Lecture 5

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Lecture 5
Mr. B says he cant marry Pamela because of her low class
oHe gets a lot of criticism (private/public)
Questions of truth and virtue
oIs Pamela giving her parents ALL of the details?
Is she honest?
Is Pamela editing her letters for Mr. B?
oShe is confident about what shes writing but shes hiding them shes not ashamed of
what shes written (hides letters in clothes, under tiles, etc)
At first, Mr. B eludes to his reading the letters but were not sure about it until the editor comes in
Mr. B mentions a public face while privatizing other events
oWithholding Pamelas last 3 letters
Pamelas I narrative and underlying events (editors commentary)
John has to secretly deliver his letter to Pamela
oWhat Pamela accepted as true turned out to be a lie
oPamelas basic assumptions have failed her she doesnt know if she can trust anyone
Richardson emphasizes that the letter format is complicated for Pamela Mr. Bs letters to
farmer Norton
oTruth has been twisted grains of truth have been used to form a thorough lie
oMr. Bs letter to Goodman Andrews
Hes picking up on the public discourse that reading Romance gives you incorrect
notions (she misunderstands his advances)
He accuses of reading the situation incorrectly
He accuses her of injuring his reputation
He accuses her father for encouraging her
He suggest that shes involved in a love match
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