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Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
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May 19, 11

bookshelves: classics
Read in May, 2011

This woman has a charisma that we don't feel as readers, but see as it affects all Moll's interactions, with men especially, but really in all her dealings. She is incredibly savvy, and some of the most fun in the book is how she extricates herself from the troubles into which she gets herself. I found this to be especially interesting after reading of the self-denying, puritanical heroines of the Bronte sisters, who were also poor orphans. Also comparing Moll's escapades with those of other Victorian heroines who did all manner of things to win the advantageous matches that they might live the life of a gentlewoman and not need work.

I enjoyed the half-hearted attempts of the author to make sure we don't think he's condoning his protagonist's actions, and the last line just made me laugh: "...where we resolve to spend the remainder of our years in sincere penitence for the wicked lives we have lived." Not completely tongue-in-cheek, but nearly so.
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