‘I cannot be patient, I cannot be passive, when my virtue is in danger’ Fifteen-year-old Pamela Andrews, alone and unprotected, is relentlessly pursued by her dead mistress’s son. Although she is attracted to young Mr B., she holds out against his demands and threats of abduction and rape,... show more
‘I cannot be patient, I cannot be passive, when my virtue is in danger’ Fifteen-year-old Pamela Andrews, alone and unprotected, is relentlessly pursued by her dead mistress’s son. Although she is attracted to young Mr B., she holds out against his demands and threats of abduction and rape, determined to defend her virginity and abide by her own moral standards. Psychologically acute in its investigations of sex, freedom and power, Richardson’s first novel caused a sensation when it was first published, with its depiction of a servant heroine who dares to assert herself. Richly comic and full of lively scenes and descriptions, Pamela contains a diverse cast of characters, ranging from the vulgar and malevolent Mrs Jewkes to the aggressive but awkward country squire who serves this unusual love story as both its villain and its hero. This edition incorporates all the revisions made by Richardson in his lifetime. Margaret A. Doody’s introduction discusses the genre of epistolary novels, and examines characterization, the role of women and class differences in Pamela.
Publish date: February 26th 1981
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 544
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Classic Literature
, English Literature
, 18th Century
The more I read of the 18th century, the more I am astonished how long it took people to figure out how to tell a story.About a quarter of the way through writing 'Pamela' Richardson seems to have realized that the epistolary format is awkward and prevents the author from putting in any sense of sus...
I did it!! It took me 4.5 weeks, but I READ PAMELA!I actually enjoyed the first half or so, as Pamela tried to find her new place in the household; and then as she tried to negotiate an escape. But the last 150 pages was just a slog. The book got too preachy (the rules, ugh!), and too dragged out as...
Creepy 18th-century Guy: Hey, baby. Now that my mom died, I’m your boss now.Innocent Maidservant: Um, yeah. I know.CG: But don’t worry. I’ll take reeeeaaaallly good care of you.IM: ...thanks?CG: And I’m sure you’ll want to be nice to me right back, if you know what I’m saying. Wink, wink. Nudge, nud...
This book made me genuinely ragey. It's an eighteenth-century, epistolary novel written from the point of view of Pamela Andrews, a serving-girl whose mistress dies and leaves her to the unwanted advances of Mr B., her mistress' son. Mr B., a charming piece of work, kidnaps Pamela and locks her ...
I wish I could give this book no stars because it was so tortuous. The story is horrible, the characterization flat, and it drags on forever. Sweet, virtuous Pamela is just trying to protect her lady jewel and keep her impoverished parents proud. Upon the death of her lady, who she was a waiting mai...