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Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded

By: Samuel Richardson

Pamela tells the story of a fifteen-year-old maidservant named Pamela Andrews, whose employer, Mr. B, a wealthy landowner, makes unwanted and inappropriate advances towards her after the death of his mother. Pamela strives to reconcile her strong religious training with her desire for the approval of her employer in a series of letters and, later in the novel, journal entries all addressed to her impoverished parents.

Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded is a novel written by English author Samuel Richardson. It was first published in 1740 and is considered one of the first novels in the English language. The novel tells the story of Pamela Andrews, a young servant girl who is determined to remain virtuous and maintain her integrity despite the advances of her employer, Mr. B.

The novel follows Pamela as she tries to navigate the complicated and often dangerous world of the wealthy aristocracy, where she is constantly subjected to harassment and temptation. Despite the many challenges she faces, Pamela remains determined to remain true to her values and hold onto her virtue. Along the way, she is aided by her friends and family, who help her to stay strong and stay true to herself.

Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded is notable for its depiction of the social and cultural norms of 18th century England, and for its exploration of themes such as class, gender, and the role of women in society. The novel was widely read and popular in its time, and is still considered an important and influential work in the history of literature.

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Born into a large family, Richardson was baptised on 19 August 1689 in Derbyshire, England. The country, at this time, was in the midst of the Glorious Revolution. His father worked as a joi...

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