or Virtue Rewarded (Volume I)

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Published: 1740
Language: English
Wordcount: 222,985 / 574 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 81.7
LoC Category: PN
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Pamela describes the sufferings, trials, and vicissitudes undergone by a poor, but beautiful and innocent, country girl who enters the service of a rich gentleman.

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good she is to me,) I am very easy that I have so little to say to them. Not but they are civil to me in the main, for Mrs. Jervis's sake, who they see loves me; and they stand in awe of her, knowing her to be a gentlewoman born, though she has had misfortunes. I am going on again with a long letter; for I love writing, and shall tire you. But, when I began, I only intended to say, that I am quite fearless of any danger now: and, indeed, cannot but wonder at myself, (though your caution to me was your watchful love,) that I should be so foolish as to be so uneasy as I have been: for I am sure my master would not demean himself, so as to think upon such a poor girl as I, for my harm. For such a thing would ruin his credit, as well as mine, you know: who, to be sure, may expect one of the best ladies in the land. So no more at present, but that I am Your ever dutiful DAUGHTER.



My master has been very kind since my last; for he has given me a suit of my late l


Average Rating of 2 from 2 reviews: **

That's because Shamela is a direct commentary on Pamela, by Henry Fielding. What this book lacks in substance it surely makes up for in sheer page weight. A waste, but often required. There are more effective texts for exploring these issues. Oh, and as an aside, whenever a book claims to be "true" and for "moral education" you can wager that what it means is that it is "false" and for "making a buck." Sammy Richardson was a printer, and had need for titlating material to drum up lagging sales, and nothing is more fungible than controversy. Slow, arduous read. Not worth it, and seems to reward The Vice of her master rather than her Virtue. But that's more than i aimed to say, so i'll away.


Pamela is an incredibly long novel based on the injustices of the social classes and the value that's held on one's virtue. Pamela starts off as Mr. B's adoring servant, and is a faveorite of Mr.B's mother, who has educated Pamela in all the find and important things in life. However, once Mr.B's mother dies, Mr. B turns his devious designs towards Pamela. He attempts to "ruin" her on many occassions and it challenged by her witty remarks. However, Pamela always remains dutiful to her parents and swears that she has not lost her "precious jewel" (aka her virginity) Throughout the book, they hate eachother and love eachother again. The book is quite long and seems rather radical. Pamela is representing the perfect person. I had to read this book for one of my English courses at school, however, there is another book titled "Shamela" and I forget who did it, but after reading "Pamela" one truely enjoys and appreciate it's wit and humor it makes out of it.

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