son and a fruitful plantation let this be a lesson to you choose wisely; incest or a life of crime there is no in betweencome to my blog


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    It is an universall and Fixed law that should a reader take up any of the works of Master De Foe she shall be obbliged to begin forthwith to write and may I say even to think in the manner of Master De Foe; for it is like a virulent infecktion; which will it may be seen redilly be habituated in exentrick spellings irregular Capitilizations alarming and unexplainable lunges into the italick; and headlong sentense construction and the Devil take the hindmost Mistress Moll Flanderses tale self told came off but three Yeares from the romaunce of Robinson Crusoe that was cast away on the Island in the Oroonouoo This Dan Foe for such indeed was his original name was a scribbler for the news presses and a great stirrer of pothers for the Politick Parties and so twas nothing astonishing that he got himself into Newgate a time or two and also had a spell in the Stocks; and he dabbled in Matters of Business with gusto than wise discrimination and of a like twas no great surprize that he finds himself Publickly Bankrupted; and so finding he can turn out tales at speed and that the Printers are at need of a very fluid pen he puts forth eight long tales in FIVE YEARS and him a man of SIXTY years In those dayes of ueen Anne and King George THE FIRST this style of tale telling was new there was hardly an one before Crusoe and so it was called novel meaning a NEW THING So to come now to Mistress Moll it was no meer nothing that an entertainment should be found in the detailled moral conundrums that this woman was got into at so many times and what she herself made of them and how she justifyed them and so forth Each twist of FATE is to be chewed over mightily for page upon page until Mistress Moll’s jaws may shurely have begun twingeing Ponder ponder ponder so goes she And then ponder ponder ponder But on occasion Moll will come forth with such a line as this It is but here and there that a Man is to be Found who is fit for a Woman to Venture uponIn regards to the NOVEL may we say this I wonder That by the time the 4th or 5th child has begun walking and talking it is not such a Phenomenon – indeed may you look back and shake your Head at the great wonder you did make of the first that did so


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    Moll Flanders Daniel DefoeThe Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders Who was Born in Newgate Prison and during a Life of continued Variety for Threescore Years besides her Childhood was Twelve Year a Whore five times a Wife Twelve Year a Thief Eight Year a Transported Felon in Virginia at last grew rich lived Honest and died a Penitent Written from her own Memorandumsتاریخ نخستین خوانش روز هجدهم ماه نوامبر سال 1990 میلادیعنوان کامیابیها و شکستهای مل مال یا مول فلاندرز معروف مشهور؛ نویسنده دانیل دفو؛ داستان زنی چند شخصیتی ست؛ ا شربیانی


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    Moll Flanders; the tale of a bawdy wench out and about being bawdy and getting up to all manner of well bawdiness For those of you not up on your ye olde Englishness bawdy is a general term for something which is lewd obscene and lascivious If you don't know what any of those words mean then Moll Flanders will be a nice surprise for you and maybe you should get out Moll is essentially a working girl on the make but really she's just trying to find Mr Right and settle down with a nice respectable fellow in order to get a bit of financial security Life in the early 18th century was no picnic after all especially if you're a lady with a bit of a reputation and not two coppers to rub together Social services were not around to step in help you into a small flat and give you advice about being a job seeker Nope life on the banks of the Thames was very much a sink or swim affair although many people find it difficult to swim when their throats have been cut from ear to ear and they've been heaved in head first after their pockets have been emptied London was not a pretty place to be and no one can blame Moll for trying to make the best of a bad situation And try she does although this mainly involves going through husbands faster than Elizabeth Taylor Husband One dies an early death and leaves her with small children to care for She leaves them tucked up at home and heads out onto the street to begin a career as an artful con woman hoping to snare another husband Husband Two is wealthy but uickly bankrupts himself and does a runner to France leaving Moll with some fond memories and an empty bank accountSwiftly moving on to husband number three there is some exciting foreign travel followed by an unfortunate bought of incest well the world was a lot smaller in those days Potential husband number four never comes through with the goods which brings Moll to potential husband number five Number five is a slow mover and is put on the back burner while Number six is sought out to fill the hole pun intended in the interim Number six turns out to be an even bigger con artist than Moll and hi jinx ensue when they both think the other is looted Nine children later and six husbands down Moll is still far from living the high life and resorts to meaner crimes than seduction in order to fill her purse You can imagine that a life like this is probably going to be less than kind on a lady's general appearance but Moll still seems to pull in the gentlemen Perhaps bawdiness is a virtue in its own rightA brilliant alternative classic tale with an unusual and bold heroine who is not chaste girly or prim A refreshing antidote to the later ladies of the Austen school of writing Moll Flanders would kick Elizabeth Bennet's ass any day of the week


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    Did I enjoy this novel? No In some ways its story and writing techniue are far too rudimentary for a 21st century reader It certainly didn't grab me the way other books have But I think if you want to see how the novel got from there to here you can't pass this by Because reading Moll Flanders is like watching the grainy footage of a home video of your lover at five years old You can see the gestures and traits that make up the person today but only sketched out in infant form You have to love it because you love the fully formed adult person now and it's so suee fascinating to see that some bits have been there since the very beginning I'm a bit of lit geek and I loved seeing how you could see the beginnings of the characterrealist novel in Moll Flanders The whole thing is plot than character Certainly Moll has far less internal substance and texture than Madame Bovary or Anna Karenina However Moll is also the progenitor or one of the progenitors of later heroines like Scarlett O'Hara Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell or Emma Harte A Woman of Substance Barbara Taylor Bradford survivalist bad girl who triumphs over everything the author throws at her And boy does he throw everything at her husband #1 is a seducing cad who marries her off to his brother; husband #2 dies after a few years of marriage; husband #3 turns out to be her brother; husband #4 is a highway man who tricks her into marrying him but eventually lets her go; husband #5 is a decent man who dies after five years of marriage And in between husbands 3 and 4 is an extended love affair And so Moll is also the daughter of the Wife of Bath Was this a good read? Not in the fun sense of the term nor in the value judgement sense either But I think it certainly belongs in the canon and if that's something that matters to you and there's zero reason why it should then it certainly was a good read


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    3 things I liked about this book1 Moll's distinctive character and voice2 Her ability to turn almost any situation into a positive eventually Moll Flanders wobbles but she never falls down3 How the book highlighted the difficult positions a woman could be left in during this period as a result of for example becoming widowed with children not having a husbandfamily to support her having illegitimate children or being married and thus all personal property legally belonging to the husband who might fritter it away3 things I did not like about this book1 The disregard for Moll's children OK I can understand her doing her best to forget them when she's in a very difficult situation The second time round in Virginia for example she doesn't ask after the other child she had left there She overdoes the loving mother bit a touch right at the end when she re meets her son in Virginia and you'd think in this mood she would be minded to say something about that son's brother or sister she left behind Similarly at one point she comments on going back to the place she left her two children by Robin and finds out about and reports back on the fate of his parents brother and sister but not a word about the two children 2 It was skillfully written so that the reader retained sympathy for Moll than might have been the case but she was still a pretty nasty piece of work however much she justified her actions to herself3 The ending seemed rushed forced and as if it was trying to make up for a prurient emphasis on wickedness throughout most of the rest of the book3 things I learnt from this book1 Fabric could be really really expensive yet apparently not subject to particularly tight security We are told that a typical servant girl would earn about £3 a year £5 will pay for a baby to be fostered for a year and Moll estimates that she could live on £6 a year She routinely however steals pieces of cloth worth upwards of 20 guineas2 London had an area called The Mint in which debtors were safe from prosecution for their debts3 You could get hung for all sorts of crimes in the past At its height the criminal law included some 220 different crimes punishable by death These crimes included such offences as being in the company of Gypsies for one month strong evidence of malice in a child aged 7–14 years of age and blacking the face or using a disguise whilst committing a crime Wikipedia3 words used excessively in this book1 satisfaction2 perplexity3 convenience


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    Style wise this classic novel isn’t the easiest book for the 21st century reader In period fashion Defoe goes in for many long long sentences full of commas and semi colons Some of them stretch to an entire page In terms of vocabulary though it’s remarkable how little English has changed in 300 yearsThe book is supposed to have been written by the central character who goes by the name “Moll Flanders” though we’re not told what her real name is Moll looks back on her life as she approaches the age of 70 and the book ends with the words “written in 1683” I’d always thought of Moll Flanders as a character in an 18th century world but had she been a real person she would have lived through the English Civil War Cromwell and the Restoration Although none of those events feature in the book that is the world we should think of when we picture the settingOne feature of the 17th century was the lack of bureaucracy For example Moll’s second husband is a gambler and wastrel who flees to France to escape his creditors Moll then moves house assumes a new name and marries again – as simple as that A lack of bureaucracy has pros and cons though If you ran out of money in 17th century England there was no government to send you a social security cheue Throughout the novel Moll’s actions are motivated by one fear“I had the terrible prospect of poverty and starving which lay on me as a frightful spectre”She continually calculates how much money she has Conventionally the story is one of moral decline and redemption I think it’s possible to interpret the ending another way but will avoid saying for fear of spoilers The book is also a commentary on the position of women in early modern England and the lack of opportunities open to them As an innocent teenager Moll is seduced by the flattery and false promises of a wealthy young man At this stage she is sinned against rather than sinner but as her life progresses she gradually becomes hard hearted and calculating deliberately using her looks to manipulate men When the man who becomes her fifth husband starts to court her she comments how“I played with this lover as an angler does with a trout”Moll uses what she has to get men to transfer their wealth to her On one occasion she is picked up by a wealthy gent“Would such gentlemen but consider the contemptible thoughts which the very women they are concerned with in such cases as these have of themwhen he is as it were drunk in the ecstasies of his wicked pleasure her hands are in his pockets searching for what she can find there”As Moll gets older she can no longer rely on her looks and turns to a life of crime By this point she has almost entirely lost her sense of right and wrong To most modern readers her life of borderline prostitution is not as shocking as it might have been in Defoe’s time but other aspects of her behaviour are so She has several children by her various husbands but with one exception they disappear from the text almost as soon as they are mentioned As far as I could tell Moll simply abandons them Worth a read if you are interested in the classics


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    The original and complete title of Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe is thisThe Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders Etc Who was born in Newgate and during a life of continu'd Variety for Threescore Years besides her Childhood was Twelve Year a Whore five times a Wife whereof once to her own brother Twelve Year a Thief Eight Year a Transported Felon in Virginia at last grew Rich liv'd Honest and died a Penitent Written from her own MemorandumsThere is the story in a nutshell Supposedly it was written by Moll herself Daniel Defoe’s name never appeared as author on the books until after his death The tale is said to be based the life of Moll King whom the author met on visiting Newgate PrisonOn closing the book I knew I had enjoyed it The uestion was whyWell first of all I like Moll despite her faults She is strong and resourceful She is clear thinking and doesn’t give up She talks straight She doesn’t shy away from stating what she has done at least as she tells the story to us here Moll’s voice her personality comes through loud and clearSecondly I was curious to see how what is stated in the title came to be How is it possible one marries a brother? Moll’s story is in fact believable but convoluted Thirdly I felt like I was seeing life experiencing life in the 1600s the life of a woman not of the elite Moll seventy years old in 1683 tells us the story of her life We see life in England and America Comparisons may be drawnSurprisedly enough written so long ago Defoe’s prose is not hard to follow The book was first published in 1722 This is uite simply a fun story I believe Defoe wanted us to enjoy ourselves and laugh People enjoy reading about those who misbehave than those who are strait laced and law abiding Clearly Defoe knew this Why not stars? Sometimes it is hard to keep track of who is whoDavina Porter narrates the audiobook extremely well Her narration increased my enjoyment of the book She perfectly intones all the characters Five stars for the narration


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    The Fortunes Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders cWho was Born in Newgate and during a Life of continu'd Variety for Threescore Years besides her Childhood was Twelve Year a Whore five times a Wife whereof once to her own Brother Twelve Year a Thief Eight Year a Transported Felon in Virginia at last grew Rich liv'd Honest and dies a Penitent Written from her own Memorandums Original title page for Moll FlandersThe character of Moll Flanders has traditionally baffled criticsIs she an ironic character? Is she truly penitent? How may her inconsistencies be justified? Critics have asserted there is irony in Moll Flanders but it is not in the book; that is we as readers may appreciate irony in Moll's character but Defoe does not provide it What may be easier to demonstrate then is that Defoe's attitude toward Moll is consistent even if Moll herself ironically or otherwise is not James 203 Whatever the critics propose for readers Moll emerges as irascible vibrant and wonderfully complex Moll also shows the limited choices for a woman of her time Moll Flanders as the description from Defoe's original title page suggests is a novel written in the confessional mode As readers of this type of work our role is akin to that of a priest we listen to the confessions and tacitly provide understanding or forgiveness To elicit our sympathy Defoe places Moll in an environment not only hostile but enticing a world he would have us believe that tempts and lures an otherwise virtuous individual into a life of crime Moll’s world ostensibly mimetic is really portrayed with great selectivity Many characters—even those as important as her first lover—are not even named; settings are often depicted as just “a house” or “the street” What does loom large on Moll’s horizon is money Again and again Moll focuses on money and the material; early on she defines herself in terms of her net worthMoll’s indoctrination into a materialistic world starts in childhood Orphaned Moll is raised by an elderly woman who feels amused pity for Moll’s desires to become a “gentlewoman” and let Molls live with her rather than go into service The ladies of the town curious about the “little gentlewoman” visit her and soon begin to give Moll gifts of money and fine clothes When Moll’s elderly guardian dies one of the families that had shown an interest in Moll takes her into their home Though poor Moll describes how she receives an education euivalent to that of a gentlewoman By a twist in circumstances Moll gets an early “taste of genteel living” 9 far above her actual station Although Moll describes herself initially as “very sober modest and virtuous” 12 she is led into a liaison with the eldest brother in the household His dominance soon takes hold and Moll describes his tactics in terms of lures “he began with that unhappy snare to all women viz taking notice upon all occasions how pretty I was” or “After he had thus baited his hook” 13 Though Moll admits her strong passion for the elder brother her stronger passion soon becomes clear After an initial episode of kissing the brother gives Moll money Moll’s reaction is telling “I was confused with the money than I was before with the love and began to be so elevated that I scarce knew the ground I stood on” 17 On a subseuent occasion he gives Moll a “handful of gold” 18 and its glittering reality becomes the dominant image in Moll’s landscape “As for the gold I spent whole hours in looking upon it; I told and yes this is the right word the guineas over and over a thousand times a day” 19 To gain Moll’s complete surrender the brother offers her a silk purse with a hundred guineas in it and the promise of one hundred guineas annually until he marries her With irony intended or unintended Moll’s passion and greed gain eual footing “My colour came and went at the sight of the purse and with the fire of the proposal together” 22 and Moll succumbs to his advancesSignificantly money and attendant material possessions are foregrounded while the rest of Moll’s setting recedes into the background The elder brother—as we could predict—does not marry Moll and her reluctant marriage to the younger brother done only out of financial necessity receives a rapid narration Molls tells us there is little worth describing “I lived with this husband only to observe that I had two children by him and that at the end of five years he died” 51 Typically Moll assesses her present situation in terms of money a description graphic and several lines longer than that of her five years of marriageMoll’s early adventures set up her pattern of behavior Despite her professed good intentions when push comes to shove Moll consistently acts out of self interest Moll’s hostile world tempts her with material gain she succumbs eventually has some type of downfall and then defines her outcome in terms of her current net worth Moll’s patterned conduct puts the reader in an interesting situation Moll may momentarily hesitate and try to rationalize a forthcoming seduction or theft but we never doubt the outcomeHowever in a society that would otherwise provide little choice for an unattached woman Moll’s ability to silence any internal ualms greatly increases her freedom of movement While we might find her attempts at rationalization or short fits of morality funny Moll Flanders is a complex character Ultimately she is not simply funny nor simply tragic but fully realized and euipped with powers of resourcefulness and self preservation that might have been admired in a man


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    Women You need to read this book Armchair Historians You need to read this book Forensic Sociologists You need to read this book Moll Flanders is I think a rare look at the treatment and disposition of lower class women in Britain in the early 1700s what they thought how they comported and their daily interactions no matter how insignificant What makes it a rare exposition? Fiction ofttimes captures the mood and milieu of a people and their condition far accurately and with much meaning than sterile government reporting and historian interpretations thereof And this book is a snapshot of the then current state of low income conditions instead of a retroactive screed or a future prediction Daniel Defoe is regarded by those crazy Wikipedians as one of the most prolific of all British writers and he is certainly one of the best at cataloging daily life His fiction portrayed Everyman or Everywoman in this case It's a welcome relief to fiction of the Royal Court its seneschals courtiers gallery entourage baggage its rarefied air that was so common among his literary peers Defoe's main character Moll is a woman with little money and few prospects Throughout the book we witness the vagaries of her life in astonishingly candid details She willfully gladly and repeatedly partakes in whoring infidelity incest child abandonment rampant thievery collusion obstruction misrepresentation Despite what would normally be intriguing yet deplorable behavior Defoe manages to make Moll if not a likable character at least one under which the pressures of her demographic makes her a believable credible and forgivable protagonistI understand Moll's behavior to be a faithful representation of her class Unschooled abused almost no legal rights victimized by any able man no great hopes to improve her condition destitute routinely sick routinely pregnant this is the daily grind for women in 1722 Britain Moll Flanders is a good though unintentional primary source that could easily be used as a historiography of the eraI recommend women read this book not for my star rating but because a man has written what I believe is a true unabashed representation of a woman's condition in the 1700s I'd like to know what women think of this book I believe the abuse sexual s and survival tactics of women in a brutish man's world at the lowest income levels is an unexpected reveal and though the story drags at first you may find yourself rooting for Moll And despite her licentiousness she ultimately finds modest wealth and success She outwits the legal system prevails to find a man of some substance and escapes her demographic Interestingly she makes no excuse for how she lived; there's reflection but no real penitence What do women today think of Moll? Is she diamond or uartz? Is this image of woman ready for high school English a discussion for sophos? Now Robinson Crusoe is close to my heart as one of my rare 5 star ratings and the only book I've read both as a child and an adult with eual curiosity and gusto producing eual coolness But I'm a man and that was a man story and a boy's story too So if this story is about a women does it work in the same regard as RC does for men? The writing by common translation has all the mile markers of early 18th century prose The pervasive capitalization of random nouns the apostrophe heavy argot no break for chapters and the fastidiousness of complete thoughts for every sentence All the hallmarks of what was then 'proper writing' In the handwritten manuscript I picture the letter 's' written like so many 'f's 35 stars


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