Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded
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Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded is an epistolary novel by Samuel Richardson. Considered one of the first true English novels. Pamela tells the story of a fifteen-year-old maidservant whose employer, Mr. B, a wealthy landowner, makes unwanted and inappropriate advances towards her after the death of his mother. Pamela strives to reconcile her strong religious training with her desire for the approval of her employer in a series of letters and, later in the novel, journal entries all addressed to her impoverished parents. After various unsuccessful attempts at seduction, a series of sexual assaults, and an extended period of kidnapping, the rakish Mr. B eventually reforms and makes Pamela a sincere proposal of marriage.