Pamela

Pamela O the deceitfulness of the heart of man This John whom I took to be the honestest of men this very fellow was all the while a vile hypocrite and a perfidious wretch and helping to carry on my ruin

  • Title: Pamela
  • Author: Samuel Richardson
  • ISBN: 9780141199634
  • Page: 457
  • Format: Paperback
  • O the deceitfulness of the heart of man This John, whom I took to be the honestest of men this very fellow was all the while a vile hypocrite, and a perfidious wretch, and helping to carry on my ruin Fifteen year old Pamela Andrews, alone in the world, is pursued by her dead mistress s son Although she is attracted to Mr B, she holds out against his demands, determi O the deceitfulness of the heart of man This John, whom I took to be the honestest of men this very fellow was all the while a vile hypocrite, and a perfidious wretch, and helping to carry on my ruin Fifteen year old Pamela Andrews, alone in the world, is pursued by her dead mistress s son Although she is attracted to Mr B, she holds out against his demands, determined to protect her virginity and abide by her moral standards.Psychlologically acute in its explorations of sex, freedom and power, Richardson s first novel caused a sensation when it was published Richly comic and lively, Pamela contains a diverse cast of characters ranging from the vulgar and malevolent Mrs Jewkes to the agressive but awkward country squire.

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    1. Creepy 18th-century Guy: Hey, baby. Now that my mom died, I’m your boss now.Innocent Maidservant: Um, yeah. I know: But don’t worry. I’ll take reeeeaaaallly good care of you: anks?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, nudge: I always try to be nice, sir: Have I mentioned how hot you are?IM: Okay, this is getting uncool: Hey, I’m all rich and powerful and you’re just some little nobody. You should be flattered I [...]

    2. I did not finish this book. Because it is a million pages that boil down to:PAMELA: I am a lowly maid. Yet my virtue, look at it. MASTER-OF-THE-HOUSE: Ooh, dazzling. How 'bout you let me avail myself of some of that virtue?PAMELA: No!MASTER: YESMELA: No!MASTER: YES.[Insert cross-dressing in-bed-hiding country-house-involving shenanigans.:]MASTER-OF-THE-HOUSE: Your virtue, it has won me over. Marry me?PAMELA: But of course.Ok, the shenanigans make it sound vaguely amusing? Just know that there ar [...]

    3. When I read classics, it's not all about just reading them. I'm also trying to discover what's made them classics. I want to know why people like them so much. And I can usually figure something out; that's why I end up with so many five star reviews. But this? This piece of shit escapes me.The first half is entertaining enough, as the vaguely-named Mr. B---- kidnaps a servant and tries to steal her titular virtue. There are dastardly schemes and narrow escapes. He dresses up like a woman in ord [...]

    4. It saddens me that has no love for this book. First of all, it's one of the earliest novels ever written, so it deserves more respect from that perspective alone. Secondly, you have to place it in its time. Early 18th century readers found this material quite titillating, and of course wanted to see a virtuous end to all the lasciviousness. That way, they could have their cake and eat it, too. For its time, this was really racy material. Naturally nowadays we find the idea of a woman who is nea [...]

    5. A lower class woman eventually marries her upper class would-be-rapist. This novel somehow manages to be more misogynistic and offensive than the collected works of de Sade. It's also boring.

    6. I was so busy catching up on all my vacation books that I totally forgot to blog my final thoughts on this 18th century behemoth. What to say about a book that treats virginity as the most important quality a woman has but is weirdly feminist in the agency and resistance it gives its perky heroine? A book that demonizes a tyrannical master as a would-be rapist and jailer and then turns him into a romantic hero? A book that embraces a cross-class marriage while avowing to preserve the distinction [...]

    7. Undoubtedly I was far too young to appreciate this when I was assigned it as an undergraduate. I will have to revisit it at some point.

    8. Reading this is like watching the invention of literature before your eyes. Richardson began this as yet another work-for-hire series of "conduct letters" of the sort that Madame De La Fayette et al made popular during the 1600s, but the story took off in such a way that it became more like, oh, a reality show that develops into its own story. Richardson developed the narrative "a l'moment" approach, that is, slipping inside the character's skin and reporting on what they were thinking and feeli [...]

    9. I encountered Samuel Richardson's Pamela many years ago as part of my History of the Novel module at university. I was introduced to some great works through that course, and there are two reasons I am grateful for being introduced to this; mostly, because it was the first year the class had read Pamela rather than Clarissa (which is more than twice the length), but also because it made it clear to us that even in an academic environment there are books which are considered as classics because o [...]

    10. Anyone who's had the Sisyphean task of reading this shares a cosmic bond: if you have, you know what I mean. This and "Dear Mr. Henshaw" make me want to slit my own wrists in reaction to the idea of the epistolary novel. Fucking Pamela is one dipshit of a girl, but Richardson himself is no better. Any time I see a terrible, modern didactic novel I feel reassured knowing it will end up as beloved & well-known as this one in the future.

    11. I really didn't like this book. My British novel professor assures me that my affection for it will grow over the years, but I somehow doubt that at this point. Pamela is a dangerous picture of womanhood she is largely responsible for the whole "women have power in powerlessness" idea that left many, many women abused and riddled with the sexually transmitted diseases their husbands brought home in the 18th and 19th centuries. Because of Pamela, I'm sure they often believed that if they were jus [...]

    12. Come on, - surely Richardson deserves at least four stars for inventing the novel? Pamela was the first time the full potential of long prose narrative was realised as a form that could explore character and psychology as well as tell a story. By hitting on the concept of the epistolary novel almost by accident (Pamela grew out of a non-fiction book of letter templates that Richardson had been commissioned to write), Richardson's discovery of 'writing to the moment' set English and indeed world [...]

    13. 2/17 Guilty Pleasures ModuleNah, mate, I am not here for emotionally abusive relationships with dominant/submissive roles. This is the 18th century 'Fifty Shades' and I hated literally every page. Can't wait to talk about it in class, though!

    14. (I would like to point out that the following review is more of a rant than a proper review and will be of no benefit for those wishing to ascertain the quality of the novel)I have rated this book so low, not because it lacks literary value, but because the plot alone is abhorrent to my delicate sensibilities. This poor girl is sexually assaulted several times as Mr. B makes multiple attempts to rape her and THEN (because she refuses to be violated) she is tricked into a several month long impri [...]

    15. Finally relinquished this to Goodwill, but not before re-reading the scribbles I made in the covers during my "The Origins Of The Novel" class, circa 2001:"It's like a manifesto! Serving girls! Throw off your chains and marry your masters!" actually, my professor said that one.Confession: I love Samuel Richardson. I love Pamela. I love Clarissa. I love the wicked Mr. B-, who practically twirls his mustache as he looms in corners, waiting for 'poor unhappy Pamela' to drop her defenses (and her d [...]

    16. I imagine that most people today read this book to laugh at its outdated morality. Certainly, there is something funny in the premise of the story: Pamela, a poor but dignified servant girl, attracts the attention of a rich squire who deceives and kidnaps her but somehow is so impressed by her natural modesty and virtue that he is reluctant to take outright from her what she is unwilling to give.One way to read the novel (a way that must certainly have contributed to the book's initial popularit [...]

    17. BUT,of course I had to read my name sake!It was INDEED a hard read.Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded is an "epistolary novel" by Samuel Richardson, first published in 1740. It tells the story of a beautiful but poor 15-year old servant-maid named Pamela Andrews whose master, Mr. B, a nobleman, makes unwanted advances towards her after the death of his mother whose maid she was since the age of 12. Mr. B is infatuated with her, first by her looks and then her innocence and intelligence but his high rank [...]

    18. Hello, dear reader, my name is Pamela and I am the human embodiment of the loftiest and most admirable virtues. Over the course of my tedious, overlong, and mind-numbingly predictable narrative, I will show you how I am the human embodiment of the loftiest and most admirable virtues.For a woman.In the 1700s.Um, and how I am nearly essentially raped by the man I work for and how I inexplicably end up falling madly in love with him.This will be a good read for you. It really, really, really, reall [...]

    19. If scholarship were based solely on quality, Pamela would have been lost to the ages a long time ago (and good riddance), but unfortunately for me, scholarship is also based on influence, and this stupid book, despite being extremely poorly written, repetitive, and didactic in all the wrong ways, is one of the foundation texts of English Literature. For a hundred years afterwards, you were either a Pamelist or Anti-Pamelist. (I would have been an Anti-Pamelist.)Are you ready for this? Here is th [...]

    20. DNF at 37%. brb gonna go purge this book's shittiness outta my life (I was gonna finish this for class but then realized I didn't need to so adios richardson and your disgusting rape apologism) :)(I usually don't rate books that I DNF but this book was such a dumpster fire that it doesn't deserve the mercy of a no-star rating)

    21. Man, reading this book for 18th century literature was like a bad hangover except with no booze involved - just a headache. It was so very very long and so very very bad. I had to skim through the last half of the book, because I couldn't be bothered to give a damn.The main character Pamela irritated me to death. Her virtue is her defining point and while I understand that morals and sexuality were VERY different in the 1700s, I didn't want to sit there and read page after page about a servant g [...]

    22. Start to finish: badly-written, moralising drivel. If this book hadn’t been as influential as it had been, this would probably have received my lowest rating. It did however prove inspirational to many in its time. I’m sure the world is a better place for it. Absolutely.Pamela is a woman who sincerely believes that the best way to resist emotional and sexual abuse from her employer, Mr B is to believe the best about him. She seems oblivious to the fact that he is an unrepentant predator nor [...]

    23. Just because it's old, doesn't mean it's good.Pamela was the first English novel and exploded in popularity. There were readings in town squares, merchandise to be sold, and it was reprinted numerous times. Think Twilight in the 1700's.It also sucked. Big time. Literally nothing happens for two hundred pages. That is not hyperbole. Two hundred pages of whiny girl being stalked by king pervert. The method of stalking doesn't change, nor does her incessant freaking whining. Then a major plot devel [...]

    24. What better way to spend your time than reading the fictional letters of a self-pitying beacon of supposed morality that marries her potential rapist? Finishing this book made me feel like I had accomplished something massive.

    25. I highlighted every instance of emotionally manipulative behaviour on Mr. B's part. This was just horrendous. I honestly can't wait to talk about it in seminars because I this was not romantic one bit.

    26. "This little Book will infallibly be looked upon as the hitherto much-wanted Standard or Pattern for this Kind of Writing. For it abounds with lively Images and Pictures; with Incidents natural, surprising, and perfectly adapted to the Story with Circumstances interesting to Person in common Life, as well as to those in exalted Stations.For as it borrows none of its Excellencies from the romantic Flights of unnatural Fancy, its being founded in Truth and Nature, and built upon Experience" from t [...]

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