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D ageBy 1721 Defoe had become a recognised novelist with the success of Robinson Crusoe in 1719 His political work was tapering off at this point due to the fall of both Whig and Tory party leaders with whom he had been associated Ro. 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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The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders c 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

Bert Walpole was beginning his rise Defoe was never fully at home with the Walpole group Defoe's Whig views are nevertheless evident in the story of Moll The novel's full title gives some insight into this and the outline of the plot. 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 Fortunes Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders aka Moll Flanders is a novel by Daniel Defoe first published in 1722 It purports to be the true account of the life of the eponymous Moll detailing her exploits from birth until ol. 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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    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 unf

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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 sent

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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 gr

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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 tryin

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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

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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 po

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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 man

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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 Penit

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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

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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