Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded. In a Series of Familiar Letters from a Beautiful Young Damsel to Her Parents. ... By Mr. Samuel Richardson. In Four Volumes

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Book 6
 Regarded by some as the leading novelist of the Eighteenth Century, Samuel Richardson is best known for his epistolary novels, which changed the course of English literature. This comprehensive eBook presents the complete works of Samuel Richardson, with numerous illustrations, rare texts appearing in digital print for the first time, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)

* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Richardson’s life and works
* Concise introductions to the novels and other texts
* ALL 4 novels, with individual contents tables
* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* The complete translation of AESOP’S FABLES, first time in digital print
* Special numerical and alphabetical contents tables for the fables
* Includes Richardson’s non-fiction, with rare essays - spend hours exploring the author’s wide range of texts
* Special criticism section, with essays evaluating Richardson’s contribution to literature
* Features two biographies, including Thomson’s seminal study - discover Richardson’s literary life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

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CONTENTS:

The Novels
PAMELA; OR, VIRTUE REWARDED
PAMELA IN HER EXALTED CONDITION
CLARISSA; OR THE HISTORY OF A YOUNG LADY
THE HISTORY OF SIR CHARLES GRANDISON

The Fables
AESOP’S FABLES

The Non-Fiction
THE INFIDEL CONVICTED
THE APPRENTICE’S VADE MECUM
THE SEASONABLE EXAMINATION OF THE PLEAS AND PRETENSIONS
LETTERS WRITTEN TO AND FOR PARTICULAR FRIENDS
A TOUR THRO’ THE WHOLE ISLAND OF GREAT BRITAIN
COPY OF LETTER TO A LADY, WHO WAS SOLICITOUS FOR AN ADDITIONAL VOLUME TO THE HISTORY OF SIR CHARLES GRANDISON
ANSWER TO A LETTER FROM A FRIEND
SIX ORIGINAL LETTERS UPON DUELLING
PREFACE TO AUBIN: A COLLECTION OF ENTERTAINING HISTORIES AND NOVELS

The Poetry
A VERSE FROM THE GENTLEMAN S MAGAZINE

The Criticism
REMARKS ON CLARISSA, &c. by Sarah Fielding
THE ENGLISH NOVELISTS by William Hazlitt

The Biographies
THE LIFE OF SAMUEL RICHARDSON by Sir Walter Scott
SAMUEL RICHARDSON: A BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL STUDY by Clara Linklater Thomson

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Book 2
 Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded is an epistolary novel by Samuel Richardson, first published in 1740. It tells the story of a beautiful 15-year-old maidservant named Pamela Andrews, whose country landowner master, Mr. B, makes unwanted advances towards her after the death of his mother. After attempting unsuccessfully to seduce and rape her, her virtue is eventually rewarded when he sincerely proposes an equitable marriage to her. In the novel's second part, Pamela marries Mr. B and tries to acclimatise to upper-class society. The story, a best-seller of its time, was very widely read but was also criticized for its perceived licentiousness.


A gypsy fortuneteller approaches Pamela and passes her a bit of paper warning her against a sham-marriage. Pamela has hidden a parcel of letters under a rosebush; Mrs. Jewkes seizes them and gives them to Mr. B, who then feels pity for what he has put her through and decides to marry her. She still doubts him and begs him to let her return to her parents. He is vexed but lets her go. She feels strangely sad when she bids him goodbye. On her way home he sends her a letter wishing her a good life; moved, she realises she is in love. When she receives a second note asking her to come back because he is ill, she accepts.

Pamela and Mr. B talk of their future as husband and wife and she agrees with everything he says. She explains why she doubted him. This is the end of her trials: she is more submissive to him and owes him everything now as a wife. Mr. Williams is released. Neighbours come to the estate and all admire Pamela. Pamela's father comes to take her away but he is reassured when he sees Pamela happy.

Finally, she marries Mr. B in the chapel. But when Mr. B has gone to see a sick man, his sister Lady Davers comes to threaten Pamela and considers her not really married. Pamela escapes by the window and goes in Colbrand's chariot to be taken away to Mr. B. The following day, Lady Davers enters their room without permission and insults Pamela. Mr. B, furious, wants to renounce his sister, but Pamela wants to reconcile them. Lady Davers, still contemptuous towards Pamela, mentions Sally Godfrey, a girl Mr. B seduced in his youth, now mother of his child. He is cross with Pamela because she dared approach him when he was in a temper.

Lady Davers accepts Pamela. Mr. B explains to Pamela what he expects of his wife. They go back to Bedfordshire. Pamela rewards the good servants with money and forgives John, who betrayed her. They visit a farmhouse where they meet Mr. B's daughter and learn that her mother is now happily married in Jamaica; Pamela proposes taking the girl home with them. The neighbourhood gentry who once despised Pamela now praise her.
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